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From The Top, Inc.

 140 Clarendon Street, Suite 301
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 437-0707
[F] (857) 233-4317
[email protected]
Nicole Leonard
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EIN 04-3583756

LAST UPDATED: 08/13/2018
Organization DBA
From the Top, Inc.
From the Top
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

From the Top celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people by:

  • Unleashing the potential of young musicians as leaders in the arts
  • Trumpeting the role of music to impact and enrich lives
  • Inspiring and building new audiences with a deeper appreciation for classical music

Mission Statement

From the Top celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people by:

  • Unleashing the potential of young musicians as leaders in the arts
  • Trumpeting the role of music to impact and enrich lives
  • Inspiring and building new audiences with a deeper appreciation for classical music

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $3,608,630.00
Projected Expense $3,352,629.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Center for the Development of Arts Leaders
  • Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award
  • NPR's From the Top
  • See the Music

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

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Mission Statement

From the Top celebrates the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people by:

  • Unleashing the potential of young musicians as leaders in the arts
  • Trumpeting the role of music to impact and enrich lives
  • Inspiring and building new audiences with a deeper appreciation for classical music

Background Statement

From the Top (FTT) was founded in 1995 by Gerald Slavet and Jennifer Hurley-Wales. What began as a variety-style radio experiment hosted by pianist Christopher O'Riley quickly became the most popular weekly one-hour classical music program on public radio. By 2004, more than 200 stations were carrying From the Top, and the show had a national tour to 16 cities. FTT also introduced arts leadership workshops that year, training every performer who appeared on the radio show to return to their community as advocates for the arts and peer role models. In 2005, FTT partnered with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to offer scholarships to high-achieving young musicians with financial need. That year, NPR became From the Top's distributor, and the first season of From the Top Live at Carnegie Hall was taped with Don Mischer Productions and WGBH. The PBS program earned two Daytime Emmy Awards in 2008. As the media landscape began changing in the 2010s, FTT explored new ways to distribute content; its See the Music online video series helped triple its reach to younger, more diverse audiences. In 2017, FTT awarded its first four Alumni Leadership Grants supporting alumni engaged in independent arts leadership projects.

FTT's first Executive Director, Gretchen Nielsen, began in March 2018. As the former Vice President of Education Initiatives at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gretchen launched Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) with Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel. She is now exploring ways to expand FTT's national presence with the goal of increasing its impact among audiences and artists of diverse backgrounds.

Today, FTT is a powerful non-profit organization that promotes, mentors, and empowers young classically-trained musicians. Nearly 2.5 million fans enjoy FTT's radio program, live performances, and music videos each year, while hundreds of musicians receive transformative leadership training, performance opportunities, and financial support.

Impact Statement

From the Top's (FTT) major accomplishments from our 2017-2018 season:
Radio Show & National Tour
FTT recorded 16 live performances of "From the Top" featuring 103 exceptional young soloists and chamber musicians and three outstanding large youth orchestras and choirs. The live show was presented for more than 11,000 attendees in Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Virginia as well as California, Massachusetts, Nevada, New York, and Texas, where FTT recorded two or more shows during the year. The broadcasts were heard by approximately 620,000 weekly listeners on over 200 public radio stations. In addition, the podcast of the show averaged 5,508 weekly downloads and an additional 5,475 average weekly tracks were played on streaming media. That does not include "From the Top" listenership on Spotify, for which NPR has not released statistics.
Digital Media
FTT's strategy of consistently posting content to YouTube remains successful in growing the channel. Subscribership increased by 40% from the start of the fiscal year, surpassing the 10,000-subscriber mark. This is a milestone on the site, and reaching it makes FTT a preferred partner, so more viewers see its content. As a result, FTT experienced its largest quarter by far in spring 2018, with more than 382,000 views. FTT has been successful in reaching a younger audience through YouTube; 65% of its viewers are ages 34 and under, compared to 10% of its radio audience.
Arts Leadership & Community Engagement
Nationally, 78 young musicians who performed on "From the Top," including representatives from larger ensembles, participated in focused arts leadership workshops. FTT staff guided performers in leading 22 community engagement activities that served more than 840 people, not including all-student radio show audiences, which are counted above. Activities were held in a mix of afterschool, classroom, office, and convention settings, and predominantly served elementary and middle school students.
The Alumni Leadership Grant supported four projects implemented in FY2018 with grants totaling $12,000: Ariel Horowitz's Heartbeat Project on the Navajo (Diné) Reservation in New Mexico; Angelica Hairston's "Challenge the Stats" website and concert in Atlanta; Karen Cueva's work to connect incarcerated youth in Boston to music and composition; and Avik Sarkar's original composition and benefit concert to support Boston's refugee population. FTT announced its second cycle of grants in May 2018.
The 21 members of the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award Class of 2018 received a total of $200,000 in scholarships in addition to performance appearances on "From the Top" and the opportunity to participate in CDAL. The average age of recipients was 16. They came from 10 states as well as Venezuela. Young Artists had a median adjusted gross income of $40,384. They were one-third female and two-thirds male. The ethnic breakdown of the musicians was 9% African American, 29% Asian, 24% Caucasian, 19% Hispanic/Latino, 9% Multi-racial, 5% Other, and 5% Unreported.

