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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:

  • 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:

  • 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, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $4,254,634.00
Projected Expense $4,254,634.00

ProgramsMORE »

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

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Mission Statement

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

  • 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

In 1995, New England Conservatory renovated Jordan Hall and solicited ideas for introducing new audiences to this exquisite and intimate concert venue. At the time, Gerald Slavet and Jennifer Hurley-Wales – Co-CEOs and Executive Producers of From the Top – felt strongly that many people refrained from attending concerts and appreciating classical music due to the formal traditions that surround it. In response, Mr. Slavet and Ms. Hurley-Wales set out to create a radio variety show that would appeal to new listeners as well as seasoned classical music lovers. With the model of A Prairie Home Companion in mind, they imagined spotlighting a huge and untapped resource in the world of classical music – thousands of kids across the country who play with impressive skill, energy, and artistry. The show would champion the talent of the young people it featured, while eschewing the perceived stuffiness surrounding classical music. From this idea, From the Top was born.

Now in its sixteenth season, From the Top is America’s largest national platform dedicated to showcasing the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Through our radio show, a weekly video series, live events, scholarships, and arts education programs, From the Top transforms the lives of hundreds of young musicians each year, creating programs that inspire more than 2.5 million audience members of all ages.
From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley, distributed by NPR, is the most popular weekly classical music program on public radio. Since launching its weekly radio broadcast in 2000, From the Top has:
  • created, presented, and produced over 300 original radio shows;
  • featured more than 3,000 exceptional musicians, ages 8 to 18;
  • broadcast weekly radio show episodes on more than 220 NPR radio stations;
  • delighted over 100,000 live audience members in more than 150 U.S. cities and two international cities;
  • offered online and mobile access to all radio shows and created and posted 150 online videos featuring outstanding young musicians;
  • awarded over $2 million in scholarships to more than 200 young musicians with financial need in partnership with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation;
  • offered hundreds of outreach activities around the country benefiting thousands of schoolchildren, seniors, patients, and underserved audiences; and
  • won two Daytime Emmy Awards for its PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall.

Impact Statement

From the Top's top four accomplishments from our 2014-2015 season:
  1. Recorded 16 episodes, including our 300th episode, of NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley featuring 247 young musicians in towns and cities across the country before live audiences.
  2. Celebrated 10 years, 200 scholarship recipients, and $2 million in scholarships awarded to young musicians with significant financial need through the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award program. 
  3. Piloted our first weeklong arts residency program, independent of our radio program, for school-aged kids in the economically-distressed region of Appalachian Kentucky.
  4. Piloted a new video series that included full-length music videos, comedy shorts, and artist profiles. (Following the pilot program's success, From the Top officially launched the See the Music program in 2016.)
From the Top's overarching goal for our 2015-2016 season is to make significant strides towards tripling our audience and doubling the number of young musicians we serve by 2018. Key strategies we are using to meet this goal include:
  1. Investing more resources in our See the Music online video program, including releasing original content weekly. 
  2. Increasing our visibility in our hometown of Boston through press, social media, and strategic partnerships.
  3. Increasing the number of young musicians applying to our key programs: From the Top with Host Christopher O'Riley, the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award, and CDAL Boston. 
  4. Establishing friends groups in key markets including Boston and New York City.

Needs Statement

From the Top's top most pressing needs include support 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. 
  4. Move into new office space that better meets the needs of our growing organization. 

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

The Center for the Development of Arts Leaders (CDAL) prepares young musicians to be instruments of positive change in their communities. In Boston and with the national tour, From the Top musicians explore their individual leadership pathways while planning and delivering programs to diverse audiences - schools, senior centers, hospitals, and museums - reaching thousands of people each year. 

All performers on our radio program are required to take part in CDAL. The performers participate in an intensive arts leadership orientation during which they explore leadership concepts, communication strategies, and audience engagement techniques. The musicians then lead interactive presentations, performances, and other outreach and education events in the communities where our tour stops.

