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Horizons For Homeless Children Inc

 1705 Columbus Avenue
 Roxbury, MA 02119
[P] (617) 553-5455
[F] (617) 445-2124
[email protected]
Katherine Carroll Day
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EIN 22-2915188

LAST UPDATED: 10/18/2016
Organization DBA --
Former Names The Horizons Initiative (2003)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

Horizons for Homeless Children improves the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts and helps their families to succeed by providing high quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services.  To support our mission, we also advocate on behalf of young children, train educators and human services providers, and provide research on the impact of early education on homeless children.  

Mission Statement

Horizons for Homeless Children improves the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts and helps their families to succeed by providing high quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services.  To support our mission, we also advocate on behalf of young children, train educators and human services providers, and provide research on the impact of early education on homeless children.  

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $9,003,055.00
Projected Expense $10,124,357.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Early Education Centers
  • Family Partnerships Program
  • Playspace Program
  • Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Training and Professional Development

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Mission Statement

Horizons for Homeless Children improves the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts and helps their families to succeed by providing high quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services.  To support our mission, we also advocate on behalf of young children, train educators and human services providers, and provide research on the impact of early education on homeless children.  

Background Statement

Horizons for Homeless Children was founded in 1988 as an independent, non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to serving young homeless children and their families. Horizons began with a few Playspaces in Boston family shelters. Today there are 122 Playspaces, in family shelters across the state, operated with the help of five regional offices and more than 1200 trained volunteer Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs). To make healthy play possible for children living in shelters, we build and maintain developmentally appropriate and trauma-informed, “kid-friendly” spaces and stock them with books, toys, and arts & crafts materials and provide trained, caring adults to play with them and help them learn.
These spaces would not exist otherwise, and they make it possible for young homeless children to engage in critical  learning activities. Without them, these children would have no place to play, and few toys if any with which to play. 
Our first early education center opened in Boston in 1994 in response to the need for quality childcare for the children and to enable the parents in the shelters to pursue education and employment.  We subsequently opened a second one in 2000 and another in 2006. The centers provide high-quality, trauma-informed care focused on the individual developmental needs of each child. All three centers are fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and are ranked in the top 5% of early education centers in the state through the assessment conducted by the Mass. Department of Early Education and Care. The centers are located in the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Roxbury, serving 175 children and their families each day between the three centers, and more than 300 over the course of a year.  
In 2002 we launched our Training and Technical Assistance program, which provides training and technical assistance to educators and service providers nationwide.  Our Policy and Advocacy work also began in 2002, seeking to engage and educate on issues affecting homeless children and families. 

In 2011 we began the operation of the Family Partnerships Program, which expanded support to families to ensure their continued success and the school readiness of the children.  Also in 2011 we began our Research and Evaluation efforts, which strive to integrate continuous quality improvement and impact evaluation in all that we do and to inform best practices.  



Impact Statement

Horizons impacted the lives of more than 2,500 homeless children and their families across the state in FY16.  We have Playspaces in more than 120 family shelters across Massachusetts, in every region of the state, as well as our "Playspace in a Box" which brings the toys and materials and developmental activities of our Playspaces to those locations, such as motels, where permanent spaces can't be installed but where homeless children need to engage in play and learning.  We expanded our impact through the further development of our Family Partnerships Program, through which we support the families of the children in our early education centers, involving them in the education of their children and providing them with the support and resources they need to accomplish their goals. We focused on the bi-lingual education of our children, ensuring that there is at least one Spanish speaking teacher in every classroom, providing training for Spanish speaking staff and parents, and conducting a pilot program to examine the feasibility of implementing a total bilingual immersion program in the classroom.
Our top goals for the current year are to: strengthen our curriculum in the areas of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) and literacy, particularly literacy for the dual language learner; strengthen our family engagement services and our two-generation model through the implementation of the Mobility Mentoring approach; and strengthen our assessment and evaluation efforts to demonstrate impact of our early education centers on the success of our children in school.

