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Salem Sound Coastwatch

 12 Federal Street
 Salem, MA 01970
[P] (978) 741-7900
[F] --
Barbara Warren
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EIN 04-3354518

LAST UPDATED: 12/12/2016
Organization DBA Salem Sound 2000 Inc. DBA Salem Sound Coastwatch
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

Committed to clean, safe coastal waters and healthy marine habitats, Salem Sound Coastwatch collaborates with residents and municipalities across the Massachusetts North Shore to protect and improve the environmental quality of Massachusetts Bay, Salem Sound and the watershed.

SSCW’s accomplishments include involving local residents in monitoring efforts, promoting and conducting quality environmental science and research, and effectively using scientific data to advise local decision-makers on responsible environmental management.

Our School to Sea program gives students and teachers experiences in their local watershed and coastal waters that strengthen their connection to it while increasing their scientific knowledge. Through these experiences, they become better stewards of the place they call home.


Mission Statement

Committed to clean, safe coastal waters and healthy marine habitats, Salem Sound Coastwatch collaborates with residents and municipalities across the Massachusetts North Shore to protect and improve the environmental quality of Massachusetts Bay, Salem Sound and the watershed.

SSCW’s accomplishments include involving local residents in monitoring efforts, promoting and conducting quality environmental science and research, and effectively using scientific data to advise local decision-makers on responsible environmental management.

Our School to Sea program gives students and teachers experiences in their local watershed and coastal waters that strengthen their connection to it while increasing their scientific knowledge. Through these experiences, they become better stewards of the place they call home.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $384,967.00
Projected Expense $398,345.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Adopt a Beach
  • Coastal Habitat Protection and Restoration
  • Greenscapes
  • Ocean Literacy & Environmental Education
  • Water Quality Monitoring for Clean Beaches & Streams

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Mission Statement

Committed to clean, safe coastal waters and healthy marine habitats, Salem Sound Coastwatch collaborates with residents and municipalities across the Massachusetts North Shore to protect and improve the environmental quality of Massachusetts Bay, Salem Sound and the watershed.

SSCW’s accomplishments include involving local residents in monitoring efforts, promoting and conducting quality environmental science and research, and effectively using scientific data to advise local decision-makers on responsible environmental management.

Our School to Sea program gives students and teachers experiences in their local watershed and coastal waters that strengthen their connection to it while increasing their scientific knowledge. Through these experiences, they become better stewards of the place they call home.


Background Statement

 Salem Sound Coastwatch (SSCW) is a coastal watershed protection organization incorporated as Salem Sound 2000, 25 years ago. Its beginnings go back to 1990 when an informal working group of citizens, local officials, and businesses met to discuss their concerns with the degraded condition of the coastal embayment of Salem Sound.

The cumulative effect of industrial wastes from the region’s historically abundant leather and tanning factories, the dumping of raw sewage, and the development and urbanization of the land had left the water so degraded that sampling results showed that in some locations there was not enough dissolved oxygen to support fish, and of the 457 acres of productive shell fish beds in the Sound, 80% were severely contaminated, with the remaining 20% moderately contaminated.

The founders’ vision included the restoration of long-lost resources to establish good fishing, harvestable shellfish, swimmable waters, vital urban waterfronts, and healthy natural habitats supporting a diverse abundance of plant and wildlife.

In 1993, the first citizen survey to identify pollution sources along the 47-mile shoreline of Salem Sound was conducted. Since then hundreds of volunteers have participated in collecting water samples from streams and outfall pipes, which are analyzed for bacterial contamination under SSCW's flagship program, Clean Beaches & Streams.

In 1995, the organization became one of the five local governance committees for the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program and has actively participated in the program since as the Salem Sound Regional Coordinator which was expanded to include the Lower North Shore (Beverly, Danvers, Lynn, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Nahant, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott).

