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Stand for Children Leadership Center

 25 Kingston Street, 4R
 Boston, MA 02111
[P] (781) 891-1300
[F] (781) 891-1301
Sara Parr Gill
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EIN 52-1957214

LAST UPDATED: 12/01/2017
Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes


Mission StatementMORE »

Our mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, college or career training.  To make that happen, we:

-          Educate and empower parents, teachers, and community members to demand excellent schools.

-          Advocate for effective local, state, and national education policies and investments.

-          Ensure the policies and funding we advocate for reach classrooms and help students.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, college or career training.  To make that happen, we:

-          Educate and empower parents, teachers, and community members to demand excellent schools.

-          Advocate for effective local, state, and national education policies and investments.

-          Ensure the policies and funding we advocate for reach classrooms and help students.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2017 to Aug 31, 2018
Projected Income $675,000.00
Projected Expense $660,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Every Child Reads
  • Urban Organizing and Statewide Mobilization

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, college or career training.  To make that happen, we:

-          Educate and empower parents, teachers, and community members to demand excellent schools.

-          Advocate for effective local, state, and national education policies and investments.

-          Ensure the policies and funding we advocate for reach classrooms and help students.

Background Statement

 Since 1996, Stand for Children has expanded to 11 state offices, has helped pass education reform legislation in all 11 states, and achieved hundreds of victories for students at the local level. Stand launched its Massachusetts affiliate in 2003. Since then, members from across the state have advocated for changes benefitting Massachusetts children and inspired thousands of parents to take an active role in their child’s success. In 2012, we championed and helped pass legislation ensuring every public school gives priority to a teacher’s effectiveness when deciding who to place in the classroom.

We empower parents and community members to take action on behalf of their children. Many important organizations address the academic achievement and opportunity gaps; often, they do this by providing direct services to children through in-school or after-school programs. Our work supplements these direct service organizations by helping parents to enact systemic change in underperforming school systems, improving the future for their children.

Stand’s model emphasizes the importance of building cohesive teams with strong leadership. Organizers’ goals specify the number of leaders and members that they should have in their portfolio, and we track membership with the Organizing App, which tracks member data, team statistics, event attendance, and training progress, allowing us to keep a real-time pulse on our organizing work.

Organizers recruit and train team leaders – Stand volunteers who take on recruitment and leadership responsibilities in addition to their traditional Stand membership. In 2016, we began a Team Captain program in Springfield and Boston. Team Captains act as a "leader of leaders." They liaise between their team and its Organizer, and Organizers train and empower Team Captains to play a key role in cultivating new team leaders. Team Captains also engage in a formal goal-setting process with Organizers, and receive trainings based on their current skills and ongoing professional development in their desired areas of growth. This allows us to build a stronger movement of parents truly owning the organizing function of their teams. As of November 2017, we have five Team Captains. 


Impact Statement


We currently have four teams in Boston and two teams in Springfield. The Team Captains and leaders from all six teams sit on our Statewide Advisory Board, which meets quarterly or as-needed to strategize around ongoing campaigns and ways to keep members active and informed. Key highlights from the past year include engaging 889 individuals in our Springfield chapter and 809 in our Boston chapter; implementing a Member Spokespeople program; and partnering with Springfield Public Schools in building their Parent Community Advisory Council. 

Faced with the staggering gap in early literacy among Massachusetts children, we have zeroed in on a multi-year plan to improve early literacy – Every Child Reads. The public awareness phase of our campaign kicked off with a convening of our Statewide Strategy Team. Since then, we have hosted nine Stand Reads to You events as well as a 10 information sessions across the Commonwealth and two virtual information sessions, in English and Spanish to educate the community on the early literacy disparity and how to get involved. Throughout this process, we collected more than 2,200 signatures for an initial pledge of support and identified and trained 50 Literacy Leaders.

Needs Statement

Strengthen our active membership base in our two urban chapters, Greater Boston (including Chelsea) and Springfield/Holyoke, thereby providing members with a larger and more meaningful voice on behalf of their children and children across the Commonwealth.

Recruit committed, aligned, and skilled team leaders who will spearhead local efforts after receiving trainings in advocacy skills, leadership development, and our early literacy campaign from Stand Organizers.

