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SquashBusters Inc.

 795 Columbus Avenue
 Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120
[P] (617) 373-7782
[F] (617) 373-7370
Greg Zaff
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EIN 04-3330698

LAST UPDATED: 12/07/2018
Organization DBA SquashBusters
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

SquashBusters’ mission is to challenge and nurture urban youth – as students, athletes and citizens – so that they recognize and fulfill their greatest potential in life.

Mission Statement

SquashBusters’ mission is to challenge and nurture urban youth – as students, athletes and citizens – so that they recognize and fulfill their greatest potential in life.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2017 to Aug 31, 2018
Projected Income $2,783,210.00
Projected Expense $2,862,188.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • College and Alumni Success Program
  • Middle School & High School Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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Mission Statement

SquashBusters’ mission is to challenge and nurture urban youth – as students, athletes and citizens – so that they recognize and fulfill their greatest potential in life.

Background Statement

Founded in 1996 by former squash professional Greg Zaff, SquashBusters (SQB) set out to connect two seemingly different worlds by introducing the sport of squash to young people in urban public schools. By connecting these worlds, SquashBusters would provide young people with a bridge to college success, broaden their access to opportunities, and improve their health and fitness. The program was launched with 24 students from Cambridge and Roxbury. For the first seven years, the program served middle school students only, and practices took place using borrowed courts and classrooms at the Boston YMCA, the Harvard Club, and Harvard University.

In 2003, SQB set down roots and built a youth center of its own on the campus of Northeastern University. In return for raising the capital to build the facility, the university provided SquashBusters with a 50-year free lease. With its own dedicated space, SquashBusters was able to triple its enrollment and add a high school component to its programming. Over the past 15 years, SquashBusters Boston has become a second home for hundreds of participants, their families, and the Roxbury community as a whole. The building houses eight squash courts, four classrooms, and office space for SQB and Northeastern Athletic staff; our students share the squash courts with Northeastern students, who also have access to a fitness center on the fourth floor.

In 2012, SquashBusters expanded to Lawrence, MA, where it currently serves 100 middle and high school students. That program operates on borrowed courts and classrooms at Brooks School and Philips Academy. SQB’s newest program launched in December 2017 in Providence, RI, and welcomed 28 students to its third regional site, built in partnership with Moses Brown School.

Since we began serving students from middle school through college, 98% have enrolled in college; 70% have completed their higher education within six years.

SquashBusters’ incredible success has served as the catalyst and program model for an international movement that is improving the lives of thousands of urban youth in more than 20 cities worldwide, including New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Oakland, Houston, Toronto, and Johannesburg.

Impact Statement


· In the 2017-2018 year, SquashBusters served a record-breaking 357 students, including:

o 161 in Boston

o 107 in Lawrence

o 28 in Providence

o 61 in college

· SquashBusters launched its third program site in Providence, RI, thanks to a partnership with Moses Brown School. The first-ever SQB Providence team is made up of 28 students from DelSesto Middle School.

· This year, SquashBusters Lawrence reached full enrollment and worked with its first class of seniors to navigate the college application process. The Lawrence program added one team of sixth-graders each year until reaching full capacity this year, with 100 students in grades 6-12.

· Along with their counterparts in Boston, the SQB Lawrence class of 2018 in achieved 100% college acceptance and enrollment – all 24 SQB graduates (6 Lawrence + 18 Boston) will be enrolling in college in fall 2018.

· The 2017-2018 year also saw the launch of the first-ever SquashBusters varsity high school team, which received an official sanction from the Boston Public Schools Athletic Department to represent the district in competition.


· In the 2017-2018 year, SquashBusters will serve 380 students, including:

o 160 in Boston

o 100 in Lawrence

o 45 in Providence

o 75 in college

· 100% of the SQB class of 2019 – including 24 students from Boston and 12 students from Lawrence – will be accepted to/enroll in college.

· SquashBusters Providence will continue to grow, adding a team of 15-18 DelSesto Middle School students during the 2018-2019 year.

· SquashBusters Lawrence will make progress toward solidifying a facility partnership with Merrimack College in North Andover, MA.

Needs Statement

In order to sustain our program during the 2018-2019 year, SquashBusters will need the following:

Fundraising: To meet our projected expenses for FY2019, SquashBusters aims to raise about $2.76m in revenue from individual donors as well as Foundation and corporate supporters.

