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Mission StatementMORE »

Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) is a not-for-profit organization whose primary purpose is to provide adventurous and challenging experiential learning programs that inspire character development, compassion, community service, environmental responsibility, and academic achievement. Our organization principally serves early adolescents from all economic and social communities of greater metropolitan Boston and the institutions and adults who serve them.

Mission Statement

Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) is a not-for-profit organization whose primary purpose is to provide adventurous and challenging experiential learning programs that inspire character development, compassion, community service, environmental responsibility, and academic achievement. Our organization principally serves early adolescents from all economic and social communities of greater metropolitan Boston and the institutions and adults who serve them.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $6,344,464.00
Projected Expense $6,909,769.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Connections
  • Youth Development Programs

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) is a not-for-profit organization whose primary purpose is to provide adventurous and challenging experiential learning programs that inspire character development, compassion, community service, environmental responsibility, and academic achievement. Our organization principally serves early adolescents from all economic and social communities of greater metropolitan Boston and the institutions and adults who serve them.


Background Statement

Since its founding in 1833 as a farm school for orphaned boys until the present day, Thompson Island has always been a place of learning by doing for disadvantaged youth of Boston and its surrounding communities. In 1988, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) was established to inspire in young people the essential qualities of character – perseverance, self-discipline, compassion and social responsibility – and to make Thompson Island a place where Outward Bound’s philosophy offers Boston’s inner-city youth an opportunity to transform their lives, raise their aspirations, and mature into community leaders.

Thompson Island is one of the largest, most accessible and ecologically diverse islands in the Boston Harbor Islands National Park. With 204 acres of undeveloped property, the island has mature forests, meadows, freshwater and marine wetlands, salt marshes and varied geological features. It also has a formal school campus complete with dormitories, a dining hall, classrooms, lab space, auditoriums, a gymnasium, three challenge courses, and two 60-foot climbing towers. The island is a unique educational resource and is ideally suited to be Boston’s Island Classroom.

Through TIOBEC programs, young people experience the exhilaration of being tested physically through a sailing trip or a high ropes challenge course. They learn and actively contribute to scientific research by observing creatures in their natural habitat and then recording and analyzing data. They navigate the challenges of working together with kids who look like them and others who come from very different backgrounds.

Our organization is a recognized leader in addressing the specific needs of middle school youth and a preferred partner with Boston Public School educators and reformists. In 2008, Thompson Island was designated by the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership to serve as the locus of all youth education programs within the National Park Area. Since then, TIOBEC has focused on using our Island Classroom to serve Boston’s students in the schools where improved academic performance is critical. Our curriculum-based education programs integrate hands-on academic learning with proven outdoor challenge activities that create opportunities for success in school, in future careers and in the community.


Impact Statement

TIOBEC programs fill the need to provide Boston inner-city students with challenging and life-altering outdoor experiences that guide them on a journey of self-discovery. We set the stage for young people to explore their possibilities as leaders, problem solvers, and responsible citizens of the global community.

Our work is guided by two goals that reflect our commitment to provide world-class educational opportunities for Boston’s youth by responsibly using the unique resources of Thompson Island and the Boston Harbor Islands National Park area. 

1.      Prepare Boston students to excel in school, in college, and in life.

2.      Protect and enhance our unique island campus so that we can provide wide access to its natural habitats, as well as deep immersion in island-based learning.


Needs Statement

One of the first windows to wonder is the natural world. Within the last few decades, the way children understand and experience the immediate world around them has changed drastically. Even as adolescents become aware of global threats to the environment, their physical contact, their intimacy with the natural world is fading. The pristine natural beauty of Thompson Island offers an essential element to the success of Boston’s education reform movement.

We provide opportunities for urban students to experience challenging and life-altering experiences in the outdoors to help them realize that school is a portal to the wider world. Boston area principals and teachers are seeking our partnership to provide the city’s most underserved youth with these experiences. Whether it is a summer spent learning on the island, participating in primary scientific research on the island that brings learning alive, or a challenging sailing adventure that changes the trajectory of a young life forever, more than 5,500 students are profoundly impacted by their experiences on Thompson Island each year.


