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Rehearsal for Life, Inc. (Urban Improv/Freelance Players, Inc.)

 670 Centre Street, Suite 8
 Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
[P] (617) 524-7045
[F] --
Francie Karlen
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EIN 04-2786576

LAST UPDATED: 08/08/2018
Organization DBA Rehearsal for Life, Inc.
Urban Improv
Freelance Players
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

To strengthen the social and emotional skills of young people for every stage in life through creativity, dialogue and performance.

Mission Statement

To strengthen the social and emotional skills of young people for every stage in life through creativity, dialogue and performance.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $1,464,804.00
Projected Expense $1,456,620.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 1. School Workshop Series
  • 2. Youth Unscripted
  • 3. Re:Action Assemblies
  • 4. Student Mentoring
  • 5. Freelance Players

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Mission Statement

To strengthen the social and emotional skills of young people for every stage in life through creativity, dialogue and performance.

Background Statement

Urban Improv began 25 years ago as a program of Freelance Players, Inc. in response to escalating youth violence in Boston. Today, both programs operate under the new umbrella name Rehearsal for Life and continue to use theatre as a vehicle for social change. Through our Rehearsal for life programs we have proudly served over 75,000 students in Boston and beyond. Urban Improv empowers young people with the social and emotional learning (SEL) skills to make positive choices in life’s most challenging moments. Using a proven method of interactive theatre workshops focused on social issues, Urban Improv currently serves over 5,000 students in the Boston area annually. Our founders believe that theatre transforms lives and equips young people with the skills needed to succeed in school and in life.

Our Rehearsal for Life (Urban Improv) programs consist of professional Actor/Educators guiding students through structured improvisations scenes that empower students to explore solutions to real-life situations. Our goals for participants are that they acquire and maintain the SEL skills necessary to:

  • Recognize and manage their emotions;
  • Demonstrate caring and concern for others;
  • Establish positive relationships;
  • Make responsible decisions; and
  • Constructively handle challenging social situations.

Rehearsal for Life programs include Urban Improv’s School Workshop Series (SWS), Youth Unscripted, Re:Action Assemblies, Student Mentoring and the Freelance Players’ musical theater troupes.

Impact Statement

2017 was a milestone year for Urban Improv and Freelance Players as we continued to deliver meaningful programming to over 5,000 young people through our shared Rehearsal for Life mission. Enhanced leadership capacity provides renewed opportunity for program investment and increased impact.

Poverty, structural racism, violence and divisiveness exacerbated by today’s political climate continue to be everyday realities for many of our students. Amazing young voices, problem- solvers and community builders emerge from Urban Improv’s creative work.

During the 2016/17 school year, Urban Improv provided interactive, improvisational theatre-based social and emotional learning workshops, assemblies and mentoring support to 5,000 students in Greater Boston and beyond. Urban Improv was chosen to be included in the Boston Public Schools’ Opportunity Portfolio of exceptional School-Community Partners that provide quality social and emotional learning opportunities. We also participated in Boston After School and Beyond to help standardize program practice and outcome evaluation. Our non-profit also collaborated with organizations like Boston Center for Youth & Families, Start Strong, the Boston Police and other Boston schools to showcase our model and the power of creativity, dialogue and performance in positive youth development.

In October, we completed a three year Strategic Plan which includes the following programmatic goals and objectives

  1. Focus our programming on building and supporting positive school climate through deeper partnerships with high-need schools
  2. Align all Rehearsal for Life programming around a social issues curriculum and positive community-building
  3. Engage alumni in continual learning to become ambassadors for social and emotional learning
  4. Design multi-level evaluation strategy that provides assessment of all Rehearsal for Life programs

Needs Statement

Our needs for the 2017/2018 school year are:

  1. Increase professional development opportunities for artistic staff relating to Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) and cultural sensitivity.
  2. Align robust and defined curriculum with Boston Public School’s BPS’ evaluative standards of SEL
  3. Evaluate and assess two pilot programs: an extension of our after-school Youth Unscripted program and the introduction of new Freelance Players program at the Frederick Pilot School in Dorchester.
  4. Create alumni tracking mechanism to build defined community of citizen leaders and to strengthen internal evaluation systems
  5. Diversify our board and donor base

CEO Statement

“Urban Improv began 25 years ago as a program of Freelance Players response to escalating youth violence in Boston. Our founding belief remains that young people’s ability to empathize, control impulses, and make positive choices is strengthened by practicing decision-making in life’s most challenging moments.

