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Nubian United Benevolent International Assoc

 149 Roxbury Street
 Roxbury, MA 02119
[P] (617) 6692646
[F] --
www.nubianet.net
[email protected]
Emily Barbour
INCORPORATED: 2006
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 32-0203488

LAST UPDATED: 05/25/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

NUBIA's mission is to impart a lasing impact on food justice, community revitalization, and youth development through education of Nubian culture and heritage, community agriculture, and educational workshops.
 
 NUBIA's vision is to create a strong, prosperous community in which youth are active leaders, food sovereignty is celebrated through the growth of community agriculture, and education reaches all.

Mission Statement

NUBIA's mission is to impart a lasing impact on food justice, community revitalization, and youth development through education of Nubian culture and heritage, community agriculture, and educational workshops.
 
 NUBIA's vision is to create a strong, prosperous community in which youth are active leaders, food sovereignty is celebrated through the growth of community agriculture, and education reaches all.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $101,816.00
Projected Expense $101,816.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Seed & Yield
  • Youth Gardening Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

NUBIA's mission is to impart a lasing impact on food justice, community revitalization, and youth development through education of Nubian culture and heritage, community agriculture, and educational workshops.
 
 NUBIA's vision is to create a strong, prosperous community in which youth are active leaders, food sovereignty is celebrated through the growth of community agriculture, and education reaches all.

Background Statement

NUBIA is a small and growing 501(c)3 located in Roxbury, MA. When it was founded in 2006, NUBIA focused on providing programming for the Nubian community in Boston, such as athletic programs and cooking and sewing lessons. In 2008, NUBIA broadened its reach by creating the Seed & Yield program, collaborating with Gardening through Refugee Organization (GRO) to begin growing at our first growing site at Charleston Community Garden. Our gardening program has grown from our first community garden plot of just a few beds to our current reach, growing in nine growing sites and vacant parcels of land in Boston, about 1.2 acres of land in production. At the end of 2014 NUBIA took a big step in building long-term food security in the community when we acquired our first permanent piece of land, an almost 4,000 square foot plot on Dixwell Street. Growing at this site officially began in August 2015.

Impact Statement

Achievements from 2015-2016
  1. Developed our 4,000 square feet plot on Dixwell from an abandoned playground into a productive garden (first planted in August 2015).
  2. Completed construction of a rainwater catchment system at our Dixwell growing site through the support of an MDAR grant (June 2016).  
  3. Ran an expanded Youth Gardening Program in the summer of 2016, hosting 12 students from the ABCD and SuccessLink programs.
  4. Began selling some of our produce at the Boston medical Center Farmers' Market and Dixwell Street Farm Stand to teach youth about customer service and expand access to our produce (Summer 2015).
  5. Donated over 3,000 pounds of fresh, local produce to food pantries, meal programs, and community members
 
Goals for 2016-2017 
  1.  Increase the amount of fresh, local food donated to food pantries and sold at farmers’ markets located in low income neighborhoods.  Increase crop diversity and availability of culturally significant crops in Boston’s urban agriculture community.
  2. Offer both paid and volunteer opportunities for youth to learn more about urban agriculture, nutrition, cultural cooking, and job skills. Provide a safe and healthy environment for at-risk youth.
  3. Develop acquired land to improve site quality and increase yield, and seek to acquire more land to increase gardening capacity.
  4. Improve and seek new community relationships to include community members from the neighborhoods around our gardens in our work.
  5. Provide horticulture, nutrition, cooking and skills building workshops at our center to engage community members in urban agriculture.

Needs Statement

  1. Operational support
  2. A larger piece of land to decrease time spent moving between growing sites.
  3. Less expensive solutions to lack of water connections at growing sites, or funds to build traditional water connections.
  4. A cooler to store veggies between harvest and donation/markets to ensure best quality produce.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Charlestown
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Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts,Culture & Humanities NEC
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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

Seed & Yield

NUBIA’s Seed & Yield program has grown from out first community garden plot to our current reach, growing in nine gardens and vacant parcels of land in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Charlestown. From its beginning, Seed & Yield has worked to increase equitable access to local produce through donations to individuals and community food programs. Last year we harvested around 5,000 pounds of fresh produce. Of these 5,000 pounds, we sold approximately 1,500 pounds at the Boston Medical Center Farmers’ Market, and donated around 3,000 pounds to our community partners, such as the Boston Medical Center Food Pantry, the Haley House community meal program, and individuals from our community. A driving force behind the creation of the Seed & Yield program at NUBIA was to provide the Nubian and Sudanese communities in Boston with fresh and affordable ingredients for important cultural dishes. 

