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3LPlace Inc.

 3LPlace, Inc., 50 Whitman Street
 Somerville, MA 02144
[P] (617) 7643280
[F] --
Deborah Flaschen
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 26-4668957

LAST UPDATED: 12/04/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

We seek to support adults with autism and other developmental challenges to lead meaningful lives in the community.
We seek to support adults over the lifespan, beginning with transition from high school to middle age and beyond.
We seek to develop best practices/models/content supported by evidence-based research.
We seek to share what we develop and discover with the broader community for replication.

Mission Statement

We seek to support adults with autism and other developmental challenges to lead meaningful lives in the community.
We seek to support adults over the lifespan, beginning with transition from high school to middle age and beyond.
We seek to develop best practices/models/content supported by evidence-based research.
We seek to share what we develop and discover with the broader community for replication.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $534,600.00
Projected Expense $494,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • 3LPlace Modules
  • 3LPlace Wiki

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Mission Statement

We seek to support adults with autism and other developmental challenges to lead meaningful lives in the community.
We seek to support adults over the lifespan, beginning with transition from high school to middle age and beyond.
We seek to develop best practices/models/content supported by evidence-based research.
We seek to share what we develop and discover with the broader community for replication.

Background Statement

3LPlace is building exciting opportunities and a warm, diverse community for adults with autism and other developmental challenges.

Founded in 2009, 3LPlace supports individuals with autism and developmental disabilities as they explore the world and make choices about their lives.

Together, we are on a journey of life-long learning:

  • · Exploring community and what it means to live in one
  • · Thinking more critically
  • · Expressing creativity
  • · Exploring careers
  • · Supporting job choices and placement
  • · Becoming more aware of body/mind connections and fitness
  • · Practicing the life skills we need to live successfully in our choice of housing, and in the community
  • · Encouraging best practices in learning by sharing materials and experiences.

We offer a menu of highly individualized day, evening and weekend programming, based on our person-centered 3LPlace Curriculum, at our Somerville location. The year-round program welcomes adults with a mix of developmental disabilities.

Impact Statement

We offer day, evening and weekend programming to fit a range of individual needs.

We organize our learning activities into modules (please see "Program" section for details).

By mid-2019, we plan to locate our services at Powder House for Somerville, a multigenerational, multi-use development currently under construction. It’s across the street from our current program.

Our community center at Powder House will support all our current programming and add a “drop in” center where individuals can participate in social and educational activities such as a folk dancing group, a chess tournament, video gaming, a group dinner, yoga or karate classes.

3LPlace will share flex spaces and activities with local artists, students in a maker-focused innovation academy, and seniors living in a Collaborative Living Project.

Our collaborators in the building are visionary educators and urban planners. The Powder House building will serve as a vibrant, dynamic community space that will promote 3LPlace’s mission of meaningful inclusion, and opportunities for learning, and relationship-building.

Another major organizational goal is to launch the 3LPlace wiki to leverage the collaboratively created 3LPlace Curriculum, comprehensive guidance to support individuals with developmental challenges to build satisfying, meaningful lives for the lifespan.

  •  To continue to collaborate, expand and share best practices in learning.
  •  To create a space, a sharing platform, free of charge for all users – educators, clinicians, families, agency staff - to develop and share curriculum content, lesson plans, social stories, project ideas…
  •  To expand the reach of the wiki, statewide and beyond, to foster exponential growth of this critically important learning content.


Needs Statement

3LPlace needs:
  • $200,000 in additional funding to help build out our space in the multigenerational community at Powder House Studios, as described above.
  • $300,000 over the next three years to support scholarships for low- and moderate-income families and individuals.
  • $55,000 to support the launch of the 3LPlace Wiki, which provides free access to learning materials for teachers and others working with individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • $80,000 to hire an MSW to provide family and community outreach and liaison services.
  • Volunteers with an interest in working with our members on projects of interest to them.

CEO Statement

3LPlace is all about building content, community and supporting desperately needed changes to the infrastructure that welcomes, includes and supports adults who are neurologically different.

Parents founded 3LPlace nearly ten years ago in response to their concern that the programming then available through Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) would not serve the needs of their autistic and developmentally different rising adult children who were well-served by individualized programming in their public schools.

For the past five years, 3LPlace, a certified and licensed DDS provider, has delivered differentiated, individualized programming using the existing DDS contracts.