Poverty, structural racism, violence and divisiveness exacerbated by today’s political climate continue to be everyday realities for many of our students. For 25 years, Urban Improv has been, and will continue to be, a safe space for young people to work through critical issues and develop key social and emotional skills.”

- Kippy Dewey, Co-Executive Director and Founder

“What started as a nine-week curriculum for 4th graders at the Tobin and Farragut Schools in Roxbury has evolved into a multi-year partnership with seven Boston K-8 schools, a high- school peer leadership program, and assembly performances throughout New England.

Our interactive social issues curriculum is designed to strengthen students’ key social and emotional skills to help build a safe and inclusive school culture. Amazing young voices, problem-solvers and community builders emerge from Urban Improv’s creative work. I love watching young people find their voice, build community and improve their self-efficacy in real-time. I am committed to continual growth and learning.”

- Francie Karlen, Co-Executive Director

Board Chair Statement

“Our organization started 45 years ago as Freelance Players doing after-school theatre with original work to give kids the opportunity to explore emotions onstage. The idea of using art for development and addressing social issues became Urban Improv.

For 25 years we’ve been using those moments in the scenes that we create to give kids the opportunity to explore all sorts of issues. The wonderful thing about our model is that we create scenes, and kids have the flexibility to take the scene where they want. The tool worked with gun violence in the 90s, it works with cyber-bullying and homophobia, and the issues of today. The tool hasn’t changed. That safe space is what creates the opportunity. What we try to do is help people deal with differences. We’re all different, and that’s what’s caused conflict for so many years. We try to bridge those differences and make a safe place where people feel comfortable.

As we look to the future, we commit ourselves to growing the work of Urban Improv’s Founders and whose programmatic vision, dedicated work and belief in the potential of young people has literally transformed thousands of young lives.”

- Ted Clark, Board Chair

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
Greater Boston Region-All Neighborhoods
Greater Boston Region-Dorchester Neighborhood
Greater Boston Region-Charlestown Neighborhood
Our target population includes families living in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Brighton, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Charlestown,  and The Fenway.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Human Services - Children's and Youth Services
  3. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools

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



1. School Workshop Series

The School Workshops Series (SWS) is a nine-week program for 4th-8th grade classrooms at Boston schools. Workshops for each class are facilitated by a five member professional actor/educator/musician ensemble. They run 75 minutes a week during the school day and are held at the Hyde School Task Force building in Jamaica Plain.

Students at partnering schools participate in the nine week series every year from 4th through 8th grades. Our actor/educators work with school staff to address unique class/grade needs. SWS curriculum focuses on self-regulation, cooperation, and positive decision-making skills in the context of “real-life” conflict.

Budget  $700,384.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) At-Risk Populations Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 

By the end of the school year, at least 1,000 Boston students will have participated in nine weeks and 135 instructional hours of our social and emotional learning workshops.

By the end of each year over 800 students and their teachers will have participated in the end of series outcome survey stating that they have improved their social emotional learning.

In 2017 we recorded:

  • 93% of students learned that to make a good decision, it is important to think about the consequences.
  • 92% of students learned about how their words and actions could make someone feel bad.
  • 82% of students can create more than one solution to a problem.
  • 98% were glad Urban Improv was a part of their regular school week.
  • 100% of teachers report increased teamwork in their class after coming to Urban Improv
  • 94% of teachers report an improvement in their students’ empathy skills after attending Urban Improv
Program Long-Term Success 

As a result of partnering with Urban Improv, schools report:

  • Fewer incidents of bullying
  • Fewer fights
  • Increase student attendance
  • Improved school climate measures
  • Growth of in-school SEL practitioners

By the end of each school year, 100 Boston students will have completed five years (45) workshops of SWS.

The positive effects of the program have been evaluated through an independent multi-year study conducted by the Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence. The study found that “Urban Improv not only halts the progression of aggressive behaviors, but supports the development of pro-social behaviors such as cooperation, assertion, and self-control” (Journal of School Violence, 2006). The study was led by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., founder of the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute. Bessel now serves on our board but did not at the time of the study.

