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Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester Inc.

 1135 Dorchester Avenue
 Dorchester, MA 02125
[P] (617) 288-7120
[F] (617) 2888221
Genevieve Cubbison
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EIN 23-7076465

LAST UPDATED: 05/01/2019
Organization DBA Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
Former Names Colonel Daniel Marr Boys & Girls Club (2008)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

To inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community

Mission Statement

To inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2018 to June 30, 2019
Projected Income $5,133,314.00
Projected Expense $5,129,809.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Academic Success
  • Early Education & Care
  • Good Character & Citizenship
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Project B.I.N.D.

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Mission Statement

To inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community

Background Statement

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester (BGCD) is a nationally recognized youth development agency that has provided outstanding services to Boston’s inner city youth for more than 40 years. Founded as the Colonel Daniel Marr Boys Club in 1974, BGCD became an official Boys & Girls Club in 1983 and expanded to two additional sites in Dorchester: the Paul R. McLaughlin Youth Center in Savin Hill in 2000 and the Walter Denney Youth Center in the Harbor Point Neighborhood in 2003. BGCD is a safe haven to approximately 4,000 youth (ages two months to 18 years) annually, of whom 80% are considered low-income.

For just $5 in annual membership dues, youth have access to over 200 life-enhancing programs and activities in the areas of art, education, music, film, career prep, character and leadership development, health and life skills, athletics, aquatics, and social recreation. We also provide nutritious meals five days per week at no additional cost to our members. As a chartered member of Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), we incorporate the organization’s Five Key Elements for Positive Youth Development:

  • Provide a safe, positive environment
  • Provide access to fun and a sense of belonging
  • Provide access to supportive relationships
  • Provide meaningful opportunities and expectations
  • Provide formal and informal recognition

Four of our programs have been awarded prestigious National Program Merit Awards from BGCA, including Project B.I.N.D. (Boston Inclusion Network for Disabilities). More than a single program, Project B.I.N.D. is an agency-wide initiative to foster the inclusion of children of all abilities in all Club programs. Other nationally recognized programs include Safe Summer Streets, the Music Clubhouse, and the Martin Richard Challenger Sports Program.

BGCD is led by a dedicated team of skilled youth development staff, many of whom are considered experts in their field. Our staff is trained to be culturally competent and respectful of the rich diversity of the Dorchester community, and also reflects this diversity and speaks the languages of the children and families they serve. The Club is governed by a large and active board that is similarly reflective of the community. These ties provide valuable insight that informs our programming and lends credibility to the lessons we impart to our members.

While Dorchester is a neighborhood of Boston, please note that BGCD is an independent Boys & Girls Club unaffiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.

Impact Statement

BGCD is a place of growth and joy, where youth can escape the challenges of life outside our walls while gaining skills to cope with those trials more successfully. Here, youth have opportunities to discover new interests and activities, enhance their skill at familiar pursuits, challenge themselves to grow and learn, make new friends, and learn to work with people who have different abilities, needs, and sensibilities. 

As an organization, we monitor success using the National Youth Outcomes Initiative (NYOI), an annual survey completed by Boys & Girls Club members across the country. The NYOI compares our survey results to national averages and determines how effective we are in the following eight subject matters:

  • Overall Club Experience
  • Adult Connections
  • Physical Safety
  • Emotional Safety
  • Sense of Belonging
  • Recognition
  • Staff Expectations
  • Fun
We are pleased to report that in 2016, results indicated BGCD met or exceeded the national average for Boys & Girls Clubs in seven of the eight categories.

Needs Statement

There is a finite amount of time in which children are shaped into the adults they will become: 4,748 days, in fact. This is the number of days between a child’s fifth and eighteenth birthdays. While some face greater risk factors than others, the reality for all youth is that on any one of these days, a single negative influence has the power to inhibit and even prevent young people from realizing their full potential in adulthood. Consider these facts:

  • 1 in 3 children in Dorchester lives below the Federal Poverty Level
  • The Community Disadvantage Index (CDI) ranks BGCD's service area as an average score of 8.5 (out of 10), indicating severe disadvantage.
  • Dorchester residents are at an increased risk of becoming victimized by violence in communities with CDI scores of 8+ or in areas with a large youth population (Dorchester's is 27%).

