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Cambridge Community Center Inc.

 5 Callender Street
 Cambridge, MA 02139
[P] (617) 547-6811
[F] (617) 864-0692
[email protected]
Darrin Korte
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EIN 04-2477881

LAST UPDATED: 10/03/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

The Cambridge Community Center promotes community cooperation and unity and empowers youth, individuals, and families. We do this by offering social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities.

Mission Statement

The Cambridge Community Center promotes community cooperation and unity and empowers youth, individuals, and families. We do this by offering social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $807,788.00
Projected Expense $711,869.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Out-of-School Time Programming
  • The Cambridge Winter Farmers Market
  • The Hip Hop Transformation

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

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Mission Statement

The Cambridge Community Center promotes community cooperation and unity and empowers youth, individuals, and families. We do this by offering social, cultural, educational, and recreational activities.

Background Statement

In 1929, a group of Black ministers concerned about the health and welfare of children in the Coast neighborhood of Cambridge founded the Cambridge Community Center. In the decades since, the Center has initiated many Coast firsts, including the establishment of the first nursery school and the first varsity basketball games open to African Americans. In subsequent decades, the Center has hosted HeadStart Program classrooms, the Riverside Health Care Facility, and a wide variety of community, political, and social events.

Thousands of individuals use our facilities throughout the year whether they use our services, rent our space for events, or are enrolled in our programs. Many of the staff and children in our programs come from families that have been involved with the Center for four or even five generations, enriching our Center with a strong sense of history, family, and community.

Impact Statement


  1. We fully renovated our Tech Lab in November 2017 through partnerships with Capital One and Heart of America Foundation. Our new lab features 14 brand new iMac computers, a projector and screen, and a sound system.
  2. We made necessary adjustments to staffing and funding strategies to successfully reverse a multi-year operating deficit.
  3. We hosted the 7th season of our Cambridge Winter Farmers Market, quadrupling the amount of SNAP shoppers taking advantage of the SNAP Match Program.
  4. We received funding to run our flagship teen program, The Hip Hop Transformation, during the Spring for the first time in 2018.


Needs Statement


  1. Capital improvements to our aging facility that was built in 1882 to increase accessibility, safety, and energy efficiency.
  2. General operating funds to support our many ongoing school-age, teen, and community programs.
  3. Affordable graphic design and web design work.
  4. Affordable translations services for our fliers and publications.
  5. New office computers for all of our administrative staff.


CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


The Center has been a frontline resource for underserved youth and families in the Coast neighborhood of Cambridge since its inception. The Coast is a 202 acre area located along the Charles River and extends from Central Square Station to Harvard Square Station. According to a local census, today 55% of residents identify as white, 16% identify as black, 20% identify as Asian/Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, 2% identify as Hispanic, and 7% identify as Other/Two or More Races.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Neighborhood Centers
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs

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



Out-of-School Time Programming

Our core expertise is in out-of-school time (OST) programs which offer quality activities that enhance academic and life skills of youth aged 5 through 14. These programs serve over 160 children each year,contributing directly to children's college and work readiness and provides them with a wide range of academic support and enrichment activities that complement their school experience. They also contribute to family financial stability by providing low-income parents with the assurance that their children are safe while they are at work. The Center partners with agencies such as the Cambridge Police Department and and educational institutions such as Harvard, MIT and Lesley University to provide a consistently high-quality program that provides a safe and creative place for children whenever public schools are not in session (after school, during holidays, and summer).
Budget  $650,513.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Families
Program Short-Term Success 

Our short term goals include: 

  • Children are exposed to new activities and experiences.
  • Children’s social-emotional skills are strengthened.
  • Children’s academic performance improves while in our program.
  • Children develop positive relations with other participants and staff.
  • Families of children in the program make new friends and connections, building community.
Program Long-Term Success 

We envision a future where the Cambridge Community Center is a national model for effective, high impact, Out-of-School-Time (OST) programming. We envision young people who see themselves as essential and active partners in their own education, committed to and achieving academic excellence well beyond the standards set by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We envision young people who see their own success as intimately tied to the success of their peers, their families, and their community.