CEO Statement

We are Boston’s Island Classroom, the hub of youth education for the Boston Harbor Islands National Park area. Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center’s programs prepare Boston’s most vulnerable young people to be the leaders of tomorrow by offering learning experiences that engage both their hearts and minds.

Annually, nearly 5,000 young people from the Boston area will have the opportunity to participate in our unique and effective curriculum-based, challenge-based or career-based learning programs designed to unleash the potential in every student. The National Park Service and Boston Public Schools are key partners among a group of more than 80 collaborating schools and organizations.


Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- Harbor Islands
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
Our organization principally serves early adolescents from all economic and social communities of greater metropolitan Boston, and the institutions and adults who serve them.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Environment - Environmental Education
  3. -

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Yes

Programs

Connections

Connections was created in direct response to the request from Boston Public Schools (BPS) for out-of-school experiences that directly support BPS curriculum. In partnership with BPS, Connections are curriculum-based programs that serve students in grades 4-8 from over 40 schools, 75% of which are located in Boston's underserved communities. The Connections programs use outdoor learning in teams to enhance student academic achievement and social emotional skills. Massachusetts state curriculum being taught in school classrooms is enriched by hands-on outdoor activities that take place on Thompson Island. These field experiences range from one- to three-day overnights during the school year and daily sessions for five weeks during the summer. Year Round Connections provides sequential learning for students focused on extended, field-based science investigations that develop proficiency in Next Generation Science Standards; activities progress from season to season and year to year.
Budget  $1,043,567.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
  • Students improve academic achievement in Math, Science and English Language Arts.
  • Students develop social emotional skills such as confidence, collaboration, problem solving, leadership, ambition, and persistence.
Program Long-Term Success 
  • Students pursue professional and vocational careers, including careers in Scientific, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-based industries.
  • Students become active and informed citizens ready to take responsibility for creating a more sustainable world.
  • Opportunity and achievement gaps become extinct in Boston.
  • Boston students are prepared to excel in school, in college and in life.
Program Success Monitored By 

TIOBEC has contracted with the Program in Education and After-School Resiliency (PEAR) and the National Instituted of Out-of-School Time (NIOST) to evaluate the short-term impacts of Year Round Connections.

PEAR has been funded for several years by the Noyce Foundation to develop tools that evaluate STEM program quality and impacts, including the Common Instrument student survey and the Dimensions of Success observational protocol. PEAR will provide these instruments and training to NIOST who will administer the surveys, conduct the observations and document the process. PEAR will conduct statistical analysis and reports, comparing TIOBEC’s results to results of comparable programs across the country using the same tools. In this way, TIOBEC will be able to benchmark our results against national standards of program quality and student interest and engagement in STEM.

TIOBEC will work with each of our partner schools separately to determine how to measure student mastery of NGSS, since we must conform to each school’s existing assessment systems and confidentiality requirements.
Examples of Program Success 
Participation in national research studies shows that our programs effectively engage students’ interest in science and teach life skills that support academic excellence.
2010: TIOBEC and BPS created a summer program which went on to win the 2013 New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award.
2011: TIOBEC was selected for Wallace Foundation’s national research study into the efficacy of summer learning. In 2014, the first published results showed two significant effects: a summer of student participation in a program like Connections leads to improved math proficiency, and Summer Connections positively impacted social and emotional growth, validating that focusing on social emotional learning (SEL) can be effective for student academic achievement.

Youth Development Programs

Urban youth often spend their summers inside, watching television as their minds and muscles grow stale. To succeed in school and in life, they need access to experiences that teach and reinforce courage, confidence, problem-solving and teamwork. Teaching these skills is precisely what our Summer Expeditions (for individuals) and Discovery (for groups) challenge-based programs and Green Ambassadors career-based programs are designed and proven to do. Youth thrive in the Boston Harbor Islands, learn technical skills, participate in physical and mental challenges, and participate in service projects.

Our Youth Development Programs provide entry points for TIOBEC to develop long-term relationships with Boston’s urban youth. This continuum of leadership opportunities includes 10-14 day Summer Expeditions for 12-17 year olds, Discovery courses for school and youth groups throughout the season, and Green Ambassador summer jobs for high school youth.

