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Boston Ten Point Coalition Inc

 2010 Columbus Avenue, c/o Black Ministerial Alliance
 Roxbury, MA 02119
[P] (617) 5244331
[F] (617) 4455337
David Wright
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-3315942

LAST UPDATED: 05/30/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes



Mission StatementMORE »

The Boston TenPoint Coalition’s mission is to “serve as an ecumenical group of Christian clergy and lay leaders working to mobilize the community around issues affecting youth, especially youth at high-risk for violence, drug abuse, and other destructive behaviors.”

Mission Statement

The Boston TenPoint Coalition’s mission is to “serve as an ecumenical group of Christian clergy and lay leaders working to mobilize the community around issues affecting youth, especially youth at high-risk for violence, drug abuse, and other destructive behaviors.”

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $379,285.00
Projected Expense $379,285.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Gang Mediation Initiative
  • Neighborhood Walks & Gatherings
  • Voices 4 Peace

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Mission Statement

The Boston TenPoint Coalition’s mission is to “serve as an ecumenical group of Christian clergy and lay leaders working to mobilize the community around issues affecting youth, especially youth at high-risk for violence, drug abuse, and other destructive behaviors.”

Background Statement

The Boston TenPoint Coalition came into existence in 1992 when the rampant youth violence spreading through the city erupted at the funeral of a young gunshot victim. In response, clergy and lay leaders began working to mobilize the Greater Boston community to make violence an unacceptable method of resolving problems. The Boston TenPoint Coalition is a faith-based organization as we believe that faith breeds a sense of hope and provides the nurturing yet structured principles and environment that many youth at high risk lack. We are a coalition that collectively aspires to make the “Boston Miracle” continue to work. The Boston TenPoint Coalition’s programs are unique because they:

1) Focus on some of our communities most “troubled youth,” youth that other agencies are oftentimes unable to serve. We work with youth at high-risk and proven-risk, as their shattered lives and dreams are reflected in their violent and oftentimes callous and/or self-destructive behaviors.

2) Operate in collaboration with other faith-based, community-based, government agencies, and private sector institutions that are also committed to the revitalization of the families and communities in which our youth are raised. By working with other institutions, we reduce duplication of effort.

In June 2013, BTPC expanded its long-term collaboration with the BMA, when the former executive director, resigned. Rev. David Wright, executive director of the BMA was appointed interim, executive director by BTPC’s Board to enable BTPC’s staff and volunteers to focus on providing direct services, while the BMA focuses on the “back-office” HR, supervision, financial management and fundraising services. This enables BTPC to continue operating as an independent, faith-based organization, while drastically reducing administrative costs. BTPC’s Board meets regularly with the interim executive and staff to monitor progress. Programs are now headquartered at the BMA.

Impact Statement

1) What BTPC does better than anyone else is expand a community’s ability to solve their own problems through coalition building, engaging faith-based and community leaders and building meaningful relationships with proven risk youth and law enforcement officers.

2) In 2014, BTPC and the Black Ministerial Alliance intentionally combined aspects of both organization’s efforts to engage churches, nonprofits and public agencies in violence prevention activities, while training the next generation of youth leaders to have a "voice" in this process.

3) BTPC understands how to prevent and mediate conflicts between and among gangs as a first step toward reducing violence. We have done this successfully for 23 years by playing a vital role in city-wide efforts to reduce violent crimes, which have decreased from 143 homicides in 1990 to 52 murders in 2014.

4) Gang Mediation efforts go beyond negotiating gang cease fires to helping youth to leave their gang-life behind by accessing the services needed to build more positive life-styles.

5) BTPC is financially stable.

Goals for 2015 include:

1) To expand the Boston TenPoint Coalitions’ membership to include organizations willing to provide youth with a CORI, with the job training, work-readiness, placement and follow-up services needed to transition gang-involved youth and young adults to legal occupations leading to self-sufficiency.

2) Sustain BTPC‘s efforts to inform and engage its coalition members in promoting solution focused dialogues between law enforcement officers, residents, youth, faith-and community-leaders, regarding Roxbury’s high 63% “Stop & Frisk” rate and policies.

3) Improve BTPC’s client tracking and evaluation systems to collect the information needed to measure the effectiveness of our programs and services, and to produce the data needed to inform organizational planning and decision making processes.

4) Develop a new strategic plan to chart the organizations future services and to reaffirm or update our theory of change.

