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Generations Incorporated

 25 Kingston Street, 4th Floor
 Boston, MA 02111
[P] (617) 423-6633
[F] (617) 422-0626
www.generationsinc.org
[email protected]
Megan White
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INCORPORATED: 1991
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3227007

LAST UPDATED: 09/08/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names Magic Me Boston (1991)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Generations Incorporated (GI) strives to improve the literacy skills of young children through Grade 3. We also provide meaningful opportunities for older adults who serve as literacy volunteers in our partner schools and after-school programs in low-income communities.

Mission Statement

Generations Incorporated (GI) strives to improve the literacy skills of young children through Grade 3. We also provide meaningful opportunities for older adults who serve as literacy volunteers in our partner schools and after-school programs in low-income communities.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $2,186,897.00
Projected Expense $2,179,132.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Classroom Literacy
  • Reading Coaches

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Overview

Mission Statement

Generations Incorporated (GI) strives to improve the literacy skills of young children through Grade 3. We also provide meaningful opportunities for older adults who serve as literacy volunteers in our partner schools and after-school programs in low-income communities.


Background Statement

We began our intergenerational work in 1991 by bringing children to local nursing homes to develop meaningful relationships with residents. In the late ‘90s, we shifted our focus to children's literacy and the engagement of retirees as mentors. Today, we are one of the leading intergenerational literacy programs in the nation, providing critical support to 4,000 kindergarten through third grade students annually at Boston and Revere Public Schools and community-based after-school programs.  We are the only organization partnered with Boston and Revere Public Schools that provides intentional, structured, high-dosage literacy interventions targeting early readers (grades K-3), and our volunteers’ dedication and training yields strong results each year.

Impact Statement

We envision a day when all children are proficient readers when they enter 4th Grade.  Literacy is the key to academic success and can be a path out of poverty.  Through our partnerships with public schools and after-school programs located within low-income communities, our highly trained older adult literacy tutors are fostering a love of reading among Boston’s youngest students.  Through targeted and sustained literacy support, participating kindergarten through third grade students are reaching and maintaining grade level literacy proficiency and experiencing social-emotional growth.  Our volunteers (all 50+ in age) are also benefiting from their participation in our programs.  Each year, GI volunteers report reduced social isolation and increased physical and mental activity as a result of participating in our programs.

2016-17 Impact:

  • Engaged nearly 300 Boston and Revere older adults as highly trained literacy tutors

  • Partnered with 10 Boston Public Schools, 4 Revere Public Schools and 4 community-based after-school programs

  • Served a total 3,426 Boston and Revere kindergarten through third grade students

Recent Organizational Accomplishments:

2017 - Awarded a 10-year sustaining grant from the Cummings Foundation.

2016 - Awarded highly competitive 4-year Social Innovation Fund sub-grant through AARP Foundation Experience Corps to scale classroom-based literacy program within Boston Public Schools to reach an additional 700 students by 2020.

2016 - Successfully completed three-year Read to Succeed Strategic Plan, which included strategic program and evaluation redesign for literacy programs.

2015 - AARP Foundation Experience Corps CEO states “Generations Incorporated is best in class, best in nation.”

2013 - Program of Distinction designation from Generations United.

2013 - Instituted rigorous three-year Read to Succeed Strategic Plan.

2010 - Named 2010 Greater Boston Social Innovator in Healthy Aging.


Needs Statement

67% of third graders within Boston Public Schools are not proficient in English Language Arts. GI partners with the Boston Public Schools to place trained literacy tutors within schools and classrooms to provide struggling students with targeted literacy interventions and classroom instruction support during the school day. We extend our literacy work to out of school hours, partnering with community-based after-school programs to provide structured one-to-one academic mentoring that reinforces the Common Core literacy skills students are learning during the school day.

In order to effectively move the literacy needle, we must scale our programs to reach the students who need us the most. By 2020, GI will deepen our presence within Boston to serve at least 12 Boston Public Schools and six community-based after-school programs. We have received multi-year funding through AARP Foundation Experience Corps to grow both our classroom-based and after-school presence within Boston. The grants require that we match funds with privately raised dollars. We ask you to join us in engaging experienced volunteers in helping young readers grow by supporting the expansion of our work within Boston.


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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- North Dorchester
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- West Roxbury
City of Boston- Charlestown
Greater Boston

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Remedial Reading & Encouragement
  2. Youth Development - Adult, Child Matching Programs
  3. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C.

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

Yes

Programs

Classroom Literacy

The Classroom Literacy Program provides small group and individual learning opportunities to children in K-3rd grade classrooms. Our literacy tutors (50+ older adults) provide highly structured literacy assistance to the whole class during the literacy block. In addition to full classroom assistance, tutors provide small group literacy tutoring for 8-10 students who have been specially referred by the classroom teacher for targeted, sustained support. Our highly trained Classroom Literacy tutors support the same classrooms all school year, for 6+ hours each week. We served 3,131 Boston and Revere students through the Classroom Literacy Program in 2017. In 2018, GI will partner with 11 Boston Public Schools and four Revere Public Schools to provide the Classroom Literacy Program.
Budget  $1,056,170.00
Category  Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

We place highly trained older adult literacy tutors within K-3rd grade classrooms to provide structured literacy support to struggling students through sustained small group tutoring sessions and full classroom literacy support. By the end of the school year, we will achieve the following results:

  • 65% of all students served will have improved academic performance in English Language Arts.

  • 85% of teachers will report that student participation and concentration within the classroom improved.

  • 85% of teachers will report that hosting a GI tutor provided them with extra time to assist students needing significant, specialized support.


