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New England Center for Arts & Technology Inc

 23 Bradston Street
 Boston, MA 02118
[P] (617) 4423600
[F] (617) 4423619
[email protected]
Ashley Bartell
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EIN 27-2441203

LAST UPDATED: 12/07/2017
Organization DBA NECAT
New England Culinary Arts Training
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes



Mission StatementMORE »

NECAT provides chronically unemployed adults with a pathway to stable, long-term employment in the food services industry through comprehensive technical and job readiness training and individualized support and employment services.

Mission Statement

NECAT provides chronically unemployed adults with a pathway to stable, long-term employment in the food services industry through comprehensive technical and job readiness training and individualized support and employment services.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,502,704.00
Projected Expense $1,788,804.00

ProgramsMORE »


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Mission Statement

NECAT provides chronically unemployed adults with a pathway to stable, long-term employment in the food services industry through comprehensive technical and job readiness training and individualized support and employment services.

Background Statement

NECAT was founded in 2010 as an independent non-profit replicating the highly successful programs of the Manchester Bidwell Corporation in Pittsburgh, which was founded by nationally renowned social entrepreneur Bill Strickland in 1968. NECAT’s vision is to serve as a catalyst for social change, helping our community’s chronically unemployed bridge the skills gap, enter the workforce and achieve economic self-sufficiency.

We strive to help resource limited and chronically unemployed individuals overcome the educational, economic and social constraints to stable employment by providing them with job training, professional development coaching and job placement in the hospitality industry.
In 2013, after completing a $2.5 million capital campaign, NECAT opened its Training Center in the Newmarket District of Boston. Our Center is a purpose-built, state-of-the-art teaching facility that includes a commercial kitchen, culinary teaching auditorium, cafeteria, food-prepping lab and library.  Inside NECAT’s Center, tasteful décor and original art displays reflect our core value that beautiful surroundings inspire the mind and fortify the spirit.

We offer an intensive 16-week Culinary Arts Job Training Program to roughly 150 students per year. Culinary Arts was selected because of the sector’s continuing double-digit annual job growth rate that has created a hiring crisis for the industry. Additionally, the occupations for which we offer training are well suited for our population’s skill and education levels, provide abundant geographic and scheduling flexibility and offer significant opportunities for advancement.

Impact Statement

This past year was a period of significant growth and development for NECAT and its job training program. Some of our accomplishments included:

- Increasing program enrollments by 56% and completions by 18%.
- Expanding outcomes measurement practices to include job retention and social/emotional skill achievement
- Achieving strong program results with 80% of graduates securing employment and 78% of them retaining those jobs for at least 3 months
- Receiving grants to update our technology systems, including a new outcomes measurement database, a shared network to increase collaboration and laptops for the students
- Increased the level of job readiness and professionalism training we provide through the addition of a Career Services Director and a free license for Career Ready 101
In the year ahead, we hope to achieve:

- Our program completion goal of 70% and employment rate goal of 85%
- Further enhanced post-program support to graduates through the development of an alumni association
- Stronger relationships with key partners to recruit the students best suited for our program and ensure that graduates have access to high paying employment opportunities
- An average starting salary above Boston's living wage for graduates
- Expanded development efforts through the acquisition of a Corporate Engagement Manager in order to position our culinary program for growth in late 2018

Needs Statement

  • Volunteers and interns to help tutor students, support development efforts, complete administrative tasks and to help in the kitchen and classroom.
  • Employers to mentor and provide internships (culinary stages) to students during the program and to hire graduates into full-time permanent jobs upon completion.
  • Increased financial support to help NECAT achieve its fundraising goal of $1.5 million annually, which is roughly 80% of total expenses, with 20% raised through earned revenue.
  • Corporate partners who will help support NECAT's program financially in exchange for event sponsorship, catering, corporate team building cooking classes and more.

CEO Statement

Board Chair Statement

After meeting Bill Strickland in 2009 and visiting his Center in Pittsburgh I was convinced that this was an organization that fully reflected my interests in education, both for at-risk young people and for adults who are underemployed due to lack of opportunity. As a UK expatriate, resident in the US for more than 35 years, I had benefited from an excellent public school education, and my finance career was launched when I entered an apprenticeship program in England, but I knew that many people, especially in the inner-city, do not have these opportunities. When I told Bill that I was considering retiring from my business career, he challenged me to lead the effort to replicate his successful methods in Boston and I readily accepted. 

It has been a long and complicated journey and I am very proud of the progress we have made. While Boston benefits from many fine nonprofit organizations addressing these issues in the inner-city, Bill’s programs have important distinctions – his adult job-training programs have been developed in close partnership with employers having demonstrated hiring needs and this dramatically increases the placement rates for graduates of his many programs. We are the first replication of the Culinary Arts program developed by Bill in the 1980s, having developed a strong relationship with a major food service company, Sodexo, which has hiring needs that closely match the curriculum of Bill’s program.