BGCD fulfills a critical community need for an affordable, high-quality youth development program. Programs such as ours help children overcome family instability or poor academic performance and encourage youth to come off the streets and into a safe environment in which they may build meaningful relationships. They connect youth with their peers and adult staff, who provide a consistent support system dedicated to furthering their overall well-being.

CEO Statement

Every child should have equal opportunities in life, but the hard truth is that children cannot choose the life circumstances into which they are born. Factors such as poverty, ethnicity, cultural and language barriers, geography and disability can hinder or even prevent lifelong success. Unfortunately, Dorchester youth often struggle with not just one but several of these challenges.

At BGCD, we know that children and families are the heart and future of our community. They deserve the best we can provide in early education and care, youth development programs and family supports. We pride ourselves on our skilled and dedicated staff, who guide, challenge and support young people to ensure that every child has every opportunity to succeed.

We’ve adopted the successful Boys & Girls Club model and adapted it to meet the unique needs of the youth and families we serve. That’s why we’ve been a positive anchor and safe haven in Dorchester for over four decades and continue to evolve alongside our community to fulfill both existing and emerging needs.

Over the next 5-10 years, Dorchester is poised for significant growth with the planned development of housing and retail space near our sites, and the need for affordable and effective youth programs will only increase. It is important to help Dorchester retain a sense of community through this period of growth. BGCD is committed to supporting and advocating for Dorchester's youth and their families today, tomorrow and always.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan, South Boston, Quincy, Milton

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Centers and Clubs (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose
  2. -
  3. -

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



Academic Success

The Club offers programs in Education, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Music, Film and Photography.  These are designed to provide exposure and education in these areas and to help prepare youth for college, careers and post high school trainings.
Budget  $400,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Through our Education program, children have improved their attitudes toward homework and new learning opportunities. Our visual and performing arts programs provide exposure to learning that is not otherwise available.
Program Long-Term Success  Our long-term goal is to provide children with a safe place to learn and grow and have an impact on members' readiness to graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment.
Program Success Monitored By  Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester uses Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) software, a premier outcomes measurement tool, to evaluate the success of its programs and their impact on its members.
Examples of Program Success 

As of this past academic year, 92% of our members progressed to the next grade level.  So far this fiscal year, over 100 youth have been placed into paid employment positions.  College Fellows, our intensive college preparation group, began this fall and 13 members attended a session on the importance of junior year and how to find a college that is a good fit for them presented by the Associate Director of the Honors College at UMass Boston.  During our fall program session, 212 participants attended Homework Help twice or more a week, deepening the impact that our help is able to have on their academic progression. 

Our art, music and film programs are also having a successful year thus far. Our music lesson participants’ attendance rate was 81% this fall, and 100% of participants demonstrated skill progression in two or more assessed skill areas. Twenty-six members have progressed to the next level of sculpture, photography, or painting. Taking into account the evolving interests of our members and the start of a new film director with a fresh vision, we also started a new How-To video class. Our film participants collaborate with our education department to create instructional films; members learn about a variety of topics while simultaneously improving their filmmaking skills.

