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Mission StatementMORE »

Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s mission is building community through the arts.  As Resident Company of the historic Strand Theatre in Dorchester, MA we accomplish this mission by producing exceptional main stage professional theater that uplifts while engaging audiences in current issues, and by serving Dorchester and the surrounding communities through educational initiatives in our Children’s Theatre Division, by building community partnerships in the arts, and by engaging youth and adults in theater classes and productions,
 
Through our Children’s Theatre Division students play an important role in bringing arts to the community. Fiddlehead involves youth in theater classes and productions, helping provide valuable experience working as an ensemble, challenging their theater skills and strengthening ties to each other and the community.  Older teens are also given opportunities to explore career options by working with mentors in technical and administrative areas of theater.  By creating successful educational partnerships with community groups and local schools Fiddlehead helps to educate children of all abilities and backgrounds in the theater arts. 

Mission Statement

Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s mission is building community through the arts.  As Resident Company of the historic Strand Theatre in Dorchester, MA we accomplish this mission by producing exceptional main stage professional theater that uplifts while engaging audiences in current issues, and by serving Dorchester and the surrounding communities through educational initiatives in our Children’s Theatre Division, by building community partnerships in the arts, and by engaging youth and adults in theater classes and productions,
 
Through our Children’s Theatre Division students play an important role in bringing arts to the community. Fiddlehead involves youth in theater classes and productions, helping provide valuable experience working as an ensemble, challenging their theater skills and strengthening ties to each other and the community.  Older teens are also given opportunities to explore career options by working with mentors in technical and administrative areas of theater.  By creating successful educational partnerships with community groups and local schools Fiddlehead helps to educate children of all abilities and backgrounds in the theater arts. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2014 to July 31, 2015
Projected Income $341,000.00
Projected Expense $402,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Fiddlehead Productions at The Strand
  • Youth Programs

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Overview

Mission Statement

Fiddlehead Theatre Company’s mission is building community through the arts.  As Resident Company of the historic Strand Theatre in Dorchester, MA we accomplish this mission by producing exceptional main stage professional theater that uplifts while engaging audiences in current issues, and by serving Dorchester and the surrounding communities through educational initiatives in our Children’s Theatre Division, by building community partnerships in the arts, and by engaging youth and adults in theater classes and productions,
 
Through our Children’s Theatre Division students play an important role in bringing arts to the community. Fiddlehead involves youth in theater classes and productions, helping provide valuable experience working as an ensemble, challenging their theater skills and strengthening ties to each other and the community.  Older teens are also given opportunities to explore career options by working with mentors in technical and administrative areas of theater.  By creating successful educational partnerships with community groups and local schools Fiddlehead helps to educate children of all abilities and backgrounds in the theater arts. 

Background Statement

Fiddlehead Theatre Company has brought professional theatre and educational programming for youth to the Boston and the greater Boston area since 1993. Our main stage repertoire has spanned a wide range from classics to new works.  Fiddlehead Theatre Company has always believed in presenting stellar theatrer for and involving all ages, in Boston and beyond.
 
Fiddlehead is also dedicated to producing new works and area premieres.  In 2000,  Fiddlehead produced The Scarlet Letter-A Rock Musical and a staged reading of Spring Fling, a new play based on The Snowball by A.R. Gurney, written by Meg Fofonoff and Ben Bartolone. This play was all about teens and used ballroom dancing as an art to motivate and inspire their lives.  That same year Fiddlehead presented Judy Moody Books Onstage, a children’s play created by Fiddlehead based on the popular children’s books by the same name. Fiddlehead’s 2013-2014 Season at The Strand opened  with the Boston premiere of a new work, “A Little Princess,” book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, Music by Andrew Lippa, based on the 1905 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
 
Throughout the company’s 20-year history Fiddlehead has been dedicated to theatre arts education. Fiddlehead has created numerous innovative youth programs including:  year-round theatre training classes ranging from acting to front-of-house; the first Shakespeare Troupe to go to schools in the Boston area called “Shakespeare for Young Audiences” (a program that united four major comedies and tragedies) and daytime performances of main-stage productions especially for school children.   Fiddlehead also has a long reputation of producing all-youth productions.
 