Diversify and increase funding base by growing our number of small donors and securing significant funds from our local chapters. This will bolster financial sustainability, thereby ensuring that our programs are reliably and adequately supported.

Build a collaborative voice for education advocacy by recruiting community partners to join the Every Child Reads Coalition and/or steering committee.

Advocate effectively with the Every Child Reads Coalition and steering committee to secure additional state funding for early literacy initiatives. 


CEO Statement

As an independent social justice organization, Stand for Children has worked in Massachusetts since 2003 to strengthen our public education system. Our program organizes parents, teachers, and community members around issues and policies designed to improve educational outcomes for children.

Although Massachusetts is home to some of the best schools in the country, significant gaps in achievement prevail between minority students and their non-minority peers, and between low-income students and their more affluent counterparts. We find the early literacy gap to be particularly alarming: 

  • Fifty-three percent of Massachusetts students are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade, but this number is more staggering when broken down by student populations – across the state, 71 percent of economically disadvantaged students, 71 percent of Black students, 71 percent of Latino students, and 80 percent of ELL students are not reading proficiently in third grade.
  • Students who cannot read on grade-level by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.  

Research shows that children with more-involved families are more likely to earn higher grades, enroll in higher-level programs such as AP classes, graduate high school, and go on to college. At Stand, we believe in empowering parents to take action on behalf of themselves and their children. Supplementing the numerous direct services provided to children through in-school or after-school programs, we enable parents to help their children overcome common barriers to success. We understand that we cannot improve the schools in our communities unless parents and teachers are actively involved; we train and organize these concerned citizens to fight for the changes we need in public education.


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Massachusetts-All Regions
City of Boston- Citywide (please select all areas as well)
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- West Roxbury

The Massachusetts state headquarters are located in Boston, MA. We also have a satellite office in Springfield. In addition to our Greater Boston and Springfield/Holyoke chapters, we engage individuals from across the state in our digital campaigns. 

Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Children's Rights
  2. Education - Alliances & Advocacy
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Citizen Participation

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

Under Development


Every Child Reads


The Every Child Reads campaign will help ensure all students have the knowledge and skills to be proficient readers by providing support and resources for educators, identifying struggling readers earlier through screenings, and developing high-impact intervention plans for struggling readers. We are calling on the state to make a significant investment in smart strategies to help underserved school districts ensure all children have a fair chance to succeed. While engaging in advocacy at the state level, we will also be piloting an on-the-ground reading program in partnership with Holyoke Public Schools. This program will be designed with the goal of improving at-home reading behaviors for parents and children. 

Budget  $400,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other
Population Served Families
Program Short-Term Success 


  • Build Every Child Reads steering committee of individuals representing government, non-profit, education, research, criminal justice, and healthcare sectors. 
  • Build Every Child Reads coalition of individuals and organizations who share our goal of improving early literacy in Massachusetts. 
  • In second semester of 2017-2018 school year, introduce Every Child Reads program in Holyoke Public Schools.


Program Long-Term Success 


  • Increased state investment in early literacy initiatives for children ages 0-5 and in grades K-5. 
  • As a result of increased investment and implementation of research-backed literacy initiatives, 90 percent of Massachusetts children are reading on grade level by 2025. 
  • Following the pilot of the Every Child Reads program in Holyoke, we will launch the program to scale and evaluate program fidelity through a randomized control trial to test the efficacy of the full literacy program, answering critical research questions such as: Do parents naturally get better at active engagement during reading as they practice reading with their children more often? Do parents and children naturally begin to select more appropriately-leveled books as they read more frequently? What is the comparative benefit of non-book activities (such as conversation prompts or "reading in the wild") versus book reading?


Program Success Monitored By 
We will measure the success of Every Child Reads advocacy through ongoing meetings with state and district officials, tracking event participation, and monitoring the progress of our priorities in relevant governing bodies (State Legislature, Department of Education, etc).
We have two evaluation goals for the pilot of the Every Child Reads program in Holyoke: program fidelity (does the program work as intended, do parents get the intervention as designed, what issues do we find when trying to launch the program) and program efficacy (does the program improve reading material access and selection, does it increase reading minutes, does it improve parents' and children's self-reported enjoyment of reading). Potential data collection methods will be integrated into the program application, including in-app measurement of reading ability levels; in-app minute/word/book tracking; self-reporting via worksheets and/or two-way text messages. 
Examples of Program Success 