Early Education & Care

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester's Early Education & Care and School Age programs provide an environment where children and families receive high quality services for infants, toddlers & preschoolers and licensed after-school care for children ages 5- 12 years.  The program is NAEYC accredited. 
The Club is proud to serve as the Boston Public Schools' only K-1 pilot within a community based program. 
Budget  $1,210,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Early Childhood Education
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
At risk children who participate in high-quality, center-based programs have better language and cognitive skills in the first few years of elementary school than do similar children who did not have such experiences. They tend to
score higher on math and reading tests, and they are less likely to repeat a grade, drop out of services, or get into trouble with the law in the future. They also tend to complete more years of education and are more likely to attend a four-year college.
Program Long-Term Success  Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester is proud to be a Touchpoints site. Touchpoints is an evidence-based theory of child development, based upon more than 60 years of ground-breaking research by Dr. Brazelton and his colleagues at Children’s Hospital in Boston and in communities around the world. Staff show the utmost respect for families as equal partners in shared, care giving relationships. By joining parents in this way, we allow all the staff to experience stronger relationships with children and families and a deepened sense of professional satisfaction. This approach allows staff to “touch” into the family system, helping parents understand their child’s behavior and strengths and experience stronger emotional attachment, which is critical to child development. 
Program Success Monitored By  NAEYC monitors the program for quality.  Early Education and Care, a division of the state Department of Education, reviews programs for outcomes and quality.  We use Teaching Strategies to align our child assessment system with curriculum development.
Examples of Program Success 
The Club's preschool progam is a "UPK" site.  The UPK grant extends the preschool program's ability to serve children in a high quality setting, enhance by teaching staff that are committed to excellence in early childhood education. 

Good Character & Citizenship

Good Character & Leadership activities help youth become caring, responsible citizens. They also provide opportunities for young people to give back to others, strengthen their leadership and decision-making skills, and develop civic-mindedness. Prime examples are Torch Club (for children ages 11 to 13) and Keystone Club (for teens ages 14 to 18), leadership and community service groups in which members plan and participate in service projects to benefit the Club or community.

Budget  $300,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Over the course of the year, 90 youth will participate in Good Character & Citizenship programming. These youth will engage in a pre- and post- Civic Responsibility Survey. On the Civic Responsibility Survey, 80% of youth leadership participants will respond "agree" or "strongly agree" to the post-test questions, "I feel like I'm part of a community,” "Doing something that helps others is important to me,” and "I feel like I can make a difference in the community."
Program Long-Term Success  Youth will become active members of their community, possess a strong moral compass, demonstrate a sense of responsibility, and contribute to the welfare of those around them.
Program Success Monitored By  Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester uses Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) software, a premier outcomes measurement tool, to evaluate the success of its programs and their impact on its members. We also use the Civic Responsibility Survey for K-12 Students Engaged in Service-Learning. This well-respected and widely used survey features a pre- and post-test to gauge youth attitudes on issues such as civic engagement and goodwill toward others.
Examples of Program Success  As of this winter, 78 members completed high quality Good Character & Citizenship programming. The strength of our youth leadership programming is its diversity. We offer many ways in which young people can step up and take a leading role, whether it's serving as an officer of our Keystone Club or taking the lead in organizing a fundraiser to benefit the community. This year we have focused on maintaining and building upon the continuity in what we offer youth, in terms of service and leadership opportunities that lead to personal growth, increased confidence and enhanced interpersonal skills.

Healthy Lifestyles

The Club offers programs in Aquatics, Athletics, Social Recreation and Kids Cafe which are designed to help youth weave together physical fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, and healthy lifestyle choices.
Budget  $1,100,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Recreation & Sports, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  To encourage the active participation on a regular basis in activities that foster physical, emotional and nutritional health.
Program Long-Term Success  Our long-term goals are to assist members to adopt a healthy lifestyle through physical activity, nutritional education and healthy lifestyle choices.
Program Success Monitored By  Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester uses Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) software, a premier outcomes measurement tool, to evaluate the success of its programs and the impact on its members.
Examples of Program Success 
We provide 300 meals every weeknight during the school year and 700 meals (breakfast and lunch) Monday through Friday during the summer. In total we serve more than 40,000 meals annually to some 800 children. Approximately 100 members are active participants in our swim team that requires practice 3-4 times per week. 100-150 members participate daily in social activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices. Over 200 members participate in team sports on a weekly basis. 

Our groundbreaking Safe Summer Streets program was developed in 1990 to create an effective solution to the increasing youth violence in our community. Safe Summer Streets expands our operating hours in July and August to help teens stay safe during the summer evenings, when youth violence often peaks. Safe Summer Streets was the first night-time program for teens in Boston and was selected from more than 1,700 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide to receive the top award for program excellence from Boys & Girls Clubs of America.


