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Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Inc.

 PO Box 301155
 Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
[P] (617) 983-1111
[F] (617) 522-3676
Marion Davis
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EIN 04-3213321

LAST UPDATED: 08/09/2018
Organization DBA Self Esteem Boston
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

Self Esteem Boston’s mission is to change people's lives from the inside out by raising their self-esteem. And by raising their self-esteem, it is our goal that people will live more consciously, and become self-accepting, self-assertive, live with purpose, responsibility and integrity.
We do this by delivering self-esteem educational programs in group-settings which  1) Defines what self-esteem is, 2) Educates people on why self-esteem matters, and teach people how to build self-esteem through essential skill development, and 3) support toward making healthy life choices.  


Mission Statement

Self Esteem Boston’s mission is to change people's lives from the inside out by raising their self-esteem. And by raising their self-esteem, it is our goal that people will live more consciously, and become self-accepting, self-assertive, live with purpose, responsibility and integrity.
We do this by delivering self-esteem educational programs in group-settings which  1) Defines what self-esteem is, 2) Educates people on why self-esteem matters, and teach people how to build self-esteem through essential skill development, and 3) support toward making healthy life choices.  


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $458,381.00
Projected Expense $458,381.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Continuing Education/Group Leader Programs
  • Keeping It Real
  • Self-Esteem for Success 16-week Pilot
  • Skills For Success Direct Service Program
  • You're Worth it: Job Readiness Community Reintegration Program

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Mission Statement

Self Esteem Boston’s mission is to change people's lives from the inside out by raising their self-esteem. And by raising their self-esteem, it is our goal that people will live more consciously, and become self-accepting, self-assertive, live with purpose, responsibility and integrity.
We do this by delivering self-esteem educational programs in group-settings which  1) Defines what self-esteem is, 2) Educates people on why self-esteem matters, and teach people how to build self-esteem through essential skill development, and 3) support toward making healthy life choices.  


Background Statement

Self Esteem Boston is a nonprofit charitable organization with a 19-year track record of delivering self-esteem based life skills education, and skills and support for at-risk families. And, we continue to be the sole provider of these important educational programs in the Boston region. Our unique program works in collaboration with service agencies to educate participants on building the self-esteem, self-confidence and essential life skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency and emotional stability.

Self Esteem Boston has assisted over 60,000 individuals over the past 20 years. Through our workshops, hundreds of participants have learned to speak out, think critically and have learned new skills to improve their lives and become positive participants in the community. 

Self Esteem Boston has successfully expanded its program services to substance abuse transitional programs and treatment centers for women, emergency shelter programs for victims of domestic violence, welfare to work programs, vocational rehabilitation programs for individuals with substance abuse, mental health and physical disabilities, career centers that provide services for the unemployed; pre-release and first time offender programs, and community service programs for both staff and direct service clients.  

only organization in greater Boston providing specialized training for at-risk populations, and for those who serve them, in self-esteem based life skills development. We offer programming in the following areas:

- Direct Service Programs in the Greater Boston Region;

- Direct Service Continuum of Support Programs in Greater Boston;

Impact Statement

Over the past 24 years, we have helped over 80,000 individuals build their self-esteem and essential life skills.  
We are now in the process of a 5-year Community Partner Replication Initiative that trains group leaders in community health centers in greater Boston to deliver Self Esteem Boston's programs to the general public. 

Accomplishments: Developed and delivers the following programs:

• Self-Esteem for Success: A 16-hour intensive self-esteem program for women in transitional housing and the general public.

Keeping it Real: the first Self-Esteem, Nutrition, Wellness Program for Women and Families in Recovery, educates clients about the relationship between self-esteem, physical health and diet in relation to the recovery process. This 12-hour program focuses on how diet and lifestyle choices impact recovery and self-esteem. A staff education component to this program is also in progress. 

You're Worth It, builds client skills and confidence to foster a successful transition from transitional programs, to employment and education/training programs;

Skills for Recovery Success addresses the specific needs identified by clients in recovery, using the 4 SAVI learning styles (Somatic, Auditory, Visual and Intellectual).

Continuing education programs to build the skills of professionals who work with at-risk clients.

Needs Statement

1) Underwriting 16-hour Self-Esteem for Success pilot trainings for direct service clients in transitional women's programs (Cost $4,000)
2) Underwriting the cost of training one group leader from a community agency or transitional housing program to lead self-esteem groups for their clients.  (Cost $1,450) per training slot.
3) Underwriting a 6-hour program for 20 unemployed women at community agency sites offered by Self Esteem Boston to shelters and transitional programs. (Cost $2,500). 
4) Underwriting Skills for Vocational Success for Mass Rehab clients.
 (Cost: $1,500 per month). 