Volunteers: At the outset of the 2018-2019 year, SquashBusters staff will work to recruit 10 new volunteers for our Boston site. If you are interested in volunteering at SquashBusters, please visit

Lawrence Facility: It is a major priority for us to identify a permanent facility partnership in Lawrence. We are currently in a serious conversation with Merrimack College about launching a similar partnership to the ones we have with Northeastern and Moses Brown, where we help fundraise the cost of building the facility in exchange for a rent-free lease.

Mental Health Counseling: In early 2017, SQB launched a pilot program with South End Community Health Center to provide mental health counseling for a small number of students. Unfortunately, we were unable to continue the partnership, but the success of the pilot compelled us to explore alternatives. We are currently working with a retired LICSW who is generously volunteering her time to meet with students. By next year, we hope to identify a new partner or hire an in-house LCSW.

CEO Statement

At first glance, SquashBusters is an afterschool program that offers high-level training and competitive opportunities in a sport typically accessible only to children from affluent families. However, SquashBusters’ model and impact extend well beyond exposure to a new sport. SquashBusters’ program is uniquely purposeful in its intent: using squash as a springboard and entry to other positive development opportunities. Its model has inspired more than 20 urban squash programs throughout the world, and SQB has been spotlighted for its quality, integrity, and student-centered approach.

Several things set SquashBusters apart from similar sports-based youth development programs: most notably, the high-touch and intensive nature of the program, and the sport of squash itself.

For our students, squash serves as a bridge to opportunity. There are nearly 100 colleges with squash teams, and they are increasingly looking to recruit players with diverse backgrounds and solid academic records. More than 30 SQB alumni have gone on to play college squash at places like Bates, Colby and Harvard. Through squash, students have been able to travel to places like California, New York and Philadelphia, and meet influential leaders – and fellow squash players - like Governor Deval Patrick, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and MFS Chairman Rob Manning. The squash network is wide and well-connected, and SQB alumni have been hired by fellow players or their connections at places like State Street, the University Club of Boston, and Belmont Hill School.

While SQB will never serve thousands of students at a time, the dosage and personal attention the program provides to each student is unparalleled. Over 6-7 years, students grow up with SQB by their sides, spending an average of 100 days per year receiving academic support and enrichment, building their health and fitness, serving the community, and expanding their horizons. Students’ families become a part of the program’s beneficiaries as well, participating in a range of program activities designed for them, including fitness events, finance workshops, and counseling support.

From the day they join SQB, students are surrounded by positive role models. Squash coaches, academic mentors, volunteers and supporters are all invested in each young person’s positive development. Together, they develop relationships that last far beyond the program’s end. As a result, SQB’s impact extends beyond its students – the program truly unites urban communities by bringing together people from different backgrounds on and off the court.


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.

Boston, MA
Lawrence, MA
Providence, RI 

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Education - Student Services
  3. Recreation & Sports - Racquet Sports

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



College and Alumni Success Program

College and Alumni Success: Once our students graduate the program and enroll in college, SQB staff provides support for each individual in the form of regular communication to ensure they are on track to graduate, and provides individual advising on issues like financial aid and college persistence. SquashBusters also offers two scholarship opportunities, the Engaged Scholar Award and the Last Dollar Fund. Professional alumni remain closely connected to SquashBusters as well, by serving as members of the SquashBusters Alumni Association, playing in the alumni league, and/or attending professional development and fundraising events throughout the year.
Budget  $92,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Guidance & Counseling
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  • 100% of alumni in college will have social, emotional, and academic progress and challenges tracked in a red/yellow/green matrix in Salesforce.
• 80% of SquashBusters alumni will graduate from college within six years.
Program Long-Term Success  SquashBusters students will be more likely to graduate from college, and to do so on time, than their peers.
Program Success Monitored By 
SquashBusters connects with each college-enrolled alum regularly to check in on their academic, financial and social well-being. Each of these measures is tracked in a Red/Yellow/Green matrix in Salesforce.
If a student is identified as at-risk of non-completion, SquashBusters staff meets with the student to develop a plan to address whatever obstacles are standing in the way of their on-time graduation.
Examples of Program Success  80% of SquashBusters who enrolled in college graduated within six years years (from the high school graduation classes of 2003-2015)

Middle School & High School Program

SquashBusters serves students from the start of middle school until they graduate from high school through a long-term, intensive program that helps them to develop in each of the areas of college, character and health. Once they graduate, SquashBusters provides support for each alum’s college perseverance and serves as a network of positive relationships that they can rely on for years beyond the program’s formal end.

