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Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education Inc.

 10 Post Office Square, Suite 800 South
 Boston, MA 02109
[P] (617) 7373122
[F] --
Edward  Lambert
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3274599

LAST UPDATED: 02/20/2019
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) is committed to excellence, opportunity and innovation in our public education system to prepare all students to engage successfully in a global economy and society.

Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) is committed to excellence, opportunity and innovation in our public education system to prepare all students to engage successfully in a global economy and society.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $800,000.00
Projected Expense $750,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Credentials for Success
  • Digital Equity Walk

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Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE) is committed to excellence, opportunity and innovation in our public education system to prepare all students to engage successfully in a global economy and society.

Background Statement


MBAE and the employers we represent believe that an excellent public education system is the essential foundation of a sound and equitable economy. We promote and support continuous improvement in our schools to ensure that EVERY student receives a high quality education that prepares them for success in college, career and citizenship. MBAE rejects the status quo when it is failing, defends against attempts to dismantle progress and lower the bar, and promotes innovation in education that is needed for all students to excel.


MBAE was established in 1988 by concerned business leaders convinced that the Commonwealth’s public schools needed substantial reform to produce graduates capable of leading a 21st century democracy and economy.


By 1991, MBAE had crafted a comprehensive school reform proposal, , Every Child a Winner, that became the framework for the Education Reform Act of 1993, a national model for standards-based reform that has produced significant results. Over the next two decades, MBAE monitored implementation of the Act, advocated for improvements, focused on interventions to turn around chronically underperforming schools, and represented the business community on the state’s accountability, teacher evaluation and college- and career-readiness task forces. MBAE supported development of the state’s Race to Top proposal, provided independent analysis of the Common Core State Standards, and played a key role in passage of the Act Relative to the Achievement Gap.


In 2014, MBAE released another groundbreaking report, The New Opportunity to Lead: A Vision for Education in Massachusetts in the Next 20 Years. This blueprint for education redesign concluded that unless we modernize our elementary and secondary education system, we will not have the robust pipeline of skilled workers our knowledge economy demands and a large portion of students will be left on the economic sidelines. The report asserts that Massachusetts can lead the world in educational achievement and equity and lays out evidence-based recommendations for achieving that goal. MBAE is committed to bringing about the changes called for in that report.

Impact Statement

MBAE advances state education policies that promote continuous improvement in the Massachusetts education system and greater alignment with real world expectations so ALL students are prepared to be productive citizens, join and lead the work force, and earn a family sustaining wage that will enhance their own and our state’s economic well-being.

Together with our rapidly growing business affiliate network, which includes Chambers of Commerce across the state and major industry associations that represent critical sectors of the state's economy, MBAE made strides for students this year. We successfully advocated for the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to take action that will lead to expanded access to computer science coursework. This is essential to ensure that all students, no matter their zip code, can pursue a course of study that leads to excellent employment opportunities that pay family sustaining wages.

The Network also supported MBAE’s successful intiative to urge lawmakers to stop a well-organized effort to gut the state’s accountability system, place a moratorium on MCAS testing, and roll back teacher evaluation requirements that lead to meaningful and actionable improvements in instruction. This victory protected education reforms that catapulted Massachusetts to number one in the nation in student achievement over the past two decades.

In the area of school funding, MBAE was deeply involved in negotiations on a school funding bill in the state’s last legislative session. Although the bill failed to pass, MBAE laid important groundwork to ensure that state funds allocated for needier students are actually spent on those students; require evaluation of where funds are being used effectively and where they are not; and, require transparent reporting to the public about school spending. School funding is expected to be at the top of the legislature’s agenda when it reconvenes for a new session in January 2019. MBAE is well positioned to continue to move the conversation from not just how much funding, but HOW funding will be used to close equity and achievement gaps.

