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Boston Community Access & Programming Foundation, Inc.

 BNN Charles J. Beard II Media Center, 3025 Washington Street
 Roxbury, MA 02119
[P] (617) 708-3200
[F] (617) 708-3210
Susan O'Connor
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EIN 04-2784953

LAST UPDATED: 12/14/2018
Organization DBA Boston Neighborhood Network
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

BNN’s mission is to connect, inform and empower those who live, work and study in Boston through distinct and diverse community media programming, education and services. 

Mission Statement

BNN’s mission is to connect, inform and empower those who live, work and study in Boston through distinct and diverse community media programming, education and services. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $2,688,628.00
Projected Expense $2,688,628.00

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Mission Statement

BNN’s mission is to connect, inform and empower those who live, work and study in Boston through distinct and diverse community media programming, education and services. 

Background Statement

Prior to 1983, before Boston was wired for cable, TV was a one-way medium, with no opportunity to participate. Like today, commercial TV was created for mass appeal and maximum profit as dictated by Nielsen ratings above all other considerations.

In Boston’s first cable franchise agreement, Cablevision agreed to provide an annual franchise fee in support of the newly founded Boston Community Access and Programming Foundation, known today as Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN). This process has continued through a succession of cable companies, mayors and agreements, providing benefits that have become part and parcel of the civic, social and cultural fabric of the city. For 34 years, BNN has innovated and evolved, extending its reach through radio and the web. Since 1983, thousands of Boston residents and organizations, representing every community and aspect of city life, have participated in a variety of program offerings.

Education: Bostonians of all ages learn to use TV, radio and multimedia production equipment and are empowered with the skills they need to create their own non-commercial programming. Other classes help members develop 21st century technology skills.

Civic Engagement: Members have access to digital field production equipment, TV and radio studios, a multimedia computer lab,  and a mobile production truck to produce their programs. 24 hours a day, BNN cable channels reach three-quarters of Boston households. Boston Community Radio reaches throughout the city on WBCA-FM. Wider distribution of creative works in various forms is enabled through web-streaming as well as video and audio on demand.

Youth Program: Youth initiatives empower young people with 21st century technology skills through digital media training and the creation and distribution of media that positively impact their lives, address issues of concern, counter negative stereotypes, and promote constructive youth activities and opportunities citywide. BNN also provides a wide range of hands-on internship opportunities to high school and college students.

BNN-Produced Programming: BNN produces programming of community interest that would otherwise be unavailable, such as Boston Neighborhood Network News, a nightly news program providing in-depth interviews and on-location coverage of issues and events of local importance. Other BNN-produced community service programs include political debates, neighborhood parades and cultural festivals.


Impact Statement

Eight years after consolidating facilities (2007) in the BNN Charles J. Beard II Media Center, a renovated former MBTA power station in Egleston Square, Roxbury, BNN celebrated becoming sole owner with the unwinding of the LLC with development partner Urban Edge. This major development is expected to result in expense reductions and contribute to long-term sustainability.

BNN’s mission has been more than cable TV from the beginning. One of the stated purposes in its 1983 Articles of Organization is to “foster and generate experimental uses” and “to distribute programming, by cablecasting, broadcasting, or by any other means, within and without the City of Boston.” Recent years have seen many improvements and advances beyond the early days of “public access TV”:

• In partnership with the City of Boston, launched WBCA LP 102.9 FM, Boston’s Community Radio Station

• Expanded online delivery of community programming through web-streaming and video and audio on demand

• Transitioned to HD digital technology in new mobile production truck, upgraded equipment in studios and media lab, cablecast (on new Verizon channels) and online at

• Implemented a community art gallery for Boston artists

According to a New America Foundation report: “Today, as the divisions between different media fade, a focus on cable is not enough; embracing a multi-platform approach is a strategic necessity for long-term survival.”

