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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Young Audiences of Massachusetts (YAMA) is to educate, inspire and empower the youth of Massachusetts through the arts.

Mission Statement

The mission of Young Audiences of Massachusetts (YAMA) is to educate, inspire and empower the youth of Massachusetts through the arts.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $821,445.00
Projected Expense $828,623.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Arts For Learning (90 offerings from 55 artists/ensembles)
  • Expanding Horizons Through Music
  • Friday Arts At Gardner Pilot Academy
  • Healing Arts for Kids

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of Young Audiences of Massachusetts (YAMA) is to educate, inspire and empower the youth of Massachusetts through the arts.

Background Statement

           

The mission of Young Audiences of Massachusetts (YAMA) is to educate, inspire and empower the youth of Massachusetts through the arts. We believe that every child, regardless of background, talents or special needs, deserves access to the rich educational opportunities inherent to arts learning. We develop and implement programming that uses the full gamut of dance and movement, music, storytelling and literary arts, theater and puppetry, visual arts and design in all of their varieties, from cultures around the world, to strengthen learning skills, bring curriculum vibrantly to life and introduce students to powerful modes of self-expression. We seek out master performing and teaching artists in these disciplines, vet, evaluate and support their programs, and partner with schools, education sites and healing centers to facilitate learning through the arts. Our work also includes training for teachers and teaching artists, and community advocacy for arts education.

YAMA was established in 1962 in response to an enduring concern that the arts were considered an ancillary enrichment opportunity, disposable during lean budgeting times, rather than an indispensable component of educating the whole child. Since then, YAMA has been a resource to schools, libraries, museums and community centers, providing impactful arts programming tailored to the curriculum and learning goals of each partner. In 1998, we introduced our Expanded Arts Access and Healing Arts For Kids programming. Developed in response to community needs and informed by the national education policy agenda, these programs bring adaptive and Universal Design based arts learning to those who face the greatest barriers to arts access, yet often have the most to gain from them, including youth at risk and youth with physical and mental disabilities and challenges.

 
YAMA is one of 32 affiliates of Young Audiences, Arts-For-Learning, the largest arts education network in the country. This network provides us access to leading researchers, arts education conferences and training guides for assessment and learning. Young Audiences requires an accreditation review every five years, certifying that our chapter meets national standards of excellence in program and professional development.

Impact Statement

In the 2016-2017 school year, YAMA

·      brought quality arts learning to more than 120,000 pre-k – 12 graders in more than 160 educational sites, including schools, libraries, museums, hospital schools, homeless shelter preschools and other learning and healing centers throughout Massachusetts.

 

·        Taught literacy skills through music to 135 homeless and impoverished preschool students in urban Boston through our Expanding Horizons Through Music program.

 

·        Provided weekly, year-long direct arts instruction to 442 at-risk students in underserved Boston public schools.

 

·        Brought specially adapted performance and residency programs to 90 students with special needs or chronic illnesses through our Healing Arts For Kids program.

 
 

·      began a new year-long arts learning residency program at the Sarah Greenwood School in Dorchester, bringing hour-long instruction in Latin percussion each week to 6-8 graders at a dual-lingual Title I school that lacked access to arts education.

·      held our first ever Youth Arts Coordinator Summit, offering both resources and networking time for volunteers and professionals who select, schedule and coordinate arts learning programming for students.

·      worked with the Arts For All Coalition to advocate for the inclusion of arts in state ESSA standards.

In the year ahead, we will continue pursuing our long-term goals to:

·      Equip our organization to meet the arts learning needs of any educational partner in Massachusetts.

o   This year our focus will be on improving our tools and capacity for outreach.

 

·      Ensure that our arts programming represents a sufficiently broad spectrum of traditional and contemporary arts genres, world cultures and methods of engagement.

o   We are beginning the year with addition of: a new S.T.E.A.M. theater on the life and theories of Albert Einstein and a Mexican culture program exploring traditional dance, music and costume. We will continue to review applications and seek out new programming as needed.

 

·      Sustain, deepen and expand programming that extends art access to those with the strongest barriers to access.  

o   Over the next five years, we will bring Expanding Horizons Through Music, our literacy-through-music program for homeless preschools students to eight new classrooms. We will continue our Healing Arts for Kids program, which brings arts learning opportunities to students in hospital and special needs schools. We will bring back our StoriesLive residency program, which provides storytelling training to at risk high students in preparation for interviews and applications for college and employment.  We will continue our yearlong residency programs at Gardner Pilot Academy in Allston and Sarah Greenwood School in Dorchester and are exploring similar partnerships at several additional underserved Boston Public Schools.

