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Live, Learn, Act, Inc.

 8 Oneida Road
 Winchester, MA 01890
[P] (617) 3889881
[F] --
Stephanie Smith
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 45-1033598

LAST UPDATED: 04/02/2015
Organization DBA Live Learn Act
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

Live Learn Act's mission is to empower American students to learn and act globally: to become international citizens through education and relationship building with students in developing countries and to harness their potential to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children.

Mission Statement

Live Learn Act's mission is to empower American students to learn and act globally: to become international citizens through education and relationship building with students in developing countries and to harness their potential to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $24,000.00
Projected Expense $19,200.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Ambrose and Vinson-Owen Learning Centers
  • National Geographic Traveling Map
  • The Happiness Project -- Spring 2013

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Mission Statement

Live Learn Act's mission is to empower American students to learn and act globally: to become international citizens through education and relationship building with students in developing countries and to harness their potential to improve the lives of the world's most vulnerable children.

Background Statement

Founded in 2011, Live, Learn Act, Inc. is a Winchester, Massachusetts based 501(c)(3) organization focused on bringing global education into schools, starting at the kindergarten level.  As the global community has become more accessible and relevant in recent years due to technology and ease of travel, knowledge of and commitment to the global community has become a prerequisite for success for the current generation.  LLA works with schools interested in bringing a global perspective to their curriculum by establishing a group of parent volunteers within the school who work with principals and staff to implement LLA programs.  Upon its inception in 2011, LLA worked with one Winchester elementary school.  Currently, LLA has established relationships with three of the five Winchester elementary schools, is in discussions with the remaining two elementary schools to establish global programming, and has conducted projects with the middle and high school.  
LLA employs a three prong model to achieve its mission: connect, educate, give back.
1. Connect: LLA establishes a relationship between a US school and a partner school in a developing country. (Schools are chosen on the basis of existing involvement with a credible NGO that can ensure reliability and reciprocity of exchange). A cycle of exchange is established through photos, videos, letters, pictures, and songs between the two communities, allowing a mutual and tangible educational and cultural learning experience.
2. Educate: LLA works with US students to educate the student body about other countries, including the partner country. Education may come in the form of assisting a small group of students in making a media presentation to the larger student body about another culture, bringing a cultural performance to the student body, renting a National Geographic Giant Traveling map for a week, or any other creative and participatory activity generated by school staff or parent volunteers .
3. Give Back: LLA firmly believes that children of any age can be empowered to give back and thereby develop a lifelong commitment to philanthropy. Students are directly engaged in a fundraising activity to support their sister school, such as a flower drive for Staff Appreciation Week, a student art show, a read-a-thon etc. The focus of the fundraising effort is not on the scope of funds raised, but rather on harnessing maximum participation and enthusiasm from the students. LLA believes that in order to invest children in the process of giving back, they need to be able to tangibly appreciate the effects of their efforts on vulnerable communities. 
By connecting, educating and motivating students to give back, LLA helps students realize their roles and responsibilities as true global citizens.

Impact Statement

1. LLA established two sister schools in rural India for two local elementary schools.  This model is a win-win for both communities: the sister schools act as vehicle to teach American students about another culture while the sister school benefits from the philanthropic outreach of our students. 
2. LLA initiated a broad array of global education project in schools, including (a) working with elementary school students to educate their greater student body through all school assembly presentations; (b) facilitating experiential global learning seminars with the National Geographic Giant Traveling Map of Asia for every class in two elementary schools (approximately 900 students); and (c) establishing an exchange of letters, photographs and video between Winchester schools and schools in rural India and South Africa. 
3. LLA worked with community organizations on the following projects: letter writing campaign with Daisy and Brownie troops to the sister schools; lecture on water scarcity at Boston University; quilt project with local book illustrator and elementary school children.
4. One of the greatest indicators of our success is the self-initiated actions taken by elementary students to support their sister school in India.  Students donated proceeds from a road race, lemonade stand sales, and birthday gift contributions to their peers abroad.  While their actions may be small, it reflected the full cycle of LLA's mission.
5. Over the past year, successful programming has yielded a significant increase in the membership base and donor support. LLA has benefitted from corporate support from local businesses, the Winchester Rotary Club, the Ambrose Fifth Grade Council, and numerous in kind donations and gifts.
LLA goals for 2013 include:
1. Create additional local and global programming;
2. Develop organizational infrastructure;
3. Enhance  marketing campaign including PR, social media and website development;
4. Explore opportunities for additional grants.

Needs Statement


1. Global learning through experiential educational opportunities beyond the classroom:  The Happiness Project ($1,000), The National Geographic Traveling Map ($1,200), The Fifth Grade Teambuilding Activity ($12,500), Sister School Program ($5,000), Speaker Fees ($5,000), Performance Fees ($5,000), and Professional Development for teachers ($2,000).  

2. Operational expenses including liability insurance (currently investigating costs), office supplies ($500), part-time employee salary ($11,700).