As technology evolves and growing numbers of cable subscribers (BNN’s primary source of funding) are expected to “cut the cord”, BNN embraces new opportunities, challenges and goals:

• Diversify revenue streams

• Expand use of web and mobile platforms for distribution and delivery of local content

• Utilize social media for increased engagement with youth, adults, seniors and non-profit organizations of under-represented communities

• Empower more Boston residents to transform from media consumers to media creators, and share their voices throughout the city and beyond


Needs Statement

BNN’s primary source of annual funding has remained stable since 1983, via the Boston Charitable Trust, originating from the city's cable providers in accordance with their franchise agreements with the City of Boston. Revenue diversification efforts supplement this "franchise fee" with grants, such as the Timothy Smith Fund, providing technology upgrades to the BNN Media Lab every three years until 2019; in-kind donations, such as Boston University, which provides a studio and production support for news programming; and other revenue sources including production service contracts, rentals and donations.

Support is needed as BNN prepares for possible decreases in cable subscriptions and the franchise fee, as consumers choose new alternatives online. The primary fiscal need is unrestricted operating funds. Help is also needed to expand youth opportunities and develop new initiatives such as online fundraising, donor appeals, corporate sponsorship and underwriting.

Other specific needs include:

• Storage and asset management system for digital archive of community programming: $45,000

• Studio control room technology upgrades (audio board, monitors, displays and console): $60,000 for two studios

• Field camera systems (five): $10,000

• VR 360 camera kits (five): $17,500


CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (please select all areas as well)
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- Harbor Islands
City of Boston- West Roxbury

BNN serves the entire city of Boston. All city residents and Boston-based non-profits are eligible for low-cost membership and workshops. Use of production facilities, equipment and channels is provided at no cost to residents.
Another important constituency is viewers and radio listeners. Our two cable channels reach three quarters of Boston households in every neighborhood and demographic group of the city. BNN channels are part of basic cable service packages, available to all subscribers. Channel programming is also available to anyone through web-streaming at BNN's website.. The FM signal for Boston Community Radio can be received throughout most of the City of Boston.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Media & Communications
  2. Public & Societal Benefit - Citizen Participation
  3. Education - Adult Education

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




In addition to helping community members create their own programs, BNN also creates programming that engages community participation in other ways, while filling a need for local content that is not being met by other media outlets.

BNN News is produced on a nightly basis, assisted by Boston University communications students. This partnership results in journalism students with real-world experience, increased public awareness for community organizations, and a reliable professional local news program unlike any other in its attention to the important issues of Boston communities.

Production contracts and collaborations enabled BNN staff to create 485 new programs in FY16, including Around Town, profiling organizations and community events that go unnoticed by other media outlets; ExtraHelp providing live homework help to students; Talk of the Neighborhoods, discussing issues and public affairs; and coverage of high school sports, neighborhood parades, and elections.

Budget  $1,158,266.00
Category  Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Citizen Participation Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Staff tracks production and programming data relating to BNN Produced Programming to compare outcomes from year to year.

Community events are covered in every city neighborhood, as determined by an analysis of location data.

Staff carefully tracks appearances on BNN-produced programs by political candidates and referendum advocates to ensure objectivity and balance in coverage.

BNN News tracks information about guests interviewed, organizations served (181 non-profit, advocacy, faith, arts and community organizations in FY16), and indicators of effectiveness online and in social media.

"August Moon Festival" won the 2017 Alliance for Community Media Hometown Cultural Perspectives Award.

The Around Town episode “Vietnam Veteran’s Appreciation Day” received an award from the Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region in the category of Event Coverage.

Program Long-Term Success 

As government regulations fostering localism in media are dismantled, such as the long-standing FCC ”main studio rule,” BNN News will continue to provide a reliable source of news and information about Boston issues and events.

Comparison of city demographic information to production and programming data will lead to outreach targeting under-represented communities and increasingly balanced, inclusive representation on BNN channels and airwaves.