 


Needs Statement

We need financial support to:
1. further increase staff capacity in order to reach more site partners (and therefore more children), deepen our residency work and broaden our donor base. 
2. update our office technology and marketing materials.
3. provide more professional development opportunities for our artists.
4. close budget gap and rebuild endowment resources.
 
We need additional volunteer support in order to accomplish our strategic objectives. Board recruitment has focused on financial, strategic planning and development expertise and our intention is to identify candidates for volunteer roles that reflect the urban communities we serve.
 

 
 

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.
STATEWIDE
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Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
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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

Arts For Learning (90 offerings from 55 artists/ensembles)

Performances
Inspirational 45-60 minute programs for large student audiences presented by nationally and internationally recognized performing artists, and who introduce an art form, its cultural context and its ties to curriculum and learning frameworks.

Workshops
45-60 minute hands-on classroom sessions, in which students practice an art form in a focused environment with the guidance of a teaching artist, in a small group of their peers.

Residencies
A chance to go deeper in practicing an art form, residencies consist of three or more workshop sessions, culminate in a final project and are customized to meet specific learning goals. In addition to short-term residencies, YAMA offers year-long arts residencies for schools who lack classroom teachers in a desired art form.

Master Classes: A select group of YAMA professional musicians provide master-classes in instrumental music,  (orchestral and band), drumming, and vocal music.
Budget  $865,860.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Our programming builds learning and social skills, brings curriculum vibrantly to life, introduces students to culture from throughout the nation and the world and gives students powerful new means of self-expression.
Program Long-Term Success 
Students will have access to meaningful arts learning as an essential component of a Massachusetts education.
Program Success Monitored By  In addition to measuring the numbers of students, educational institutions and communities we serve, we measure the impact of our work through conversations with arts coordinators, programs evaluation surveys administered to arts coordinators and annual program review from our Program Committee.
Examples of Program Success 
Of survey respondents in FY-16-17, 100% said that the program they scheduled "provided a meaningful introduction to its arts form" and "clearly articulated its cultural/historical context." 92% told us that programs "represented excellence in its art form." 70% told us that the program was "directly related to curriculum." 80% of the sites serve din FY16 were returning partners, indicating satisfaction with our work. Coordinators told us: "I am just so pleased that your organization exists. It's so important to be able to bring arts to students in the Commonwealth now that most school shave been stripped of their ability to do so for themselves.
 
"We look for program that both education and entertain. YAMA"s programs meet both requirements."
 
"I've had excellent feedback from all around--from administrators, teachers and students. We are so very grateful to YAMA for giving us this gift of art, music and culture. 

Expanding Horizons Through Music

Expanding Horizons Through Music is a residency program that uses musical activities to teach crucial pre-literacy skills to homeless and impoverished children attending urban Boston preschools. The joyous process of learning music - a respite for students who suffer from early childhood trauma - results in demonstrated knowledge of phonics, letter recognition and story sequencing as well as increased social skills and comfort in a learning environment. Currently serving 155 students in 8 preschool classrooms in Dorchester, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain, this program includes:
  • weekly classroom literacy-through-music sessions throughout the year, led by YAMA artists
  • instruments provides to each classroom
  • professional development for classroom teachers in incorporating music activities in their own literacy instruction
  •  engagement with students' families through events, newsletters and custom song/activity books to empower them to reinforce literacy-through-music beyond the classroom
 
Budget  $164,360.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served At-Risk Populations Homeless Infants to Preschool (under age 5)
Program Short-Term Success 
Students learn a variety of skills that will serve them in kindergarten. They demonstrate increases in key pre-literacy and learning skills from letter and sound recognition, rhyme and story sequencing, to memory, numeracy and focus. They also demonstrate improved social skills, such as sharing, taking turns, and self-regulation. Classroom teachers learn to incorporate musical activities and techniques into their own practice, not only to improve their literacy instruction but also for youth in soothing students who act out due to trauma response, and to help children feel joy and safety in the classroom. Parents express surprise and delight in discovering that singing with their children can help them learn to read.
Program Long-Term Success  Expanding Horizons Through Music works to close the significant gaps in literacy and kindergarten preparedness for homeless and impoverished children aged 3-5.
Program Success Monitored By  Program design is guided by a Logic Model that clearly defines intended outcomes. Evaluation methods for this program include: ongoing planning meetings, observation and documentation of student and classroom teacher performance, faculty questionnaires, and the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment administered quarterly to students by our site partners. This assessment identifies children's development and learning levels through observation, documentation, portfolio building and reporting. It is recommended by the MA Department of Early Education and Care.
Examples of Program Success 
Students in this program demonstrate their acquisition of key skills through activities such as:
  • producing rhythmic patterns through call-and-response clapping and tapping on drums
  • identifying and initiating rhymes
  • clapping and drumming the syllable of their names and other words
  • acting out narrative songs
 Classroom teachers had told us:
 
"Music Class uses songs and movements to reinforce letter sounds, rhyming words, counting, parts of a word, and so many other key topics we hit on in preschool! This reinforcement is critical in the learning process and really helps clarify these concepts."
 
