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TechMission Inc.

 48 Pleasant Street
 Dorchester, MA 02125
[P] (617) 2829798 x 101
[F] (816) 256-8471
Andrew Sears
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 68-0492427

LAST UPDATED: 03/08/2016
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

TechMission's mission is to empower others to transform at-risk communities in Jesus’ name through technology. We focus on social services and serve all participants without discrimination.

Mission Statement

TechMission's mission is to empower others to transform at-risk communities in Jesus’ name through technology. We focus on social services and serve all participants without discrimination.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $1,786,302.00
Projected Expense $1,786,302.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • TechMission Corps

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

TechMission's mission is to empower others to transform at-risk communities in Jesus’ name through technology. We focus on social services and serve all participants without discrimination.

Background Statement

TechMission acts to empower others to transform at-risk communities in Jesus' name through technology. Our founder, Andrew Sears, grew up in the inner city and co-founded a multi-million dollar research group at MIT in 1996, studying the social implications of the Internet. Out of that research and experience, it became clear that the Internet and technology presented some great opportunities to transform at-risk communities. In 2002, TechMission was established to serve at-risk communities with a focus on education. We run a national AmeriCorps program with almost half of our AmeriCorps members serving in Boston and Massachusetts.

Through partnerships with after-school programs in Black and Latino churches, our TechMission Corps program has become the largest minority-led AmeriCorps program in Massachusetts (to our knowledge). This year, we expect our TechMission Corps program to provide 30 full-time AmeriCorps members to serve over 1,000 at-risk youth in Massachusetts (Boston and central and western Mass.), and 50 full-time AmeriCorps members to serve 1,050 at-risk youth at our national sites in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Denver. Members will provide activities to help them succeed in college and in life. TechMission also runs the largest Web portal for the faith-based social services sector and an accredited online college providing degrees in nonprofit management.

Impact Statement

In the past 10 years, TechMission has:
  • Matched 72,533 volunteers through & programs
  • Funded 511 full-time AmeriCorps Members & internsfor ministries serving 24,180 at-risk youth through City Vision Internships
  • Served over 10 million unique visitors through our websites
  • Provided accredited college courses with 536 students taking 2,468 courses through City Vision University
  • Provided $78.6 million in resources to sites only spending $13 million (605% return on investment)

Needs Statement

Since many community-based organizations serving at-risk populations struggle to find resources and staffing, we collaborate in order to enhance the programs they offer to the community, enabling us to address the following needs:

  • Need for K-8 After-School Programs:Research from the US Department of Education's (DoE) Center for Education Statistics shows that being held back a grade in school more than doubles a student's chances of dropping out before finishing high school. On the 2009 MCAS, 16% of Black and 18% of Latino 5th graders failed the English Language Arts portion of the exam, compared to 5% of White students. On the Math portion, these 5th graders failed at a rate of 33% (Black) and 37% (Latino), compared to 13% for White students. Through our partnership with Sites in 2009-10, 89% of all youth in the programs improved by at least one letter grade in one core subject (or maintained an "A" or a "B"); 97% were promoted to the next grade.
  • Need for Teen Programs:The Urban Institute's Education Policy Center reports that in Boston only 42.2% of Black and 30% of Latino youth graduate high school. Also, 2005 Census data for low-income Black or Latino families indicates that only 30% of dependent children ages 18-24 go on to college. We anticipate that by keeping youth on track academically and providing them with the tools they need to succeed, they will stay in school, be motivated to meet graduation requirements and aspire to go to college. We try to set the expectation with youth that post-secondary education is not an optional choice, but necessary for their future success, and we mentor participants towards the fulfillment of these expectations. Last year, 79% of graduating high school seniors in our Boston teen programs applied to and enrolled in college.