Goals for the next year include:

  • Ensuring equitable and effective distribution and use of funding for education. MBAE will ensure any new funding is used to improve student learning and close achievement gaps.
  • Increasing school leader autonomy and flexibility. MBAE is working to advance legislation that gives school leaders, particularly in low-income and struggling districts, the authority and flexibility they need to innovate and meet the needs and aspirations of their students on a daily basis.
  • Closing the digital equity gap. MBAE is leading the charge to increase the number of underserved students participating in computer science courses and attaining the experience and credentials they need to secure jobs in related fields.
  • Expanding opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials in high school. MBAE is working to make it easier for high school students to earn industry-recognized credentials that employers identify as high value and high need.
  • Continued growth of the MBAE Affiliate Network, particularly in key legislative districts, and increased activation of the network is a primary goal for the year ahead.

Needs Statement

For more than 25 years, MBAE has worked to improve the Commonwealth’s public schools on behalf of employers committed to ensuring students graduate high school prepared for success in college, career and citizenship.  MBAE is the only business group with a sole focus on education.  Our emphasis is on systemic change that is sustainable and benefits all students.

We seek financial support for operating costs to allow MBAE to provide the critical voice of business through actionable research and reports, at meetings and forums we convene or help lead, and on committees and commissions that influence state policy. These activities provide companies with multiple opportunities for funding and engagement that gain them recognition for their support. Company logos appear on our website and are featured in reports read by policymakers and thought leaders and cited in news stories; executives participate in forums and on committees; company leaders testify at hearings representing the voice of business.

CEO Statement

Today’s jobs require students to have a strong foundation in math, science, writing, problem solving and critical thinking. Tomorrow’s jobs will demand even more. MBAE promotes continuous improvement in our public schools to ensure all students graduate prepared for success and a well-educated, diverse, highly-skilled workforce pipeline. For 30 years, MBAE has been both an effective and essential voice in driving educational improvements. Our leadership is as important today as it ever was.

By 2020, 72% of jobs in Massachusetts will require a career certificate or college degree. Yet, one in three of our high school graduates are unprepared to acquire these credentials. As a result, students miss opportunities and the skills gap that threatens our state economy grows wider.

Our 21st century economy requires 21st century schools that prepare students with the knowledge and skills they will need to adapt to a constantly-changing economy.

To meet this challenge, MBAE is working to bring about Excellence, Opportunity and Innovation in public education. Excellence means modern learning standards, assessments, curricula and teaching models that reflect the demands of today, and prepare students with the skills to adjust for tomorrow. Opportunity means every student must have access to a high quality education that opens doors for their future, and drives community and economic growth. Innovation means reimagining and modernizing our outdated education system and redesigning our public schools to better meet the needs of every student.

MBAE’s blueprint for education, The New Opportunity to Lead: A Vision for Education in Massachusetts in the Next 20 Years, lays out a comprehensive plan to meet these objectives. We have embarked on a multi-year plan to realize our goals. We hope you will join us in this effort.

Board Chair Statement

Massachusetts’s education system is not sufficiently preparing ALL students to take their place and be successful in the state’s knowledge-based economy. The state may fare well on standardized tests in comparison to other states, but our schools are not producing a steady stream of graduates prepared and qualified to join the world-class workforce upon which our future prosperity depends.

This disconnect may explain why 75% of Massachusetts employers report having difficulty finding qualified candidates to fill open positions. Massachusetts public colleges and universities find similar deficiencies. One out of three of the state’s public high school graduates are unprepared for college-level work.

The global competition for skilled talent is intensifying. According to a report from the McKinsey Global Institute, by 2020, a projected shortfall of up to 18 million highly skilled workers will exist in advanced economies, including the United States, and the U.S. could have 1.5 million too few college-educated workers.

This challenge is of particular concern in Massachusetts where our knowledge and innovation-based economy is highly dependent on a well-educated workforce and where demand for college-educated workers is now outpacing the supply. By 2020, 72% of jobs in the Commonwealth will require some college education. Yet, according to the MA Department of Higher Education, in STEM disciplines alone, 36,000 fewer associate and baccalaureate degrees will be granted than the Massachusetts workforce will need by 2020.