Project B.I.N.D.

Children with special needs often miss out on the educational, social and recreational activities available to their peers outside of school. The mission of Project B.I.N.D. (Boston Inclusion Network for Disabilities) is to ensure that every child has access to quality out-of-school-time programming. Project B.I.N.D. fosters the inclusion of all youth, including those with special needs, in programs Club-wide to create an inclusive setting where every child, regardless of ability or disability, can participate successfully.


Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 
  • Access to affordable, high quality after-school and summertime programs at the Club is guaranteed for all children, including those with special needs.
  • Children of all abilities are able to participate in activities successfully and alongside each other.
  • Project B.I.N.D. participants demonstrate tangible social, developmental and emotional growth.
  • Participants learn to function in new areas and develop life skills that will help them excel in all areas of their lives.
  • Participants make meaningful connections with their peers, helping them to feel more accepted at the Club, at school and in life.
  • Participants receive valuable guidance and encouragement from caring staff.
  • Participants achieve program-specific outcomes; for example, youth playing on one of our intramural sports teams will demonstrate improved skill development and teamwork.
Program Long-Term Success 

A culture of inclusion validates children with disabilities and focuses on their strengths. Inclusion in after-school programs leads to greater inclusion in life as youth with special needs begin to feel more confident in using their abilities in day-to-day activities at school and as a member of the community. As they grow older, this confidence, sense of belonging and sense of purpose can lead to increased opportunities. Our goal is to provide the environment, tools and programming youth with disabilities need to set out on a purposeful path to lifelong happiness as active members of their communities.

Program Success Monitored By 

Program success is determined through: 

  • Direct parent feedback voiced at Club “town hall” meetings, as well as feedback solicited by the Project B.I.N.D. Coordinator via one-on-one meetings, phone calls, emails, and informal, on-site connections with parents.
  • Participants’ participation in the programs he or she has signed up for.
  • Communication between program directors and the Project B.I.N.D. Coordinator.
  • Membership renewal rates.


Examples of Program Success 
Our interweaving of Project B.I.N.D. into all of our program areas has opened new doors for youth with special needs. They can move to music in a dance class, make new friends in the Games Room, go for a swim, take an art class, learn to play guitar, or shoot baskets in the gym. They can build positive, supportive relationships with Club staff. Free time spent with other children can lead to new friendships that will help them feel more accepted at the Club and at school. 
Abigail's story captures the impact of Project B.I.N.D. Abigail, who has Down Syndrome, has found a world of opportunity at our Club. One of her favorite programs is Girl Scouts. Like all Club programs, Girl Scouts is inclusive and accepts youth of all abilities, enabling her to participate in every activity offered. Abigail’s peers work together to support her whenever she needs a little extra assistance. Girl Scouts echoes our Club's core values by teaching girls to be a sister to every Girl Scout in need.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


BGCD stands out among Boston-area youth development organizations for several reasons: the strength and expertise of our leadership, our capacity to address unmet community needs, and our intimate connection to the community we serve. These qualities enhance the programming our staff offers year-round.

Another strength is our ability to serve over 4,000 youth a year on a limited budget. This is also our greatest challenge. Members pay just $5 in annual dues, but the actual cost to our agency is over $1,100 per child per year. We fundraise year-round to maintain the quality and breadth of our programming at a cost that is affordable to those we serve.

Additionally, our NAEYC Accredited Early Education and Care programs start children on a journey of learning as young as two months of age. They become part of a community where they are nurtured and are part of our family. At each step along the way, there is a plan in place, specific to that child, preparing them to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

One of the greatest opportunities before us is the prospect of continuing to augment our program quality by expanding existing partnerships and seeking out new ones. We’ve partnered with UMass Boston and CMJ Management, the management company of the Harbor Point apartment complex, for many years to offer programming at our Walter Denney Youth Center. Similarly, the City of Boston Department of Youth Engagement and Employment (DYEE) is a long-term partner in our career prep programming. To help this program better address the realities of the 21st century, we are expanding our partnership with DYEE to offer a class called Job Ready. The curriculum covers budget basics, resume writing, workplace communication, social media presence management, and time management.