Expanded utilization and integration of media delivery platforms (cable, broadband, radio, and mobile) will extend the reach of BNN programming while increasing participation and empowering new content creators.

Program Success Monitored By 

Tracking of BNN Produced Production data includes:

• LO (Local Origination) Productions including Around Town (segments, shows, organizations, neighborhoods, production types); Extra Help (dates, shows, callers, guests); Specials/Other LO (shows, organizations, neighborhoods, production types)

• Truck Shoots by event type (Parade, Game, etc) and production type (City, Production Services, LO, Member, Grant, etc)

• Other BNN Produced Productions, including Grant-Funded, Production Contracts and Community Service Specials (shows, organizations, neighborhoods, production types)

Tracking of Programming data includes:

• Shows by Source (BNN Member Produced, BNN Staff Produced, Boston Produced, Imported)

• Channel Content by Category

• Live and Pre-Recorded Studio Shows (Studio A, B & RCC)

• New Shows/Repeat Showings

• Requester Demographics

• Broadcast hours

Examples of Program Success 

The launch of Boston Neighborhood Network’s low-power community radio station provided a new forum for BNN staff to produce special programming. In conjunction with Free Speech Week and Community Media Day in October 2017, Senator Edward Markey, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn discussed the importance of community broadcasting, net neutrality and digital equity on WBCA-LP 102.9 FM.

Talk of the Neighborhoods, a one-hour weekly discussion focusing on community issues and local politics, features newsmakers and news breakers from the worlds of politics, media and government. During election season, Talk of the Neighborhoods introduces viewers to every candidate, discusses each ballot referendum with experts and community activists and brings Bostonians up-to-the-minute election results on local races with in-depth analysis from politicians and political pundits. Host Joe Heisler, dubbed the "Larry King of Boston Politics" by The Boston Globe, is a former newspaper reporter and editor. Joe also hosts live coverage of election results, including important races that get little attention from commercial media.

The BNN mobile production truck was on the scene covering Boston’s many parades and neighborhood celebrations including the Mother’s Day Rally for Peace, live from City Hall Plaza. BNN's new, state-of-the-art production truck hit the road in FY17.

Extra Help, the homework hotline series for Boston Public School students, also provided hands-on production experience to students from Roxbury Community College and Madison Park High School who worked behind the scenes on this live, call-in show.


With a growing population of immigrants largely overlooked by commercial media, BNN’s television and radio schedules provide a self-portrait of New England’s most diverse city. Many programs are produced by immigrants or in languages other than English. BNN offers a wide range of options for civic engagement.

In the Community TV Studio, community producers create their own programming. Staff also facilitates production of People’s Platform, a free-speech forum for residents who have not been trained as producers.

In the BNNLive Studio, nonprofits are trained to produce the content and host the show, while BNN provides all of the technical staff and assistance.

In the BNN Timothy Smith Network Media Lab residents have access to create digital media content. Members are also able to check out cameras for community events.

In FY17, in partnership with the City of Boston, BNN was proud to launch Boston Community Radio, WBCA-LP 102.9 FM with a range of local news, talk and arts.

Budget  $343,604.00
Category  Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Citizen Participation Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Staff tracks data about the many ways that BNN serves Boston non-profits, public agencies, educational institutions, and other community organizations. In FY16, over 800 organizations participated, including as organizational members and show producers; and through show profiles, guest appearances, event coverage, and other collaborations.

Data will inform strategies for progress in key measures:

• Utilization of facilities

• Numbers of new and renewing members

• Locally-produced programs

Community media fills a need for local content that is not being met by other media outlets. Although the number of channels and distribution platforms is growing, the number of media companies is declining through consolidation and merger, investing each with a disproportionate capacity to shape public opinion. Through outreach to and engagement with under-represented communities, BNN's programming schedules will reflect the evolution of an increasingly diverse city.
Program Long-Term Success 

Through BNN training, production facilities, channels, radio station and website, an empowered citizenry will share independent perspectives, strengthening our understanding of each other, our city, and the world we live in.