Needs Statement

1.  Horizons for Homeless Children receives 70% of our funding through philanthropic gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations. With the implementation of our strategic plan  and the new programs it created, along with the decline of public funding, our fundraising goals increased accordingly. We are therefore always looking for new partners interested in supporting our efforts.
2.  We are always in need of caring volunteers to "staff" our Playspaces located in homeless shelters throughout the state.  Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs) are provided with an initial three hours of training, supplemented with on-going workshops and assistance, and are asked to commit to one two-hour shift (usually at night), per week for six months in which they play, read, and interact with the children in the shelter.
3.  Horizons' three early education centers and 122 Playspaces are always in need of new, age-appropriate toys, books, arts and crafts materials, and other supplies. We are in particular need at all times of Play-Doh, baby wipes, and disinfecting wipes. We also are in need from time to time of furniture and equipment. We publish a Wish List on our website noting everything that is needed and what the process is.

CEO Statement

Horizons for Homeless Children (Horizons) seeks to improve the lives of young children experiencing homelessness while working with their families to improve their economic and social well-being.  By utilizing a two generational model in working with both the children and their parents, we are helping to break the cycle of homelessness.  We are the only organization devoted exclusively to the early education needs of young homeless children and their families.
Through education and play, we assist children in greater Boston and across Massachusetts by enriching their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical well-being.  Horizons aspires to ensure that children leaving our early education centers are better prepared for school by developing foundations for learning while also empowering their parents to support that learning.  Together with our volunteers and partners, Horizons staff participates in a national movement to improve access to high-quality early education and care and to create systemic change to support the unique needs of children experiencing homelessness.

Board Chair Statement

I have been involved with Horizons for Homeless Children for more than twenty years.  I strongly believe that we can make a difference in the lives of children who experience the trauma of homelessness and help to break the cycle of homelessness to prevent more children from having to endure the experience.  And it makes economic sense too - the quality early education we provide these children will help them to perform much better in school, graduate from high school, and go on to fruitful careers.  It has been determined that for every $1 invested in quality early education for those who are economically disadvantaged, $10 are saved in the long-run by society.
In developing our most recent strategic plan, we were challenged by the ever increasing waiting list for our services during a tough economic period.  We determined that while it was not feasible at this time to construct another early education center to serve more children and families, we would deepen the impact we have on the children and families we do serve, focusing more on ensuring the school readiness of the children upon kindergarten entry and the continued self-sufficiency of the families.  And we would focus more on advocacy and awareness of the issue of child and family homelessness, becoming involved more in local and state coalitions aiming to impact legislation and policies affecting homeless children and families.
While the challenge of a decrease in public funding and the expansion of programming necessitate the pursuit of higher fundraising goals and aggressive fundraising strategies, Horizons is fortunate to have committed and generous donors and a reserve fund established as a result of a very successful five-year capital campaign that surpassed its goal.  The Board of Directors is committed to ensuring the continued financial and programmatic health of Horizons while our services are still so desperately needed.  As long as the need is there, the Board and the organization will continue to seek the help and involvement of others who want to see an end to child and family homelessness and to ensure that we do as much as we can to make it happen. 

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Direct services are provided throughout the state of Massachusetts. Our three early education centers are located in Boston (Dorchester, Roxbury, and Jamaica Plain). Playspaces are located in 122 family shelters throughout the state.  Five regional offices - Greater Boston (Boston), Northeast (Lawrence), Southeast (Middleboro), Central (Worcester), and West (W. Springfield), oversee the local Playspace activities in each region.     

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Child Day Care
  2. Education - Preschools
  3. Human Services - Family Services

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Early Education Centers

We believe that by supporting the social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development of young homeless children, engaging their families, and delivering high-quality teaching, children served by our early education centers will be ready to succeed in school. Our 3 early education centers provide comprehensive, trauma-informed early education for children ages 2 months through 5 years old who are living in shelters when enrolled. They utilize an evidence-based pre-school curriculum and the Center for the Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning Pyramid approach to enhance social emotional development. A low child/teacher ratio ensures that every child gets the attention s/he needs, and we provide two healthy meals and a snack each day, as well as T passes.

