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

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Voices Rising is a women's chorus, founded upon feminist principles of community, inclusivity, activism and education. We sing together to give voice to our lives, identities and beliefs, and to celebrate the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and women's communities in and around Boston. Raising our voices in joy and solidarity, we contribute to the growing tradition of the women's choral movement. Through our music, we strengthen ourselves and serve our community's history, present needs and future possibilities.

Mission Statement

Voices Rising is a women's chorus, founded upon feminist principles of community, inclusivity, activism and education. We sing together to give voice to our lives, identities and beliefs, and to celebrate the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and women's communities in and around Boston. Raising our voices in joy and solidarity, we contribute to the growing tradition of the women's choral movement. Through our music, we strengthen ourselves and serve our community's history, present needs and future possibilities.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2013 to Aug 31, 2014
Projected Income $59,500.00
Projected Expense $56,550.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 1. Choral Performances
  • 2. Outreach to LGBT community
  • 3. Social Justice Outreach

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Overview

Mission Statement

Voices Rising is a women's chorus, founded upon feminist principles of community, inclusivity, activism and education. We sing together to give voice to our lives, identities and beliefs, and to celebrate the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and women's communities in and around Boston. Raising our voices in joy and solidarity, we contribute to the growing tradition of the women's choral movement. Through our music, we strengthen ourselves and serve our community's history, present needs and future possibilities.

Background Statement

Voices Rising was born in February 2004 in a living room full of women who wanted to start Boston's premier LBT musical ensemble. We began performing as a group at Emmanuel Church in Boston at a rally for same-sex marriage in March 2004, went on to open Boston's Gay Pride week with a performance at Faneuil Hall in June, and ended that week singing at the Pride Interfaith service (and have continued the tradition of singing and marching at Pride each year). 
We've continued to grow as a chorus and as a fixture in the LGBT community. Voices Rising has been thrilled to continue performing at Pride events since our inception.
Some highlights of our community involvement are below.
We produced "Hope is the Thing" at Emmanuel Church in Boston and Mount Ida College in Newton, featuring the New England premiere of Diane Benjamin's "Where I Live" (A Breast Cancer Oratorio), to benefit the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition.
We have sung for for the "Open and Affirming" services of multiple congregations who actively welcome LGBT members.
We sing each year in "Honoring Survivors: A Service to Reflect on the Impact of Domestic Violence" at Brigham and Women's Hospital. 
We partnered with Another Octave: Connecticut Women's Chorus to produce "Love is Here to Stay," a marriage equality concert. 
We produced "The Joy of We", featuring Mark Koval's "We the People: a Musical Exploration of Marriage Equality in America."
Our Singing Valentines quartets have emerged to spread love and joy across the greater Boston area. 
We sang at the Sister Singers Network Festival in Chicago with feminist women's choruses from across North America.
Wejoined up 6000 other singers at the quadrennial international GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association of) Choruses festival
We serenade Boston's sweethearts in person on Valentine's Day
we make mothers around the world very happy with Mother's Day singing telegrams. 
We've showcased women poets in our "In Her Own Words" concert and raised awareness of women's working conditions and protest songs in "A Woman's Place: Songs of Work and Play"

Impact Statement

Accomplishments: 
1) Community outreach: Performed at an "Open And Affirming" service for a church reaching out to its LGBT constituents; performed at interfaith service for Pride; sang in a peace vigil in the wake of the marathon bombing; sang in "Honoring Survivors: A Service to Reflect on the Impact of Domestic Violence" at Brigham and Women's Hospital; sang at corporate offices for Pride Month; sang at Mount Auburn Cemetery in its "Glimpse Beyond" seasonal event; participated in Wake Up the Earth festival.
2) Financial sustainability: Pioneered a new fundraiser: singing for mothers on Mother's Day.  Identified a strategy for building the number of singing members.
3) Musical and artistic achievement: Produced two concerts and a cabaret
Goals:  
1) Outreach: Further the goal of building community with enhanced outreach programs. 
2) Financial sustainability: Be able to cover the expense of outreach.  For instance, if we want to partner with a community agency that cannot pay us to sing, we would like to be able to take advantage of the opportunity.  In order to do so, we need the funds to pay our director and accompanist for their time.
3) Choral festivals, Summer 2014: We strive to be open to singing members from all economic strata.  In order to sing in choral festivals, we need to raise money to cover our members' travel expenses.

