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Danforth Museum Corp

 123 Union Avenue
 Framingham, MA 01702
[P] (508) 6200050
[F] (508) 8200258
www.danforthart.org
[email protected]
Robin DeBlosi
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INCORPORATED: 1975
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EIN 04-2526917

LAST UPDATED: 03/15/2016
Organization DBA Danforth Museum of Art
Danforth Art
Danforth Art Museum\School
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Mission Statement 

Danforth Art actively engages its communities within an intimate environment to experience, create, and celebrate the expressive qualities of art through exhibitions, educational programs, and studio art classes.

Vision Statement

Danforth Art envisions its future as a nationally recognized leader among community museums and art education centers, with an outstanding collection of American art, as well as exhibitions and programs that engage, inspire and transform the lives of children and adults.

Mission Statement

Mission Statement 

Danforth Art actively engages its communities within an intimate environment to experience, create, and celebrate the expressive qualities of art through exhibitions, educational programs, and studio art classes.

Vision Statement

Danforth Art envisions its future as a nationally recognized leader among community museums and art education centers, with an outstanding collection of American art, as well as exhibitions and programs that engage, inspire and transform the lives of children and adults.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2014 to Aug 31, 2015
Projected Income $1,571,400.00
Projected Expense $1,570,900.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Exhibitions
  • Museum Education
  • Studio Art Education

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

Mission Statement 

Danforth Art actively engages its communities within an intimate environment to experience, create, and celebrate the expressive qualities of art through exhibitions, educational programs, and studio art classes.

Vision Statement

Danforth Art envisions its future as a nationally recognized leader among community museums and art education centers, with an outstanding collection of American art, as well as exhibitions and programs that engage, inspire and transform the lives of children and adults.


Background Statement

Established as a grassroots organization in 1975 by a committed group of community activists, business owners, educators, and artists, Danforth Art is a museum and school that invites you to see, learn about, create, and be inspired by art. Danforth Art educates the public through its Permanent Collection of American art from the 19th century to the present day, changing exhibitions of contemporary artists, studio art classes and workshops, and a variety of community outreach programs. Under the new leadership of Executive Director Debra Petke, Danforth Art plans to better showcase its exceptional Permanent Collection, to further refine its quality studio art classes with a focus on foundational skills, and increase programming in the museum and in the community. Danforth Art is engaged in active and thoughtful planning for a future move to the Jonathan Maynard Building on Framingham Centre Common.

Impact Statement

The Board of Trustees of Danforth Art Museum\School announced on May 20, 2015, that Debra Petke has been appointed as Executive Director. Petke, who most recently served as President and CEO of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT, succeeds Katherine French who retired January 1, 2015. Formally elected in a special meeting of the Board of Trustees on May 19, 2015, Petke was selected after a national search conducted by an internal search committee of Danforth Art trustees and the firm Opportunity Resources, Inc.

Richard Perse, Co-President of the Board of Trustees and Co-Chair of the Search Committee commented, “Debra was a clear choice for the Executive Director position because of her experience in directing institutions that needed to grow to the next level, her energy and enthusiasm for Danforth Art, and its plan to move to the Jonathan Maynard Building. She has a proven ability to creatively engage diverse populations with unique outreach programs as well as to show strong financial leadership.”

Danforth Art was founded in 1975 as an art museum and studio art school for children and adults to be “a magnet and focus for the region, a multi-purpose fine arts museum, designed to bring understanding and appreciation of the arts to all segments of the population.” Now, 40 years later, Danforth Art serves a broad and diverse community with more than 20 exhibitions of American art from the 18th century to the present day, over 500 quality studio art classes, family and public programs, a thriving membership, and events for artists and art-lovers alike. In her role as Executive Director, Petke aims to reengage the MetroWest community and to secure a bright future for this museum and art education center in its future home at the Jonathan Maynard Building on the historic Framingham Centre Common.

"I am honored to lead Danforth Art at this pivotal moment. This is an institution that began as a grassroots organization by dedicated citizens and for 40 years has provided those citizens, and the whole region, with countless exhibitions, art classes, and programs,” says Petke. “With careful planning, our future move to the Jonathan Maynard building will allow Danforth Art to better showcase our exceptional Permanent Collection, to improve our facilities for our quality studio art classes and education programs offered in museum and school, and to provide better visitor amenities … All in one of Framingham's most beautiful historic buildings! I am excited to work with the Board, staff, faculty, and volunteers to achieve this goal."


Needs Statement

In January 2014, Danforth Art finalized the purchase of the Jonathan Maynard Building on Framingham Centre Common from the Town of Framingham. Current organizational needs are centered on strategic, space, and business planning, as well as feasibility studies that will inform Danforth Art’s relocation process. Important planning that must be done in the next year includes four key planning projects to prepare for renovating the Building and for planning capital campaign fundraising: a (1) community/audience needs assessment; (2) space planning; (3) revenue projections; and (4) fundraising planning and feasibility. The outcomes of this planning process will: (1) identify community and user needs to inform space planning; (2) provide space planning as to how space should be configured to meet the needs of exhibitions, collections, classes; (3) forecast revenues based on the proposed space allocations; and (4) provide a fundraising goal and capital campaign strategies. The most critical need at this juncture is financial support for the holistic planning process that will enable Danforth Art to transition into a new facility better suited to community needs and to grow our program offerings to a greater constituency.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
METROWEST REGION, MA
Danforth Art's general programs and services attract participants from throughout MetroWest, with a special emphasis on contiguous communities of Framingham and Natick. About 40% of public program attendees are Framingham residents. Additional highly engaged members, visitors, and students represent Ashland, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Holliston, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Newton, Sherborn, Southborough, Sudbury, Wayland, Wellesley, and Westborough.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Art Museums
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Exhibitions

Focusing on American art from 19th century to present, Danforth Art is dedicated to showing both historic traditions and contemporary art by emerging and established artists through quarterly exhibitions and a Permanent Collection of over 3,000 works of art in a variety of media. Danforth Art maintains important holdings from the School of Boston Expressionism and the work of African-American sculptor Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller.

