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Organization DBA stoneham music parents assoc.
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

SMPA - The mission of our organization is to build the music program at all levels in the Stoneham Public School System.  Due to budget cuts, we have lost elementary instrumental music lessons during the school day.  The music classes at the Elementary and Middle School levels take place for only half of the year, and instrumental lessons are now held after school.  We would like to make the lessons more affordable for parents, since it is crucial that children begin early and stay interested in music.

Mission Statement

SMPA - The mission of our organization is to build the music program at all levels in the Stoneham Public School System.  Due to budget cuts, we have lost elementary instrumental music lessons during the school day.  The music classes at the Elementary and Middle School levels take place for only half of the year, and instrumental lessons are now held after school.  We would like to make the lessons more affordable for parents, since it is crucial that children begin early and stay interested in music.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 02, 2012 to Sept 01, 2013
Projected Income $4,000.00
Projected Expense $4,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Jazz Band
  • Sparty's Sustainable Community Garden

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Overview

Mission Statement

SMPA - The mission of our organization is to build the music program at all levels in the Stoneham Public School System.  Due to budget cuts, we have lost elementary instrumental music lessons during the school day.  The music classes at the Elementary and Middle School levels take place for only half of the year, and instrumental lessons are now held after school.  We would like to make the lessons more affordable for parents, since it is crucial that children begin early and stay interested in music.

Background Statement

SMPA- The Stoneham Music Parents Association consists of a small group of parents who are dedicated to our children's musical education.  Studies show that early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning.  Students of the arts learn to think creatively and to solve problems by imagining various solutions, since the Arts rarely have only one right answer.  Music enhances teamwork skills and discipline.  In order for an orchestra to sound good, all players must work together harmoniously towards a single goal...the performance...and must commit to learning music, attending rehearsals, and practicing.  It provides children with a wonderful means of self-expression and is a skill that can be enjoyed throughout one's lifetime.  Music is joyful! 

Impact Statement

SMPA Accomplishments
1.  Wrote and received a grant to pay for an $8,000 xylophone set for the Stoneham Middle School
2.  Funded the restoration of 8 keyboards for the Middle School
3.  Funded scholarships for one graduating Senior each year who had met the       criteria set forth by our organization
4.  Funded the cost of the Jazz band for the year at our Middle School
5.  Partially funded the cost of Elementary School after-school lessons (giving our young students their first exposure to musical instrument lessons.
 Goals
1.  We will be helping to pay for the high school band and chorus to go to NYC
2.  We wrote a grant and hope to receiving funding to tune all of the pianos in the Stoneham Public School system.
3. Wrote a grant to hopefully fund for the Middle School Jazz Band again.
4. Our ultimate goal is to raise awareness in the community and government groups as to the importance of music in our children's education.

Needs Statement

SMPA Needs:
1.  Funding of the After-school Elementary instrumental lessons  $16,000 per year
2.  Restoring  elementary instrumental lessons during the school day-2 teachers' salaries
3.  Restoring  Music & Art back into the Elementary schools full year
4.  Providing more scholarships to High School Seniors
5.  Increasing interest and excitement on the part of our children so that they continue with their musical education.

CEO Statement

SMPA -As parents, we want what is best for our children.  It has saddened us over the past years, to see our children's education in the Arts deteriorating.  We are united in a single goal:  to give the children of our community the opportunity to find their GIFT.  Please help us to do so.

Board Chair Statement

SMPA - From a governance perspective, there is very little money in our budget to fund the basics of our Music program.  As a result, our Music and Arts programs have suffered.  The Stoneham Music Parents have chosen to concentrate our efforts on the musical deficiencies in our community.
 
From a personal perspective....some of us struggle financially.  While we may want to give a children music lessons, we have other financial responsibilities that may take precedence.  We would like to take the burden from the parents, and help them to offer their children the opportunity to broaden their horizons form an Arts perspective.  We have had some great success stories.  One of our last year's graduates was accepted and is now attending Berkeley School of Music.  Also, one of our current Seniors performed this past Summer with the Harvard Summer Pops Band.  This did not occur without the dedication of our children, and the sacrifices of their parents.  Again, we would like to be able to offer all children the equal opportunity to learn and enjoy the joy of music.

Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA
Stoneham, MA

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  2. Education -
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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

