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The Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center Incorporated

 328 Warren Street
 Roxbury, MA 02119
[P] (617) 4456262
[F] (617) 4457959
Nancy Kilburn
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EIN 04-3506648

LAST UPDATED: 08/23/2017
Organization DBA Social Impact Center
RPC Social Impact Center
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center (SIC) was founded in 2000 with a mission to create and implement educational and economic development programs to strengthen the Roxbury community. 

But in 2013, a string of violence, including a daytime double murder just steps from the church, caused the Social Impact Center to gain a new focus: offering a direct response to the traumatic impact of urban violence on youth, women and men in the greater Roxbury area.  Working with community members and experts in the field of trauma treatment, SIC launched The Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing, a program which fosters connection and empowers community members to take an active role in helping themselves and others heal.  

Mission Statement

Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center (SIC) was founded in 2000 with a mission to create and implement educational and economic development programs to strengthen the Roxbury community. 

But in 2013, a string of violence, including a daytime double murder just steps from the church, caused the Social Impact Center to gain a new focus: offering a direct response to the traumatic impact of urban violence on youth, women and men in the greater Roxbury area.  Working with community members and experts in the field of trauma treatment, SIC launched The Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing, a program which fosters connection and empowers community members to take an active role in helping themselves and others heal.  

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $305,000.00
Projected Expense $270,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • CommonUnity: Nights for Youth Peace
  • Project MCAS Success: Learning Out Loud
  • Project MCAS Success: Tutor Training
  • Summer Saturdays with Big Business Network
  • The Cory Johnson Trauma Education Project

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Mission Statement

Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center (SIC) was founded in 2000 with a mission to create and implement educational and economic development programs to strengthen the Roxbury community. 

But in 2013, a string of violence, including a daytime double murder just steps from the church, caused the Social Impact Center to gain a new focus: offering a direct response to the traumatic impact of urban violence on youth, women and men in the greater Roxbury area.  Working with community members and experts in the field of trauma treatment, SIC launched The Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing, a program which fosters connection and empowers community members to take an active role in helping themselves and others heal.  

Background Statement

Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center (SIC) is deeply embedded in Roxbury, an example of the community coming together to meet the need for quality education and economic development. In 2008, volunteers from SIC engaged 600 Roxbury residents in one-on-one and small groups conversations in which they articulated their most pressing need: improved education. SIC launched Project MCAS Success to provide immediate educational support services.  Project MCAS Success now serves approximately 100 middle school students over the course of the year in Learning Out Loud tutoring, school vacation camps, Summer Saturdays with Big Business Network and regular field trips and other school support programs at Dearborn and Higginson-Lewis schools.  

SIC has engaged in community organizing, alongside Greater Boston Interfaith Organizatio, that has resulted in long term plan to transform the Dearborn Middle School into a 6-12 Early College STEM Academy. This work has been accomplished through building the leadership skills of community members, parents, teachers and partners while creating a strong system of relationships between these constituents and those in positions of political and economic power. Because SIC's community organizing approach rests on building leadership and "relational power", it is a process that leads to meaningful, long-lasting change which has the potential to reach far beyond the walls of the school building.
In response to an increase of violence, including daytime shootings and two daytime murders in 2013, SIC launched a program to address the impact of long-term exposure to violence called The Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing.  This program provides education on the impact of trauma and tools for recovery, while fostering connection and empowering community members to take an active role in helping themselves and others heal.  The Community Companion Program trains community members in  understanding trauma and providing support to others on the journey of recovery.  
In spring of 2016, West Roxbury Academy reached out to SIC for help in the aftermath of the third violent death of a student.  In response, SIC created the Common Unity Summer Intensive Program (CUSP) which used the Clover Model developed by McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School to emphasize Active Engagement, Belonging, Future Planning/Assertiveness and Reflection.  In partnership with The Justice Resource Initiative, a Youth Trauma Counselor was imbedded in the program for 10 hours each week.  

“This program was life changing, amazing! I love this program.”

--Smayder, age 17, CUSP participant, summer 2016.