3LPlace currently offers flexible, highly-individualized services and seeks to expand those services. 3LPlace provides an exceptionally high level of service: its staff-to-participant ratio is 1:3 or better; all staff are college-educated, most have graduate degrees; all staff have specialized training and experience to support our participants; and we utilize comprehensive curricula designed to educate and support our participants.

3LPlace’s services are organized into discrete experiential instructional modules, which are available six days a week, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, and 12pm to 5m on Saturday. To the greatest extent practicable, instruction takes place in community settings where learning is based on real life experiences.

Currently, there are sixteen modules available over the course of each week. Utilizing self-directed programming, families can choose which modules, and on which days, they want to purchase.  In other words, they can purchase anywhere from one to sixteen modules depending on their budget and schedule. These modules are all taught in very small groups, and have flexible programming targeted to the specific individuals in the group.

The available modules include, among others, a “Daring to Dream Module,” which focuses on helping participants practice and stretch in their interactions, ideas, creations, communications, and actions, thus building self-determination capability; a “Community Module,” which helps participants understand the importance of, and how to engage in, a community; a “Work and Career Module,” which focuses on exploring and developing work and career paths; and a “Life Skills Module,” which helps individuals develop the skills of daily and independent living.

This flexible, customizable programming is aimed at providing participants and their families with a wide array of options concerning the type and amount of programming they choose to use. Some participants might only be looking for part-time programming, some might only be interested in certain modules, and some may be looking to combine specific 3LPlace modules with other services and supports available in the community from DDS or other providers.

Board Chair Statement

This statement is from 3LPlace board member Robert Beckett

My son, Thomas, age 40, has Down Syndrome with some autism type tendencies.  Thomas lives with my spouse and myself.  We moved from Arizona to Massachusetts in 2016 to be close to our adult daughter.  Thomas started participating in the 3LPlace curriculum-based program in May, 2017.  I joined the Board of Directors in late 2017 because:

 For the first time in 15 years, Thomas is eager to attend an educational/activity program:

  • Thomas is learning from his fellow 3LPlace participants and staff;
  • My admiration for the superbly qualified and kind 3LPlace staff; and,
  • My commitment to the 3LPlace mission.

3LPlace serves adults with autism and other developmental disabilities who have substantial functional impairments requiring supervision and help in engaging in meaningful activities. It is not easy for families to engage in services which are based on a learning mode. In general, the governmental services available are based on direct support staff earning $12 to $15 an hour. These staff typically have little formal education in the special needs area and limited continuing education opportunities. Yet the adults these staff are serving need a high level of instruction to continue the path of successful living, learning and linking.

Despite advocacy efforts, government funds are limited. To deliver meaningful opportunities to these adults, the family’s resources, including the family’s financial resources, plus philanthropy from the community, plus governmental funds sources must be marshalled. 3LPlace is determined to bring these resources to bear so that these adults can learn and grow throughout their lives, including objectives of independent living and employment where feasible. 3LPlace is determined to bring options to families beyond simply day care type programs.

Unfortunately, and despite the enactment in 2014 of the Massachusetts Real Lives Law, the government’s policies do not make it easy to marshal these resources. 3LPlace is currently working with other non-profit groups and with Massachusetts government to assure current law is implemented to encourage private funding + philanthropy + governmental funding so adults have the option to receive curriculum-based services provided by trained and credentialed direct care staff

Back to my son, Thomas. Through a combination of:

  • 3LPlace day activities three days a week on a private fee basis;
  • Special Olympics (swimming, basketball and track);
  • Jewish Family Services big brother type program; and,
  • Services provided by governmental funding of about 7 hours a week,

Thomas now has a combination of daily activities he greatly enjoys, can tolerate, and which offer him challenges to help him improve his living skills and live more independently.

The mission of 3LPlace is to combine and coordinate all available resources so that learning is part of the daily lives of persons like Thomas. It is exciting to envision the 3LPlace move to the Powder House center where there will be daily interaction with Somerville entrepreneurs, artists and humanitarian efforts. It is exciting to envision a drop-in recreations program for the adults with developmental disabilities living in the Somerville and surrounding communities. 3LPlace will continue its core curriculum based day programs. And 3LPlace will continue its sharing of curriculum and best practices with providers throughout the country on its Wiki internet platform with the objective of improving the quality of instruction provided by direct support staff.

