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United Planet Corp

 11 Arlington Street
 Boston, MA 02116
[P] (617) 267-7763
[F] (617) 267-0009
www.unitedplanet.org
[email protected]
Emilie Chagnon
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INCORPORATED: 2000
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EIN 04-3582778

LAST UPDATED: 09/02/2015
Organization DBA United Planet
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

United Planet is a non-profit organization with a mission – to create a global community, one relationship at a time. We connect volunteers who want to make a difference with communities in 35 countries, where they learn, teach, work, engage and immerse themselves in a culture outside their comfort zone. For many, it’s the most fulfilling experience of their lives.

Mission Statement

United Planet is a non-profit organization with a mission – to create a global community, one relationship at a time. We connect volunteers who want to make a difference with communities in 35 countries, where they learn, teach, work, engage and immerse themselves in a culture outside their comfort zone. For many, it’s the most fulfilling experience of their lives.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $1,135,800.00
Projected Expense $1,135,800.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Volunteer Abroad Quest, Cultural Awareness Project (CAP), Ambassador Clubs

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

United Planet is a non-profit organization with a mission – to create a global community, one relationship at a time. We connect volunteers who want to make a difference with communities in 35 countries, where they learn, teach, work, engage and immerse themselves in a culture outside their comfort zone. For many, it’s the most fulfilling experience of their lives.


Background Statement

 United Planet Logic Model

(Please find United Planet’s simple logic model included below followed by a description of United Planet's holistic model.  Please contact us for a copy of United Planet’s detailed programmatic logic model.)

Problem Statement: A fragmented world is dysfunctional and unsustainable.

Goal: Bring the world closer by building stronger relationships beyond borders.

Premise: Theory of Relational Diplomacy - Relationships are the building blocks for a more united planet.  Stronger relationships can be cultivated beyond borders by bringing people together around common interests.

Methodology: Unite people around these common interests:

1)    Making a Positive Difference in the World

2)    Learning & Sharing about  the World & Each Other

Activities: Innovative, exciting and meaningful local, online and international activities with a focus upon:

1)    Volunteerism & Immersion

2)    Learning & Dialogue

3)    Collaboration & Teamwork

4)    Celebration

5)    Language Learning

Success Measures:

Qualitative and Quantitative Impacts related to:

1)    Relationships Cultivated

2)    People exposed to programs

3)    Communities Served

Long-term Outcomes:

Greater understanding, respect, and support among people

Better global opportunities to solve problems, fulfill potential, and learn from each other.

A more peaceful & collaborative world.

 
 
A Holistic Model for Engagement

United Planet's holistic approach integrates international, local, and online initiatives to facilitate ongoing engagement. All United Planet programs create points of access for people of all cultures, nationalities, ages, and socio-economic classes to participate worldwide. Each program feeds into and builds momentum for the other.

International Programs


Quest - Through local partnerships, Quests provide meaningful volunteer experiences and support for communities in need in over 40 countries. In doing so, United Planet empowers people of all ages to form genuine cross-cultural relationships while making a direct impact on the world. Programs include: Short-Term Quests (1 to 12 weeks) and Long-Term Quests (6 months to 1 year). Volunteers can participate as individuals or in groups.

Local Community Building

Cultural Awareness Project (CAP) - CAP draws on the diversity of cultures and international experience that exists within local communities. By providing opportunities for people to come together and learn from each other's experiences and backgrounds, CAP promotes global understanding on a local level.

Ambassador Clubs - UP Ambassador Clubs inspire leadership, civic engagement, and international cooperation and empower people of all ages to become catalysts for change. This program places the tools for change in the hands of empowered global citizens at school and community clubs around the world.

Community Development Projects - In partnership with local NGOs, United Planet undertakes sustainable projects that provide support for communities in need. For instance, UP and its partner in Guatemala, a shelter for abused women and their children, opened a Laundromat that brings in necessary revenue for the shelter, while financially empowering the women who reside there.
 

Impact Statement

The central accomplishment of United Planet over the past decade has been to engage thousands of committed United Planet volunteers and members from around the world to work together to foster cross-cultural understanding and address shared challenges through a diverse range of programs to unite the world in a community beyond borders. 