Budget  $1.2 million
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
  • Program courses are delivered safely and incident-free, with an element of fun.
  • Students learn Outward Bound philosophy, knowledge about the Boston Harbor Islands National Park area and marine conservation, and technical skills such as camp craft and trail maintenance.
  • Students improve their physical condition and mental and emotional growth.
  • Students exhibit an increased appreciation for the environment.
Program Long-Term Success 
  • Students are prepared to excel in school, in college and in life.
Program Success Monitored By  Evaluation is an integral part of program development. Our evaluation tools give us a clear picture of what we are doing well and areas in need of improvement. We rely on parent, student, and teacher/group leader feedback in the forms of focus groups, surveys and confidential interviews that ask about improvements in specific areas such as the students’ self-confidence, communication, compassion, decision-making, teamwork, and leadership. Overall feedback received from the 2012 surveys showed that Thompson Island Outward Bound met or exceeded student, parent and teacher expectations.
Examples of Program Success 
I was in a group of supportive girls who I could trust with anything. We all came out of our shells and become so comfortable with each other, it was like we had known each other for years.
- Anastasia, Summer Expeditions graduate
 
It helped him grow and become much more CONFIDENT. It helped him to appreciate all he has in life. He gained something no one can ever take away from him: The knowledge of how much he can accomplish if he tries. This gives him confidence that cannot disappear. It was hard, but completely worth it to him.
- Parent, Summer Expeditions
 
In 2012, 100% of Discovery Teachers/Group Leaders surveyed strongly agreed that the program:
  • "Exceeded Our Expectations”
  • Helped students gain self-confidence
  • Helped students develop leadership
  • Helped students gain greater compassion for their peers
  • Would recommend the program to another group
  • Plan to apply for a group scholarship next year.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Arthur N. Pearson
CEO Term Start Sept 2005
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Arthur N. Pearson, President/CEO has been involved in the Outward Bound movement for four decades serving as an instructor, field supervisor, program director, trustee and board chair. After receiving an MBA from Harvard and spending 14 years in the energy industry, he joined Thompson Island in 2005 and has led the organization’s expanded learning initiatives in field-based science, character development and summer learning. Arthur currently serves on the Out of School Time Task Force of the Boston STEM Network and is a member of the Boston After School and Beyond Partnership Council, the Boston Youth Environmental Network Steering Committee, and the Orchard Garden K-8 Pilot School Advisory Board. Mr. Pearson was selected as a 2015 Barr Fellow.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. George Armstrong Oct 1994 Oct 2004
Mr. Peter O. Willauer Jan 1988 Oct 1994

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Kevin Coleman Chief Financial Officer --
Ms. Deborah Edison Vice President of Development and Communications --
Mr. Jim Scully Chief Operating Officer --
Ms. Laurie Sherman Executive Vice President --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Official Resolution for excellence as an innovative partner to the Boston Public Schools Boston City Council 2012
Boston Green Business Award Boston Office of the Mayor 2010

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Our key partners are Boston Public Schools (BPS), Boston After School and Beyond (BASB), the National Park Service (NPS), and the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) at the University of California Berkeley. Our partnership with BPS targets our programs at schools where we can be most effective with the young people who are most at risk and most in need. Our partnership with BASB allows us to reach more students through collaborative city-wide initiatives including Summer Learning Programs, BoSTEM, and badging (much like earning badges in scouting once one completes a certain skill). NPS manages the research on Thompson Island and is our partner in engaging young people in scientific learning expeditions. LHS’s BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing) project provides TIOBEC instructors with quality professional development materials and instructional protocols for observing, questioning and field journaling with students.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 34
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 1,700
Number of Contract Staff 100
Staff Retention Rate % 89%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 26
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 2
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 19
Male: 15
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
State Registration No

Risk Management Provisions

Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Commercial General Liability and Medical Malpractice
Directors and Officers Policy
Employee Dishonesty
Fiduciary Liability
General Property Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Liquor Liability
Medical Health Insurance
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Water Craft and Aircraft
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Accident and Injury Coverage
Computer Equipment and Software

