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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

To mobilize congregations and communities across economic, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries so that, in partnership, we can work more effectively for a just and peaceful society and for spiritual growth and interfaith understanding.

Mission Statement

To mobilize congregations and communities across economic, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries so that, in partnership, we can work more effectively for a just and peaceful society and for spiritual growth and interfaith understanding.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Projected Income $175,000.00
Projected Expense $175,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI)
  • Values Over Violence Project

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

To mobilize congregations and communities across economic, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries so that, in partnership, we can work more effectively for a just and peaceful society and for spiritual growth and interfaith understanding.

Background Statement

Founded in 1966, by interfaith congregations wishing to support civil rights activity, the organization sponsored urban-suburban partnerships, across faith, ethnic, and economic lines. CMM is noted for its 8-day summer interfaith program for high school and college students--and graduate theological students as mentors--held each summer at Brandeis University. Our new Values Over Violence program, which is a partner effort with five local Greater Boston organizatoins, is also growing in popularity and strength. On a continual basis CMM promotes multi-cultural education through our continuing education classes, as well public policy education and advocacy in areas such as immigration and homelessness. We encourage diverse faith and spiritual communities to share their cultural richness and worship forms with their neighbors, in hopes of lessening prejudice and phobias that can breed within ignorance of "the other".

Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
 
1. Brought 25 high school and college-age youth (from urban and suburban communities across the United States: MA, NH, NJ, NC, IL) together with 6 mentors for the intensive 8-day Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI), whereby all participants participate in interfaith dialogue, leadership and peacemaker training and social action projects. Hosted at Brandeis University, this event was themed, "Rooted in Faith, Reaching out in Love."
 
2. Launched a new program consisting of 5 Greater Boston partners from urban and suburban communities, entitled the Values Over Violence Project (VoV). This project is designed to reduce violence from a multitude of areas, not least of which is gang violence and suicide. This past spring 2015 we trained 30 clergy, community leaders and leaders of youth in several towns in the city and suburbs of Boston. They learned the skills of forgiveness and reconciliation as outlined by the VoV Curriculum, and are prepared to go on to teach youth this academic year 2-15-16. VoV is a Boston-based version of the curriculum developed by ESPERE (Escuelas de Perdón y Reconciliación), the School of Forgiveness and Reconciliation, in Bogotá, Colombia. The ESPERE method has been applied in different scenarios including prisons, companies, schools and churches, and has been taken to countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the USA, for them to replicate the peacebuilding model. The ESPERE materials have a proven track record in reducing violence not only in Latin America, but also in many countries, including the United States (Texas and Oregon), receiving a UNESCO prize in 2006.
 
3. A new annual winter publication entitled, "Interfaith Peacemaking in the Community", which garnered articles and prayers from 15 local religious and spiritual leaders from over 10 different faith traditions. Next year we will do a similar project focused on "Just Peacemaking in the Marketplace", focused on discussions of economic justice.
4. Worked with a wide variety of faith-based and civic communities and community agencies to conduct a year of impactful programs that brought, in total, hundreds of people together for interfaith dialogue and social justice. Programs included: Martin Luther King, Jr Interfaith Youth Day of Service, Spirituality and Healing Conference, 3 Dialogue Dinners (on Humanism, Quakers, and Homelessness), 3 continuing education courses (on Celtic Poetry, Interfaith Just Peacemaking, and Interfaith Meditation Practices), as well as our annual dinner with prominent local speakers. 
 
5. CMM also welcomed an entirely new staff this year, which also included growth of 3 new work-area specific employees in Development, Marketing/Communications, and our IFYI program. We also welcomed 3 new Board members and 3 different interns and field-ed students to our dedicated team. 
 
Goals for 2015:
 
1. Further develop programs within the adopted framework of Interfaith Just Peacemaking, as approved by the CMM Board in the Fall 2015. Areas include: Just Peace in the Community, Just Peace with the Earth, Just Peace Among Peoples (internaitonal), and Just Peace in the Marketplace
 
2. To carry out this year with an overall focus on "Just Peace in the Marketplace", through our Values Over Violence Project and our economic-theme interfaith prayer booklet. Also, gearing up with a spring environmental event and action projects that will build a foundation for our next year's focus on Just Peace with the Earth. 
 
3. As we enter into our 50th Anniversary Year, we hope to see a growth and further diversification of our individual and organizational members, as well as our program partners. Our goal is to see our members at least increase by 1/3 by the end of 2016. This will serve to support future partnerships and current programs.
 
