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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The Boston Fencing Club, Inc., established in 1858, is the oldest fencing club in the United States. BFC was incorporated on May 21st, 1974, as a non-for-profit organization under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 189. BFC provides people of all ages with the opportunity to study and practice fencing through a variety of programming in its current facility in Waltham, MA. This programming includes, but is not limited to, open fencing, group classes, and private lessons that aim to increase student self-confidence, self-esteem, and to promote physical fitness. These personal aims are coupled with the preparation to compete at local, regional, national, international, and Olympic levels. Moving forward, we hope to raise the funds to make this programming accessible—financially and physically— to all individuals across the metro-Boston area.

Mission Statement

The Boston Fencing Club, Inc., established in 1858, is the oldest fencing club in the United States. BFC was incorporated on May 21st, 1974, as a non-for-profit organization under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 189. BFC provides people of all ages with the opportunity to study and practice fencing through a variety of programming in its current facility in Waltham, MA. This programming includes, but is not limited to, open fencing, group classes, and private lessons that aim to increase student self-confidence, self-esteem, and to promote physical fitness. These personal aims are coupled with the preparation to compete at local, regional, national, international, and Olympic levels. Moving forward, we hope to raise the funds to make this programming accessible—financially and physically— to all individuals across the metro-Boston area.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2015 to July 31, 2016
Projected Income $790,000.00
Projected Expense $810,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • BFC 2020 Schools Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

The Boston Fencing Club, Inc., established in 1858, is the oldest fencing club in the United States. BFC was incorporated on May 21st, 1974, as a non-for-profit organization under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 189. BFC provides people of all ages with the opportunity to study and practice fencing through a variety of programming in its current facility in Waltham, MA. This programming includes, but is not limited to, open fencing, group classes, and private lessons that aim to increase student self-confidence, self-esteem, and to promote physical fitness. These personal aims are coupled with the preparation to compete at local, regional, national, international, and Olympic levels. Moving forward, we hope to raise the funds to make this programming accessible—financially and physically— to all individuals across the metro-Boston area.

Background Statement

The Boston Fencing Club, Inc., established in 1858, is the oldest fencing club in the United States. BFC was incorporated on May 21st, 1974, as a non-for-profit organization under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 189. BFC provides people of all ages with the opportunity to study and practice fencing through a variety of programming in its current facility in Waltham, MA. This programming includes, but is not limited to, open fencing, group classes, and private lessons that aim to increase student self-confidence, self-esteem, and to promote physical fitness. These intrapersonal aims are coupled with the preparation to compete at local, regional, national, international, and Olympic levels.


Impact Statement

For decades, the Boston Fencing Club has excelled in providing fencers with opportunities to train and compete on local, national, and international levels. In the past year, the BFC has had athletes achieve Senior National Point Standings in all three weapons, has sent multiple athletes to compete all over the country and the world, and we have made the decision to move to a bigger and better facility for outreach and programming. However, these achievements have not helped us in our non-for-profit mission to increase the financial and physical accessibility of the sport. For this mission we look forward to the upcoming year.
Our top three goals for the upcoming year are to establish our first three outreach programs. These programs consist of working with local public schools and youth organizations in order to expose more young athletes to the sport, partnering with physical rehabilitation centers to develop the first Paralympic (or wheelchair) fencing program in New England., and working with local offices for Veteran's affairs to create a fencing program for those in the armed services suited to their needs and abilities. 
 

Needs Statement

Our most pressing need at the moment is the funds to start up our BFC schools program. The detailed budget for this program can be found in our "programs" section. 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

Fencing is one of the original Olympic sports of the Modern Era. Known as Active Chess, fencing develops both the mind and body. The sport combines individual achievement with team goals.  Fencing is an intercollegiate sport at many of the finest centers of higher education in the world, many of whom can boast Boston Fencing Club alumni among their current and former students.  The Boston Fencing Club is unique among fencing clubs in New England in its commitment to establishing significant programs to help children at risk and disabled athletes. Our new location is central to the Allston/Cambridge area allowing easy access to the largest and best equipped fencing facility in the Northeast.  We strive to bring our sport to those at risk youth who could benefit from the structure, discipline and competitive nature of fencing.  Particularly for those that might not have an interest or aptitude to excel at more traditional sports offered in the public schools.  We also offer the opportunity for athletic achievement to those with physical challenges limiting their mobility.  In much the same manner as the youth programs, these programs foster mental and health benefits through the sport of wheelchair fencing.  As a Paralympic Sport our programs for those in rehabilitation and disabled veterans can provide athletic opportunity for individuals looking for an alternative to the standard athletic endeavor.  Through the combination of Olympic level coaching, superior fencing facilities, and an attention to the mental and physical development of the athlete the Boston Fencing Club provides an excellent environment to assist youth and adults reach their full potential.

Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
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Organization Categories

  1. Recreation & Sports - Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

BFC 2020 Schools Program

The BFC Schools Program will be a partnership with local schools, youth organizations, and/or other organizations with similar missions in the metro-Boston area. The schools programs will run on 8 week terms similarly to the Club’s current session calendar. Courses will run once a week typically from 3pm-4:30pm (with some flexibility based on a school’s schedule and coach availability). Enrollment in the schools program allows students free admission to Friday enrichment nights for the full academic year. During this enrichment program, students from the Schools Programs will have the opportunity to participate in open bouting against other schools and organizations including club fencers. Once a month (September to June) on a Friday evening, prior to the open bouting, the BFC will offer an in-house speaker series on nutrition, collegiate fencing, and other topics pertaining to health, athletics, and education.

Budget  $3,280.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Recreation & Sports, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Short-term success of the BFC 2020 Schools Program will, simply, be that we have done what we can to provide access to the sport of fencing to the students in our program. We hope, in the first year, to at least have 7 schools enrolled in the program and to have at least 3 students from each school attending enrichment nights. 
Program Long-Term Success  Long-term success for the BFC 2020 Schools Program will include three things; financial accessibility of the sport, a maintenance of 20 schools a year enrollment, and a growth of the sport as a whole in the metro-Boston area. To identify an increase in financial accessibility of and exposure to the sport of fencing to children and youth across the metro-Boston area, we will measure the number of students in our program combined with the number of students that attend enrichment nights. In the long-term we hope to be operating in four schools every week for the eight week terms, 20 schools in an academic year. By reaching these students, we also hope to grow the sport as a whole in this region. This final goal will be measured  by statistics kept by the United States Fencing Association on membership and registration. 
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  Though we have not run a program such as this in the past, we have already run classes in conjunction with many schools and organizations, such as, the Boys and Girls club. These classes have not had the resources to chart progress, attrition, and other useful statistics about the fencers. However, we do know that many (~4/6) of the schools that have used our facility and coaching staff have returned to fence at BFC or have asked us to return to their school or organization. We maintain positive relationships and communicate efficiently with organization and school staff. Many times, the school/organization will have such a positive experience with a coach that they request having that same coach once more. Overall, we believe that with the resources to quantify what we have found to be qualitatively true we will see a high rate of student involvement in the sport, attendance at enrichment nights, and an increase in the number of fencers in the metro-Boston area.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Glenn A. Miller
CEO Term Start Nov 2009
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

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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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 1
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Dr. Glenn A. Miller
Board Chair Company Affiliation CDxVision
Board Chair Term Nov 2014 - Nov 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
MaryEllen Cortizas JD Claritas Genomics Voting
William Norman Hall Retired Air Force Voting
David E. Hill Dana-Farber Cancer Institute --
Linda Merritt Raytheon Company --
Kathryn Rubin Retired Voting
Leon D. Sanchez Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians Voting
Monisha Tasker Weston Public Schools 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: 1
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 75%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Board is composed of current/former fencers and parents of youth fencers.  All Board members are passionate about how fencing can improve the lives of those who participate and extending that benefit to as many individuals as possible.  The Board is active in the management of the club

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Aug 01, 2015 to July 31, 2016
Projected Income $790,000.00
Projected Expense $810,000.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $737,130 $779,811 $491,237
Total Expenses $803,369 $723,246 $588,753

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $0 $0 $0
Individual Contributions $43,442 $57,157 $17,084
Indirect Public Support $0 $0 $0
Earned Revenue $667,966 $664,576 $436,654
Investment Income, Net of Losses $8 $19 $9
Membership Dues $23,195 $58,059 $37,490
Special Events $0 $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $2,519 $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $720,555 $643,651 $512,196
Administration Expense $82,814 $79,595 $76,557
Fundraising Expense $0 $0 $0
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.92 1.08 0.83
Program Expense/Total Expenses 90% 89% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $96,587 $160,201 $105,467
Current Assets $49,609 $105,440 $58,298
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $160,003 $157,378 $159,209
Total Net Assets $-63,416 $2,823 $-53,742

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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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 No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose The goal of the upcoming Capital Campaign is the ultimate purchase of all fencing equipment for the purpose of establishing the facility and related outreach programs.
Campaign Goal $125,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Feb 2016 - Sept 2016
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.31 0.67 0.37

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

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