3. Marketing/PR: website development and maintenance, development of social media, printing of marketing materials ($3,500).

4. Annual site visits to LLA partner schools to monitor and facilitate programming ($10,000).

5. Development of organizational infrastructure and definition of short and long term growth plans.


CEO Statement

There are a number of global exchange organizations in existence that focus on service learning for high schoolers.  LLA is unique in its focus on global programming for students in elementary school settings. LLA believes that by igniting a passion for global learning in the formative years, children will develop a sustained and lifelong commitment to their global community. 
LLA is further set apart from other organizations by its direct partnerships with schools.  Given the time and curriculum pressures faced by teachers, LLA has created a model of working through specialists, student groups (such as student councils), all school forums and special events, thus instilling globalism into a school culture without overburdening teachers.  This model is sustainable and successful and has led to numerous partnerships with local schools.

Board Chair Statement

Growing up in apartheid era SouthAfrica in the 1980's, my childhood was marked by segregation and international isolation as a result of sanctions. As a high schooler immigrating to California in the 1980's, I was plunged into a world of different races and philosophies. This profound experience challenged my most fundamental values, taught me to consider different perspectives, and acted as a catalyst for tremendous personal growth. Most significantly, it instilled a lifelong passion for discovering other cultures and countries through extensive international travel and volunteer work. My experience, however, is not unique to the members of LLA, all of whom either grew up in different countries or whose spouse hails from another country. What unites the members of LLA is their firm commitment to sharing with current and future generations the opportunity to discover the rich rewards and opportunities of being a true global citizen.

As a non-profit in its infancy, Live Learn Act has been extremely effective in establishing partnerships with schools, garnering support from corporate donors, generating a committed membership base, and delivering quality global programming to local schools, all with extremely limited funds and manpower.  LLA is now poised to capitalize on its success by expanding the scale and scope of its programming to deliver more creative, impactful programs to a wider audience, should the funds become available.  However, LLA faces the considerable challenge of balancing the development of inspiring, experiential global programming with the pressures to fundraise in support of these programs.  In order to meet the increasing financial needs, LLA will be focusing on grant writing in 2013.  LLA will also focus on increasing staff to support its broader programming by:
(1) continuing to work within schools to cultivate a committed group of parent volunteers;
(2) recruit volunteer interns; and
(3) hire a part-time employee if funds permit in the long term.

Geographic Area Served


Live Learn Act currently serves Winchester, Massachusetts, but seeks to expand to the Greater Boston area if the requisite financial support is obtained.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Primary & Elementary Schools
  2. International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security - Promotion of International Understanding
  3. Philanthropy,Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations - Fund Raising & Fund Distribution

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



Ambrose and Vinson-Owen Learning Centers

In 2011 and 2012, LLA established the Ambrose and Vinson Owen Learning Centers in partnership with local elementary schools in Winchester.  Each learning center, located in rural India, educates girls ages 5-12.  Without the centers, these girls would not be attending school.  Instead they would spend their time tending to farm animals, doing domestic chores and caring for younger siblings.  
The village schools serve as a vehicle to connect our children globally and teach them about a culture not part of the standard curriculum.   Our students have benefited from letter and video exchange, school assemblies and classroom teaching.   The learning centers provide both communities with opportunities to learn.
Budget  $5,000
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  During the academic year, 500 students at Ambrose and 300 students at Vinson-Owen will be touched by the learning centers through school assemblies, classroom learning, exchange of letters and video, and education about India.  The girls in the centers in India have the benefit of going to school in their village, close to home.  $2,000 is the total operating cost of each center include teacher salary, curriculum materials, trainings and materials.  The learning centers are a win-win and serve as a bridge between two very different cultures which may not otherwise be in contact. 
Program Long-Term Success  It is our hope that we will establish an endowment for each school, so that over time teachers and students could visit the centers, e.g. community service programs.  Students would benefit greatly from experiential learning while teachers would be able to enhance classroom learning with global experiences.
Program Success Monitored By 
Local children, parents, teacher and staff report on the success of the program. Anecdotal feedback, plus initiatives led by the students themselves fulfills our mission. LLA further measures success by guaging the self-initiated community global actions that stem from its programs, such as:
- an elementary student asked friends to donate to the Indian sister school in lieu of birthday gifts;
- a local Brownie troop raised money for a learning center;
-a music teacher taught Indian songs to students; and
- other schools have contacted LLA to establish a global connection after learning of LLA's programming;
In India, IIMPACT (on-the-ground NGO), does academic accounting.  Results on standardized tests that are used in government schools track the progress of the girls.  Plus, IIMPACT audits each center to ensure schools are properly functioning. 
Examples of Program Success 


"[LLA is] focused on redeeming the lives of Indian children and in the process [is] sustaining the lives of American schoolchildren. Children are so impressionable. The early years capture committed recruits." -Lois Goddard, educator

"We are proud of our children's book but perhaps even more proud of the fact that it's a great example of taking a risk to try something new, creative collaboration, and making an idea come to life ... It is exciting to support another group of women [LLA] who had an idea, collaborated, and made their idea come to 'life.'" –Illustrator, "And the Mockingbird Sang"

