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Organization DBA MACC
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

MACC protects Massachusetts natural resources through education, advocacy and support of conservation commissions.

Mission Statement

MACC protects Massachusetts natural resources through education, advocacy and support of conservation commissions.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $376,575.00
Projected Expense $418,109.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Environmental Advocacy
  • Environmental Education and Training
  • Environmental Support

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Overview

Mission Statement

MACC protects Massachusetts natural resources through education, advocacy and support of conservation commissions.

Background Statement

We are a membership-based non-profit founded in 1961, incorporated in 1978. Our mission is to protect Massachusetts natural resources by supporting conservation commissions through education and advocacy. We use a powerful, unique, and locally based model of environmental education and support that gives people the information and skills they need to protect wetlands, open space, and biological diversity in their communities.

Each municipality in Massachusetts has a conservation commission comprised of volunteer commissioners. Commissions administer the state Wetlands Protection Act and municipal laws to protect wetlands, and have the authority to plan for natural resources protection, acquire land and water areas, manage open space for conservation and passive recreation, and educate community members. Commissions review and make decisions on more than 9,000 wetland permit applications annually and are stewards of tens of thousands of acres of open space in Massachusetts.

Almost every MA conservation commission and more than 2,000 MA conservation commissioners are MACC members. We provide comprehensive environmental and regulatory education and training and other support services to commissioners and staff. We teach an eight unit Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners and more advanced workshops and training sessions. We write and publish books and articles. Our Protecting Wetlands and Open Space: MACC's Environmental Handbook for MA Conservation Commissioners is the most indispensable resource for those serving on, working with, and appearing before conservation commissions. Measuring over 800 pages, it is the legal, scientific, policy, and technical guide for conservation commissioners and others working to protect wetlands, open space, and biological resources. We run a telephone/email helpline in which members receive advice on difficult environmental questions they encounter. We host an online environmental forum.

The Annual Environmental Conference has been our premier event since 1971. It is the largest annual environmental gathering in New England, bringing together more than 800 people to participate in environmental workshops and training sessions and connect with other volunteers and professionals.

We advocate for strong science based environmental laws, regulations, and policies that are implemented at the local level. We created model bylaws that have been adopted by many municipalities and legislation that has been enacted into law.


Impact Statement

Achievements

We completely updated, revised, and enhanced with new features our premier publication, Protecting Wetlands and Open Space: MACC’s Environmental Handbook for Massachusetts Conservation Commissioners. The Environmental Handbook is the legal, scientific, policy, and technical guide for protecting and preserving wetlands and open space in Massachusetts. It is the most indispensable resource for those serving on, working with, and appearing before conservation commissions in Massachusetts. The new, tenth edition, a year in the making, is current, online, interactive, and available by subscription.

We held the largest environmental conference in New England, with 750 participants, 44 exhibitors, and 27 educational workshops on numerous aspects of protecting wetlands and open space.

We provided our essential Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners training to more than 300 commissioners so they have basic knowledge they need to protect natural resources in their cities and towns. We now offer four of the eight fundamentals workshops as live webinars so people can learn from our experts online in the comfort of their home or office.

We provided more advanced training to 111 conservation commissioners and conservation agents throughout the state on topics such as wetlands delineation and soils identification.

More than 150 people attended our Fall Conference, this year about how to identify and manage the invasive plant species that are all too prevalent on our landscape and destructive of local ecosystems.

Goals

Exceed attendance of the previous annual conference and increase the number of workshops offered at our Annual Environmental Conference 2014

Complete the curriculum and materials and provide advanced erosion and sediment control trainings in various locations throughout the state to conservation commissioners and consultants

Create and put on a training conference on how to manage nuisance aquatic invasive plants and how that work can be permitted and conditioned under the Wetlands Protection Act

Fundraising for our work on climate change mitigation and adaptation

Upgrade our website and adopt online tools for our members to use


Needs Statement

A) Upgrade our website and automate our member services functions. Approx $15,000-20,000
 
B) Upgrade computer hardware, including new desktops and a server with back-up capabilities. Approx $5,000-10,000
 
C) Adequate funding to fill a vacant half-time position Approx $25,000 annually
 
D) Complete a new strategic plan in 2014. Approx $3,000-5,000
 
E) Create a robust individual giving program.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

STATEWIDE
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Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
  2. Environment - Environmental Education
  3. Environment - Land Resources Conservation

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

Environmental Advocacy

We proactively support regulatory and legislative actions that would result in smart science based protection of wetlands and open space that can be implemented at the local level, comment on proposed regulations, policies and legislation, and are the voice for conservation commissions on coalitions and government advisory committees.