Needs Statement

Our most pressing needs are:

1) BTPC staff and Board need to take time apart their daily leadership roles to develop a strategy to help faith-based institutions form, join or improve the effectiveness of our “Coalition-building” work with law enforcement, city agencies and nonprofits interested in increasing public safety and improving public health outcomes for our youth. This is critical to engaging Boston’s communities of color in reducing violence, as far too often residents and youth distrust and view law enforcement officers as enforcers, not protectors, as a result of policies and practices like “Stop & Frisk” that unfairly treat residents like criminals.

2) It is urgent to reconnect youth/young adults with a CORI to caring adults and institutions in the community. While it is easy to advice youth to leave a gang or their street life, too often the path they must take is filled with obstacles—the largest of which are obtaining legal employment to become self-sufficient and ongoing care to address post-traumatic stress disorders from being exposed to or perpetrating violence.

3) BTPC needs to raise the additional $58,162 to sustain program operations in 2015, plus the $56,950 needed to improve our infrastructure by developing a strategic plan and performance management systems.

CEO Statement

As we look to the future, it is imperative for the Board of Directors of both the Boston TenPoint Coalition and Black Ministerial Alliance to review and chart the future course of the unique relationship established between both organizations in 2013, a task we are undertaking in 2015.

We are most grateful to the Lynch Foundation and to the Boston Foundation for their foresight and funding support of our efforts to build mutually beneficial relationships for both organizations that enable us to reduce duplication of efforts, while increasing the effectiveness of services delivered. This funding also enables us to take time apart from our daily duties to reflect on and develop a strategic plan for the future growth and sustainability of Boston TenPoint. Boston TenPoint Coalition is in 2015, a financially stable organization sustaining three violence prevention and intervention services, with a proven record of reducing violent crimes.

As we read/watch the news of the untimely deaths of Black and Brown men and youth across the country, resulting from conflicts with law enforcement officers, we realize that Boston TenPoint is uniquely positioned to tackle this issue in new ways. BTPC works directly with proven risk, gang-involved youth and youth adults in the community, and we also have positive working relationships with law enforcement, court and probation officers as well. This year, we are collecting data from the community on the frequency and nature of “Stop and Frisk” incidents, which when collected will be used to engage law enforcement officers in positive dialogues about how we can deescalate these situations from becoming violent. As a Coalition, we work with others concerned about these issues, and invite participation and support from all who share our goal of working collectively to ensure public safety for all, regardless of race or ethnic origins. For more information, on this effort or the other services Boston TenPoint delivers, please do not hesitate to contact us at 

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

While Boston TenPoint Coalition is a city-wide, “coalition-building” organization, we focused our direct services for youth in 2014 on the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, with a focus on four, targeted, public housing developments in the Humboldt, Warren Streets through Dudley Sq. area of Roxbury. These four housing developments are; Saint Joseph’s, Warren Gardens, Charlame II and Marksdale, were targeted when the injury, shootings and death rate skyrocketed in early in 2014. In 2015, we are expanding this area to include all of Roxbury.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Alliances & Advocacy
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community Coalitions
  3. Human Services - Victims' Services

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



Gang Mediation Initiative

1. The GANG MEDIATION INITIATIVE engages youth involved in a shooting, or other violence, to determine the root cause of the conflict. BTPC staff builds trusting relationships between the individuals/gang members, mediate discussions between warring parties, negotiate short-and long-term cease fires by linking youth to the services they need to rebuild their lives. THE COMMUNITY CLUSTER approach to positive youth development is a key component to achieving long-term cease fires by: a) engaging key stakeholders in resolving community problems, and b) provides access to services youth need to change their gang-based life-styles. THE COMMUNITY GAMES, organizes the violence and/or gang-involved youth/young, their siblings and their families to participate in summer-long sports activities—basketball.  These games provide a “peace-zone,” defined as a safe, weapon-and drug-free environment, and a contact point where young men can be engaged.  Once engaged, BTPC uses other resources to help redirect these young people to find ways out of lives of violence. 

Budget  $155,956.00
Category  Crime & Legal, General/Other Community Crime Prevention
Population Served At-Risk Populations Offenders/Ex-Offenders Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

Gang members agree to ceasefires to halt revenge/retaliation attacks and killings.

Program Long-Term Success 

Neighborhoods targeted for Gang Mediation activities become peaceful communities that do not experience violence on an ongoing basis.

Program Success Monitored By 

Program Success is monitored by staff and Board, using data provided by the Boston Police Department.