In our continued commitment to serving children with special needs, we’ve been tremendously fortunate to have recently formed formal partnerships with the Boston Police Athletic/Activities League (PAL) and the Martin Richard Foundation. These organizations support our Martin Richard Challenger Sports Program, an outgrowth of Project B.I.N.D. that enables developmentally and physically challenged youth to enjoy the full benefits of participating in team sports in a safe athletic environment. With the help of “buddies”, youth with disabilities can enjoy baseball, soccer, basketball and swimming. Most importantly, they are part of a team and form friendships and develop meaningful relationships. This program expansion would not have been possible without the PAL and the Martin Richard Foundation.  



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Robert Scannell Jr.
CEO Term Start May 1987
CEO Email
CEO Experience

During his tenure at the helm, Bob has helped grow the Club to a professional, well-managed organization with annual revenue exceeding $4 million. He has broadened the Club’s original focus of offering purely recreational activities to a dynamic youth services organization offering programs such as tutoring, music lessons and dance classes.

Bob is often sought out by fellow Boys & Girls Club directors for his expertise. He is a widely respected leader in the community, serving as a sounding board for area non-profits, elected officials, foundation grantmakers and others. Bob is also active on several other fronts, including the Dorchester Board of Trade, St. Mark’s Main Streets program and as a board member of the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.

Bob graduated from Suffolk University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. In 1992, he received the Boston College High School Saint Ignatius of Loyola alumni award in recognition of his selfless service and commitment to the youth of Dorchester. This is the highest honor bestowed on a BC High graduate.

In 2010, Bob received the Association of Boys & Girls Club Professionals’ Northeast Regional Executive of the Year award. This award recognizes outstanding individuals who have made a significant contribution to the work of Boys & Girls Clubs while in their current position.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Michael Joyce VP of Programming --
Mary Kinsella VP Early Education & Care and After School Programs --
Ms. Queenette Santos Walter Denney Youth Center - Unit Director --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
Boys and Girls Clubs of America 1983
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


We have strong partnerships with more than 45 community agencies, schools, health centers, and other organizations throughout Boston. Among these are our partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank and Feeding America, which helps us serve a hot, nutritious dinner to 175 children every weeknight through the Kids Café; Berklee College of Music, which supplies music instructors and donates instruments to our Music Program; Boston University which has helped us offer a variety of dance classes throughout the year; and Partners for Youth with Disabilities, which has helped us expand our inclusive services. Our partnerships strengthen our overall program and help us best serve the children who call our Club their own.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

BGCD is led by a dedicated team of youth development staff, many of whom are considered experts in their field. Three of our five senior managers have served the Club for more than 25 years; several program directors and teachers have served for more than 10. A large number of our staff members are Dorchester natives or residents; some were once Club members or teen staff. These intimate ties to our community allow our staff members to connect with youth and better prepare them to defeat the obstacles that may stand in their way.


The Club is governed by a large and active board which meets quarterly to set policy and review the Club’s operations. Committees meet on a varying basis, ranging from once per year to two or three times per year. Board members focus on the development of policies that govern the implementation of organizational plans and purposes. This role is separate and distinct from the role of the Administrator (CEO), who determines the means and implementation. A board of advisors complements the work of the board of directors; it convenes annually. We are also fortunate to receive the support of some 400 volunteers annually.

