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Notre Dame Education Center Inc.

 200 Old Colony Avenue
 South Boston, MA 02127
[P] (617) 268-1912
[F] (617) 464-7924
[email protected]
Paula Jurigian
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EIN 04-3181652

LAST UPDATED: 10/28/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

To provide quality education and support services in a diverse caring community that empowers adult learners to realize their full potential.

Mission Statement

To provide quality education and support services in a diverse caring community that empowers adult learners to realize their full potential.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $1,600,000.00
Projected Expense $1,600,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Distance Learning
  • ESOL
  • High School Diploma
  • Literacy

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Mission Statement

To provide quality education and support services in a diverse caring community that empowers adult learners to realize their full potential.

Background Statement

The Sisters of Notre Dame have been educating the poor and immigrant population  in South Boston and surrounding communities since 1860 when they staffed the school that later became known as Cardinal Cushing Catholic High School.  When that closed in 1992 the Sisters continued to see a need to provide education, this time to the adult population of their neighborhood.  Since establishing NDEC in 1992, the Sisters have continued to follow the directive of  their founder St. Julie Billiart,  “to teach and serve the poorest of the poor.” NDEC’s students come from South Boston and surrounding greater Boston communities.  

Impact Statement

Annually, NDEC serves 700 individuals through all of our programs. NDEC students range in age from 16-70 and women represent 75% of the students; all of our students are low-income. Most of the students live in Boston's low-income neighborhoods, primarily South Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park. NDEC’s immigrant students represent over 20 countries and comprise approximately 60% of the overall student body. NDEC students achieve goals which help them move towards establishing economic self-sufficiency, including: attaining a GED or High School Diploma; learning to read and write English; getting a better job or a promotion; starting a small business; entering a training program; applying for higher education; becoming more involved with their child’s education; and, being awarded a scholarship.  

Needs Statement

1. Development Resources 2. Technology Updates 3. Volunteers
4. Diversifying Funding Sources

CEO Statement


Welcome to Notre Dame Education Center (NDEC) a premier adult basic education center since 1992!  It is my hope that you will find our Center’s website providing significant information about our programs and staff, yet more importantly, sharing stories about and from our students that describe their powerful experiences, successes and accomplishments.

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have diligently served in the South Boston community for over 150 years bringing the love of education and lifelong learning to adult learners and youth alike.NDEC continues this educational history and legacy today through our NDEC mission to “provide quality education and support services in a diverse caring community empowering our adult learners to realize their full potential.”  The Center’s goal is to provide our students with the tools to succeed in school, to compete in the job market, and to achieve financial independence for themselves and their families.  During these 22 years of service, over 9,000 students have walked through our doors to learn English, obtain their High School diploma or HiSet certificate, receive their U.S. citizenship, become grounded in the necessary skills to attain a better or new job in the current workforce arena, or take that next step into post-secondary education.  Our students are residents of South Boston, Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and beyond to several neighboring communities.

  This academic year, NDEC launches our Workforce Readiness Initiative (WRI), formerly known as the Job Development Program. This new expanded initiative seeks to teach employability skills and technical training so that upon program completion or graduation, our students have comprehensive preparation for today’s workforce or college bound enrollment.   In addition to increasing skills, credentials, and job-readiness, the Workforce Readiness Initiative assists our students to enter and advance in the labor market, and move toward economic self-sufficiency.

  I invite you to visit us at 200 Old Colony Avenue or learn about NDEC through our social media sites at Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.  We appreciate and value your continued support and selfless giving that provides the gift of education for our students and keeps “Hope Alive” for themselves and their families


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
South Boston and the Greater Boston area

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Adult Education
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  3. Education -

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

Under Development


Distance Learning

English Speakers of Other Languages who want to improve their English skills may join our online Distance Learning classes. You can enroll in class at NDEC and add this class to your program or you may take distance learning classes even if you are not a student at NDEC

LEAD-Learning English at a Distance

After a 6 hour orientation into the LEAD program at NDEC, a member of this class could study at home or any place where the student has access to the Internet. The student could also receive help by email, phone, video conferencing or face to face meetings.

