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Discover Roxbury (Bridges Program)

 PO Box 191805
 Roxbury, MA 02119
[P] (617) 427-1006
[F] --
www.discoverroxbury.org
[email protected]
Alyssa Lee
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INCORPORATED: 2000
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 31-1727680

LAST UPDATED: 04/08/2016
Organization DBA Discover Roxbury
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Discover Roxbury’s mission is to:
  • build community pride and create bridges of understanding by increasing knowledge of Roxbury’s historic and cultural contributions
  • promote participation in the cultural and historic life of the community,
  • foster economic empowerment by increasing support for Roxbury businesses and institutions.
We seek to overcome racial and class stereotypes of Roxbury and the lack of knowledge about the community.  We also advocate for the preservation of Roxbury’s historic and cultural assets.

Mission Statement

Discover Roxbury’s mission is to:
  • build community pride and create bridges of understanding by increasing knowledge of Roxbury’s historic and cultural contributions
  • promote participation in the cultural and historic life of the community,
  • foster economic empowerment by increasing support for Roxbury businesses and institutions.
We seek to overcome racial and class stereotypes of Roxbury and the lack of knowledge about the community.  We also advocate for the preservation of Roxbury’s historic and cultural assets.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2012 to Dec 31, 2012
Projected Income $172,000.00
Projected Expense $172,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • ArtROX!

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

Discover Roxbury’s mission is to:
  • build community pride and create bridges of understanding by increasing knowledge of Roxbury’s historic and cultural contributions
  • promote participation in the cultural and historic life of the community,
  • foster economic empowerment by increasing support for Roxbury businesses and institutions.
We seek to overcome racial and class stereotypes of Roxbury and the lack of knowledge about the community.  We also advocate for the preservation of Roxbury’s historic and cultural assets.

Background Statement

Our first tour was April 1, 1995 for the staff of two schools in Lexington, planned and led by Boston METCO parents and students. Both Boston and Lexington participants loved the tour and made many comments such as "I enjoyed the enthusiasm and pride shown by tour guides as they talked about their neighborhoods," "inspirational" and "I hope this is just a beginning."

On that April day, as the group walked down Warren Street to the Dudley Library, the prevailing thought was, "We are really doing this!"  Since 1995 we have continued to "do this" - to celebrate Roxbury's rich history, vibrant arts and cultural community, local businesses and attractions - with an audience of Roxbury residents and visitors from as close as Jamaica Plain and as far away as China. The number and depth of our offerings has expanded and deepened beyond anyone’s wildest dreams back in 1995. If you check our website today you will find an exciting variety of programs and tours.

Special highlights of our growth include our initial collaboration with ACT Roxbury; our trolley tours with State Rep. Byron Rushing, as well as many other amazing tour leaders and Old Town Trolley; our partnership with DCR at Roxbury Heritage State Park; the creation of the Roxbury Cultural Network; the Roxbury History class at Roxbury Community College; and our continuing work with so many people, organizations, businesses, artists and Roxbury residents.


Impact Statement

Our accomplishments over the past year include:
  • Recruiting new sponsors for our new ArtROX! series,
  • Reviving the Kite Festival in partnership with the Franklin Park Coalition,
  • Inheriting and organizing the largest Roxbury Open Studios in recent memory,
  • Sponsoring a larger and more noteworthy Roxtoberfest,
  • Building new partnerships with local schools to incorporate the Roxbury History Curriculum into their curriculum and wellness plans.
Goals include:
  • Adding at least a dozen new artists to our roster of actively showing artists,
  • Recruiting new and returning sponsors to support ArtROX!
  • Developing a strategic plan to cover the next 3-5 years,
  • Hiring an additional staff person for development.

Needs Statement

Discover Roxbury's greatest needs are as follows:
  • Raise $100,000 annually for staff stability and growth,
  • Add a staff person who can focus specifically on development,
  • Increase awareness of our programming and organization,
  • Move to a storefront location.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Greater Boston Region-Roxbury Neighborhood
We serve Roxbury, a neighborhood within the City of Boston.

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts & Culture
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities -
  3. Education - Educational Services

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

Under Development

Programs

ArtROX!

ArtROX! is Discover Roxbury's year-long series of tours and events that highlight and promote the arts in Roxbury. Our programming spans a variety of topics and formats: touring the neighborhood's public art, co-presenting receptions and film festivals, organizing Roxbury Open Studios and other opportunities for local artists to display and sell their work, and celebrating the arts in area museums.