Our long term goals include: 
  • Children gain greater self-awareness and leadership.
  • Children develop a positive attitude toward academic achievement.
  • Children increasingly pursue their own areas of interest.
  • Families become consistently engaged with the OST program.
Program Success Monitored By 

Our OST Program utilizes the Assessing Program Practices Tool (APT), the Organizational Self-Study (OSS), the School Age Care Environmental Rating Scale (SACERS) and the Strengthening Families Program Self-Assessment. We are active members in the City of Cambridge’s Agenda for Children,which provides our program staff with monthly Communities of Practice meetings with other childcare providers, as well as a part-time Quality Coach that oversees and assists with our many self-evaluation efforts. We are committed to regular self-assessment and program improvement to provide the best experience possible for every child and family we serve.

In terms of evaluating outcomes for the children we serve, we are currently in the process of adopting and implementing the Achieve, Connect, Thrive (ACT) Skills Framework, which was developed by Boston After School & Beyond in 2008. Through the ACT Skills Framework, we will aim to quantify the social-emotional outcomes and 21st Century Skill development that we anecdotally see from the children in our program every day. According to the Boston After School & Beyond website, “The Achieve, Connect, Thrive (ACT) Skills Framework displays the skills that evidence suggests young people need in order to succeed in school, college, and careers.” We plan to have the ACT Skills Framework in place by the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

Examples of Program Success 

 “This program is the best. The staff cares. They work so hard at planning for parents and children. My child has learned so much throughout the year. During vacation breaks there is always something special for the children planned. This is not a program that is unstructured. The children are always accounted for. It makes a parent feel good all day to know my child is safe, taught, and grounded.” -Mother of a 1st grader.

"The Cambridge Community Center is a blessing for a working and single mother like me. My daughter started this after school program in 2009. Since then she has learned a lot of things that I wasn't going to be able to teach her easily because of my time as a single mother and because English isn't my first language. When my daughter goes to the Center she is very happy, she has a tutor that is teaching her a lot of things (reading, writing etc.). The center is really giving the services that our children need." –Anonymous

The Cambridge Winter Farmers Market

The Winter Farmers Market is one of the only ones in Greater Boston, connecting local farmers with their community in a fun, festive environment – which is especially important during the winter months, when farmers markets are scarce. By shopping at our Winter Farmers Market individuals can make healthy choices, support local businesses and farms, eat local year-round, and enjoy the company of their community. We offer incentives to low-income families through our SNAP matching fund, which doubles the value of their EBT credits, making healthy shopping more affordable for those who need it. We also offer workshops on healthy eating and cooking during the market.
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified At-Risk Populations Families
Program Short-Term Success 

- Heightened awareness among Cambridge families and other community members about healthy eating habits

-Increased access to healthy foods for low-income families

-Healthy choices incentivized through SNAP matching

Program Long-Term Success 

The Winter Market exposes adults to healthy produce and practical information on proper nutrition. By teaching children and adults, we are building a community of well-informed consumers who are excited about eating healthy. We envision a self-reinforcing cycle where children in our OOST programs gain awareness of and enthusiasm for healthy choices, which influences and is influenced by knowledge gained by their parents and neighbors at the Winter Farmers Market.

Program Success Monitored By 

We count how many individuals attend the Winter Farmers Market each week, and we keep track of those who used our SNAP matching program with a log. When the individual comes to our market, we record the last four digits of their card number, the amount of money they’d like to credit, and the amount we match for them. This allows us to count how many people utilized our SNAP matching on any given day, and the specific dollar amount they spent.

Examples of Program Success 

-Increase in numbers over the years

-Increase in vendor interest

The Hip Hop Transformation

The Hip Hop Transformation program (THHT) helps urban youth aged 14 – 18 find their voice through rap music. During this program, students learn about the history of rap, and engage in critical analysis of hip hop lyrics to deconstruct the underlying attitudes and messages of the popular art form. Through learning about, writing, recording, and performing their own music, our students have the opportunity to articulate their own perspectives on race, politics, and society. THHT fosters love for quality music and unlocks the potential of youth from diverse backgrounds to be musicians, performers, and agents of social change.

Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Students will develop a hip hop skill set: students will develop strategies for creating rhymes; students will learn techniques for delivering a rhyme over a beat; students will develop the confidence necessary to record a quality of verse; students will promote the development of a team mentality.

Participants will compose hip hop songs: students will incorporate definition of key terms and examples of key terms into songs; students will utilize strategies in developing rhymes.

Program Long-Term Success 

Students develop critical consciousness: students recognize and identify ways music can influence behavior; students identify and analyze pro-social and anti-social behavior and attitudes expressed in music.

Students develop violence prevention and conflict management skills: students practice different techniques for violence prevention and conflict management; students cultivate and maintain pro-social relationships with youth from different neighborhoods to address neighborhood conflict issues.

Students use music as a tool for social change: students will educate their peers about violence prevention strategies; students will educate the Cambridge community on the pressure youth feel to engage in violence; students will educate the Cambridge community on violence youth experience; students will incorporate violence prevention and conflict management techniques into songs.

Program Success Monitored By 
- The production of one CD each cycle.
- Student self evaluation. 
Examples of Program Success 

THHT students wrote a song about healthy eating and exercise that won the award for the 2012 Reflection in Action competition held by Harvard Medical School. After winning the award they performed the song at Harvard Medical School and several other locations in Cambridge.


“This is a great program with a laid-back vibe that not only shows people how to write hip-hop music, but also separates it from an often false public image.”

“This program was my favorite summer activity I have ever done. I loved writing and performing. Also, I enjoyed Darrin, XL, Eric and The Arcitype sharing their experiences not only in hip hop but also in life.”

“This summer I was a hip hop artist. I have learned what it feels like to work with people who have an interest in music and I have also felt the real music world experience. Performing in front of others my work is a one of a kind feeling ... I am glad that I was put in this program and I am looking forward to the fall season.”

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Darrin Korte
CEO Term Start Dec 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Darrin Korte is the Executive Director of the Cambridge Community Center. Darrin earned his Master's Degree in Sociology from UMass Boston in 2010 and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Boston University in 2014. Darrin has been with the Cambridge Community Center since 2009 when he worked as a group leader in the Cowemoki Summer Enrichment Program. In Darrin's time at the Center he has developed several successful programs, including a teen hip-hop program called The Hip Hop Transformation and a free monthly community meals program called The Coast Kitchen.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Samuel Gebru Director of Engagement and Partnerships
Samuel M. Gebru is the Director of Engagement and Partnerships at the Cambridge Community Center. He is responsible for our fund development, communications and marketing, government and community relations, and strategic partnerships. Samuel served as a member of the Center's Board of Directors from 2015-2018 and is a proud "Center Kid," growing up in the neighborhood and spending his childhood at our After School and Summer Enrichment programs. He brings over a decade of experience in politics, community organizing, nonprofits, and consulting. Born in Sudan to Ethiopian parents, Samuel moved to Cambridge at age three.
Ms. Latifah James Programs Coordinator
Latifah James started working at the Cambridge Community Center in 2014. She now has 8 years of experience working directly with children and families. Latifah is a passionate and dedicated worker. She takes pride in maintaining a healthy program to give back and support the children and families of Cambridge. Latifah has her Associate's Degree in psychology and is moving toward obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work.
Ms. Rachel Kinch Director of Out-of-School Time Programs
Rachel Kinch is the Director of Out-of-School Time Programs at the Cambridge Community Center. Rachel earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Human Services through Fisher college in Boston. Rachel grew up as a “Center Kid”, attending the center through her elementary years, so it has a special place in her heart. Her goal at the Center is to help the youth become successful, learn, and to be as supportive as possible to the families at the CCC. In her free time she likes to bake and spend time with her loved ones.


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
United Way Member Agency 1949
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Cambridge is particularly fortunate to have a well-organized and collaborative population of human service providers who meet regularly (through the Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition, which we helped to organize) to share information and foster capacity building. We maintain regular contact with the social service coordinators for the two largest providers of low-income housing in Cambridge (the Cambridge Housing Authority and Homeowners Rehab, Inc.) to ensure that we have open channels through with to refer their residents for services. We communicate regularly with our voucher Child Care Resource and Referral Agency, Child Care Choices of Boston, to ensure that families being served through EEC vouchers are being connected with other appropriate services and programs. We collaborate regularly with the Cambridge Health Alliance with respect to any public health issues that may arise (our Executive Director sits on the Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council, providing yet another channel of communication with public health services, and our Director of OST Programs sits on the four-member Middle School Network Coordinating Council, a body that oversees the multitude of middle school activities available in our city).