CEO Statement

Self Esteem Boston provides a unique, psycho-educational program for people living and working within the greater Boston Area. There are no city or state programs that directly teach the tools of self-esteem as the basis for improving the lives of at-risk individuals. Self Esteem Boston is the only agency in Massachusetts whose sole purpose is self-esteem education. Moreover, Self Esteem Boston is the only agency whose primary purpose is to teach self-esteem skills to substance abusers, victims of domestic violence, individuals transitioning out of the criminal justice system, the homeless, and the unemployed. Our uniqueness also comes from our hundreds of collaborations with those who provide services to these populations--essentially training trainers--so that self-esteem skills can be reinforced with their service populations. Self-esteem is therefore fostered on two levels: directly to at-risk populations and also to those who work with them.
Self Esteem Boston helps women live with the confidence in the face of life's challenges, and develop the skills to become both self reliant and socially and economically successful.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)

Direct Services: Greater Boston region; pioneer valley
Staff Development: Greater Boston;
CEU Programs: Massachusetts

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Family Violence Shelters and Services
  2. Mental Health & Crisis Intervention - Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment
  3. Employment - Vocational Rehabilitation

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



Continuing Education/Group Leader Programs

This program address two levels of community need: First, the need for self-esteem-based life skills education for women and men in difficult periods of life transitions; and second, the need for well-trained providers of this education. Numerous studies have documented the importance of self-esteem in such areas as school achievement, crime and violence, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and other negative societal behaviors. In order to transition successfully from addiction or homelessness to self-sufficiency (economic, emotional, etc), or to recover from domestic violence, for example, a person needs some crucial skills. The foundation for these skills, however, must be a belief in his or her own competence and self-worth, as well as a sense of responsibility toward himself or herself and toward others. At the same time, we are addressing the need of other organizations to build capacity, by providing their group leaders with much-needed training in adult learning principles, group facilitation and self-esteem education. These programs replicate the programs of Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute and build the capacity of community agency programs and nonprofit organizations by training their staffs in self-esteem principles and practices, and how to run effective groups using the self-esteem philosophy. Our current programs include: SEPP-01 Self-Esteem Principles and Practices for direct care workers Participants will discover the true meaning and impact of self-esteem; Identify the two interwoven components of self-esteem: competence and worthiness; Explore ways to use the six elements of self-esteem: awareness, acceptance, accountability, assertiveness, intention, integrity in their work with clients.FQP-1 Skills for Success Facilitator Qualification Program Group Leader and Facilitation Training Program The Skills for Success Facilitator Qualification Program is a four-day intensive training program on how to run effective groups using the self-esteem philosophy and adult learning principles. The Level I program uses the Skills For Building Confidence curriculum designed around unit topics of self-esteem, self-awareness, and managing stress. Participants will practice facilitative training skills and will be evaluated through classroom experience and written examinations. FQP-2 Coaching Clients to Move Forward: Why Self Esteem Matters (Prerequisite: FQP Level 1) This one-day, intensive program will advance and deepen the knowledge of FQP Level 1 graduates by applying the six elements of self-esteem to their work with clients. Coaching approaches will be introduced to build skills in one-to-one as well as group work with clients.
Budget  $51,709.00
Category  Community Development Organizational Development & Training
Population Served Other Named Groups
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  Self Esteem Principles and Practices: Learning Objectives --Participants will: Discover the true meaning and impact of self-esteem; Identify the two interwoven components of self-esteem: competence and worthiness.  Explore ways to use the six elements of self-esteem: awareness, acceptance, accountability, assertiveness, intention, integrity. SKILLS FOR SUCCESS FACILITATOR QUALIFICATION PROGRAM: Program Outcomes: Upon program completion, participants will be able to facilitate groups using Self-Esteem Boston's training philosophy and methods including:  Identify the principles & practices of self-esteem  Identify how adults learn best  Acquire skills in facilitative training  Deliver training using Self-Esteem Boston's  Skills for Success Program Units  Attain CEUs (for specific professionals). COACHING CLIENTS TO MOVE FORWARD: Participants will: Explore the six elements of self-esteem in depth; Participate in activities for each element to build skills in working with self-esteem issues that clients face; Learn and apply coaching approaches to help clients move through fears, overcome obstacles, and enhance their well-being; Participate in selected activities focused on decision-making, goal-setting, and managing stress to understand the link between these areas and elements of self-esteem.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

Keeping It Real

  "Keeping It Real"; self-esteem, nutrition education & wellness program for families in substance abuse recovery: A ground-breaking Nutrition and Wellness Program for Families in Recovery." This program incorporates education on whole foods plant based diets, wellness and exercise programs into the daily routines of families who are living in residential substance abuse transitional programs in greater Boston.