Utilizing the evidence-based Mobility Mentoring model from EMPath, Family Advocates work with the parents of the children to provide coaching, support, and needed referrals, to assist parents in accomplishing their goals.
Budget  $5,191,009.00
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Homeless Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
100% of our children will progress and reach developmentally appropriate milestones and will be ready for school when they enter kindergarten. 
Program Long-Term Success 
Ultimately the children who have been served by our Community Children's Centers will enter school where they should be developmentally and will continue successfully through school.  Their families will obtain and remain in permanent housing, be self-sufficient, and will not slide back into homelessness.
Program Success Monitored By 

We recognize that one of the most important impacts we can have is ensuring that children overcome any developmental delays or barriers to school readiness and that they arrive at kindergarten on par where they should be in order to be successful in school. We therefore measure the progress of the children through on-going screenings and assessments.

Children are screened at intake and annually using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). And they are assessed quarterly using Teaching Strategies-GOLD in order to monitor individual student activity and progress and make any needed adjustments in individual curriculum plans. We utilize the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test to measure receptive vocabulary and the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening to measure the recognition of letters. We also assess the teachers, instruction methodology, and classroom activity through classroom observations and rating scales. Family progress is assessed against the established family action plan.  
Examples of Program Success  One of many stories that demonstrate the impact that our Community Children’s Centers has is that of Maria and her two children. Having become homeless, they were placed in a family shelter and the children were enrolled at a Horizons’ CCC.  When they arrived, the children showed signs of having experienced trauma and having spent their early years in restricted, communal spaces. They were busy all the time and didn’t have any control of their bodies,” Sheika, their teacher, recalled. Sheika and the other teachers worked closely with the children, focusing on structure and routines, as well as relaxation methods. 

The children, Junior and Jadiel, came to love reading and Junior even memorized the words to his favorite books. They are curious about the world and continue to thrive.  Maria went back to school and received her high school diploma. She worked with her Family Advocate to complete a job-training program in healthcare administration and to obtain a job in the medical field.   

Family Partnerships Program

As part of the work of our early education centers, we engage parents in their children's education and help them to see the importance of their role in their children's future. Because parents play such a key role, we utilize a two generational, whole family approach to support both the child and the family to ensure success. Through this approach, we look to strengthen families' protective factors. We use the Strengthening Families Protective Factors as a guide. Family Advocates work with parents from the time of enrollment regarding establishing and reaching their goals and transitioning their families to permanent housing and their children from Horizons to kindergarten. We provide opportunities for parents to engage in classroom, center, and networking activities, along with workshops in parenting skills, child development, and a variety of life skills, such as health, nutrition, and financial literacy. 

Budget  $905,955.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Population Served Homeless Families Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
In the short-term, families will engage more in the operation of the center and the education of their children and will participate in center activities.
Program Long-Term Success 
Ultimately families will no longer need the assistance of the Family Advocate, will remain in permanent housing, and will be successfully self-sufficient, and the children will be successful in school.
Program Success Monitored By 
Through ongoing assessments of the families and monitoring of the progress of their self-sufficiency plans by the Family Advocates, as well as family surveys.
Examples of Program Success  Parents are especially grateful for the help and guidance they receive in helping their children enter schools and to adjust to the school and the child’s teachers. One child’s teacher related to his mother that he had a lot of behavioral issues in the classroom and the mother didn’t know what to do. The advocate went with the parent to meet with the teacher and then spoke with the child’s former Horizons teacher and realized that the child was so advanced he had to be more challenged, that he was finishing his work early and causing disruptions out of boredom. Once the advocate and parent met with the teacher and the move up to a more challenging class happened, the child's behavioral issues went away. 

Playspace Program

Horizons founded the Playspace Program in 1990 in the belief that all children have a right to play, play is key for healthy development in young children, and play is how children heal from trauma. To make healthy play possible for children living in shelters, we build and maintain developmentally appropriate and trauma-informed, “kid-friendly” spaces and stock them with books, toys, and arts & crafts materials. These spaces would not exist otherwise, and they make it possible for young homeless children to engage in critical learning and healing activities.