USA Learns is the curriculum where students watch interesting stories about the U.S. culture while practicing grammar, writing, reading, and listening skills. An online community website provides an opportunity for members of the class to get to know one another, receive help on how to use the curriculum, participate in a blog and find many resources to improve your skills.

Students need to know how to email, use the keyboard and speak enough English to follow directions. There are 3 programs: beginner level, low intermediate level and practice English and reading. Students spend at least 5 hours a week online.

Budget  .
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  -
Program Long-Term Success  -
Program Success Monitored By  -
Examples of Program Success  -


NDEC's English for Speakers of Other Languages Program offers English language classes to youth and adults. NDEC has a diverse student population, serving students from more than 20 countries. Four levels of classes include listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction and practice. ESOL students integrate the computer as part of their language learning classes.
  • ESOL 1 provides beginning level speakers of English with the most important vocabulary and grammar needed to communicate in English at a basic level. Instruction is presented in a realistic way using everyday life situations.
  • ESOL 2 continues the work of ESOL 1 helping students to develop stronger speaking and listening skills and a larger vocabulary. Grammar, reading, and writing skills are developed as well using real life topics and texts.
  • ESOL 3 offers intermediate level student’s expanded vocabulary development and more complex grammar. Students will have extensive practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
  • ESOL 4 builds on skills developed in the prior levels. There is a major emphasis on further developing reading and writing skills and continuing practice of speaking, pronunciation, and listening. After completing Level 4, students are able to continue to higher education classes, transitions programs or other types of industry trainings.
Budget  $519,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Adults Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  We measure our student's success based on how they move through the four levels of ESOL. As they progress to the next level we see their writing, reading, and speaking skills improve.
Program Long-Term Success  The long term success of our ESOL program is measured both in and outside of the classroom. By learning English we hope to help students build confidence, get employed, or pursue higher education. 
Program Success Monitored By  Student success is measured by surveys and teacher evaluations which measure the writing progress as well as verbal evaluations which measure a student's speaking ability. 
Examples of Program Success  Our program success is measured through our student success. Many students of culturally diverse backgrounds have walked in our doors with little to know English speaking ability, and walked out of our doors a more confident and competent person. By providing our students with the necessary tools to succeed we are helping them obtain jobs, pursue higher education, and/or become a U.S citizen.

High School Diploma

The Notre Dame Education Center offers a high school diploma program for students aged 16-21 years who have obtained junior academic status. Through a partnership with Cathedral High School, students can obtain any necessary classes to complete their diploma. Broad class offerings, convenient afternoon schedule and college and career readiness set Notre Dame apart in diploma programs. Students also receive life skills support and training for next steps goals.

Classes are Monday through Thursday 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM, and Friday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM as needed for thirty-six weeks over two semesters. This is an accelerated program with courses that meet twice a week for two hours. This program is designed for students who need to finish a high school diploma; with a desire to enter a college classroom, trade program, and/or receive stable work.


Courses are offered in Social and Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Humanities and Literature.

  • Social Studies: US History, World History, Civics
  • Science: Biology, Earth Science
  • Math: Geometry, Algebra II
  • Humanities: World Religions, Spanish, Community Service
  • Literature: World, British, American
Budget  $330,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Dropout Programs
Population Served Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers College Aged (18-26 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Completing classes and receiving a High School Diploma is the short term goal, though the expectation and goals we have for our students are much higher, as we hope to see them pursue higher education as well as reach their career goals. 
Program Long-Term Success  Our expectation is that students will finish their time here with a portfolio of their strongest academic work, resumes, letters of recommendation, and proof of applying for work and college by the time they graduate.
Program Success Monitored By 
Our success is monitored by:
1. Statistics - How many of our students complete the program and receive their high school diploma.
2. Outcomes - Where our students are placed post-graduation.  
Examples of Program Success  Several of our students have enrolled in colleges after graduating from NDEC.


