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Foster Care Alumni of America: Massachusetts Chapter

 PO Box 540563
 Waltham, MA 02454
[P] (508) 263-0021
[F] --
http://www.fostercarealumni.org/massachusetts-chapter
[email protected]
Kristina Rodriguez
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INCORPORATED: 2004
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 76-0764462

LAST UPDATED: 02/18/2016
Organization DBA MA Chapter F.C.A.A. (Foster Care Alumni of America)
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the Massachusetts Chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America is to make the greatest impact possible for alumni by forging new pathways to opportunity through education, advocacy and access to resources.
 
Vision Statement
 
The vision of the Massachusetts Chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America is to equip alumni with the tools necessary to realize their dreams and to encourage, inspire, and support youth in care to be tomorrow's leaders; secure in themselves and the world around them.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Massachusetts Chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America is to make the greatest impact possible for alumni by forging new pathways to opportunity through education, advocacy and access to resources.
 
Vision Statement
 
The vision of the Massachusetts Chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America is to equip alumni with the tools necessary to realize their dreams and to encourage, inspire, and support youth in care to be tomorrow's leaders; secure in themselves and the world around them.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2012 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $2,867.00
Projected Expense $1,200.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • College Care Packages for Foster Youth
  • Conference-Workshop Scholarship
  • Sponsorship Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America Movement (REFCA)

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of the Massachusetts Chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America is to make the greatest impact possible for alumni by forging new pathways to opportunity through education, advocacy and access to resources.
 
Vision Statement
 
The vision of the Massachusetts Chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America is to equip alumni with the tools necessary to realize their dreams and to encourage, inspire, and support youth in care to be tomorrow's leaders; secure in themselves and the world around them.

Background Statement

 

The idea for Foster Care Alumni of America goes back to 1999 when Casey Family Programs began extensive interviews with more than 1,800 alumni of the foster care system from across the country for a research project called the National Alumni Study. As researchers talked with alumni, they heard over and over, “I want to do something to improve foster care. How can I get involved?”

Leaders from this alumni community began to meet one another and work together. From our first meetings, we found incredible strength in each other—a feeling of belonging and kinship that so many of us had grown up without ever knowing. We discovered that we share a culture—the culture of foster care—that gives us an understanding of each other across the ages, across geography, and across ethnicities. Our shared culture and experiences form the basis for a community of alumni with a common voice.

We also recognized that we brought passion, insight, and expertise that could only be gained by having lived in foster care. We found that alumni were working on behalf of people in and from foster care in various ways: Many were foster parents, kinship caregivers, and adoptive parents. Many were social workers, researchers, legal professionals, and advocates. Alumni were participating in foster care program development, legislative advocacy, training for care providers and professionals and speaking publicly about their experiences.

Soon alumni leaders proposed establishing an independent, non-profit, alumni-led organization, and in 2004 Casey Family Programs made a significant investment in the alumni movement by generously supporting the creation of Foster Care Alumni of America. FCAA has always been volunteer driven and alumni led. The majority of our board members and chapter leaders are alumni. In our first ten years, we have established chapters around the country and built our membership to harness the power of alumni and our allies to make a real difference for people in and from foster care. http://www.fostercarealumni.org/history



Impact Statement

1.) We raised $2,607 (including in-kind donations) for the "From Place to Place" movie and panel discussion event we held at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on April 25th 2012.150 people showed up, which included 26 Alumni.
 
2.)  We raised $260 (including in-kind donations) for our Annual Family Reunion held on May 19th. We had 24 attendees (including 8 Alumni).
 
3.) On June 26th we submitted our "Request for Information on Strategies for Improving Outcomes for Disconnected Youth" to the Department of Education in DC. The deadline was July 31st.
 
In regards to our goals for the current year, we are in the process of Strategic Planning so we will know the goals in the next few months. Our Board is also going to be attending Leadership Training through the Jericho Road Project starting January 22nd.

Needs Statement

Increase in Membership
Strategic Planning
Leadership Training
Recruitment of Alumni/Allies
More funding for Programs, Events, etc.

CEO Statement

FCAA is distinctive because we are the only national agency that is available to alumni of all ages. Members come to us throughout their life span for a variety of reasons, which includes seeking an extended family that they may not have due to being separated from their biological family, feeling connected to others who have a shared experience, giving back to their communities by lending their voices to make a change in the foster care system, providing informal mentoring and support to each other.
 
Our chapter structure provides members the ability to focus on those issues that are important in their communities, while having a national platform to raise awareness and educate others. Successful members are role models to others and provide hope and encouragement to others.
Although one of our primary goals is to ensure that young people who are preparing to leave the foster care system are physically and emotionally ready, we know that there are thousands of former alumni that are seeking connections with others who have their shared experiences.
 
