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Vigorous Interventions in Ongoing Natural Settings Inc. (VISIONS, Inc)

 48 Juniper Street
 Roxbury, MA 02119
[P] (617) 5414100
[F] (617) 541-4141
visions-inc.org
ggale@visions-inc.org
Greg Gale
INCORPORATED: 1984
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 52-1378064

LAST UPDATED: 02/26/2016
Organization DBA 501(c)3
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

VISIONS’ long term goal is to create lasting social change by working across all sectors, training and consulting over 50 organizations and thousands of individuals a year and contributing to create environments where differences are recognized, appreciated, and leveraged for the equitable benefit of all members. The youth in the Legacy Project are at the heart of this vision, as they will be the next generation of leaders and trainers who carry, spread and realize these ideals for the society.


Mission Statement

VISIONS’ long term goal is to create lasting social change by working across all sectors, training and consulting over 50 organizations and thousands of individuals a year and contributing to create environments where differences are recognized, appreciated, and leveraged for the equitable benefit of all members. The youth in the Legacy Project are at the heart of this vision, as they will be the next generation of leaders and trainers who carry, spread and realize these ideals for the society.



FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2014
Projected Income $1,336,365.00
Projected Expense $1,294,493.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • BOSTON LEGACY

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Overview

Mission Statement

VISIONS’ long term goal is to create lasting social change by working across all sectors, training and consulting over 50 organizations and thousands of individuals a year and contributing to create environments where differences are recognized, appreciated, and leveraged for the equitable benefit of all members. The youth in the Legacy Project are at the heart of this vision, as they will be the next generation of leaders and trainers who carry, spread and realize these ideals for the society.



Background Statement

After 30 years of successful and sustained work for justice from our founders, we are training the next generation of Boston youth to develop their employment and life skills, heal from the negative effects of oppression, and advance anti-oppression work and equity. Our program is called the Legacy Project and it trains youth to bring anti-oppression work into focus for other youth and adults. It supports youth through employment, training, safe space, and cross generational mentorship. Our work benefits youth (15-21) and families from all six of the target communities. The largest number of participating youth are from Roxbury, Dorchester and Jamaica Plain.

VISIONS, Inc. is a women and people of color founded and run nonprofit based in Roxbury that has provided consultation and training on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion to youth and adults since 1984. VISIONS creates collaborative environments where all members can learn, grow personally, and contribute as individuals and as a part of a larger community to create just and equitable systems. VISIONS addresses power imbalances and the resulting internalized and externalized oppression through multicultural training. We are one of the largest and oldest diversity training nonprofits in the US and work with large and small organizations in Boston and other communities.


Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
 1. Ran two, intensive youth action/development programs (The Legacy Project) for total of 40 youth in Roxbury, Ma and Fresno, Ca.  Youth were trained in anti oppression skills and utilized those skills in community development and for personal healing
2.  Hosted a conference for 250 Boston service providers working in education, social work and gun violence outreach on the issue of "culturally responsive care".  Trained them to consider how to be culturally effective in working with diverse constituents.
3.  Consulted to 10 organizations in the Boston area, including hospitals, grassroots organizations, philanthropy to increase their equity and inclusion skills to increase their mission effectiveness.
 
Goals: 
1.  Run Legacy Boston and Legacy Fresno to positively impact more youth and train next generation of anti oppression advocates
2.  Host two follow up gatherings/mini-conferences to continue culturally responsive care training and development that will positively impact Boston youth and families
3.   Consult to 10 new organizations in the Boston area who want to develop their equity and inclusion skills and diversify their organizations

Needs Statement

Top Needs:
1.  Funding for the Legacy Youth Project (youth stipends, training materials, food, transportation)
2.  Help spreading awareness of VISIONS among Boston funders and organizations who seek diversity and inclusion skills/training 

CEO Statement

VISIONS has been addressing social justice issues for 30 years by helping organizations and individuals undertake a personal and institutional level journey around diversity, inclusion and oppression.  Our model teaches well intentioned people about bias and how they perpetuate it, most often outside of awareness.  Our work operates from the assumption that addressing bias/exclusion is a lifelong personal journey.  We equip people and institutions to look at four levels of analysis and action:  personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural.  We work across all sectors with a particular passion and emphasis on youth and developing the next generation of social justice advocates.  We hope you will join us in this journey.

Board Chair Statement

I became involved with VISIONS during high school in 1967.  Valerie Batts, the Executive Director and I became friends when we integrated our high school.  I was a white teenager and Valerie was black.  We learned then how to join forces to challenge racism and discrimination.  It has been my privilege for the past 25 years to chair the board and help VISIONS make its impact in Boston and throughout the United States.  Our greatest challenge is to raise funds for the Legacy Youth Project and to increase the visibility of our work. Those who work with us talk about the experience as life and institution changing.  I want more youth, adults and organizations to get that impact. 

Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
NATIONAL
Boston (incl: Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, East Boston, South Boston, and Roxbury)

Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Intergroup/Race Relations
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs

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

Yes

Programs

BOSTON LEGACY

The Legacy Project is an 8-week intensive summer program with a year round monthly training that empowers the youth. The youth gain first-hand experience to utilize skills provided by VISIONS theory on social change as leaders of their community by running their own diversity and inclusion trainings for youth groups and organizations in Boston. The youth also learn to cooperate in a diverse environment by collaborating on a public arts event, contributing to community cohesion and outreach. 

Budget  $116,210
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) Blacks, African Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 

1: Train 20 Boston Legacy youth (ages 15-20) in level 2 VISIONS anti oppression model so they can run trainings with youth and adults that decrease bias, discrimination and violence in organizations and communities.

2: 15 Legacy youth run 15 trainings during the school year (200 attendees) for youth groups and organizations in Boston to decrease bias, discrimination, violence in those environments.

3: 15 Legacy youth run a community arts event in April, 2014 for 150 Roxbury children and residents that presents youth voice and talent, demonstrates positive approach to reducing violence, discrimination, and bias. Show will be taped, edited, posted by youth to web as inspirational message to youth.

Program Long-Term Success  The Legacy Project is an 8-week intensive summer program with a year around monthly training that empowers the youth through 3 transformative stages on their journey to become anti-oppression trainers. During the first stage called healing stage, the youth learn to recognize adverse effects of internalized oppression that have circumscribed their future and also learn to cultivate imagination for a vision for themselves, their communities, and the society at large. In the next stage called developing stage, the youth master concrete skills to be effective catalysts for change, such as skills for cross-cultural communications and team building. Equipped with these skillsets, the youth learn to address and change attitudes that perpetuate bias, discrimination, disparities and other obstacles to equity. In the last stage, this individual transformation of the youth in the first two stages translates into a communal and social transformation.
Program Success Monitored By 

It is monitored by

1) the number of applicants for the youth leadership trainig

2) the final number of recruits

3) number of attendees in the community arts event

4) number of consultings given by the youth leaders and

5) VISIONS' evaluation form filled by workshop participants

Examples of Program Success 

Examples of how our program builds courage in young people to address challenging issues among peers and in the community can be heard in the words students wrote at the end of the program:

"It is necessary for young people to be aware of their standing in the world. Many times young people go through many struggles that force them to lose touch with the world and the outer struggles society faces. This program helps young people get in touch with the reality of the world and how to change it." Karen

"The knowledge, self-motivation, and encouragement found here is something I strongly believe can’t be gained anywhere else. The Legacy Project is the future." Gina

"Once people know more about oppression and racism maybe most of it would stop in Boston and we can catch most of it from youth before it spreads." Peter

Kadheem


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

(See Continuous Improvement Goals on previous page)

Management


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Valerie A. Batts
CEO Term Start Jan 1984
CEO Email vbatts@visions-inc.org
CEO Experience

Valerie A. Batts, PhD, is Executive Director and Co-founder of VISIONS, Inc. She leads the consultation and training components of the company. Author of Modern Racism: New Melody for the Same Old Tune, and Is Reconciliation Possible: Lessons from Combating Modern Racism, Dr. Batts has written extensively on modern racism and multicultural organizational change strategies. She is the originator of the VISIONS training model and experiential workshops.

Born in Rocky Mount, NC, Dr. Batts is an African-American woman who came of age in the 1960s. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Duke University and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned a BA in psychology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Since 1976, she has provided multicultural education and change strategies to human service providers, educators, community leaders, youth, young adults and managers in a variety of settings. Working both nationally and internationally, Dr. Batts supports people and organizations in developing and maintaining environments that recognize, understand, respect, appreciate and utilize differences.

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

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Greg Gale Associate Director of Programs Prior to joining VISIONS in 2009, Greg was a founding staff member and program director of The Food Project, a nationally recognized organization that creates personal and social change through sustainable agriculture. He has developed and implemented an organization-wide diversity initiative and ran trainings in youth development, leadership, and organizational development throughout the US for the Kellogg Foundation, USDA and many grassroots non-profits. Greg received his Masters in Divinity from Harvard University.
DR. Richard Pinderhughes Associate Director of Administration Besides his administrative duties, Dr. Pinderhughes applies his clinical training to group facilitation in non-profit, educational and healthcare settings, and consults on a wide range of institutional and organizational change issues from a multicultural perspective. He is also responsible for VISIONS’ Legacy Project, a summer program for youth. With a background in adoption issues, particularly transracial adoption, Dr. Pinderhughes has practiced individual, group and family therapy for 25 years in greater Boston. He earned his doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
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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 3
Number of Part Time Staff 10
Number of Volunteers 12
Number of Contract Staff 30
Staff Retention Rate % 90%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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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