Program Success Monitored By  Urban Improv conducts a survey of students who complete each nine week School Workshop Series and their teachers based on a logic model that includes SEL outcomes. The survey was designed with the consultative advice of Julia Gittleman & Associates, a leading practitioner in designing and implementing program evaluation and performance measurement strategies for nonprofits.
Examples of Program Success 

“My son goes to your workshop with the Murphy Elementary School. I wanted to tell you that you all made a difference in his life. I’m a single mom and his dad doesn’t want anything to do with him. When he comes home from your program, he is so happy and can’t wait to tell me all about it. Thank you so much for making him happy and very proud of himself.”

- School Workshop Series Partner School Parent

2. Youth Unscripted

Urban Improv’s after-school program for high-school students develops peer leaders focused on social issues and community outreach. Using scene work that encourages dialogue and reflection, teens explore and share constructive conflict-resolution skills. Teens from different backgrounds and schools create an inclusive community of up-standers.

Youth Unscripted directly recruits high-school students across the city with an interest in peer leadership, performing arts and social justice issues. The program currently serves 25 to 30 students each year, and has been extended from 16 to 24 weeks to allow time for a culminating public performance of demonstrated learnings.

The curriculum is organized into three semesters:

  1. Identity Exploration: through community building and exposure to different art forms
  2. Interactive workshops on social issues and introducing YU participating to other organizations doing this kind of work (i.e.- social justice through arts)
  3. Culminating project planning and rehearsal
Budget  $59,801.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

In 2017 22 Youth Unscripted students participated in an end of series survey:

  • 100% learned new ways to solve a problem.
  • 100% learned to better understand other people’s opinions.
  • 95% are more comfortable being a leader among their friends.
  • 85% will take action to improve a community they belong to.
  • 100% would tell a friend to join.

Almost all of the students asked if the program could begin earlier and last longer. Students also wrote about using Youth Unscripted lessons in their everyday lives. Their responses including discussing social justice with their friends, telling a friend not to use derogatory comments about women, making friends with shy students, controlling their emotions, conflict resolution, stopping a friend from bullying, encouraging a friend to stop relationship abuse, and using lessons learned to address family issues. Students provided information about what topics they wanted the Actor/Educators to include in the coming years. Topics included mental health which has been included in this year’s curriculum.

Program Long-Term Success 

Students will plan, implement, and evaluate their participation in a group effort that contributes to their local community

Students will become Urban Improv Ambassadors providing outreach to workshop graduates

Program Success Monitored By 

For the past four years all students have participated in a written survey created with the help of Julia Gittleman of Mendelsohn, Gittleman & Associates, a firm specializing in Program Evaluation, Research & Design and Strategic Planning & Facilitation services.

FY17 surveys were administered to all YU students with twenty students participating: 16 females and four males. Students were attending the O’Bryant, Boston Collegiate Charter, English, Boston Latin and Madison Park High Schools and Metco. Forty percent were seniors, 15% juniors and sophomores and 30% freshman. Our program manager compiled and analyzed the data.

This year, we have transitioned our program evaluation to join Boston After School & Beyond’s evaluation system and are utilizing their proven framework for comparative learnings and the SAYO, YES and APT tools.

Examples of Program Success 

“When I walked into Youth Unscripted this year, I walked into a room of people that I didn’t know and now those people are my closest friends. My Youth Unscripted leaders have become really important mentors who have given me important tools to use in my everyday life. We talk about EVERYTHING. Youth Unscripted is all about coming together. We connect on issues of emotional substance like homophobia, racism and sexism. That way, we become open to new ways of thinking and acting.

- 10th Grade Youth Unscripted Student

“This program shaped me into who I am today. In high school, my friends and I encountered many situations of peer pressure. Graduating was not easy. Urban Improv staff helped me to push myself to set high goals and achieve them.”