SSCW works with citizens, municipalities, government agencies, schools, businesses, and other non-profit organizations to promote awareness and understanding of their roles in restoring and protecting the environment and to foster responsible and sustainable resource management practices. SSCW is widely recognized throughout the region for involving local citizenry in monitoring efforts, promoting and conducting quality environmental science and research, and for effectively using scientific data to advise local decision-makers and facilitate responsible management. SSCW has received numerous awards for its scientific investigations of the coastal environment, as well as its education programs, which encourage public stewardship.


Impact Statement


1. Increased full time staff from 2 to 4 plus 2 part-time to provide more educational programming.

2. In 2013, initiated a new Ocean Literacy educational programming for teachers and children of all ages, especially underserved populations called School to Sea. Through private and corporate donations plus grants from NOAA B-Wet, NOAA Marine Debris and Essex National Heritage Commission, we have worked with over 3000 students.

3. Located pollution hot spots in Manchester-by-the-Sea and Salem where raw sewage from several residences was being discharged into Salem Sound.

4. Conducted beach surveys at 50 beaches, reported storm damage, spearheaded clean-ups, and trained over 500 volunteer “beachkeepers” from Beverly, Danvers, Gloucester, Lynn, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Nahant, Peabody, Salem and Swampscott as part of our Adopt a Beach program.

5. Continued focus on restoring eelgrass – a critical habitat and nursery for juvenile flounder, lobsters and other marine life – through conservation moorings for boats, education to boaters, and a summer school program with 80+ Salem middle school students called "Healthy Harbors.”


6. Trained public school teachers from across the region to incorporate place-based, experiential learning about the coast and ocean in their classrooms and provided numerous opportunities for children of all age to see, touch and learn about marine animals living in our coastal waters, salt marshes and estuaries.

7. Designed and conduct school programs for across the North Shore on “Keeping Water Clean” and "Marine Debris Discovery."

8. Hold a very well attended public lecture series: “Underwater in Salem Sound”

 9. Provided technical assistance to towns and cities while engaging the public in discussions about how to plan and implement coastal resiliency with the threat of continuing climate change impacts to the coast.
10. Began monitoring salt marshes to track the impact of rising sea levels.
11. Conducted a 3-year study of Salem Harbor that determined that turbidity events were primarily due to plankton blooms.

1. Increase efforts to reduce contaminated discharge to our waters

2. Increase coastal habitat protection and restoration by conducting and facilitating environmental monitoring and scientific research

3. Detect and quantify invasive species including marine bio-invaders

4. Promote environmental and ocean literacy and watershed awareness

5. Prepare for and understand the potential impacts of climate change and sea level rise on coastal ecosystems and communities and enhance education and adaptation efforts

6. Assist the region’s municipalities to implement effective solutions and responsible, sustainable resource management practices

Needs Statement

Having met our goal of increasing our staff and developing a new Ocean Literacy educational program, School to Sea, SSCW needed more space. We found such a space in early 2016 that provided a classroom and a greater public street level presence. We now need to build out our new space with exhibits and develop the classroom and meeting space for teacher professional development workshops, after school and in school visits to facilitate students and teachers learning about the watershed and ocean.  $20,000.

Our Talking Trash for Clean Oceans teen program was such a success that after 2 year grant from NOAA Marine Debris Prevention through Outreach and Education, we are now raising funds to continue this effective community service learning project for local teens. $20,000

SSCW would like to formalize its summer college and high school internship program to help with the various field projects and to train the next generation of environmentalists. $6,000

SSCW seeks funding to support current programs, specifically Cleans Beaches & Stream and Adopt a Beach. Funds will be used for on-going training of volunteers, data collection and lab analysis. $16,000.

SSCW is seeking additional board members to help SSCW reach its environmental mission, work on event development and marketing, and expand our fundraising capacity.


CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


SSCW works with government agencies, businesses, other non-profit organizations and citizens from the communities on the north shore in Essex County, Massachusetts. While the major focus is on the Salem Sound Watershed communities of Marblehead, Salem, Peabody, Danvers, Beverly and Manchester-by-the-Sea, SSCW extends its services to other North Shore communities along the coast when appropriate. SSCW is a MassBays regional coordinator for the Lower North Shore, which includes the six Salem Sound communities and Swampscott, Lynn and Nahant.