Now as Resident Company at The Strand, Fiddlehead looks forward to serving the Dorchester community by providing quality theater and youth programs that are affordable to all. We are committed to producing theater including, both classic plays and musicals as well as new works, which uplift while engaging audiences in current issues. We will also participate in bringing a consistent program to The Strand that further identifies it as a major Boston venue. We will do this by providing 3-4 productions a year, fall, winter and spring. Youth programs will be available year around for ages 6-18. We will also be a resource for the community in offering employment and career training for youth. Our upcoming productions are well suited to accomplishing our goal to "build community through the arts".  The 2014/2015 season includes Elton John and Tim's Rice's AIDA, 
The Wiz and Jesus Christ Superstar.  We also have an expanded program with the Boston Public Schools and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester.  
 

Impact Statement

The impact Fiddlehead will create in its new role as Resident Theatre Company at The Strand is as follows: 
  1. Creating more jobs for youth and members of the community 
  2. Presenting classic plays and musicals as well as new works promoting awareness of current issues
  3. Giving youth and families a place to experience theater right in their own community 
  4. Helping youth and adults to achieve a strong sense of accomplishment in being part of theater creation 
  5. Enabling youth to discover themselves and strengthen self esteem in performance
Anticipated attendance is between 600-900 attendees for each performance of upcoming productions (15 performances for each show) and a total of 500 attendees for the 3 youth performances. By bringing both newcomers to the Strand and reintroducing others who have come to the Strand in the past, the impact of these productions will be to revitalize the area and bring traffic and new business to local area restaurants. As an arts entity we must push forward with efforts to change and shape the world into a better place, while leaving our audiences feeling uplifted, energized, and renewed. Fiddlehead's ultimate impact will be to help this community to grow and flourish while enriching the arts environment.

Needs Statement

1. Financial Support: As Fiddlehead creates a long-term sustainability program; a solid financial base for future productions and youth programming is a necessity. We seek support from individual donors, family foundations and corporations who see partnering with Fiddlehead as mutually beneficial in meeting their goals.
 
2. Governance: In the past year Fiddlehead has experienced an increase in those individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to the organization by joining the Board of Directors and its Advisory Board.  Fiddlehead recognizes the continued need to broaden representation of its governance to include stakeholders who can bring their expertise in the areas of fundraising, community and economic development as well as education. They will also serve as important advocates for Fiddlehead and The Strand partnership and reflect the diversity of the community.
 
3. Staff: The administrative staff of the organization is small and Fiddlehead’s needs include increasing its infrastructure to add a full time  administrative support person to relieve the Artistic Director of day -to-day administrative duties during this period of growth, technology assistance in the areas of online marketing and ticketing and resources to engage a strategic planning consultant to help shape programs and revenue goals and plans to achieve them over the next 5 years.
 
4. Partnerships: Increase the collaborative partnerships with other non-profits serving the communities of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan to expand Fiddlehead’s reach within its target audience for youth programs.

CEO Statement

In June of 1993, I attended a dress rehearsal of a local summer stock theater production, after which I said "I want to start my own theater company. Now twenty years later, despite the challenges along the way I can't imagine doing anything else. My passion for the shows, the people I work with, our gratified patrons and the magic that happens on our stage will never cease. I believe also in the amazing way that theater changes and augments people’s lives through our long history of youth programs and school collaborations. I have seen the shyest child who comes in and hides under a theater seat, blossom into that shining star on the stage. 
 
I am awed that Fiddlehead has arrived at this amazing point where we have the opportunity to collaborate with The Strand and the Dorchester community. To use our 20 years of experience to serve the youth, groups, schools, and general audiences, is a responsibility not to be taken lightly, I look forward to a commitment of another 20 years and beyond, of sharing my love of theater and how it effects and changes peoples lives in a way no other form can, with the community. For me and I hope everyone, in our classes, onstage and in the audiences, theater will resonate in our hearts, the way no other art form can.

