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Change is Simple Incorporated

 8 Enon Street
 Beverly, MA 01915
[P] (978) 3442155
[F] --
Lauren Belmonte
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EIN 45-1463482

LAST UPDATED: 12/20/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

Inspire elementary students to adopt lifelong environmental and social values through the use of an innovative sustainability education program.

Mission Statement

Inspire elementary students to adopt lifelong environmental and social values through the use of an innovative sustainability education program.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $290,500.00
Projected Expense $294,200.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Science of Sustainability Education (Gr 3-6 focus)

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

Inspire elementary students to adopt lifelong environmental and social values through the use of an innovative sustainability education program.

Background Statement

Founder Lauren Belmonte was working as an Environmental Scientist conducting cleanups addressing the ways in which humans were contaminating and squandering our most vital natural resources. She was discouraged, knowing her work was simply a bandaid. She wanted to address the main source of so much of this degradation: our consumer lifestyle. This isn't just about climate change; this is about the health of our society. With Earth's population growing by 200,000 daily, she wondered how we could possibly sustain at this rate. Lauren wanted more people to understand why and how they could make changes each day that supported a more sustainable planet. Lauren's environmental responsibility was inspired by one of her elementary school teachers. So, that is where CiS started: with the help of her equally passionate husband Patrick, they led one lesson at an elementary school in their hometown to a group of 4th graders. Occasional visits to that school turned into visits at other schools. Enlisting college students to help, Lauren and Patrick have been able to grow the impacts of this sustainability education program, inspiring environmental responsibility in over 16,000 students and their families. CiS’s innovative approach transforms classrooms into construction zones and ecosystems- students into engineers and scientists. CiS instills environmental and social values in its grade 3-6 students and helps them discover the opportunities to make changes everyday that have positive impacts on their health, community and planet.

Impact Statement

  • May 2017- Recipient of the Sustainability Award for An Outstanding Environmental Education Program with Proven Track Record of 5 or More Years, Green Schools
  • February 2017- Nonprofit of the Year, Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce.
  • Spring 2016- Selected as a Social Innovator for Social Innovation Forum's Accelerator program
  • CiS educated over 6,500 students directly during the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Refine and build out its education model to include a corporate funding support structure. This will increase accessibility for schools.
  • Continue to develop an online resource for classroom teachers.
  • Increase organizational capacity: hire development and outreach professionals to assist the organization with fundraising strategy, Board development, and positioning for donors and partner schools.

Needs Statement


  • Secure $50,000 in additional corporate support to provide match funding for partner schools
  • Hire Development consultant for 1 year engagement: $12,000
  • Hire part time Marketing/Outreach consultant: $24,000
  • Bring one part time Educator staff to full time: $18,000


CEO Statement

Patrick Belmonte, Co-Director: 

We don't have a multimillion dollar building or a jaw dropping board list. We have a program that works and that impacts kids where and when they are learning- in their classroom. They will never forget building a 6 foot tall working wind turbine alongside a college student. And they’ll forever remember the day they explored a 50 foot world map or played on a giant board game learning about natural resources. Experiences and projects like these change lives, thinking, and behavior.

Kids learn they are an active part of a much bigger picture and begin to connect with the world. Before our program when they open up their lunches they see an apple from the grocery store. Yet after, they see the farmer in Argentina who harvested that apple, the time and fossil fuels it took to get it to their table. Basic daily behaviors turn to social and science connections to the world and opportunities to make real change. Our students see the health, social and economic impacts of their choices and are inspired to do better for themselves and others. For Change is Simple, this is environmental education that is not about nature, biology or ecology; it's about people and community. Kids can literally change the world through simple actions- millions they will make throughout their lives if given the opportunity to experience our program. You can help them gain that experience. Please join us.


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Environmental Education
  2. Education -
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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)



Science of Sustainability Education (Gr 3-6 focus)

The Science of Sustainability program is an innovative approach to education that transforms classrooms into construction zones and ecosystems- students into engineers and scientists. SoS enables students to see science and sustainability as holistic, woven into every part of their lives, from the toys they use to the food they eat.

The SoS program consists of:

-16 units of sustainability education (4 units per year, scaffolded from grades 3-6)

-12+ hours of engagement per student annually

-Each unit consists of:

  • 60-minute hands-on lessons delivered by the CiS team (an environmental scientist and 2-3 college students)

  • Support and resources for classroom teachers (collection of lesson extensions, activities, and worksheets to be done in school and/or at home)

  • Student-led project with measurable outcomes
Budget  $175,000.00
Category  Environment, General/Other Environmental Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) Families
Program Short-Term Success 
Students who participate in Change is Simple programming will:
  • Understand product life cycles: students will be aware that the products in their daily lives (cell phones, books, clothing, etc.) come from natural resources and ultimately become waste. Students will realize the environmental and social impacts of that product.
  • Understand where and how their food is grown, inspiring them to choose healthy, local foods more often.
  • Limit screen and technology time.
  • Reduce waste (consume less ‘stuff’).
  • Improve math and science skills.
  • Improve problem solving skills.
  • Learn to work together.
  • Share their new knowledge with their family and inspire them to take action.
Program Long-Term Success  Create responsible, mindful citizens who do not see any separation between the health of our environment and the wellbeing of humans. Change is Simple aims to create a complete shift in mindset away from the consumerism and convenience-driven society in which we currently live.
Program Success Monitored By 
Post lesson projects for students
Post lesson teacher reviews
Pre and post lesson student assessments
Parent feedback
Student feedback
Examples of Program Success 
  • 100% of the classroom teachers with which we've worked would recommend Change is Simple to other schools.
  • "I feel that this program should be in all schools. Students need to know these concepts and hands-on activities need to be incorporated in their classrooms more. I love how math, science and all areas of the curriculum are provided throughout the lesson." -5th grade Woburn Public School Teacher
  • "Each time Change is Simple visits my sons school he is more empowered to make changes in our lives to help the planet. He has helped our family create less trash, lowered our electric bill, and is always bugging me about my shower time." -Parent of 4th grade Change is Simple student
  • "Change is Simple helped us turn 8 bags of trash into 2 every day in our lunchroom." -5th grade student
  • "The science and math games were fun! We love when you come. You make learning fun!" -4th grade student
  • "I wish more people knew about Change is Simple. I promise I will tell people about it!" -3rd grade student

