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Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts Education Fund Inc

 15 Court Square, Suite 345
 Boston, MA 02108
[P] (617) 723-6866
[F] (617) 723-6766
www.n2nma.org
n2nma@n2nma.org
Maria Elena Letona
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INCORPORATED: 2000
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EIN 04-3507716

LAST UPDATED: 01/04/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

We are the “new majority:” people of color, immigrants, women, and the working class, on a path to liberation.  Our statewide, membership organization is marching to put people and the planet before profit. We counter the fear that causes injustice by building power to transform the institutions that govern our lives. 

In an era of income inequality, environmental degradation, and racism, our chapters are confronting this triple crisis in Massachusetts. We fill the ballot box with our votes. We fill the streets with our voices. We seed the new alternatives that put power and decision-making in the hands of those directly affected. We are certain that a better world is possible and that we are the ones to build it.

Mission Statement

We are the “new majority:” people of color, immigrants, women, and the working class, on a path to liberation.  Our statewide, membership organization is marching to put people and the planet before profit. We counter the fear that causes injustice by building power to transform the institutions that govern our lives. 

In an era of income inequality, environmental degradation, and racism, our chapters are confronting this triple crisis in Massachusetts. We fill the ballot box with our votes. We fill the streets with our voices. We seed the new alternatives that put power and decision-making in the hands of those directly affected. We are certain that a better world is possible and that we are the ones to build it.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $602,500.00
Projected Expense $595,489.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Coalition Organizing
  • Leadership Development
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Voter Empowerment

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

We are the “new majority:” people of color, immigrants, women, and the working class, on a path to liberation.  Our statewide, membership organization is marching to put people and the planet before profit. We counter the fear that causes injustice by building power to transform the institutions that govern our lives. 

In an era of income inequality, environmental degradation, and racism, our chapters are confronting this triple crisis in Massachusetts. We fill the ballot box with our votes. We fill the streets with our voices. We seed the new alternatives that put power and decision-making in the hands of those directly affected. We are certain that a better world is possible and that we are the ones to build it.


Background Statement

N2N-MA grew out of Neighbor to Neighbor, a national organization that mobilized for foreign policy justice in the 1980s and for health care reform in the early 1990s. In the mid-1990s, we re-evaluated our mission, and focused on building power in low-income communities through an economic justice agenda. In the past few years, we have begun to work at the intersection of environmental, economic, and racial justice.


Impact Statement

Working with our allies we won key victories for economic justice in 2010 and 2011:

  • After three years of insider and outsider legislative advocacy we adopted one of the most progressive criminal justice reform packages in the history of the Commonwealth. Massachusetts became only the second state in the nation to prohibit both public and private employers from asking about a person’s criminal history on an initial job application. This significant civil rights victory removes barriers to jobs and housing faced by people with CORI records and will serve as a model for other states.
  • Despite the challenging political conditions, we expanded our membership from 6,000 to 11,000 members, made over 100,000 voter contacts, and turned out thousands of voters in both the Primary and General of 2010.
  • Expanded and diversified all four of our field chapters, Worcester, Springfield, Holyoke, and Lynn by deepening our base building strategies and tactics.
  • Increased our members’ leadership capacity through popular and political education and skills based training.
  • Developed a new popular education, community planning, and policy development model called “Improving our Quality of Life, Where We Live, Work, and Play” to develop a new frame for social change and issue agenda.

We have the following goals for 2012:
 
Organizing for Economic & Environmental Justice

·           Pass progressive revenue solutions to prevent further budget cuts to housing, health care, and education programs;

·           Ensure that new efforts to “green the state economy” benefit low-income people and communities of color by providing them with access to energy audits and green jobs programs; and

·           Ensure just implementation of CORI Reform so it has the widest and deepest impact possible, prioritizing areas that could be improved through regulatory or administrative policy changes. 

Leadership Development:  Popular Education, Political Education & Bottom-Up Policy Development

·        We are launching a popular and political education organizing model we are calling Quality of Life / Calidad de Vida that will be used in all of our chapters to help us develop a new frame for social change. This frame will allow us to better understand the interconnection between where we live, work, and play, as well as the intersections between the multiple forms of oppression that affect our communities. It will also help us develop new and innovative policy solutions that we will move forward beginning in the 2013 legislative session.