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Roxbury
Located in Dorchester at The Strand Theatre will provide Fiddlehead access to the community and local schools that serve the area.  The Strand has always been an anchor for Dorchester and having our Youth Programs based in this location supports our mission. We also see this as an opportunity to bring more economic resources to the area by engaging local residents in both the mainstage performances and the youth performances.  And finally, with a very active season at The Strand, we expect to help bring economic development to local businesses.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Theater
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
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Programs

Fiddlehead Productions at The Strand

Our mission is the presentation of high quality productions including both classic plays and musicals, as well as new works, which uplift while engaging audiences in current issues and providing these experiences at a reasonable price thereby creating affordable access to all. Fiddlehead will provide 3-4 productions a year, consisting of plays and musicals, which will include classics and new works. The 2013/2014 season included the Boston premier of A Little Princess.  In 2014/2015 Fiddlehead will be presenting  Elton John and Tim Rice’s AIDA (a Boston exclusive) with 15 performances for each production including Saturday and Sunday matinees.  An all youth musical production, Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr. was presented in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club following a 10 week youth program at the clubhouse to provide the young Dorchester residents with the training and skill set for their performance and a introduction into the wonderful world of theater.  A number of schools in the Boston Public School system have requested Fiddlehead's participation in their theatrical programs. 
Budget  $750,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater
Population Served Adults K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Produced in conjunction with the City of Boston and the ACLU, Ragtime, the most recent Fiddlehead production was most highly acclaimed, receiving 6 IRNE nominations and taking home the winner in the Best Supporting Actress category.  While this is exciting, the real success was bringing pride and recognition to Dorchester community and The Strand.
Program Long-Term Success  These productions provide a benefit to the communities we serve by bringing consistent quality programming which involves both youth and adults in performances and behind the scenes, to meld the strengths of different generations. We also serve as an economic stimulus to the area by offering employment and driving traffic to local restaurants and retail vendors. 
Program Success Monitored By  We monitor success through the number of individuals in attendance, area participants in the productions and tracking the communities in which they reside.
Examples of Program Success  Attendees report that they have enjoyed having access to the theatre right in their community and seeing a program that reflects their values.   Requests from residents to The Strand as to when Fiddlehead will be back and how can they be involved.

Youth Programs

Since it was established in 1993, Fiddlehead has had a core educational program for young individuals ages 6-18 through classes offered during the school year as well as annual summer programs provided at a low, affordable fees so as to be widely accessible to children of all economic means.   As the Resident Company of The Strand, Fiddlehead will continue this mission including an all-youth musical production, a tech training program for middle and high school students and our Theatre for Young Audiences Troupe, which is a group of adult actors well versed in working with youth who will create mini-productions with an educational premise for elementary, middle and high school students, presented in both area schools and at The Strand.
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater Arts Instruction
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  With the first all youth production scheduled for the 2013/2014, Fiddlehead will bring together a group of youth ages 6-18 to perform in a musical production.  Recruited from local schools and organizations such as DSNI, this cast will have the opportunity to work together, learn new skills and demonstrate talent to friends, family and schoolmates.
Program Long-Term Success  Young resident of these communities will learn to express themselves, gain self-confidence, have a voice in their communities, achieve recognition for their skill, develop an appreciation for the arts and attain skills that they can apply to their career of choice.    
Program Success Monitored By  Success will be monitored and measured by the number of young individuals who join in these programs, their ability to learn the required skills necessary for theatrical production both on stage and in the management/marketing and backstage activities.
Examples of Program Success  Fiddlehead’s hope for success of this program will be in how the participants feel about themselves after the production and programs.  If they will come back for the next production and encourage their peers to make Fiddlehead and The Strand a place to come, have fun and learn. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Fiddlehead will be celebrating its 20th year this October and it reminds us of the many productions that we have presented and the number of youth programs that Fiddlehead has been engaged with.  We remember laughter, tears and cheers from our patrons. As we review this list, we realize that there are more than 100 different powerful and beautiful, plays and musicals that we have been lucky enough to bring to audiences through the Greater Boston area. 
 
Our company has long been devoted to inspiring audiences with Broadway quality productions that both entertain and broaden horizons. We adhere to a dedication to quality and the importance of choosing productions that relate to our audience, all of which is the key to success. 
 