"Thank you so much for generously welcoming me into your community ... to share my passion for global education and the work you are doing for Live Learn Act." -Julia de la Torre, Executive Director, Primary Source

"The fortunate girls at your school in India will now have a hugely positive change in their lives, thanks to you." –Author, "And the Mockingbird Sang"

National Geographic Traveling Map

LLA facilitates educational programming with the National Geographic Giant Traveling Map at local elementary schools.   This giant floor map travels with a trunk containing a dynamic global curriculum that engages students in experiential learning activities.  Learning comes alive as children take off their shoes and socks and discover their globe.  
Budget  $1,200
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Facilitation of the National Geographic Traveling Map exposes every student and staff member within a school community to a wide spectrum of experiential global learning opportunities.  The program has the potential to reach approximately 2,000 Winchester elementary school students in 2013.
Program Long-Term Success  The National Geographic Giant Traveling Map piques students' interest in global issues by delivering an extensive curriculum of age-appropriate programs devised by National Geographic in a fun and interactive way.  Global knowledge is a prerequisite for future success in today's world and the geographic and cultural knowledge gained through these activities is an investment in the students' future.  Furthermore, LLA aims to instill a lifelong commitment to the global community by harnessing their enthusiasm and interest at a young age.  Long term success will be guaged by level of participation in global programs in upper grades.
Program Success Monitored By  The success of the program is monitored by feedback from the school community and parent volunteers.  
Examples of Program Success 
"I loved to take my shoes off and feel my way around the world with my students. It was so great to see them  interacting as a team to solve different challenges about Asia.  It was amazing." 
- Anne Brown, educator
"You're doing excellent work and I subscribe to the belief that each child should be taught that the world is larger than their backyard.  I am proud to be associated with Live Learn Act."
- Caroline Kinsbourne, parent

The Happiness Project -- Spring 2013

This year we would like to undertake a new connection project we are calling the Happiness Project as it centers on developing an understanding of a basic but universal question: What makes you happy?  Our hope is in sharing answers to this question, we can both deepen the connections between our students and peers abroad, while also broadening knowledge of the world through connections with classrooms in other parts of world.
Budget  $1000
Category  Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served US& International
Program Short-Term Success 
In the short-term we aim to have 3 out of 5 of our local elementary schools participate, and 6 global elementary schools participate.  The schools will compile lists of the top 10 answers to the question, what makes you happy?
The lists would be accompanied by illustrations so that despite language barriers among the children, the results may be shared. 
Program Long-Term Success  We hope the children on both sides of the globe learn from examples of happiness, such as  playing outside during monsoon or sharing a family meal.  This exchange of information is just the tip of the learning that will follow.  Teachers can use the Happiness Project in many ways and mediums, including art, poetry, music, and movement.
Program Success Monitored By  Success would be measured by: timely responses from participating countries, answers from the project shared with students, and feedback from teachers and students.
Examples of Program Success  The ultimate indication of our success would be measured by the momentum gained from this project, e.g. more interested schools, program expanded, teachers incorporate project in their classroom curriculum.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms Nicole Belchers Henning
CEO Term Start Oct 2011
CEO Email
CEO Experience We currently have a board president not a CEO.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Award Awarding Organization Year
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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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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We are in the process of securing insurance.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 50
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): India
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 No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


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


Board Chair Ms Nicole Belchers Henning
Board Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer
Board Chair Term Mar 2012 - Mar 2013
Board Co-Chair Ms Stephanie Ellen Smith
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr Matthew Walter Henning Morrison Mahoney NonVoting
Ms Nicole Belchers Henning community volunteer Voting
Mr Shyamal Atmaram Jajodia LSI Consulting Voting
Ms Stephanie Ellen Smith community volunteer Voting
Ms Annamaria Wessels John Moriarty & Associates Voting
Ms Tamara Jeanne Wickramasinghe Creative Realities Voting

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Board Demographics

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

Board Information

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

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Goal to develop standing committees.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

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Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013
Projected Income $24,000.00
Projected Expense $19,200.00
Form 990s

2012 990

2011 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2012 -- --
Total Revenue $12,724 -- --
Total Expenses $8,336 -- --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

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Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 -- --
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Individual Contributions $3,732 -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $8,992 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

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Program Expense $8,336 -- --
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.53 -- --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% -- --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% -- --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

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Total Assets $9,847 -- --
Current Assets $9,847 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $0 -- --
Total Net Assets $9,847 -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
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 N/A
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

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Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf -- --

Long Term Solvency

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Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% -- --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

This nonprofit recently received its nonprofit status in October 2011. The 990EZ for 2011 is available to review, but does not appear in the charts and graphs above as it covers 8 months only. Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the IRS Form 990EZ for 2012, covering Jan. 1, 2012 - Dec. 31, 2012. Please note the program expense total reflects total expenses indicated on line 17, page 1 of the Form 990.


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