 
 

Needs Statement

1. Funds to support our work. We have an annual budget of approximately $190,000, but have need for more staff (we currently have all quarter and half-time employees) to support our extensive activity and in order to build greater capacity. 
2. Volunteers for all of our programs and administrative support
3. Attendees at interfaith dialogue dinners and programs on spirituality
4. Funds to support our work with like-minded partner organizations, to further CMM's efforts to engage members of our diverse network of faith and spiritual communities in social justice work
5. Increased congregational and individual membership. This is our core audience and it needs to be cultivated.

CEO Statement

I am relatively new to CMM and I continue to be awed by the commitment shown by the staff, Board members, volunteers and past program participants of CMM. This intense commitment is derived from the fact that CMM gives people a place to connect deeply with others across differences and, at the same time, to work effectively on the issues of social justice about which they are most passionate.

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

METROWEST REGION, MA
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA

Greater Boston Area, with members from Acton to Roxbury, Sudbury to Jamaica Plain, Newton to Dorchester, and places in between.

Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Civil Rights, Social Action, & Advocacy N.E.C.
  2. Religion- Related - Interfaith Coalitions
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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

Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI)

IFYI is a unique experience in youth empowerment, leadership development, interfaith education, and peacemaker training. Participants of diverse religious backgrounds come together for a joyful and intensive overnight immersion program that includes community building, workshops, service and social action experiences, field trips, theological dialogue, and much more! Youth are mentored by graduate theology students and other faith leaders.
Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  As a result of this program, participants will be better able to understand perspectives of those with different backgrounds than their own, advocate for social justice causes which they support, and build environments of peace in their communities. The mentors are equipped with skills of dialogue and group facilitation, workshop development, teambuilding and active mentoring.
Program Long-Term Success  Participants of this program get engaged in long-term initiatives for positive change in their own communities. Mentors often go into ministry, pastoral counseling, chaplaincy or become other types of faith leaders and remark that, even years later, they draw on the skills they developed at IFYI in terms of facilitating open, communicative and inclusive communities.
Program Success Monitored By  Each year, participants and their families complete evaluations that invite feedback on the experience and the learning that takes place during the program. Staff/mentors provide feedback at the end of each summer's program, as well as one year and three years out from their experience (to help us gauge how the experience/training helped to guide their educational and vocational direction).
Examples of Program Success 
Some participant feedback from 2013:

“At IFYI, we create a beloved community by sharing our differences as well as similarities. Then we leverage our collective strength to help heal both ourselves and the world around us.”

“IFYI is a place where you become family with people so different from you.”

“I discovered just how much love and truth can impact the lives of people next to us. I realized that even though at times I may feel like the good actions I do are nothing more than a drop of water, they are not. After all, what is the Ocean but a lot of drops?”

“IFYI fills my spiritual cup and motivated me to make positive change.”

“I have learned that love unites us all. Sometimes we get caught up in the physical differences between one another, but all we need to remember is that we all want to love and to be loved.”


Values Over Violence Project

The Values Over Violence Project (VoV) is designed to reduce violence from a multitude of areas, not least of which is gang violence and suicide. This past spring 2015 we trained 30 clergy, community leaders and leaders of youth in several towns in the city and suburbs of Boston. They learned the skills of forgiveness and reconciliation as outlined by the VoV Curriculum, and are prepared to go on to teach youth. The Values over Violence curriculum we wish to implement among youth is focused on violence prevention training by creating learning communities in which youth can safely examine their emotions, learn to identify events which trigger anger, rage, and depression, and look at choices about how to handle these events.

The Values over Violence Project is a Boston-based version of the curriculum developed by ESPERE (Escuelas de Perdón y Reconciliación), the School of Forgiveness and Reconciliation, in Bogotá, Colombia. The ESPERE method has been applied in different scenarios including prisons, companies, schools and churches, and has been taken to countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the USA, for them to replicate the peacebuilding model. The ESPERE materials have a proven track record in reducing violence not only in Latin America, but also in many countries, including the United States (Texas and Oregon), receiving a UNESCO prize in 2006.

Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Intergroup Relations
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
VoV is a successful partnership model for other programs. The Values over Violence Project consists of five primary organizations: Pathway to Redemption, Ten Point Coalition, Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, Future Hope Apprenticeship Program, and the Mattapan/Hyde Park Economic Development Corporation (additional community organizations and faith groups are supporters). We are also in close partnership with the founders of this material, La Fundación para la Reconciliación (Foundation for Reconciliation) in Bogota, Columbia and a branch nonprofit based in Massachusetts, Forgiveness International.
 