Every Child Reads launched in early 2017. Since then, we have met with dozens of individual and organizational stakeholders in early literacy, including well-respected researchers, pediatricians, early education advocates, and educators. Strategic planning for our campaign allowed us to develop a clear path forward for Every Child Reads. Though Stand used to be focused on multiple issues, we will be singularly focused on early literacy moving forward. We have a previous track record of success in public advocacy as evidenced by our past work in the following fields: 

  • We championed S.2315 in 2012, and following the September 2016 deadline by which all districts must include performance-over-seniority clauses in their teacher contracts, we remained vigilant in our oversight and our ongoing relationship with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a partner in implementation. We conducted collective bargaining agreement analyses and shared findings with DESE and key partners; we also published these findings in the Journal of Law and Education. 

MCAS 2.0/MA Curriculum Frameworks:

  • We supported the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s decision to develop MCAS 2.0 in lieu of adopting PARCC and are engaged in efforts to educate the public on the MA Curriculum Frameworks and the value of an aligned assessment to better measure our students’ preparedness for college and career. Stand members testified in support of high-quality assessments. 
  • Our Executive Director was invited to join the Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council, which advises the Board of Education on the development and implementation of the School and District Accountability and Assistance system. 
  • Our Marketing and Communications Director worked collaboratively with DESE to improve the quality of their website, making it more user-friendly and accessible to parents across the state.

Pre-K for MA:

  • For this initiative launched in 2015, and out of which our Every Child Reads initiative was borne, we lobbied at the State House; built a “Voices of Support” list of more than 1,500 supporters; and drove awareness of the campaign through social media, earned media, and canvassing.

Urban Organizing and Statewide Mobilization

Our organizing model helps parents, educators, and concerned citizens develop a stronger, clearer voice in support of Massachusetts children. Through involvement with Stand, parents at strategically-targeted low-performing schools become energized and engaged to take an active role in their child’s success and hold local officials accountable to policies that will benefit children across the Commonwealth.

Stand teams are comprised of members, leaders, and Team Captains. We piloted the Team Captain program in 2016 to allow individuals with a demonstrated commitment to their Stand team to become a “leader of leaders.” Team Captains play a key role in cultivating new leaders for their teams, engage in formal goal-setting, and receive ongoing professional development based on their own desired areas of growth. We also train and engage a contingent of Member Spokespeople in public speaking, interviewing, fundraising, and social media.

Budget  $500,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 

With the support of the generous donors and partners, we will build on our initial successes from our urban expansion and expand our impact in Boston, Chelsea, Springfield, and Holyoke. The majority of our efforts in the short-term will be spent engaging our existing teams and training leaders and Team Captains to build their teams:

  • 150 individuals from each chapter, Boston and Springfield, will take at least 2 actions with Stand this year
  • 100 individuals from each chapter, Boston and Springfield, will take at least 1 "mobilize" action (specific to advocacy -- petitions, testifying, lobbying, attending rallies, etc)
  • Every team has 1 quality leader
  • Every chapter has 150 members by year end
  • Each Organizer will recruit 5 new leaders
Program Long-Term Success 

Ultimately, success of this project will be contingent on Stand meeting the following long-term goals:

- Every child in Massachusetts graduates from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. 

- All parents in our target communities, regardless of country of origin, language spoken at home, and zip code they live in, will feel adequately prepared and empowered to take an active role in their child’s education.

Program Success Monitored By 

We measure these items through the Organizing App, developed by Stand’s Technology Team and designed to be accessible to Organizers who are often in the field meeting with current and prospective members and partners. The app tracks individual member data, team statistics, event attendance, and training progress, allowing us to keep a pulse on our organizing work in real time. The app also allows us to effectively track the activation and mobilization of our members. The structure and metrics around team strength, activation, and mobilization help us to train more parents, develop stronger leaders, and more meaningfully track our progress toward goals, including the growth and impact of Stand teams.