Program Long-Term Success  We envision a day when all children are proficient readers when they enter 4th Grade.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  According to 2016-17 assessments, our Classroom Literacy program had a measurable impact on the students we served. 97% of participating students displayed improved literacy skills over the course of the school year, and 52% of participating students experienced accelerated literacy growth (gains of 1.5 or more grade-levels) over the course of the school year. 83% of participating students showed improved concentration, confidence and participation within the classroom over the course of the school year. Following the 2016-17 school year, a participating teacher shared, "[Our GI Tutor] is a pleasure to have in the classroom. Her smile is infectious and every morning students rush to the door to greet her and hug her as she walks in. She has made a huge impact on the reading and writing skills of a lot of students with different learning needs. [She] is one of a kind!"

Reading Coaches

The Reading Coaches Program is a one-to-one structured literacy program, which pairs a student in grades K-3 with a trained older adult Reading Coach. Each pair meets twice per week for 30 or more minutes per session during the school year using American Reading Company curriculum to guide them through each session. Students are referred to this program by either the classroom teacher for school-based programs or a family member for after-school programs. We served 398 students in the Reading Coaches Program in 2017. In 2018, the Reading Coaches program will serve students at three Boston and Revere Public Schools and five community-based after-school programs.
Budget  $708,252.00
Category  Education, General/Other Literacy
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short-Term Success 
The Reading Coaches engages students who are reading below grade level in twice-weekly one-to-one literacy tutoring sessions.  We aim to reach the following goals each program year: 
 - Each student participates in at least 35 tutoring sessions/year
 - At least 50% of students end the year at or above grade-level literacy benchmark
 -  At least 65% of teachers report that students with previous attendance issues showed improved attendance during the school year
Program Long-Term Success  We envision a day when all children are proficient readers when they enter 4th Grade.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  The Reading Coaches program is evidence-based. Generations Incorporated participated in a rigorous, two-year study of the AARP Experience Corps one-to-one mentoring model conducted by Washington University. In 2009, researchers found that participating students who attended at least 35 tutoring sessions over the course of a school year demonstrated 60% greater improvement in key literacy skills than their non-participating peers.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Harvey Salgo
CEO Term Start July 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Generations Incorporated is currently hiring an Executive Director. Until a new Executive Director is named, Harvey Salgo serves as the Chair of Generations Incorporated’s Board of Directors and the head of the organization. He is supported by a Leadership Team with over 30+ years of experience supporting GI’s mission. The Leadership Team is comprised of the Director of Finance & Administration (Katie Thompson), Director of Programs (Kendra Mrozek), Director of Volunteer Management (Katie Klister Brown), and Lead Cluster Manager (Sal Cammarata).
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
Katie Klister Brown Director of Volunteer Management

Katie Klister maintains manages, and executes strategies for volunteer recruitment, retention, and recognition.  Previously, Katie served at Generations Incorporated as an Americorps Lead.  Before joining Generations Incorporated, she served as a volunteer teacher at the Martin County Child and Family Development Center for the Christian Appalachian Project in Kentucky.  She received her B.A. degree in Family Studies from St. Olaf College, where she studied in Community Development and Sustainability in Guatemala and Cuba.

Kendra Mrozek Director of Programs --
Kathleen Thompson Director of Finance & Administration --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Social Innovation Fund Sub-grant Social Innovation Fund through AARP Foundation 2016
Program of Distinction Generations United 2013
Executive Director, Mary Gunn speaks at TEDxBoston TEDxBoston 2010
Greater Boston Social Innovator in Healthy Aging Social Innovation Forum 2010
Highlighted our Experience Corps program on the Making a Difference series NBC News 2009
Social Innovation Partner Award John Hancock Financial Services 2008
MetLife Award of Achievement in Older Volunteer Program Management MetLife 2007
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Affiliations

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
Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2007

Collaborations


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 8
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 297
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 94%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 14
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Employee Benefits Liability
Professional Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability

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 Mr. Harvey Salgo
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Chair Term July 2015 - Dec 2017
Board Co-Chair Ms Kristy Coviello
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Deloitte US
Board Co-Chair Term July 2017 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. George Blount John Hancock USA/Manulife Financial Voting
Mr. Stephen Bryant Columbia Gas of Massachusetts Voting
Ms. Kristy Coviello Deloitte Voting
Ms. Tara Finnegan Finnegan Consulting Voting
Mrs. Carol Kamin Carol Kamin Consulting Voting
Mr. Jonathan Kappel Clark University Voting
Mrs. Susie S. Lee-Snell M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, CHC Voting
Ms. Wai-Chi Mok Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Voting
Ms. Amanda Reeves Brown Brothers Harriman & Co. Voting
Ms. Michelle Roman AARP Experience Corps Volunteer Voting
Mr. Harvey Salgo La Capra Associates Voting
Mr. William Wolff AARP Experience Corps 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: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 60%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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  • Audit
  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Ethics
  • Executive
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $2,061,830 $2,139,133 $2,441,544
Total Expenses $2,095,351 $2,166,504 $2,345,567

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$504,413 $493,424 $568,913
Government Contributions $481,241 $628,040 $782,350
    Federal $481,241 $628,040 $782,350
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $88,591 $70,331 $68,043
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $258,238 $246,667 $338,019
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $46,946 $61,989 $62,483
Revenue In-Kind $682,092 $637,821 $618,979
Other $309 $861 $2,757

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,795,008 $1,825,896 $2,011,151
Administration Expense $164,917 $166,493 $176,075
Fundraising Expense $135,426 $174,115 $158,341
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 0.99 1.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses 86% 84% 86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 14% 11%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $505,250 $557,715 $540,106
Current Assets $471,046 $514,667 $449,000
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 --
Current Liabilities $69,038 $87,982 $43,002
Total Net Assets $436,212 $469,733 $497,104

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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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 --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
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 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 6.82 5.85 10.44

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Impact

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