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United Nations Association of Greater Boston

 85 Devonshire Street, Suite 1000
 Boston, MA 02109
[P] (617) 4824587
[F] (617) 4820937
www.unagb.org
[email protected]
Lena Granberg
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INCORPORATED: 1974
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 23-7182195

LAST UPDATED: 07/09/2018
Organization DBA United Nations Association of Greater Boston
UNAGB
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNAGB) is dedicated to building a strong network of global citizens in the Boston area. We inform, inspire and mobilize members of the community to engage with critical global issues central to the work and mission of the United Nations.

Mission Statement

The United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNAGB) is dedicated to building a strong network of global citizens in the Boston area. We inform, inspire and mobilize members of the community to engage with critical global issues central to the work and mission of the United Nations.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $510,150.00
Projected Expense $510,150.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Global Issues Series
  • Model UN
  • UN Day Events
  • Women's Forum
  • Young Professionals Network

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

The United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNAGB) is dedicated to building a strong network of global citizens in the Boston area. We inform, inspire and mobilize members of the community to engage with critical global issues central to the work and mission of the United Nations.

Background Statement

For 60 years, the United Nations Association of Greater Boston (UNAGB) has served the greater Boston area and wider Massachusetts community through outreach efforts that inform and enhance public understanding of the fundamental concepts of and issues addressed by the United Nations and its specialized agencies. UNAGB utilizes a multi-tiered framework of programming within which this mission is advanced: general programs for the public, special events, humanitarian campaigns, advocacy, and, most fundamentally, education in schools through its Model UN programs. 

Impact Statement

For 60 years, UNAGB has focused on translating the mission of the UN into local action, now serving approximately 5,000 Boston-area participants annually.

2015-2016 Academic Year in Numbers:

1. Model UN Global Education Initiative. We brought our empowering academic Model UN curriculum experience to more than 4,000 students. We provided support in and outside of more than 90 schools across greater Boston and beyond, and offered professional development opportunities to dozens of teachers in our community.

1.1 In-class programs reached 2,717 students: In-class visits were conducted in 99 classrooms, drawing in 44% more students than last year. 90% of the schools we worked in are Title-1 qualifying schools where students would not otherwise typically have access to the dynamic Model UN program.

1.2 Out of classroom education for 2,000 students: 9 Model UN Conferences served 2,000 students from 77 schools, and 5 week-long Summer Institutes for Global Leadership at Harvard University, serving 152 students. 36% of conference attendees and 21% of Summer Institute participants were able to join thanks to funding we made possible to Title 1 qualifying schools.
 
1.3 Over 60 professional development opportunities for teachers in Greater Boston: UNAGB provided full-day and shorter PD opportunities both in-school and at other locations training teachers and educators on bringing global education in their classrooms, creating a sustainable structure to enable youth to succeed beyond our Model UN program.

2. Greater Boston Community Programs. This work involved substantive programs to engage the local community of issues of relevance to the UN mission. We achieved this through our work with UNAGB’s Global Women’s Forum (now Global Women’s Circle), our Young Professionals Network, our Global Issues Series, and two high profile events that increased our visibility in the community and generated support for our work.


Needs Statement

Website: We require more exposure and better cohesion of our online presence. We have redesigned our website to be more user-friendly and uploaded better content about our work. Once launched, this will achieve two aims: It will increase transparency around our work, and it will help with usability, which is currently an issue for teachers, students, and donors. A more compelling website will help drive more donations and consolidate our reach in bringing Model UN to target schools that would benefit most from the program. This work requires a further $3,000.

Wiki Spaces: We work with thousands of students and teachers through wiki spaces. We upload position papers and other texts for use in delivering the Model UN program. In recent years, our content has developed to a degree that we have outgrown the benefits of the wiki platform and now require a better service that is more easily accessible by students and teachers, and more speedily updated by our education staff and interns. The cost for such a program and staff/consultant time to migrate the data would cost $6,500.

Capacity Building: Our office would benefit from further education on management practices and principles that will UNAGB grown into a high-performing organization, in line with our strategic objectives, rather than just having strong programs. Business educational support would bring our organization to the next level of operational maturity in order to more effectively and efficiently fulfill our mission. ($10,000)

Corporate Support: We have prioritized corporate outreach as a key objective in our fundraising. This will ensure that corporate partners that commit resources to our programs will receive the highest value return. Funding for growth in this area will enable us to better show corporations how working together will increase and positively reinforce their customer community engagement, especially in areas where they may not already have an existing presence. ($50,000)


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
The United Nations Association reaches 5,000 people annually in the Greater Boston Area, including over 4,500 students and teachers.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Secondary & High Schools
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Global Issues Series

We engage our members and the public in dialogue about global issues and the UN. Our programs include talks and discussions on current topics such as the US and Iran in the era of Obama, humanitarian intervention in Sudan, the war in Iraq, and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.
Budget  --
Category  International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years) Adults
Program Short-Term Success 
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Program Long-Term Success 
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Program Success Monitored By 
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Examples of Program Success  Community members have a distinct opportunity to hear from leaders in the fields of international development, diplomacy and foreign affairs. Notable speakers have included Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General, Jeffrey D. Sachs, Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General, Mary Robinson, former UN Commissioner for Human rights, former President of Ireland, and William Schulz, former ED of Amnesty International.

