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Toxics Action Center Inc.

 294 Washington Street, Suite 500
 Boston, MA 02108
[P] (617) 747-4362
[F] --
http://www.toxicsaction.org
[email protected]
Megan Stokes
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INCORPORATED: 1987
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3211693

LAST UPDATED: 01/30/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names Massachusetts Campaign to Clean Up Hazardous Waste (1987)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Toxics Action Center's assistance provides groups with the strategies, science, and access to resources needed to run an effective grassroots effort. We strive to build the capacity of community groups and develop long-term civic leaders.

Mission Statement

Toxics Action Center's assistance provides groups with the strategies, science, and access to resources needed to run an effective grassroots effort. We strive to build the capacity of community groups and develop long-term civic leaders.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $650,000.00
Projected Expense $620,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Neighborhood Assistance Project

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


Overview

Mission Statement

Toxics Action Center's assistance provides groups with the strategies, science, and access to resources needed to run an effective grassroots effort. We strive to build the capacity of community groups and develop long-term civic leaders.

Background Statement

Since 1987, we have organized over 625 communities across New England to put together the plans and strategies to effectively solve the problems they face.  In doing so, we train neighbors to not only defend their health and safety, but to think strategically and come together for proactive, positive change. In our 23 year history, we have helped win hundreds of campaigns to protect the health of citizens and neighborhoods across the region.
 
 We've closed down leaking landfills, retired aging coal-fired power plants, prevented pesticide sprays, and pushed forward visionary policy changes in reducing waste, limiting toxic chemical use and cleaning up hazardous waste sites. 

Impact Statement

Since 1987, we have organized over 625 communities across New England to put together the plans and strategies to effectively solve the problems they face.  In doing so, we train neighbors to not only defend their health and safety, but to think strategically and come together for proactive, positive change. In our 25 year history, we have helped win hundreds of campaigns to protect the health of citizens and neighborhoods across the region.  See the Communities in Action section for examples of communities we’re working right now, organizing with residents to achieve real victories for their health and environment.

Needs Statement

Toxics Action Center's greatest resource is our staff. With more skilled community organizers we're able to travel out to and help more community groups that are struggling to protect their homes and families from pollution. We're currently raising money to hire additional community organizer and organizing director. In the upcoming year we're also planning to launch a new online organizing toolbox to give 21st century tools to the activists we work with to further their campaigns. For that we are raising funds for the technology platform and to develop trainings. Lastly, we're raising money to put on our 29th annual Local Environmental Action Conference, a gathering of hundreds of activists from across the region to learn, network and get inspired. 

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.
Local
NORTHEAST REGION, MA
Toxics Action Center has offices in each New England state. Our central office is based in Boston.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Pollution Abatement & Control
  2. Environment - Recycling
  3. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development

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

Neighborhood Assistance Project

This Project is focused on empowering communities to clean up and prevent toxic threats, while building the skills of the individual citizens working within the community.
Budget  $550,000.00
Category  Citizen Participation Programs
Population Served Adults None None
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  We assisted a community group in Hardwick, MA in their victorious campaign to stop Casella Waste Systems from expanding the size of the landfill in town. We've working with the community group Coalition for Clean Air South Coast to successfully retire two coal-fired power plants in Somerset, Massachuestts. We facilitated the Safe Power Vermont Coalition that successfully retired the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Sylvia Broude
CEO Term Start May 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Sylvia Broude is the Executive Director, overseeing Toxics Action Center's six New England offices. Before becoming Executive Director, she worked as Toxics Action Center's Organizing Director, supervising staff and working on the ground with communities focused on cleaning up hazardous waste sites, shutting down dirty and dangerous waste facilities and power plants, reducing pesticide use, and promoting clean water, safe energy, and zero waste. Sylvia started with Toxics Action Center nearly eight years ago, and has worked on nearly 100 local campaigns. Prior to joining Toxics Action, she ran electoral campaigns in Florida and New Jersey with MoveOn.org and the Sierra Club. Sylvia graduated from Yale University with a degree in Anthropology and Political Science.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

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Matt Wilson -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Claire Miller Lead Organizer

Claire Miller is the Lead Organizer. She coordinates Toxics Action Center’s community-based work to clean up coal-burning power plants across the region and promote clean energy, leading the Coal-Free Massachusetts coalition. She also works with groups across the South Shore to promote safety at Pilgrim Nuclear power plant. Prior to joining Toxics Action Center, Claire worked as an Assistant Organizing Director with Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing, where she directed grassroots field campaigns on behalf of the Sierra Club, Missourians for Cleaner Cheaper Energy, Environment Texas, Corporate Accountability International, 1Sky, and Food & Water Watch. Claire was a campus activist at Oberlin College, where she majored in Environmental Studies with a minor in Politics.