- Youth Unscripted Alumnae

3. Re:Action Assemblies

Urban Improv’s interactive assemblies jumpstart important dialogue on challenging topics at schools and community groups throughout New England and beyond. Scenes on customized topics such as cyber-bullying, sexual assault, and racism are expertly facilitated by a troupe of actor/educators to help promote healthy, diverse, and inclusive communities. Re:Action Assemblies provide an earned revenue stream to support our partner school programming.
Budget  $35,875.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success  Almost 4,000 students from over 30 schools participated in Re:Action Assemblies in 2017.
Program Long-Term Success 
Participating schools request additional assemblies
Schools report work with Urban Improv improved school climate
100% of educators surveyed would recommend Urban Improv’s programming.
Program Success Monitored By  Following an assembly, a short survey is sent to school principals, teachers, guidance counselors and other attendees.
Examples of Program Success 

“The Urban Improv assembly gets a very positive response from both the students and the faculty. Urban Improv’s method allows our students to share their perspectives and participate in a fun, informative, and memorable way. They reference the assembly throughout the school year.

- School Principal

“Urban Improv ignited a dialogue and students continued to discuss and dissect the dilemma after the assembly ended. To me, this is a sign of success”

- School Administrator

4. Student Mentoring

The Student Mentoring program matches adult volunteers with students who have completed 4th or 5th grade SWS workshops. Students benefit from one-to-one relationships with caring adults as well as participation in community-building events.

Students receive tutoring that supports their academic goals.

Students and their mentors participate in cultural and community events.

Students engage in activities that improve their physical health.

Budget  $11,320.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

Students receive tutoring that supports their academic goals.

Students and their mentors participate in cultural and community events.

Students engage in activities that improve their physical health.

Program Long-Term Success 

Students remain in the Mentoring Program for five plus years.

Students interested in secondary educational opportunities are supported in identifying appropriate schools and financial assistance.

Students become mentoring interns and mentors.

In FY17, 100% of graduating high school seniors enrolled in college.

Program Success Monitored By  The Director of Mentoring assesses the mentors twice each year and we collect mentee reports at the end of every school year.
Examples of Program Success 

“The mentoring program to me is a blessing. I have been a part of the program for almost half of my life. I started when I was in 5th grade. Now I am about to finish high school and go to college, something I always pictured in my head and now it’s happening. I would like to thank the program for developing my character. George believed in me, came to my basketball games and supported me in anyway he could. Other than my mom and dad, I never really had someone show faith in me.”

- Student Mentoring Mentee

“Scott takes me to do a lot of outdoor activities, and lots of things I haven’t done before. I’m learning how to be respectful to others and I taught him some of my dance moves.

-Student Mentoring Mentee

“Over the course of 8 years, with the help and support of my mentor, I have grown up to be wiser and stronger. I’m thankful to have had her in my life for so long.”

-Student Mentoring Mentee

“It’s hard to believe that Alaina and I have been working together for nine years now- half of her life! She is graduating from high school this spring and I am excited to see what adventures that are in store for her. She is valedictorian of her high school class and I am looking forward to being there at her graduation. I am so proud of all that she has accomplished and all of her hard work. Alaina has an amazing head on her shoulders and always is wise beyond her years. I am one proud mentor!”

- Student Mentoring Mentor

5. Freelance Players

Established 43 years ago, Freelance Players engages youth in the creation of and performance of original musical theater while fostering imagination, self-expression, mutual respect and confidence. Each year, Freelance Players provide musical theater training for 180 + children ages five to sixteen years old living in cities and towns throughout Greater Boston. Professional directors, actors, musicians and choreographers provide young participants with theater training leading to performances of children’s musicals. The plays they perform are written for young actors and have social issues themes. Children ages 5 to 8 years of age attend Story Theater classes; those from 8 to 12 participate in the Freelance Troupes and adolescents (12 to 16), some of whom joined the program in elementary and middle school, engage in the Players. We operate a robust scholarship program, offering approximately 45 full or partial scholarships to students each year. Scholarship funds are supported by grants and fundraising campaigns.
Budget  $282,833.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

365 students attended Freelance in 2016/2017.

Students presented 12 musical theater productions.

17% of students received partial or full scholarships.

Linking Urban Improv and Freelance Players through full year scholarships for five Urban Improv students from low income homes.

Program Long-Term Success 

Tracking of alumni and their participation in theater-arts and creative youth development

In FY18 we will pilot a tuition-free Freelance Troupe at a Boston school

Long-term friendships, empathy, understanding, and a sense of community made of of diverse voices

Program Success Monitored By  Post-term emails are sent out to parents in order to receive feedback.
Examples of Program Success 

"I love being in the Players Troupe! I'm learning a lot, the teachers really care about us, and I'm getting to meet lots of other students from other schools."