In NECAT's first year, it graduated three cohorts of highly trained culinary students and achieved an exceptional job placement rate, recruited a dedicated and experienced staff and Board, and developed a strong base of financial support. We are also well positioned and excited to launch our Youth Arts Program in 2015.  NECAT could not have achieved this level of success in its first year of operation without the help of many people who share my interest in improving opportunities for the population we serve, and I deeply appreciate their continued support.

Maarten Hemsley, Founder and Board Chair

Geographic Area Served


NECAT is located in the Newmarket District of Boston and serves resource-limited and chronically underemployed or unemployed adults primarily from the communities of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. These areas have an average unemployment rate of 16.8%, which is nearly four times the state average.

Organization Categories

  1. Employment - Job Training
  2. Education - Vocational & Technical Schools
  3. Human Services - Human Services

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




  • 16-week, industry-specific curriculum
  • Class is held Monday through Friday, 9 am - 3 pm
  • Free of tuition cost to students
  • Two educational units: a classroom-based 8-week Introduction to Culinary Arts and an 8-week, hands-on, kitchen-based Advanced Culinary Arts course.
  • All units include a heavy focus on job readiness, including resume and interview preparation, professionalism in the kitchen, accountability and teamwork. 
  • Ample opportunity to gain real-world work experience through paid and volunteer events through our community and employer partners, as well as NECAT's own catering and event rental business. Additionally, students are required to complete at least three off-site culinary stages (working a shift in a professional kitchen as a form of interview) with the goal of exploring different work environments before selecting their permanent jobs.
  • Access to wrap-around social services to help students with personal challenges that serve as barriers to stable employment, such as homelessness, substance abuse and court involvement.
  • Job placement services and long-term support
Budget  $1,171,701.00
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Adults Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Offenders/Ex-Offenders
Program Short-Term Success 


Our Culinary Arts Job Training Program goals include:
  • At least 70% program completion rate for enrolled students;
  • At least 85% job-placement rate of graduated students 
  • 100% of graduates achieving a passing grade on all tested culinary competencies and exhibiting improved job readiness skills
  • Average starting salary of at least $14.41 per hour (Boston's Living Wage) for graduates, with clear opportunities for promotion.    
Program Long-Term Success 

NECAT’s Job Training Program strives to help graduates obtain meaningful work that pays a living wage and offers opportunities for career advancement in order to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

A secondary goal is to help strengthen the Boston community by helping address the high unemployment rate in our target communities and supporting the food services industry through a serious hiring crisis. We are also helping address the opioid crisis and high recidivism rate among ex-offenders.

Program Success Monitored By 

NECAT evaluates the success of its program in the following ways:

  • Student evaluations that include attendance, culinary assessments and test scores, observations of professionalism including ability to work in a team environment, and achievement of professional development requirements.
  • Graduation and employment statistics are recorded on the individual, cohort and historical level
  • Surveys from students
  • Employer feedback after working with students or hiring them
  • Job retention rates at the 30-day, 3-month and 6-month marks, confirmed by both student and employer
All outcomes are tracked in Salesforce.
Examples of Program Success 

An excerpt from a student testimonial…

"Since getting into NECAT I have been much more confident and feel comfortable presenting myself professionally. Without [the training] I would be extremely lost right now and have no career path. I am becoming who I want to be. This is my future. I've been given the opportunity to see what I am capable of. It’s the people; it’s not the things we learn but the people that really change you. It’s the students and it’s the teachers who show you that life is worth it as long as you keep pushing yourself. I realize now how important this place is at this time in my life. I can be myself at NECAT because the staff treats me with compassion and respect. I feel I belong in the environment and it has had a strong impact on my growth."

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


CEO/Executive Director Mr Josephine Cuzzi
CEO Term Start Jan 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Josephine (Joey) has had an extensive career in public service. As the Communications Director at the Massachusetts Port Authority she managed public relations and marketing initiatives, advocating for policies and programs that balanced the needs of East Boston residents with the agency’s transportation agenda. In 2002, she redirected her expertise toward leading local nonprofits—first at the Piers Park Sailing Center in East Boston, a free, community boating program for children, and more recently as the Executive Director of the East Boston Y. Under her leadership, the Y’s early childhood education, afterschool, teen and active older adult initiatives flourished, widely recognized for their program quality and innovation. She instituted a scholarship program for children to attend Y overnight camp, and obtained private funding for the construction of an East Boston teaching kitchen and garden, used to instruct adults and children on cooking techniques and healthy eating habits. After leaving the branch in late 2014, she was retained by the Greater Boston Y as communications consultant for Child Development Programs.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mrs. Ashley Bartell Director of Development Ashley came to NECAT with development experience from the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and Horizons for Homeless Children, and an MBA in Non-Profit Management.
Ms. Elise Brandwein Director of Student Services With six years’ experience as an admissions advisor at Le Cordon Bleu, Elise is skilled in working with a diverse student population ranging from recent high school graduates to career changers.
Mr. Edward McClendon Career Services Director --
Ms. Holly Stark Director of Finance Holly worked for 9 years at the Mary Baker Eddy Library as well as other institutions including Children’s Hospital and the Jewish Memorial Hospital. Her experience makes her a highly skilled manager of all aspects of financial management and operation with a strong non-profit focus.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Changemaker Award The Boston Foundation 2014


Affiliation Year
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


NECAT currently partners with over 40 social service agencies, which refer the majority of students to our program and work collaboratively with our Student Services Director to provide our shared clients with a continuum of services. Our partners include the One Stop Career Centers, STRIVE, Access to Recovery and US Courts – Federal Probation. We also work with the Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment to run a 4-week Bridge to NECAT training program for our higher-need students.