Needs Statement

From the Top's top most pressing needs are to:  

  1. Diversify our programming in order to reach and engage a younger, tech-saavy generation. 
  2. Develop new and innovative ways to build relationships with radio show listeners. 
  3. Grow our Center for the Development of Arts Leaders program, including for our newly established Arts Leadership Grant Award. 

CEO Statement

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Radio
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs

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Center for the Development of Arts Leaders

FTT's Center for the Development of Arts Leaders (CDAL) supports and empowers young musicians as they pursue their individual artistic paths. Central to the FTT experience is a focused arts leadership workshop that is required for the 100 or so musicians featured annually on the show. Within an experiential framework that includes large and small group exercises framing the issues at play in their world, musicians begin to develop an understanding of their unique pathways and potential as artists and leaders, strategies for inspiring and engaging diverse audiences, and the role music can play in making a difference in their communities. Participants also are shown examples of independent arts leadership projects launched by FTT alumni in their communities.
CDAL culminates in community engagement activities that musicians create and implement as a group for local partners. Activities are tailored to each partner and range from large interactive assemblies to intimate master classes. FTT identifies partners that can facilitate a positive and creative environment for young artists to put their learning into practice and allows for audiences to interact with young leaders, learn more about classical music, and find common intersections of life experience. FTT teaching artists encourage musicians to share personal insights and experiences as well as take risks, resulting in activities that reflect musicians' unique strengths. These partnerships allow musicians to take their music out of the concert hall and into non-traditional spaces, engaging seniors, the homeless, veterans, and youth. FTT harnesses the unique power of peer-to-peer learning for young audiences, positioning FTT’s musicians as powerful role models. To that end, FTT is focusing more intentionally on partnerships with the El Sistema-inspired community. Through CDAL, musicians have entertained and inspired an average of 3,000 people each year. This number may change as FTT explores how to deepen its impact.
FTT's CDAL program is unique in that it reaches young artists at a significant point in their musical training and presents them with opportunities that most musicians do not have until they reach college or conservatory. Alumni often consider their FTT experience, and CDAL in particular, as a pivotal moment in their artistic development, helping to shape their current path. To build on CDAL's strengths, FTT is instituting several changes that will develop largely within the structure of the FTT experience, so as to make the best use of students' time. CDAL will connect more meaningfully with alumni, engaging them as workshop leaders and community connectors. It will leverage guest hosts’ experiences with their own social projects and entrepreneurship, providing additional mentorship opportunities. Finally, musicians featured within the past year will be invited to reconvene in larger groups for additional arts leadership and entrepreneurship training that touches on topics ranging from the recording industry to career paths. Held several times per year in Boston, Los Angeles, other cities, regional CDAL intensives deepen and extend the initial lessons from the show, while also including a community engagement component.
Budget  --
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Citizenship
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Elderly and/or Disabled Families
Program Short-Term Success 
1. The young performers understand their capacity to positively impact their community as musicians and as arts leaders, and develop the knowledge, tools, and confidence to implement their own projects.
2. Provide high-quality, inspirational music programming to diverse audiences. 
Program Long-Term Success 
1. Young musicians discover new pathways as artists in addition to traditional careers as a soloist or orchestra member.
2. Young musicians view themselves as arts leaders and ambassadors for their art and remain committed to community service and outreach. 
3.  Audiences are inspired to be engaged with classical music and develop a lifelong appreciation for the art form.
Program Success Monitored By 
FTT’s guest hosts and teaching artists evaluate musicians’ learning and growth throughout their CDAL experience, noting engagement during discussions and activities, their change in perception around what constitutes a leader, the extent to which they push past their comfort zone and take risks, and their willingness to take new action around community service projects.
FTT tracks quantitative data, including the percentage of radio show applicants with experience and/or an interest in arts leadership as well as the number of community engagement activities and participating audience members. Audience demographics, including age and ethnicity, also are noted.
Feedback is solicited from musicians and community partners once CDAL activities are completed. To identify trends and strengthen the program, FTT administers a performer survey that collects information about their past arts leadership work, reflections on their CDAL experience, and their aspirations as musicians and leaders.
Examples of Program Success 