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Environmental Education
  2. Environment - Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
  3. Environment - Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation & Management

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Adopt a Beach

The goal of the project was to improve and prevent further degradation of marine waters and coastal habitats by increasing stewardship of our coastal resources. Our Adopt a Beach program recruits and trains volunteers to serve as “beachkeepers” who adopt their local beaches on a year-round basis.

 The beaches of Salem Sound are a treasured resource. They are the buffer between the land and the sea. By protecting our beaches, water quality, public health, coastal habitats and precious marine resources can be safeguarded.

SSCW trains volunteers to visually monitor for sources of pollution, signs of erosion and evidence of invasive species such as the new invasive plant, pepperweed, collect samples from stormwater outfall pipes and coastal streams for testing for bacterial contamination (where appropriate), conduct regular coastal clean-ups, especially after storm events when debris is washed ashore, identify and other problems and issues affecting water quality.

This is program is unique in that it is year-round, which makes it more responsive than seasonal activities such as a yearly coastal cleanup. It is comprehensive and identifies issues of concern for public health and environmental quality and provides timely information gathering. It expands local stewardship of the environment and provides a sustainable mechanism to protect and improve beaches and marine resources.

Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Watershed Conservation
Population Served Adults K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
A large, knowledgeable group of citizens who feel empowered to become involved in solving local environmental problems is the major accomplishment of the Adopt a Beach program. 
Individual beach teams have already made significant contributions in their communities--they have cleared out countless pounds of debris; established relationships with local governmental agencies to address issues such as trash removal and maintenance; stopped the spread of the invasive pepperweed plant; identified choked streams; educated and involved their neighbors; learned about sources of contamination and what to look for; and in one case, came together to form a neighborhood beach association.
Program Long-Term Success  The Adopt a Beach program will continue to expand, and new volunteer beachkeepers will trained every year. There is increased environmental awareness and stewardship of our coast. The environmental quality of our coastal waters improves which lead to less marine debris, improved beaches and coastline, and reduced beach closures for swimming.
Program Success Monitored By 
Many citizens are willing to volunteer to protect their treasured environmental resources but need environmental education, proper support and structure for a successful program such as Adopt a Beach, which can be difficult with limited staff and budgets. Training and nurturing the volunteers, putting together the teams, and working with municipalities on individual beach issues takes a considerable amount of time but is essential for the program’s success.
Success is measured by number of volunteers and beaches adopted, number of trainings and continued recruitment, and importantly by the actions accomplished at each beach.
Examples of Program Success 

SSCW has recruited and trained over 250 volunteers since 2010.

 45 beaches including the Danvers River and two islands in Salem Sound have been adopted in the communities of Beverly, Danvers, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Nahant, Salem, and Swampscott.

 A comprehensive and replicable beach survey that enables volunteers to identify beach characteristics, vulnerabilities and plan actions has been developed. At least 90% of the beachkeeper teams have completed surveys and developed action plans.

Coastal Habitat Protection and Restoration

SSCW conducts and facilitates environmental monitoring and scientific research in the following coastal habitats:

Salt Marsh Restoration Monitoring ―Since 1998, SSCW has trained teams of volunteers and worked with these citizen-scientists in the salt marshes to evaluate marsh health based on a number of criteria. SSCW provides important marsh restoration data in the Gulf of Maine and is a vital component of regional efforts to assess impacts of marsh degradation and restoration practices.

Eelgrass Restoration ―SSCW works with MA Division of Marine Fisheries to restore eelgrass beds in Salem Sound by engaging volunteers to assist in shoreside eelgrass planting preparation. SSCW also promotes the use of conservation moorings. Currently, SSCW is partnering with Salem State University on water quality assessment to understand the nature and causes of reduced water clarity in Salem Harbor and its potential impact on eelgrass habitat.

Coastal Habitat Invasives Species Monitoring ―Over a 100 citizen volunteers have been trained since 2004 to identify and quantify native and non-native invasive marine species that are found at docks, tidepools, and on rocky shorelines. The Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) has developed a network of community groups and citizens called the Marine Invader Monitoring and Information Collaborative (MIMIC) based on SSCW work. SSCW continues to be a primary partner in MIMIC.