Budget  $40,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Families Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  In the short-term, Seed & Yield seeks to increase availability of affordable and culturally relevant local produce in Roxbury and Dorchester and surrounding areas through urban agriculture, produce donation, and farmers' market sales. We also hope to teach community members urban growing skills so they can begin to grow their own vegetables.
Program Long-Term Success  Seed & Yield seeks to support community meal and food pantry programs with fresh, local produce and support a conversation in the community about equitable access to nutritious, fresh food.
Program Success Monitored By  We collect weights of produce grown, donated, and sold to track our progress in growing more food and reaching more people. We also attempt to track the number of sales we make using EBT/SNAP and WIC at our markets, as we aim to increase access to fresh, local food to those who would not normally be able to afford it. At the moment we do not formally collect data on what customers would like to see more of at our markets, but we do hold informal conversations to gauge if we are missing any key vegetables, and are looking to collect this information more formally in the future.
Examples of Program Success  Seed & Yield has slowly been growing in size since it's creation in 2008, and in 2015 we grew over 5,000 pounds of food in Roxbury and Dorchester. Over 3,000 pounds of this food was donated to local food pantries, meal programs, and individuals. Additionally, over 1,500 was sold at our farmers' market, where we keep prices low and accept EBT/SNAP and WIC to increase access to our produce.

Youth Gardening Program

The Seed & Yield program was initially created to engage youth in learning how to grow fresh food in their neighborhood, develop job skills, and give back to their community. In the summer of 2015 we became a community partner of the Boston Youth Fund/SuccessLink program and hosted 14 paid students in our Summer Youth Gardening Program. We continued this partnership into the school year, hosting two students, and again into the 2016 summer season. This year we hosted 12 students through the SuccessLink and ABCD programs with a further developed Summer Gardening Program and two part-time supervisors, funded by the Harold Whitworth Pierce Trust and the Boston Council for Food and Fitness.

Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Students who participate in this program will increase their level of comfort by at least one point (on a scale of 1 to 5) in at least 50% of the skills being addressed by the program (gardening, resume writing, etc.).
Program Long-Term Success 

This program aims to teach youth skills to grow fresh produce in the city, to meaningfully and professionally engage in job settings, and to design programs and opportunities to serve their communities. This program also aims to increase access to fresh, healthy food and nutrition programming for low-income and vulnerable communities.

Program Success Monitored By 

We will measure success for this program through a pre- and post- program survey to measure youth learning outcomes, quantification of food grown with the help of our youth workers, and quantification of food donated/distributed to community members with limited food access.

Examples of Program Success 

The two most important outcomes from summer 2015 were: (1) giving youth the opportunity to gain work experience through a paid summer job, and (2) connecting youth to urban gardening efforts to teach them more about growing, selling, and donating local, fresh food, resulting in over 5,000 pounds of food sold and donated that year. In 2016, we were able to greatly expand the scope of the program, and include projects/activities on topics such as food justice, fitness/wellness, and career development, on top of the gardening and customer services skills.


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Sayed Mohamed-Nour
CEO Term Start May 2008
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

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
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
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? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Ronia Stewart
Board Chair Company Affiliation Garden of Eden and Associates Inc.
Board Chair Term Nov 2015 - Nov 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Danielle Andrews The Food Project Voting
Jeremy Dick Trustees of the Reservation Voting
Mohamed Ibrahim Community Volunteer Voting
Khalid Kody Boston College Voting
Richard Lobban Naval War College Voting
Hussein Mehyeldin Citizen Bank Voting
Ronia Stewart Garden of Eden and Associates Inc. 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
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 86%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 43%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $101,816.00
Projected Expense $101,816.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $59,635 $20,000 $20,000
Total Expenses $54,985 $20,000 $20,000

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$10,000 $2,000 $2,000
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $49,635 $16,200 $16,200
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- $1,800 $1,800
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $54,985 $20,000 $20,000
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.08 1.00 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $1,368 $0 $0
Current Assets $1,368 $0 $0
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $1,368 $0 $0

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
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

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s for FY15 and per the organization for FY14 and FY13. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Documents


Other Documents

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