Most of our board members have Dorchester roots and several are past Club members. Many have been with us for more than 15 years. This long-term familiarity with the inner workings of our organization and the community we serve guides us on our path to continuously improve our offerings.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 49
Number of Part Time Staff 69
Number of Volunteers 400
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 87%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 28
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 9
Caucasian: 56
Hispanic/Latino: 18
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 7
Other (if specified): Other
Gender Female: 81
Male: 37
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
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 --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Mr. Lee Michael Kennedy
Board Chair Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Board Chair Term June 2010 - June 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Larry Bird No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Joseph Brodigan, Sr. No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Timothy Burnieika Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Kevin Chapman No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Jack Corbett The Kelliher Corbett Group at Morgan Stanley Voting
Ms. Katherine Craven None --
Mr. Joseph D’Arrigo No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Tony Dang MBTA Transit Police Voting
Ms. Karen Diep None --
Mr. John W. DiNicola, II Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Paul Gannon No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Andrew Graff Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Princell Hair None --
Mr. David Hughes No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Marcy Jackson No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Elizabeth Keeley No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Jonathan Keith No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Lee Michael Kennedy No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Lee Kennedy, Sr. No Affiliation Voting
Honorable Stephen Lynch No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Jackie MacMullan No Affiliation Voting
Mr. David B. Marr Sr. No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Jeffrey Marr No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Stephen Marr No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Daniel Marr III No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Sean McDonough No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Kerr Mone None --
Mr. Gerald Morrissey, Jr. No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Michael O'Brien None --
Ms. Jane Panariello Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Maureen Peterson Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Donald Rodman No Affiliation Voting
Mr. Robert Scannell Jr. No Affiliation Exofficio
Mr. Robert Sheridan Retired --
Ms. Aimee Southworth Community Volunteer --
Honorable Marie St. Fleur No Affiliation Voting
Ms. Lynda Thomas ThermoFisher --
Mr. Carmelo Travieso None --
Mr. Mark Wahlberg No Affiliation Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. James Blue II Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. John E. Bradley Community Volunteer NonVoting
Hon. James T. Brett Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Michael Brodigan Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Gregory Connly Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Joseph Corcoran Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Brian Driscoll Community Volunteer NonVoting
Dr. Stephen Durant Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Paul Evans Jr. Community Volunteer NonVoting
Ms. Maureen Feeney -- NonVoting
Mr. William Gardiner Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Maciej Godlewski Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Robert Hatch Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Chet E. Homer III Shawnee Peak --
Mr. Barry Hynes Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Brendan McDonough Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Robin Monleon Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Michael O'Brien -- NonVoting
Mr. Gerard O'Connor Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. William O'Shea Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Joseph Perry Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Robert Quinlan Community Volunteer NonVoting
Ms. June Rokoff Community Volunteer NonVoting
Mr. Larry Wahlstrom Community Volunteer --
Ms. Nancy Woods Community Volunteer NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 34
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): Other
Gender Female: 12
Male: 25
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 60%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 86%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 86%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Building
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Investment
  • Personnel
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2018 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $1,972,844 $2,032,675 $1,895,084
Indirect Public Support $113,376 $131,198 $137,002
Earned Revenue $1,974,399 $1,912,427 $1,554,741
Investment Income, Net of Losses $187,433 $218,622 $20,873
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $782,644 $560,789 $751,455
Revenue In-Kind $207,081 $222,708 $383,453
Other $1,391 $1,652 $30,973

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Program Expense $3,878,902 $3,674,955 $3,672,824
Administration Expense $598,288 $589,153 $637,611
Fundraising Expense $473,044 $515,245 $714,692
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.06 1.06 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 78% 77% 77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 16% 19% 26%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Total Assets $6,765,408 $6,622,811 $6,226,855
Current Assets $878,072 $728,515 $405,932
Long-Term Liabilities $57,631 $94,442 $129,416
Current Liabilities $359,050 $468,576 $338,364
Total Net Assets $6,348,727 $6,059,793 $5,759,075

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $1,046,626.00
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Percentage(If selected) 5.0%
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 1.50

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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.45 1.55 1.20

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2018 2017 2016
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 1% 1% 2%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's audited financials.


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The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Our ultimate goal for intended impact is to provide a safe haven and life-enhancing programs to the youth of Dorchester, Massachusetts. This goal embodies our mission to inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community. Our target population is youth ages 5-18 living in and around Dorchester, MA. Fostering children’s continual, positive progression from infancy to young adulthood, so that they may achieve the greatest possible success in life, is the larger purpose behind everything we do.