Middle School and High School: Our middle school SquashBusters students attend practice 3 times per week, each day consisting of 90 minutes of homework help and 90 minutes of squash and fitness, and receive guidance with the high school choice process to ensure they receive a quality secondary education.

Like our middle school students, our high school students are with us for squash and homework 3-5 days per week, but are also provided with enrichment workshops that focus on topics like academic skill-building and career exploration. Juniors receive SAT prep, and seniors are paired with mentors who, along with SQB staff, provide intensive support through the college and financial aid application process.

To help them build a deep sense of character, all students complete required community service projects during the school year, and each summer, SquashBusters connects its youth with academic, athletic and employment opportunities both internally and outside of SQB.

Budget  $1,483,962.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Families
Program Short-Term Success 
• 100% of SquashBusters students will gain exposure to and spend time on a college campus.
• 24 of 24 juniors will follow the SquashBusters SAT prep curriculum and improve test scores.
• 100% of SQB seniors will have a college mentor and submit 12 or more college applications.
• 100% of seniors will be accepted to and matriculate to college.
• 75% of students will show improvement in fitness levels as measured by fitness profiles.
• 75% of students will show squash skill level increases as measured by students’ US Squash ratings and SQB’s skill progression scale.
• 80% of students will compete in 4 or more competitive squash events per year, including school matches or US sanctioned tournaments.
• All students will participate in at least one team trip, to help them grow emotionally and build strong connections with their teammates and coaches.
• 100% of students will participate in Boys & Girls group discussions where they learn how to make healthy decisions.
• 20-25 Student Ambassadors will play leadership roles in the SquashBusters Derby, donor visits, family and culture nights, and special events.
• 50 students will be placed in summer opportunities that expose them to new people, places, and experiences during summer 2017.
• SQB programs will achieve a 90% attendance rate over the course of the program year.
• 90% of high school and middle school students will serve the community through at least two service projects during the program year.
Program Long-Term Success 
SquashBusters aims to continue to see the same high success rates the program has historically produced.
Since 1996, 99% of SquashBusters’ alumni who graduated from our program have gone to colleges, including Barnard College, Bates College, Boston University, Brown University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Simmons College, University of Massachusetts, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Trinity College, Wesleyan University, Smith College, Hamilton College, Boston College, Oberlin College, Tufts University and Bryn Mawr.
o 86% matriculated to a 4-year college
o 14% matriculated to a 2-year college
80% of SquashBusters who enrolled in college graduated within six years years from (the high school graduation classes of 2001-2015)
Program Success Monitored By 
SQB long-term education metrics include high school graduation rate, college matriculation and graduation rates. We also measure attendance, fitness and squash improvements, and completion of community service projects as factors of short-term success.
Examples of Program Success 
  • 100% of our high school and middle school students were promoted to the next grade.
  • 23 out of 25 rising Boston ninth graders matriculated to the highest performing high schools in the city after receiving the high school placement curriculum in 2015-2016.
Community Service and Leadership
  • SquashBusters students spent a total of 2,122 hours giving back to the community in 2015-2016; 89% of our Boston students and 94% of our Lawrence students satisfied the two service project per year requirement.
  Squash and Fitness
  • 86% of students either increased or sustained fitness levels as measured by assessments throughout the year.
  • 77% of students improved on the SQB squash skill progression scale (includes the levels novice, intermediate, development and advanced, respectively).
  • 97% of our students attended one or more squash events (private school matches or US sanctioned tournaments) – 89% competed in three or more.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Greg H. Zaff
CEO Term Start June 2011
CEO Email
CEO Experience

As a highly ranked amateur squash player at Williams College and a professional on the World Pro Squash Association’s tour, Greg Zaff learned much about persistence, discipline, and sportsmanship. But it wasn't until he retired from professional athletics and entered the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University that his dream of an after-school squash program for urban youth took shape.

Zaff knew that in order to be successful, his program would have to be intense, demanding, fun, and frequent. Using his Cambridge bedroom as an office, he launched SquashBusters in the spring of 1995. In the beginning, he relied on the facilities of the Cambridge Racquet and Fitness Club, the Harvard Club, and Harvard University. Each after-school session ran for three hours: two hours of academics and one hour of squash, three days a week. The kids participated in monthly community service projects. They traveled to squash tournaments and were offered other outings such as sailing trips and visits to Broadway shows. In 2003, SquashBusters moved into a new facility, on the campus of Northeastern University in Boston, and expanded to serve more students for a longer period of time. In 2012, SquashBusters Lawrence was launched, followed by SquashBusters Providence in 2017.