Impact Statement

2016-17 Accomplishments:
  • Learning Out Loud Tutoring incorporated a trauma-informed approach to tutoring, teaching students techniques and tools for self-calming and mindfulness.
  • On September 12, 2016 Dearborn 6-12 Early College STEM Academy "Topping Off Ceremony" hosted by Mayor Walsh & Supt. Chang celebrated ; Leaders praised Roxbury Presbyterian Social Impact Center for making the school a reality and reiterated their support for open-enrollment Boston Public School. 
  • The Cory Johnson Trauma Education Program expanded to weekly trauma support services, engaging over 600 area residents and providing assistance with housing, court-involvement and mental health referrals.  
  • Common Unity Summer Intensive Program (CUSP), provided trauma-informed youth development for 20 teens directly impacted by gun violence.  In the safety, with support from trauma counselors, youth shared their stories, found healing and gave voice to their experiences in two original songs with music videos.  
  • Community organizing efforts at Warren Gardens maintained the safe environment: ZERO gun assaults in summer 2016, compared to dozens of gun assaults in the summer months in previous years.
2017-18 Goals:
  • Complete Implementation and Outcomes evaluation of the Cory Johnson Trauma Education Program; use results to guide program improvements and replication at a second site.  
  • Continue trauma-informed practices in Learning Out Loud Saturday tutoring program as we serve youth with high levels of "Adverse Childhood Experiences" (ACES); continue the focus on young adult tutors from the community who serve as mentors and role models to students, while gaining meaningful education employment experience to further their own success.  
  • Continue community organizing efforts to hold BPE, BPS, the City and State accountable to meet the needs of the current Dearborn students; including the provision of safe and suitable space for students while the new building is under construction.  

Needs Statement

2017 - 18 Opportunities:
Capture the components of The Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing in a comprehensive curriculum that reflects evaluation outcomes and can serve as a guide for program replication at another site.
Select a second site for implementing of a community-based program for post-traumatic healing and provide the leaders and community members with training and support as they launch the program.   
Continue the weekly Trauma Support Programming of The Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing.  
Fund Common Unity Summer Intensive Program (CUSP), a six week experiential program for teens who have suffered the los of peers to violence; fund year-round activities over the 2017-18 academic year to maintain the sense of community and supportive mentorship during the academic year.
Celebrate the opening of Dearborn 6 - 12 STEM Academy to neighborhood students in fall of 2018. 

CEO Statement

The community we serve at the RPC Social Impact Center is a literal rainbow of humanity. They represent a variety of cultures and traditions, coming from all over the world, many struggling to master English. They face daunting challenges every day as they set out for school or work in a neighborhood considered one of the toughest in the city. Some would label them “at risk”.  The staff and volunteers at the RPC SIC consider them “on the verge” of achievement, success and bright futures. As a faith-based community initiative, we see in these children qualities that others might miss:

·     We live and work in the same neighborhood and know first hand the challenges they face.

·      We interact with our community: children, parents, youth, elders, building relationships and trust and engaging the community in profound change efforts.

·     Our goals are focused as much on dreaming the impossible--and then making it happen--as on acceptable outcomes.

While there are many theories on how to improve the quality of education in Boston Public Schools, here at RPC Social Impact Center we believe in the basics; giving each child as much attention as possible one child at a time, reading with them, helping them make real life connections to numbers and most importantly, giving them permission to succeed. 

We believe in holding our city, our school department and our educational leaders accountable to creating programs, supports and curriculum than enables children facing a variety of challenges to succeed.  
We are committed to addressing the impact of trauma in our community and providing a space to people to share their stories and connect to healing.  We believe in the power of those stories to bring about transformation.  
We believe in our young people and the importance of giving them a safe space to gather, be inspired, create art and connect with one another, while providing a platform for them to dream and launch those dreams with support and mentorship.   
We keep faith with the community of Roxbury and hope you will as well.  
Rev. Liz Walker, President RPC Social Impact Center

Board Chair Statement

As an organization located directly in the center of a troubled section of Roxbury, Social Impact Center has developed strong, deep partnerships which leverage critical resources for the Roxbury community. It begins with our partnerships with the schools themselves: Dearborn Middle School and Higginson-Lewis K-8 School. SIC’s Program Director meets regularly with each school’s principal and the designated staff who coordinate curriculum for SICs programming: the Vice Principal at Dearborn and the 6thgrade math teacher at Higginson-Lewis.   Regular communication also means that SIC is able to respond to needs at the schools as they come up, such as cleaning out the school library, providing food for student families, proctoring MCAS exams and other onetime projects that go beyond the regular academic programming provided. 