The Literacy Department offers four levels of adult education with intensive instruction in reading, math, writing and computer classes. 
ABE1 - Offers instruction in basic reading and writing to adult beginner level readers. 
ABE2 - Offers instruction in writing, math, reading and computer. After successfully completing the ABE program, students can choose to continue their education in Pre-GED, provided the grade equivalency is appropriate.
Pre-GED - Offers instruction in reading, writing, English, math, and computer. This course of study prepares students to go on to the GED Program, provided the grade equivalency is 9.0-12.0
General Education Development (GED) - Prepares adult students working at the high school level to take the five GED tests in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. The intense course of study sharpens critical thinking skills necessary to pass these tests.  
Budget  $440,000
Category  Education, General/Other Adult Education
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees College Aged (18-26 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of class sessions, student exhibit an increased ability in reading and writing within their level. This increase in ability leads to an increase in overall academic confidence, with a large portion receiving their GED upon completion of the program.
Program Long-Term Success  NDEC's Literacy Program hopes to help students realize their full academic potential and increase their confidence in their reading and writing abilities. By doing this, new doors and opportunities are opened for our students in the form of higher education, or job opportunities.
Program Success Monitored By  We monitor our success by tests administered, as well as outcomes; the number of students who receive their GED, pursue high education, or obtain jobs.
Examples of Program Success  Several of our students have gone on to receive their GED and attend esteemed colleges and institutions and/or gain employment.   

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

NDEC’s overall goal is to provide underserved adult  learners with the tools to succeed in school, to compete in the job market, and to achieve financial independence through our educational programs. NDEC’s programs include English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL); the Literacy/GED program, which offers a continuum of literacy programs and GED preparation; Learning English At a Distance (LEAD), which is NDEC’s online ESOL program; the High School Diploma Program (HSDP); and Support Services, which includes Job/Career Counseling, Educational Counseling, Educational Technology, Immigration Case Management and Citizenship Preparation, and Tutoring.  NDEC offers a broad range of services under one roof. 


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Mary Rose Durante Esq.
CEO Term Start July 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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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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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 13
Number of Part Time Staff 32
Number of Volunteers 60
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 90%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 43
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 39
Male: 8
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 Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Exempt

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 Mr. John Danahy
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fidelity Investments
Board Chair Term July 2005 - July 2014
Board Co-Chair Mr. Paul Solano
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation YMCA Malden, MA
Board Co-Chair Term Sept 2012 - Sept 2015

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
John Danahy Fidelity Investments Voting
Seymour Danberg Syware Inc Voting
Michael Fazio Esq Lawyer in a Private Practice Voting
James Fowkes Community Volunteer Voting
Rachael E Hennessey-Crowell Community Volunteer Voting
Joyce Khoury SND Executive Director Exofficio
Charlotte Knox Head Start Family Literacy Program Voting
Anne Malone SND Community Volunteer Voting
David Mazza Community Volunteer Voting
Henok Mehari Mintz Levin Law Firm Voting
Charles R. Shediac First Common Bank Voting
Paul Solano YMCA Malden, MA Voting
Susan Thornell SND Emmanuel College 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: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 6
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 80%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Investment
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $1,600,000.00
Projected Expense $1,600,000.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 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 $1,718,959 $1,661,599 $1,112,904
Total Expenses $1,876,974 $1,630,169 $1,450,834

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $837,221 $803,577 $861,180
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $837,221 $803,577 $861,180
Individual Contributions $431,543 $294,486 $106,615
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $10,796 -- $10,062
Investment Income, Net of Losses $399,763 $481,631 $90,127
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events $39,636 $81,905 $44,920
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $1,282,731 $1,171,171 $1,174,795
Administration Expense $411,709 $279,569 $217,038
Fundraising Expense $182,534 $179,429 $59,001
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.92 1.02 0.77
Program Expense/Total Expenses 68% 72% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 14% 15% 6%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $5,843,056 $5,413,135 $5,425,180
Current Assets $300,239 $204,373 $132,936
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- $0
Current Liabilities $100,208 $75,961 $84,419
Total Net Assets $5,742,848 $5,337,174 $5,340,761

