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African Television Network of New England Inc.

 51 Coleman Street, Apartment 2, Dorchester
 Dorchester, MA 02125
[P] (617) 413-3587
[F] --
www.atnne.org
atnne.@atnne.org
Mahdi Omar
INCORPORATED: 2004
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 35-2222799

LAST UPDATED: 09/21/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names Voices of Abyssinya Tv inc (2003)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

At the African Television Network of New England we believe that a community thrives when its disparate groups are supported in maintaining vibrant cultural identities as they are provided with the information and skills that will allow them to join their larger community as respected and productive members. Founded with this mission in mind, ATNNE endeavors to increase the visibility, and promote understanding, of the African community of greater Boston by providing a weekly television program called “The African Television Network.”

Mission Statement

At the African Television Network of New England we believe that a community thrives when its disparate groups are supported in maintaining vibrant cultural identities as they are provided with the information and skills that will allow them to join their larger community as respected and productive members. Founded with this mission in mind, ATNNE endeavors to increase the visibility, and promote understanding, of the African community of greater Boston by providing a weekly television program called “The African Television Network.”


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $4,860.00
Projected Expense $8,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Studio and Field Production

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

At the African Television Network of New England we believe that a community thrives when its disparate groups are supported in maintaining vibrant cultural identities as they are provided with the information and skills that will allow them to join their larger community as respected and productive members. Founded with this mission in mind, ATNNE endeavors to increase the visibility, and promote understanding, of the African community of greater Boston by providing a weekly television program called “The African Television Network.”


Background Statement

At the African Television Network of New England we believe that a community thrives when its disparate groups are supported in maintaining vibrant cultural identities as they are provided with the information and skills that will allow them to join their larger community as respected and productive members. Founded with this mission in mind, ATNNE endeavors to increase the visibility, and promote understanding, of the African community of greater Boston by providing a weekly television program called “The African Television Network.”

Since its inception in 2002, the show has expanded from one local access television station to four, and has served as a forum for social change and political involvement within the African community. Each hour-long program addresses a cultural, political and practical issue relevant to those linked by birth, family, or affinity to the continent of Africa. Among the broad range of topics is immigration, physical and mental health, spirituality, housing, English language acquisition, and advice on starting a small business. Programs for youth, with representatives from the Ethiopian Student Union in Boston and ,Mass association of Somali student are an important and growing part of our schedules, as are a variety of cultural programs featuring music and dance. Guests have included the US Ambassador to Ethiopia, former Boston Mayoral candidate John Connolly,  current City Councilor Michelle Wu  as well as area doctors, professors, attorneys, church leaders, and other professionals. Currently, ATNNE is the only in-depth source of news and information for the area’s growing African community and the only showcase of African cultural, social and political issues consistently available to the larger community.

Perhaps a television show might be perceived as a luxury with no real community impact. We strongly disagree. This medium can be a powerful force for change (which is one reason why oppressors who wish to strangle dissent attack independent media first). It is very empowering for people in the greater Boston African community to be able to access programs in their native language, to hear from community role models, to witness their culture showcased: giving this community this voice helps create a strong cultural identity, which can become a powerful instrument in the fight against the divisiveness and damage of racism. 


Impact Statement

ATNNE will work with its chosen capacity building consultant to develop a method of outcomes evaluation. For the time being, we rely on feedback from viewers, in the form of phone calls and letters. Thus far, all of the feedback has been very positive and supportive of the programming, indicating a high level of constituent satisfaction.
 
Our plan is to use the funding we obtain to become independent of our partner access television stations in terms of scheduling and equipment. With our own equipment, and with some funds for general operation and program development, we will be able to produce our show according to our own judgment, opportunities and schedule and not have to defer to the sometimes conflicting needs of the stations. We will be able to increase the relevancy of our programming and respond more quickly to urgent news and information. The value of what we offer to the community will only increase as we move toward complete independence. Also, through ATNNE’s significant interaction with several other organizations serving this community in various capacities, we would use the funding to perform a needs assessment with the goal of using ATNNE programming and visibility in the community to help create a mentoring program for the youth of this community (primarily male) who are struggling with issues of employment, health, violence and despair.  
 
 

Needs Statement

In order to sustain current levels of growth and to continue expansion, ATNNE has prioritized the need to reach out to area funders with a stated interest in supporting community and civic issues. This all-volunteer-run agency would like to be able to pay its part-time staff, as well as underwrite the costs of video cameras, studio time, and travel costs, all currently paid out-of-pocket by the volunteer staff. ATNNE also hopes to expand its programming to reach new viewers in Brookline, Brockton, Randolph, Lynn, Norwood, Chelsea, and possibly Rhode Island. The agency is also hoping to find support for an organizational capacity development initiative as it expands its range of services. These goals are specified below.