Budget  $500,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults
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Museum Education

To promote engagement with exhibitions on view, Danforth Art hosts a variety of Museum Education programs for audiences of all ages. Elementary students explore issues of multiculturalism through the Native American Tour Program. Families participate in monthly Drop Into Art sessions with free admission, interactive gallery activities, and hands-on art-making. High-school students train as Teen Docents, lead tours, and serve as student ambassadors at events throughout the year. Adults attend gallery talks, book readings, and docent-led tours related to exhibitions on view. A group of 35 committed volunteer educators attend weekly training sessions and lead tour programs for all ages.

Budget  $500,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
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Studio Art Education

Danforth Art’s School offers more than 400 art classes to approximately 1,200 children and adults of all ages and levels each year. Studio art classes taught by professional artists explore a variety of media (painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and ceramics) and are suitable for all ages and abilities. Professional development classes allow teachers to receive graduate credit through Framingham State University. Danforth Art provides year-round scholarships for low-income students and students battling serious illness (participating in the Art & Healing program).

Budget  $500,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Debra Petke
CEO Term Start June 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Petke served as President and CEO of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, CT for five years. Prior to that she spent fourteen years at The Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, CT where she served as Executive Director after a significant time as Deputy Director and Chief Curator. While there, she instituted a changing exhibition program, oversaw the restoration of the 1874 Mark Twain House with Tiffany interiors, and created a number of nationally-recognized education programs. She was also instrumental in the planning, building, and operations of a new museum center. Petke started her museum career at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. An art historian specializing in American art, she has taught art history and museum studies at various colleges and universities. She holds an MA in art history from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a BA in art history from Providence College.
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
Mary Kiely Director of Finance & Operations --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Outstanding Cultural Institution Massachusetts Arts Education Council 2008

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Metrowest Nonprofit Network 2012
American Association of Museums - Member 2011
New England Museums Association (NEMA) 2005
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Masschusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- 2009

Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 13
Number of Part Time Staff 35
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 10
Staff Retention Rate % 75%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 45
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 37
Male: 10
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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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 Ms. Mimi Macksoud
Board Chair Company Affiliation Sage Partners
Board Chair Term Oct 2013 - Oct 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Adam Adelson Adelson Galleries Boston Voting
Richard Baiano Childs Gallery Voting
Brian Bishop Framingham State University Voting
Gary Christelis Stratevise Voting
Michele DiVito McGladrey LLP Voting
Peter Drotch Retired Partner PWC Voting
Robert Fields Commonwealth Creative Associates Voting
Dennis Giombetti Retired Town of Framingham Selectman Voting
Amy Herrera Community Volunteer Voting
Roger Jeanty Retired Software Entrepreneur Voting
Susan Litowitz Independent Investment Professional Voting
Robert Murchison Independent Investment Professional Voting
Esther Pullman Artist Voting
Judith Riegelhaupt Museum Founder Voting
Cameron Roberts Independent Architectural Planner Voting
Colleen Rolph Fidelity Investments Voting
Marcia Rosenberg Museum Founder --
Paul Rosenberg Museum Founder Voting
Stacy Scott Framingham Public Schools Voting
Kurt Steinberg Massachusetts College of Art & Design Voting
Betsy Swartz Museum Founder Voting
John Thompson Artist Voting
Julia von Metzsch Artist 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
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 24
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 10
Male: 15
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Collections
  • Education
  • Executive
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $2,304,793 $1,889,906 $2,084,066
Total Expenses $2,058,378 $1,833,923 $1,578,947

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $854,992 $745,372 $907,132
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $631,890 $614,627 $46,513
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,494 $679 $9,426
Membership Dues $93,196 $94,463 $95,685
Special Events $51,270 $94,765 $685,310
Revenue In-Kind $671,951 $340,000 $340,000
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $1,357,292 $1,206,150 $1,068,288
Administration Expense $426,355 $338,018 $319,447
Fundraising Expense $274,731 $289,755 $191,212
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.12 1.03 1.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses 66% 66% 68%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 30% 34% 12%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $2,334,104 $1,125,608 $1,017,617
Current Assets $622,615 $896,181 $785,003
Long-Term Liabilities $948,381 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $220,778 $207,078 $155,070
Total Net Assets $1,164,945 $918,530 $862,547

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
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? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose To renovate and move to the Jonathan Maynard Building on Framingham Town Common. The Building was purchased in January, 2014.
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.82 4.33 5.06

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 41% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's audited financials. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. Please note, the administrative expense category for FY14 includes expenses related to the Jonathan Maynard Building.

Documents


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