- Players Troupe Student

"Thank you for all you do for our communities and so many kids and their families. I am particularly grateful for the loving support, coaching and guidance you have each given my children over these many years."

- Freelance Parent

“This will l be my daughter’s third year in the Troupes. She loves it! I was so excited for her to participate since I was a Player. Jordan’s presence and confidence has taken leaps and bounds and she has learned to work together as part of an ensemble.”

- Driscoll Troupe Parent and Former Freelance Player

“Our daughter loves being part of Freelance! I am so appreciative that you have created this amazing environment where the girls and the boys support each other and feel connected to one another.”

- Freelance Parent

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Francie Walton Karlen
CEO Term Start July 2018
CEO Email
CEO Experience
Executive Director
Francie oversees programming at Rehearsal for Life. She served as Director of Strategy & Advancement for Urban Improv prior and was on the board (2011-2016). Francie held positions at Deloitte Consulting, KIPP Foundation, and was a Board Chair for nonprofit Inspiring Kids. She has a Master’s in Education and a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Government from Harvard University. She is passionate about youth development and educational equity.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience



Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Kippy Dewey Sept 1993 June 2017

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Yaa Acheampong Artistic/Education Director Yaa Acheampong is currently a master's candidate in the Drama Therapy program at Lesley University. A New Jersey native, Yaa has served as a youth ministry co-leader, a high school English teacher in Newark Public Schools and has most recently finished her extended service with the national educational non-profit, City Year.
Ms. Narcissa Campion Managing Director
Music Director: Dexter School, Chair Music Department:Creative Arts at Park, Awards: Residencies at Palenvillle Inter Arts Community, Cummington Community of the Arts and Djerassi Foundation Resident Arts Program.
Education: Goucher College, Wellesley College, Longy School of Music.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Exemplar case study for programs fostering self-efficacy Boston After School & Beyond 2018
Opportunity Portfolio Partner Boston Public Schools 2017
Award for excellence in arts management of an organization with a budget of less than $1 million Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston --
Best Children’s Programming, for original, two-part television special, “RE:ACTION!,” simulcast on WGBH, WCVB, and NECN. New England Emmy Awards --
National semifinalist, “Coming Up Taller” President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities --


Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


Urban Improv collaborates with the Boston Public Schools. Principals and teachers at our collaborating schools provide time during the school day for their classrooms to attend our Workshops.  Classroom teachers accompany their classrooms to our Workshop sites at Hyde Square Task Force. Teachers of our fourth and fifth grade participants refer students to the Student Mentoring Program. The Reggie Lewis Center at Roxbury Community College provides space for Youth Unscripted that takes place after school and is attended by high school students from across the city.  We also collaborate with the Southern Jamaica Plain Community Health Center, Hyde Square Task Force, Boston Center for Youth and Families, Boston After School and Beyond, and Start Strong.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 10
Number of Volunteers 100
Number of Contract Staff 12
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 10
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