  • Salaries for two camerapersons, Video editor, graphics designer, audio engineer and producer ($15,500)
  • Purchase of two High definition cameras and professional microphones ($7550.00)
  • General operating support and needs assessment and development of mentoring program for troubled youth ($10.000)*
  • Creation of a library of books, tapes, CDs and DVDs on issues relating to Africa ($4.500)
  • Travel to /Addis Ababa / Ethiopia where the African Union is Headquartered and Washington, DC, area, which has a significant African population, for in-depth interviews ($15.000)
  • Training for the board in capacity-building, long-range planning and fundraising ($10.340)  
The board will approach Management Consulting Services and the Technical Development Center for assistance with this undertaking. The current board and volunteers of ATNNE remain entirely committed to continuing the weekly broadcast of “The African Television Network” regardless of funding. Although the organization has received some financial support from the community it serves, it is now reaching out to area funders dedicated to community-building as it seeks to expand its organizational capacity.
  



CEO Statement

Dear Friends,

For ATNNE, the concept of movement building translates into community building. ATNNE’s community outreach efforts serve the purpose of making the African community visible, connected and empowered. By offering practical advice to help this community overcome the barriers that most immigrant communities face, by showcasing the many achievements, professional and artistic, of community members, and by providing a forum for the pressing political and social issues that affect the community in greater Boston as well as in Africa, ATNNE intends to support and sustain cultural pride while offering members of this community information and skills that can help them take full advantage of their opportunities.

The show is recognized by the community as making an invaluable contribution, and the show’s host, Mahdi Omar, has received praise for his service, including citations from the Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association and the Somali Development Center. 

We collaborate with a number of local agencies and organizations:

  • African Community Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE) Boston
  • Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association (ECMAA) Cambridge
  •  Somali Development Center (SDC) Boston
  •   National African Community Organization (Boston)

These collaborations include in-depth interviews, announcements and the sharing of resources.

Because ATNNE uses a medium – television and Web – that is accessible to most area residents and because we offer the only Amharic and English language programming in the region, our service is unique. Without ATNNE, the African community would lose a vital source of news, information, and culture, and a critical tool for improving their lives and building their community.

Mahdi Omar ,
Executive Director 

Board Chair Statement

Dear Friends,

ATNNE serves the estimated 15,000 – 20,000 members of the greater Boston African community, many of whom, as native Amharic, Somali, Swahili and Arabic speakers, have not yet learned English and are still struggling to find employment in their former fields. This population is vulnerable to feelings of alienation both from their own cultural milieu and from the new communities in which they find themselves. 

There is a great need in this community for visibility and validation, as well as practical advice, as people struggle with the roadblocks typical to immigrant communities such as language barriers and difficulty accessing work, housing, and healthcare. ATNNE provides the only Amharic and English programming available locally. For many in the African community, it is the only televised source of relevant news and information.

By giving this community a voice, by providing practical information and community outreach as well as celebrating the diversity and richness of this culture, ATNNE strives to support immigrant Africans and others of the community in becoming productive members of their new society without losing the strength, pride and integrity of their cultural identity. 

 
Ted Lewis,
President 

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
INTERNATIONAL
STATEWIDE

Timetable

The following is a brief history of ATTNE:

  • 2002:  The African Television Network of New England began with a single weekly show called “Voices of Abyssinia” on the Boston Neighborhood Network (BNN channel 23)
  • 2003:   In response to community demand, ATNNE expanded their outlets to include Cambridge Community Television (CCTV channel 96)
  • 2004:   ATNNE became a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status.
  • 2004:   In order to reach a larger audience and to extend the range of programming to address the interests and issues of the larger African community, ATNNE changed the name of the show to “The African Television Network” to reflect the show’s change of focus from East Africa to the whole continent.
  • 2004:   ATTNE continued its growth by adding two new outlets: Malden Television (MATV channel 3) and Somerville Community Access Television (SCAT channel 3).
  • 2005:   ATTNE has continued the process of exploring new outlets and developing programs of relevancy to the communities it serves. Acquiring funding to help ATTNE become independent and to facilitate continued development has become our immediate priority.
  • 2008: Website created: www.atnne.org to reach the largest audience .


Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C.
  3. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Minority Rights

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

Studio and Field Production

There is a great need in the African Community for visibility and validation. ATNNE provides the only English and Amharic programming available .Local programs topics are wide ranging and include discussion of health, welfare, economic and social issue of paramount concern to African community. Guests on the studio and field production shows discuss critical issues such as radical Islam, suicide, immigration and crisis in the Horn of Africa. Many of these guests are prominent business people, educational and cultural leaders who often serve as role models to our youth. There is also a social emphasis on reaching to the youth in our African community. Our studio and  field produced programs are interspersed with African music, performing arts, and news of civic, cultural, and social events.

Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served Africa Adults Families
Program Short-Term Success 

ATNNE strives to support immigrant African and other of the community in becoming productive members of their new society without losing the strength, pride, and integrity of their cultural identity.