 “I believe that experiences like Friday can be life changing for our students…. Our students were really impressed as they listened to the FTT musicians. They have never seen musicians not much older than themselves play at such a high level.” -- Patty Yarmel, Director of “Strings for Success” at School 19, Rochester, NY

After pianist Huan Li took part in CDAL in connection with performance on "From the Top" in February 2015 show in Denver, CO, she was inspired to organize and present a Mother’s Day recital at a local nursing home in her hometown of New York City. During the performance, she adapted to the space and audience, weaving in stories about the piece she was playing and her relationship to the piano. Ultimately, she felt the event not only left the listeners inspired but reconnected her with her love of music. As Li explained, “Many of them, including the assistants there, said I made their day. However, I would say they changed my life.”

Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award

Since 2005, From the Top has partnered with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to annually distribute Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Awards to approximately 20 extraordinary young musicians who demonstrate significant financial need. In addition to providing these young artists with an opportunity to perform on a national broadcast of NPR's "From the Top" and participate in our CDAL program, we award recipients a scholarship of up to $10,000 to support advanced musical studies, the purchase of high-quality instruments, or other musical needs. We nurture and empower these kids because we believe financial need should never hold a young musician back.

Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Recipients of From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award will:
1. Use their scholarship award to pursue advanced musical studies, purchase a high quality instrument, or fulfill other musical needs.
2. Develop increased confidence as a result of their selection for a prominent award as well as the experience of giving a featured performance and sharing their story on "From the Top."
Program Long-Term Success 
1. Scholarship recipients, young musicians with great talent but significant financial need, are able to pursue and reach their aspirations and goals.
2. Scholarship recipients view themselves throughout their lives as arts leaders with power to impact the world, seeking out and engaging in opportunities to positively change lives.
3. Increased awareness, appreciation, and support among the general population of young musicians with significant financial need.
Program Success Monitored By 
From the Top tracks data and analyzes trends on:
1. Applicant and recipient demographics (ethnicity, gender, age, geography, instrument, and household income information);
2. The strength of applicant musical submissions; and
3. How recipients utilize scholarship funds.
Staff also interview scholarship classes several years after receiving their award to track and measure the impact of the scholarship on their lives and musical pursuits. 
Examples of Program Success 
Several scholarship recipients who are now professional musicians still play on the instruments that the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award helped purchase. Having appeared on "From the Top" in June 2007 at the age of 17, Gabriel Campos Zamora, now age 25, is a member of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra and plays the same clarinet purchased with his scholarship.
"The Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award has allowed me to purchase a new guzheng and piano as well as take private piano and music theory lessons to aid my musical education... Without the scholarship given to me by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, I would not have been able to afford them and improve as an artist." - Rujia Teng, Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient

NPR's From the Top

NPR's "From the Top" is the most popular weekly one-hour classical music program on public radio, reaching an average of 620,000 people each week on more than 200 NPR stations. Each episode features at least five extraordinary young musicians, ages 8-18, performing a broad range of classical music. A series of guest hosts, including FTT alumni and noted artists, accompany and interview performers, drawing out their inspiring, touching, and often humorous insights. The performers reflect the diversity of the United States, representing all socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, and geographic locations.

Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Broadcasting
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success 
1. Record and broadcast 16-18 shows per season featuring at least 125 extraordinary young musicians. 
2. Maintain carriage and listenership numbers. 
Program Long-Term Success 
1. Young musicians have the confidence to pursue their personal and professional goals and aspirations.
2. People of diverse ages and backgrounds develop an appreciation for classical music and seek out opportunities to engage with it.
3. Classical music remains a vital and valued art form.
4. The number of people pursing instrumental studies increases.
Program Success Monitored By 

From the Top uses a variety of methods to evaluate and measure the success of "From the Top." Staff members regularly meet to evaluate results; plan for upcoming shows and outreach events; and make adjustments incorporating ideas and suggestions from performers, listeners, partners, and professionals.

The organization also collects and tracks the following forms of quantitative and qualitative data:

  • Radio carriage and major market presence of the radio show
  • Feedback from radio industry professionals, stations, and presenting partners
  • Reports on NPR audience listening trends and demographics
  • Seasonal Arbitron and Audiographics audience measurements
  • Comments from radio listeners and live audience members
  • Surveys of e-newsletter subscribers
  • Podcast subscribership and downloads
  • Statistical reports of activity on From the Top's and NPR's websites
  • Biographical and demographic data on "From the Top" performers
Examples of Program Success 

"My friends and I listened to the radio program 'From the Top' each week, dreaming that someday we might be the ones performing on the show. 'From the Top' was synonymous with success and excellence, and it motivated us to practice more, try harder, and push ourselves to be the musicians we wanted to be. In 2010, when I was 15, I got my chance to play on 'From the Top,' and it was like no performance I’d been a part of before. Unlike many competitions and performances available to young musicians, From the Top is fun. It celebrates the things we care about most; not only being 'the best,' but creating something beautiful and sharing our voices with the world." -- Anna DeLoi, Harpist and From the Top performer

"From the Top is a great platform to recognize the incredible musical gifts of these young people and is now one of my favorite shows...Thank you to you and everyone involved with From the Top for enriching my life with this outstanding program!" -- Edward B., a From the Top fan and donor

See the Music

Starring inspiring young musicians, From the Top's video series "See the Music" includes classical covers, classical/pop mashups, humorous shorts, musician profiles, and behind-the-scene clips. Distributed on YouTube and social media, the videos are an innovative way to reach millions of people with the power of music in the hands of extraordinary young people. 

Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Media & Communications
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success 
1. Talented classically-trained young musicians are showcased to as wide an audience as possible.
2.  Increase in viewership of videos and subscriptions to From the Top's YouTube and social media channels. 
Program Long-Term Success 
1. Young and diverse audiences have an increased appreciation for classical music and young, classically-trained musicians. 
2. Audience members are inspired and encouraged to pursue their own musical interests and aspirations. 
3. From the Top is viewed as leader in creating original, digital content. 
Program Success Monitored By  From the Top measures success of "See the Music" through the number of views of and level of engagement with the videos on various social media platforms including YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. We also track audience feedback. 
Examples of Program Success 
"I'm a middle-school teacher and my kids LOVED seeing kids their age-ish playing classical instruments and doing an arrangement of a song that they know. Their practicing has gone through the roof since I've shown them!" -- Meghan C., From the Top fan
FTT's strategy of consistently posting content to YouTube remains successful in growing the channel. Subscribership increased by 40% from the start of the fiscal year, surpassing the 10,000-subscriber mark. This is a milestone on the site, and reaching it makes FTT a preferred partner, so more viewers see its content. As a result, FTT experienced its largest quarter by far in spring 2018, with more than 382,000 views. FTT has been successful in reaching a younger audience through YouTube; 65% of its viewers are ages 34 and under, compared to 10% of its radio audience.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Gretchen Nielsen
CEO Term Start Mar 2018
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience From the Top Executive Director Gretchen Nielsen has more than 20 years of experience leading national and international arts initiatives. As Vice President of Education Initiatives at the LA Phil, Nielsen led, designed, and managed an integrated set of education programs that reached more than 150,000 school-children, teachers, families, young musicians, and concert-goers annually. In 2007, Nielsen was recruited by the LA Phil to launch Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), LA Phil Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel's signature program inspired by El Sistema. She also led the establishment of the first national youth orchestra comprised of students from El Sistema-influenced programs. Prior to joining the LA Phil, Nielsen worked with orchestras nationwide and major California-based arts and culture institutions during her time as a consultant with Manhattan-based EmcArts.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Jennifer Hurley-Wales Jan 1999 Feb 2018
Mr. Gerald Slavet Jan 1999 Feb 2018

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
David Balsom Tour Producer

Prior to coming to From the Top in 2000, David Balsom spent nearly 20 years heading one of the leading arts/entertainment public relations firms in New England. In that time, he represented national Broadway tours such as Peter Pan, starring Cathy Rigby, as well as nearly 200 New England presentations ranging from The Big Apple Circus to such diverse shows as Blue Man Group, Riverdance, Ragtime, and The Who’s Tommy. He also provided public relations consulting to such institutions as The Institute of Contemporary Art, Huntington Theatre Company, ARTS/Boston, and Boston Children’s Museum, as well as a number of retail and business entities. A graduate of SUNY at Buffalo, David has taught at Boston University and Middlesex Community College.

Tim Banker Director of Content & Production

Tim Banker has been with From the Top since its inception. He is a founding member of Cornerstone Theater Company and a graduate of the A.R.T. Institute for Theatre Training at Harvard University. In 1997, he was awarded a Career Development Grant by the National Endowment for the Arts as a director. Tim has a BA from Harvard University.

Jodi Beznoska Director of Marketing & Communications Jodi Beznoska has 16 years arts performance and management experience. Prior to joining From the Top in December 2013, she served as Vice President of Communications at Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, AR, a $10M presenting and arts education organization. In her 8 years there, she managed brand, publicity, website, box office and marketing operations, directed the re-brand of the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, and helped create both the Artosphere Festival Orchestra and the wildly popular 10x10 Arts Series. She served on the Board of Directors for the North Arkansas Tourism Association and as Treasurer for TheatreSquared, which won the 2010 Emerging Theatre Award from the American Theatre Wing. She also spoke at TEDxBentonville 2012 and produced TEDxFayetteville 2013. She has worked as an actor, stage manager, and production manager for multiple theater companies, and co-founded the Present Tense Theater Project. Jodi has a BA in International Studies from Colby College, and an MA from the Wisconsin School of Business/Bolz Center for Arts Administration.
Javier Caballero Scholarship & Recruitment Manager Mr. Caballero joined From the Top as Scholarship and Recruitment Manager in June 2017. He has nearly ten years of experience working in arts administration at Project Step, a string education program for students from underrepresented communities in Boston, where he most recently served as Artistic Director. He also performs as a cellist in the Boston area and maintains his own teaching studio. Mr. Caballero has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Florida and a Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma from Boston Conservatory.
Dianne Collazo Director of Finance & Administration

Dianne Collazo spent 17 years in non-profit management prior to joining From the Top. Dianne spent nine years at Horizons for Homeless Children as the Director of Finance and Administration where she helped to grow a $1.7M organization into an $18M organization. Dianne holds a BA from Wesleyan University, a Master’s in Urban Affairs from Boston University, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Dianne has served 12 years as President of the Board of Concilio Hispano of Cambridge and has participated on several other boards of local non-profit organizations. She has been singing with the Archdiocese of Boston Black Catholic Choir for the past 10 years.