The U.S. Department of Labor publication, “Futurework: Trends and Challenges for Work in the 21st Century, describes a New Economy "powered by technology, fueled by information, and driven by knowledge," with an increasing demand for better-educated workers. Local employer surveys also indicate this need, showcasing the importance of computer fluency, advanced technical skills and knowledge of software as necessary for even the most entry-level positions. BNN will continue to evolve to provide services that prepare Boston residents for a changing workforce.

According to the Congressional Research Service: “The environment for public, educational, and governmental (PEG) cable channels is being roiled by public policy and budgetary changes at the federal, state, and local levels and by technological changes in cable networks.”

BNN will continue to actively engage with constituents to educate and involve thought leaders, government and elected officials, and the public at large to support, preserve and build on the benefits of BNN and other community media organizations.

In a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Agency, Congressman Michael Capuano expressed his support for BNN’s commitment to civic engagement: “In diverse neighborhoods from East Boston to Roxbury, I represent some of Boston’s most vulnerable populations – immigrants, people with disabilities, low-income seniors, and youth. These are all people who have a right to participate in community media and broadband technology, but have had obstacles in their way. BNN has some innovative ideas about how to get them involved in ways that will help them express themselves and improve their lives.”


Program Success Monitored By 

In FY16 BNN commissioned a citywide survey to measure Boston cable subscribers’ awareness and support of the community-based services BNN provides.

• 4 of 5 respondents feel BNN community channels, featuring local content, are important.

• 9 of 10 agree public access to training, production facilities and channels is a good community service.

• 3 of 4 agree programs are of interest.

• 9 out of 10 respondents whose first language is not English feel BNN programs are of interest.

• Support for BNN is strong across all age groups, especially among those under 40.

Staff tracks data to compare to Boston demographics and past BNN results and to establish goals for annual increases. All staff goals are aligned with the organizational mission. Progress on goals is assessed through many measures including:

• Membership and Programming Demographics

• Producers Reserving Equipment or Studios (New and Total)

• Productions: Scheduled, Completed, Canceled; Pre-Recorded, Live

• Projects: New, Current, Completed

The grant agreement between City of Boston and BNN provides for quarterly review of progress on goals.


Examples of Program Success 

“WBCA Presents” is a new Boston Community Radio Show featuring local musicians and bands from all genres with a mix of live, in studio performances and interviews.

“Telekreyol” is a collaborative production of many Haitian residents and organizations. They have worked together to produce more than 1200 programs over 25 years as a weekly series on BNN. “Telekreyol” has been on the scene at community parades, festivals and political rallies. They have provided news from Haiti, live telethons for hurricane victims, information about health, immigration law, and housing. Through this process of celebrating Haitian art, history and culture, community media has been established as a local custom of Haitian-Bostonians. There are now over a dozen weekly series on BNN produced by and for the Haitian people of this city. For many years, “Telekreyol” has been committed to sharing their programs with many Haitian communities beyond Boston, requiring a costly and cumbersome process of copying and mailing videotapes or DVD’s. Thanks to advances in digital production and distribution, “Telekreyol” can now be seen globally at

“Ireland on the Move” has been produced on a weekly basis since 1985 by an Irish immigrant Hyde Park carpenter – now retired from his trade but still bringing glimpses of the life and times of Boston’s Irish community to a devoted audience. In FY16 “The Greek Program” celebrated its 20th anniversary as a BNN Live series.



Bostonians of all ages learn to use TV, radio and digital media production equipment to develop the skills they need to create their own non-commercial programming. BNN offers small class sizes, committed educators, and a range of opportunities to suit the inclinations and experience levels of technological novices and experienced producers alike. Classes are hands-on, collaborative and fun, providing valuable experience and marketable job skills.