We file amicus briefs and participate in court on cases where providing our expertise and experience would be important to decisions that could affect wetlands and open space protection.

Budget  $7,800.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served Adults US Other Named Groups
Program Short-Term Success 
Better laws, regulations, and policies on wetlands and open space protection.
 
Government decision makers better informed on topics of concern for locally based conservation of wetlands and open space.
 
Good court decisions on issues affecting wetlands and open space protection.
Program Long-Term Success  Smart science based protection of wetlands and open space that can be implemented at the local level.
Program Success Monitored By  We look at the outcomes of our advocacy work. Were laws and regulations we opposed not enacted or appropriately modified? Were good laws and regulations enacted? Are we participating in the appropriate government advisory committees and are those committees responsive to our concerns? How effective was our court participation?
Examples of Program Success  We have been successful over the years in many aspects.  For example, in assuring that local communities can supplement state laws with their own laws on wetlands and open space. Our model local by-laws have been used by many communities.  A majority of municipalities in Massachusetts now have their own laws on wetlands and open space. Our advocacy has allowed commissions to assess and use fees to hire experts to assist them in their work.

Environmental Education and Training

Environmental Education and Training. More than 1,200 people each year participate in our environmental education and training programs. Our key programs are: Annual Environmental Conference, an intensive environmental education conference that is the largest annual environmental conference in New England, with about 800 participants, 30 workshops providing environmental information and skills training, and 40 exhibits; the eight-unit twenty-hour certificate course, Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners; advanced courses on topics such as wetlands delineation, soils, plant identification, and erosion and sediment control to protect water quality; and a fall conference that focuses on one environmental issue each year.

Budget  $337,500.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served Adults US Other Named Groups
Program Short-Term Success 
Commissioners will receive a certificate for having completed the eight units of Fundamentals for Conservation Commissioners, and incorporate what they learn into environmental protection at home.
 
At the end of each program, the participants will use the information gained in their communities to help inform their work.
 
Participants will learn from each other through networking opportunities at conferences and workshops.
 
Participants will learn about and avail themselves of MACC's support services.
 
Program Long-Term Success  New conservation commissioners and staff will get the training and education they need to carry out their roles protecting wetlands and open space in their communities. More experienced commissioners and staff will be kept current and have deeper and broader training on important issues and technologies they need to know and understand. This will result in better and more informed conservation decisions being made at the local level.
Program Success Monitored By 
1) Number of people completing the Fundamentals program and receiving a certificate.
 2) Written evaluations of each training session and workshop.
3) Use of MACC's helpline.
Examples of Program Success 
More than1,200 people attend our environmental education and training programs.
Almost every conservation commission is a MACC member because they get value from our work with them.
Approx 30 people per year receive a certificate for completing the Fundamentals program.

Environmental Support

We operate a helpline where conservation commissions and staff ask questions and get advice on the difficult issues that confront them in meeting their regulatory obligations and protecting wetlands and open space. We run an online environmental forum, publish a quarterly e-magazine that features articles on protecting wetlands and open space, and a twice monthly e-newsletter. We author and publish Protecting Wetlands and Open Space: MACC’s Environmental Handbook for MA Conservation Commissioners; and the MA Runoff, Erosion & Sediment Control Field Guide. We draft model local laws and regulations on wetlands and open space protection.

Budget  $8,500.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served Adults US Other Named Groups
Program Short-Term Success 
1) Use of advice and information from the Helpline and online forum will result in better and more informed conservation at the local level that is consistent with regulatory requirements, protects wetlands and open space, and involves the community.
 