·        We have already begun local organizing campaigns whose success will depend on our ability to adapt this approach:

o       In Springfield, our members are part of a citywide alliance that is advocating for the adoption of a participatory budgeting process. The model they are exploring is based in part on similar processes that have been adopted in Brazil.

o       In Holyoke, our members are organizing to shut down the Mt. Tom Coal Plant that has polluted the environment and caused severe health problems in the communities where they live. Our work on the campaign has been informed by the experiences that our members have had with environmental justice organizing in Puerto Rico.

2012 Voter Empowerment Campaign

Through our voter registration, education, and get-out-the-vote work, we will dramatically increase voter turnout in the communities where we work for the 2012 elections. These increases will directly improve how elected officials respond to the concerns of our members. When low-income people start voting in large numbers, politicians become more supportive of issues that affect struggling working people and more accountable to their low-income constituents. 

 


Needs Statement

We welcome contributions in any amount.  All contributions to the Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts Education Fund are tax deductible. We are also always looking for volunteers.

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.
Massachusetts-All Regions

N2N-MA is a statewide organization of the New American Majority – immigrants, people of color, and the working class – and their allies. We have local member-led chapters in Lynn, Holyoke, and Springfield that base their organizing in targeted low-income neighborhoods. The vast majority of our members are people of color, primarily Latino immigrants and Puerto Ricans whose first language is Spanish. As a result, we conduct all of our meetings bilingually in Spanish and English. We also have a significant number of African-American, Caribbean, Asian, and white working class members. We are approximately 85% women and have members of all ages.

Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Voter Education/ Registration
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development
  3. Education - Alliances & Advocacy

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

Coalition Organizing

Uniting low-income people with unions, community organizations, and other groups to pressure local and state officials.
Budget  --
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Population Served Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
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Program Long-Term Success  --
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Leadership Development

Developing community power and local leaders in the communities where we organize.
Budget  --
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Population Served Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
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Policy Advocacy

Mobilizing low-income residents to advocate for the issues most important to them and other working families.
Budget  --
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Population Served Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
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Examples of Program Success  --

Voter Empowerment

Registering, educating and turning out low-income voters.

Budget  --
Category  --
Population Served Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
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Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Maria Elena Letona
CEO Term Start Jan 2014
CEO Email Elena@n2nma.org
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Juan Leyton Mar 2008 Feb 2013

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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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

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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 6
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 307
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

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 Semi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Giselle Vizcarrondo
Board Chair Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Dec 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Eliud Alcala Community Volunteer Voting
Paul Coombs Community Volunteer Voting
Zulmalee Rivera Community Volunteer Voting
Giselle Vizcarrondo community volunteer 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: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our Board of Directors is comprised entirely of low-income people elected as representatives by the local chapters in each city where we work. 

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $602,500.00
Projected Expense $595,489.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

2008 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $913,312 $715,843 $1,198,277
Total Expenses $656,602 $942,193 $1,118,297

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $782,351 $710,106 $1,138,303
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $129,500 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $45
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $1,461 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $5,737 $59,929

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $470,779 $645,642 $888,961
Administration Expense $97,931 $160,853 $112,016
Fundraising Expense $87,892 $135,698 $117,320
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.39 0.76 1.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses 72% 69% 79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 11% 19% 10%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $189,674 $104,333 $303,378
Current Assets $189,260 $103,244 $301,108
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $54,989 $209,544 $192,156
Total Net Assets $134,685 $-105,211 $111,222

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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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 No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.44 0.49 1.57

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 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 IRS 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
 
Please note, for the Fiscal Year ending 2013 the independent auditors conducting this audit have issued a going concern opinion, which means simply whether there is significant doubt that the nonprofit will have sufficient resources in the foreseeable future. Please review the Auditors opinion for further information.

For the Fiscal Year ending 2013, the independent auditors issued a qualification to their opinion because they were unable to obtain sufficient documentation to support material balances in the 2013 financial statements. Please review the Auditors opinion for further information.


 

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