Needs Statement

1)  Programs: In order to continue our mission of bringing women's communities together through song, we need to be able to produce high-quality concerts.
2) Finances: To do this, we need to be able to pay for our director, accompanist, and performance space.
3)  Finances for advertising and venues: Our yearly operational expenses are $45,000.  We bring in 11,000 through ticket sales. In order to grow as a musical ensemble, we need to be more visible (advertise ourselves; sing in more popular venues such as the Cambridge Center for Multicultural Arts and Club Oberon), and we need an extra 1,500 for advertising and an extra $1,500 for venues. 
4) Finances to allow members from all economic strata to participate: We strive to be open to singing members from all economic strata.  In order to sing in choral festivals, we need to raise money to cover our members' travel expenses.  We would like to raise $8000 to go to Sister Singers Festival in Summer 2014.
5) Membership: We need to have a financial cushion of $5000 to grow our membership. 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
Voices Rising draws its audience and its community partners from the Greater Boston area.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Singing & Choral Groups
  2. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Lesbian/Gay Rights
  3. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Women's Rights

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

1. Choral Performances

We produce and perform in four or more full-length concerts per year.  Our concerts are organized around a central theme, and they showcase the work of women composers.  Past themes have included:
"Now We Become Ourselves": a musical examination of self image and a celebration of beauty and strength
"Where I Live" :A Breast Cancer Oratorio
"In Her Own Words": a celebration of women poets
Budget  $7,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered Females
Program Short-Term Success 
600  Boston-area residents per year will come into contact with musical excellence as produced by an LGBT ensemble
Program Long-Term Success 

1000 Boston-area residents per year will come into contact with musical excellence as produced by an LGBT ensemble

Program Success Monitored By 
We will measure program success by the size of our audience and the trackable response to email messages promoting our concerts.
Examples of Program Success 
We will measure program success by the size of our audience and the trackable response to email messages promoting our concerts.

2. Outreach to LGBT community

Outreach to LGBT community:
Pride Interfaith service, Pride parade, Dyke March
Pride season concert: "Welcome Out!"
Budget  $1,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered
Program Short-Term Success 
Chorus will attend LGBT Pride Month celebrations each year
Program Long-Term Success 
Each year, all attendees of Boston's LGBT Pride celebrations will come into contact with musical excellence produced by members of the LGBT community
Program Success Monitored By 
We will track how many business cards and postcards we hand out to our audience.
Examples of Program Success 
We will track how many new audience members we get as a result of Pride outreach

3. Social Justice Outreach

Social Justice Outreach:
Honoring Survivors: A Service to Reflect on the Impact of Domestic Violence
Budget  $1,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
We will provide this musical outreach (to honor the experience of those who have experienced domestic violence) each year
Program Long-Term Success 
We will use music to honor the experience of those who have experienced domestic violence.
Program Success Monitored By 
We will reach our audience at Brigham and Women's Hospital each year.
Examples of Program Success 
We will provide this musical outreach (to honor the experience of those who have experienced domestic violence) each year

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Julie Regner
CEO Term Start Jan 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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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 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
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? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Julie Regner
Board Chair Company Affiliation none
Board Chair Term Feb 2013 - Feb 2014
Board Co-Chair Becky Sniderman
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term Feb 2013 - Feb 2014

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Wendi Hoffenberg Community Volunteer Voting
Laura Powell Community Volunteer Voting
Julie Regner None Voting
Becky Sniderman Community Volunteer 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: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
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

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2013 to Aug 31, 2014
Projected Income $59,500.00
Projected Expense $56,550.00
Form 990s

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $41,653 $42,072 $36,020
Total Expenses $44,856 $37,545 $36,774

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    Local -- -- --
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Individual Contributions $9,342 $4,625 $5,120
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $20,182 $21,813 $18,251
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues $10,810 $9,489 $10,581
Special Events $1,319 $6,145 $2,068
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $7,467 $7,735 $7,502
Administration Expense $34,889 $29,555 $28,987
Fundraising Expense $2,500 $255 $285
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.93 1.12 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 17% 21% 20%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 23% 2% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $2,118 $5,321 $794
Current Assets $2,118 $5,321 $794
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $2,118 $5,321 $794

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 No
How many months does reserve cover? --

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 -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
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 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

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