Geographic Area Served

We provide direct services in the greater Boston area and individuals in the eastern part of Massachusetts.  Our outreach "Linking" work reaches thousands more around the world, providing free access to learning materials and educational models and templates for working with individuals living with autism and other developmental challenges. 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
  2. Education - Special Education
  3. -

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

Under Development


3LPlace Modules

3LPlace offers learning modules to individuals living with autism and other developmental challenges through day, evening and weekend programming, with a menu of options that can be customized to individual and family needs.
Regardless of what activity is going on, members at 3LPlace are continuously and simultaneously working on developing individual skills in the areas of:
  • Creative expression
  • Self-awareness
  • Relationships
  • Person-centered planning
  • Executive function and critical thinking
Our program is organized in the following Modules, with intentional overlap between them.
1. DARING TO DREAM MODULE. Shared environment where members engage in imagining and goal development in a framework of creative exploration and expression.
Members have daily opportunities to practice and stretch their creativity in their expressions, interactions, thoughts, creations, and actions. Taps into the creative forces of each individual, following their lead on an interest or passion or exposing them to new areas of creative interest.
Activities include: collaborative arts projects and group problem solving; outings or guest speakers; media-based problem-solving; brain games; improvisation and role playing; related research projects.
  • Why and how we live in a community
  • What we get and what we give to our community
  • Weaving islands of knowledge and skill into whole tapestry/gestalt. 
 Activities include:
  • Visiting places where critical and abstract concepts can be made concrete, such as: City Hall, State House, local libraries, JFK Library, using maps to navigate and plan visits.
  • Exploring what’s happening in the world.
  • Digging deeper into familiar landmarks. What is the difference between the MFA and the Museum of Science?
  • Developing new, deeper and more connected knowledge utilizing books, internet, community activities, museums, travel, speakers, and theatre.
  • Striving to put new content in context of the whole – where are we in space? In time? Why do we measure things? Why do we choose to live in societies?
We consider it essential that each member has the opportunity to pursue jobs, careers, continuing education or volunteer activities that are personally meaningful and interesting.
We accomplish this by focusing on each member as an individual, examining their passions and goals, strengths and challenges, as we support them to explore and develop their career interests and skills as workers, at their own pace. By taking this approach, we increase motivation, independence, personal satisfaction, and self-determination.
All members participate in this Module at the level of their individual need, interest and preparedness.
Activities include:
  • Career awareness and exploration 
  • Creating individual “My Work Profile” (identifies personal goals, passions and interests as well as needs for training, skills acquisition communication style and regulation.) 
  • Work readiness coaching 
  • Continuing education 
  • Work training 
  • Supported employment 
Active pursuits with focus on health, mind and body fitness. Activities will include: walks, gym sessions, yoga, meditation training, martial arts, swimming, skiing and skating in winter.
  • Nutrition, meal planning, meal preparation, cleanup 
  • Dining together Money math in context of meal budgeting 
  • Travel training in context of navigating community to shop for groceries 
  • Laundry skills 
  • Organization and general cleaning skills 
6. RECREATION MODULE (Available now on Saturdays)
Our Recreation Module focuses on social and recreational activities, taking advantage of the rich opportunities offered across the Greater Boston area. Outings include museums, performances, sports events, outdoors activities and more.
The budget below represents the cost of developing, implementing, and providing all the modules that 3L Place offers at present. Of our total budget of $494,000, $425,000 pays for providing direct services.
Budget  $494,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Services for Individuals with Disabilities
Population Served Adults People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Progress on a daily basis is measured by participants and staff using goal attainment scaling. Additionally, suggestion and feedback are kept in individual binders and reviewed regularly. We seek specific feedback from our members on a daily and weekly basis to gauge their interest, engagement, and satisfaction with our program and its activities. Each week, members vote on what they want to do in the week to come. 
Program Long-Term Success 
The goal attainment scaling mentioned above is a powerful tool for measuring success in our environment, which places a heavy emphasis on self-determination and member direction.
We have included the tool currently in use in the documents that were submitted at the end of this profile.
The assessment tool is used to gauge an individual’s current state of functioning and to track progress on designated goal/s over time. We recommend intermittent and ongoing assessment of all categories which supports evaluation of goal development on regularly scheduled intervals (weekly, monthly, quarterly).
Program Success Monitored By 
Each of our members works on their own Individual Support Plan, which is created under their own direction and with the involvement of their family if available, reviewed semi-annually and revised annually. Each individual's personal goals evolve over time. One way to measure success is to track whether there is a lessening need for support for basic skills while an individual is, at the same time, seeking to be more engaged in the community in both independent and interdependent ways. 
Examples of Program Success 
One member, who comes from a chaotic family environment and has profound dyslexia, as well as a mood disorder and autism, came to us with extremely challenging behaviors that were difficult both for him and those around him.
He was resistant to communicating about his disabilities, and had never been treated with any medication. His emotional outbursts, which were sometimes physical, made it difficult for him to be in any program, or to maintain a job.
3LPlace was able to motivate change by focusing on things he cares about (largely art and film-making), and leveraging those interests into participation in both group and individual learning and activities.
He's now in therapy and receiving appropriate care for his mood disorder, which in turn, enables him to participate more fully in goal-setting for himself. He can now pronounce "dyslexia" and has a working understanding of what that means to him and his view of the world. He's learning that there are functional, pro-active things he can do to improve his life, and is more likely to engage in curious inquiry than to lash out in anger when he finds his wants frustrated by disability or circumstance. This individual has a keen entrepreneurial interest and 3LPlace has supported him in activities including creating and selling calendars and creating an Etsy site to sell his artwork. He also does some catering.