The urban squash model that Zaff pioneered through SquashBusters has since been replicated in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Minneapolis, Oakland and other cities throughout the world. In 2007 Zaff helped to found the Squash and Education Alliance (SEA - formerly known as NUSEA) an organization created to oversee the development and growth of urban squash around the country. The success of SquashBusters and SEA has demonstrated that perseverance, discipline, and sportsmanship can be more than just a recipe for squash success. They can be a vehicle for remarkable change in kids' lives.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Teresa Soares-Pena Aug 2007 Aug 2011
Greg Zaff Aug 1996 Aug 2007

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Rodney Galvao Program Director - Providence

An alum of SquashBusters, Rodney graduated from the program in 2010 and went on to Bates College where he majored in Rhetoric and minored in Education. After graduating in 2014, Rodney returned to SQB Boston to work with both the middle and high school teams, helping students develop on and off the court. After transferring to SquashBusters Providence, Rodney moved into the role of Program Director of the site, assisting with recruiting students and continuing to support them on and off the court.

Charles Levinson Program Director - Boston

Charles has built his career around youth development and education. After earning his degree in Psychology from the University of Miami, Charles worked for College Bound St. Louis, mentoring youth in his hometown. To better understand the systems affecting student success, Charles returned to UM for his Master’s in Education with a focus in Community and Social Change. Charles values connecting with students, families, and partners, and as Program Director, he leads and supports the program staff to run a transformational program for Boston youth.

Dora Lubin Executive Director, Lawrence

Dora has spent her career doing what she loves most – working with youth outside the school setting. Before joining SquashBusters, Dora held positions at CitySquash (the Bronx-based urban squash program), Learning through an Expanded Arts Program (LEAP), and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Dora joined SquashBusters in 2012 to launch the Lawrence program, and has been overseeing the site’s programming, operations, and fundraising ever since. Dora holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.

Chris Lynch Chief Operations Officer

Chris oversees programming and staff at all three SquashBusters sites. He helped start SquashBusters at its inception in 1997, and then returned in 2011 to grow the program in Boston, and to expand to Lawrence and Providence. He has worked with other youth development programs over the years in Boston and nationally, and ran the Boston Youth Sports Initiative – a foundation-based effort that supported and grew youth development non-profits in Boston. Chris holds a BA from Bates College and M.Ed. from Lesley University.

Myra Sack Program Director, Boston Myra earned her Bachelor's Degree in Government with a concentration in Latin American Politics from Dartmouth College. Myra was the Captain of the Women's Soccer Team her senior year, and co-founded Athletes United, a student-led initiative to unite children of the Upper Valley with Dartmouth student-athletes through a cost free sports league. Myra earned a post-graduate fellowship from Dartmouth's Dickey Center for International Understanding to work with Soccer Without Borders in a capacity-building role after her stint as a program volunteer with Soccer Without Border in Granada, Nicaragua. Myra focused her efforts on program structure and curriculum development. Myra also worked in the private sector for a technology company in San Francisco, California. Myra joined SquashBusters in March 2013.
Corey Schafer --

Corey graduated from Dartmouth College where she double majored in Psychology and Geography, with a focus on Cultural-Social coursework. A life-long squash player passionate about helping all students reach their full potential, Corey joined SquashBusters in 2013 as a Squash Coordinator before transitioning into a data and evaluation role. Today, Corey is SquashBusters’ Director of Post-Secondary Services, leading the effort to ensure that SQB graduates persist in their post-secondary endeavors, supporting students in their journey from high school to the greater world beyond SQB.

Christine Stellar Director of Institutional Advancement

With a passion for social justice and educational equity, Christine has dedicated her career to closing the achievement and opportunity gaps. After studying public policy at Cornell and education at UPenn, Christine spent three years teaching. Seeing firsthand the disparities between poor urban districts and wealthy privileged ones inspired her to return to school for an MPA from NYU Wagner. Christine has worked at City on a Hill and KIPP charter schools. At SquashBusters, she focuses on the outward-facing functions of fundraising and external relations.