 

Our three primary accomplishments are as following:

 

United Planet volunteers have provided over 800,000 hours of international community service work in over 40 countries in healthcare, education, women's empowerment, orphan/street children care, construction, environmental conservation, teaching, disabled care, elderly care, and more.

 

United Planet volunteers implemented a diverse range of micro-projects in the field, such as: the Lavenderia Planeta Unido (“United Planet Laundromat”) to provide a steady revenue stream and job skills for a shelter for abused women;  support to build a library at a vocational school teaching HIV/AIDS education to the community of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; and activities for Dia del Nino (“Day of the Child”) - a large children's day offering fun activities, games and treats for children of our projects in Cusco, Peru.

 

United Planet provides online and local programs to complement our 1 week to one year volunteer programs in over 40 countries.  These programs include Ambassador Clubs which foster global leadership skills among a network of high school, colleges, and community clubs from Boston to Cameroon to Shanghai and beyond; presentations to groups, including K-12 schools on world culture and global issues; and cross-cultural dialogues and online web-based conversations about key global issues among thousands of people online.

 


Needs Statement

Seeking 3 year multiple year support $100,000 per year for capacity-building support to elevate us to the next level, but we are grateful for any level of support to the organization.  Capacity building support will cover primarily:


Building staff & organizational capacity

Resources for operational expenses

Website Administration & IT support/infrastructure

Recruitment costs



CEO Statement

I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all of you--the incredible volunteers, supporters, and friends, who have all worked hard in communities near and far to empower and unite the world. 

On behalf of all the communities in which we serve, thanks to all of our United Planet volunteers for giving over 800,000 hours of community service to education, healthcare, women’s empowerment, the environment, street children and orphan care, and so much more.

 

United Planet has been featured in national media such as the Boston Globe, CNN, the USA Today, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and magazines including National Geographic Traveler.

 

If I have learned anything over the past 12 years since founding United Planet, it is that each and every one of us can make a difference. No matter how big or small, we all have something very special and unique to give to the world.  I invite you to follow the proud example of United Planet volunteers worldwide and ask yourself, “How can I change the world?” 

 

Together, we truly can unite the world, one person at a time.


 


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Internationally
NATIONAL
United Planet headquartered in Boston, MA.  United Planet members and volunteers are recruited globally.  United Planet conducts programs throughout the United States and in over 40 countries around the world. 

Organization Categories

  1. International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security - Promotion of International Understanding
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development-Citizenship
  3. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Intergroup/Race Relations

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

Under Development

Programs

Volunteer Abroad Quest, Cultural Awareness Project (CAP), Ambassador Clubs

International Programs - Volunteer Abroad Quest Program. Through local partnerships, Quest provides meaningful volunteer experiences and support for communities in need in over 40 countries. In doing so, UP empowers people of all ages to form genuine cross-cultural relationships while making a direct impact on the world. Local Community Building Programs - Cultural Awareness Project (CAP). CAP draws on the diversity of cultures that exist within local communities. By providing opportunities for people to come together and learn from each others' experiences, CAP promotes global awareness on a local level. - Community Development Projects In partnership with local NGOs, United Planet undertakes sustainable projects that provide support for communities in need. For instance, UP and its partner in Guatemala, a shelter for abused women and their children, opened a Laundromat that brings in necessary revenue for the shelter while financially empowering the women who reside there. - Ambassador Clubs United Planet. Ambassador Clubs inspire leadership, civic engagement, and international cooperation among people of all ages. This program places the tools for change in the hands of empowered global citizens at school and community clubs around the world. Online Programs - Voices of Earth Community Voices of Earth, UP Forum, UP Blogs, and UP Videos draw on the power of online technology, allowing people from every corner of the world to communicate and connect with the click of a mouse.
Budget  .
Category  International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other
Population Served US& International
Program Short-Term Success     
Program Long-Term Success  United Planet volunteers served from one week to one year in over 40 countries providing over 800,000 hours of international community service work in healthcare, education, women's empowerment, orphan/street children care, construction, environmental conservation, teaching, disabled care, elderly care, and more, while gaining essential cross-cultural skills, attaining language proficiency, and developing as globally-minded leaders.
Program Success Monitored By     
Examples of Program Success     