Our long-term vision is to be the premier provider of hope and opportunity to the youth of our community by providing high-quality services through well-planned, sustainable growth. We are dedicated to ensuring that youth have access to quality programs that will enhance their lives and shape their futures. We continually seek ways to bring our services to a higher level to the benefit of our community and to meet the diverse needs of children of all backgrounds and abilities.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

BGCD is a critical resource for a community in great need of a Boys & Girls Club. The children we serve are among Boston’s most at-risk youth; according to FY14 HUD guidelines, 87% of our members live in households that qualify as low, very low or extremely low income. The majority of the neighborhoods we serve score an 8 (out of the maximum of 10) or higher on the US Community Disadvantage Index. Youth growing up in severely distressed neighborhoods such as these are inherently ‘at risk.’ In communities like Dorchester, affordable, high quality out-of-school time programs can make a significant difference in children’s lives, especially those who may not otherwise have access to positive after-school activities. BGCD has intimate ties to the community it serves and has been an anchor for Dorchester youth and families for 40 years.

BGCD is run by a dedicated team of youth development staff and is overseen by a large and active board that meets quarterly to set policy and review the Club’s work. Several board members are Dorchester natives and a few are past Club members. A Board of Advisors complements the work of the Board of Directors.

The youth development professionals staffing our programs are extremely dedicated to our mission and many are considered experts in their field. Three of our five senior managers have served the Club for more than 25 years; several program directors have served for more than 10. The continuity of our staff creates a consistent atmosphere for the youth we serve, many of whom face unstable situations at home.

Our staff employs a positive youth development approach and runs the following programs, which are offered year-round, eight hours per day, six days a week:

Education: Daily homework help, tutoring, enrichment activities, STEM activities, literacy programs, SAT prep, and college prep activities (1,000+ participants/year)

Art: Drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, crafts and more. (550+ participants/year)

Music: Lessons (drum, guitar, bass, piano, voice), beat-making and songwriting classes, audio production workshops and performance opportunities. (600+ participants/year)

Film: Film-making instruction and hands-on small group projects that immerse youth in the basics of filming, directing, audio production, editing and producing. (75 participants/year)

Career Prep: Job placements, training, and career education activities that help teens take their first steps toward a successful career (100+ participants/year).

Athletics: Intramural team sports and individual fitness activities including basketball, soccer, floor hockey, flag football, gymnastics, fencing and open gym. (900+ participants/year)

Aquatics: Swim team, lessons, open swims, inclusive swims and family swims. (875 participants/year)

Social Recreation: On-site activities and field trips that give kids a fun and safe way to spend their free time. (950 participants/year)

Teen Program: Age-appropriate activities that support and encourage young people as they transition to adulthood. (525 participants/year)

Tween Program: Activities focused around developing life skills, stronger social skills, self-confidence, and self-reliance. (60-70 participants/year)

Health & Life Skills: Programs that nurture members' well-being and help them develop skills that will help them become capable, caring adults. (30 participants/year)

Character & Leadership Development: Activities that empower young people to give back to others, develop leadership skills and become responsible citizens. (45 participants/year)

Learn To Programs: Dedicated programming for children ages three to five. (125 participants/year)

Project B.I.N.D. (Boston Inclusion Network for Disabilities): A core initiative to foster the inclusion of children of all abilities into programs Club-wide. (100+ participants/year)

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

Our programs’ design was informed by many years of experience in serving the youth of Dorchester. BGCD has led the charge among youth development organizations in Boston for four decades. Our reputation for exceptional programming, informed leadership and dedication to the community we serve has positioned the Club as one of the region’s foremost authorities on youth development and best practices in serving at-risk youth. This history of excellence was one of the lead factors in BGCA’s decision to entrust our Club with the rehabilitation of the Boys & Girls Club of Brockton, enabling Brockton to continue to serve their community – a community in desperate need of a successful Boys & Girls Club.