Budget  $120,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Improved understanding of condition of salt marshes, restoration opportunities and restoration results. Action are taken to implement restoration.

Survivability of newly planted eelgrass and public awareness of its importance.

Improved understanding of invasive species colonization, transport, dispersal and distributions in Massachusetts Bay and rapid detection of new invaders.

Program Long-Term Success 

Improved habitat quality of Salem Sound and North Shore salt marshes

Increased eelgrass meadows in Salem Sound , leading to improved marine biodiversity

Reduced rate of invasive species colonization and reduced or stabilized impact of invasive species on Massachusetts Bay habitats
Program Success Monitored By  Each project has its on evaluation methods. Our marsh monitoring has a quality assurance project plan that is followed and available on our website: Most of our coast habitat protection and restoration projects are grant funded and require extensive reporting and evaluation. Please contact us for more information.
Examples of Program Success  SSCW has a long track record of success. Many are documented on our website: SSCW makes a point of sharing all data collected and results of actions taken. The number of awards and recognition the organization has received attests to SSCW's success in coastal habitat protection and restoration.


Developed to conserve water and prevent pollution, Greenscapes teaches homeowners how to have attractive gardens and yards with healthy grass and plants by using environmentally-friendly landscaping practices. These include choosing drought tolerant plants and appropriate grass seed, using compost and compost tea to enrich soil instead of chemical fertilizers, watering correctly to conserve water, and more. The Greenscapes program educates homeowners on the value of using pollution-preventing Low Impact Development practices, such as capturing rain water with rain barrels and rain gardens and using permeable pavers for walkways and driveways. Greenscapes has expanded to include assisting the Greenscape member municipalities with the outreach and education component of their stormwater management plans needed for NPSDES MS4 permits. Our 5th grade school program "Keeping Water Clean" has been very well received by our participating schools across the North Shore.


Greenscapes North Shore Coalition is a collaborative program with two other partners-- the Ipswich River Watershed Assn. and Eight Towns and the Marsh. The Greenscapes North Shore Coalition serves 17 – 20 North Shore Greenscape member towns and cities. Salem Sound Coastwatch manages programming within the Salem Sound watershed and is the fiscal agent for the Coalition.

Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental & Sustainable Design
Population Served Adults K-12 (5-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

Educating people leads to changed behaviors. Through workshops, speaking engagements, demonstrations at community events, and a variety of comprehensive printed materials, Greenscapes raises awareness about the detrimental aspects of traditional yard care practices and teaches people a new and better way to achieve their desired results. Our experience has been that as people are exposed to Greenscaping, they are excited and interested in learning how they can change their current practices.

Program Long-Term Success  Ultimately, the Greenscapes program will improve the environmental quality of our coastal waters, lead to improved fishing, re-opening of productive shellfish beds (which in Salem Sound are all closed due to high levels of bacteria), reduced beach closures for swimming, fewer water shortages, and urban livability.
Program Success Monitored By  The number of people reached with Greenscapes materials measures success. Five of the six communities in the Salem Sound watershed have agreed to participate in the Greenscapes program. To improve the effectiveness of the materials, we conducted a social marketing survey. We track the number of comprehensive Greenscapes Guide distributed, the number of public workshops and presentations, articles in local newspapers, public presentations and distribution of other materials, such as our new “Dog Poop – Scoop It” rack card.
Examples of Program Success 

Several years ago, the 6thgraders at the Higgins Middle School in Danvers decided to make a Greenscapes garden at their school. They asked us to make a presentation on Greenscaping. They researched the appropriate native and drought tolerant plants to use and prepared the planting beds. With supervision from the local garden club, they planted perennials and shrubs. They even created a brochure about the project. The project is on-going. Each year, the 6thgraders add to the garden, now under the supervision of former 6thgraders who come back to help. The value is immeasurable. These students carry this information home, plus it will stay with them forever.