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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

Endowment Value $5,000,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5.0%
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? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.00 2.69 1.57

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 charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
The June 30, 2012 net assets have been restated to correct two misstatements. Please refer to Note 6 of the FY13 audited financials for more information.


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?

NDEC’s aims for the future are connected to seeing its vision realized: “a world where all people have access to the education and support services they need and where students will acquire skills that will empower them as citizens, as family members, as participants in the workforce, as well as the community”.  Our long term goals seek to create a stronger bond with the community, first by expanding our career services opportunities to low-income Boston residents who are not currently NDEC students. NDEC hopes to increase the number of underserved individuals that are on track to complete their educational program, and ultimately attain certification in their respective field. We also seek to expand employer partnerships and provide local businesses with the opportunity to provide input on curriculum for our students. This will allow us to receive feedback on what they are looking for in a successful employee and keep current on employment needs of the business community. These partnerships can also serve as stepping stones for our students to use to find employment or internship opportunities. 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

NDEC is constantly seeking opportunities to collaborate with other organizations to share resources, improve services and reduce cost and duplication of services. Furthering these collaborations will enhance our vision of providing an educational opportunity to all who desire it. Access to the community through a number of different vehicles and opportunities.  We are also looking to expand employer partnerships and provide local businesses with the opportunity to provide input on curriculum for our students. This will allow us to receive feedback on what they are looking for in a successful employee and keep current on employment needs of the business community. These partnerships can also serve as stepping stones for our students to use to find employment or internship opportunities. 

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


One of NDEC’s greatest strengths is its ability to provide its students with a “hidden curriculum” of support services that allow them to succeed in all aspects of their life. These wrap around services are what set NDEC apart from other adult basic education centers. Frequently programs provide the basic education skills required to move on to a post-secondary program, but they don’t offer the interpersonal, career readiness, access to citizenship and computer literacy skills necessary to thrive in today’s global economy. NDEC through its mission accomplishes what it sets out to do and as a result it is looked to within the Greater Boston Community as a leader in providing quality adult basic education services. 
NDEC already has significant experience working collaboratively with local businesses to help further develop the careers of our students. We have current official Memoranda of Agreement in place with the following businesses, South Boston Resource Center, Randstad Hiring Services in Cambridge who handles Harvard University’s temporary hiring needs, Kindred Home Care, Adrienne’s Home Care and the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. NDEC is currently the hub for the State of Massachusetts Distance Learning ESOL programs, a state-wide collaborative effort to expand the reach and impact of online ESOL programs.


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


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

Statistics show that NDEC’s method of Adult Basic Education has proven results which are reflected in student accomplishments post NDEC and beyond as students attend colleges and universities that include Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Bunker Hill Community College, Northeastern University, Roxbury Community College, UMASS Boston, as well as entering meaningful employment with companies such as BNY Mellon and MASS Save, becoming entrepreneurs or entering training programs. NDEC’s pride in accomplishments is always about its students who face enormous challenges juggling family and work commitments to pursue this education. NDEC is entering its third decade of providing these life changing programs in South Boston, and has reached over 7,000 adults in its history. During the 2013-2014 school years, NDEC is happy to report 43 students enrolled in our certification programs, 31 have graduated. Of these certification graduates, to date 27 obtained new jobs and 2 have opted to pursue secondary education. They have pursued certifications and secondary education in Home Health Aide, Medical and Office Skills services. NDEC staff will continue to track the progress of these graduates as we seek to continuously support, challenge and encourage our students every step of the way, so they can realize their goals and make the Greater Boston community a better place.