SIC also has close partnerships with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) which provides community organizing support in our work with Dearborn school.  The partnership with GBIO has been critical to the Dearborn School’s designation as a future 6-12 STEM Academy and the continued involvement of community members in this school transformation process. 

In addition to these formal partnerships, RPCSIC also collaborates with NAACP, Higher Ground, Temple Beth Elohim, the Mass Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Emmanuel College, Boston Education Collaborative and many other faith communities who provide volunteers and fundraising support for the organization.  


Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Roxbury

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Victims' Services
  2. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Alliances & Advocacy
  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)

Under Development


CommonUnity: Nights for Youth Peace

In response to increased violence over 2013, CommonUnity was created by and for youth and young adults; the program meets weekly during the summer and monthly during the school year.  CommonUnity is a safe place where young people gather to celebrate unity, to get to know each other, to be inspired, to listen and be heard and have FUN!  Each evening includes dinner, "Chillax" hip-hop yoga, an inspirational speaker, discussion, games, music and time to just hang out.  There are opportunities for youth to create and perform music, dance, spoken word, rap and other art forms.   An important aspect of the program is that three "proven-risk" (currently or formerly court-involved) young people are employed to help with outreach and program set-up and clean-up.  Youth take an active role in shaping the program and have built in opportunities for advocacy, responses to violent incidences and planning for a longer-term project to improve the lives of youth in Roxbury and surroundings.  
Budget  $16,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Blacks, African Heritage Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  The short-term success of CommonUnity will be to engage 50 youth throughout the year, in thinking about their lives, their relationships and their futures, as well as the future of their community.  Our goal is to have positive feedback on 90% of the program, including speakers, discussion, activities and longer-term advocacy efforts.  
Program Long-Term Success  The long-term success of CommonUnity would be the engagement of 100 youth throughout the year, who support one another in educational, advocacy and artistic endeavors, and other efforts to improve their lives and the community.  CommonUnity might launch a music video, create a public art installation in the community, plant an urban garden, organize a march for youth peace, or some other large, impactful project.  In the long-term the youth employment aspect of the program should grow to have 10-15 youth on staff throughout the year and mentor them in setting and attaining educational, artistic and economic goals.  
Program Success Monitored By  Weekly feedback forms from participants and bi-weekly staff meetings serve as the primary methods for program evaluation.  
Examples of Program Success 

 In its first summer of programming, there were many indications of the success of CommonUnity:
 --All aspects CommonUnity earned “5-excellent” on weekly feedback forms.
 -- 25-35 young people stayed for all three hours of programming; most coming every Thursday night.
Five people were employed by CommonUnity, and made amazing strides forward in their lives:
--The Program Director was inspired by this first human services job to return to college, enrolling in Lesley University and earning A- average in fall of 2014.
--The Youth Director, a "proven-risk" young adult gained his first full-time job based on his experience and a reference from CommonUnity.  
--The two other court-involved youth kept to their parole plans with help from the Program Director.   “I used to get in trouble, but now I’m getting As and Bs. I joined the basketball team.  CommonUnity made all the difference--you guys just all seemed to care!” Sani, CommonUnity youth employee.

Project MCAS Success: Learning Out Loud

Learning Out Loud provides an extra half-day of English Language Arts and math instruction on Saturdays to students in grades 4 though 8 from Dearborn, Higginson-Lewis and Kennedy schools. The program runs from 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. throughout the fall, winter and spring. Learning Out Loud provides over 36 hours of extra tutoring for fifty students who are identified by the schools as needing extra support. The program maintains a tutor to student ratio of 1:3. Tutors are trained volunteers from the surrounding community, with a special emphasis on recruiting diverse young adult tutors who are college graduates and serve as positive, accessible role models. Based on MCAS data, the focus for Dearborn students is English Language Arts, for Higginson-Lewis students the focus is on math. All curriculum is developed in partnership with each school; Dearborn Vice Principal Stacey Edwards and Higginson-Lewis Math Teacher Colin Rose help develop the specific academic curriculum used in Learning Out Loud.
Budget  $55,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Students will attend Learning Out Loud regularly and will show gains in ELA Anet test scores or will show improvement in math grades based on classroom tests, quizzes and homework. 
Program Long-Term Success  Students enrolled in Learning Out Loud will make gains in ELA and math so that they are reading at or above grade level, and mastering math at or above grade level. 
Program Success Monitored By 
Dearborn students ELA progress is monitored using ANet test results which are administered five times each year.  Results of students who participate for five or six weeks of Learning Out Loud are compared to a control group of students referred to the program who do not attend. 
Higginson-Lewis students' progress is based on school grades in math for the grading period closest to the end of the Learning Out Loud session.  Grades of students who participate for five or six weeks of the program are compared to a control group of students referred to Learning Out Loud who do not attend. 
Examples of Program Success  Research indicates this dosage of ELA instruction should result in one grade level gain in reading comprehension and vocabulary, and our evaluation has supported this. In 2014 Saturday Scholars made 12% gains in ELA ANet tests, compared to 3% gains of students referred to the program who did not attend. In math, Saturday Scholars earned twice as many As as the control group and all students made honor roll.