Our ability to be a connector in the art world is enhanced by partnerships with the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Roxbury Community College, Northeastern University, MassArt CACP, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. We also greatly appreciate the support offered by our ArtROX! sponsors.
Budget  $70,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other General Arts Presenting
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
 
The ArtROX! Series has been successful at garnering new and increased media attention that enhances our work in making Roxbury a cultural destination and a supportive environment in which to create, exhibit, and sell art produced in the neighborhood.
 
Program Long-Term Success 
 
Long term successes include:
 
- A growing roster of artists and crafters participating in the ArtROX! Series
 
- Greater capacity by the artists and Discover Roxbury to develop and implement 12-18 months of arts programming in advance
 
- More active collaborations and partnerships with other cultural organizations and institutions around Boston
 
Program Success Monitored By 
 
- Artist attendance and participation in planning sessions.
 
- Donations to ArtROX! programming.
 
- Artist sales figures after events.
 
- Number of and quality of collaborations with other entities.
 
- Number of media mentions and speaking opportunities.
 
Examples of Program Success 
 
New activity:
 
- High Notes of Jazz Roxbury tour.
- ArtROX! pop-up shop in Dudley Square.
- ArtROX! exhibitions at the AIC on Newbury St. (summer '12) and Boston City Hall (winter '13).
 
Revived activity:
 
- Egleston Square, Roxbury Parade.
 
Growth and engagement:
 
- Greater number of participating artists participating in and patrons attending ArtROX! programming.
- Greater number of artists attending planning meetings and contributing to idea generation.
- Greater number of artists donating time and money to support ArtROX! programming.
- Greater number of non-artist donors contributing to support ArtROX! programming.
 
Media coverage (2012):
 
- Artscope
- Bay State Banner
- Big Red & Shiny
- BNN
- Boston.com
- WCVB (Chronicle)
- WGBH (arts blog)
 
Speaking opportunities:
 
- Artist receptions: AIC, Haley House Bakery Cafe
- Mass Humanities conference (Jazz Roxbury tour)
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Alyssa Lee
CEO Term Start Sept 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Derek Lumpkins June 2010 June 2015
Ms. Marcia Butman Sept 1998 May 2010

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Laura Palmer Edwards Media Manager --

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau --
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

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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 25
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 50%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan --
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
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

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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 Yes Quarterly
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Kim Janey
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mass. Advocates for Children
Board Chair Term Jan 2015 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair Mr. Rodney Singleton
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Teradyne
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2015 - Dec 2018

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Vernon Barsatee Exit Bayside Realty Voting
Ms. Terri Brown YouthBuild Voting
Mr. Allen Bush Berklee College of Music Voting
Ms. Mary Churchill Salem State University Voting
Ms. Shahara Jaghoo Youth Build Voting
Ms. Kim Janey Massachusetts Advocates for Children Voting
Ms. Pamela Jones Next Street Voting
Mr. Rodney Singleton Teradyne Voting
Ms. Alma Wright Boston Public Schools 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: 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 25%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • By-laws
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Finance
  • Program / Program Planning

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2011 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2012 to Dec 31, 2012
Projected Income $172,000.00
Projected Expense $172,000.00
Form 990s

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

2008 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Revenue $168,730 $86,296 $171,606
Total Expenses $141,825 $190,270 $169,593

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$100,000 $5,000 $110,000
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $43,568 $49,362 $26,421
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $25,162 $31,934 $17,770
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- $875
Special Events -- -- $16,540
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Program Expense $103,372 $146,330 $123,787
Administration Expense $26,295 $36,672 $36,781
Fundraising Expense $12,158 $7,268 $9,025
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.19 0.45 1.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses 73% 77% 73%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 8% 13% 6%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Total Assets $24,476 $3,122 $106,174
Current Assets $24,476 $3,122 $106,174
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $268 $5,819 $4,897
Total Net Assets $24,208 $-2,697 $101,277

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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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 Income Only
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 2013 2012 2011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 91.33 0.54 21.68

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2013 2012 2011
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990-EZs.
 
For fiscal year 2011, expense data is per the Form PC on file with the state of MA, the Form 990, as well as per the organization.
 

Documents


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