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Louise Coggins
Board Chair Company Affiliation Private LICSW
Board Chair Term Jan 1989 - Dec 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Aaron Amato n/a --
Louise Weeks Coggins L.C.S.W. community volunteer --
Patricia Davis-Penn n/a --
Vlada Georgieva n/a --
Renae Gray n/a --
Rev. Robert Griffin n/a --
Louise Howlett M.Div., M.F.T. n/a --
John John Capitman, Ph.D. Ph.D. n/a --
Jovonna Jones n/a --
Carlene Larsson M.Ed. n/a --
Jarrow Merenivitch n/a --
Ann B Sye Ed.S n/a --
Fredrica H. Thompsett Ph.D n/a --

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
Marjorie Coward M.Div -- --
Phyllis Cowell -- --
Mary Anne Gale -- --
Susan E. Gravely -- --
C. Lani Guinier J.D. -- --
Rev. Geoffrey Hoare -- --
Emma Keough -- --
Esther Monclova-Johnson Ph.D. -- --
Rev. Haywood Parker -- --
Gail Perry -- --
Susan M. Perry Cole Esq. -- --
Frank Phoenix -- --
Bereket Habte Selassie Ph.D -- --
Linnea and Dean Smith n/a --
Joseph Steele M.B.A. -- --
Gloria Steinem -- --
Timothy Tyson Ph.D. -- --
Lamont Wiggins Esq. -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 8
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 9
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Traditionally the Board has not needed to be a fundraising body based on pre recession fee for service revenue.  This has shifted and the board is recruiting members with this interest/skill.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2014
Projected Income $1,336,365.00
Projected Expense $1,294,493.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 Audited Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $1,189,756 $1,163,860 $1,146,333
Total Expenses $1,218,129 $1,353,193 $1,342,192

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$176,302 $83,500 $414,392
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $48,697 $29,036 $54,535
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $964,726 $1,051,046 $677,389
Investment Income, Net of Losses $31 $278 $17
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $857,402 $840,478 $842,254
Administration Expense $294,751 $364,551 $423,199
Fundraising Expense $65,976 $148,164 $76,739
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.98 0.86 0.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses 70% 62% 63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 29% 132% 16%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $233,050 $233,947 $496,947
Current Assets $229,909 $229,559 $492,182
Long-Term Liabilities $152,322 $179,413 $195,204
Current Liabilities $363,730 $309,163 $367,038
Total Net Assets $-283,002 $-254,629 $-65,295

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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 --
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? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.63 0.74 1.34

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 65% 77% 39%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

VISIONS board is currently engaged in re-positioning efforts to improve our financial situation. Our program revenues have remained fairly stable for a 10 year period and reflect a strong healthy program (an average of 1.3 million a year). Our marketing, management and administrative costs are higher than desirable given the change in the major sources of our revenue stream in the past 5 years. We are in the process of addressing this needed organizational change to allow us to continue to do the good work that we do on the ground.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's audited financials.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

Impact

The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.


1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

1) We define long term success as not just passive awareness of unconscious assumptions, biases, and power imbalances, but change-- concrete change in the cognitive, affective and behavioral propensity. We also define long term success as these changes taking place in multiple levels of social interaction: in personal, societal, cultural and institutional level. 
 
2) The most obvious measurement is the change resulting in "positive" and "guilt-free environment," which promotes openness and prevents feelings of guilt or shame, allowing for learning and accountability. 




2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Our overarching aim is to practice what we preach, so that VISIONS symbolizes and realizes the "positive" and "shame-free" environment that we strive for, serving as not only an exemplary model for our clients to observe, but also to prove that our theory is realistic and effective. 
 

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

The uniqueness of VISIONS' capability lies in our versatile theory that gives foundation to transformative process of our clients in diversity and inclusion issues. 

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

We evaluate our progress/impact in two key ways:
Youth Impact:  
1.  Pre and post test surveys with our Legacy Youth Project participants, qualitative essay and post program interviews as well
2.  Tracking participation over time for youth participants with long term participation (more than one year) as the goal.
3.  Evaluation with all organizations we serve after each training and at the end of long term engagements.  Anonymous survey with satisfaction scales and open ended responses that allow them to explain takeaways, offer feedback about what would have deepened/improved their learning.
 4.  Monthly calls with staff/consultants to go over work, seek lessons learned and create new approaches

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

Continuous Improvement Goals:
1.  Raise necessary funds to meet the demand for the Legacy Youth Project program and other initiatives aimed at low income populations and grassroots organization.  We have had challenges educating funders/donors about our need for funds to run these types of  program/initiatives as people will often focus on our fee for service work and assume we do not need funding.  We have been an "entrepreneurial non profit" for 30 years and continue to try and gain resources to accomplish the fullness of our mission (to serve all sectors with similar tools/impacts despite their ability to pay).
2.  Position VISIONS for its next decade as the founder and Executive Director looks to change her role.  We are in a re-positioning process looking at the non profit sector in general and considering creative ways to move our work forward given the interest/demand./need for it. 
3. Develop next generation of consultants/change agents.  This is a key goal of the organization as the founders (3 of 4 still involved) seek ways to enagage, train and empower young people who are interested in equity and want to develop new approaches for their generation.