Project MCAS Success: Tutor Training

SIC reaches out to young adults from the community, as well as other faith communities and area colleges to find volunteers to serve as tutors in Learning Out Loud tutoring program.  The vast majority of tutors are young adults who reflect the background of the students served. Dr. Holly Carter, Northeastern University Education Department Chair designs and delivers a six-hour Tutor Training program, in partnership with school personnel, to prepare volunteer tutors to be as effective as possible. These volunteers are then evaluated during each six-week session and given personal feedback on tactics to improve their impact. SIC will train and evaluate a total of 40 tutors over 2015, while increasing the number of younger tutors of color in order to help effectively engage students and provide role models.
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Tutorial Programs
Population Served Adults Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Twenty volunteers will take part in a six-hour tutor training in September and a three-hour tutor training in January.  Tutors will volunteer for one or both of the six-week Saturday School sessions during the year, providing eighteen to thirty-six hours of direct service tutoring to students.  Tutors will show ability to engage students effectively and establish a positive, supportive rapport with youth in the program. 
Program Long-Term Success  The long-term result of Tutor Training is to equip a committed group of community members, particularly young adults of African-American and Latino background, with the skills to successfully engage and educate students.  With increasingly qualified tutors who represent the students in our program, SIC expects to see increasing enrollment overall and improved student engagement during class.
Program Success Monitored By  Two evaluation tools are used, a self-evaluation completed by tutors and a tutor assessment completed by Dr. Holly Carter, Chair Northeastern Education Department or a graduate student in Education at Northeastern.  Tutor assessment takes place during the third week of Saturday School, the mid-point of the session, and provided with individual feedback to support their strengths and guide areas for improvement for the second half of the Saturday School session.
Examples of Program Success 
In 2012-13 academic year 65% of tutors volunteered for both the fall and spring sessions of Saturday School  This providing a continuity of adult mentorship for students, most of whom took part in all twelve weeks of Saturday School programming. 
Of the twelve tutors assessed during the spring 2013 Saturday School, nine were found to be excellent or very good at engaging students in the curriculum and seven were excellent or very good at establishing a positive rapport with students.  Tutors assessed as "excellent" or "very good" correlated strongly with those tutors who are from Roxbury or the surrounding neighborhoods and who are under forty years old.  These results are helping to shape our tutor recruiting going forward.

Summer Saturdays with Big Business Network

In partnership with former University of Michigan basketball star and Dorchester native Kendric Price, SIC is running a session of his successful Big Business Network in summer 2013. Fifteen rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders from Higginson-Lewis and Dearborn will take part in six weeks of financial literacy, character education and basketball.  Applied math and computer skills are taught through exposing students to the fundamentals of  stock market investing and evaluating publicly traded companies. Character education is loosely based on Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self-Development.  Program day is 9:30 am -1:30 pm, with two hours of investment principles and seventy-five minutes of basketball.  One hour each Saturday is spent on an independent study projects developed by each student.  During the week students have access to SIC computers to advance their independent study projects, which they present to one another and their families at an end of session event.
Budget  7,100
Category  Education, General/Other Extracurricular Sports
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  The short-term goals of Summer Saturdays with Big Business Network are to protect against summer learning loss and measure gains in math instead, while improving student engagement in education and self-improvement.
Program Long-Term Success  The long-term goals of Big Business Network are for students to show improvement in math test scores and grades, and increased school engagement overall. The theory of change is that by teaching students “real world” applications for math in the form of stock market investing and business analysis, they will show marked increased aptitude and engagement in math.  Students will also show increased interest in education in general which is emphasized throughout the program as a prerequisite to legitimate, lucrative forms of employment.
Program Success Monitored By  The evaluation metric for math skills will be standardized tests administered at the end of the school year and the beginning of the following school year. Students should maintain or improve math scores. The evaluation tool for student engagement will be a student survey and a parent/guardian survey.
Examples of Program Success  While this program is new to SIC, Big Business Network has had a strong, positive impact on students' school attendance rates and academic performance at its other program sites.  The attendance rate for the program itself has been 90% or higher at other sites; SIC anticipates a similarly positive student engagement at our summer program.