"This program offers students and opportunity to focus and connect with their classmates and teachers. It's fun for them and often can calm them."
 
"I'm finding ways to incorporate music into my own lessons from transitions to sing-along story-time. It's wonderful to see arts education valued in our center (especially given that arts are absent from TSG and OWL).
 
 
 

Friday Arts At Gardner Pilot Academy

This year-long, weekly arts learning residency program brings residencies in dance, music, storytelling and theater to the entire student body of a Title I, K-8 public school in Allston, which values arts as a vital component of a holistic education but lacks classroom teachers in arts disciplines. All residencies are comprised of progressive, skill-building workshop sessions, are fully inclusive, use multiple means of engagement to reach all learners, and culminate in Showcase performances that cement learning and build community. The Friday Arts program also includes performances by professional arts ensembles to provide context and inspiration for what can be achieved through dedicated training and practice. When possible, the program also provides performance opportunities for students outside of school.
 
Budget  $92,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 
The major goals of the Friday Arts program are to:
 1. Provide all GPA students with the opportunity to experience, create and assess art in hands-on classroom sessions during school time.
 
2. Improve students learning and social skills through collaborative art making.
 
3. Inspire students with what can be achieved through the arts by giving them opportunities to perform for their school community and to experience performances by professional ensembles.
 
As a result of participation in our program, all students are observed to have:
  • augmented artistic skill proficiency in a given art form.
  • deeper understanding of subject-specific knowledge (cultural context, key vocabulary and terminology).
  • enhanced social/non-cognitive skills such as self-confidence, collaboration and perseverance.
  • discovered and revealed talents and affinities.
 
 
Program Long-Term Success  This program brings arts learning to an underserved student population that would otherwise lack access. Collaborative skill-building arts residencies help increase students' engagement with school, reveal new talents and affinities, increase learning and social skills and build community. Arts learning helps students to become more self-confident and resilient. Ultimately it helps make students better learners and better citizens.
Program Success Monitored By 
Friday Arts Program design is guided by a Logic Model that clearly defines proposed outcomes and impact. Teaching artists use curriculum templates to define individual delivery goals and learning objectives and to record observations. Program planning and evaluation meetings are held throughout the year at the onset of each residency cycle.

Program outcomes are evaluated through: weekly observation, dialogue with teaching artists and site partners, and surveys administered to students, teaching artists and GPA staff. Learning is also evaluated through observations of students' final showcase presentations. YAMA's Program Director visits GPA each week to observe and troubleshoot and remains in regular off-site contact with teaching artists and site partners.
 
Examples of Program Success 
Of students surveyed in last year's Friday Arts Program:
80% reported that they learned to work hard to refine their skills.
80% reported that Friday Arts helped them learn to work together with their classmates as a team.
82% reporting feeling proud of their Friday Arts work.
 
When asked their favorite part of their current residency, students told us:
"My favorite part if being able to express myself in a new way every class."
"My favorite part is that I can drum and not feel bad about myself when I mess up because I have my peers to help me."
 "When we all start to drum at the same moment."
"Talking about the backgrounds of ourselves and the instrument." 
 
 When asked what they can now do that they couldn't before Friday Arts, students told us:
"I now know art is a better way to express your emotions than bottling them up."
"How to encourage myself when something is hard."
"Use my imagination in class."
"I can now work together with my friends to create music."
 
 
 

Healing Arts for Kids


This nationally recognized program provides performances, workshops and residencies for acutely and chronically ill children, physically and emotionally challenged children and other special education populations in hospitals, hospital schools and special needs schools.
Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) People/Families of People with Health Conditions People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success  Healing Arts For Kids provides programs to students with special needs that:
•  Foster artistic, social, cultural and academic engagement.
•   Foster the learning and healing process through creativity, imagination, empowerment, and laughter.
•  Renew feelings of hope, often hidden when children are critically ill, faced with crisis or chronic dysfunction.
•  Enhance connections between teacher, children, families, artists and staff that foster wellbeing and health.
Program Long-Term Success  Meaningful arts learning opportunities will be available to those Massachusetts students who face the greatest barriers to access and yet often have the most to gain.
Program Success Monitored By 
YAMA's Program Director convenes meetings with site partners and teaching arts to discuss learning goals, student special needs, program adaptations and individualized treatment plans and ways to sustain learning after the program ends. Outcomes are then measured through direct observation, documentation through photography and videography and ongoing conversations between YAMA's program director, teaching artists and site partners. 
 