The Playspaces serve children in infancy to early elementary school age and help each child engage in important development activities and heal from the trauma of homelessness. Careful attention is paid to trauma informed aspects such as calm lighting, defined areas of play, and opportunities for choice. Each week over 2,000 children take advantage of the Playspaces in more than 120 programs serving homeless families statewide. 
Budget  $1,202,091.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Child Care
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Homeless Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
Children living in shelters will have opportunities to play, have fun, and be happy; to play with toys, blocks, arts and crafts materials and "make believe" items like costumes and plastic kitchens to gain physical and cognitive skills; to learn and be read to; to forget for a short time that they are living in a shelter and do not have a home to call their own.
Program Long-Term Success 
Children participating in the Playspaces Program will benefit from developmental play and educational activities as well as the full attention of a caring adult and trauma-informed care, which will help lead to school readiness and success in both school and life.
Program Success Monitored By 
Data is collected as to the number of installations and reinstallations completed, volunteer recruitment, training, and retention efforts, and numbers of children served. Feedback is regularly sought from shelter staff, parents, and PALs through meetings, focus groups, and surveys. Each region has a Shelter Advisory Board of the region’s shelter liaisons and other local agencies working with homeless children to provide input and feedback. PAL Council meetings provide input regarding the recruitment, training, and experiences of PALs, tools and techniques to engage and educate children with a literary focus, and methods of coping with behavioral issues stemming from trauma to ensure the highest quality service to children in shelter settings and to support the volunteer experience. We have established standards by which the Playspaces must adhere and a tool to assess each Playspace against those standards. We are also this year conducting a pilot evaluation in a sampling of shelters.    
Examples of Program Success 

Horizons has been asked to install a Playspace by every family shelter across the state. We are currently in 133 and have a waiting list of shelters seeking Playspaces. We are also able to consistently recruit, train, and place volunteers which allows to have more than 1400 volunteer Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs) at the current time.

One shelter director stated,“The volunteers provide an invaluable service to these families. The children get a chance to forget for a brief period that they do not have a house to call their own and the parents are afforded some time for themselves. The kids get really excited. They look forward to it. The parents are under a lot of duress. The volunteers are just there to play. We are so grateful that this program exists.”
Surveys conducted of shelter staff, parents, and PALs, have all reported how impactful the Playspace and the PALs are on the children and the atmosphere of the shelter. 

Public Policy and Advocacy

As a direct service provider, we see the impact of legislative action and regulatory policies on the families we serve. Our Policy and Advocacy initiative educates policymakers and the public on the needs of homeless children and families, and advocates for state and federal policies that will improve the lives of all young homeless children and their families. Our focus is on advocating for improvements in the systems targeted towards homeless children and families, and advocating for the removal of barriers that make it impossible for homeless families to access resources.
Horizons advocates in the following areas:
  • Support of quality early childhood education
  • Access to affordable childcare
  • Effective scaling of best practices
  • Protecting the rights of homeless children established under the McKinney-Vento Act 


Budget  $185,372.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other
Population Served Homeless Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success 
Short term success is an increased awareness of the extent and impact of child and family homelessness and some steps taken to address it.
Program Long-Term Success 
The ultimate success of our efforts would be that there was so much public awareness and policy reaction that child and family homelessness would eventually be eradicated. 
Program Success Monitored By 
We know we are successful when we have helped to impact changes in policy or increased the number of people aware of the issue, as measured by the numbers of people signing the Pledge for Young Homeless Children, the number of "likes" on our Facebook page, the number of Twitter followers, etc.
Examples of Program Success  First enacted in 1987, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the most comprehensive federal legislation protecting the rights of homeless children. The law seeks to ensure that homeless children are sheltered from the barriers of access, enrollment, and consistency that can jeopardize their educational achievement. However, it focused solely on those homeless children who were in Kindergarten through twelfth grade and did not speak to homeless children in early education. Horizons worked with national coalitions and programs, as well as legislators from Massachusetts and other states, to amend the law to include the rights of younger children. Horizons is now participating in a state coalition looking to "bridge the gap" between homeless families' need for early education and care and their ability to access it by having the 2007 policy of providing homeless families in the state with immediate access to child care vouchers re-instated. 

Training and Professional Development

In order for our teachers to provide the high-quality, trauma-informed care needed by our children, they are constantly engaged in professional development and training. We continuously provide training and workshops for our teachers and enable them to take advantage of outside professional development opportunities as well.

In addition to providing our teaching staff with high quality training and professional development, we share our expertise with educators and service providers throughout the state and country.  Horizons has become recognized as a leader in the education of young homeless children and in providing trauma-informed care. Horizons was recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families as one of its top ten resources nationally for training and technical assistance in early childhood education and family homelessness and received a grant from Mass. DCHD to provide training to shelter staff across the state.