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
New England Association for college Admission Counseling (NEACAC) 2017
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Our partners include Northeastern University and Moses Brown School, with whom we share permanent facilities for our Boston and Providence programming, respectively. We also use borrowed courts and classrooms at Phillips Academy (Andover) and Brooks School for our Lawrence programming.

We partner with public schools in Boston, Lawrence and Providence to recruit middle school students, and work with teachers and administrators to foster individual student success and ensure alignment with academic curricula.

SquashBusters also partners with college success organizations like Bottom Line and uAspire to provide additional guidance with the college application and financial aid process, as well as support with college persistence. A partnership with Posse Foundation also allows us to nominate several students each year for full scholarships – since 2009, six SQB alumni have received Posse scholarships.

Each summer, SquashBusters brokers a host of summer enrichment opportunities through close partnerships with organizations like Summer Search, Grand Circle’s Next Generation Leaders, the Squash and Education Alliance (SEA) and Merrimack Valley YMCA.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 25
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 140
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 92%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 3
Caucasian: 17
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 17
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 6
Management Succession Plan Under Development
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 Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Accident and Injury Coverage

Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Mr. John M. Blasberg
Board Chair Company Affiliation Bain & Company, Partner
Board Chair Term Sept 2013 - Sept
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
David Antonelli MFS Investment Management Voting
George Bell General Catalyst Partners Voting
John M. Blasberg Bain & Company Voting
Meg Campbell Codman Academy Voting
Juma Crawford Lewis Family Foundation Voting
David Drubner The Baupost Group Voting
Habib Gorgi Nautic Partners Voting
Matthew Haldeman McGraw-Hill Education Voting
Jonathan Hyett Morgan Stanley Voting
Jon Karlen Astral Capital Voting
Teresa Koster Gallagher Koster Voting
Diana Lam Lowell Community Charter School Voting
Nancy Loucks Yale University Voting
Henry Manice Mighty Squirrell Voting
Philomena Mantella Northeastern University Voting
Will Muggia Westfield Capital Voting
Don Mykrantz The Jeffrey Company Voting
Bill Paine WilmerHale Voting
Kadineyse Paz Boston Tenant Coalition/Clean Water Action Voting
Jose Rivera Wayfair Voting
Simone Winston Winston Flowers Voting
Greg H. Zaff Founder and CEO SquashBusters, Inc. 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
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 16
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 13
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 88%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 94%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Investment
  • Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $2,326,164 $1,931,179 $884,603
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $5,551 $9,588 $6,238
Investment Income, Net of Losses $562,540 $436,060 $-546,437
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $1,183,002 $1,369,474 $1,282,936
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $1,442,163 $1,528,878 $1,244,707
Administration Expense $258,192 $311,116 $278,682
Fundraising Expense $285,329 $258,852 $398,100
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 2.05 1.78 0.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses 73% 73% 65%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 8% 8% 18%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $18,813,769 $16,629,487 $14,914,968
Current Assets $1,787,569 $1,082,956 $690,110
Long-Term Liabilities $177,144 $118,096 $59,048
Current Liabilities $80,701 $47,040 $39,024
Total Net Assets $18,555,924 $16,464,351 $14,816,896

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5.0%
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose Facility building for expanded site in Providence, RI
Campaign Goal $4,700,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates June 2016 -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $2,615,500.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 22.15 23.02 17.68

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 1% 1% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's audited financials. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.
Please note, this organization changed its fiscal year in 2017 from a Sept. 1 - Aug. 31 fiscal year to a July 1 - June 30 fiscal year. As such the 2017 990 and audit files posted above cover a ten month period (Sept. 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017). 


Other Documents

Testimonial (2013)


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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Organizational Goals

SquashBusters aims to ensure that all graduates:

1. Enroll in and successfully complete college

2. Understand and embrace life-long habits of health and wellness

3. Develop a deep sense of character and personal integrity

Population Served

Our Boston students primarily live in the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Roxbury, with others living in Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Brighton, East Boston, and South Boston. They are primarily recruited from four partner middle schools: John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, Joseph Lee K-8 School, Rafael Hernandez School, and Timilty Middle School. Our Lawrence students are recruited from Arlington Middle School and Emily G. Wetherbee School, and our Providence students come from DelSesto Middle School.