MBAE is working to improve schools and bring about greater alignment of our education system with the demands of the 21st century so that no student is left on the economic sidelines and all students are prepared for success.


Geographic Area Served


Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
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Credentials for Success

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education is leading this initiative to expand opportunities for high school students to earn industry-recognized credentials. Right now, these opportunities are only available to students in the state's vocational technical schools. MBAE is building support for legislation that provides incentivizes to traditional high schools to offer students opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials that are linked to labor market demand in fields and jobs that pay higher living wages.

75% of Massachusetts employers say they can’t find qualified candidates to fill open positions. At the same time, too many students graduate our high schools and fail to go on to earn the degree or credential they need to enter, thrive and advance in Massachusetts’ competitive workforce.

· 72% of Massachusetts jobs will require a career certificate or college degree by 2020

· By 2019, demand for workers to fill middle skills jobs—jobs that require a high school diploma and some education or training post high school—is expected to exceed supply by an estimated 150,000 positions

A credential can be a ticket to upward economic mobility. Industry-recognized credentials are credentials that employers use to certify that an applicant is qualified for a job. Students who earn industry certifications have an advantage finding high-demand jobs with good wages because the certifications are globally portable and valuable to employers. Often, these industry certifications are “stackable”, which means multiple credentials can be accumulated over time to build up an individual’s qualifications to pursue a career pathway or another postsecondary credential.

MBAE’s proposal calls for alignment of industry-recognized credentials with the state’s high priority industry sectors and address issues of equity by including funding for implementation to encourage less well-resources districts to participate in the program. The funds can support teacher training, cover assessment costs or equipment needs.

An industry-recognized credential program compliments Massachusetts’ current career preparation efforts and can be customized to address workforce challenges highlighted in the Regional Blueprints. A credential program will also provide students opportunities to develop essential skills valuable in the workplace and higher education. Massachusetts should adopt an industry-recognized credential program to address the state’s urgent skills gap and accelerate access to career preparation and pathways for every student in the Commonwealth.


Budget  150,000
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  The first step is passing a state law that incentivizes districts to offer students opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials that are aligned with workforce demand.  While we are building support for the bill, MBAE will also work with the state and industry to identify high value, high demand credentials that the program should prioritize.
Program Long-Term Success  Ultimately, our goal is for EVERY student to attain a post secondary credential  -- that could be a career certificate or college degree.  In order to achieve that goal we're working to ensure every high school in Massachusetts provides students opportunities to earn credentials that are a pathway to college or future employment.
Program Success Monitored By  We can monitor success by counting the numbers of school offering these opportunities and the number of students earning industry-recognized credentials.
Examples of Program Success  Right now, opportunities to earn industry-recognized credentials are limited to students who attend the state's vocational-technical schools.  Examples of success for our initiative include traditional high schools offering coursework that leads to students earning high value credentials in the tech sector.  These credentials 

Digital Equity Walk


Digital Equity Walk Program Description

As the demand for technology jobs continues to rise and as an increasing number of jobs require digital skills, it is more important than ever that all students acquire basic technology skills and also have a path to pursue more advanced knowledge through computer science courses. Yet many schools, particularly in underserved communities, do not offer this instruction, creating a digital equity gap in the preparation students need for success in the workforce.

That’s why MBAE is focused on raising awareness of the need for equitable access for all students and engaging a wide range of stakeholders to identify solutions. MBAE’s Digital Equity Walk is a 45-90-minute interactive activity featuring visual presentations of data which drive home where access to computer science coursework is inequitable and demographic disparities exist. The Digital Equity Walk is an integral part of our strategy to close the digital equity gap and ensure every student has the skills they need for success in the future.