In our hometown, CDAL Boston takes the form of a year-long program that annually recruits talented young local musicians for on-going, music-focused outreach programs with educational and social service organizations.

Budget  $513,753.00
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 
From the Top collects quantitative and qualitative data from presenting partners, arts leaders, and local schools and community organizations to evaluate if its outreach activities achieved the targeted goals and results. This includes, but is not limited to measuring total audience served; number of events offered; and ethnicities, ages, and economic groups represented. We also collect written and oral feedback from participants and key stakeholders.
We use formal outcome evaluations to measure changes in arts leadership knowledge and behavior in the young musicians we work with, and solicit their feedback to determine how we can better serve our young arts leaders and the audiences of our community outreach partners. 
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 with Host Christopher O'Riley 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 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 with Host Christopher O’Riley 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  $502,540.00
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 with Host Christopher O'Riley.
3. Create positive change in their home communities through the creation and implementation of a self-designed, independent Arts Leadership project.
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 with Host Christopher O'Riley

NPR's From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley is the most popular weekly one-hour classical music program on public radio, reaching an average of 500,000 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. Host Christopher O’Riley accompanies and interviews 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  $1,215,764.00
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 with Host Christopher O'Riley. 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 with Host Christopher O’Riley 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  $100,000.00
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 
In 2015-16, From the Top video viewers listened to the equivalent of more than 38,000 two-hour concerts via our YouTube and Facebook channels. Nearly 74% of these people were under the age of 55, which is the opposite of our radio demographics. 
"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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jennifer Hurley-Wales
CEO Term Start Jan 1999
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Jennifer Hurley-Wales is a co-founder of From the Top. Jennifer spent her career working in many areas of arts management. In her decade at the New England Conservatory of Music, she was a senior development officer for a major capital campaign, and subsequently served as the interim Director of External Affairs and Special Projects Director, identifying collaborations and strategic partnerships for the Conservatory. Jennifer holds a BA from Denison University. 

Co-CEO Mr. Gerald Slavet
Co-CEO Term Start Jan 1999
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience

Gerald Slavet is a co-founder of From the Top. Prior to From the Top, Jerry had a successful career building a $500 million real estate development company. He later served as President of Concert Productions, Inc. where he orchestrated tours to South America and Europe for such ensembles as the Yale University Symphony and the New England Conservatory of Music Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. He has served as United States Goodwill Ambassador for the Arts to South America and Asia and as Artistic Director for the Wayside Theater in Middletown, Virginia. Jerry is a former trustee of the New England Conservatory of Music and a former board member at both the American Symphony Orchestra League and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College and an MFA from Catholic University. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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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.
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.

Linda Gerstle Director of Education & Community Partnerships

Linda Gerstle has a strong background in music, education, and community outreach. She is a classical pianist with a BM in Piano Performance/Music Therapy (Ohio University) and an EdM in Counseling and Consulting Psychology (Harvard University). Linda has led major state and national educational initiatives and most recently was the Executive Director of ATLAS Communities, Inc., a national non-profit consulting organization partnering with schools to enhance student learning and achievement. ATLAS works with educational leaders to provide comprehensive school reform initiatives in 200 schools (K-12) in 16 states serving over 100,000 students. ATLAS joined an educational institution at University of Connecticut in the fall of 2009.

Tim Lienhard Director of Admissions & Alumni Relations

Tim Lienhard is a trombonist, composer, and administrator. Tim is the founder and artistic director of New England Conservatory's summer program, Jazz Lab, where students from across the country and abroad experience NEC's faculty, Jazz department and the city of Boston in a one week intensive. Jazz Lab gives young jazz musicians the opportunity to work with world class musicians including Grammy Award wining bassist/composer, Dave Holland and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenon. As an active performer and studio musician, Tim has recorded with The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra featuring George Garzone, the Boston String Quartet, the Beantown Swing Orchestra, and the Omar Thomas Large Ensemble among others. Tim is a regular artist and clinician at the Panama Jazz Festival where he has performed with Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Ruben Blades. Tim frequently performs in the Boston area with various musical theater companies. Tim received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the New England Conservatory studying under former Boston Symphony Orchestra bass trombonist, Douglas Yeo, jazz trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, jazz trumpeter John McNeil and pianist/composer Frank Carlberg.