The Cory Johnson Trauma Education Project

The Cory Johnson Trauma Education Project is pioneering a new, community-based approach to addressing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related to urban violence. In recent years, research has highlighted the prevalence of PTSD among those living in low-income, high-crime urban settings such as Roxbury. The Trauma Education Project was developed through a collaboration between Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center, Brigham & Women’s Violence Recovery Program and Still Harbor counseling center as a way to bring services to hundreds of underserved residents.  

The Trauma Education Project consists of 1. “Our Voices, Our Stories” Monthly Community Conversations on Trauma provides a safe space for people to share their stories, build community and access further mental health supports; 2. Community Companion program trains community members to provide one-on-one support to survivors; and 3. Engagement in grief support groups, Companioning or referrals to counseling.

Budget  $55,000.00
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Grief Counseling
Population Served Blacks, African Heritage At-Risk Populations Victims
Program Short-Term Success  The near-term achievements will include the involvement of 800 area residents in the Trauma Education Project, the training of 30 community members to offer Community Companioning to 60 residents, and the referral of 100 to further mental health treatment such as grief support groups or Companioning.  
Program Long-Term Success 
Studies show that there is an epidemic of PTSD in low-income urban communities of color: an estimated 1 in 3 residents show symptoms of trauma.  Meanwhile only 13% of those residents receive any mental health treatment.  A long-term goal of the Cory Johnson Trauma Education Project is to educate community members on the impact of trauma and engage them in receiving the support they need to heal in its aftermath.  Long-term success would be:
--involvement of 5000 community members through the replication of this program at three to five other sites in other high-crime areas of our city.  
--engagement of 200 community members in further mental health treatments including grief support groups, one-on-one companioning, and referrals to trauma informed counseling as needed.  
This broad, community-based intervention should lead to an increase in the understanding of PTSD, a decrease in the amount of untreated PTSD within Roxbury and Dorchester, and perhaps, to a decrease in violence.   
Program Success Monitored By 

Each of these interventions will be evaluated both in terms of numbers engaged and impact. The monthly "Our Voices, Our Stories" (OVOS) events will use feedback forms, testimonies during the events and feedback provided during intake sessions. In addition, Community Companions will evaluate the events in their monthly group supervision sessions. The Community Companioning will be evaluated in monthly supervision sessions between the Companions and the clinical supervisor. Evaluation of the grief support groups will take place within the groups themselves as participants share the impact of the support group on their trauma symptoms and overall well-being. In all three program aspects: OVOS events, companioning and grief support groups, attention will be paid to reports of lessoning of symptoms (anxiety, insomnia, startle response, etc.), increased agency and sense of connection and other factors indicating the lessening of PTSD symptoms.

Examples of Program Success  In the pilot phase of The Cory Johnson Trauma Education Project, 200 area residents have take part in the monthly OVOS events.  Twenty have been engaged in further mental health supports, including the grief support groups and Companioning.   Numerous participants have testified to the importance of these monthly events to their own healing. “Just seeing the church now, when I drive by—knowing this is happening, I know I can make it.” “What you are doing is so important. We have to talk about it.” (January participants).  

Participants are returning to OVOS month after month; at each event approximately half are repeat attendees. “When I walked in this place I felt like it was a place for healing. The spirit in this room, you can feel it—we're healing each other” (October participant).  