Jazz Band

The Jazz Band is an extracurricular program which is offered after school.  It is offered to all Middle School students, whether or not they are in the Middle School band.  This gives those who may not be interested in the traditional band, but love jazz music, to collaborate with like-minded students.  They participate in  performances, often collaborating with the High School Jazz students.   Once a year, they have their own performance in the High School Library.  This intimate setting (for the jazz students only) gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents, with most students performing solos.   Last year, a well-known guitarist from the Berkeley School of Music performed with our students, which was a real treat for them.
Budget  $1,800.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  If we receive the funding for the jazz band, we will have more children participating (since the financial burden will not be passed onto their parents).  Those children will act as the feeder program for the High School Jazz Band, and our music program will continue to rebuild.  It is difficult to quantify the results, but we have found that those approximately 80% of those participating in the Jazz or Concert bands continue to stay involved in the music programs at the High School level.
Program Long-Term Success  The ultimate goal of the Stoneham Music Parents Association is to build our music program from the ground up.  First, we need to give our children a full year of music instruction in the classroom setting, preferably with instruction in musical instruments.  Next, we want to offer musical instrument instruction after school, at an affordable cost to our families.  It is imperative that we "capture" the kids at an early age, so that their appreciation of music will carry them through the Middle School years when being a "band kid" may not be all that appealing.  If we can attract a large cross-section of children at the Elementary level, and make band "cool" in Middle School, we can feed those children into our High School Band, which has struggled in the past few years just to keep enough participants to perform at a high level.  Finally, once our numbers increase, we would like to be able to send our children on performance trips, as in years past, to celebrate their talents and highlight their abilities.
Program Success Monitored By  Again, approximately 80% of those involved in the Jazz band at the Middle School level stay involved in music.
Examples of Program Success  Because of the small numbers in our music program, some children have been asked to learn new instruments (due to gaps in certain areas).  One of our students became our percussionist after playing a woodwind instrument and guitar because our concert band needed a percussionist.  She has become accomplished in this area.  Another student took on the bass because we lacked that instrument in our band.  So, if a child is truly vested in his/her musical education, they adapt to the needs of their groups...broadening their horizons.

Sparty's Sustainable Community Garden

An outdoor 8 raised bed garden located in the center of Stoneham High School, alongside the current greenhouse. In the raised beds we will plant vegetables and herbs, which will be studied and consumed by students, faculty, and community. The garden will include different departments working together to maintain it, such as: Special Needs, Science, and At-Risk. Currently it is used as an outdoor learning space for the Foods/Nutrition Class where they grow food that is prepared and consumed by those at the school. It is our hope that we will epand the garden area, and base smaller raised beds at all of the elementary schools.
Budget  $4,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
We wrote and received a grant to get started od $500 which allowed us to build the raised beds. We have done numerous fundraisers within the Foods Dept. to pay for seeds and loam in the past two years to get us started.  The area had been unused for many years, along with the 16 x 20 greenhouse.  We are working to bring it back to it's original state , this will include restoring water access to this area.  Currently we bring buckets from inside the school out to water.  We have started a Garden Club where we have 50 members so far.
Program Long-Term Success 
The long term goal would be that this cycle of planting, growing, analyzing, and composting, willl continue.  With other departments joining in and working it into their curriculum guidelines: Art, English, Music, Health, and Social Studies.  A garden can be useful in every department in the school if they make it their own.  There is enough space to continue to build more beds after the intial eight, making it a great opportunity for the entire school population.  And perhaps eventually get it into the cafeteria offerings.
Program Success Monitored By 
There has been a drastic change in the Atrium area since we have taken over and cleaned up what had been abandoned years ago.  Students and faculty are loving the changes/improvements we have made, and are now taking more notice to the space.  The students are proud of what they have done, and have been able to grow and to produce into a product for consumption, along with the knowledge of learning to grow and sustain something.
Examples of Program Success 
We obtained a $500 grant to get us started, and word is beginning to spread.  We built a website/blog that will keep everyone informed on what is growing in the garden and the progress we are making,along with helpful hints and recipes.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We appreciate the opportunity to describe our organization to you and to outline our needs to you.  We feel very strongly that it is imperative that we educate the "whole student."  It is our job as parents to find our child's gift.  That gift may be scholastic, athletic or social in nature.  Those of us in The Stoneham Music Parents Association feel that an introduction to Music, and continued access to like programs helps our children to grow, socially, intellectually and musically.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs Lauren Murphy
CEO Term Start Sept 2009
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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Awards

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Affiliations

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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
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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 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 10
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 10
Male: 0
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 No
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? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Mrs Lauren Murphy
Board Chair Company Affiliation board member
Board Chair Term Sept 2009 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mrs Mary Dalton board member Voting
Mrs Lauren Murphy board member Voting
Mrs Ann Marie O'Neill board member Voting
Mrs Ann Marie Turner board member Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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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: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
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 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Sept 02, 2012 to Sept 01, 2013
Projected Income $4,000.00
Projected Expense $4,000.00
Form 990s --
Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $18,219 $16,100 $14,695
Total Expenses $20,074 $14,987 $14,711

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$18,219 $16,100 $6,000
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions -- -- $2,893
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- $4,859
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- $943
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $20,074 $14,987 $14,711
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.91 1.07 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

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Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
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Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
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 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

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

The Stoneham Music Parents Association is a program of the Stoneham Business & Community Educational Foundation. The grassroots organization, the Stoneham Business & Community Educational Foundation files 990N's or 990 Postcards with the IRS. As such, no financial documents are posted above. The charts and graphs above profile the financials of the Stoneham Music Parents Association, based on financial records provided by the organization.

Documents


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