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Charles S. Willauer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Rockefeller & Company
Board Chair Term May 2013 - May 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Michael A. Butler Radius Bank Voting
Jeanette Callahan Cambridge Hospital Voting
Margaret A. Coleman MD Cambridge Hospital Voting
William Ducas Community Volunteer Voting
William Elcock Batterymarch Voting
Ryan Enright Jones Lang LaSalle Voting
James Fitzgerald Eastern Bank Voting
Camille V. Forde PriceWaterhouseCoopers Voting
Alexandra Fotiades Community Volunteer Voting
Jeffrey M. Greene PriceWaterhouseCoopers Voting
Mossik Hacobian Boston's Higher Ground Voting
Paul Haus Ernst & Young Voting
Eddie Jenkins Attorney Voting
Mark Keating State Street Voting
Michael J. Koehler Keegan Werlin, LLP Voting
George Lewis VI Community Volunteer Voting
James Malerba Radius Bank Voting
Jamie D. Mambro MMB Group Voting
John P. Meyer Meyer & Gifford Architects, LLC Voting
Arthur N. Pearson Thompson Island Outward Bound, President Voting
Gordon R. Penman Brown Rudnick, LLP Voting
Cheryl Pinarchick Murphy & King, PC Voting
Roger D. Scoville Seward Management Voting
David Zug HarbourVest Parnters Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Peter M. Annicelli -- NonVoting
Luther K Arnold -- NonVoting
Jeremy Baker -- NonVoting
Chris Bartel -- NonVoting
Roland S Barth -- NonVoting
Andrew J Bendheim -- NonVoting
Robert P Bland -- NonVoting
Edward S. Brewer Jr. -- NonVoting
Steve Calhoun -- NonVoting
Allen R Campbell -- NonVoting
Paola Comer -- NonVoting
Elizabeth A Dalbeck -- NonVoting
Baily Dent -- NonVoting
Dale C. Edmunds -- NonVoting
David K Eikenberry -- NonVoting
Matthew Goehlert -- NonVoting
Elizabeth Grob Epsilon Associates NonVoting
Christopher M Hayes -- NonVoting
Gerard J. Hevern -- NonVoting
Suzanne Jonsson -- NonVoting
Michael J Kineavy -- NonVoting
David S Kirk -- NonVoting
Richard G. Lucier -- NonVoting
Paul Marshall -- NonVoting
Marion Mason -- NonVoting
Jeffrey S North -- NonVoting
Margaret S. Phelps -- NonVoting
Mary M Poluikis -- NonVoting
Jane W. Puffer -- NonVoting
Hiram Samel -- NonVoting
Anthony I Shaker -- NonVoting
Philip J Sher -- NonVoting
Thomas Siegel -- NonVoting
Robert J. Spear -- NonVoting
Andrew Strawbridge -- NonVoting
Christopher P Sweeney -- NonVoting
Hooker Talcott -- NonVoting
Danah Tench -- NonVoting
Henry W. Wagner -- NonVoting
Ernest E Washington Jr. -- NonVoting
Tyler S. Wick -- NonVoting
D. Brooks Zug -- NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 22
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 20
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 70%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 3%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Nominating
  • Operations
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Response
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $6,230,560 $8,691,388 $7,798,808
Total Expenses $6,842,824 $5,756,966 $5,093,226

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- $1,252,146
Government Contributions $133,406 $202,094 $99,648
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $133,406 $202,094 $99,648
Individual Contributions $1,457,346 $4,497,546 $2,131,466
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $3,996,154 $3,334,341 $3,031,865
Investment Income, Net of Losses $-149,931 $132,829 $725,588
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $701,374 $519,420 $555,105
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $92,211 $5,158 $2,990

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $5,332,031 $4,503,291 $3,919,570
Administration Expense $880,414 $708,126 $610,811
Fundraising Expense $630,379 $545,549 $562,845
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.91 1.51 1.53
Program Expense/Total Expenses 78% 78% 77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 28% 10% 14%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $19,324,304 $20,179,443 $17,275,936
Current Assets $2,182,044 $4,533,338 $3,536,010
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $390,900 $633,775 $664,690
Total Net Assets $18,933,404 $19,545,668 $16,611,246