Budget  $349,406.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Child Care
Population Served Homeless Homeless
Program Short-Term Success      
Program Long-Term Success      
Program Success Monitored By      
Examples of Program Success     

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We are proud of the high quality programming we provide to homeless children and families. We have established both a local and national reputation for the quality of services we provide through our programs, as well as our knowledge and expertise regarding both early education and family homelessness. Our greatest challenge is that we cannot serve more children and reduce our constant waiting list of almost 200 children for our early education centers.  A related challenge is the high cost to operate three separate centers.  However, this also presents our greatest  opportunity - we hope to eventually consolidate the three centers into one large center that could not only accommodate the numbers we serve now, but additional children, while being more cost efficient.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Kate Barrand
CEO Term Start Nov 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Kate is a longstanding, devoted supporter of Horizons. She served on our Board for 14 years, including serving as Chair of the Marketing Committee for 5 years, and has been a Playspace Activity Leader (PAL) for three years. Kate is intimately familiar with the problems of homelessness in the state, and has a background in early childhood that allows her to understand the significant developmental impact for many of our children.

Kate is an experienced private sector and non-profit strategy consultant and operating manager. Kate has worked with C-suite and executive teams of large (top 10) financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies and non profit organizations to define new strategies, develop marketing programs, and restructure and realign business units to better serve stakeholders.  Kate was the Founder and CMO of Clareon Corporation, the first B2B Internet payment solution. In addition, Kate led Strategic Planning for the global retail and wealth management businesses and Global Strategic Marketing while at BankBoston. She has an MBA from Boston University and a BA in Early Childhood Development from the Eliot-Pearson Department at Tufts University. 

Kate resides in Beverly, MA and serves on several Boards including: the Board of Directors of Wellspring House in Gloucester MA, Lahey Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services in Burlington, MA, and Kate is Vice Chairman of the Development Committee for Beverly Hospital in Beverly, MA.





Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Dianne Luby Aug 2014 Aug 2016
Ms. Asa Fanelli Mar 2010 Aug 2013

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Katherine Carroll Day Director of Development --
Ms. Sheila O'Neil Executive Director, Early Education Centers & Family Partnerships Program --
Ms. Tammy Reder Chief Financial Officer --


Award Awarding Organization Year
State Top Ten School Readiness Organization Root Cause Social Impact Research 2010


Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - 5 Year Accreditation --


Our early education centers work closely with the Boston shelters in which the families reside, and with local social service, healthcare, and mental health providers in order to access the services needed by our families. Moreover, providers of dental, medical, and mental health services provide services to the children on-site at the centers. We work very closely with all of the shelters across the state in order to install and successfully operate our Playspaces.  Further, we partner with companies and organizations who provide volunteers, event sponsorships, in-kind donations, and funding. We also partner with other organizations to provide workshops for our parents and/or teachers. Some of our partnerships include: Jewish Family & Children's Services; The Home for Little Wanderers; Families First; Boston Healthcare for the Homeless; Young Audiences of Massachusetts; Raising a Reader; Boston Children's Hospital; Mass. Law Reform; Community Servings; and Casa Myrna Vasquez.
In addition, we are a member of On Solid Ground, a coalition aimed at increasing family stability and reducing family homelessness. This coalition includes many nonprofit organizations, the Center for Social Policy/UMass Boston, The Boston Foundation, and the United Way of MassBay and Merrimack Valley.  

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Horizons is very fortunate to benefit from substantial contributions from individuals and organizations in addition to our public funding.  We hold successful fundraising events and are blessed with generous donors.  However, given the ever-increasing need for our services, and in order to implement our ambitious strategic plan while simultaneously facing cutbacks in state funding, we have substantially increased our fundraising goals and established ambitious fundraising strategies. The Board of Directors has also authorized the utilization of the reserve funds that were established as a result of our very successful five year capital campaign if needed. 