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Greater understanding, respect, and support among all people is needed in our world. People need to work together beyond borders to take responsibility for the  future of the planet. Cross-cultural misunderstanding leads to conflict and inhibits effective problem-solving of global issues.  It also prevents personal  growth through the expansion of global perspectives, exposure to different cultures & languages, and development of cross-border relations.  These obstacles make it difficult for humanity to work together as a global community to solve shared challenges, bring about peace, and ensure a more sustainable future.
The history of war and terrorism has plagued our world for years and years.  People-to-people based programs are essential to not only bring new levels of international understanding and peace, but also to open up the doors to unparalleled opportunities for economic and educational advancement.  Success in a global economy depends on our ability to navigate international markets and forge cohesive international relationships.  
Beyond the economic advantages, there are opportunities to solve many of the transnational issues that face our world -- issues that can only be resolved by working together more effectively as a global community.   There are rich opportunities for personal enrichment and growth through broadening one's own global perspectives and world view.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. David Santulli
CEO Term Start Mar 2000
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Dave Santulli is the Executive Director and founder of United Planet. Mr. Santulli lived in Tokyo, Japan for 9 years as the CEO of a Tokyo-based trading company. Mr. Santulli holds a Master's of International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston, attended St. Louis University's International Business and Spanish Language program in Madrid, Spain, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Santulli has also been a teacher in US public schools and certified accountant and financial consultant for Price Waterhouse. In addition to living in various parts of the world for a significant portion of his life, Mr. Santulli has traveled to over 100 nations and has studied Spanish, Japanese, and Russian. Mr. Santulli created the concept of Relational Diplomacy as a practical method to improve intercultural relations. Relational Diplomacy is the theory that peace building and improved intercultural relations can occur by creating a vast and intricate web of interpersonal relationships and friendships. Relational Diplomacy is instrumental to his work at United Planet.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Theresa Higgs Vice President of Global Operations --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network 2010
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We are fortunate to have a very strong team consisting of paid and part-time staff as well as committed volunteers.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 12
Number of Part Time Staff 11
Number of Volunteers 19
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 83%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 7
Caucasian: 28
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 1
Gender Female: 27
Male: 15
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

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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 Semi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Charles F. Clarke III
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chief Executive Officer, Kinzie Realty Inc.
Board Chair Term June 2006 - May 2014
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Dr. Domenic Amara Boston Public Schools NonVoting
Jake Brewer Environmental Policy NonVoting
Reem Bsaiso Educational Entrepreneur NonVoting
Joseph Christian Harvard Fellow NonVoting
Charles F. Clarke III Kinzie Realty Voting
Brian Dawson Executive Director of Round Square South Africa NonVoting
Paul Fischer Chilean High School & University NonVoting
Dr. Edwin H. Gragert Executive Director of iEARN-USA Voting
Ashraf Hegazy Harvard Kennedy School NonVoting
John D. Judge President, Appalachian Mountain Club NonVoting
Melanie Marsh VP of eCommerce Marketing, Bank of America NonVoting
Yoshimi Nagaya Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology NonVoting
Maury Peterson Waldron Voting
Dr. Jeffrey Petty Professor of Entrepreneurship Voting
David Santulli Founder and Executive Director, United Planet Voting
Professor Omar Shdeifat Jordan Ministry of Education NonVoting
Ambassador John Simon Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development NonVoting
Yoshikatsu Takeda Mikihouse, CEO Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 13
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 4
Gender Female: 4
Male: 15
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

United Planet is fortunate to have a very active board.  We continue to try to build and diversify the board as we grow.  We invite new candidates to reach out to us if interested in learning more about the organization.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $1,084,956 $1,144,628 $1,236,480
Total Expenses $1,179,179 $1,223,650 $1,126,166

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $74,717 $159,641
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $36,545 $47,105 $46,224
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $1,044,943 $1,020,805 $1,028,280
Investment Income, Net of Losses $3,468 $2,001 $2,335
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $1,134,823 $1,174,058 $1,071,267
Administration Expense $44,356 $49,592 $54,899
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.92 0.94 1.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses 96% 96% 95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $508,191 $610,349 $677,444
Current Assets $508,191 $610,349 $677,032
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $172,091 $180,026 $148,666
Total Net Assets $336,100 $430,323 $528,778

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 9.00

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 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.95 3.39 4.55

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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.  

Documents


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