Once one of these "older" alumni find us, they state that they are so happy that there is an organization like ours that can provide a place for them to come and feel accepted and understood. Our office received a call from a 66 year old woman (who we will call Susie) who found our information and spent over 1 hour telling her story. Susie stated that this was the first time since leaving foster care that she shared her story and she no longer felt alone or isolated. She cried and thanked us for listening to her.
 
Susie's story is not unique. We hear from alumni of all ages who have found us; however, that is one of our largest challenges. Finding and connecting with alumni from all ages who are not involved in the child welfare system. We do a great job of letting the local agencies know about us, but it is challenging to expand beyond our child welfare networks. To help, our national office will be launching a social media campaign in 2013 to reach those alumni who fall outside the child welfare system. ~ Adam Robe Former National CEO

Board Chair Statement

November 2015: I want to thank everyone for the great honor and responsibility of electing me to serve you as President of the FCAA MA Chapter for the next year. We face some big challenges, but we also have enormous energy and new ideas that will make this chapter better and better. As President, I want to help us tap into our positive insights and share them with others. I am not going to make specific promises, because we do not know what the future holds, but you can count on me giving this job all of the experience, knowledge and skills that I’ve got. I may make mistakes, but I will work hard to move us forward and ask you to join me in our important mission. We know we are stronger when we work together, which we – the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Education Chair, Secretary, allies and alumni – commit to doing, together. Financial stability and growth in membership will follow as it becomes clear to everyone just how valuable this Organization is. I am grateful for everyone in the MA Chapter for their confidence in me and for their commitment to our work. I look forward to working with all of you. ~ Alexis Rodriguez.
 

Geographic Area Served

STATEWIDE
All of Massachusetts. We have more members in the Boston area, but are looking to expand into the Worcester area and North of Boston. Then to other areas of the State.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Foster Care
  2. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Children's Rights
  3. Youth Development - Alliances & Advocacy

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

No

Programs

College Care Packages for Foster Youth

We have partnered with The Rise Above Foundation https://www.weriseabove.org since the fall of 2013. We have provided $20 Target Gift cards to 30 foster youth who are attending college. We also bought cards that we filled out with encouraging messages to include in the cards along with our business cards and contact info.
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Foster Care
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years) Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success  We have provided $20 Target Gift cards to 30 foster youth who are attending college. We also bought cards that we filled out with encouraging messages to include in the cards along with our business cards and contact info.
Program Long-Term Success  We want to expand this program to more members with an increase to the amount of the gifts that are given in the care packages.
Program Success Monitored By  We have been able to double the amount of gifts we were able to send out from 10 to 20 students.
Examples of Program Success  We do not have this data yet.

Conference-Workshop Scholarship

The MA Chapter F.C.A.A. (Foster Care Alumni of America) offers scholarships to current Alumni members or youth in care who otherwise might not be able to attend a Conference-Workshop. Awards are based on financial need. Scholarships are awarded to cover part or the entire base Conference-Workshop fee and do not include room and board, or transportation. They are awarded Semi-Annually (every six months) based on 10% of the MA Chapter Income. We will notify all applicants in advance of the partial or full scholarship award before the event. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex/gender, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, etc.
Budget  $5,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Foster Care
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated College Aged (18-26 years) Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success  We want to offer this benefit to all of our members that are eligible for it according to our guidelines.
Program Long-Term Success  We would like to offer educational scholarships to our members in the future. Only about 3% of former foster youth have a college degree.
Program Success Monitored By  This is a new program being offered and have only been able to offer it to 1 of our members because of the lack of funding we have.
Examples of Program Success  We have created guidelines for it and have been able to offer it to one of our members. We would like to expand it once we have more funding.

Sponsorship Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America Movement (REFCA)

The REFCA initiative is creating a national vision of child welfare that is broader than the issues of child abuse and neglect; a vision that clearly demonstrates child welfare can be a place where children receive what they need to lead happy and successful lives. http://refca.net/conference/sponsorship-1
Budget  $2,500.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Foster Care
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Adolescents Only (13-19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  We had enough money in our budget to Sponsor for $1,000 and also paid for 3 members to attend. 
Program Long-Term Success  We have attended the REFCA conference for the past 3 years. Starting in the Spring of 2014 we Sponsored the conference.   
Program Success Monitored By  We are getting more awareness out there about our MA Chapter and networking/collaborating with more agencies. We hope to gain more members because of this. 
Examples of Program Success  We do not have the data for this.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The child welfare community is continues to recognize the value of the alumni experience. FCAA's members are sought to share their expertise and experiences to help policy and lawmakers understand the unique needs of this population. Our organization was selected to help administer a national council of alumni to provide recommendations to the Administration of Children and Families. The recommendations of the council will help guide and support changes to the foster care system nationwide. Our members are sought as experts to speak to local foster care issues and to lend our voices for young people who are still in the foster care system. We are able to provide informal mentoring, support and encouragement to one another as we seek to overcome the challenges that alumni face after they leave foster care. ~  Adam Robe Former National CEO