Model UN

The United Nations Association of Greater Boston's Model UN program is filling a critical gap in our local education system. The program is designed to ensure that more students, regardless of socioeconomic background, develop the skills necessary for academic achievement and workplace success through a focus on real-world global challenges and experiential learning. Model UN is a skills-based, college preparatory program in which students represent one of the 193 UN member nations to discuss, debate, and craft resolutions on pressing international issues. Through in-depth research and role-play, students learn to critically analyze complex global issues from new perspectives, work with others to come to an agreement, offer tangible solutions, and ultimately become leaders who inspire others! Through in class and after-school workshops and training, customized curriculum, and Model UN conferences, UNA-GB Model UN provides students in over 80 schools the opportunity to develop and strengthen their academic and life skills. They gain experience in public speaking, negotiation, research, problem solving, writing, and data-analysis while learning about urgent issues worldwide and the ways in which nations work together to address crises. In 2012, we expect to serve upwards of 2,800 students in 6th-12th grade throughout the greater Boston community.
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Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Students who participate in the Model UN program are more likely to be interested in careers in foreign affairs, policy, and international development. Famous Model UN alumni include current UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Chelsea Clinton, ABC’s This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos, and Ryan Seacrest.
Program Long-Term Success  Teachers and students alike consistently cite the MUN program’s ability to build confidence in student’s public speaking, team building, and negotiation skills. Teachers attribute student successes in the classroom, specifically deeper understanding of international issues, awareness of current global events, and enhancement of research skills to their participation in MUN.
Program Success Monitored By  Education department elicits student/teacher evaluations and feedback. The evaluations are administered before and after students and teachers engage with the curriculum, whether at a conference, at an Institute, or in the classroom. UNAGB staff develop, evaluate, and refine curriculum based on these evaluations.
Examples of Program Success  One of our senior students, Bianca Diaz has been involved in the Model UN program since 7th grade. She cites this program as being a major factor in her successful run at Boston Latin Academy. She now interns in our office, where she gains further global competency and work skills necessary in the tough job market our youth face. She plans to attend college in the fall of 2013, and aspires to become an immigration lawyer in Washington D.C.

UN Day Events

In honor of United Nations Day (October 24th), UNA-GB spearheads a number of local events to engage the public in recognizing the anniversary of the United Nations. These events include:
  • UNA-GB's annual UN Day Luncheon, which gathers leaders from the business, policy, and academic communities in the Greater Boston area for an engaging dialogue on world affairs and an opportunity to network with other globally conscious individuals and organizations. Each year, the Luncheon features a high-profile UN speaker who helps lead the discussion on how the UN can positively impact trade, development and human rights initiatives around the world.
  • UN Day Ceremony at the Statehouse, where the Commonwealth’s UN Day Chair reads the Governor’s proclamation declaring October 24 UN Day and delivers a keynote address. Community organizations present their materials and participate in a discussion following the keynote address, and attendees have the opportunity to connect with like-minded Bostonians.
  • Proclamation & Flag Raisings by Towns and Cities. The Mayors/Board of Selectmen in all 350 towns and cities in Massachusetts are asked to proclaim October 24 UN Day. UNA-GB displays these state-wide proclamations at the State House. The UN Flag is also raised by city halls and other public buildings on or around October 24.
  • City-Wide Model UN Simulation where, since 2009, around 100 high school students celebrate UN Day with a public Model UN simulation in honor of the anniversary. Students and teachers debate and discuss a topic related to the UN agenda with members of the community invited to observe.
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Category  International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
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Program Long-Term Success 
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Program Success Monitored By 
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Examples of Program Success  United Nations Day is celebrated around the world on October 24, the anniversary of the day in 1945 when the UN Charter came into effect. This worldwide day of celebration recognizes the necessity for a global body dedicated to peace-building, human rights, equality, international cooperation, and economic and social advancement of all peoples. Of all the days throughout the year, this one most directly connects to our mission and work, so therefore we work hard to engage the community at all levels, from middle schoolers to business leaders. With the above events and advocacy, we reach thousands of Massachusetts citizens on one day.