As we look to the future, we will continue to follow the path that has led us to The Strand and produce quality theater which involves both youth and adults in performances, while also providing educational opportunities for attendees of local areas schools and programs provided by other non-profit organizations.  We believe in reaching for the stars, as there is never a goal too high or a challenge too difficult to achieve.
 
We know that as we continue to pursue our mission with devotion, perseverance and inspiration, we will also continue to bring awareness of the arts to the community we serve and success as the Resident Company of The Strand.  

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Meg Fofonoff
CEO Term Start Jan 1993
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Meg (Margaret) Fofonoff founded Fiddlehead Theatre Company in 1993 and continues to produce performances that align with the mission of Fiddlehead while driving the artistic direction of the company. Over its 20-year history Meg has established Fiddlehead as an IRNE award-winning theater company and one of the top regional theaters in the Boston area.  It was through Meg’s leadership and forward-thinking direction that Fiddlehead entered into its 2012 partnership with the City of Boston and began the company’s historic residency at the Strand Theatre.  
 
Margaret has directed such shows as: To Kill A Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Meet Me in St. Louis, Fiddlehead Theatre: The Best of Broadway, Pirates of Penzance and The Fantasticks. She has also directed a staged reading of Spring Fling (a new work she has co-authored based on The Snow Ball by A.R. Gurney). 
 
Meg functions as Education Director, hiring the Fiddlehead Theatre Academy Staff as well as selecting the programming for the Children’s Theatre Division. She has directed various productions for children ages 8-16 including Pirates of Penzance, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Beauty and the Beast, Guys and Dolls and Judy Moody Books Onstage (a premiere).  Meg has also forged partnerships with schools and community groups throughout the Boston area to help educate children of all abilities and backgrounds in the theatre arts.
 
Meg belongs to professional theater organizations including: Stage Source, The National Alliance of Musical Theater, the Dedham Square Business Alliance and the League of Professional Theatre Women.  She graduated from Boston University with honors and a dual degree in English and French Literature and holds a certificate in art history and the French language from the University of Brussels. As well as being a patron of live theater, Margaret dedicates her career to making theatrical experiences more available and sharing her passion for the arts.
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Co-CEO Email --
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Senior Staff

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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Best Support Actress - Ragtime Independent Reviewers of New England Association 2013

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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National Alliance for Musical Theatres - Voting Member --
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

Fiddlehead collaborates with a number of organizations including Uphams Corner Main Streets, DSNI, ACLU, the City of Boston, The Dedham Square Business Alliance, the Dorchester Boys and Girls Clubs as well as numerous schools and community based organizations in conjunction with our youth programs. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Fiddlehead Theatre Company employs more than 80 cast, crew and musicians over the course of an average season.  Every one of these individuals is considered part of the Fiddlehead Company and each is chosen for his/her abilities.   In creating the strongest team at Fiddlehead, we choose the brightest and most accomplished theater professionals and artists in the theater industry. We are proud to have music directors that are graduates of Berkley College of Music, have worked in Paris and Budapest, and are accomplished arrangers/composers living in New York.  Our scenic designers are professors in leading theater programs and award winning designers. Our choreographers are IRNE award winning artists. Our orchestras are large and consist of carefully chosen musicians who are the very best in Boston, making our orchestras of Broadway quality. Our casts are chosen from a pool of 400 individuals who audition per production and from that only the strongest singers, dancers and actors make the final cut. All of our designers, production team, administrative staff and performers, are carefully chosen based on the great talents they can bring to Fiddlehead. 
Note:  The numbers above in staff information do not reflect those we engage in the company for each production nor do the ethnicity and gender as these change depending on each individual presentation.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 40
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Meg Fofonoff
Board Chair Company Affiliation Fiddlehead Theatre Company
Board Chair Term Aug 1993 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Millient Bell Director, Writer Voting
Cornelius Chapman Esq. Burns & Levinson Voting
Ms. Meg Fofonoff Fiddlehead Theatre Company Voting
Ms. Rita Fucillo New Venture Media Group Voting
Ms. Sarah Henken Director, Fashion Consultant, Holistic Wellness Administrator Voting
Ms. Eileen Logan Development Consultant Voting
Ms. Maureen Peterson Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Maggie Tyler President, Draper Group LLC Voting
Ms. Reverend Liz Walker Community Volunteer --
Mr. Craig D . Zuckerman CPA Craig D. Zuckerman, CPA 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
Ms. Rachel Assaf Actor, Choreographer, Director NonVoting
Mr. Joseph Cronin Lecturer, BU School of Education NonVoting
Mr. Gene Dante -- --
Ms. Rita Gardner -- --
Ms. Wendy Hall -- --
Mr. John Iredale The Karsten Company, President NonVoting
Mr. Matthew McKee -- --
Mr. Matthew Romero -- NonVoting
Mr. Balint Varga -- NonVoting
Ms. Celeste Wilson -- NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Fiddlehead is in the process of interviewing and recruiting new members to the Board of Directors who are stakeholders the community we serve as well as those who have the skills and talents we need to move forward successfully.  In the past, Fiddlehead has been well served by its current Board.  They have been dedicated and understand our needs.  However, moving into The Strand and the Dorchester/Roxbury area provides us with the great opportunity to reach out to a number of individuals who will strengthen the company by helping us provide the types of programs most desired by the residents of the communities we serve.  We are looking for board members who are passionately devoted to working with the community and making this world a better place.