Developing effective responses to unmet needs in our community has inspired our program design since our inception. We have received program excellence awards from BGCA for Safe Summer Streets, our groundbreaking nighttime summer program for teens. We were also chosen as a 2014 Merit Award winner for Project B.I.N.D. (Boston Inclusion Network for Disabilities), an initiative designed to encourage the educational and social enrichment and advancement of children with special needs throughout Dorchester and the surrounding neighborhoods. This year we have been chosen as a Merit Award winner for our inclusive Challenger Soccer program, run as a part of Project B.I.N.D.

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

Youth will develop program-specific outcomes within our overarching youth development plan for our members. For example, teens will develop civic awareness, leadership skills and a sense of responsibility by participating in Keystone Club; youth playing on one of our intramural sports teams will learn about teamwork and strengthen their athletic and interpersonal skills. Education Program participants will obtain critical resources and support to progress academically. Teen staff will gain valuable job skills and work experience.

Our primary evaluation tool is Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) software, a premier outcome measurement tool and the standard evaluative device of the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs. ETO captures comprehensive data on our programs and their impact on our members. For each member we track attendance, skill progression and program-specific outcomes across the Club. Some programs also employ a pre- and post-survey to measure impact. Senior management reviews program performance with program staff on an ongoing, informal basis as well as through formal quarterly reviews. This process enables us to assess our programs’ progress continually throughout the year, allowing us to make curricula, staffing and other adjustments as necessary to maximize impact.

We also rely on qualitative data furnished by staff. This information is shared at weekly staff meetings where program directors discuss program news, highlights and challenges. Parent feedback is solicited through an annual survey and on an ongoing, informal basis through staff interaction.

We will judge our overall success on how well we meet the needs of our members, their families, and our community. We will use several measures in this evaluation, including frequency of attendance, parent and member feedback, staff evaluations, quarterly goal setting and outcome measurement for each program, and steady oversight by board and senior management.

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

Setting and accomplishing reasonable but worthwhile near-term objectives has always been an important part of the way we pursue our long-term vision to be the premier provider of hope and opportunity to the youth of our community by providing high-quality services through well-planned, sustainable growth.

For example, several years ago we determined that we could better serve our youth by rolling out a program for younger children than we served at the time. Through an internal and external evaluation process we identified a critical age group that was being underserved in the community and at the Club: children ages 3-5. Our Club previously consisted of two wings, our early education and care program and our out-of-school time programs for youth ages 6-18. The unintentional gap between those two areas meant that children graduating from our early education program could not feed directly into our membership program for school-age youth. In response, we rolled out a strategic initiative to create a natural bridge between these programs to provide a continuity of services and support for youth as young as two months through 18 years of age.

Executing this strategic initiative involved two steps. First, we lowered the minimum membership age from six to five so that five-year-olds could benefit from our existing, high quality after-school and summer programs that support children’s social, emotional, intellectual and creative development. Secondly, we developed dedicated programming for three, four and five-year-olds. These “Learn To” programs bridge the early childhood and membership areas of the Club and give young children an introduction to the activities they can explore further when they are old enough to become Club members. For example, Learn to Swim might later inspire them to join the swim team; Learn to Tumble could spark an interest in yoga, gymnastics or dance.

Through this evaluative process, we have built a web of support to help youth reach developmental and educational milestones at every life stage from infancy to young adulthood, ultimately leading them to success in adulthood. As children grow and progress from grade to grade, they find at our Boys & Girls Club year-round activities designed to help them thrive at every developmental stage. In this way, we now promote a comprehensive, continual progression toward developmental, educational and career-related outcomes that will enable youth to reach their full potential.

This process has refined the quality of programming available to our members and has strengthened the continuum of services we offer our community. It illustrates our commitment to continually evaluate our programming against the needs of the Dorchester community and actively evolve to meet those needs. We are always on the lookout for areas of service in which we can improve. For instance, we are currently seeking funding to build a ramp in our Marr Clubhouse to enhance its accessibility. This is an ongoing process but we hope to be able to begin construction soon. It is our hope that these types of processes will enable us to fulfill our ultimate goal to provide a safe haven and life-enhancing programs to the youth of Dorchester.