Women's Forum

Our Women’s Forum raises awareness of issues faced by women in developing countries and promotes thoughtful action on their behalf. Each year we feature 4-6 presentations by local nonprofits that address these concerns. In addition, we partner with numerous other nonprofit organizations in Boston for a full schedule of activities to observe International Women’s Day.
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Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Women's Rights
Population Served Females
Program Short-Term Success  The Women’s Forum successfully attracts over 400 members annually to engage in discussions highlighting local and international organizations that work to promote women’s health, development, human rights, and overall empowerment in the developing world.
Program Long-Term Success  The Women’s Forum continues to grow in its ability to engage members of the Greater Boston Community to put women’s issues on the forefront. As an established group, measured by our consistent programming and outreach, the Women’s Forum seeks to become the hub of discussion in Boston. Connecting local and global leaders through these programs, the Women’s Forum works to forward the missions of organizations dedicated to empowering women all over the world.
Program Success Monitored By  The Women’s Forum Steering Committee, consisting of established female leaders in the Boston community, evaluates the success of each event based on attendance, and general feedback from attendees. These women openly take suggestions for future events, to ensure that each event is serving the community’s needs, and covers topics that deeply interest those involved.
Examples of Program Success  The Women’s Forum recently hosted an Africa Day Luncheon focusing on the Prevention of Child Marriage in sub-Saharan Africa. One of our panelists, Josephine Kulea, an acclaimed Kenyan children’s rights activist and founder of the Samburu Girls Foundation, supports women’s rights to education, and fights female genital mutilation and forced marriage. At the event, Josephine connected with a woman who runs a local foundation focused on gender equity who encouraged her to apply for a grant to fund a dormitory for the girls she supports. With her successful application, Josephine can now further her mission to rescue child brides with new funds to create a women’s shelter. Successes like these drive the Women’s Forum to continue their efforts to become a central hub for discussion and action around women’s issues.

Young Professionals Network

We provide a unique forum for young professionals to engage in discussions about current issues on the UN agenda, focusing on topics of cultural, political, and economic relevance, including human rights in Iran, innovative citizenship, and global environmental policy. YP meets regularly for talks, film screenings, and social events.
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Category  International, Foreign Affairs & National Security, General/Other
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
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Program Long-Term Success 
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Program Success Monitored By  YP success is monitored by Nate Tassinari, chair of the YP and board member to UNA-GB, as well as a student intern who works on a semester basis. Together, they evaluate each event, and request feedback from members. Each event is a collaborative effort, ensuring that the members’ needs and expectations are met.
Examples of Program Success  One of the most popular and unique programs offered is the “Taste Of” events, which gather young professionals to connect over foreign affairs, featuring authentic cuisine from a featured country and often includes special guests, trivia, videos, lectures and music help to educate and entertain attendees. Past Taste Ofs have include France, Venezuela, Russia and El Salvador.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms Lena Granberg
CEO Term Start Nov 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Lena Granberg returned to UNAGB in November 2015 as interim Executive Director, having previously serving in the position from 2000-2014. Lena’s passion is global education, with an emphasis of looking at issues from different perspectives. Prior to joining UNAGB in 2000, Lena worked for two decades for Boston-based World Times, Inc., publisher of The WorldPaper, an international newspaper presenting perspectives from around the world on global concerns and distributed in six languages with partner publications in more than twenty countries. With responsibilities at various times ranging from overseeing the production and advertising sales, to coordinating the Associate Publication network and organizing conferences on global topics, Lena’s positions included Business Manager and Publisher. While at The WorldPaper, Lena traveled to many countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Lena spent her elementary school years in Sweden, went to middle school in France, earned an International Baccalaureate at the International School of Geneva, and a B.A. from Yale University.

Co-CEO --
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Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Lynn Arsenault Communications Manager --
Caitlin Moore Education Director --

Awards

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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 90
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Dr. Arese Carrington
Board Chair Company Affiliation Africana Consultants
Board Chair Term Dec 2017 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair Ms. Arese Carrington
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Africana Consultants
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Patricia Chilangwa Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Harriet Cross British Consul General in Boston --
Mr. William J. Febbo Panel Intelligence --
Mr. Richard Golob EPAM Systems, Inc. --
Ms. Kari Heistad Culture Coach International --
Mr. Jacob Homiller NAFTS Rubber Blacks for Cabot Corporation --
Ms. Janice G. Hunt UNA-USA --
Mr. Jonathan Lacoste Jebbit, Inc. Voting
Mr. J.D. LaRock Northeastern University Voting
Mr. Robert Maloney Prince Lobel Voting
Ms. Alma G. Morrison UNA-USA Council of Chapters and Divisions --
Mr. Sean Murphy AstraZeneca Voting
Mr. Hakan Satiroglu Xplana Learning --
Mr. Mark B. Stein McDermott, Will & Emery's --
Mr. Nathaniel Tassinari TD Bank --
Ms. Gina Wilcox Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 15
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 10
Not Specified 0

Board Information

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

Standing Committees

  • Executive
  • Investment

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $349,817 $283,162 $270,989
Total Expenses $334,121 $374,068 $367,815

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $139,807 $135,355 $130,222
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $183,481 $132,918 $92,733
Investment Income, Net of Losses $14,628 $41,248 $36,986
Membership Dues $2,882 $1,640 $1,965
Special Events $9,019 $-27,999 $9,083
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Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $244,031 $275,581 $238,592
Administration Expense $66,731 $69,240 $95,255
Fundraising Expense $23,359 $29,247 $33,968
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.05 0.76 0.74
Program Expense/Total Expenses 73% 74% 65%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 16% 27% 24%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $410,676 $391,490 $509,323
Current Assets $79,295 $24,514 $19,961
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $410,676 $391,490 $509,323

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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Financial Planning

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Spending Policy --
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Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
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Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


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