Directors and Officers Policy

Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Mr. James Benenson III
Board Chair Company Affiliation Industrial Manufacturing Company
Board Chair Term July 2018 -
Board Co-Chair Mr. George Bennett
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation President & CEO Good Measures
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Lisa Schmid Alvord Producer, Philanthropist Voting
Mr. George Bennett Good Measures, Inc. Voting
Mr. James Benson Industrial Manufacturing Company Voting
Mr. Lee Campbell Jr. Shady Hill School --
Ms. Narcissa Campion Rehearsal for Life Voting
Ms. Lisa Case Community Volunteer- Legal Services Voting
Mr. Ted Clark Investor Voting
Ms. Susan Bredhoff Cohen Producer, self-employed Voting
Mr. Sokiente (Tari) Dagogo-Jack Boston College Carroll School of Management Voting
Ms. Kippy Dewey Rehearsal for Life Voting
Mr. Ron Druker CEO, The Druker Company Voting
Ms. Carol Fulp The Partnership, Inc. Voting
Ms. Ann T. Hall Director, Mentoring Program, Urban Improv Voting
Mr. John Hall Hall Properties, Inc. Voting
Ms. Jillian Hirsch Day Pitney LLC Voting
Ms. Katie Kulikoski Brightcove Voting
Ms. Kristina Hare Lyons Portobello Road, LLC Voting
Ms. Thalia McMillion Educator, Derby Academy Voting
Mr. Tom O'Rourke Bain Capital Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Ann Brown Allen Community Member --
Mr. Joel Alvord Retired, Community Volunteer --
Ms. Lisa Schmid Alvord Philanthropist --
Mr. Topper Carew Screenwriter --
Ms. Sonia Chang-Diaz Massachusetts State Senate --
Mr. Gerald Cohen SF Properties, Inc. --
Mr. Jack Connors Retired - Hill Holliday --
Ms. Catherine Cornell Independent psychotherapist --
Ms. Sally Fay Cottingham Community Volunteer --
Ms. Mindy d'Arbeloff Senior Advisor, Massachusett Governor's Office --
Mr. Toby Dewey Summer Arts at Cambridge School of Weston --
Mr. Tom Evans Cambridge School of Weston --
Mr. Dan Gerrity Community Volunteer --
Ms. Doris Kearns Goodwin Biographer/Historian --
Ms. Annie Hall Director Urban Improv Mentor Program --
Mr. Tom Hamilton Entertainer, Aerosmith --
Ms. Marian Heard CEO, Oxen Hill Partners --
Mr. Amo Houghton Retired - U.S. House of Representatives, Corning Incorporated --
Ms. Heidi Hughey Educator --
Ms. Lisa Ijiri Associate Provost for Academic Program and Resource Planning, Lesly University --
The Honorable John Kerry Statesman, U.S. Representative, Secretary Of State --
Mr. Josh Kraft Boys and Girls Club of Boston --
Ms. Skye Morrison Kramer First Literacy --
Ms. Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot Harvard Graduate School of Education --
Ms. Line Lewis Cultural Activist --
Mr. Patrick Lyons Lyons Group --
Ms. Bailey Mannix Keller Williams Realty --
Mr. Carl Martignetti Martignetti Companies --
Mr. Keith McDermott Business Development Consultant --
Ms. Susie McIntosh The Dedham Square Circle --
Mr. Jack Megan Office of the Arts at Harvard --
Ms. Lili Meisel Artist --
Dr. Linda Nathan Center for Artistry and Scholarship --
Mr. Joe O'Donnell Centerplate, Inc. --
The Honorable Deval Patrick Former Governor of Massachusetts --
Ms. Diane Patrick Ropes & Gray, LLC --
Ms. Beth Perry Perry Engraving --
Councillor Ayanna Pressley Boston City Council --
Dr. Deborah Prothrow-Stith M.D. Charles R. Drew University, Harvard University --
Mr. Ned Roberts -- --
Ms. Anna Deveare Smith Actress, playwright, professor --
Ms. Rachel Stoff Freelance writer & content strategist --
Ms. Margot Stern Strom Facing History & Ourselves --
Ms. Julie Stuecken JES Group --
Ms. Kate Taylor Taylor Made Coaching, LLC --
Dr. Michael G. Thompson Boston Children's Museum --
Ms. Meg Vaillancourt The Astros Foundation --
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk M.D. The Trauma Center --
Ms. Candy Walton Community Volunteer --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 17
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 11
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 64%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 11%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $1,464,804.00
Projected Expense $1,456,620.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audit

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $1,406,783 $1,294,809 $1,265,229
Total Expenses $1,335,032 $1,319,983 $1,291,944

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $55,500 $50,700 $39,900
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $55,500 $50,700 $39,900
Individual Contributions $397,697 $380,988 $396,699
Indirect Public Support -- -- $0
Earned Revenue $259,286 $243,974 $221,424
Investment Income, Net of Losses $11,739 $13,697 $10,558
Membership Dues -- -- $0
Special Events $682,561 $605,450 $596,648
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $939,813 $894,701 $907,345
Administration Expense $122,501 $145,748 $143,725
Fundraising Expense $272,718 $279,534 $240,874
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.05 0.98 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 70% 68% 70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 24% 27% 23%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $1,075,644 $994,531 $1,038,450
Current Assets $830,919 $778,777 $814,452
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $19,319 $29,572 $36,383
Total Net Assets $1,056,325 $964,959 $1,002,067

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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

Endowment Value $228,909.00
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
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? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 43.01 26.33 22.39

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from Foundations and Corporations are listed under Individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

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