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massmouth, inc.

 42 Seaverns Avenue, Suite 3
 Boston, MA 02130
[P] (617) 9422553
[F] --
http://massmouth.org
[email protected]
Norah Dooley
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INCORPORATED: 2010
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EIN 27-3434918

LAST UPDATED: 04/24/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names massmouth.com (2008)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The 501c3 Massmouth, inc. is dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling and sharing of stories in everyday life to add mutual understanding and respect in all areas of human and community endeavor. 
 
We execute our mission through:
- educational projects at every level of human experience, working to enable anyone, in any walk of life, to tell their story. Connecting people to their stories to connect communities through story.
- promotion of live, oral storytelling in performance throughout Greater Boston
- personal storytelling, by people of all walks of life through story slams and targeted story sharing projects
- digital media, especially video/audio recordings of  live performance.

Mission Statement

The 501c3 Massmouth, inc. is dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling and sharing of stories in everyday life to add mutual understanding and respect in all areas of human and community endeavor. 
 
We execute our mission through:
- educational projects at every level of human experience, working to enable anyone, in any walk of life, to tell their story. Connecting people to their stories to connect communities through story.
- promotion of live, oral storytelling in performance throughout Greater Boston
- personal storytelling, by people of all walks of life through story slams and targeted story sharing projects
- digital media, especially video/audio recordings of  live performance.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $75,000.00
Projected Expense $75,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • StoriesLive®

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Overview

Mission Statement

The 501c3 Massmouth, inc. is dedicated to promoting the art of storytelling and sharing of stories in everyday life to add mutual understanding and respect in all areas of human and community endeavor. 
 
We execute our mission through:
- educational projects at every level of human experience, working to enable anyone, in any walk of life, to tell their story. Connecting people to their stories to connect communities through story.
- promotion of live, oral storytelling in performance throughout Greater Boston
- personal storytelling, by people of all walks of life through story slams and targeted story sharing projects
- digital media, especially video/audio recordings of  live performance.

Background Statement

massmouth,inc. was founded by local storytellers, Doria Hughes, Norah Dooley, Andrea Lovett, and Stu Mendleson in 2008.  Storytellers from MA joined in as we performed at non-traditional venues. We incorporated in fall of 2010 as a 501(c)3, massmouth,inc. we have continued  promoting the art  of storytelling and producing story slams.  We have been largely self-funded and operate with a full-time, unpaid executive director.

Since fall 2009, massmouth has held storytelling events and slams in Somerville, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, Quincy, Worcester and Lowell. Real estate agents, lawyers, teachers, scientists, homeschooling moms, journalists, grad students, artists and professional storytellers—nearly a thousand people in all—have bared their souls on topics ranging from “supernatural” events to rolling on “wheels” to “cupid’s” antics.

In our Mar 2010, our 2nd year, we were honored with the Hugh Morgan Hill (Brother Blue) Award from the LANES.org -- a regional storytelling non-profit that promotes storytelling.  

In September 2010 we were awarded a Regional Challenge Grant from NSN in collaboration with StoryStream,Cambridge, facilitate and complete digital documentation of a project called “Story Trades– real stories from real people."

In December of 2010 we were awarded our first $10K project grant from MassHumanities for our innovative program, StoriesLive®, high school storytelling project. It remains the only program of its kind in the nation.

In the winter of 2011 we started StoriesLive®  and by April 30th we had taught over 1,100 students and 200 faculty essential storytelling skills  and we raised and awarded over $5000 in scholarship prizes to participants.

 In Jan of 2011 we established a public office in the Haymarket Foundation building, allowing us to engage interns from Lesley College. 

In March of 2011 we create a scholarship for 3 Lesley University students to attend the regional storytelling conference, Sharing The Fire. 

In July 2012 we were given an Oracle Award from the National Storytelling Network honoring our accomplishments in our geographic community to the art of storytelling.

In 2011- 2012 massmouth received numerous LCC grants.  A significant grant was in the form of unrestricted operational funds from the Boston Cultural Council which helped us produce low-cost/ free storytelling events for the people of Boston. We produce workshops and events all over the Greater Boston area that bring people together through their stories.  


Impact Statement

  • StoriesLive® 2012, Working for our second year,  in nine high schools, we taught over 1,800 students to tell their stories , The project culminated in a two-division final regional slam at City Year Headquarters in Boston's Copley Square. Private coaching was offered to finalists. The high schools included Andover, Boston Latin Academy, Chelsea, Everett, Lawrence, Lynn Classical, Newburyport, Revere and Worcester, South Community High.
  • Raised and awarded over $10K in scholarship prizes to students in our StoriesLive® program.
  • 1st Boston Storytelling Festival: We organized an entire day of storytelling at Copley Boston Public Library, Rabb Hall on Saturday in April 21, 2012. Over 30 storytellers performed, including everything from folk and fairytales to contemporary slam winners -- all free and open to public. We also provided various storytelling workshops.
  • Slam Season III: Sep 2011 - Apr 2012 From Quincy to Lowell, from Somerville to Worcester with a regular series at Club Passim in Cambridge and Doyle's in Jamaica Plain, we produced over 20 story slams on diverse themes. Hundreds of people came and told stories and thousands, many new to the art, listened to live storytelling. 
  • Digital Media: We have nearly 600 members on our Ning site (massmouth.com). Membership is free and connects listeners and performers. We 'tweet' to over 800 followers and post on Facebook, where we have over 500 'likes'/members. We maintain two MeetUp sites and our educational activities are featured at massmouth.org.