2) Fewer successful appeals of conservation commission decisions.
Program Long-Term Success   Better and more informed conservation at the local level that is consistent with regulatory requirements, protects wetlands and open space, and involves the community.
Program Success Monitored By  Numbers of Helpline calls, subscriptions to and use of MACC publications, requests for MACC support.
Examples of Program Success  1) MACC receives an average of over 100 calls per year to the Helpline. 2) Many hundreds of people subscribe to and use Protecting Wetlands and Open Space: MACC's Environmental Handbook for Massachusetts Conservation Commissioners. The book is often consulted as conservation commissions make decisions on permit applications to work in wetlands.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Eugene B. Benson
CEO Term Start July 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Eugene B. Benson, J.D., is an accomplished manager, attorney, and teacher.  Mr. Benson has managed programs and departments in government agencies and non-profit corporations; created and implemented innovative new programs; advised clients and officials and represented them in courts and before boards, commissions, and agencies; wrote and reviewed legislation and regulations; was responsible for fundraising and development; and served on many advisory committees. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Boston University Metropolitan College Graduate Program in City Planning and Urban Affairs, where he teaches courses in Planning Law and Environmental Law, and at the Boston University School of Public Health, where he co-teaches the required course in Environmental Health Science Policy & Law. He was co-chair of the Boston Bar Association Environmental Law Section and the section’s Water Quality and Public Service Committees. He was chair of the Board of Trustees of The Food Project and the Board of Directors of the Mystic River Watershed Association. He was on the Steering Committee of Transportation for America. He is a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School and was a Givelber Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Public Interest Law at Northeastern University School of Law. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and been admitted to practice law in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Washington D.C.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Linda Orel Sept 2010 Jan 2013
Linda Mack June 2008 Jan 2010

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Michele Girard Associate Director and Education Coordinator Ms. Girard has headed MACC's education programs since 2006. She has a M.S. in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch University New England and B.A. n Government from Harvard College. She has been a trustee of the Harvard Land Trust and an Overseer at the New England Wild Flower Society, a member of her conservation commission, and staff for a conservation commission.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Environmental Merit Award United States Environmental Protection Agency 1991

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

We work collaboratively with state and local governments on our environmental education and training programs and advocacy. We work collaboratively with experts in the private and public sectors who assist with our environmental education and training programs as advisors and instructors. We work collaboratively with other environmental advocacy and education organizations on advocacy positions and strategies.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 101
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: 3
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Jennifer Carlino
Board Chair Company Affiliation Town of Norton
Board Chair Term Mar 2017 - Mar 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Amy Ball Horsley Witten Group Voting
Marc Bergeron VHB Voting
Ms. Sandra A. Brock Nitsch Engineering Voting
Jennifer Carlino Town of Norton Voting
Kathleen Connolly Murtha Cullina Voting
Ms. Lee Curtis BSC Group Voting
John Goldrosen Kopelman and Paige Voting
Pamela Harvey Pamela D. Harvey, Esq. Voting
Mr. Greg Hochmuth Williams & Sparges Voting
Mike Howard Epsilon Associates Voting
Scott Jackson University of Massachusetts Amherst Voting
Rebekah Lacey Miyares and Harrington Voting
Gregor McGregor McGregor and Associates Voting
Mr. Paul J. McManus EcoTec Voting
Nick Nelson Inter-Fluve Voting
Cynthia O'Connell Town of Canton Voting
E. Heidi Ricci Mass Audubon Voting
Matthew Schweisberg Wetland Strategies and Solutions LLC Voting
Jennifer Steel City of Newton Voting
Margaret Stolfa Bernkopf Goodman LLP Voting
Janice Stone South Hadley and Hadley Conservation Commissions Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 21
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 12
Male: 9
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
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 Yes

Standing Committees

  • Education
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • 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 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Projected Income $376,575.00
Projected Expense $418,109.00
Form 990s

2016 MACC 990

2015 MACC 990

2014 MACC 990

Audit Documents

2016 Audited Financials

2015 Audited Financials

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $426,115 $475,097 $471,826
Total Expenses $386,396 $406,460 $415,130

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$33,100 $17,000 $59,325
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $55,099 $100,982 $44,857
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $155,688 $146,285 $149,900
Investment Income, Net of Losses $-1,372 $4,205 $244
Membership Dues $156,343 $153,363 $149,728
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $27,257 $53,262 $67,772
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $336,811 $346,575 $359,468
Administration Expense $42,051 $45,431 $42,125
Fundraising Expense $7,534 $14,454 $13,537
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.10 1.17 1.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses 87% 85% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 9% 12% 13%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $360,422 $320,433 $254,055
Current Assets $358,335 $318,701 $251,551
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- $0
Current Liabilities $1,514 $1,244 $3,503
Total Net Assets $358,908 $319,189 $250,552

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.00

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 236.68 256.19 71.81

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Expenses in the FY 17 budget exceed income because expenses include grant funded programs for which income was received in a previous fiscal year. The budget also does not include a line for in-kind support because it can vary greatly from year to year. In-kind is calculated after the close of the fiscal year.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


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