Tom Voegeli Producer

Tom Voegeli has received two Grammy Awards, four Grammy nominations, four Peabody Awards, and a Prix Italia. Tom is known as one of the leading audio producers in the United States. In addition to From the Top, Tom has produced The MTT Files, an eight-part radio series, featuring conductor Michael Tilson Thomas; American Mavericks, a 13-part radio series, which presents the biographies, the music, and the ideas of avant-garde 20th century American composers; and Schickele Mix, a weekly radio series starring Peter Schickele, which uses music of all kinds, and humor, to demonstrate musical ideas which transcend cultural boundaries. Tom also created the long-running radio programs “Saint Paul Sunday” and “The Splendid Table.”


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 25
Number of Part Time Staff 3
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 23
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 48
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 30
Male: 21
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 Castanea Partners
Board Chair Term July 2015 - June 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Kent T. Baum Retired Voting
Ms. Cindy K. Curme Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. David L. Feigenbaum Fish & Richardson P.C. Voting
Ms. Corinne Ferguson Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Jennifer Hurley-Wales From the Top, Inc. Voting
Ms. Elaine L. LeBuhn Independent Consultant Voting
Mr. John L. Pattillo Eljan Holdings, LLC Voting
Mr. Jeffrey F. Rayport Castanea Partners Voting
Mr. Stephen J. Shapiro BSR Investments / Benjamin Shapiro Realty Voting
Mr. Gerald Slavet From the Top, Inc. Voting
Mr. Stephen L. Symchych Private Investor Voting
Mr. Michael Thurber Redonky Tonk LLC Voting
Ms. Janet Whitla Education Development Center 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. Susan Beckerman Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Eran Egozy MIT NonVoting
Mr. Guy Forman Marathon Company NonVoting
Ms. Cosntance Freedman Moderne Ventures NonVoting
Mr. Phil Griffin MSNBC NonVoting
Mr. John Humphrey Humphrey Enterprises, LLC NonVoting
Mr. Dicken S.C. Ko Massachusetts General Hospital NonVoting
Mr. Jordan Kretchmer Livefyre, Inc NonVoting
Ms. Elaine L. LeBuhn Independent Consultant Voting
Ms. Nancy Lubin Community Volunteer NonVoting
Ms. Meredith McPherron Harvard Business School NonVoting
Ms. Linda Deyer Millard Retired NonVoting
Mr. Matt Pillar Fire Dragon Enterprises NonVoting
Ms. Elizabeth Sikorovsky MIT Sloan School of Management NonVoting
Ms. Inmaculada Silos-Santiago Decibel Therapeutics NonVoting
Mr. Anthony Tjan Cue Ball Group NonVoting
Ms. Gabrielle Wolohojian Massachusetts Appeals Court NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $4,254,634.00
Projected Expense $4,254,634.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

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 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $4,232,315 $3,496,093 $3,739,630
Total Expenses $3,758,583 $3,570,830 $3,318,543

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $158,300 $57,400 $125,500
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $158,300 $57,400 $125,500
Individual Contributions $2,744,570 $1,987,656 $2,123,792
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $642,500 $805,253 $783,515
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $489,172 $423,505 $455,687
Revenue In-Kind $193,585 $203,298 $243,785
Other $4,188 $18,981 $7,351

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $2,662,739 $2,493,999 $2,343,030
Administration Expense $465,279 $444,708 $405,304
Fundraising Expense $630,565 $632,123 $570,209
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.13 0.98 1.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses 71% 70% 71%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 19% 26% 21%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $2,700,742 $2,194,533 $2,333,027
Current Assets $2,051,743 $1,611,823 $1,615,886
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $320,186 $287,709 $351,466
Total Net Assets $2,380,556 $1,906,824 $1,981,561

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 1.50

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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 6.41 5.60 4.60

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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.


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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?