Additionally, our student population is 56% female and 44% male. The racial makeup of our students varies across program sites. In Boston, 40% of our students identify as Black/African American; 35% Latinx/Hispanic; 14% Asian; 7% White; and 4% Multiracial/other. In Lawrence, 88% are Latinx/Hispanic, 4% white, and 8% multiracial/other; in Providence, 89% are Latino/Hispanic, 8% Black/African American, and 4% multiracial/other.

Community Need

Compared to their peers from neighboring communities, Boston’s low-income Black and Latinx youth are far less likely to gain access to the kinds of high-quality educational, professional, and personal opportunities that will help them succeed in school and in life. A student growing up in one of Boston’s wealthy suburbs is often surrounded by role models who have attended college, and likely attends a high school where four-year college is the expectation for most graduates. His parents may provide him with tutors and test prep, and during the summer, his life is enriched with experiences like summer camp, academic programs, and travel. While in college, personal or family connections often lead to internships, and internships lead to jobs, and jobs lead to the economic stability he has enjoyed his entire life.

On the other hand, a student growing up in Boston usually has a drastically different experience – especially if she comes from an African-American or Latinx background. Her parents are less likely be college graduates (only 25% of African-American/Latinx adults in Boston have a Bachelor’s degree, according to the 2015 Boston Indicators Report). She likely comes from a lower-income family than her suburban peers - the median household income in many neighborhoods in Boston is less than $45,000 – compared with more than $130,000 for each of the top ten wealthiest cities in the state (US Census Data). She lives in a school district where less than 71% of students graduate high school on time, and only about half (54%) of graduates enroll in a four-year college (Massachusetts DESE). All of these factors stack the deck against the likelihood that she will be able to escape the cycle of poverty.

This phenomenon is often referred to as the “opportunity gap,” and it has been closely linked with the disparities in educational outcomes for low-income students of color - chief among them college enrollment and completion. SquashBusters aims to close this gap for our students, while improving their health and wellness and helping them develop a deep sense of character and personal integrity, so that they can become healthy, successful adults and contributing members of their communities.

Outcome Measurement

SquashBusters tracks student outcomes with the help of an extensive Salesforce database, and measures success in the areas of college/academics (grade progression, SAT score improvement and college enrollment rate), character/commitment (attendance rate, community service involvement) and health (exercise hours completed, fitness improvement, squash ability improvement). Please Question 4 for more details on outcome measurement and evaluation.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

1. Every graduate will enroll in and successfully complete college.

a. Academic Support and College Access

All students receive individualized tutoring and homework help 3-5 days per week. Eighth-graders receive support through the high school choice process – including ISEE and SSAT prep - to ensure they get the best secondary education possible.

High school students also receive homework tutoring 3-5 days per week, and also participate in academic enrichment sessions on topics like public speaking, career exploration, and SAT prep. SQB seniors spend the year applying for college with support from SQB staff and an individual college mentor.

In addition, each student is required to visit 2-3 colleges each year, and students are further exposed to colleges through competitions throughout the year.

b. College Support

SquashBusters checks in monthly with each college-enrolled alum, and tracks their financial, academic, and social-emotional status in Salesforce, intervening in cases when there may be an obstacle to their successful completion.

To help alumni fill critical funding gaps, SQB offers three scholarship opportunities:

§ SQB Scholarship – awarded to the most committed graduating seniors upon review by a Board committee.

§ Engaged Scholars Award – a small stipend available each semester for completing activities like attending office hours or joining a school club.

§ Last Dollar Fund – meant for emergency situations, an annual one-time award awarded only after all other financial aid avenues have been exhausted.

2. Every graduate will understand and embrace life-long habits of health and wellness.

a. Squash and Fitness

Students practice squash and fitness every practice day for at least 1.5 hours. Off court, students are provided with a healthy snack.

In addition, students compete in matches against schools like Phillips Academy and St. Paul’s School, as well as tournaments in places like New York and Philadelphia. Thanks to the partnership of Squash and Education Alliance (SEA), students have the opportunity to participate in summer squads at places like Dartmouth College and Stanford University.

b. Social-Emotional Support

Every day at SQB, students are surrounded by caring adults, who provide a network of support. To further support students’ social-emotional growth, each student engages in Boys and Girls discussion groups to talk about issues like bullying, body image, and relationships.

In addition, SQB partners with local community health centers to connect students who need additional support to social workers who provide free individual counseling.