The Digital Equity Walk brings information directly to stakeholders and does not require any prior experience with data. Audience members explore the data individually before collectively discussing implications and generating solutions. This event raises awareness, increases audience understanding of the issue, generates ideas and inspires action to close the digital equity gap in their school community.

Budget  123,000
Category  Education, General/Other Computer Literacy
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 

Short term success is engaging more than 250 individuals in frank conversation about the challenge that exists and soliciting solutions that must be applied. We know there are no silver bullets – no one action that can be taken to ensure all students have equal access to computer science education and opportunities to acquire digital literacy skills. That’s why engagement of a wide range of stakeholders is necessary to put together a set of recommendations.

Program Long-Term Success 

MBAE will compile and issue a set of actions that can be taken by state, district and community leaders as well as individual educators and employers to close the digital equity gap. Our Digital Equity Walks will also enable us to build a constituency of support for these solutions. Long term success is implementation of this set of recommendations resulting in equal access to computer science education across every community in Massachusetts.

Program Success Monitored By  Numbers of communities offering appropriate coursework and students from underserved communities pursuing computer science study.
Examples of Program Success  Our first two Digital Equity Walks were well attended by a wide range of stakeholders that provided important insight into the barriers school systems face in providing students opportunities to study computer science.  We also gathered promising ideas about solutions.  It is critical that we bring this information and opportunity for discussion to groups representing all the various constituencies touched by this issue in order to both create a sense of urgency and gather the necessary feedback to ignite a movement to address this issue.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

By 2020, 72% of all jobs in Massachusetts will require a postsecondary education.  Is our education system preparing our students?
Despite significant gains in student achievement over the past two decades, Massachusetts faces critical challenges in educating its students  for the 21st century economy.  Employers play a pivotal role in bringing about needed change in our public education system, providing a unique perspective on how to drive improvements and achieve results.  The business community is dependent on a high quality education system to ensure that their future workforce, our students, acquire the skills to succeed.  For Massachusetts companies to compete and prosper they need a well-educated workforce.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Edward M. Lambert Jr.
CEO Term Start Jan 2019
CEO Email elambert@mbae
CEO Experience

Ed most recently served as vice chancellor for government relations and public affairs at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Previously, he served as commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and founding director of the Urban Initiative of UMass Dartmouth, a research center focused on strengthening the state’s urban, industrial communities.

Ed also was mayor of Fall River from 1996 to 2007, and represented Fall River and Westport in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was also a member of the Fall River School Committee.

Ed’s unique experience at the intersection of policy and education combined with his deep understanding of the challenges facing our gateway cities makes him the right leader at the right time for MBAE to move our policy agenda forward. The business community’s voice on education policy is as important as ever as the availability of a qualified workforce continues to be a top concern of employers across the state. Ed will continue MBAE’s work to ensure the state fulfills its obligation to provide every student a high quality education that prepares them for success.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Linda M. Noonan June 2005 Jan 2019

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mr. Ryan Flynn Director, Affliate Network Strategy and Growth --
Ms. Michelle Harrington Director of Operations --
Ms. Jackney Prioly Joseph Director, Future Ready Massachusetts
Jackney Prioly Joseph joined MBAE as Director of Future Ready Massachusetts in March 2014 and is responsible for developing strategy and leading the implementation of the Future Ready public information campaign. Previously, Jackney served as Policy Director and Director of External Relations for At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. She led the legislative process for various policy initiatives including Councilor Pressley’s liquor licensing reform legislation. In addition she served as both the Education and Arts Liaison. Prior to this position, ​Jackney​ served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff and the Chief of Human Services in the office of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino. She conducted research on youth development opportunities in the city of Boston, managed special projects and served on the Leadership Team of the Human Services cabinet. She also served concurrently​ as the Coordinator of the City of Boston Scholarship Fund where she managed the annual disbursement of scholarships to high school seniors and college students. ​Jackney has been an active member of several organizations including the Posse Foundation, ONEin3 Boston and The City School. She currently serves on the Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Executive Board. In 2010 she received the Posse Boston Community Investment Award for her service to the city and to the Posse Foundation. Jackney received her MA in Public Administration from Northeastern University and her BA in Philosphy from Bryn Mawr College.
Ms. Tricia Lederer Director of Communications --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In 2010, MBAE's Board reviewed its governance policies and adopted policies in areas necessary to comply with all state and federal requirements and to meet nonprofit best practices.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
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 --