Examples of Program Success 

January 2014, began with a “bang,” and seven of the nine young homicide victims were labeled as “gang-related” deaths by the Police. While January 2014 had one of the highest death rates in Boston in more than seven years, the collective efforts of community and grass-roots organizations working with the Boston Police has helped to contain the rising tide of this violence to rates similar to last year. In addition to holding fatal injuries down between February and August 2014, we are also pleased to report that only seven of the 33 homicides this year represent youth ages 21 or younger.

Major accomplishment for the Gang Mediation Initiative is the fact that none of the proven risk youth involved in program have died. More importantly approximately 45 proven risk youth have made the decision to leave the gang-life and 38 are working with staff to find ways of doing so safely.

Neighborhood Walks & Gatherings

NEIGHBORHOOD WALKS & GATHERINGS: BTPC began building the capacity of churches to become involved in city-wide, violence prevention efforts in the 1990’s. Since then, Coalition membership has been diversified. In 2014, the Coalition had 50 active members--23 Churches, 6 Public Schools, 4 Community Centers and 17 Public Agencies—who share a common goal of reducing violent behaviors and the death toll in targeted communities. BTPC now hosts monthly Coalition membership meetings to inform members of developing trends in the community, and to build the capacity of members to participate in or lead neighborhood walks, advocate for policies that promote peace and others now provide services that welcome community youth.

In 2014, this program changed, as a result of evaluation feed-back. For years, BTPC organized faith-and community-based leaders, to walk through “hot-spots” neighborhoods (areas of high rates of violence identified by the police). These “Walks” develop relationships between residents, churches and nonprofits that help to diffuse tensions. In 2014, neighborhood gatherings were added to engage residents in discussions on violence prevention activities in which they can participate during the months, when weather conditions prohibit walks. These “gatherings” are hosted in collaboration with churches, community-based nonprofits and public officials provide youth and residents with opportunities to solve issues leading to violence.

Budget  $101,517.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Neighborhood Revitalization
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Coalition members change their attitude about high-risk and proven risk youth and commit to making resources available to assist in reducing violent incidences in their neighborhood.
Program Long-Term Success  Coalition member churches work in partnership with community organizations to welcome community youth and families and work to provide, refer and advocate for the services needed to support traumatized victims and youth who have experienced violence.
Program Success Monitored By  BTPC staff, Board and Coalition members.
Examples of Program Success 

Accomplishments of the Neighborhood Walks and Gatherings in 2014 include the fact that two of the neighborhoods through which walks have been held in the past asked BTPC to help organize community gatherings to enable neighbors to meet each other and to plan community watch and reporting systems. This is a major break-through!

Secondly, Police data indicates that the Roxbury neighborhoods targeted in 2014, experienced a reduction in shootings and homicides.

Voices 4 Peace

VOICES 4 PEACE is an agency-wide, community planning and organizing effort that strengthens the partnership between BTPC’s and the BMA’s violence prevention efforts. This project provides the staff of two faith-based organizations, BTPC and BMA, with the time and funds to develop the joint activities that can be integrated into the ongoing, operating fabric of the networks each organization facilitates; while creating the youth engagement and leadership training curricula, to provide youth with a “voice” and access to decision making groups & Boards. Voices 4 Peace helps to reduce needless duplication and create more comprehensive and effective resources for youth and their families. In addition to providing trauma resources, this initiative helps both organizations to plan ways to “get ahead” of the violence using data and coordinated services in areas trending toward high rates of violence. VOICES 4 PEACE also engages community residents in new ways, to begin creating community-wide zones of peace, where youth are supported in their efforts to leave the street-and gang-life behind.

Budget  $178,762.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Neighborhood Revitalization
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success  Network members have developed a leadership and trauma training curricula to equip youth leaders to have a “voice” on decision making boards to contribute their ideas on ways to reduce youth violence.
Program Long-Term Success 

The two largest faith-based organizations in Boston, BTPC and the BMA, create a comprehensive network of services to address the varied needs of high-risk youth, proven risk youth and young adults.

Program Success Monitored By  BTPC & BMA staff, Board and Coalition
Examples of Program Success 

Two networks have merged. The directors of both the (BTPC’s) Neighborhood Walks and BMA’s, Churches United for Youth Peace (CUYP) began planning joint activities in late 2013, with the result that the CUYP no longer exists, as most members now participate in either the BTPC’s monthly meetings.

A leadership and training curriculum for high-risk youth ages 12-24 was created by five youth service providers affiliated with the BMA’s High-Risk Youth Network, who offered this “youth leadership” training free of charge.