N-1: Living and Eating Consciously

N-2: Loving and Honoring My Body

N-3: Stepping up to the Plate: Taking Responsibility for My Health & My Family's Health

N-4: Feeding My Body: Learn about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Create healthy meal and menu plans and a grocery list. Learn how to read food labels. Try new foods that are nutritious AND delicious

N-5: Moving My Body and Feeding My Spirit

Learn benefits of exercise and an active lifestyle. 

N-6: Standing By My Commitment to Myself

Budget  $75,000.00
Category  Health Care, General/Other Independent Living Skills Instruction
Population Served Females Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers Homeless
Program Short-Term Success  For clients: Knowledge and understanding of the importance of healthy nutrition and its impact on their recovery success, increase in self-confidence to make life changes, awareness of the the importance making healthy life choices, goal-setting around better health and well-being and feeling capable to meet life's challenges. For staff: the knowledge and understanding of the importance of supporting client nutrition and wellness, as an important aspect of their recovery; Awareness of purchasing fruits and vegetables and making healthy food purchases a priority to support clients in making healthy meal choices; Supporting clients to exercise daily. Supporting clients to build self-esteem and work to create a healthy body image; Support clients by role-modeling healthy eating while working in substance abuse treatment and transitional programs.
Program Long-Term Success 

Today, people are given limited amounts of time to deal with their recovery. Many residential programs have clients looking for work after 8 short weeks with standardized programs void of important self-esteem and healthy nutrition programming to prepare clients to live independently. Research shows that a majority of addicts suffer from biochemical, nutritional and metabolic disorders. We seek to educate women in recovery about important nutrients necessary for the body's recovery; 2) avoidance of foods that can act as triggers to substance abuse relapse; 3) foods and lifestyle change to improve their health and well-being Right now, no such program exists. 


Our approach is different than what is happening in the field. Recovery is not just in the brain, it is physical and emotional. Keeping It Real is the bridge to help clients keep themselves healthy-- both in and out of transitional recovery programs-- so they have the nutrition and wellness education and skills necessary to better succeed in their recovery. This program consists of education about incorporating a whole foods plant based diet and exercise program into their daily routines.This program helps families take charge of their lives and making a commitment to their family's health, recovery and vitality. And this grant creates and supports the delivery of a complimentary program to educate recovery program staff on how to nutritionally support clients in recovery programs.

Program Success Monitored By  Keeping It Real:  

Evaluation: ProChange Behavior Systems is measuring client impact using the stages of change model.

Clients will fill out pre and post surveys to measure progress. Charts are developed to show program impact and client behavior change.

Pro-Change Behavior Systems is an internationally recognized behavior change company that partners with wellness companies and institutions to produce award-winning programs that are designed to reduce multiple health risk behaviors and to enhance multiple domains of well-being while lowering health care costs and increasing productivity. As leaders in the development of behavior change programs, we build the most advanced science of behavior change into our programs. The Principals of Pro-Change have made major breakthroughs in the science and practice of behavior change. Drs. James O. Prochaska and Wayne F. Velicer have been named most-published authors in the field of health psychology. Their staff of primarily PhDs and MPHs, and MLISs with strong training in the Transtheoretical Model, focus on using the Model in a broad range of health behaviors, social issues, and organizational change initiatives.

ProChange Behavior Systems will be responsible for:

. Developing pre and post measures in the areas of nutrition, exercise, and well-being

. Coding and printing pre and post surveys

. Scanning the surveys

. Conducting data analysis to examine pre and post changes on readiness to eat healthy and exercise regularly, self-esteem, and substance dependence measures

. Writing a brief report of the findings

Self Esteem Boston will be responsible for: Recruit 50 to 100 clients of Self Esteem Boston to participate in the Pilot by filling out the pre and post measures.

Examples of Program Success  Staff of substance abuse programs learn how whole food plant based diets, self-esteem and wellness can support recovery success; Staff learn how to support clients in healthy nutrition and wellness programming, Staff modifies shopping list and food purchases to include more fruits, vegetables, and whole foods.  Clients learn how to read food labels, learn how to make healthy food choices on a budget, and learn now to modify their diets and lifestyles to include healthy food and exercise for both themselves and their families.