Megan Stokes Development Director Megan Stokes is the Development Director for Toxics Action Center. She works to diversify Toxics Action Center's resource base, coordinating the organization's fundraising efforts from foundations, major donors, and individual members. Megan got her start working on environmental issues with MASSPIRG, organizing students on college campuses around local water quality, campus recycling and state global warming legislation. Before her current work with Toxics Action Center, she oversaw membership outreach and fundraising offices across the country for environmental organizations.

Awards

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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

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Collaborations

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 88%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 3
Gender Female: 6
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
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 Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
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 Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Robert Sargent
Board Chair Company Affiliation Environment America
Board Chair Term Jan 2013 - Jan 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ann Bettinger community activist Voting
Paul Burns VPIRG Voting
Jackie Elliot Community activist Voting
Johanna Newman Environment America Voting
Harris Parnell alumna Voting
Kirstie Pecci MASSPIRG, community activist Voting
Rob Sargent Environment America Voting
Linda Segal community activist Voting
Matt Wilson MASSCreative, former director 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: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 1
Gender Female: 6
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 78%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 78%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

   

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $650,000.00
Projected Expense $620,000.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

Audit Documents

2015 Review

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $452,360 $576,890 $522,167
Total Expenses $519,280 $457,096 $411,985

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 $438,715 $561,827 $510,446
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $11,496 $12,026 $11,061
Investment Income, Net of Losses $2,149 $3,037 $660
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $399,142 $329,444 $293,066
Administration Expense $51,904 $44,587 $39,557
Fundraising Expense $68,234 $83,065 $79,362
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.87 1.26 1.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses 77% 72% 71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 16% 15% 16%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $1,225,426 $1,158,794 $1,066,690
Current Assets $1,223,749 $1,158,794 $1,066,690
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $282,326 $148,774 $176,464
Total Net Assets $943,100 $1,010,020 $890,226

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 Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 85.0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 24.00

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 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.33 7.79 6.04

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 charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

Annual Report (2014)

Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

At Toxics Action Center, we believe everyone has the right to clean air and clean water, that our communities should be sustainable and that our government should operate responsively and democratically. Our children should be able to grow up free of exposure to dangerous chemicals, and with every opportunity to thrive. Yet too often, these fundamental rights are ignored or bypassed, endangering the health of both people and the environment. We know that polluters will often go to great lengths to avoid taking responsibility for their messes, and that government agencies can be very slow to do the right thing. When our communities are threatened by pollution, it is often up to everyday citizens to take action.

Toxics Action Center’s mission is to work side-by-side with communities, providing you with the skills and resources needed to prevent or clean up pollution at the local level. Since 1987, we have organized over 750 communities across New England to put together the plans and strategies to effectively solve the problems they face. In doing so, we train neighbors to not only defend their health and safety, but to think strategically and come together for proactive, positive change. In our 24 year history, we have helped win hundreds of campaigns to protect the health of citizens and neighborhoods across the region.

Every day, we receive and respond to calls from all corners of New England, from residents cleaning up hazardous waste spills, curbing pesticide use, and opposing poorly sited waste, energy, and industrial facilities. Along the way, we’ve brought the thousands of citizens we’ve worked with together, organizing for common-sense solutions, from helping to pass the nation’s strongest toxics reform law in Maine to promoting safer, sustainable ways to recycle and reduce waste region-wide. By helping ordinary citizens stand against toxic pollution, we develop leaders within communities, guiding them toward their vision of a safe, healthy, sustainable society.

 

It is at the statewide and local level that new strategies and tactics are being implemented to widen the scope of the environmental and public health agenda. Without local residents watchdogging and preventing pollution in their communities, the environmental and public health protections we have are worth little. Toxics Action Center continues to operate as the 9-1-1 of the environmental movement. We function as a crisis hotline, responding to calls for help tackling local pollution problems, and serving as the go-to group in New England for training on community organizing.                                                           

 

Each year our goal is to assist 80-100 communities across the region in local campaigns to clean up or prevent toxic pollution, win at least seven victories, strengthen residents’ skills by providing at least 75 consultation training sessions for at least 1000 people, recruit 20 leaders to our annual leadership retreat, organize a regional conference with 300 total citizen activists in attendance.

Long term, we will know if we are winning by having cleaner air, cleaner water and a more vibrant and engaged democracy. 

 
 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

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

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

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

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