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 Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually


Board Chair Mr. William Walczak
Board Chair Company Affiliation South End Community Health Center
Board Chair Term Apr 2014 - Apr 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Brian Burke Microsoft Voting
Mr. Roberto Cabral GE Healthcare Life Sciences --
Mr. J.D. Chesloff Massachusetts Business Roundtable Voting
Mr. Christopher DeLorey Marsh & McLennan Agency | New England Voting
Mr. Henry C. Dinger Esq. Goodwin Procter LLP Voting
Ms. Sharon Driscoll U.S. Trust Voting
Mr. Joseph E. Esposito CPA Ascentage Group LLC Voting
Mr. Emerson Foster Sodexo --
Ms. Rebecca Fracassa Comcast --
Mr. David Gagnon KPMG Voting
Mr. Brian Gilmore Associated Industries of Massachusetts Voting
Ms. Anne McGrath Linehan Santander Bank Voting
Ms. Jacqui Lipson Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners Company Voting
Mr. Richard Lord Associated Industries of Massachusetts Voting
Mr. David Mancuso Mancuso Communications Voting
Ms. Eileen McAnneny Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation Voting
Mr. Peter Nessen CRIC Capital Voting
Mr. Syed Quadri Intel Voting
Ms. Eileen Rudden LearnLaunch Voting
Mr. John Stuart PTC Voting
Mr. Bill Triant Pearson Voting
Mr. Axel Vigo Ernst & Young --
Mr. William Walczak South End Community Health Center 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
Mr. Jose Alvarez Harvard Business School Voting
Mr. Mark Crandall TD Banknorth/Massachusetts Voting
Ms. Cheryl M. Cronin Esq. -- Voting
Mr. Gary T. DiCamillo Eaglepoint Advisors Voting
Mr. Jack Dill Colebrook Realty Services Voting
Ms. Fay Donahue DentaQuest Voting
Mr. Thomas D. Dretler Eduventures, Inc. Voting
Mr. Chris Gabrieli Massachusetts 2020/Bessemer Venture Partners Voting
Mr. Gary Gottlieb M.D. Brigham & Women's Hospital Voting
Mr. Edward Hoff IBM Voting
Mr. Stephen Knight M.D. Fidelity Biosciences Voting
Mr. Wendell J. Knox Abt Associates (Retired) Voting
Mr. William P. Leahy AT&T Voting
Mr. Edward P. Marram PhD Arthur Blank Entrepreneurship Center, Babson College Voting
Ms. Carol McMullen Eastern Wealth Management Voting
Mr. J. Keith Motley PhD University of Massachusetts/Boston Voting
Mr. Jeff Ray SolidWorks, Inc. Voting
Mr. Robert Sheridan The Savings Bank Life Insurance Company of Massachusetts Voting
Mr. David Southworth Southworth Company Voting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 21
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 15
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Executive

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



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 $538,952 $1,027,486 $842,298
Total Expenses $857,768 $723,265 $806,393

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$394,513 $859,200 $777,250
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $144,320 $168,259 $64,969
Other $119 $27 $79

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $549,946 $641,407 $727,325
Administration Expense $293,029 $67,728 $58,713
Fundraising Expense $14,793 $14,130 $20,355
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.63 1.42 1.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses 64% 89% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 2% 3%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $262,000 $588,245 $282,877
Current Assets $253,692 $559,000 $245,883
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $3,792 $11,221 $10,074
Total Net Assets $258,208 $577,024 $272,803

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 6.00

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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 66.90 49.82 24.41

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

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


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?