Ocean Literacy & Environmental Education


Salem Sound Coastwatch’s ocean literacy program is the organization’s educational component. With public lectures, workshops, presentations and the development of educational materials, SSCW raises awareness about coastal ecology and the role each of us plays in protecting these natural resources.

SSCW has recently expanded this program to reach the citizens of the future—school-aged children. Each year, we receive numerous requests to bring our message into the schools. In the past with a staff of 2, our ability to respond was been limited. But we have had great success over the past three years in raising funds to hire environmental educators and expand our reach to over 4000 students. We work with teachers, schools, afterschool programs, and summer camps to develop curriculum and bring outdoor, hands on experiences to students to increase their understanding of coastal watershed science and the ocean. We provide opportunities for students to engage in locally based scientific investigations and service learning projects of their own design. This initiative includes opportunities for students to be exposed to different career choices.


Budget  $80,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

In the short term, the program increases understanding of coastal watershed science and ocean literacy, which fosters stewardship. Short-term success is realized when individuals practice behaviors in ways that make a difference, for example, picking up trash before it goes down the storm drain or blows into the water and becomes marine debris.

Program Long-Term Success 

Long term success would be informed and aware stakeholders from different backgrounds, cultures and socio-economic status who, in the face of climate change and other environmental threats, will be able to make the difficult and critical decisions about that will lead to cleaner water and healthy marine habitats.

Program Success Monitored By 

For our educational outreach to the public, success is measured by the number of participants, the number of people who are interested in volunteering to work on projects and the number who express interest in learning more about our activities by receiving SSCW’s monthly newsletter.

For the school component, evaluation will be built into the curriculum and will include pre and post tests with students and interviews with teachers. 
Examples of Program Success  As a result of their work with Salem Sound Coastwatch, the 5thgrade science teachers at the Brookwood School in Manchester-by-the-Sea have created a coastal stewardship program for their students, based on the Adopt a Beach program. The 5thgraders collect scientific information at Black Cove three times each year. They survey the beachfor marine species (invasive or otherwise), investigate water quality, measure beach erosion, and do general beach clean-up. The students share the data they record with SSCW. Last year, the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs recognized Brookwood School’s program with an Award for Excellence in Environmental Education.

Water Quality Monitoring for Clean Beaches & Streams

Clean Beaches and Streams is SSCW’s flagship program, because stormwater runoff is the number one non-point source pollution threat to coastal water quality. Under this program, volunteers are trained to collect water samples at low tide from streams and outfall pipes which are then analyzed for bacterial contamination. As problems are identified, SSCW works with municipal public works and health departments to remove sources of bacteria flowing into Salem Sound that pollute the water and close beaches for swimming. Information collected through this program is shared with the public, municipalities, and the MA Department of Environmental Protection and is available at
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Water Pollution Control
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success 

Over the years, hundreds of volunteers have participated in the program and we continue every summer to train volunteers to collect water samples. Water samples are analyzed and bacterial levels are reported to the public and appropriate governmental organizations who take action.

New bacterial "hot spots" are identified and remediated. The frequency of Salem Sound beaches being closed due to high bacterial levels has been reduced.

Program Long-Term Success 

Salem Sound beaches are closed due to high bacterial levels only on rare occasions, such as intense flooding events.

20% of Salem Sound's shellfish beds are open for harvesting.Salem Sound beaches are not closed because of high bacterial levels.
Program Success Monitored By  The quality assurance project plan is followed and any deviation is noted and addressed. City, state and federal agencies continue to use the data to target areas for remediation.
Examples of Program Success 

Every year bacterial "hot spots" are identified and solutions are implemented to reduce the contamination. At one hot spot, 21 septic systems have been inspected of which 9 were repaired or replacement since 2009. Ten more inspections are underway. SSCW and its volunteers will continue to monitor the area and report improvements. In 2012, the City of Salem examined 5 stormwater drainage areas where SSCW had detected bacterial problems. The City of Salem fixed 3 illicit connections, replaced 9 manholes, and tested and sealed all leaking pipes. SSCW will be back to the outfall pipes from these drainage areas in 2013, to see if the bacterial level is reduced in the runoff.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Barbara G. Warren
CEO Term Start Nov 2003
CEO Email
CEO Experience