A wide range of workshop offerings include studio production and hosting, digital field production, radio studio production, Final Cut Pro video editing, and other multimedia classes.

BNN also develops collaborations and customized training opportunities to meet the needs of partner organizations including programs for seniors and hands-on tours for youth groups.

BNN also has a successful internship program with many other higher educational institutions. Interns achieve college credit and professional work experience.
Budget  $262,747.00
Category  Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Citizen Participation Programs
Population Served General/Unspecified Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Data will be tracked to evaluate key measurements:

• The range of class offerings (including single classes and multiple class workshops)

• The number of classes

• The number of people taking classes

• The percentage of registrants who complete classes

• The number of people who utilize production facilities and complete programming following their training

BNN will develop and implement partnerships (including a planned collaboration with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School) that will:

• Increase utilization of the Media Lab and other facilities

• Enable participants to become independent learners, acquire technology skills, and develop job-readiness skills
Program Long-Term Success  Data will be tracked to evaluate key measurements:

• The range of class offerings (including single classes and multiple class workshops)

• The number of classes

• The number of people taking classes

• The percentage of registrants who complete classes

• The number of people who utilize production facilities and complete programming following their training

BNN will develop and implement partnerships (including a planned collaboration with Madison Park Technical Vocational High School) that will:

• Increase utilization of the Media Lab and other facilities

• Enable participants to become independent learners, acquire technology skills, and develop job-readiness skills
Program Success Monitored By  Trainers track attendance and other class requirements, such as written exams, demonstration of skills, participation in activities, or completion of projects.

Class participants complete feedback forms addressing class effectiveness, enjoyability, activities, resources and schedule. They are also invited to offer comments about the class or suggestions for other training they want.

Feedback forms and trainer reports are compiled by staff and considered in planning future training opportunities.

BNN carefully complies with all stipulations of grant funded projects and other collaborations, including monitoring, reporting and evaluation.
Examples of Program Success  A Dorchester resident took classes at BNN after retiring from the Boston Police Department in 2007 and has gone on to produce many well-received programs. “One of the things you ask yourself when retiring is what are you going to do with the rest of your life. I don’t have to ask myself that now. I learn something new every day and can’t wait to come in to BNN.”


In partnership with Boston Center for Youth and Families, BNN Youth Voices provides summer and after- school jobs, media technology training and production experience to Boston high school students. They use professional, industry-standard equipment in BNN TV and radio studios and Media Lab to produce original content for distribution on BNN TV and radio channels and website. Projects include PSA's, in-studio productions, short dramatic narratives, or documentaries addressing social issues impacting youth.

Young people are involved at BNN in other ways as well, participating in a variety of shows produced by community producers and by BNN, such as BNN News, Around Town and ExtraHelp.

BNN’s ongoing collaboration with Codman Academy Charter School, provides customized training for their students. BNN also joined forces with BCYF on a pilot program, MAST (Media Access Street Team), to bring video equipment and training to the Vine Street Community Center afterschool program.

Budget  $104,264.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

According to the 2015 study “The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens”, teens spend an average of nine hours a day “consuming media for their enjoyment” – not including time spent using media at school or for homework. That’s more time than they spend on any other activity, including sleeping. The Youth Voices program aims to tap in to their interest and enjoyment in media, help them further develop their technology skills to share their own perspectives and creativity, and enable them to transform from media consumers to media creators for positive community benefits.

Group discussions with and written feedback from participants will measure their satisfaction with Youth Voices as a job, a learning experience, and an opportunity for creative expression, while soliciting their input towards refinement of the program.