Examples of Program Success 

We have grown our Team Captain program by two thirds since piloting the program in 2015. What makes these individuals most unique is that they have moved up the ranks in Stand, starting first as brand new members, training to become leaders, and developing in their leadership roles to ultimately be nominated as Team Captains. Team Captains play a key role in cultivating new leaders for their teams, engage in formal goal-setting with Stand Organizers, and receive ongoing professional development based on their own desired areas of growth. To support their commitment to Stand, Team Captains receive a stipend, monthly transportation and cell phone reimbursements, and technology (computers, hot spots, etc.) to support their organizing work in the field.  

Our members’ stories best exemplify our theory of change at work. A member from each team was nominated by their Organizer for the Member Spokespeople program, which is led by Marketing and Communications Director Allison Rubin and supported by Development Manager Sara Parr Gill. Member Spokespeople participate in two trainings – one on Stand’s mission, model, and current advocacy priorities, and one on public speaking both with the media and with Stand funders. Ursula Allston-Hill, Team Captain of our Beantown Team, is one of the Member Spokespeople. Ursula lives in Roxbury with her husband Dana and her eight-year-old daughter, Kyrah. Ursula joined Stand in 2014 after attending Stand University for Parents at the Concord Baptist Church in Milton. As a Boston Public Schools graduate herself, Ursula is an ardent advocate for improvement in the school system. She is particularly passionate about high-quality early education; Ursula believes that Kyrah’s experience in pre-k truly fostered her love of learning. Since joining Stand, Ursula has recruited several new members to her team, lobbied in support of high-quality pre-k, testified for the importance of high-quality assessments, and been interviewed by Boston Neighborhood Network for a segment on early education funding. As a Team Captain and especially as a Member Spokesperson, she has become more comfortable and confident with public speaking, and feels empowered to take on more responsibility with Stand and in her community.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


CEO/Executive Director Dr. Ranjini Govender JD, PhD
CEO Term Start Feb 2017
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Ranjini has dedicated her career to ensuring all children have access to quality education. Her parents grew up in Apartheid-era South Africa where they experienced racism and oppression every day. They fought hard to make sure Ranjini and her siblings had more opportunities than they did, and it is with this determination that she serves in the Executive Director role, dedicated to raising the voice of parents in Massachusetts who want a great education for their children.

Knowing she wanted to effect systematic change, Ranjini simultaneously completed her law degree and her Master’s Degree in Education at Syracuse University. In 2008, Ranjini began an Education Pioneers Fellowship with the District of Columbia Charter School Board and was awarded a research grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ranjini also taught high school students in Chelsea, MA and Syracuse, NY. After two years in the classroom, she pursued a doctoral degree in education policy at Cornell University. Through a fellowship with the New York State Center for Rural Schools, Ranjini studied the unique issues facing rural schools and advised school districts on legal issues relating to attendance zoning, school restructuring, and student assignment policies.

Prior to her current role, Ranjini led the Government Affairs work at Stand Massachusetts for five years. She played a key role in the development and implementation of Stand’s teacher effectiveness ballot measure and the resulting passage of S.2315. Additionally, Ranjini worked with key partners to develop and execute political strategy, including conducting ongoing analysis of the long-term sustainability of proposed reforms, current political landscape, and support within Stand’s membership. She also conducted a comprehensive statewide analysis of educator evaluation policies within collective bargaining agreements and published findings in the Journal of Law and Education.

Ranjini is the proud of mom of two boys in public school.

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Veronica Antich Statewide Organizing Manager

Veronica’s career in education started in her hometown of Caracas, Venezuela when her mother, who at the time ran an ESL center for children and young adults, asked her to fill in for an absent teacher. Veronica liked teaching so much that she decided to get her own class. In 2006, she moved to the United States and attended school for a career in Early Childhood Education. After graduating from Middlesex Community College she continued her education at Fitchburg State University. In 2011, Veronica was awarded Outstanding Student in a Minor of Spanish, later that year she graduated with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree including a Minor in Spanish. During the school year of 2011-2012, Veronica worked as a substitute teacher in Andover Public Schools. In April 2012, she self-published the first book in the children’s Spanish series "Veo, Veo," which currently includes ten books. In 2012, Veronica was hired to be the Spanish teacher for grades 1-8 at a private Catholic school in North Andover.

In June 2013, she created, coordinated, and managed a free Latin dance event for the city of Lawrence, MA. The event called "Rumba en el Parque" took place every Thursday night at the common park and it lasted the entire summer of 2013 and 2014. In October of 2013, Veronica joined the Stand team as a Bilingual Boston Organizer and was promoted in 2015 to Statewide Organizing Manager. 