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $7,041,118.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5.0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose In 2014, TIOBEC successfully completed an $8.35 capital campaign, with $7.35 million for capital reinvestment needs and $1 million for endowment. Campus modernizations have been in progress since 2012, including safer and more efficient access to the island, restoration of historic buildings, and enhancement of facilities that support educational programs and our hospitality business units. In 2015, we rebuilt the heating infrastructure, allowing for an extended operating season.
Campaign Goal $8,100,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2012 - Dec 2014
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $8,350,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 5.58 7.15 5.32

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In the context of the economic climate of the past several years, the leadership at TIOBEC has taken significant steps to strengthen the organization by enhancing program curriculum and evaluation, refining our business model for operations, and developing a sound organizational strategy. As a result, TIOBEC’s operating results are strong, generating a modest positive cash flow from operations for the past few years.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's audited financials. 

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Through our youth-serving programs, TIOBEC is aiming to provide Boston inner-city students with challenging and life-altering outdoor experiences that guide them on a journey of self-discovery. We set the stage for young people to explore their possibilities as leaders, problem solvers, and responsible citizens of the global community.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Using outdoor activities like sailing, kayaking, and island exploration, TIOBEC programs prepare students for the challenges in life by helping them realize that they are capable of overcoming frustration, failure and defeat. Placing students in a physical environment that is dramatically different from their familiar surroundings opens up the students’ minds to “aha” moments that inspire perseverance and self-discipline.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

·         Our vision: Into 2015, we are updating our strategic plan to develop a vision for the next five years that will refine programmatic and operational strategies. Our focus continues to be service to inner-city youth. We recently completed an $8.1 million capital reinvestment campaign that restored and refurbished island infrastructure and will allow us to expand our work with youth program participants.

·         Our team: Senior Leaders, Program Directors, and TIOBEC instructors embrace the Outward Bound philosophy that brings learning alive for students.

·         Our safety record: Thompson Island is committed to the relentless pursuit of incident-free programs and makes the safety of all students its priority. Safety is the largest component of instructor training and the first lesson taught to students on course.

·         Our partners: Our partnerships with Boston Public Schools and Boston After School and Beyond target our programs at schools where we can be most effective with the young people who are most at risk and most in need. The National Park Service manages the research on Thompson Island and is our partner in engaging young people in scientific learning expeditions. UMass Boston is the lead partner that manages remote-sensing equipment placed throughout the island that allows Connections students to actively engage in science learning back in their school rooms.


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

For TIOBEC, evaluation is an integral part of program development. Our internal and external evaluation tools give us a clear picture of what we are doing well and areas in need of improvement. At the completion of our youth programs, we rely on student, teacher, parent and group leader confidential surveys and interviews to rate the quality and efficacy of our courses. Based on previous year responses, we are making progress towards providing Boston underserved youth with unparalleled educational experiences that have a lasting impact on their lives.


5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Accomplishments 2010-2014

·         Winner of Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s 2010 Boston Green Business Award for environmental programming and sustainable business and land management practices.

·         Selected as one of six programs representing Boston in the Wallace Foundation’s national summer learning demonstration project studying “the nation’s most advanced… comprehensive, voluntary summer learning programs.” 2011 through 2014.

·         Recognized for excellence as an innovative partner to Boston Public Schools by Resolution of the Boston City Council, April 2012.

·         Highlighted in Boston Globe Editorial “Thompson Island Offers A New Way to Excel on MCAS” making the case that “schools around Boston should look to the work of the island as an example,” November, 2012

·         Winner with our partners at Boston Public Schools of the New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award, a national award for demonstrated excellence in accelerating academic achievement, August 2013.

·         Selected as one of two programs representing Boston in the Noyce Foundation’s national initiative “to build nationwide momentum and capacity for high-quality informal science learning,” January 2014. 

·         Completed $8.1 million Capital and Endowment Campaign to increase our capacity to serve Boston’s young people, December 2014.