Staff will track progress of participants as they complete activities and learning objectives. Most Youth Voices participants will:

-Develop understanding of studio and field production teams and organizational structure

-Learn studio and field jargon, understand basic framing and camera movement

-Develop the language of film critique and media analysis

-Understand non-linear editing programs and processes

-Achieve basic Final Cut Pro X editing skills

-Learn studio production rundown and program organization

-Learn project research and development

-Understand camera operation, film language and set command

-Develop interview skills and techniques

-Research, develop, pitch (propose) and defend a show idea

-Constructively analyze and critique colleague’s pitch for merit and achievability

-Become familiar with 3 and 4 point lighting

-Understand audio techniques

-Participate in set design

-Create and manage FCPX project

-Create rough and fine cut of all segments for roll-in in studio shows

-Meet project deadlines.

Staff will track progress on Youth Voices implementation milestones:

Fall 2017

Finalize editing, distribution plan for new Summer 2017 Youth Voices programs

Launch and promote new series on cable channels and website video-on-demand

Secure renewed partnership agreement with City for School Year program

Promote opportunities for youth jobs and participation

Interview and select School Year program participants

Nov 2017-April 2018

BNN-TV Youth Voices School Year Program

Produce, distribute and promote ongoing series of Youth Voices programs

April-June 2018

Secure renewed partnership agreement with City for Summer program

Promote opportunities for youth jobs and other participation

Interview and select Summer program participants

July-Aug 2018

BNN-TV Youth Voices Summer Program

Sept 2017-Aug 2018

Pursue other funding support though grants, sponsorship and donor appeals

Outreach to other youth organizations to collaborate and to promote their offerings

Review data and feedback from participants to evaluate and adapt program

BNN’S target population is high-school aged young people in all Boston neighborhoods and communities. The aim is to achieve a balanced mix of teens reflecting the whole City of Boston, including: diverse representation including by neighborhoods and ethnicity; experienced veterans of other technology-based youth programs, along with novices with strong interest in media technology; and 50/50 gender balance. Staff will track participant demographics to develop outreach strategies as needed.

Program Long-Term Success 

The primary goal of BNNs youth programming is to offer Boston youth transformative activities that will benefit them in the short-term and for life. A long-term objective for participants is that they will develop skills that will serve them well in whatever field they may pursue as adults. These include not only high-end technical skills, but also self-esteem, leadership abilities, and job readiness, professionalism and collaborative skills. To these ends, training is organized in three phases:

1. Knowledge and Skill Acquisition: including deconstruction of media, field production, studio production, radio production, interviewing, audio, lighting, directing, hosting

2. Conceptualization and Production: research, development and pitching of ideas for peer-reviewed selection, storyboarding, scriptwriting, outreach to and scheduling of subjects, media release execution, location scouting, set, prop and equipment acquisition and shooting

3. Editing and Distribution: assembly of acquired media and editing elements - video, music, graphics, texts, pictures and special effects - to create a cohesive program; edit plan, rough cut and final edit; program screening; scheduling for distribution on BNN-TV channels and website

In the process, participants will gain valuable skills in:

Job Readiness Skills

Critical Thinking and Analysis

Cooperative Learning


Time Management

Project Management

Public Speaking

Team Building Leadership

Empathy and Accountability

Means to quantify long-term results for all participants have not been established. However, many past participants in BNN youth programs have stayed in touch and spoken of the positive impact on their lives, in the development of technology skills and in the confidence gained from successfully planning their programs and speaking out on TV.

Another long-term objective is to provide balance to the negative, stereotypical stories about Boston youth that are prevalent in commercial media.

Program Success Monitored By 

Youth Voices staff will track, measure and report on overall progress on program goals:

# new shows created

% youth employees who successfully complete the program

# of youth organizations collaborating

# of other youth involved in productions

Staff will measure the number of video on demand web viewers of Youth Voices programming and social media shares. Commercial media presents an incomplete and imbalanced picture of Boston youth. Young people are in the vanguard of transforming the media landscape, through their active participation in online communities and their creation and distribution of digital content among each other through mobile and web-based platforms. However their creative works and perspectives are not generally viewed by the public at large. This data will help to track and evaluate the effectiveness of this means for youth to more widely share their own viewpoints and creativity throughout the City of Boston and beyond.