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Patrick Belmonte, Co-Director: “This is about connecting kids and people to the planet and showing them how it is affecting human health NOW. We are trying to teach the next generation to not make the same mistakes we have. We cannot continue to live in a manner that assumes we have an unlimited amount of resources. This is about our health as a society, our kids and their kids. We can do better, we must."


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Lauren Wentworth Belmonte
CEO Term Start Jan 2011
CEO Email
CEO Experience Change is Simple was founded by an experienced, passionate environmental scientist. Lauren Belmonte brings a lifetime of environmental passion to Change is Simple, Inc. She remembers being inspired in elementary school about both humanitarian and environmental issues, and her passion for the two has never waned. Ms. Belmonte is a graduate of Merrimack College with a BS in Environmental Science. Lauren has over nine years in the environmental and sustainability field and over six years experience working with youth. From 2004-2006, she worked on a joint project between the MA Department of Environmental Management and the town of Reading, MA conducting watershed and water quality research. As an environmental consultant, Lauren assisted with environmental permitting, conducted wetland delineations and rare species habitat surveys, and worked on large renewable energy projects such as Cape Wind. Most recently as an Environmental Compliance and Sustainability Specialist, Lauren assisted with LEED construction projects, developed the state-wide recycling program for the Massachusetts Army National Guard, and handled much of the organization's environmental compliance, from air quality to storm water. Lauren is a Certified Sustainability Management Professional, Project Manager and is a member of the Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists.
Co-CEO Mr. Patrick Carmine Belmonte
Co-CEO Term Start Jan 2011
Co-CEO Email
Co-CEO Experience

Patrick earned his degree in Marketing/Communications from Western New England University. Upon graduation Patrick spent several years designing and coordinating children's programming. In this role he was able to master creating programs that effectively balance education and fun for children of all learning levels. Patrick started a small business shortly after college and worked in marketing at LEGO Corp., Mullen Advertising and Westport Communications before taking the leap into Change is Simple. Patrick has been the visionary behind the design of the Change is Simple curriculum, learning tools and strategy.

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Award Awarding Organization Year
Nonprofit of the Year Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce 2017
Outstanding Environmental Education Program with Proven Track Record of 5 or More Years Green Schools 2017
Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy & Environmental Education Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs 2014


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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Public School Districts:
Our primary partnerships are Beverly, Hamilton, Ipswich, Topsfield, Reading, Wenham, and Woburn Public Schools, where the Change is Simple curriculum is implemented within every elementary school.
Colleges & Universities:
The Change is Simple internship program includes partnerships with Endicott College, Gordon College, and Northeastern University. Undergraduate students work as assistant and lead educators, are positive role models in elementary classrooms, and increase capacity for the organization.
Other community organizations:
Additional collaborations include the North Shore YMCA, Beverly Recreation Department, Beverly Children's Learning Center and other after school programs, Shore Country Day, and Glen Urquart, all of which are expanding our programming beyond the classroom.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 4
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 8
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
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 Semi-Annually


Board Chair Mr. Christopher Dick
Board Chair Company Affiliation Ascent Venture Partners
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Dec 2017
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mrs. Amy Crafton Community Volunteer Voting
Ms. Julie DeSilva Cummings Voting
Mr. Alex Devereaux Fidelity Voting
Mr. Christopher Dick Ascent Venture Partners Voting
Mr. Richard Grandoni New England Biolabs Voting
Mrs. Jenny Knowles Community Volunteer Voting
Mr. Alex Lamb Ernst & Young 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
Mr. Don Bowen Meridian Associates NonVoting
Mrs. Marylou Clarke Retired NonVoting
Mr. Jim Farnham Airstream Integration NonVoting
Ms. Natasha Lamb Arjuna Capital NonVoting
Mr. Bill Mead Mead Design NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 70%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Advisory Board / Advisory Council
  • Education

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $290,500.00
Projected Expense $294,200.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990-EZ

2013 Form 990-N

2012 Form 990-N

2011 Form 990-N

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $215,905 $106,565 $85,857
Total Expenses $137,698 $99,691 $58,514

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- $43,133 $34,333
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $145,379 $19,913 $14,660
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $42,701 $27,298 $22,552
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $27,825 $16,221 $8,812
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- $5,500

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $102,380 $82,648 $50,646
Administration Expense $29,930 $9,913 $14,772
Fundraising Expense $5,388 $7,130 $1,596
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.57 1.07 1.47
Program Expense/Total Expenses 74% 83% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 3% 9% 3%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $128,418 $34,216 $28,243
Current Assets $128,418 $34,216 $28,243
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $128,418 $34,216 $28,243

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
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 No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 12.00

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 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990EZ for FY14 and per the organization for FY13 and FY12 (the years which the nonprofit filed a 990 Postcard or 990-N with the IRS). A breakout of foundation and corporation funding for FY14 was provided by the nonprofit, as well as a breakout of fundraising expenses.


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