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 8
Number of Volunteers 500
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 80%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 7
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


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


Board Chair Ms. Lindsey Thorne-Bingham
Board Chair Company Affiliation Boston College
Board Chair Term Jan 2009 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Yuliya Daniels Liberty Mutual Insurance Voting
Ms. Corinne Espinoza Corinne Espinoza Consulting Voting
Ms. Yvonne L. Gittens Cambridge Community Center, Inc. Voting
Mr. Rick Guidelli Gilman, Guidelli, & Bellow Co. Voting
Mr. Gregory Gullickson Rice, Heard & Bigelow, Inc. Voting
Ms. Victoria Harris City of Cambridge Board of Election Commissioners Voting
Ms. Toni Phillips Interaction Institute for Social Change Voting
Ms. Janelle St. Charles South Bay Community Services Voting
Ms. Lindsey Thorne-Bingham Boston College Voting
Mr. Rashaad Wharton Brookline Public Schools 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
Mr. Reuben Dottin Euniqua Realty Corporation NonVoting
Mr. Philip Murray Alma Neurosciences NonVoting
Mr. Paul Parravano MIT Government and Community Relations NonVoting
Mr. A. Robert Phillips -- NonVoting
Ms. Elaine Thorne -- NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 8
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • --
  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Human Resources / Personnel and Finance and Marketing and Nominating and By-laws

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $807,788.00
Projected Expense $711,869.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audited Financials

2016 Audited Financials

2015 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $699,075 $835,138 $805,266
Total Expenses $787,780 $874,885 $853,416

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions $282,000 $340,291 $295,888
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $417,075 $437,418 $457,841
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- $0 $0
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events -- $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $57,429 $51,537

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $484,923 $548,794 $567,267
Administration Expense $240,253 $216,942 $207,077
Fundraising Expense $62,604 $109,149 $79,072
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.89 0.95 0.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses 62% 63% 66%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 22% 32% 27%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $696,171 $758,683 $849,020
Current Assets $141,763 $183,752 $403,414
Long-Term Liabilities $339,953 $334,099 $323,637
Current Liabilities $101,590 $81,251 $142,303
Total Net Assets $254,628 $343,333 $383,080

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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 --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose This project will replace aged, cracked and missing concrete/asbestos shingles with modern and historically appropriate clapboards and replace vintage windows with energy-efficient windows that match the historical appearance of the original windows.
Campaign Goal $1,500,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2018 - June 2020
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $300,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.40 2.26 2.83

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 49% 44% 38%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Center obtained a revolving line of credit with a local bank on June 9, 2011. The amount available on the line of credit is $450,000 of which $344,049 was advanced as of October 1, 2012. Interest payments of 5.5% of the total outstanding balance are due monthly. On February 27, 2013 the bank agreed to lower the interest rate to 4.25%; as of this writing the modification has not been finalized, but is expected to be finalized by March 31, 2013. The loan is due on demand and upon the fifth anniversary of the note the effective rate will be adjusted to the then current five year Federal Home Loan Bank base rate plus 2.5%.


The Center’s Board of Directors authorized this borrowing in 2011 as part of a plan to address capacity building and related issues. The amount borrowed through October 1, 2012 includes:


           Retire prior debt                                                          $82,961

           Fire escape and door repairs                                           9,800

           Strategic Planning                                                          20,000

           Director of Development payroll and benefits               139,258

           Development and marketing                                          16,295

           Cover planned revenue shortfall                                    75,738

                       Total due at October 1, 2012                       $344,049


No further borrowing was made after October 1, and none is anticipated or has since been authorized. The Center has approved a plan for the regular repayment out of earned revenue of the principal borrowed over the course of the next seven fiscal years.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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