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BSA Foundation

 290 Congress Street, Suite 200
 Boston, MA 02210
[P] (617) 391-4000
[F] (617) 951-0845
http://www.architects.org/foundation
[email protected]
Victoria McKay
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INCORPORATED: 1971
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-6268891

LAST UPDATED: 12/14/2017
Organization DBA BSA Foundation
Former Names Boston Foundation for Architecture (BFA) (2014)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The goal of the BSA Foundation (Foundation) is to enhance public understanding of the built environment and the processes that shape it. With understanding, our communities will be better equipped to enrich and preserve our physical and natural surroundings. The Foundation, established by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA in 1971, seeks to engender in current and future generations informed commitment to sensitive, well-designed, humanistic environments.The Foundation's vision is to build a better Boston by engaging communities, inspiring vision, and provoking positive change.

Mission Statement

The goal of the BSA Foundation (Foundation) is to enhance public understanding of the built environment and the processes that shape it. With understanding, our communities will be better equipped to enrich and preserve our physical and natural surroundings. The Foundation, established by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA in 1971, seeks to engender in current and future generations informed commitment to sensitive, well-designed, humanistic environments.The Foundation's vision is to build a better Boston by engaging communities, inspiring vision, and provoking positive change.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $645,435.00
Projected Expense $751,482.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Exhibitions at BSA Space
  • Family Design Days
  • KidsBuild!
  • Urban Design Workshops

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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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 goal of the BSA Foundation (Foundation) is to enhance public understanding of the built environment and the processes that shape it. With understanding, our communities will be better equipped to enrich and preserve our physical and natural surroundings. The Foundation, established by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA in 1971, seeks to engender in current and future generations informed commitment to sensitive, well-designed, humanistic environments.The Foundation's vision is to build a better Boston by engaging communities, inspiring vision, and provoking positive change.

Background Statement

Founded in 1867 and now with nearly 4,000 members, the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) is one of the oldest and largest chapters of the American Institute of Architects. The BSA established the BSA Foundation (Foundation) in 1971, and for over 30 years, the BSA Foundation provided hundreds of small grants in support of 5-12 educational projects.
 
In 2014, the Foundation board voted to expand the Foundation's scope to have broader impact on the future of Greater Boston. Later that year, the BSA board and the BSA Foundation board signed a long-term agreement to align the public-facing mission of the Foundation with the professional mission of the BSA, greatly increasing the potential impact of joint and independent initiatives.
 
 Civic activity and public education matter to the design profession. For over 80 years, BSA members and their allies have partnered with communities and Greater Boston municipalities on a number of high-impact initiatives. In the late 20th century alone, examples include:
  • The High Spine
  • Boston Visions
  • Fort Devens charrette
  • Southwest Corridor charrette
  • Broad Street charrette
  • Big Dig workshops and discussions
  • Political discussions, forums, and panels
  • Early Waterfront development plan
  • Learning By Design youth and family programs, including KidsBuild!
And already in the 21st century:
  • Fit City initiatives
  • Resiliency scan and report commissioned by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission
  • Renovate for Recovery Boston Marathon bombing response committee
  • Multiple Mayoral debates--Boston's first of the 21st century
  • Casino forums and a white paper
  • Urban mobility series exploring 21st century transit
  • Boston Living with Water competition
  • Expanded Learning By Design youth and family programs, including KidsBuild!
 
The Foundation--a 501c3 charitable organization--provides the organizational support for this vast community of design professionals and their allies who want to use their considerable technical and professional expertise to support and enhance their communities.

Impact Statement

Impact on individuals and families

Foundation-supported exhibitions and programs at BSA Space and elsewhere in the community let people enter a world that may otherwise seem exclusive and bring them into a conversation that is relevant to their lives.

The Foundation supports activities that engage and inspire. Participants enjoy curator tours, receptions, family design days, author talks, architecture cruises and walking tours, and other design-related programs.

Impact on communities

Communities present both common and unique challenges and concerns for residents, associations, businesses, and municipal leaders. The Foundation is able to create forums that bring design thinking to the process of assessing needs and establishing a vision for the future of distinct neighborhoods.

Impact on public policy

The Foundation has a unique ability to bring together design professionals, community leaders and members, academics, policy makers, and others from disparate backgrounds to address common problems in a neutral setting. These civic programs focus on real-world challenges and opportunities —sea-level rise, affordable housing, sustainability, accessibility, equitable transit, casino development—and assist in the creation and adoption of best practices for individuals, communities, and public policy. Participants in these programs may come to agreement on existing conditions, conduct surveys of current regional and global practices, and identify possibilities for next-step solutions to address common goals.

One type of civic initiative is a design charrette. A charrette is a hands-on design workshop in which diverse participants are brought together to address public design challenges specific to a neighborhood, city, or region. Charrettes are often the first or only opportunity that the community has to bring its voice to the table regarding design issues in a constructive, creative, problem-solving format alongside design professionals and policy makers.