Self-Esteem for Success 16-week Pilot

Self-Esteem for Success is a ground-breaking intensive self-esteem program help clients to navigate their lives, after leaving shelters and transitional programs. This 16-hour program will be delivered over the course of 8-weeks in two-hour sessions, with homework, and will be delivered on the following topics:Week 1: Knowing Who I Am;Week 2: Loving and Accepting Who I Am;Week 3: Standing Up for Myself;Week 4: Speaking Up for Myself, and Listening to Others;Week 5: Knowing and Getting What I Want in Life;Week 6: Building My Support Team;Week 7: Getting and Staying Motivated;Week 8: Tying it All Together. Each of these sessions includes exercises that include thefour SAVI learning styles:Somatic (How to get people moving and doing), Auditory (talking and hearing), Visual (observing and picturing), andIntellectual (problem solving and reflecting) to assist families with emotional and cognitive learning disabilities
Budget  $4,000
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other Residential Substance Abuse Treatment
Population Served Females Adults Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Program Short-Term Success  An increase in client motivation and skill development and an increase in clients' ability and motivation to make real life changes.
Program Long-Term Success    
Program Success Monitored By 

Goal: An increase in client motivation and skill development and an increase in clients' ability and motivation to make real life changes. This will be measured by the new Pro Change Behavior System/Self Esteem Boston evaluation tool, which measures self-esteem and life skills development using the Stages of Change. The skill engagement measure will count the number of skills clients report they are currently working to develop; the skill success measure is a count of the number of skills clients report that they are currently working on with some success; the skill confidence measure is a count of the number of skills that clients state they are confident they can use consistently. The survey also includes the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale  (Rosenberg, 1965), and a substance dependence measure from the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (Dennis et al., 2008). Statistical analyses will examine pre-post improvement on the skill readiness, self-esteem, and substance dependence measures.

Examples of Program Success  Update soon... pilot in progress at several locations.

Skills For Success Direct Service Program

Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute has traditionally provided essential skills-based self-esteem education to high-risk, underserved people and the professionals who serve them. By practicing self-esteem principles, our participants learn how to make healthy life choices, gain confidence to meet challenges, and become economically independent. Our educational Institute has served thousands of clients and service providers and is the only organization of its kind dedicated to delivering self-esteem educational programs as the foundation for changing people's lives. Our exciting Skills for Success Program is based on the latest research on self-esteem development. The information in each unit is pivotal to the development of self-respect and self-efficacy, the two main characteristics of people with high self-esteem. The Skills for Success Program consists of the following units: Self-Awareness, Self-Esteem, Managing Stress, Motivation, Decision-Making, Goal Setting, Communication, Relationship Dynamics, and Conflict Resolution. Each unit contains four or five modules.
Budget  $300,838.00
Category  Mental Health, Substance Abuse Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other
Population Served Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  SUCCESS RATE As a result of our direct service programs, in FY 2007, participants reported: o Becoming an effective advocate for myself (98.4%), o Making good decisions (98.8%), o Developing and maintaining positive relationships (96%), o Communicating more effectively (95.6%), o Developing personal and career goals (96.8%), o Feeling worthwhile as a person (96.4%), o Working cooperatively with others (95.8%), o Resolving conflicts (96.8%), o Setting priorities (98.4%), o Handling life's challenges (98.8%), o Success in avoiding negative behaviors (96%), o Managing anger and stress (95.6%), o Dealing with people in positions of authority (95.1%), o Taking care of one's health (95.5%) o Developing a support network (96.4%) Participants also reported o Staying drug and alcohol free (93.3%), o Advocating for themselves to find permanent housing (81.3%), o Success in completing transitional program (93.3%), o Their ability to successfully reintegrate into the community (91%), o Advocating for needed services for themselves and their family (87%), o Getting and keeping a job (83.8%) , o Meeting goals of treatment or service plan (97.8%) Consistency is the key to Skills For Success An important feature of this program is its increased effectiveness due to the ongoing consistency of weekly program workshops.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

You're Worth it: Job Readiness Community Reintegration Program

This 6-hour program helps clients bridge the gap between transitional recovery programs and job search.   