3LPlace Wiki

The 3LPlace Wiki offers free access to lesson plans, social scripts and a host of other tools for working with individuals with autism and other developmental challenges, as well as a place for ongoing discussion and feedback. The simple, easy-to-use format is similar to Wikipedia.
Plans and tools explore learning in areas such as critical thinking, creative expression, career, living in community, relationships, social awareness and self-awareness, as well as life skills.
This program is in start-up mode. The budget listed here represents 3LPlace's cost to support, evaluate, modify, and maintain the Wiki on an annual basis.
Budget  $55,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Special Education
Population Served Adults People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
The beta roll out of our wiki was in November, 2017.
Since then, we have added beta users from school districts in Medford, Newton and Brookline as well as programs in Worcester, MA; Baton Rouge, LA., New York City and in Denville, N.J. Other users are in Canada and Ireland.
As of Spring 2018, there were more than 60 lesson plans and social stories available for free use.  Learning areas include critical thinking, work and career, life skills, self-awareness, relationships and understanding self in community.
Specific topics cover a wide range of needs and situations, from fire safety to local travel, work readiness to distinguishing fiction from fact, from understanding disability to  keeping things in your "thought bubble."
Program Long-Term Success 

Traditionally, the most expensive aspect of curriculum is content development. In this instance, however, the content is provided to all users free of charge through a collaborative tool development and sharing platform.


This involves:


  • Being sure we understand the current experience of those helping individuals with ID/DD to gain the skills to navigate adulthood (we think we do based on our experience at 3LPlace and beta user feedback, but if we are funded we would do research to be certain)
  • Understanding the ideal circumstances for the teacher on the go to use and share learning materials
  • Tweaking the format of the wiki as needed based on that knowledge.
  • Keeping the online community happy, balanced, safe and productive.


(Months 4 -12) GETTING WORD OUT TO THE ID/DD COMMUNITY (Outreach/ community development and management)

This involves:


  • Outreach to all organizations in Massachusetts serving adults and transitioning young adults with ID/DD through social media, targeted releases to ID/DD listservs, email, phone calls to opinion leaders and traditional media.
  • Identifying and developing community leaders for the wiki for roles including wiki evangelist, contributor, and editor.
  • Secondary outreach nationally and internationally (not only will folks elsewhere benefit from our materials, but our folks will benefit directly from the exponential growth of the knowledge base of available materials.


Program Success Monitored By  EVALUATION will occur at a midpoint in Month 6 and at again at Month 12. Success of the wiki will be measured by the number of registered users and collaborators, and by the volume and quality of the teaching materials that are contributed. We will also survey users about their experience using the wiki, to evaluate its success, and make course correction as needed.
Examples of Program Success  This is a new program, still in beta.  We will be reporting out on its success as that data becomes available.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

3LPlace invented itself to change the adult services environment.  Our 3 Ls stand for Learning, Living, and Linking. 