CEO Statement

In the past 10 years, technology and the Internet has been transforming society. As the world becomes more connected electronically, we become more disconnected relationally. America is now more segregated than it was before the Civil Rights movement, and there are now more African-Americans in the U.S. correctional
system than there were slaves. But while church budgets have increased, the percentage of what churches give to the poor has decreased dramatically. We live in an age of “social leprosy” where we have become disconnected socially from each other. Leprosy destroys the body because it attacks the nervous system, so lepers
cannot feel when a body part is damaged; with social leprosy, we have lost touch with the pain of others in our world.

The goal of TechMission is to function as the nervous system in the Body to connect people to the poor, and we do this by using the power of technology and the Internet to multiply resources. In 2010, TechMission:

• Funded 92 full-time interns to ministries and served 4,118 at-risk youth through TechMission Corps
• Provided accredited college courses with 366 student registrations through City Vision College
• Matched 13,630 volunteers with 5,483 ministries and organizations serving the poor through and TechMission Corps
• Provided 112,130 sermons and web pages of training materials on serving the poor to over 1.8 million unique visitors through
• Provided a total of $12.8 million in resources to ministries with a budget of only $1.5 million showing a return on investment of 858%

Based on the exponential growth of our past 10 years, we believe in the next 10 years we will be able to provide hundreds of millions of dollars worth of resources to ministries serving the poor by providing urban ministry resources and training to tens of millions of web visitors, placing millions of volunteers, equipping tens of thousands of urban ministry students and placing thousands of interns. By doing this, we can transform communities by connecting millions of people to the poor.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

Throughout the United States
We serve low-income communities across the USA. Our headquarters are in Boston.

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Education - Educational Services
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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)



TechMission Corps

TechMission Corps partners with after-school Sites in Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Denver to serve at-risk youth.
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Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Andrew Sears
CEO Term Start Jan 2000
CEO Email
CEO Experience Andrew has worked in community computer centers since 1997. He most recently served as the co-founder and director of the PREP Community Computer Center, which serves almost over 600 students annually. He regularly gives talks at conferences on faith based organization and the Digital Divide including CTCNet, Kingdomworks, the Christian Community Development Association and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. He grew up in an inner-city environment, and later received his MS in Technology and Policy and MS in Computer Science at MIT. While at MIT, he co-founded the Internet and Telecoms Consortium, a research group with an annual budget of over $1 million. He has also worked as summer staff at the City Union Mission in Kansas City and at Cape Town City Mission Homes in South Africa. He and his wife Heather live in Dorchester, MA.
Co-CEO --
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Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 15
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 3,625
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 16
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 0
Not Specified 16

Plans & Policies

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

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 Bi-Annually


Board Chair Major Bill Hurula
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Salvation Army
Board Chair Term Dec 2006 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Catherine C. Wright -- --
Jonathan Carter -- --
Major Bill Hurula -- --
Marcus Thorne -- --
Melinda Carter -- --
Ron McConico -- --
Jeremy Del Rio Community Solutions, Inc. Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

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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: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 33%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $1,786,302.00
Projected Expense $1,786,302.00
Form 990s

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Audit Documents

2014 Reviewed Financials

2013 Audited Financials

2012 Audited Financials

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2010 Audited Financials

2009 Audited Financials

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $458,527 $1,109,746 $2,200,798
Total Expenses $536,972 $1,237,074 $2,209,114

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$97,000 $124,944 $160,500
Government Contributions $10,536 $436,686 $919,697
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $10,536 $436,686 $919,697
Individual Contributions $16,213 $16,838 $8,003
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $334,778 $238,211 $467,224
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- $293,067 $645,374
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $435,759 $1,101,952 $2,030,180
Administration Expense $96,655 $112,498 $148,651
Fundraising Expense $4,558 $22,624 $30,283
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.85 0.90 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 81% 89% 92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 4% 3%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $162,056 $253,433 $389,394
Current Assets $145,046 $235,237 $370,331
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $26,517 $39,449 $48,082
Total Net Assets $135,539 $213,984 $341,312

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

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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 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 5.47 5.96 7.70

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

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


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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