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In addition to our Project MCAS Success programs, SIC also organizes numerous events such as the Welcome Back to School Day, Teacher Appreciation Breakfasts, Student Award Night, an Annual Harvest Fest, winter coat drives and other annual events designed to boost school spirit and address the needs of students and families. SIC's Program Director maintains weekly contact via phone and email and meets at least once per month with Dearborn Principal Duarte and the Family and Community Outreach Coordinator, Kiana Brunson; and Higginson-Lewis Principal Salesman-Oliver and the Director of Community and Partnership, Lena Reddick.This has led to a strong, supportive relationship between SIC and the partner schools, as SIC is able to respond to needs as they arise at each school. SIC also serves as a site for the Timothy Smith Network Computer Training Center.SIC is the first CTC to begin offering computer courses for advanced certification in technology fields to unemployed and underemployed adults, enabling them to gain expertise in order to secure employment. SICs MCAS Success programs and Summer Saturdays program make extensive use of the fourteen computers on-site at SIC.


CEO/Executive Director Rev. Liz Walker
CEO Term Start Mar 2012
CEO Email
CEO Experience
Rev. Liz Walker brings years of experience in founding and running non-profit organizations; she has brought fresh energy and effective leadership to her role as President of SIC.Within her first 12 months she has added a second school partnership with Higginson-Lewis School, extended our Saturday programming to include summers, and used her high profile and contacts to ensure leaders such as Treasurer Steve Grossman, Chair Mass School Building Authority; Superintendent Johnson and others maintain their pledges to transform Dearborn School even as leadership at SIC changed. Liz Walker is an Emmy award-winning television journalist who spent two decades as anchor of WBZ Television's evening newscasts in Boston.  She is also a humanitarian who co-founded My Sister’s Keeper, a grassroots initiative that advocates for women and children in the war-torn country of Sudan and recently completed construction of a Girls' School for more than 500 girls in southern Sudan. Rev. Walker is a celebrated documentary film producer, an effective advocate for at-risk youth, breast cancer survivors, and many other worthy causes, and founder and principal of The Walker Group LLC, Communications Specialists, which focuses on corporate public engagement, non-profit capacity building and video production.
A 2005 graduate of Harvard Divinity School and an ordained minister, Rev. Walker was the ideal candidate to serve as Transitional Pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church. She assumed this post in December of 2011 and has led the church through this time of transition with a grace and power. In March 2012, she agreed to also serve as President of SIC. Rev. Walker has taken a leadership of meetings with the State Treasurer, Mayor, and Superintendent which led to their signing of the Feasibility Study Agreement.  This marked the beginning of the Dearborn School Renovation, with groundbreaking scheduled for March 2014, and 9th grade beginning September 2013.
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
Ms. Nancy Kilburn Director of Development Development Director, Nancy Kilburn, MSW in Community Organizing, Boston University. Ms. Kilburn oversees all fundraising to individuals, foundations, corporations and government sources.Ms. Kilburn developed a strategic plan for fundraising which raised income by 60%, successfully building a 3-month operating reserve to ensure the fiscal health of SIC.She brings a decade of experience in non-profit fundraising and volunteers extensively with one of SIC’s partners, Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.Prior to working at SIC, Ms. Kilburn managed a million dollar grants portfolio at Tenacity.
Ms. Shamara Rhodes Program Director Program Director Aarti Miller is a native of Roxbury with a background in business management.Since beginning in August 2012, Ms. Miller has increased the number of volunteers, especially the number of young volunteers of color coming from nearby in the community.Engaging recent successful college graduates to work with the middle school children has proved to be highly effective at increasing student participation.As Program Director, Ms. Miller is directly involved in all activities and services of the organization.She recruits and supervises over 40 volunteers from the community on an annual basis, ensuring their impact on the Dearborn and Higginson-Lewis schools is as effective and positive as possible.Volunteers are trained to provide direct services in the Saturday School program and in the One-on-One Tutoring program, and other areas as needed.SIC also organizes volunteers to take significant roles in extracurricular events such as Teacher Appreciation Day, an annual Harvest Fest, Thanksgiving Turkey Basket Giveaway for school families, a Gift, Gloves & Hat Drive for students, and other school spirit building activities


Award Awarding Organization Year
Together for Tomorrow School Impovement Champion White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborood Partnerships, US Department of Education and Corporation for National & Community Service 2012