The LEARNING piece is committed to collaborative content creation. During our first 4+ years, we raised nearly half a million dollars, brought together clinical experts in autism, special educators, university academics, individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities, and families to create 638 pages of holistic, comprehensive curriculum to support the life of special adults in the community. We share this curriculum free of charge to educators, families and non-profits. We are now creating a WIKI, to expand access and build a rich collection of lesson plans that implement the concepts established by the curriculum. THIS TOO IS FREE TO ALL WHO ACCESS IT. To paraphrase the founder of Wikipedia, Imagine a world in which every single ID/DD teacher and clinician on the planet is given free access to the expertise, ideas and materials developed by every other teacher and clinician. We will continue to create content, build collaborations with other experts, and share all of it!

I think we should discuss the LINKING piece next. 3LPlace was created by parents of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Year after year they were solving problems and creating specialized content for one child, their own. In starting 3LPlace, they resolved that 3LPlace would share its content, its models, its solutions, and its mistakes with anyone who was interested. They were frustrated that teachers, parents and clinicians repeatedly had to reinvent the wheel. Its time-consuming, wearying, and a waste of resources that could otherwise be engaged in providing quality direct service/instruction. A commitment to LINKING is part of our DNA.

The LIVING piece is our community and our laboratory. We seek to create best-practice solutions, but that can only be done by trying things out, learning what works and what doesn’t, and improving upon what works. Our 3LPlace made very significant changes to its structure after the first two years of its life. It doubled down on what was working, and jettisoned what didn’t. Happily, two years later we are extremely happy with the choices we made then… while continuing to innovate in response to new lessons learned.

In closing, our innovation continues to encounter inertia. Individuals and families are hungry for many of the options we offer, however, their remain significant bureaucratic headwinds.

We are committed to doing the work we started nearly 10 years ago.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Deborah Flaschen
CEO Term Start Mar 2009
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Deborah Flaschen is a founder of 3LPlace, and its Chief Executive Officer. An investment banker for more than a decade, Deborah left the financial sector to advocate for her son, DJ, when he was diagnosed with autism. Her subsequent work led her to found and lead several non-profits. The most recent, 3LPlace, is an innovative life learning and transition program for adults with developmental challenges, near Davis Square in Somerville. 3LPlace has been approved for a number of different programs by the state Department of Developmental Services, and has been featured in articles in Boston magazine and The Boston Globe. Deborah earned her MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, and a BA from Tufts University. She is a member of the Advisory Board of AFAM (Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts). Deborah and her husband David Flaschen live in Boston. Deborah's son is a member of 3LPlace and lives in his own apartment in Somerville. Her daughter is in a PhD program at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
June Mallon Director of Communications June has developed, produced and/or advised research, outreach and social marketing projects on a wide range of human rights and health issues. She has senior management level experience in non-profit governance and fundraising as well as development of non-profit boards. An award-winning communications professional with broad experience in traditional media strategies as well as interactive and emerging media, June has worked in newspapers as well as in public broadcasting, and was executive producer of the public radio program "The Infinite Mind," which aired on NPR stations across the country. She's also the mom of a very cool kid with autism.
Meghan Montgomery Clinical Director Meghan received her Master's degree in Expressive Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University in 2012. She is an adjunct professor at Wheelock College. In addition Meghan has worked with individuals with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome, Global Developmental Delays, 17q21.31 Microdeletion Syndrome, Movement and TIC Disorders, Nonverbal Communication and Learning Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Sanfilipo Syndrome, Selective Mutism, and Sensory Processing Disorders. She guides and supervises individuals, families, and staff towards better practices for meaningfully educating, interacting, and including people with disabilities. Meghan taught a nationally recognized hybrid educational model for 4 years under the direct supervision and mentorship of Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder. Meghan's previous educational background includes a BA in Studio Arts from the University of New Hampshire and the University of California at Santa Cruz. Using the arts and adventure as well as other sensory modalities to connect with people of all backgrounds and abilities is Meghan's professional underpinning and joy.
Katie Wilson Program Director Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Lesley University in 2007 and her Masters from Lesley in Environmental Education in 2009. Prior to her work at 3LPlace, Katie worked at the Park School where she developed and directed her Farm-to-Table summer camp program. She looks forward to creating a garden here at 3LPlace and incorporating food origin and healthy living into the everyday lives of our young adults.