Program Long-Term Success 

Giving our community a voice by providing practical information and community outreach as well as celebrating the diversity and richness of African culture.

Program Success Monitored By 

ATNNE will work with its chosen capacity to develop a method of outcome evaluation and success. For the time being we rely on feedback from our viewers and African community at large in the form of phone calls and letters. Thus far all the feedback has been extraordinary and supportive of the programing, indicating a high level of constituent satisfaction.

Examples of Program Success 

The program is recognized by the community as making an invaluable contribution and the show host Mahdi Omar has received praise for his unwavering service, including citations and awards from the Ethiopian community Mutual Assistance Association, the Somali development Center, the United State Census Bureau, and from the National African Community Organization.

While there are several examples of success we could mention, among the most notable achievements we have registered include the prestigious seat at the “Cultural Creativity Conference on the Ethiopian American Diaspora” held at Harvard University, the formal appearance of former Boston Mayoral candidate John Connolly, as well as the current city counselor Michelle Wu at The African Television Network of New England. 
 
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Dear Viewers ,

For ATNNE, the concept of movement building translates into community building. ATNNE’s community outreach efforts serve the purpose of making the African community visible, connected and empowered. By offering practical advice to help this community overcome the barriers that most immigrant communities face, by showcasing the many achievements, professional and artistic, of community members, and by providing a forum for the pressing political and social issues that affect the community in greater Boston as well as in Africa, ATNNE intends to support and sustain cultural pride while offering members of this community information and skills that can help them take full advantage of their opportunities.

The show is recognized by the community as making an invaluable contribution, and the show’s host, Mahdi Omar, has received praise for his service, including citations from the Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association and the Somali Development Center. 

 

ATNNE collaborates with a number of local agencies and organizations:

  • African Community Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE) Boston
  • Ethiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association (ECMAA) Cambridge
  • Somali Development Center (SDC) Boston
  • National African Community Organization (NACO) Boston
  • African in Boston (AIB) Boston
  • African Political Think Tank (APTT)

These collaborations include in-depth interviews, announcements and the sharing of resources.

Because  ATNNE uses a medium – television and Web – that is accessible to most area residents and because we offer the only Amharic and English language programming in the region, our service is unique. Without ATNNE, the African community would lose a vital source of news, information, and culture, and a critical tool for improving their lives and building their community.

Mahdi Omar,

Executive Director


Management


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mahdi Omar CEO
CEO Term Start Jan 2014
CEO Email atnne@atnne.org
CEO Experience Mahdi Omar
www.atnne.org
atnne@atnne.org

EducationBA, in Political Science, University of Massachusetts /Boston 1994Certificate in Studio and field Television production/BNN

AwardsEthiopian Community Mutual Assistance Association, (ECMAA) :1994National American community organization (NACO) :(2007) Ethiopian American youth Association (EAYA) :(2007)  United States Census 2010, New portrait of America:(2010)Boston Neighborhood Network 2013 Spotlight Award: (2013)

Work Experience
2002-Present: Executive Producer  and founder of the African Television Network of New England (ATNNE).Interviewed Numerous African doctors, artists, community and religious leaders, City councilor at large Michelle Wu ,former Mayoral candidate John Connolly ,authors including the former Ethiopian Ambassador, His Excellency Kassahun AyeleRHH Inc, 1999– Present: Transportation Service.Selected Presentation
Invited panelist at a conference on" cultural creativity in the Ethiopian Diaspora" at Harvard University, April, 8-11
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Mahdi Jajo Omar Jan Dec

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
African Television Network/Mahdi Omar BNN Spotlight Award 2013
Mahdi Omar/ATNNE United states census 2010 New portrait of America 2010
Mahdi Omar/ATNNE African Economic Develoment Of New England/ACEDONE 2005
African Television Network/Mahdi Omar ECMAA 2002

Affiliations

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

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 2
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 75%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Ted Lewis President
Board Chair Company Affiliation ATNNE
Board Chair Term May 2015 - May 2017
Board Co-Chair Dr. Charles Malgwi
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2017 - Dec 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Madam Josephine Erewa Treasurer Voting
Mr. Ted Lewis President Voting
Dr. Charles Malgwi Accounntig professor at Bently University and Hausa Language Professorat Harvardpp Voting
Mr. Mahdi Omar CEO 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: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 1
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
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 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015
Projected Income $4,860.00
Projected Expense $8,000.00
Form 990s

2015 Projected Budget & Historical Data per the Organization (FY12-FY16)

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $3,850 $2,200 $2,000
Total Expenses $4,730 $2,750 $2,500

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $3,850 $2,200 $2,000
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $4,730 $2,750 $2,500
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.81 0.80 0.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $0 $0 $0
Current Assets $0 $0 $0
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $0 $0 $0

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
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? No

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

This organization files a 990-N Postcard with the IRS. As such, data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization. The organization has provided a document, posted above, highlighting its projected budget information and historical data. 

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