Examples of Program Success 

To further the impact and the self-esteem resulting from recognition of the creative efforts of Youth Voices participants, BNN submits youth-produced programs for video festivals. One recent Youth Voices episode, highlighting challenges for students with learning disabilities, was honored by the Alliance for Community Media Northeast Region Video Festival in the category of Diversity Empowerment.

Another youth production, a highly creative PSA concerning teen pregnancy, illustrates the impact that extends beyond the relatively small group of teen employees. BNN’s youth program approach is all about collaboration. In response to outreach to youth organizations, teens of the Dimock Center contacted BNN about the concept they were developing for a PSA about teen pregnancy and the unplanned, life-altering results of a single night's indiscretion. BNN’s youth production team took on the project, made connections with Youth and Police in Partnership and the Huntington Theater's youth program, and the four groups together created a compelling PSA that was nominated for an Emmy award – not in a Youth category but in competition with New England’s top broadcast stations and professional production houses.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susan M. O'Connor
CEO Term Start Jan 2017
CEO Email
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
Cultural Perspectives Award for August Moon Festival Alliance for Community Media 2017
Diversity Empowerment Award for Youth Voices: Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Alliance for Community Media Northeast 2016
Event Coverage Award for Around Town: Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day Alliance for Community Media Northeast 2016
Hometown Award for Positive Youth Project Alliance for Community Media 2013
BNN Charles J. Beard II Media Center listed on Register National Register of Historic Places 2010
Green Business Award City of Boston 2010
LEED Silver certification for BNN Media Center U.S. Green Building Council 2010
Access to Technology Award Boston Latino 2008
Adaptive Re-use Preservation Award Massachusetts Historical Commission 2008
Preservation Achievement Award Boston Preservation Alliance 2008
Overall Excellence in Public Access Alliance for Community Media 2005
Overall Excellence in Public Access Alliance for Community Media 2000
Overall Excellence in Public Access Alliance for Community Media 1995


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


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 21
Number of Part Time Staff 56
Number of Volunteers 36
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 17
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 52
Hispanic/Latino: 7
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 22
Male: 55
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
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 --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
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 Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. Justin A. Petty
Board Chair Company Affiliation Roxbury Community College
Board Chair Term Nov 2013 - Nov
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Reggie Lofton Berklee College of Music Voting
Ms. Thato Mwosa Brookline Public Schools Voting
Ms. Susan O'Connor Consultant Voting
Ms. Dennise Rorie City of Boston Voting
Ms. Anne Schwieger City of Boston Voting
Ms. Sarah-Ann Shaw Retired Voting
Mr. J. Curtis Warner Jr. Berklee College of Music 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: 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 17%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning

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Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $2,678,168 $2,793,349 $5,498,791
Total Expenses $2,478,495 $2,474,695 $2,637,388

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$343,150 $437,000 $378,370
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $355 $3,121 $7,979
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $1,956,439 $1,946,224 $1,843,982
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues $23,806 $16,744 $28,887
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $345,249 $386,515 $1,734,318
Other $9,169 $3,745 $1,505,255

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $1,877,849 $1,858,156 $1,742,069
Administration Expense $499,224 $417,851 $670,601
Fundraising Expense $101,422 $198,688 $224,718
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.08 1.13 2.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses 76% 75% 66%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 30% 45% 58%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $6,060,762 $8,819,245 $5,309,632
Current Assets $1,697,369 $4,626,823 $1,225,849
Long-Term Liabilities $1,122,445 $1,167,995 $1,204,005
Current Liabilities $468,380 $3,380,986 $154,017
Total Net Assets $4,469,937 $4,270,264 $3,951,610

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.62 1.37 7.96

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 19% 13% 23%

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's audited financials.
For fiscal year 2015, Other revenue above includes gain on extinguishment of debt.


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