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 122
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 1,200
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 30
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 55
Hispanic/Latino: 32
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 3
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 111
Male: 11
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
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 Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. Matt Epstein
Board Chair Company Affiliation Goulston & Storrs
Board Chair Term July 2010 - June 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Jonathan Bingham Janeiro Digital Voting
Mr. Bill Bridgen Comcast SportsNet Voting
Ms. Lori Colella Fairfield Financial Advisors Voting
Ms. Elizabeth Crowley Burns and Levinson Voting
Mr. Ryan Debin Hudson Advisors of Boston Voting
Mr. Mark Edwards OpportunityNation Voting
Mr. Michael Eisenson Charlesbank Capital Partners Voting
Mr. Glenn Engler Digital Influence Group Voting
Mr. Matt Epstein Goulston & Storrs Voting
Mr. Timothy Estella Barclays Capital Voting
Ms. Dyan Goodwin U.S. Trust, Bank of America Voting
Mr. Chip Hazard Flybridge Capital Partners Voting
Ms. Kathy Klingler Sovereign Bank Voting
Ms. Melissa MacDonnell Liberty Mutual Voting
Ms. Linda Mason Bright Horizons Family Solutions Voting
Ms. Lauren Mazzella Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Aaron Miller Managing Director/Financial Advisor, Northwestern Mutual Voting
Mr. Gregory Morzano Old Ironsides Energy LLC Voting
Mr. Thomas Murray EMC Voting
Ms. Sarah Nielsen Jewish Family and Children's Services Voting
Ms. Kate O'Neil Retired Voting
Mr. Steven Principe Morgan Stanley Voting
Mr. Rahim Rajpar John Hancock Voting
Mr. Peter Riehl Brookside Capital Voting
Mr. Mike Roberge MFS Investment Management Voting
Mr. Maurice Samuels Convexity Capital Management Voting
Dr. Lucienne Sanchez M.D. Mount Auburn Hospital Voting
Ms Barbara Shapiro Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Eileen Smith Bright Horizons Family Solutions Voting
Ms. Janice Sturchio BNY Mellon Private Wealth Management Voting
Ms. Liz Vanzura Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Maita Vert Crocker State Street Corporation Voting
Ms. Karen Walsh F-Squared Investments Voting
Ms. Susan Whitehead Whitehead Institute Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Robert Atchinson Adage Capital Management Voting
Mr. Joshua Bekenstein Bain Capital Management Voting
Mr. Roger Brown Berklee College of Music Voting
Ms. Sandy Edgerley Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Diane Hessan Communispace Corp. Voting
Mr. Jonathan Lavine Sankaty Advisors LLC NonVoting
Ms. Laurie Schoen US4KIDS Voting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 28
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 1
Gender Female: 17
Male: 17
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 10%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $9,003,055.00
Projected Expense $10,124,357.00
Form 990s

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2011 990

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Audit Documents

2015 Audited Financials

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $8,641,435 $8,128,156 $8,158,397
Total Expenses $9,323,877 $9,231,259 $9,121,470

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $2,133,976 $1,885,082 $2,103,193
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $2,133,976 $1,885,082 $2,103,193
Individual Contributions $4,493,123 $3,748,154 $3,815,578
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $343,315 $415,619 $406,209
Investment Income, Net of Losses $283,150 $633,465 $404,475
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $1,387,871 $1,445,836 $1,428,942
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $6,858,589 $6,877,016 $6,897,577
Administration Expense $1,121,221 $1,089,866 $1,031,258
Fundraising Expense $1,344,067 $1,264,377 $1,192,635
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.93 0.88 0.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses 74% 74% 76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 17% 18% 16%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $16,142,644 $16,864,333 $17,441,133
Current Assets $2,708,421 $7,235,180 $1,610,779
Long-Term Liabilities -- $0 $0
Current Liabilities $751,479 $576,138 $555,713
Total Net Assets $15,391,165 $16,288,195 $16,885,420

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
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 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.60 12.56 2.90

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In order to implement our ambitious strategic plan while simultaneously facing cutbacks in state funding, we have substantially increased our fundraising goals and established ambitious fundraising strategies.  The Board of Directors has also authorized the utilization of the additional reserve funds that were established as a result of our very successful five year capital campaign that ended in 2009.  Our deficit is a "planned" deficit, authorized by the Board of Directors for program expansion, to be covered by the reserve fund initially and eventually covered completely by fundraising revenues. 


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s.  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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