3. Every graduate will develop a deep sense of character and personal integrity

a. Community Service

Thanks to partnerships with organizations like the Greater Boston Food Bank and Pine Street Inn, SQB students complete at least 2-3 community service projects each year, which further broadens their views of the world while teaching them the value of giving back to their communities.

b. Leadership Opportunities

Through SQB, students have many opportunities to gain valuable leadership experience, including team captainships and helping to coach middle school practices.

In addition, students can participate in two leadership groups who take ownership of influencing positive program culture and planning events for fellow students: the Student Ambassadors and Female Athletes Stick Together (FAST).

c. Summer Enrichment

Each summer, more than 100 team members are connected to external opportunities, such as traveling abroad with Summer Search and Grand Circle Foundation and attending multi-week long educational programs at Andover and Exeter.

In-house, SQB leads several weeks of summer programming for middle school participants to ensure that they stay mentally and physically active.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

Organizational Structure

SQB has a strong leadership team. Founder Greg Zaff serves as CEO. Chris Lynch works alongside him as COO, along with Myra Sack, who serves as Chief Program Officer.

Charlie Levinson is Boston’s Program Director, leading all front-line staff comprised of four academic staff, four squash staff, and one program assistant. In Lawrence, Executive Director Dora Lubin oversees a six-person team of program staff. In Providence, SQB alum Rodney Galvao serves as the site’s Program Director, with support from Academic Manager Ali Imholt.

SQB employs a cadre of nine loyal and talented alumni in key positions across all three program sites. It is a testament to the community and culture of SquashBusters that alumni constitute one third of the staff. In addition, dozens of alumni return to SquashBusters over school breaks and during the summer to volunteer in the classroom and on the court, or to serve as paid coaches and staff members.

SquashBusters is supported by 139 volunteers across all three program sites who serve as homework tutors, college mentors, squash coaches, and career advisors to SquashBusters students.

Finally, SquashBusters benefits from the guidance of a 19-member Board of Directors chaired by Bain and Company Partner John Blasberg and representing various industries including finance, law, education, and public service.

In Lawrence and Providence, our leadership councils serve as an additional source of guidance and advocacy for our programs within those communities, along with our Advisory Council in Boston.



Northeastern University: In 2003, Northeastern University agreed to grant us a 50-year free lease for a permanent facility in return for SquashBusters raising the capital for the building’s construction.

Phillips Academy and Brooks School: Both schools have been generous partners, allowing SquashBusters to utilize their courts, libraries and classrooms to implement our program for Lawrence youth.

Moses Brown School: SquashBusters helped fundraise the construction of the Gorgi Family Squash and Education Center on the Moses Brown campus, which is shared with the MB squash team and the Nicol Squash Club.


Boston Public Schools – SquashBusters recruits students from the John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science, Joseph Lee K-8 School, Rafael Hernandez School, and Timilty Middle School.

Lawrence Public Schools – Our Lawrence students are recruited through partnerships with Arlington School and Emily G. Wetherbee School.

Providence Public School District – Our school partner in Providence is the 1,000-student DelSesto Middle School.


Bottom Line – SQB has incorporated components of Bottom Line’s successful college persistence model into our College and Alumni Success program. SQB also connects all of its college-enrolled alumni with an on-campus Bottom Line counselor, if available, as an additional resource for guidance and mentoring.

Posse Foundation – Posse provides SQB with several nominations each year, and five SQB alumni have been chosen for the competitive scholarship opportunity.

uAspire – We partner with uAspire to provide financial aid workshops and support for our high school juniors and seniors.

Squash and Education Alliance (SEA) – We are an active member of SEA (formerly the National Urban Squash and Education Association), which develops and improves the growing number of urban squash programs across the world and connects our students to life-changing opportunities, including tournaments and summer programs.

MA Squash – MA Squash waives registration fees for SQB students to compete in any of the junior level squash competitions in the state.

Summer experiences – We partner with a number of organizations - including Summer Search, Grand Circle Next Generation Leaders, West End House Camps and the Merrimack Valley YMCA - all of which provide unique experiences for our students during the summer months.


4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

To measure our long-term and short-term success, SquashBusters maintains a Salesforce database containing all program and fundraising data. The database helps us internally and externally report on important evaluative data points, including, but not limited to, attendance rates, grades, external student opportunities, SAT score improvement, college lists and acceptances and family engagement.