With a M.S. in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England and a M.A. in Education from Lesley University, Barbara Warren, as the Executive Director, has led the expansion of SSCW's volunteer-based environmental monitoring programs and began a student-teacher educational program, School to Sea. She has extensive experience training citizen-scientist volunteers, including writing and developing support materials. She has developed and implemented the following citizen-scientist programs: Coastal Habitat Invasive Species Monitoring Program, Greenscapes (environmentally-friendly landscaping practices), Winter Waterfowl Surveys, and Adopt a Beach program. Recently, funding was obtained to begin a new citizen-scientist program to study coastal acidification in the region's mudflats to determine impact to soft-shelled clams.

Under her leadership, SSCW has created many partnerships that have led to successful collaborations. An example is the development of an ocean literacy curriculum for National Park Service Salem Maritime National Historic Site and coastal ecology teacher training at their “Coast for every Classroom” as well as a well-attended climate change lecture series. She was the service-learning partner with Salem High School’s summer intensive science program for at risk, ESL ninth graders and provides service learning opportunities for Upward Bound students. This experience expanded into the School to Sea program with two dedicated SSCW staff working on in-school, after-school and summer programing, such as "Healthy Harbors" at the Salem Middle School

She was a principal investigator with Salem State University Geological Science professor, Dr. Hubeny, on a three-year research project to study water quality in Salem Harbor which resulted in a journal publication in a respected international journal.Currently, the results are being used to undertake intensive study of plankton in Salem Sound.

Barbara was recognized for her work when she was awarded an Environmental Merit Award by EPA New England in 2007. She also serves as the Lower North Shore Regional Coordinator for the Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Program for Salem Sound Coastwatch.
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
Emily Flaherty Ocean Literacy Coordinator & Educator --
Jack Nessen Program and Education Assistant --
Susan Yochelson Outreach Coordinator --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Recipient of the Friend of the Earth Award Salem State University 2009
EPA New England Environmental Merit Award to Barbara Warren Region 1 EPA 2007
Gulf of Maine Visionary Award Gulf of Maine Council 2004
Gulf of Maine Visionary Award Gulf of Maine Council 1991


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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Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 4
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 350
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 5
Male: 1
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 No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


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


Board Chair Dr. Alan M. Young
Board Chair Company Affiliation Salem State University
Board Chair Term Nov 2015 - Oct 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Gillian Andrews Tower School, Marblehead Voting
Lou Arak Footprint Power Voting
Janis Breeze Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute Voting
Dr. Robert Buchsbaum Massachusetts Audubon Society Voting
Rebecca Dupont-Coutu New England Civil Engineering Voting
Victor Mastone MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Voting
Jan Smith Retires from Coastal Zone Management Voting
Dr. Alan Young Salem State University Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 3
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % --
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 No

Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Nominating
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

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Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $384,967.00
Projected Expense $398,345.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 Review

2015 Review

2014 Review

2013 Review

2012 Review

2011 Review

2010 Review

2009 Review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $399,102 $290,141 $295,140
Total Expenses $366,119 $318,894 $245,107

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $249,346 $141,951 $150,619
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    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $249,346 $141,951 $150,619
Individual Contributions $52,428 $35,532 $48,260
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $54,575 $68,845 $50,771
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,397 $1,309 $1,327
Membership Dues $2,157 $6,112 $5,833
Special Events $39,195 $36,392 $38,330
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $4 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $320,194 $277,620 $210,361
Administration Expense $18,389 $14,780 $10,373
Fundraising Expense $27,536 $25,494 $24,373
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.09 0.91 1.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses 87% 87% 86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 8% 12% 10%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $448,685 $414,778 $442,531
Current Assets $448,685 $414,778 $442,531
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $924 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $447,761 $414,778 $442,531

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 12.00

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 485.59 inf inf

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's financial reviews for FY16 and FY14 and per the IRS Form 990 for FY15. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?


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?


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