Workshop #1:  Program Introduction / Foundations of Self-Esteem

Workshop #2:  Building Confidence:  Strengths and Accomplishments

Workshop #3:  A Mindset for Success and Self Esteem 

Budget  $2,500.00
Category  Employment, General/Other
Population Served Females Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Veterans
Program Short-Term Success 


SEB Successes: Greater self confidence, ability to communicate effectively, communicating strengths and skills, ability to set personal and career goals, being self-assertive, feeling self-empowered, skills to create career path, setting goals, developing assertiveness skills,  communicating more effectively, developing skills to create clear career path, attitude toward money.  WAGE Successes: basic budgeting and money management, determining my value for the job I seek, confidence in way think about money, determining value, skills in negotiating

confidence in negotiation, confidence in thinking about money.





Program Long-Term Success  Confidence and ability to negotiate a fair salary
Program Success Monitored By   Pre and post outcome measurement tools are currently used for each section of the workshop, to measure participant skills in basic budgeting and money management; Participants understanding of how to determine their value for the job they seek; skills to negotiate a fair salary and job level, and confidence in the way they think about money. 
Examples of Program Success  coming soon...

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Marion B. Davis
CEO Term Start Dec 1993
CEO Email
CEO Experience Marion Davis, President of Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute Inc., is an inspiring, energetic and dynamic visionary leader. She founded Self Esteem Boston  with a vision of providing self-esteem programs to everyone in Greater Boston regardless of ability to pay. She has built a dynamic service delivery program for individuals in shelters and recovery transitional facilities in Massachusetts. Under her leadership, the agency continues to fill gaps in services for women in recovery, the homeless, victims of domestic violence and returning women veterans.

Under her leadership, a new self-esteem service delivery system was created for clients and Continuing Education Programs for professional and clinical staff.

Marion oversees the development of all agency programs, and with her Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell, is leading the development of a Nutrition Education unit for the Self-Esteem Skills for Success curriculum. She has worked with former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy on the development of the Real Financial Literacy Program, and led the creation of the You're Worth It job readiness curriculum for women in transitional programs.

Marion has hosted television and radio programs in Boston on the issue of building self-esteem, and has also appeared as a guest on many television and radio public service programs such as the David Brudnoy Show, Urban Update, Channel 4 News, Channel 56 10:00 News, Channel 7 6:00 News, City Line on Channel 5, 4 articles in the Boston Globe, 1 article in the Boston Herald. Marion Davis was the Boston and Cambridge TABs “Person of the Year” in 1999. She has been President of the Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute for 23 years. In 1999, she Produced and hosted “Speaking Up: Elders Taking Action on Health Care Issues;” a 12-part cable television show for senior citizens on advocating for ones self in the health care system.

Co-CEO Jeri Levitt
Co-CEO Term Start Dec 1993
Co-CEO Email
Co-CEO Experience

Jeri Levitt, Co-Founder, Operations Director/ Community Outreach, Co-Founder of Self Esteem Boston and has had 34 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sector in program and policy development, and community outreach. Ms. Levitt holds a M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and is the former Senior Research Analyst for the House Commerce and Labor Committee at the State House. She has direct experience in public issues research and development and evaluation, in addition to her experience building public/ private partnerships and state/citywide networks on public issues. Ms. Levitt has been on the staffs of the Dept. of Employment and Training, the Self-Help and Resource Exchange of New England, the Massachusetts Minority Business Round table, and a Media Consultant for the Governor's Alliance Against Drugs. She has been in the position of Administrative Operations for the Self Esteem Boston for 23 years.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Marion Davis Founder and Executive Director --
Ms. Jeri Levitt Operations Director --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance (MHSA) --
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network --
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


Meridian House North Suffolk Mental Health (East Boston)

Conexions Program, North Suffolk Mental Health Association (East Boston)

 Project Cope (Lynn)

Transitions (Mattapan)

Dimock My Sisters House (Roxbury)

Women's Renewal (Roxbury)

Womanplace, Caspar/Bay Cove Human Services (Cambridge)

Phoenix House Dorchester Center (Dorchester)

Gandara Recovery Home for Women (Holyoke)

My Sisters House (Springfield)

Grace House (Northampton)

WomensView (Lawrence) 

Soldier On (Leeds) 

2017 Provider Training Partners

East Boston Community Health Center, South Boston Community Health Center, New Health Charlestown, HAWC Salem,
Lynn Community Health Center, Mattapan Community Health Center, Uphams Corner Community Health Center,
Harbor Health Services: Neponset Health Center, Geiger Gibson Health Center, Elizabeth Stone House Boston, Finex House Boston,
High Point Treatment Center (Jamaica Plain)

Bristol County House of Correction (Dartmouth)

