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Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education

 44 Farnsworth Street
 Boston, MA 02210
[P] (617) 482-6223
[F] (617) 482-0617
www.mcae.net
[email protected]
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INCORPORATED: 1990
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 22-3016440

LAST UPDATED: 08/03/2014
Organization DBA MCAE
Former Names Massachusetts Association for Adult and Continuing Education (1990)
Massachusetts Association for Adult Literacy (1990)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE) champions the right of all adults to acquire 21st century literacy, English language and numeracy skills leading to economic prosperity, strong families and vibrant communities. MCAE provides leadership, professional development, communication and advocacy to advance quality adult basic education.

Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE) champions the right of all adults to acquire 21st century literacy, English language and numeracy skills leading to economic prosperity, strong families and vibrant communities. MCAE provides leadership, professional development, communication and advocacy to advance quality adult basic education.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2011 to June 30, 2012
Projected Income $157,500.00
Projected Expense $103,850.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Adult Learner Student Leadership
  • Communication
  • Professional Development
  • Public Policy

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Overview

Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE) champions the right of all adults to acquire 21st century literacy, English language and numeracy skills leading to economic prosperity, strong families and vibrant communities. MCAE provides leadership, professional development, communication and advocacy to advance quality adult basic education.

Background Statement

Established in 1990, the Massachusetts Coalition for Adult Education (MCAE) is a private, non-profit organization which champions the rights of all adults to acquire 21st century literacy and English language skills leading to economic prosperity, strong families and vibrant communities.  MCAE pursues this mission by providing leadership, advocacy, professional development and public awareness on behalf of adult basic education (ABE), which includes literacy, ESOL, pre-GED, GED, citizenship and transitions to job training, higher education and employment. MCAE is a dynamic organization whose strength comes from its roster of 600 individual members and an additional 61 state-funded ABE programs whose Leadership Circle and Organizational Memberships are a clear affirmation of MCAE's importance to ABE.  MCAE is the only statewide organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of adult basic education funding and policy.  As such, MCAE's rigorous advocacy for state and federal ABE funding and sound policies, the effective mobilization of ABE students and MCAE's membership, and MCAE's professional development activities, including its signature Network Conference, have all had significant impact on the state-funded ABE programs in Massachusetts and the 22,000 adults they teach annually. The MCAE Board of Directors is comprised of long-standing ABE leaders and plays an active role in governance, planning, oversight and fundraising. Jennifer McAllister, the Acting Executive Director, is MCAE’s former Public Policy Field Organizer and well-qualified to lead the organization. Her experience includes being the chief of staff for former Senator Andrea Nuciforo, a manager of Walk Boston and a member of several nonprofit boards of directors. MCAE is financially supported by The Boston Foundation, the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Network Conference revenue, membership fees from organizations and individuals, and individual donations.   


Impact Statement

MCAE is a respected and well-known leader in conducting outstanding public policy activities, implementing successful public information campaigns, and providing high quality professional development activities to all those involved in adult basic education (ABE).  In the past year, MCAE completed a comprehensive strategic plan and set goals and objectives in the areas of programming, management and finances to ensure the organization's future strength.   The following accomplishments are examples of MCAE's goal achievements under the strategic plan.  As the difficult economy continues, MCAE successfully advocated for the state legislature to provide $27.7 million for ABE (level funding) and an additional $3 million in the state's supplemental budget for a total of $30.7 million.  These funds are used to support approximately 150 state-funded programs across Massachusetts that provide ABE, ESOL and GED services to more than 22,000 adults each year.  Last spring, MCAE organized Adult Literacy Awareness Day at the State House, which brought more than 800 ABE, ESOL and GED students together to fill Gardner Auditorium and increase awareness of the need for services.  MCAE also conducted Student Leadership Trainings across the state to encourage civic engagement and help ABE students become more comfortable speaking on their own behalf not only about ABE, but about other issues that are important to them in their everyday lives so they can ultimately take better care of themselves and their families.  To diversify the organization's revenue, MCAE revised its membership structure and raised more than $21,000 in just a few months through MCAE's Leadership Circle and Organizational Member campaign.   This spring, MCAE is sponsoring Network, New England's largest ABE conference, more student leadership workshops with support from the Community Foundation of Western MA, and the ABE Showcase event at the State House to continue to raise awareness of ABE programs and services.

Needs Statement

MCAE's most pressing need is to diversify and increase financial resources to support MCAE's program activities and operations into the future.  MCAE's projected revenue for this fiscal year is from foundation grants (41%),  Network Conference registrations and sponsorships (34%), organizational memberships (13%), individual memberships (10%) and individual donations (2%).  MCAE seeks to build on its current support base by further diversifying its foundation grants, increasing its conference revenue and memberships, seeking fee-for-service contracts and attracting more individual donors for ongoing operational support.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

Massachusetts-All Regions
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Organization Categories

  1. Education - Adult Education
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Alliances & Advocacy
  3. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Voter Education/ Registration

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

Adult Learner Student Leadership

MCAE seeks to promote student leadership through expanded civic engagement of adult learners.  MCAE conducts civic engagement workshops across the state to help adult learners develop their literacy, English language and critical thinking skills in the context of issues that have significance to them, their families and communities.  Workshop participants hone their leadership and civic engagement skills, which make them better able to advocate for their children in school, participate in community organizations, register to vote or vote for the first time, and become better employees with their increased critical thinking and teamwork experience. 
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served Adults Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Families
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
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Communication