Erin Nolan Admissions and Music Director Ms. Nolan serves as From the Top’s Music and Admissions Director. Prior to joining FTT in July 2011, she worked primarily as a chamber and orchestral musician in London, England, having performed and toured extensively as a violist in the English Chamber Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Ms. Nolan trained with the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Cleveland String Quartets, and in 2004, performed in four Carnegie Hall performances with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project. She earned a BA from Rice University.
Nicole Wittlin Director of Development Operations
Ms. Wittlin joined From the Top as Individual Giving Manager in August 2012 and now serves as Director of Development Operations, overseeing the organization's fundraising program and staff. She has nearly 14 years of experience as a fundraiser, working for organizations such at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Madison Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, and the American Red Cross. Ms. Wittlin has a Bachelor of Music from the University of South Florida, a Master of Arts in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Bolz Center for Arts Administration, and a Fundraising Operations Certificate from Rice University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Data Science at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. 


Award Awarding Organization Year
Emmy Award Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 2009
Gabriel Award The Gabriel Awards 2009


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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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 15
Number of Part Time Staff 6
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 20
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 34
Hispanic/Latino: 5
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 23
Male: 18
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
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 Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Mr. Jeffrey F. Rayport
Board Chair Company Affiliation Harvard Business School
Board Chair Term July 2018 - June 2021
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Cynthia K. Curme Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Corinne Ferguson Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Elaine L. LeBuhn Independent Consultant Voting
Ms. Soo Youn Lee Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Kevin Olusola Pentatonix Voting
Mr. John L. Pattillo Eljan Holdings, LLC Voting
Mr. Jeffrey F. Rayport Harvard Business School Voting
Mr. Peter Segal Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Elizabeth Sikorovsky MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society Voting
Ms. Inmaculada Silos-Santiago Decibel Therapeutics Voting
Mr. Michael Thurber Redonky Tonk LLC Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Natalie Baker State Street NonVoting
Ms. Susan Beckerman Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Phil Griffin MSNBC NonVoting
Mr. John Humphrey Humphrey Enterprises, LLC NonVoting
Ms. Laura Kelsey American Express NonVoting
Mr. Jordan Kretchmer Livefyre, Inc NonVoting
Ms. Elaine LeBuhn Independent Consultant Exofficio
Ms. Nancy Lubin Community Volunteer NonVoting
Ms. Linda Deyer Millard Retired NonVoting
Mr. Matt Pillar Fire Dragon Enterprises NonVoting
Mr. Peter Ross Senior Helpers, Home Care Association of America NonVoting
Mr. Anthony Tjan Cue Ball Group NonVoting
Ms. Gabrielle Wolohojian Massachusetts Appeals Court NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 15%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Governance and Nominating
  • Scholarship

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $3,608,630.00
Projected Expense $3,352,629.00
Form 990s

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2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audit

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

2010 Audit

2009 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $3,478,856 $3,507,789 $4,232,315
Total Expenses $3,668,359 $4,085,836 $3,758,583

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $107,000 $72,000 $158,300
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $107,000 $72,000 $158,300
Individual Contributions $1,895,802 $1,967,114 $2,744,570
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $630,894 $840,602 $642,500
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $595,881 $355,747 $489,172
Revenue In-Kind $240,372 $257,009 $193,585
Other $8,907 $15,317 $4,188

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $2,548,377 $2,833,167 $2,662,739
Administration Expense $500,132 $490,135 $465,279
Fundraising Expense $619,850 $762,534 $630,565
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.95 0.86 1.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses 69% 69% 71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 24% 32% 19%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $1,881,321 $1,956,388 $2,700,742
Current Assets $1,426,881 $1,341,604 $2,051,743
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $268,315 $153,879 $320,186
Total Net Assets $1,613,006 $1,802,509 $2,380,556

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 N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 0.00

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 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 5.32 8.72 6.41

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals as the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?


2. What are your strategies for making this happen?


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


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


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