Every eight weeks, SquashBusters’ program staff creates and presents an internal metrics report highlighting short-term progress in all of these areas. The frequency of these internal reports ensures that data and progress is at the forefront of intentional programming and that we are on track to meet our annual goals.

SquashBusters identified the following metrics for its 2018-2019 program year:


100% of SquashBusters students will gain exposure to and spend time on a college campus.

24 of 24 juniors will follow the SquashBusters SAT prep curriculum and improve test scores.

All 17 SQB seniors will have a college mentor and submit 12 or more college applications.

17 of 17 seniors will be accepted to and matriculate to college.

100% of alumni in college will have social, emotional, and academic progress and challenges tracked in a red/yellow/green matrix in Salesforce.

85% of SQB program graduates will graduate from college within six years.


75% of students will show improvement in fitness levels as measured by fitness profiles.

75% of students will show squash skill level increases as measured by students’ US Squash ratings and SQB’s skill progression scale.

80% of students will compete in 4 or more competitive squash events per year, including school matches or US sanctioned tournaments.

All students will participate in at least one team trip, to help them grow emotionally and build strong connections with their teammates and coaches.

100% of students will participate in Boys & Girls group discussions where they learn how to make healthy decisions.


20-25 Student Ambassadors will play leadership roles in the SquashBusters Derby, donor visits, family and culture nights, and special events.

50 students will be placed in summer opportunities that expose them to new people, places, and experiences during summer 2018.

SQB programs will achieve a 90% attendance rate over the course of the program year.

90% of high school and middle school students will serve the community through at least two service projects during the program year.


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

Historically, SquashBusters has had great success meeting our overarching goals.

Every program graduate will enroll in and successfully complete college.

From their very first day in the program, students are exposed to the idea and goal of college – they attend practice on a world-class campus, receive coaching and tutoring by college students, and visit colleges for campus visits and competitions. As eighth-graders, they receive support and guidance with the high school choice process so that they can enroll in secondary schools that will prepare them for the rigors of college – in program year 2017-2018, 70% of SQB eighth-graders were accepted to special-admissions high schools, including Boston Latin Academy, Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, and New Mission High School.

In high school, students participate in academic enrichment workshops, participate in an SAT prep course, and receive individualized support through the college application process.

Over the program’s lifetime, 98% of SquashBusters graduates enroll in college and 70% of them graduate within six years. Comparatively, the Massachusetts of Elementary and Secondary Education reports that only 71% of Boston Public Schools graduates enroll in college, and 47% graduate within seven years, according to the most recent longitudinal study by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University.

Every program graduate will understand and embrace lifelong habits of health and wellness.

Students who have never played organized sports before now practice squash – named the world’s healthiest sport by Forbes Magazine – 3-5 times per week for 32 weeks of the school year. They commit to after-school practices, as well as weekend practices and competitions, and have the opportunity to participate in summer squads and camps at places like Deerfield Academy and Williams College.

At the end of the 2016-2017 year, 98% of SquashBusters credited the program with keeping them physically active, and 89% reported that they are more aware of the importance of eating healthy because of SquashBusters.

Optional activities like the Elite Training Squad – an extra practice opportunity on Saturday morning – and squash mentoring are available for the most committed students. This year, SquashBusters Boston launched its first-ever varsity high school team, receiving an official sanction from the Boston Public Schools athletic department. The team represented the district against private and public schools throughout the region, and even travelled to Philadelphia for U.S. Squash High School Nationals in February.

Every program graduate will develop a deep sense of character and personal integrity.

SquashBusters students are imbued with I-CARE values - – Integrity, Concern for Others, Appreciation, Respect and Effort - from the moment they enter the building as middle school students. SquashBusters students complete 2-3 community service projects each year with partners like The Food Project, Prison Books Program, and Mount Pleasant Home for Seniors.

They also have the opportunity to participate in leadership opportunities like SQB Student Ambassadors and Female Athletes Stick Together (F.A.S.T.) - or be connected to external programs like Summer Search and Grand Circle Next Generation Leaders. Each summer, 100+ students expand their horizons through external summer programs.

Of course, the sport of squash also helps students build character. As an individual sport that can be played as a team, squash teaches students to “compete against themselves,” and continually push themselves to improve. At the same time, SQB students build skills like patience and sportsmanship, while benefiting from the sense of belonging and community that comes with being part of a team.

In a survey at the end of the 2016-2017 year, 95% of students reported that SquashBusters had shown them the importance of giving back to their communities.