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association Massachusetts

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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3LPlace has a long history of collaboration, dating back to its founding in 2009 and the formation of the collaborative writing team that created our foundational curriculum. That team has involved partnerships with Tufts, Harvard, Boston, and Lesley universities, as well as more than 20 experts in developmental disability, clinical services, transition services and education from across Massachusetts and beyond.
Other collaborations have included representatives from/work with:
Wheelock College 
Best Buddies
Autism Support and Advocacy Networks
Advocates, Inc.
Horace Mann Educational Associates
Nashoba Learning Group
AFAM (Advocates for Autism in Massachusetts)
Autism Housing Pathways
Autism Insurance Resource Center
The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism
The Nancy Lurie Marks Foundation
TripAdvisor Foundation
Grousbeck Giving
The Astra Foundation
 Project CHILLD
Powder House Studio
Profectum Foundation
The Arc of Masschusetts
Mass Advocates for Children
MIT Media Lab
Jewish Family &Children's Services
The City of Somerville
Winter Hill Bank
The Sidney and Deanna Wolk Charitable Foundation
Goodwin Procter LLP
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP 
Global Giving 
Wiki collaborators include:
Medford, Brookline and Newton public schools
Celebrate the Children school in Denville, N.J.
The Rebecca School in New York City
Penn-Mar Human Services
Gateway Transition Center, in Baton Rouge, LA
MyChoice Programs, Worcester, MA 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

3LPlace is directed by a vision, and a clear set of operating principles. All employees understand what's expected of them and have regular feedback on what they are doing. All staff participate in developing their own quarterly and annual objectives, which are interlaced with the objectives and goals of other staff, and the strategic goals of the organization. 

As noted elsewhere: The CEO meets with the Program Manager weekly to review the following agenda items: human resources; financial management (contracts with DDS, contracts with individuals, and additions or revisions to standard policies and procedures); property management; relationships with outside parties (City of Somerville, DDS, 3LPlace partners); risk management (house, van, property, personnel); any other business.

Once a month, the Program Manager produces a detailed monthly income statement for review to the CEO and the Treasurer of the Board.

We have an annual Financial audit by a CPA firm. As a DDS licensed provider we have a biennial audit from DDS. We have an employee manual and standard operating procedures that have been developed in concert with the Paychex Human Resources Division. Paychex handles our payroll and benefits programs.

The CEO meets with the senior programming staff once a week to review the following agenda: human resources (needs and problem areas); prospective members and upcoming tours; topics to be covered with outside educational consultant; schedule of modules and activities for upcoming weeks ahead; program building (lesson creation, curriculum ideas); external parties relationships (outreach partners, employment or volunteer opportunities, events for members, etc.); member/family developments; and next steps/assignments. The CEO also meets separately with the Clinical Director once a week to review challenges.

3LPlace also has an Advisory Board which plays an active role in curriculum creation, the building of the WIKI, networking, and program development.

This system is working well for us. Our financial management is very tight and efficient. Our communication across the organization is excellent. We have staff turnover among full time staff members (6 of us) of 0% over the past 2 years. Our part time staff has a higher staff turnover owing to the fact that many are graduate students who commit to 1 or 2 shifts a semester. 


