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Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts Inc.

 30 Lyman Street, Suite 10
 Westborough, MA 01581
[P] (508) 4750032
[F] (508) 475-0040
Tania Fernandez
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EIN 04-2753269

LAST UPDATED: 05/30/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names Massachusetts Brain Injury Association, Inc (2005)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is to create a better future for brain injury survivors and their families through brain injury prevention, education, advocacy, and support.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is to create a better future for brain injury survivors and their families through brain injury prevention, education, advocacy, and support.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $1,783,875.00
Projected Expense $1,875,937.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Ambassador Program
  • Think-A-Head

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is to create a better future for brain injury survivors and their families through brain injury prevention, education, advocacy, and support.

Background Statement


In 1981, a small group of family members came together because they felt the needs of their loved ones who had suffered traumatic brain injury (TBI) were not being addressed by the medical profession or any state agency. Although the dramatic expansion of emergency medical systems and improvements in trauma care had led to an increase in the number of survivors of brain injury, communities were ill-prepared to serve this population.

From these humble beginnings in Framingham, MA, emerged the National Head Injury Foundation which later became the Brain Injury Association of America, with more than 40 chartered state affiliates. The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) was incorporated in 1982 as one of the first statewide brain injury associations in the U.S. and remains the only organization of its kind in Massachusetts. In 1986, BIA-MA advocated for the establishment of the Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP), a government program that funds community-based programs for persons with traumatic brain injury.

Today, BIA-MA is still leading the way. BIA-MA annually provides support, information and resources to approximately 14,000 survivors, families and medical professionals. BIA-MA sponsors more than 30 support groups throughout Massachusetts which provides a forum for sharing information about brain injury and an opportunity to meet others who share similar experiences and concerns. It also organizes a variety of educational, recreational and social activities.

BIA-MA has been honored with numerous honors and awards, including an Outstanding Advocacy Award from the Brain Injury Association of America, a National Lifesavers Award from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two Gold Awards from the New England Society for Healthcare Communications for a veterans with TBI billboard and the Faces of Brain Injury banners, and a Leadership Award from Riverside Community Care, Inc.


Impact Statement

FY 2014 Accomplishments
1.  Increased the Head Injury Treatment Services Trust Fund (HITS) collections from 75% to 100%, to support community based services for brain injury survivors.
2.  Provided 4,623 middle and high school students with the tools and resources to prevent brain injury and make healthy living choices through our Think-A-Head program.
3.  Over 5,500 attendances at statewide support groups received information, resources and encouragement.
4. Educated over 700 caregivers and brain injury professionals at the BIA-MA Annual Conference.  

5 Year Strategic Goals
1.  Diversify our sources of funding and become sustainable over the long term through funding that is predictable, repeatable and sustainable.
2.  Increase awareness and understanding of brain injury.
3.  Stay abreast of current brain injury trends to meet the current and future needs of survivors, family members, caregivers, and the general public.
4.  Improve and increase support to those affected by brain injury.
5.  Develop a diversified and expanded Board of Directors.

Needs Statement

1. Independent funding for prevention programs such as Think-A-Head aimed at educating elementary and middle school aged children about preventing brain injuries.
2. Expanding resources for survivors and caregivers including, but not limited to: more support groups, day programming, recreational activities, and educational resources.

CEO Statement

BIA-MA has grown from a handful of volunteers providing support to each other to a statewide association that provides information, resources and support services as well as prevention and education to more than 30,000 survivors, families and medical professionals throughout the Commonwealth. BIA-MA has more than 30 support groups throughout the state to help reduce the isolation that so many survivors endure.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


The Association has two regional offices (E. Wareham and Pittsfield) to better serve individuals in southeastern and western Massachusetts along with a regional office in Central Massachusetts.  The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts is statewide organization that  promotes and fosters the empowerment of persons with brain injury through active participation in the association and the community.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Human Services
  2. Education -
  3. Public & Societal Benefit -

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



Ambassador Program

The Ambassador Program focuses on injury prevention and education for all ages.  Ambassadors present their knowledge and personal insight into brain injury, making a seamless link between prevention and real life examples. The Ambassadors stress the importance of prevention because there is no cure for brain injury. 

All Ambassadors are volunteer speakers, who have either sustained a brain injury or have a loved one with a brain injury. All share a desire to tell their stories to help others avoid this devastating tragedy. Ambassadors are available to speak in all locations throughout Massachusetts.

The Ambassador speech is split into two parts. The first part conveys the same message about our organization, comparison facts about TBIs and other medical conditions, general information about how tbis happen, and then prevention. The Ambassador then tells his/her personal story about their experience. The entire presentation typically takes about twenty minutes. 

The Ambassador Program offers its services to a variety of audiences, ranging from local civic groups, businesses, and medical facilities. This past year, we have made a number of speeches to Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs and Kiwanis Clubs throughout all areas of Massachusetts. Ambassadors have also spoken to Parent/Teacher Organizations, college audiences, ski instructors, and state public health organizations.

After the presentation, BIA-MA receives feedback from the audiences on the speech. The feedback has been overwhelming positive. Very often, BIA-MA arranges additional speeches from these audiences. Many organizations have also made donations to BIA-MA. 

Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Health Care, General/Other
Population Served Adults Families Other Named Groups
Program Short-Term Success  The short term success is to increase awareness of brain injury. The number of annual contacts is the number of individuals who were informed about brain injury and the consequences of living with brain injury. In addition, the program promotes awareness to prevent injuries and educate the public on the risks and impact of brain injury. Last year, the program reached over 750 people, 30 speeches x 25 attendees per speech.
Program Long-Term Success 

A larger percentage of the Massachusetts population will receive information about the risks and impacts of brain injury. The ultimate goal is a Massachusetts where all preventable brain injuries are prevented. 

Program Success Monitored By 

Ambassadors bring program evaluations to each speech for the audience members to fill out at the conclusion. The Ambassador Program Coordinator also asks for feedback from the club’s contact person both by email and phone.   Many clubs have also recommended our program to other clubs. In fiscal year 2011-2012, over thirty speeches were made to Rotary Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Lions Clubs and other civic groups. New Ambassadors have also come forward after hearing an Ambassador speech.

Examples of Program Success 

In March of 2012, the Ambassador Program in coordination with the Stow Parent Teacher Organization presented an event to parents and teachers in the Nashoba Regional School District. The program featured two teenagers, one with a TBI from snowboarding and one with two sports concussions. The local legislator also attended with a staff member that had suffered a concussion from a sports event. Our Communication’s Department featured this event in our quarterly newsletter and website. The program encouraged another teenager with two concussions to step forward to become an Ambassador. These two teenagers have now formed a personal relationship. 


Think A-Head is an interactive school-based program designed to promote brain injury awareness and prevention. The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) has developed age appropriate programs that are tailored to specific grade levels. Think A-Head provides students with information and tools to be able help them avoid risk-taking behaviors and promote healthy living habits.

Program Topics:

*Brain Injury Awareness- making students aware of the frequency of brain injury

*Playground safety- playing it safe at recess (falls, body awareness etc.)

*Pedestrian/helmet safety- rules of the road and proper helmet use.

*Seatbelts- - understanding the importance of buckling up

*Alcohol and drug awareness- the impact that drugs and alcohol have on the developing teen brain

*Impaired driving-- the dangers of driving impaired

*Concussions- Keeping safe while playing school sports and afterschool activities

Budget  $500.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success      
Program Long-Term Success 


Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success       

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Nicole M. Godaire
CEO Term Start July 2013
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Nicole began as Executive Director of BIA-MA on July 1, 2013. Joining the organization in 2005, Nicole has served in several capacities including, but not limited to Manager of Operations and Education Programs, and most recently Assistant Executive Director. Nicole has played a large role in advocating for those affected by brain injury, increasing the Head Injury Treatment Services Trust Fund (HITS) from 60 % to 75% during 2012. In addition, she facilitated an organization-wide strategic plan.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start June
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Arlene Korab 1992 June 2013

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Laura Mason Director of Operations --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts collaborates with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, the Department of Public Health, health related organizations and serves on committees that address disability and prevention issues, including Money Follows the Person, Dual Medicare and Medicaid Eligible inidividuals, the Cross Disability Coalition, lcoal Chambers of Commerce, Mass Pinn, Partners in Prevention, BESt, Safe Kids and the Falls Coalition.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 11
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 178
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 64%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 17
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 16
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
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 --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration No

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. Teresa Hayes
Board Chair Company Affiliation Braintree Rehabilitation Hopital
Board Chair Term Sept 2012 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
David Bradley Jr. Real Estate Voting
Helen Brown Bryant Esq. Law Office of Helen Brown Bryant Voting
John Byler Writer Voting
Robert Cantu MA, MD, FACS, FAANS, FACSM Neurological Surgery, Inc. Voting
David Dwork Esq. Law Office of David Dwork Voting
Evan Gray OneAmerica Voting
Laura Herman Insurance Marketing Agencies Voting
Kenneth Kolpan Esq. Law Office of Kenneth I. Kolpan, P.C. Voting
Matthew Martino CFA Nixon Peabody, LLP Voting
Lisa Saba CBIS NeuroRestorative Voting
Marilyn Price Spivack Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Voting
Harold Wilkinson MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital Voting
Susan Zellmann-Rohrer RBM Technologies 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: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 43
Male: 57
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 71%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 21%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $1,783,875.00
Projected Expense $1,875,937.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $1,782,912 $1,812,047 $1,862,687
Total Expenses $1,577,352 $1,833,984 $1,655,989

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $1,313,907 $1,310,118 $1,372,394
    Federal -- -- --
    State $1,313,907 $1,310,118 $1,372,394
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $119,026 $171,027 $174,807
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $266,194 $275,162 $278,463
Investment Income, Net of Losses $4,794 $4,377 $1,335
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $78,991 $51,363 $35,688
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $1,170,608 $1,241,013 $1,198,487
Administration Expense $269,601 $391,130 $353,089
Fundraising Expense $137,143 $201,841 $104,413
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.13 0.99 1.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses 74% 68% 72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 9% 13% 7%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $1,232,103 $1,059,744 $1,069,897
Current Assets $1,226,465 $1,049,210 $1,044,324
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $63,249 $96,450 $84,666
Total Net Assets $1,168,854 $963,294 $985,231

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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 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? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 19.39 10.88 12.33

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. Please note, the Government revenue amount for fiscal years 2014, 2013 and 2012 is per the nonprofit's audited financials.


Other Documents

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