MCAE's communication goal is to do everything possible to educate the public and the media about the value of adult basic education.  MCAE maintains the premier website for ABE information in Massachusetts, publishes a regular e-newsletter entitled "MCAE News", and distributes electronic public policy alerts entitled "MCAE Alerts" to keep members informed about important funding and policy issues and mobilize them to action when necessary.
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
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Professional Development

MCAE seeks to strengthen the ABE profession through increased and varied opportunities for professional development, career development and networking. MCAE's signature professional development event is the annual Network Conference, the largest and most successful ABE conference in New England. Network attracts experts to present workshops on state-of-the-art research, current policy and emerging issues, teaching materials and instructional strategies, the use of technology in teaching, preparing students for college and jobs, and other topics that enable professionals to provide students with the best possible services.  Network also provides attendees with opportunities to interact with colleagues, share ideas and make connections with other professionals, one of the hallmarks of quality professional development.
Budget  $45,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  --

Public Policy

MCAE demonstrates exceptionally strong leadership in the public policy arena and is the only statewide organization dedicated to promoting the advancement of ABE through funding and policies that will lead to 21stcentury literacy skills for all adults and recognition of ABE as an integral part of the entire public education system.  MCAE’s widely varied advocacy activities are designed to inform and mobilize. MCAE develops and disseminates information regarding current and emerging ABE policies to its membership, policy makers, public officials and the media.  MCAE successfully and quickly mobilizes its membership to communicate with policy makers and public officials throughout the year.  MCAE conducts legislative briefings, testifies and coordinates participation at public hearings, distributes timely electronic policy alerts, regularly publishes an e-newsletter, and sponsors high visibility special events at the State House to keep ABE in the forefront of state policy decisions.
Budget  $35,000.00
Category  Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Short-Term Success  --
Program Long-Term Success  --
Program Success Monitored By  --
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Jennifer McAllister
CEO Term Start July 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Jennifer McAllister, MCAE Acting Director, was MCAE's Public Policy Field Organizer and organized MCAE's successful advocacy efforts for three years before assuming the responsibilities of Acting Director.  Her experience includes being the Legislative Director for former state Senator Andrea F. Nuciforo, Jr., being a manager of Walk Boston and a member of the Bike to the Sea board of directors.
 
Jennifer earned a BA in History and Political Science from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA and has taken graduate education courses at the Univeristy of Massachusetts in Boston, MA.
 
Co-CEO --
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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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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures No
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? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Laurie Sheridan
Board Chair Company Affiliation Adult Literacy Resource Institute/UMass Boston
Board Chair Term Jan 2011 - Dec 2012
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Fred Abisi Lowell Adult Education Voting
Ms. Jeanne Annino Literacy Pogram of Greater Plymouth Voting
Ms. Joanne Arnaud JA Arnaud Consulting Voting
Ms. Linda Faria Braun Braun Associates Voting
Ms. Christine Cordio Clinton Adult Learing Center Voting
Mr. Kermit Dunkelberg Holyoke Community College/Ludlow Adult Learning Center Voting
Ms. Shannon Erwin MIRA Voting
Ms. Annemarie Espindola SABES Southeast/Bristol Community College Voting
Mr. Stephen Hanley WAITT House Voting
Mr. Robert Hibbard Catholic Charities/El Centro Del Cardenal Voting
Mr. Derek Kalchbrenner JFY Networks Voting
Ms. Maria Kefallinou Quinsigamond Community College Voting
Mr. George Kohout SABES West/Holyoke Community College Voting
Ms. Barbara Krol-Sinclair The Intergenerational Literacy Program Voting
Ms. Suzanne Martin Brockton Adult Learning Center Voting
Ms. Elizabeth McKiernan Middlesex Community College Adult Learning Center Voting
Ms. Andrea Nash World Education Voting
Ms. Janice Philpot SCALE/Somerville Public Schools Voting
Ms. Barbara Sherman Middlesex Community College (retired) Voting
Mr. John Zhang Adult Literacy Resource Institute/UMass Boston 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: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 19
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 12
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 79%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Membership
  • Nominating
  • Public Policy/Advocacy

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2010 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2009 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2008 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2011 to June 30, 2012
Projected Income $157,500.00
Projected Expense $103,850.00
Form 990s

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents

2010 Financial report

2009 Financial Report

2008 Financial review

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2010 2009 2008
Total Revenue $241,661 $248,464 $208,337
Total Expenses $270,896 $248,395 $186,516

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2010 2009 2008
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$90,000 $91,098 $50,000
Government Contributions $75,000 $75,000 $61,000
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    Unspecified $75,000 $75,000 $61,000
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $48,970 $57,578 $71,489
Investment Income, Net of Losses $125 $318 $221
Membership Dues $27,566 $21,890 $25,627
Special Events -- $1,590 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $990 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2010 2009 2008
Program Expense $248,609 $219,571 $164,457
Administration Expense $22,287 $28,824 $22,059
Fundraising Expense $0 -- $0
Payments to Affiliates $0 -- $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.89 1.00 1.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses 92% 88% 88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2010 2009 2008
Total Assets $147,655 $127,977 $172,072
Current Assets $143,338 $122,626 $171,520
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $4,697 $5,836 $50,000
Total Net Assets $142,958 $122,141 $122,072

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2010 2009 2008
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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 2010 2009 2008
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 30.52 21.01 3.43

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2010 2009 2008
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 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 990s.  The nonprofit provided further detail concerning revenue breakout.  Please note, for fiscal year 2009, the nonprofit's revenue was $50K higher than reported on the 990.  The nonprofit is reviewing this further.

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