We also manage partnerships with over 60 restaurants, hotels, schools, retirement facilities and food service companies. Our partnerships focus on hiring, interviewing and hosting students for stages (working a shift in a professional kitchen as a form of interview), contributing to program development and guest lecturing at our Center. Our partners include Harvard University, Legal Sea Foods, TD Garden and Starwood Hotels.

In addition to employers and social service agencies, NECAT works alongside other training provides on the Job Training Alliance. We also partner with city and state initiatives, such as Operation Exit and the BCYF Streetworker Program, to help achieve our shared goals of reduced recidivism, gang involvement and drug use across Greater Boston.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 8
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 1
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 63%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Mr Maarten Hemsley
Board Chair Company Affiliation NECAT Founder / Retired
Board Chair Term Jan 2010 - Jan 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Rick Catino Clear Point Partners LLC Voting
Mr. John Cooper The Accreditation Commission for Acupouncture & Oriental Medicine Voting
Mrs. Rebecca Gakidis GSDesign Group Voting
Mr. Shawn Goldrick Boston Children’s Hospital Voting
Mr Maarten Hemsley Retired Voting
Ms. Joanne Massaro Newly retired Commissioner of Public Works, City of Boston Voting
Mrs. Sheila Peterson Former Vice President, Corporate Citizenship at State Street Corporation Voting
Mr William Strickland Jr Manchester Bidwell Corporation Voting
Ms. Sue Sullivan Newmarket Business Association Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Tina Aronson Café Britt --
Rob Baker Wells Fargo Advisors --
Eddie Barbosa NECAT Graduate --
Marjorie Clapprood Clappazzola Partners --
Peter Cleary Unidine --
John DiSessa Boston Children's Hospital --
Jeanne DuBois Dorchester Bay EDC --
Jon Feinman Inner City Weightlifting --
Gerry Fernandez The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance --
Danny Garcia Top of the Hub --
Wil Gilson Puritan & Company --
Karl Guggenmos Johnson & Wales University --
Fulani Haynes NECAT Graduate --
Russell Holmes MA State Representative --
Jean Horstman Interise --
Andy Husbands Tremont 647 --
John Larivee Community Resources for Justice --
Robert Lewis Jr. The BASE --
Bill Linehan Boston City Councilor --
Mark McGonagle Boston Redevelopment Authority --
Renita Mendonca Seasoned & Spiced --
Paul O'Connor Boston Children's Hospital --
Loris Rockette NECAT Graduate --
Jesus Rosa Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce --
Dr. Harry Rubash Mass General Hospital --
Keith Shultz Sodexo --
Sheriff Steve Tompkins Suffolk County Sheriff's Department --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Personnel

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,502,704.00
Projected Expense $1,788,804.00
Form 990s

2015 990

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990 (Covers April 8, 2010 - Dec. 31, 2010)

Audit Documents

2016 Audit

2015 Audit

2014 Audit

2013 Audit

2012 Audit

2011 Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $1,516,848 $814,819 $2,414,906
Total Expenses $1,739,820 $1,634,747 $1,065,198

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $178,240 $0 $1,500,000
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $178,240 -- $1,500,000
Individual Contributions $1,057,720 $814,819 $913,867
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $192,843 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- $-1,885
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $88,045 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- $2,924

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $904,856 $1,151,974 $347,747
Administration Expense $639,726 $329,207 $705,740
Fundraising Expense $195,238 $153,566 $11,711
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.87 0.50 2.27
Program Expense/Total Expenses 52% 70% 33%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 15% 19% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $1,980,727 $2,228,903 $2,696,204
Current Assets $171,671 $151,723 $148,557
Long-Term Liabilities $588,233 $548,316 $0
Current Liabilities $73,023 $138,144 $355,183
Total Net Assets $1,319,471 $1,542,443 $2,341,021

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
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? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.35 1.10 0.42

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 30% 25% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


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.
New England Center for Arts & Technology Inc was incorporated in 2010. As such, the fiscal year 2010 990 posted above covers a partial year.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Long-term, we aim for our graduates to work their way up the culinary career ladder and achieve economic self-sufficiency. For many of our students, the goal also includes getting off public assistance, securing housing and staying out of prison.

 We have only been measuring job retention for six months, so cannot yet validate these outcomes, but expect to demonstrate attainment of our long-term goal in the coming years.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?


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


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


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