The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE), and the employers it represents, are committed to a public education system that prepares EVERY student for success in college, career and citizenship.

Long term success for MBAE means elimination of chronic racial and socio-economic education achievement gaps that prevent so many students from realizing their dreams and full potential, and a robust, well-educated, diverse, highly-skilled workforce pipeline that fuels growth in our companies and our state economy.

In 2014, MBAE released a comprehensive plan to achieve those goals. The New Opportunity to Lead: A Vision for Education in Massachusetts in the Next 20 Years, produced by international education experts with significant input from Massachusetts business and education stakeholders, warns that unless we modernize our education system, our skills gap will grow larger, we will not have the robust pipeline of skilled workers our knowledge economy demands, and a large portion of students will be left on the economic sidelines. The report calls for a phased approach to reinvent education for the 21st century. Over the next three to five years, MBAE is urging and pursuing comprehensive and immediate action in these essential areas:

· Maintaining high standards and deploying assessments that promote a solid foundation in literacy and math as well as the broader range of knowledge, skills and dispositions students need to manage their own careers

· Recruiting and developing world class educators and school leaders

· Generating more innovation in education, modernizing the way we use time, resources and technology to personalize learning and expand the boundaries of the classroom

· Looking more closely at how we use resources at the state, district and school level.

· Empowering individual schools and educators to lead and drive improvement

If we are successful, we should begin to see greater personalization of learning leading to greater gains in student achievement across all socio-economic backgrounds. We will put the essential building blocks in place for an education system that can continually innovate, with schools becoming the driving force of progress. Our best teachers will be deployed in the most challenged schools, and the most promising innovative practices, especially in relation to closing achievement and opportunity gaps, will be captured and available for replication. Most importantly, progress can be accelerated and adjustments made for many years to come.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

MBAE’s core work is influencing state education policy to improve the quality of ALL public schools for ALL students in Massachusetts. Through publication of research and reports that provide actionable solutions and through leadership at and participation in meetings, forums, committees and commissions charged with advising state policymakers, MBAE advances key policies. We produce specific proposals for legislative and executive action; we build coalitions of supporters to influence policy makers; and, we bring the business community’s voice to bear on critical issues.
Key priorities for the short term include:

Preserving the high academic standards that ensure students graduate with the knowledge, skills and experiences to succeed in college and compete in the workforce. In 2010, Massachusetts raised the bar for all students when it adopted the Common Core State Standards and adapted them to reflect Massachusetts priorities. These standards emphasize the critical thinking and problem solving skills necessary for success in higher education and the workforce and set a path for all students toward attaining a postsecondary career certificate or college degree. MBAE will continue to fight efforts to repeal these standards and to advocate for continuous improvement.

Ensuring statewide standardized tests align with the demands of colleges and the workplace. Whether the standards realize their potential as an effective tool in the preparation of students for the future will depend on the adoption of high quality assessments that align with the standards and indicate readiness for college and career. Massachusetts is currently developing MCAS 2.0, a next generation assessment system. MBAE will be closely following and weighing in on the development of MCAS 2.0 to ensure it is an honest and valid measure of whether students are on track for college work without the need for remediation, and assesses applied knowledge and skills needed to be ready to meet workforce expectations.

Lifting the cap on charter public schools, increasing flexibility for all schools, and encouraging the development of diverse education models, particularly in high-need communities. The New Opportunity to Lead envisions a transformation of our education system over the next 20 years that will rely on new approaches and greater diversity in models for schools and districts that currently exist. MBAE supports current efforts to expand access to high quality charter schools and raise the cap for public charter schools in the lowest 25% of districts.