Youth completing the Mental Health First Aide training component are also awarded a certificate, to help their peers who are exhibiting untreated Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) symptoms, or who are experiencing a crisis situation.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Rev. David Wright Esq.
CEO Term Start June 2013
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Rev. David Wright, Esq., became the executive director of the BMA in November 2007, after serving as the BMA’s Deputy Director for three years. Prior to joining the BMA he was the former CEO of African American Federation of Greater Boston and provided capacity-building consultant services including technical assistance in board and organizational development, strategic planning, HR, legal compliance and contract negotiation to local nonprofits and churches. David is an adjunct professor at Suffolk University, a Mass. Council of Human Services Provider teaching law and ethics for non-profit organizations, and a licensed minister, who earned his J.D. at Harvard Law School. David was appointed as the interim executive director of the Boston TenPoint Coalition in June 2013. He is Board President of Lena Park and serves on other nonprofits Boards and Committees.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Rev. Jeffrey Brown 2009 2013
Mr. Christopher Sumner 2004 2009

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Rev. Wayne Daley Community Relations Director Reverend Wayne Daley is the Community Relations Director. He first worked at BTPC as a Reentry Coordinator beginning in 2006 and transitioned to this Director’s position in 2011. Wayne is a community activist in a wide variety of roles including an ordained elder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and currently serves as the Minister of Men at the Historic Charles Street A.M.E. Church. He is a clergy of Operation Homefront Boston of the Boston Police Unit and a task force recruitment member for Boston Police and Fire Departments.
Mr. Rufus Faulk Gang Mediation Initiative Director Rufus has an extensive background in youth development. He has come through the ranks, starting as a youth worker, becoming a coordinator shortly thereafter, and more recently being appointed as the Director of the Gang Mediation Initiative. He is currently getting his Masters in Urban Affairs from Boston University.


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Boston Police Department.

Boston Public Schools Police.

District Attorney’s office

Probation Department (state and federal, I believe).

Boston Fire Department


Several Community residents (who come fairly regularly (and some of whom complain about the FREE food that is served!)).

High Risk Youth Network

Boston Public Schools

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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


Board Chair Rev. Dr. Ray A. Hammond
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bethel AME Church
Board Chair Term Jan 1992 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Rev. Samuel Acevedo Leon De Juda & Boston Higher Education Resource Center (HERC) Voting
Rev. Dr. Gregory G. Groover Sr. Charles Street AME Church Voting
Rev. Dr. Ray A. Hammond Bethel AME Church Voting
Dr. Martin Pierre Ashmont Counseling Center Voting
Rev. Wesley A. Roberts People's Baptist Church 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: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 0
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Finance
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

BTPC has emerged from a challenging season in its history. Having developed a focused strategic direction and stronger infrastructure, it can now focus on deepening and expanding its board of directors. Identifying and recruiting board members that will add value to the work of BTPC is even more critical as BTPC looks at new models of strengthening its infrastructure by partnering with BMA.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $379,285.00
Projected Expense $379,285.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

Audit Documents

2015 Review

2014 Review

2013 Review

2012 Review

2011 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $398,148 $375,860 $266,333
Total Expenses $341,906 $245,285 $207,379

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $398,148 $375,760 $265,325
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- $100 --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- $1,008

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $256,959 $222,639 $181,065
Administration Expense $36,476 $22,646 $1,200
Fundraising Expense $48,471 $0 $25,114
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.16 1.53 1.28
Program Expense/Total Expenses 75% 91% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 12% 0% 9%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $311,962 $273,859 $129,277
Current Assets $311,962 $273,859 $129,277
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $900
Current Liabilities $9,084 $27,223 $12,316
Total Net Assets $302,878 $246,636 $116,061

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
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? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 34.34 10.06 10.50

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 1%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As stated above, BTPC has had some challenges over its past few years. Much of this stemmed from trying to do too much with too few resources. Additionally, insufficient infrastructure to meet the organization’s mission added to the challenges. These challenges had a major impact on BTPC’s ability to find financial resources. Having honed the focus to a place-based approach using a strategic framework has helped BTPC regain the confidence of funders, and pursue a very doable mission effectively. BTPC has retained its community partners and now seeks to organize this treasure trove of talented individuals and organizations to address specific areas of the city.

Foundation Comments

For 2012 and 2013, the independent auditors conducting this audit have issued a going concern opinion, which means simply whether there is significant doubt that the nonprofit will have sufficient resources in the foreseeable future. Please review the Auditors opinion for further information.
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

No Other Documents currently available.


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