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 2
Number of Contract Staff 5
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): 1 Disability: One of our senior staff members is legally blind
Gender Female: 15
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Ms. Deborah Flaschen
Board Chair Company Affiliation 3LPlace
Board Chair Term Mar 2015 - Mar 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Robert Beckett Attorney at Law, partner Voting
Liz Beckhardt B.A. Community Volunteer Voting
Deborah Flaschen MBA 3LPlace Voting
Kelsey Grousbeck Camp Jabberwocky, director of development Voting
Bern Haan Chairman of the Astra Foundation Voting
Dr. Ricki Robinson M.D. Co-director of Descanso Medical Center for Development and Learning, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School Medicine of USC and Senior Attending Physician 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
Tal Baz MS/OTR/L ASTRA Foundation, ICDL, Profectum NonVoting
Catherine Boyle Autism Housing Pathways NonVoting
Shira Greenland MSW Director Sinai Schools High School for Individuals with Developmental and Learning Disorders, Director, Sinai Special Needs Institute, Transitional Residences --
Dr. Alexandra Harrison M.D. Harvard Medical School NonVoting
Cynthia Harrison MS ICDL, Profectum NonVoting
Jan Hollenbeck OTD Transition Coordinator, Medford Public Schools NonVoting
Colin J. Killick Disability Policy Consortium NonVoting
Dr. Jessica Kramer PhD Boston University NonVoting
Dr. Karen Levine PhD. Helping Children with Challenges NonVoting
Dusya Lyubovskaya member and non-profit liaison for the Autism Self-Advocacy Network, Regional Citizens Advisory Board member, Harvard University student NonVoting
Dr. Robert Naseef PhD Alternative Choices NonVoting
Dr. Ann Neumeyer M.D. Medical Director, Lurie Family Autism Center, Massachusetts General Hospital NonVoting
Monica Osgood BA Executive Director, Celebrate the Children, Executive Director Profectum NonVoting
Dr. Lori Jeanne Peloquin PhD Clinical Psychologist, University of Rochester School of Medicine NonVoting
Sally Savelle MEd, MPA Special Education and Clinical Psychology, ABD NonVoting
Dr. Karen Shmukler The Public Schools of Brookline NonVoting
Dr. Stephen Shore PhD Assistant Professor Special Education, Adelphi University, autism consultant, author of Beyond the Wall: Personal experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome --
Dr. Joshua Sparrow M.D. Assistant Professor Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Supervisor Inpatient Psychiatry, Boston Children’s Hospital --
Dr. David Stevens Ed.D. Developmental Psychologist and Director for Research and Design, Symphony Learning NonVoting
Dr. Lauren Weeks Psy.D. RDI Certified Consultant NonVoting
Jim Wilbur M.Ed. Director of Threshold Program, Lesley University --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
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 No

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Board Governance
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Patient Care
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In addition to information provided in the CEO section elsewhere in this profile, we could note with regard to governance that we have three Advisory Board members living with developmental disabilities.  We are committed to continuing to assure that our boards include this important perspective.
Additionally we would like to note that our Board of Director terms are unlimited, subject to annual performance review. 
With regard to Client Representation, our Board of Directors includes the sibling and two parents of individuals with developmental challenges.  

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $534,600.00
Projected Expense $494,000.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audited Financials

2016 Audited Financials

2015 Financial Statements

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $444,648 $930,721 $472,818
Total Expenses $579,143 $767,108 $607,920

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$125,000 $359,204 $189,592
Government Contributions $126,384 $476,894 $220,737
    Federal -- -- --
    State $126,384 $476,894 $220,737
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $51,161 $94,264 $61,186
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $142,032 $250 $1,250
Investment Income, Net of Losses $71 $109 $53
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events -- $0 $0
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $0 $0

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $479,855 $671,966 $509,349
Administration Expense $79,407 $76,855 $81,096
Fundraising Expense $19,881 $18,287 $17,475
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.77 1.21 0.78
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 88% 84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 7% 2% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $555,302 $800,630 $573,041
Current Assets $383,882 $617,959 $404,067
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $90,398 $201,230 $137,254
Total Net Assets $464,904 $599,400 $435,787

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
1st (Source and Amount) Cross Country Enterprises $50,000.00
TripAdvisor Foundation $200,000.00
TripAdvisor Foundation $85,400.00
2nd (Source and Amount) Astra Foundation $50,000.00
Cross Country Enterprises $75,000.00
Cross Country Enterprises $50,000.00
3rd (Source and Amount) Giving Growsback $25,000.00
Astra Foundation $50,000.00
Astra Foundation $50,000.00

Financial Planning

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

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose Expansion of our Community Members program and relocation to Powder House of Somerville, including fit-out of new community center.
Campaign Goal $200,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates July 2017 - June 2020
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $83,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 4.25 3.07 2.94

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

3LPlace was established in 2009 and successfully raised more than $400,000 over four years to support a complex, collaborative curriculum development project. Beginning in 2012, we began looking ahead to starting our living programming which required the establishment of a physical facility and funding for employees to begin program development work. 3LPlace successfully secured the funding to convert an old two-family home into a safe, well-outfitted environment for its varied programming. Beginning in 2014 we began to operate programming that qualified for contracts with the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services. Likewise, we raised significant funding for scholarships from a large local corporation, as well as through our fundraising efforts with other foundations and donors.

Our current operating budget is approximately $500,000 and growing. For the past two years, we have had our financials reviewed by a CPA auditor. We exercise tight financial controls and pride ourselves on spending money wisely, efficiently and effectively.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990s, with additional revenue breakdown provided by the nonprofit.



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