The management flexibility the Achievement Gap Act of 2010 gave leaders of Level 4 Schools has been instrumental in the gains those schools have realized in creating a culture of high expectations and raising student performance. Based on this positive experience, MBAE will also seek to extend management flexibilities granted to some of the state’s lowest performing schools to all schools at Level 3 or below.

Advancing solutions to school funding challenges to ensure equitable and effective distribution and use of funding for education. School funding is a critical lever for improving schools and student outcomes. Fundamental changes to the education funding system are required to meet the needs of every student and to ensure low income and needier students receive added support.

Providing mentors and other adults with actionable information and tools to help prepare students for the real world. MBAE also has real and direct impact on students through Future Ready Massachusetts. Our Future Ready Mentor Toolkit includes a recommended course of study, middle and high school checklists, financial literacy activities and information regarding career exploration, college planning and financial aid. 

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

MBAE’s respected leadership and impeccable reputation has made the organization the trusted source for business leaders and state policy makers for 25 years. We are widely known for our substantial record of success in bringing about critical improvements in education. Not only was MBAE the driving force behind the Education Reform Act of 1993, a national model, we have been a consistent voice and leader on critical issues throughout the years since its passage.

Well-known for collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders, MBAE gets things done. We are uniquely positioned to lead the next wave of education improvements.

MBAE is governed by a 26-member Board of Directors representing some of the largest employers in the state. Our work is guided by an Advisory Council of CEO’s and senior executives. Members of both groups have extensive experience in the public and private sectors and share a strong commitment to public education. They work on committees, represent employers on state Advisory Boards and Task Forces and testify before legislative and executive bodies. MBAE has also organized a dynamic group of young business leaders to serve on our Emerging Leaders Council. All of these groups are supported by a staff of policy and communications professionals. MBAE’s impact is enhanced by our partnerships with statewide organizations including Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

MBAE has received substantial multi-year grant commitments from leading philanthropic groups that contribute to the sustainability of our work.

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

MBAE will know it is making progress when student achievement is on a trajectory to close racial and socio-economic achievement gaps; provide equitable access to courses of study that prepare students for higher education without need for remediation; and, develop skills to succeed in the workplace of today and adapt to demands of the future.

Trends in student scores on the state’s annual standardized tests as well as Massachusetts’ performance on the National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP) are critical indicators of whether we are on track and making progress. Remediation rates at state colleges and universities are reported by the Department of Higher Education and should begin to go down as we do a better job of preparing students for college. MBAE together with Associated Industries of Massachusetts (the largest industry association in the state) and the Massachusetts Business Roundtable periodically surveys employers to quantify how many are having trouble finding job candidates with the right skills to fill open positions. We can use that survey to see if we’ve moved the needle on the workforce front.

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

Setting a high bar for learning and assessing whether students are meeting it is the critical foundation for an excellent education system. MBAE has made significant progress on this front.

Persuading thought leaders that Massachusetts needs a new standardized testing system. MBAE’s report comparing the state’s 18-year-old standardized testing system, MCAS, to a next generation testing system, PARCC, changed the conversation and made a compelling case that we need a new test that is aligned with the demands of the real world, provides valuable feedback to teachers and parents, and indicates whether a student is on track for college and careers.

Setting a higher bar for teaching and learning. MBAE influenced the decision of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to base a new student assessment largely on PARCC which sets a higher bar for teaching and learning. An MBAE-led coalition beat back efforts to stay with the outdated MCAS, counteracting extremists with thoughtful, evidence-based positions represented in news stories including on the front page of The New York Times and earning positive editorials from The Boston Globe and other leading Massachusetts newspapers.

An area in which we have not made progress is in ensuring an excellent teacher in every classroom. Evidence shows that the quality of teaching and school leadership are the two most important factors affecting student learning. MBAE is calling for the redesign of recruitment, preparation, support and evaluation of teachers to ensure that every child in every classroom will be taught by a great teacher every year. There is still much work to be done to achieve that goal.