Ms. Allison Rubin Marketing and Communications Director

Allison grew up in a small town 45 minutes north of Boston. She developed an interest in education while studying at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she received a B.A. in communications with a minor in early childhood education.

After graduation she taught preschool but later decided to pursue a career in public relations and communications, earning an M.S. in advertising from Boston University in 2009. Allison has worked for numerous Boston-area nonprofits. As the Marketing and Communications Director, Allison combines her diverse communications experience with her education background to support Stand’s child-focused mission and promote the great work the organization does in Massachusetts.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Leadership Memphis Community Champion Award for 2012 Leadership Memphis 2012
Massachusetts Game Changer of the Year Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) Network 2012
The 2011 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon Oregon Business Magazine 2011
The 2010 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon Oregon Business Magazine 2010


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

External Assessments and Accreditations

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 Our collaborations allow us to increase our impact as well as create the political will necessary to ensure lasting change. We formed the Every Child Reads Coalition to drive the Every Child Reads campaign. Current coalition members include World Education, Raising A Reader Massachusetts, Reach Out and Read Massachusetts, and Decoding Dyslexia Massachusetts. Currently this Steering Committee consists of Amy O’Leary, Director of the Early Education for All Campaign at Strategies for Children; Barry Zuckerman, a long-time education advocate currently working for Boston University School of Medicine; Dr. Sean Palfrey of Boston Medical Center and Harvard University; Sally Grimes of the Grimes Reading Institute; Sally Fuller, Project Director of Reading Success by 4th Grade at the Davis Foundation; and John Gabrieli, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

The underlying goal of our campaign is to harness the collective voice of people who care about early literacy. Therefore, securing formal partners will be critical to our work in the eighteen months ahead.  

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 6
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 22
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Accident and Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Automobile Insurance and Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Blanket Personal Property
Business Income
Commercial General Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Commercial General Liability and Medical Malpractice
Computer Equipment and Software
Crime Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Employee Benefits Liability
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Extra Expense Insurance
Fiduciary Liability
General Property Coverage
General Property Coverage and Professional Liability
Internet Liability Insurance
Life Insurance
Liquor Liability
Medical Health Insurance
Professional Liability
Property in Transit and Off Premises
Renter's Insurance
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Workplace Violence

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually


Board Chair Mr. Mike Perigo
Board Chair Company Affiliation Partner, Bridgespan
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Kira Orange Jones Senior Vice President, Teach for America Voting
Mr. John Legend Entertainer and Education Activist Voting
Ms. Julie Mikuta Senior Director of Education, Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Voting
Mr. Vince Roig Helios Education Foundation Voting
Mr. Juan Sepulveda Senior Vice President, Systems Leadership, PBS Voting
Mr. Gideon Stein CEO, LightSail Voting

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Advisory Board Members

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Gabriela Anzures -- --
Luz Betancur -- --
Marceline Brochu -- --
Hector Conde -- --
Gladis Cordon -- --
Maria Coronado -- --
Audrey Cunningham -- --
Elsa Flores -- --
Lorena Flores -- --
Jennifer Gonzalez-Morales -- --
Mary Greene -- --
Soraya Harley -- --
Darrin Hayes -- --
Daisy Hernandez -- --
Jenniffer Lara -- --
Andres Lopez -- --
Ana Martinez -- --
Lisa Melara -- --
Gloria Namugaya -- --
Elizabeth Neely -- --
Yamaris Rivera -- --
Sylvia Toruno -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 4
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 56%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees


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Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $340,846 $267,420 $561,556
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Earned Revenue $39,588 $16,962 $21,425
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- $7,157
Other -- -- $286,366

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2014 2013
Program Expense $673,909 $955,784 $1,272,899
Administration Expense $243,722 $159,595 $67,925
Fundraising Expense $67,086 $86,391 $118,413
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.21 1.02 1.15
Program Expense/Total Expenses 68% 80% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 6% 7% 9%

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Financial Planning

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Spending Policy Income Only
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Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

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Long Term Solvency

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Stand for Children Leadership Center, Inc. does not issue balance sheets for individual state affiliates. All numbers included in the Assets section of this worksheet are aggregate for the entire organization.