Needs Statement

 

In 2014 the BSA Foundation expanded its focus to build a better Boston by engaging communities, inspiring vision and provoking positive change. We deliver the mission through exhibitions at BSA Space, design education programs, cultural programming, community and civic work. The BSA Foundation’s vision is to ensure that by 2030 Boston is a model of a resilient, equitable and architecturally vibrant city. To that end 3 strategic goals have been developed:

-Ensure access for every child in Boston to design education

-Provide access to design resources for every Boston neighborhood

-Effect changes in policies that result in socially and environmentally excellent design for everyone in Greater Boston

With an investment of $3,000,000 over 4 years we could:

-Add three full-time staff members to coordinate volunteers (architects and design professionals); engage in partner development; and provide direct service

-Create a system for identifying opportunities and criteria for vetting and selection

-Scale programs and collaborations to serve additional neighborhoods and communities

-Systematize and expand the reach of some of our most successful programs and initiatives

-Create a comprehensive communications plan to raise awareness

 


CEO Statement

Engage, Inspire, Provoke by Eric White "The BSA Foundation, in partnership with the BSA, is working to build a better Boston—a better Greater Boston—by engaging communities, inspiring vision, and provoking positive change. We are focused on how the power of design can make our region a great place to live, work, and play. And this partnership enables both organizations to work together to accomplish more than either can do alone."

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Local
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
Boston and Greater Boston.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
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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

Exhibitions at BSA Space

BSA Space is Boston’s leading center for architecture and design, and is home to the Boston Society of Architects and the BSA Foundation. BSA Space hosts exhibitions on design and architecture, architecture cruises and walking tours, and other programs and events that foster exchange between design and construction, the profession and the public, and encourage collaboration across the city and world.
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Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities
Population Served Adults Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Program Short-Term Success  --
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Program Success Monitored By  --
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Family Design Days

Family Design Days encourage children and adults to observe, explore and design together. In these 2 hour hands-on workshops, families are introduced to architecture and design through exhibit tours, walking tours or slide shows, and then complete a hands-on design activity. Architects and Design Educators lead the activities focused on the built environment of Boston and the world. Family Design Days take place one Saturday a month at BSA Space (unless otherwise noted) and are designed for children ages 5 – 13 years old, accompanied by an adult – a maximum ratio of 3 children per 1 adult will be required.
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Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
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KidsBuild!

KidsBuild! is a hands on, interactive learning experience for children. The event was developed to create learning opportunities for children through design and the built environment.
Budget  --
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General
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Urban Design Workshops

These workshops aim to stimulate discussion, encouraging public officials and the public to be inspired by individual proposals and by the way in which aggregation of a new residential development might begin to contribute to a new mixed-use neighborhood. The overall goal of this workshop is to promote more expansive and innovative thinking about urban workforce housing.
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Category  Community Development
Population Served Adults
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Program Long-Term Success  --
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr Eric White
CEO Term Start Feb 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience A Denison University graduate, Eric was selected in 2000 as one of 30 nonprofit leaders from around the world to participate in the Getty Leadership Institute, focusing on financial, marketing, team-building and strategic planning management. In 2012, Governor Patrick appointed Eric to the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking, woodturning, gardening and learning about American and world history.
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

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Collaborations

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 4
Number of Volunteers 246
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff 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: 5
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
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 Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms Laura Wernick FAIA
Board Chair Company Affiliation HMFH Architects
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Anthony Consigli Consigli Construction Company --
Mike Davis FAIA Bergmeyer Associates --
Rick Dimino A Better City --
Steve Eustis Skanska --
Nadine Gerdts Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Landscape Architecture Department --
Rickie Golden Corcoran Jennison Companies --
Bennet Heart Noble, Wickersham & Heart LLP --
Eric Krauss New England Aquarium --
Mr Peter Kuttner FAIA Cambridge Seven Associates --
Anne-Marie Lubenau FAIA Bruner Foundation --
Kelly Sherman Kelly Sherman Consulting --
David Silverman AIA Silverman/Trykowski Associates --
Ted Touloukian AIA Touloukian Touloukian --
Laura Wernick FAIA HMFH Architects --
Kenneth Willis Federal Home Loan Bank --

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: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 14
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

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 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $645,435.00
Projected Expense $751,482.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Review

2013 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $880,724 $1,075,738 $428,024
Total Expenses $799,510 $711,852 $270,656

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions $94,116 $21,606 $283,172
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $118,365 $112,857 $0
Investment Income, Net of Losses $55,305 $84,344 $144,852
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events $185,003 $428,996 $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $427,935 $427,935 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $503,337 $399,474 $196,857
Administration Expense $91,632 $129,412 $32,632
Fundraising Expense $204,541 $182,966 $41,167
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.10 1.51 1.58
Program Expense/Total Expenses 63% 56% 73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 73% 41% 15%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $2,478,441 $2,046,069 $1,718,924
Current Assets $831,991 $563,112 $265,404
Long-Term Liabilities $369,992 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $27,430 $86,846 $42,610
Total Net Assets $2,081,019 $1,959,223 $1,676,314

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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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? --

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 30.33 6.48 6.23

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 15% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is 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.

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