Management


CEO/Executive Director President Alexis Rodriguez
CEO Term Start Nov 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

November 2015: I want to thank everyone for the great honor and responsibility of electing me to serve you as President of the FCAA MA Chapter for the next year. We face some big challenges, but we also have enormous energy and new ideas that will make this chapter better and better. As President, I want to help us tap into our positive insights and share them with others. I am not going to make specific promises, because we do not know what the future holds, but you can count on me giving this job all of the experience, knowledge and skills that I’ve got. I may make mistakes, but I will work hard to move us forward and ask you to join me in our important mission. We know we are stronger when we work together, which we – the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Education Chair, Secretary, allies and alumni – commit to doing, together. Financial stability and growth in membership will follow as it becomes clear to everyone just how valuable this Organization is. I am grateful for everyone in the MA Chapter for their confidence in me and for their commitment to our work. I look forward to working with all of you. ~ Alexis Rodriguez.

Co-CEO Vice President/Treasurer Kristina Rodriguez
Co-CEO Term Start Nov 2015
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience


Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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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

The MA Chapter is Collaborating with The Treehouse Foundation founded by Judy Cockerton who has also started the Re-envisioning Foster Care in America Initiative http://refca.net. and The Sibling Connections www.siblingconnections.org. Also with Cambridge Family & Children's Service (CFCS) http://www.helpfamilies.org, Rise Above https://www.weriseabove.org, The Jericho Road Project http://www.jerichoroadproject.org, A Home Within http://www.ahomewithin.org, Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy http://www.massteenpregnancy.org ("Girls in foster care are 2.5 times more likely to get pregnant than girls in general").
 
Our national organization collaborates with a number of different organizations, including Child Welfare League of America, FosterClub, National Foster Care Action Network, First Star, The Administration of Children and Family Services, just to name a few.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

All chapters are run by volunteer officers and they do not receive compensation for their work. They use many of the same documents that we use for our national organizational structure; however, they develop their own strategic plans and initiatives. These are based on our overall agency mission and specific community needs.

Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 6
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: 0
Other (if specified): 112 Members (Alumni & Allys) including volunteer staff
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 --
Management Succession Plan Under Development
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 --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

Governance


Board Chair President Alexis Rodriguez
Board Chair Company Affiliation FCAA
Board Chair Term Nov 2015 -
Board Co-Chair Vice President/Treasurer Kristina Rodriguez
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation FCAA
Board Co-Chair Term Nov 2015 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Membership Committee Jeanne Lynch FCAA Voting
Membership Committee Dave McNeil FCAA Voting
President Alexis Rodriguez FCAA Voting
Vice President/Treasurer Kristina Rodriguez FCAA Voting
Secretary Lisa Rodriguez FCAA Voting
Former Pres/VP/Treasurer Richard (RD) Rohnert FCAA Voting
Education Chair Edwyn (ED) Shoemaker FCAA Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 4
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 60%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Each chapter of FCAA has their own elected officers that oversee their operations, support and develop programs, and engage their local membership. FCAA National has a board of directors that provides governance to the entire organization, including approving chapter charters. The National Board has nine members, 4 females, 5 males, 2 African American members, 1 Native American, and six Caucasian members. Our National Board has the following committees; Executive, Governance, Community Outreach and Partnerships, Membership, and Marketing and Branding. The full board meets quarterly; however, committees meet monthly. The Board of Directors are located throughout the country and have a variety of work and life experiences. A majority of our Board of Directors are alumni of the foster care system.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2012 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $2,867.00
Projected Expense $1,200.00
Form 990s

2014 990

2013 990

2012 990

2011 990

2010 990

2009 990

Audit Documents

2012 Audited Financials

2011 Audited Financials

2010 Audited Financials

2009 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 $2,382 $4,299 $2,319
Total Expenses $2,522 $1,974 $491

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$2,106 $1,050 $600
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $106 $1,672 $1,601
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues $20 -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $150 $1,577 $118
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $2,522 $1,974 $491
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.94 2.18 4.72
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $0 $0 $0
Current Assets $0 $0 $0
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $0 $0 $0

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 N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities -- -- --

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We have lost major donor funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation at the National level, which has trickled down to all of the 19 Chapters. 

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization and reflects the Massachusetts Chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America.  Asset and liability data is reported on the national level only.
 
The IRS Form 990s and audit documents posted above reflect the national organization,  Foster Care Alumni of America.

Documents


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.

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