Fiddlehead also recognizes the importance of creating a Youth Board who will serve as advisors for our youth programs and productions.  We are currently working with a group of interested teens that will participate in the Pop-Up Production of FAME Jr, which will be presented in Dorchester this fall.  It is our hope that some from this group will continue their work with Fiddlehead.  We will also be recruiting from area schools and other organizations serving youth in our area. We look forward to producing youth productions at the same level of quality as our professional shows and experiences that change young people’s lives.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2014 to July 31, 2015
Projected Income $341,000.00
Projected Expense $402,000.00
Form 990s

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

Audit Documents

2014 Projected Organization Budget FY13 & FY14 - per Fiddlehead Theatre Co.

2013 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $503,050 $186,143 $84,131
Total Expenses $448,243 $394,105 $269,303

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $400,025 $100,000 $275
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $101,382 $50,911 $49,910
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,643 $35,232 $33,946
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $295,114 $205,302 $103,076
Administration Expense $153,129 $188,803 $166,227
Fundraising Expense $0 -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.12 0.47 0.31
Program Expense/Total Expenses 66% 52% 38%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $302,007 $246,245 $454,207
Current Assets $302,007 $53,427 $19,727
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $471 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $301,536 $246,245 $454,207

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
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 641.20 -- --

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In the past three years, Fiddlehead has been in a period of transition and exploration, from owning a theater in Norwood and using that theater for its base for performances and educational programs, to achieving its goal in being named as the Resident Theatre Company of The Strand based in Dorchester. It has been a long time dream to be based in the city and to help a community grow and prosper. It is Fiddlehead’s destiny to have found the Strand,  and to help preserve and protect this historic piece of Boston architecture as well as serve the communities needs. As a result of this first dormant phase of its 20 year history, revenue and fundraising efforts declined for a period of time as the company restructured, and finally found a place to hang it’s hat. Fiddlehead has been purposely moving its orientation to serve a broader community with quality productions and expanding its Youth Programs to serve a more diverse community. Following productions of A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline at the John Hancock Hall at the Back Bay Events Center and the award winning Ragtime: The Musical at the Strand, Fiddlehead has found its home. As one enthusiastic patron exclaimed, “ I have not seen such a diversity of age, gender and ethnicity in any other theater in Boston. This is amazing!.” We have an unparalleled 2014/2015 season with planned productions of AIDA(An Exclusive Production), The Wiz and Jesus Christ Superstar. A major fundraising effort is underway to support these initiatives, including a celebration of our 20th Anniversary.  With the news of the named residency Fiddlehead received a major donor gift of $200,000 in June 2013, marking the beginning of this effort, an additional donation of $50,000 in 2014 and support of $35,000 from a foundation. We are also delighted to have secured multiple smaller gifts ranging from $5,000 to $25.
 
 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. 
 
Please note, the Budget Projections document, posted above, is per the nonprofit for your reference. 

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