Goals:
  • To become a more self-sustaining organization.
  • To Increase our capacity to reach and teach more people about the power and art of storytelling.
  • To become a resource for schools, community centers, and the state of Massachusetts to find the wealth of their story.
  • To make storytelling a central part of 21st century life and modern day popular culture. 

Needs Statement

Our top priority is finding operational funding to make the implementation of our highly valued projects sustainable. $100,000.
 

We seek entrepreneurial advice to explore the advisability/feasibility of several for-profit ventures which,  in the long run, would make our nonprofit work independent of grants and charity.

We need trained accounting and bookkeeping volunteers and other skilled volunteers in digital media and business organization.
 
We need advice and the finances to advance from an all volunteer organization to an operation with 2-3 paid staff ( as above, $100K)

CEO Statement

We feel that massmouth has a unique mission and a unique reach. We are the only organization that promotes  the art of storytelling in high schools and among people of all stages and stations of life. We are uniquely poised to grow in capacity and impact and with the very little we have in financial resources we have shown amazing growth and significant results. 

We have revitalized an timeless art form in our city and reacquainted the people of Boston with their birthright expression storytelling. With serious financial support we believe we would grow in effectiveness and also become self-sufficient.

Board Chair Statement

Our board is just forming, we had our  first meeting on July 18th, 2012.

Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
STATEWIDE

Boston specifically: 
02130, 02119, 02121,  
Cambridge
Somerville
Chelsea
Everett
Lawrence 
Lynn
Revere
Worcester 
 
 

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Performing Arts
  2. Education - Secondary & High Schools
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Telecommunications

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

No

Programs

StoriesLive®

StoriesLive® is an adaptable program, supported by a robust online presence that introduces and teaches storytelling as a performance art to 11th/12th grade high school students through the study and sharing of their personal narratives.  Students learn an indispensable life skill - how to tell a good story. High schools that are a part StoriesLive® send students to the regional scholarship story slam competition, which has awarded over $10K in cash awards in two years.  Professional storytellers present StoriesLive® through assemblies, workshops, a published Storytelling Unit and Professional Development Workshops for teachers. Social media supports participants on all levels.  StoriesLive® teaches a powerful prewriting strategy that supports increased literacy by direct experience in the creation of stories in their most organic form. We engage high school students in “primary source” material as creators and teach public speaking and presentation skills.


Budget  $100,000
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Artists-in-Residence
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success 

95% of students will learn the skills to tell an effective story

100% students listen to each other with respect and new understanding

schools report a more civil atmosphere in classes

+99& will be engaged, included and feel respected by this process

Program Long-Term Success 

This project will help all kinds of learners express themselves and gain deeper self awareness.

 

“I teach literature to students who have many talents, but writing can be a major challenge to bilingual learners who are often immigrants or first generation Americans. To have Norah and the other storytellers come into our classroom and bring into vibrant life their stories, full of life and told with genuine emotion was like unlocking a vault in my high schoolers. Every one of them, from the most boisterous to the shyest, took their moment in front of an audience to speak. For some, this was the first time they published themselves.”

• Sondra Longo, AP Literature and Composition Journalism, 

Humanities and Leadership Development High - Lawrence, MA

Program Success Monitored By  Our program is documented with data from each lesson and classroom. And we are vetted by a Humanities expert each year.
Examples of Program Success 
All the schools in the first year of StoriesLive® joined in the second.
Over 1,810 high school students learned skills and the art of storytelling
We connected our themes to the Common Application Essay questions. •  We awarded $5,400 in scholarship funds to 3 winners in each division and 4 more honorable mention stories were chosen from the participants.
 
StoriesLive® II was supported by a highly competetive Project Grant from MassHumanities.org (second consecutive), various LCC grants through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the storytellers of massmouth, inc. and generous private donations.
StoriesLive® 2012:
- Included 11th and 12th grade ELL students.
- Students  from from last year performed with the professional storytellers and performed at assemblies (@ EHS, AHS and @NHS).
- We were awarded an LCC grant and developed an anti-bullying performance/workshop at Revere High School
- Everett ELA staff taught the entire program this year on their own!