Foundation Comments

This organization is a local chapter of a national nonprofit.  The financial data provided in the charts and graphs above for the previous three years reflects this organization's local operations and are per the organization. Asset and liability data is tracked at the national level only. The posted audits and 990s reflect the organization's national operations.  Please contact the nonprofit for additional details.
The national organization changed its fiscal year in 2015, from a calendar year to a Sept. 1 - Aug. 31 fiscal year. As such, the FY15 audit and 990 files posted above reflect an 8 month time period (Jan. 1, 2015 - Aug. 31, 2015) and are not included in the charts and graphs.


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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

At Stand, we believe that ALL children deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in life, but that far too many children are growing up with the deck unfairly stacked against them because of poverty and other challenges. At our core, we are an organization of parents and community members who are relentless in their commitment to fighting for improved educational opportunities; to support our members in these efforts, we train and empower them to be a voice for their children and children across the state. While Massachusetts has some of the best public schools in the country, several of our schools are struggling, and the children who attend these schools are being denied access to a quality education. As a result, when they leave school, they are faced with the stark reality that their opportunities in life are limited. Our goal is to empower parents to advocate for their own child’s success at the school level, while also building parents’ capacity for necessary reforms at the district and state levels. Through participation in leadership training and mobilizing activities, parents of children at low-performing schools and living in underserved neighborhoods become engaged and energized to take an active role in their child’s education, subsequently holding school administrators and local officials accountable to policies that will benefit all children. It is in this way that we can help parents enact systemic change in failing school systems, bettering the course for their children and the children who will follow.

Expanding innovation and increasing investments in education, particularly in strategies that have been proven to boost student achievement, are critical to improving public schools for all children. To continue our long-term fight for improved educational opportunities for all children, we spent 2017 planning for our Every Child Reads campaign. This is a multi-year, multi-organization campaign with the overarching goal of increasing third grade reading proficiency in Massachusetts to 90 percent by 2025. 

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?


Every Child Reads is a multi-year effort to bridge the gap between policy change and on-the-ground results for children. This year, we will deepen our organizing model’s effectiveness, specifically as it relates to on-the-ground results for children. Stand sees family engagement as an enormous opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the education landscape. Our organizing model particularly aims to support parents of low-income and minority students. These are the students most significantly affected by the academic achievement gap; in Massachusetts, 71 percent of children from low-income households are not proficient readers by third grade. 

Stand’s strength is our ability to help parents harness their voices, inspiring confidence and teaching skills to help parents be lifelong advocates. We will focus on parent organizing concurrent with our focus on systematic statewide change, recognizing that these two components must work in tandem for effective results. Findings from an FM3 poll indicate that 80 percent of Massachusetts voters would support an early literacy initiative, and that by increasing public awareness of the state’s early literacy gap, we can empower communities to get involved and take action. This year we will build a steering committee to advise on high-level strategy and VIP engagement; grow our base of individuals and organizations to join the Every Child Reads coalition; and develop our Every Child Reads district program, a framework of research-based practices, staffing, and technology to change literacy behavior in homes, schools, and communities. We are prioritizing districts into three tiers for targeted grassroots activities as part of our Every Child Reads program framework.

All members participate in trainings and leadership development activities; after participating in Stand trainings, learning from fellow members’ experiences, and practicing telling their stories at Stand-sponsored gatherings and events, members will have the confidence and skills required to effectively advocate for their children. We consistently invite Stand members to testify at State House and Department of Education hearings, and invite Team Captains and leaders to spearhead local campaigns with their newly developed and honed advocacy skills.

The majority of individuals involved with Stand are from low-income and/or families of color. We believe in diversity and inclusivity in empowering parents. To address the structural barriers that parents in our communities face, we have implemented key strategies for encouraging parent engagement: offering translation services for non-English-speaking parents, hosting trainings and meetings both during day and evening hours, and “meeting parents where they are” to ensure that they receive training appropriate to their current levels of engagement, advocacy skills, and confidence. At Stand, we understand that we cannot change the schools in our communities unless parents are actively involved; while challenging at times, it is critical that we get parents and community members, even those who are overburdened and struggling to make ends meet, to come together to ignite the changes we need in public education.