Essex County Correctional Center (Salisbury)

Somerville Homeless Coalition (Somerville)

Voices Against Violence (Framingham)

The Women's Center (New Bedford) 

YWCA Central Massachusetts (Worcester)

North Suffolk Mental Health (Boston)

Emmaus Inc. (Haverhill)

Lazarus House (Lawrence)

YWCA Greater Lawrence and Haverhill (Lawrence and Haverhill)

New Beginnings Peer Recovery Support Center (Lawrence)

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Commercial General Liability
Professional Liability

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 Ms. Elizabeth Doherty
Board Chair Company Affiliation Recovery Coach
Board Chair Term Oct 2017 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Susan H. Carman M.S. Health Care Administration, M.Ed Counseling, B.S. Nursing Voting
Ms. Marion B. Davis Self Esteem Boston Founder Exofficio
Ms. Elizabeth Doherty Highpoint Treatment Center Voting
Ms. Sharon Harris BayCove Huyman Services Voting
Ms. Valerie Miller PhD Substance Abuse Clinician Voting
Ms. Renee Suchy Just a Start House Voting
Ms. Yara Tayeh U.S. Veterans Administration Boston Voting
Ms. Hayley Trahan-Liptak Associate, K&L Gates Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Jennifer Burns Program Director, New Beginnings Peer Recovery Center NonVoting
Ms. Sherry Davis Director of Women’ Programs, BayCove Human Services NonVoting
Ms. Katie Doherty Program Consultant, Soldier On NonVoting
Ms. Susan C. Fargo Former State Senator NonVoting
Ms. Nancy Gertner Judge (ret.) NonVoting
Ms. Kim Hanton Director of Addiction Services, North Suffolk Mental Health NonVoting
Ms. Danielle Hartner Center for Human Development NonVoting
Ms. Thelma Houston Motown Recording Artist NonVoting
Ms. Jackie Moore Ph.D. Executive Director, North Suffolk Mental Health Association NonVoting
Ms. Evelyn F. Murphy Former Lt. Governor The Wage Project NonVoting
Ms. Janice Prochaska Ph.D Former Director, Pro Change Behavior Systems NonVoting
Ms. Samantha Purinton Program Director, Beacon House For Women, ServiceNet NonVoting
Ms. Moana Rawlins Program Director, Gandara Recovery Homes for Women NonVoting
Ms. Meaghan Lane Sanders Attorney -- NonVoting
Ms. Erica Schwartz LMHC -- NonVoting
Ms. Carla Shands CSS Program Director, High Point Treatment Center NonVoting
Ms. Susan Staples Director of Women's Programs, Lawrence/Haverhill YWCA NonVoting
Ms. Anne Zarlengo Director of Human Resources & Training, High Point Treatment Centers NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Lebanese, Indian
Gender Female: 4
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $458,381.00
Projected Expense $458,381.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

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 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $362,599 $491,285 $368,034
Total Expenses $380,076 $455,411 $342,514

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$149,050 $135,700 $152,110
Government Contributions $62,102 $166,458 $129,187
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- $166,458 $129,187
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $62,102 -- --
Individual Contributions $9,100 $12,004 $7,690
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $59,652 $40,755 $20,242
Investment Income, Net of Losses $787 $781 $852
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- $3,000 $5,885
Revenue In-Kind $81,223 $131,667 $51,372
Other $685 $920 $696

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $360,564 $439,907 $323,671
Administration Expense $19,161 $15,504 $18,843
Fundraising Expense $351 -- $0
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.95 1.08 1.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses 95% 97% 94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $354,183 $372,878 $335,030
Current Assets $350,301 $370,657 $329,588
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $10,975 $12,193 $10,219
Total Net Assets $343,208 $360,685 $324,811

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 10.00

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? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 31.92 30.40 32.25

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We are now planning for our 25th year serving Greater Boston and communities across Massachusetts

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.


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?

To change people's lives from the inside out by raising their self-esteem. And by raising their self-esteem, it is our goal that people will live more consciously, and become self-accepting, self-assertive, live with purpose, responsibility and integrity.

We do this by delivering self-esteem educational programs in group-settings which 1) Defines what self-esteem is, 2) Educates people on why self-esteem matters, and teach people how to build self-esteem through essential skill development, and 3) support and education toward making healthy life choices.

Self Esteem Boston is a Community Service Training Provider, with 100% of the proceeds of our programs subsidizing free programs for women in shelters and transitional programs in the Boston Region.

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?

Annual client and program evaluations.

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