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our biggest challenge is to grow an organization that is strong enough to carry our programs which are needed, appreciated and effective, but run entirely on contract labor with professional educators and storytellers making less than substitute teachers. And administered by volunteers with 100s of hours of unpaid labor.

 

We are passionately committed to the long term but after 3 years  we need some financial remuneration for the key volunteers.

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Norah Dooley Norah Dooley
CEO Term Start June 2009
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Norah Dooley
EDUCATION: School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, Medford, MA • B.F.A. in Painting 1976 concentrations: Painting, Asian Art/ Art History & Japanese sumi-e painting   Lesley University, Cambridge MA • M. Ed. in Education, Creative Arts in Learning Program, Middle School, • www.norahdooley.com

CURRENT: Young Audiences of Massachusetts  –performing artist, visiting author and arts educator. 
massmouth,inc. – co-founder and executive director of storytelling advocacy/performance group & Greater Boston, story slams Project Director, instructor, presenter, digital media, videographer, public relations, grant writer and Curriculum Developer for StoriesLive®: 
EDUCATOR: 
NOV 2011 Workshops & performances in Tokyo, Japan  Japanese National Education grant at Aoyama Gaikun College and Seisen University on ELL and Storytelling Middle School Performing Arts Teacher, 5th  - 8th grade, Prospect Hill Academy, Somerville, MA . 
2007-2008 4th grade teacher & Arts Specialist at the Atrium School, Watertown – developed arts projects for each classroom based on theme study.
2009-2010 CCTV Cambridge Community Access TV  - weekly 3 hour media lab instructor for community media  literacy

STORYTELLER:1990 to present: Workshops & performances in the greater Boston area: A featured storyteller in the Christmas and Spring Revels, the Newport Folk Festival, Waterfire Festival in Providence RI,  Albany Riverway Festival, and Clearwater Festival. 
SOLO: Performed, directed and presented workshops on storytelling throughout New England and the continental US.

AUTHOR: 1991 to present Life and ideas - from manuscript to published book. Presented programs for elementary, middle school and community college learners on writing since 1993.
 Everybody Cooks Rice, (Carolrhoda, 1991) is still in print  
Everybody Bakes Bread (Carolrhoda, 1996) ALA “Pick of the Lists”.
 Everybody Serves Soup (Carolrhoda, 2000) ISLA Honor Book
Everybody Brings Noodles (Carolrhoda, 2003)
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Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network 2011
National Storytelling Network 2010
Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Puppet

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 10
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 15
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 25
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

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 No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Kathryn Battillo
Board Chair Company Affiliation Assistant Head of School for Mission Advancement, Fontbonne Academy
Board Chair Term July 2012 -
Board Co-Chair Ms. Arlene Lowney RN, MBA
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Innovative HealthCare Solutions
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Kathryn Battillo Assistant Head of School for Mission Advancement at Fontbonne Academy Voting
Norah Dooley Executive Director, massmouth, Inc. Voting
Erin Giesser Revere High School Voting
Arlene Lowney Innovative Healthcare Solutions 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: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 70%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 30%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

For the past 3 years, a small steering committee, Andrea Lovett, her husband Charles and I, with occasional help from interested but transient partners, have been operating as a board and exec committee,  to allow us to secure non-profit status, apply for grants and execute our mission. Until recently, we did not have the resources to pay for Board Insurance. Recently we lost an operational grant due to our lack of a bona fide board of directors and a Chief Financial Officer.  We are anxious to move to the next stage of development.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year July 01, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Projected Income $75,000.00
Projected Expense $75,000.00
Form 990s

2012 990

2011 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 --
Total Revenue $47,175 $40,350 --
Total Expenses $54,397 $37,499 --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

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Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 --
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Individual Contributions $29,355 $29,506 --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $11,298 $3,455 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $6,522 $7,277 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- $112 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 --
Program Expense $42,923 $36,944 --
Administration Expense $11,474 $555 --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.87 1.08 --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 79% 99% --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 --
Total Assets $4,965 $9,024 --
Current Assets $4,965 $9,024 --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 --
Current Liabilities $5,859 $4,798 --
Total Net Assets $-894 $4,226 --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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Financial Planning

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

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

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Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.85 1.88 --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2012 2011 --
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We have spent as much time and money as we could to get our books in order. We hired a bookkeeper and worked to standardize record keeping and installed and used QuickBooks Online.  Due to some very bad advice we received from a misinformed but well meaning accountant we did not file a 990 or a Public Charity report in NOV of 2011. Since January 2012 we have played catch up and filed our first 990-EZ return on February 2012. I will need to email these  documents from the office.

Foundation Comments

As this nonprofit is a newer organization, incorporated in 2010, only two years of Short Form 990s are posted above, for fiscal years 2011 and 2012.
 
Financial summary data in the charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. 
 
Specific details about expense allocation was provided by the organization, as that information is not readily available in the Short Form 990s. 

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