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

Stand’s Organizing staff boasts a tremendous amount of experience in community building, teaching, and advocacy; the Organizers, in turn, train Team Captains and leaders to take on leadership roles within their teams. With the support of our national Organizing staff, we have developed trainings and other avenues through which we can prepare parents to be stronger advocates for their own child and for education policy. An example of this structure is Stand University for Parents (Stand UP), which we hosted in 2015. The Stand UP coursework – which includes classroom instruction, homework, and opportunities for participation – focuses on parental role-definition, parent-school relationships, understanding and acting on student data and grades, and specific strategies to help students learn at home. Since hosting Stand UP as a six-week series, we began to offer the curriculum as stand-alone classes for interested parents.

While parent involvement has been proven to influence positive changes in student performance, behavior, and affect, there are barriers to parent involvement. These include parents’ time constraints, having negative prior experiences with schools, being unable to help children with homework, and the unfortunate trend of teachers and parents only communicating when a child misbehaves. Stand directly addresses these barriers by supporting parents in developing the confidence and skills to initiate and maintain contact with their children’s school and teachers, paving the road for improved student success.

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

We aim to have a committed, passionate body of members throughout the state, who are able and willing to engage in local and statewide campaigns for improved access to a quality education for all children. To assess this goal, we employ both quantitative and qualitative member surveys and track membership data – including event attendance, training completion, and overall engagement – with our Organizing Application (Org App). The Org App was developed by Stand’s Technology Team and designed to be accessible to Organizers who are often in the field meeting with current and prospective members and partners. The app tracks individual member data, team statistics, event attendance, and training progress, allowing us to keep a pulse on our organizing work in real time. The app also allows us to effectively track the activation and mobilization of our members. The structure and metrics around team strength, activation, and mobilization help us to train more parents, develop stronger leaders, and more meaningfully track our progress toward goals, including the growth and impact of Stand teams.

Our Executive Director maintains relationships with key legislators and stakeholders, keeping a pulse on the movement in education policy and proposing opportunities for member engagement and advocacy. Historically, at the beginning of each legislative session, we have developed a list of priorities to shape our advocacy platform; for the duration of Every Child Reads, early literacy funding and programming will be our number one priority. Intermittently and at the end of each session we, along with our coalition partners, gauge the effectiveness of our work based on the movement and progress on our legislative priorities.

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

In recent years, we’ve learned how to more strategically organize in Springfield, Boston, and across the state. For instance, in Boston, with a school assignment system that doesn’t always place kids in the schools in their neighborhoods, we broke from the national Stand- model of organizing parents at their neighborhood schools and sought other “home bases” from which to recruit. Given the challenge in organizing at specific schools, we had to amend our organizing goals and develop more realistic metrics for the organic growth of our Boston chapter. Knowing that families in Boston naturally congregate at community centers and places of worship, in 2014 we began recruiting at these locations, and have found them to be amenable to collaboration. Likewise, in Springfield and Holyoke, both cities with large Hispanic populations, it is crucial that our organizing efforts are made available to non-English-speaking individuals. Both of our Organizers are Spanish bilingual and we host Springfield and Holyoke meetings in both English and Spanish. Additionally, we provide translation equipment and services at all Stand-sponsored events, and translate all collateral communications into Spanish. We look forward to developing new ways to tailor our organizing model to the populations of our target cities as we build our membership.
The public awareness phase of our Every Child Reads campaign kicked off in January 2017, with a convening of our Statewide Strategy Team. Since then, we hosted nine Stand Reads to You events as well as a series of information sessions across the Commonwealth to educate the community on the early literacy disparity and how to get involved. Throughout this process, we collected more than 2,200 signatures for an initial pledge of support and identified and trained 50 Literacy Leaders. Literacy Leaders are cultivated with a scaffolded approach, beginning when they sign the pledge and including a survey, face-to-face conversation, information session, and formal onboarding; they will have a demonstrated interest in early literacy and will share their stories throughout our campaign. Additional activities have included our Annual Member Summit on September 30, 2017; targeting local events to share information, including back to school nights, open houses, school committee meetings, and house parties; actively building a coalition of organizations and institutions working in the early literacy realm, and executing a media and public relations strategy to educate the public on Massachusetts’ third grade reading proficiency gap and the Every Child Reads campaign.