All students should participate equally and fully in accordance with abilities. They should engage actively and positively whether as audiences members or as artists and should be able to demonstrate the acquisition of predefined learning skills and concepts. 
Examples of Program Success 
We see powerful indications of impact in our Healing Arts programs each year. Students "dance" in their wheelchairs, discovering new comfort and agency in their bodies. They delight in being treated as audience members and artists rather than as patients or special needs students and they express themselves vividly when empowered with adaptive arts making tools.
 
Dr. Eli Neuberger, assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School has said, "I believe that Young Audiences of Massachusetts' Healing Arts For Kids is a program that has inestimable value for children with a wide range of illnesses. It is an investment that, in my opinion, enhances their lives and humanizes their therapeutic environments and experiences.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Julie F. McConchie
CEO Term Start Aug 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Known for her boundless energy and her creativity in promoting and curating cultural experiences in New England, Julie is a proven leader with more than twenty years of experience in non-profit administration, marketing and event management.  

At the North of Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, where Julie served as Executive Director from 2001-2011, she developed a cultural tourism program that was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Museum Association and the Mass Cultural Council. The program featured an award-winning Website and thematic programming linking the 34 cities and towns in Essex County.

While working at the Museum of Science, Julie led the team that brought the highly successful exhibition: Leonardo da Vinci: Scientist, Inventor, Artist, to the USA. The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau recognized her for this work.

An active participant in the arts, Julie serves on the Board of Directors at the Actor’s Studio of Newburyport where she spearheaded Dear World/Dear Newburyport, a visual art project which engaged the Newburyport community in a conversation about what matters most to them. More than 200 portraits were taken and displayed in slide show and portrait format around town.


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Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Jason Rabin Marketing & Development Manager
YAMA Program Coordinator:  2012-2014
Emerson College, MA Publishing and Writing: May, 2011
Kenyon College, BA English, May 2003
Freelance writer/arts enthusiast.

 

 
Gail Zarren Program Director, Expanded Art Access & Healing Arts for Kids
Affiliated with Young Auidences of MA for 25 years.  Nationally acclaimed arts advocate. 

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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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
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The organization conducted an organizational assessment in 2015. In 2016 Strategic Planning discussions resulted in mission, vision, values clarification and the setting of strategic priorities. A final document is proposed in 2017. With the addition of 2 new board members in 2016, a marketing & development committee was formed and formal development plan is being finalized now for FY 18.
 
The staff handbook that lists the organization's policies and benefits has been reviewed and updated and is on the docket for board approval.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 4
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 22
Number of Contract Staff 110
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 11
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 7
Caucasian: 72
Hispanic/Latino: 18
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Arab-American
Gender Female: 51
Male: 52
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 Yes
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 Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Andrea J. Paul
Board Chair Company Affiliation Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Board Chair Term July 2017 - June 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Jeremy Cohen This World Music Voting
Caren Connelly Winchester Foundation For Educational Excellence Voting
Dr. Frank E. Davis TERC, Inc Voting
Salina Ferguson Roxbury Latin School --
Laila Freedberg Community Volunteer Voting
Nacy K. Gittelson Tufts Medical Center --
David Jewett Consultrant for Higher Education Voting
Sarah Leaf-Herrmann The Idea Company Voting
Marisa Murtagh State Street Corporation --
Nancy Nizel Community Volunteer Voting
Andrea J. Paul Momenta Pharmaceuticals Voting
Maryalice Sloan-Howitt 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: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 9
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning

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 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $821,445.00
Projected Expense $828,623.00
Form 990s

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Audit Documents

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2015 Audit

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2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $610,626 $847,695 $880,539
Total Expenses $785,463 $740,311 $724,003

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $126,653 $306,392 $286,922
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $484,703 $525,838 $515,365
Investment Income, Net of Losses $-2,023 $13,015 $60,279
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $1,273 $2,450 $10,925
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $7,048
Other $20 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $542,209 $591,115 $517,923
Administration Expense $212,304 $120,025 $184,432
Fundraising Expense $30,950 $29,171 $21,648
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.78 1.15 1.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses 69% 80% 72%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 24% 9% 7%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $580,172 $762,018 $640,985
Current Assets $580,172 $302,240 $194,672
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $14,178 $21,187 $7,538
Total Net Assets $565,994 $740,831 $633,447

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $370,000.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 0.1%
Credit Line No
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? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 40.92 14.27 25.83

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.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

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