We saw overwhelming support for the initial training phase of this program last Spring, and accepted 30 people to train. 100% of those who begun the program graduated, and many of them are ready to being training youth, but need further administrative and financial support. 
Program Long-Term Success  We hope to support 30-50% of our Trainers from last Spring to continue on the train at least 100 youth in Greater Boston. This program was previously implemented in Mattapan, Boston, and we plan to expand it to Concord, MA and Newton, MA this year as well, at the request of a member congregation and organizational partner.
Program Success Monitored By  Successes are monitored by evaluation forms, interviews and outside research teams made up of psychological professionals and community development researchers (to be implemented next Summer 2016 after youth have gone through the program). 
Examples of Program Success 

Our spring 2015 VoV graduates provided feedback:

-Communication/Admin of VoV from partner orgs- Avg score 4.6

-VoV was a good networking/relationship-building experience- Avg. score 4.8

-Timing of Class- Avg. score 4.6

-How prepared you feel to train others after taking this course- Avg. score 4

Anonymous Quotes from those trained last Spring:

“This is important in both the urban and suburban communities, and as a collective group of different faiths and different beliefs, issues of violence need to be addressed... How do we apply this to job readiness? Because of the urgency of this situation, we are brought together.”

“In memory of my son, this has been incredibly moving…Tools like these manuals will empower all of us."

“This training helped me to see ways I can be more effective in my own ministry. Also, it has shown me ways to improve my family as well. I just wish we had more time... I cried. I smiled. At the end of the day we all came together to be one."

 
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Rodney L. Petersen
CEO Term Start June 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Rodney L. Petersen, Ph.D. began his tenure at CMM in the summer of 2014, after serving as the executive director of the Boston Theological Institute (BTI), the consortium of theological schools, seminaries, and university divinity schools in the Greater Boston area for almost 25 years. He has taught in BTI member schools and overseas, in addition to facilitating workshops on restorative justice, reconciliation, interfaith just peacemaking, and community engagement. He is author and editor of a wide bibliography and co-founder of the Religion and Conflict Transformation program now centered at Boston University School of Theology. Currently Petersen serves on the board of several other Greater Boston nonprofits, including Refugee Immigration Ministries and Church and Prison, Inc. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., and co-chair of the national drafting committee for “An Interreligious Stance of the Presbyterian Church (USA).” 
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Dr. Alice E. Kidder Aug 2012 Jan
Ms. Whitney Retallic Feb 2013 May

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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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

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Pathway to Redemption in Mattapan, Black Ministerial Alliance, Boston TenPoint Coalition, Mattapan-Hyde Park Economic Development Corporation, Future Hope Apprenticeship Program of Dorchester, The Walker Center in Auburndale, Northeastern University, Advocacy Network to End Family Homelessness, Sustainability Guild of Dorchester, Jewish-Christian-Muslim Center of Merrimack College, Brandeis University, various faith and spiritual communities in the Greater Boston area, MIRA (Mass Immigration Rights Advocacy)
 
 
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 150
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Rev. Dr. David Killian
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Priest
Board Chair Term May 2014 - Apr 2015
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Shua Arshad Community --
Dr. Abdul Cader Asmal Mass General Hospital (retired) Voting
Julie Carey Community Volunteer Voting
Rev. Wayne S. Daley Boston TenPoint Coalition Voting
Rev. Sandra Dorsainvil American Baptist Churches --
Dr. Alice E. Kidder Retired economist Voting
Rev. David Killian Retired Voting
Maxine Lyons Community Volunteer Voting
Rev. Dr. Rodney L. Petersen Executive Director of CMM Exofficio
Michele Saunders Community --
Ted Wade Self-employed 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: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Membership
  • Personnel
  • 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 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Projected Income $175,000.00
Projected Expense $175,000.00
Form 990s

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2011 Review

2010 Review

2009 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $192,599 $143,332 $130,282
Total Expenses $110,468 $143,978 $138,777

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$134,999 $60,000 $53,737
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $47,956 $41,021 $48,588
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $9,618 $42,273 $21,703
Investment Income, Net of Losses $26 $38 $58
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- $6,196
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $76,744 $128,767 $120,753
Administration Expense $33,724 $12,839 $12,972
Fundraising Expense -- $2,372 $5,052
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.74 1.00 0.94
Program Expense/Total Expenses 69% 89% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 2% 5%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $151,484 $58,459 $57,905
Current Assets $151,484 $58,459 $30,252
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $9,489 $1,200 $0
Total Net Assets $141,995 $57,259 $57,905

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $29,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
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? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 15.96 48.72 --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organizations IRS Form 990-EZs for fiscal years 2013 and 2012, with further expense data per the Form PC, on file with the state of MA, for fiscal year 2012. For fiscal year 2011, the data is per the organization's financial reviews. 

Documents


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