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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  • Dearborn School Roxbury
  • Higginson-Lewis School
  • Greater Boston Interfaith Organization - partner on community organizing, particularly around Dearborn School Transformation
  • MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence-for gun violence prevention advocacy work
  • Trinity Boston Foundation - partner on TEEP@Roxbury
  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative - collaborator on Dearborn Academy 
  • Emmanuel College - provides an intern to SIC
  • Boston Education Collaborative and Emmanuel Gospel Center - source for volunteers and evaluation support

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 67%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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


Board Chair Reverend Liz Walker
Board Chair Company Affiliation Transitional Pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church
Board Chair Term Mar 2012 - Mar 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Rev. Gloria White Hammond Co-Pastor, Bethel AME Church, Co-Founder & Executive Director, My Sister's Keeper Voting
Dave Jacob Managing Partner, Davalen, LLC Voting
Dr. Thea James Boston Medical Center Voting
Dennis Johnson Civil Rights Officer, Department of Public Health, Health Cluster Voting
Louise Burnham Packard Executive Director, Trinity Boston Foundation Voting
Colette Phillips CPC, Colette Phillips Communication Voting
Nancy Powers Community Volunteer Voting
Rev. Richard Richardson President Emeritus, Children's Services of Roxbury Voting
Rev. Elizabeth Walker Transitional Pastor, Roxbury Presbyterian Church 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: 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We have expert leadership at the Board level: deep theoretical knowledge combined with years of experience on the ground level with the issue of trauma and with youth development, all supporting the high-profile, high-impact leadership of Board President Rev. Liz Walker. This is truly a once in a generation opportunity.  We are positioned to respond in a nimble, creative way to the issues facing our community. RPC Social Impact Center has already made a significant impact on Roxbury; we are poised to increase that impact exponentially in the coming 3-5 years.  As a donor recently put it, “These are exactly the people you need around the table to tackle the issues facing Roxbury.”

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $305,000.00
Projected Expense $270,500.00
Form 990s

2015 SIC 990

2014 SIC 990

2013 SIC 990

2012 SIC 990

2011 SIC 990

2010 SIC 990

Audit Documents

2015 SIC Financial Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $267,076 $215,407 $110,776
Total Expenses $213,914 $171,089 $146,599

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $0 --
Individual Contributions $267,076 $215,407 $110,776
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 --
Earned Revenue $0 $0 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $0 $0 --
Membership Dues $0 $0 --
Special Events $0 $0 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $0 $0 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $153,513 $117,694 $123,374
Administration Expense $45,448 $53,395 $23,157
Fundraising Expense $14,953 $0 $68
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.25 1.26 0.76
Program Expense/Total Expenses 72% 69% 84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 6% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $136,124 $82,962 $40,910
Current Assets $136,124 $82,962 $40,910
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $2,000 $2,000 $0
Total Net Assets $134,124 $80,962 $40,910

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose The Campaign for Lasting Change aims to raise funds to support capital expenditures and program support.
Campaign Goal $1,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates June 2016 - May 2019
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $105,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 68.06 41.48 inf

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

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


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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?

RPC Social Impact aims to have the positive impact possible on the community as possible.  On the micro level, we engage young adults and adults from the community in providing tutoring and mentorship to struggling students, leading to improved grades and test scores.  On the macro level, through community organizing we aim to establish world-class 6-12 STEM education in Dudley Square to benefit students from the surrounding neighborhood.  
In addition, we aim to engage 800-1000 residents in together creating a supportive community environment in which to address the issues of exposure to violence, profound loss and the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Our goal is to educate the population on the impact of trauma and to teach skills for surviving and even thriving in its aftermath.  Our hope is to end the silent suffering of so many and to increase the ability of community members to support one another in healing.
 In order to serve youth, we aim to provide them with the space and platform to create meaningful programming that responds to their needs and provides them with the support to thrive in creative, educational and employment settings.    
In all this work, we aim to engage people across all ages in advocacy work that pushes for long-term changes in education, gun violence, economic development and green development.   

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

In order to maximize our impact, SIC develops strong, collaborative relationships with partner organizations such as Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Still Harbor counseling center, the MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, Dearborn and Higginson-Lewis Schools and other community entities.  
In addition, SIC works to develop the leadership and management skills of young adults and youth in the community by providing opportunities for them take leadership positions within SIC programs.   

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


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


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