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CACHE in Medford Inc. (The Coalition for Arts, Culture, and a Healthy Economy)

 One Shipyard Way, #204
 Medford, MA 02155
[P] (781) 3934950
[F] --
Laurel Siegel
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EIN 45-2447946

LAST UPDATED: 05/30/2018
Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

CACHE in Medford, Inc. is a non-profit organization made up of a coalition of over 20 different cultural institutions in Medford. Formed in 2011, CACHE collectively advocates for the arts in Medford and strives to make our community a more vibrant place through events, projects, and collaborations with local businesses. 

Mission Statement

CACHE in Medford, Inc. is a non-profit organization made up of a coalition of over 20 different cultural institutions in Medford. Formed in 2011, CACHE collectively advocates for the arts in Medford and strives to make our community a more vibrant place through events, projects, and collaborations with local businesses. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $29,700.00
Projected Expense $29,700.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Arts Across Medford
  • Circle the Square
  • Mystic River Celebration

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Mission Statement

CACHE in Medford, Inc. is a non-profit organization made up of a coalition of over 20 different cultural institutions in Medford. Formed in 2011, CACHE collectively advocates for the arts in Medford and strives to make our community a more vibrant place through events, projects, and collaborations with local businesses. 

Background Statement

In 2009, three Medford-based cultural nonprofits gathered to discuss concerns about and a vision for the arts community in Medford. As the voices around the table grew in number over time, it became clear that Medford needed an organization that united cultural nonprofits to collectively advocate for and bring visibility to the growing arts and culture scene.

In 2011, CACHE was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and launched immediately into developing free community programs built upon strong relationships with CACHE’s 20 member organizations, local businesses, and a wide range of talented local artists and musicians. Over the next few years, Arts Across Medford, the Mystic River Celebration, and Circle the Square put CACHE on the map, and provided the community with free outdoor programming that promoted the variety of artistic, cultural and historical resources in Medford.  CACHE’s programs currently served an audience of over 5,000 people each year.

Impact Statement

CACHE has established 3 successful ongoing programs: (1) Circle the Square, a summer street festival series in Medford's downtown, aimed at highlighting the many arts and culture resources in Medford, as well as encouraging patronage of our local businesses; (2) Mystic River Celebration at the Condon Shell along the Mystic River each September, Medford's largest arts festival, featuring live music and dance performances, art installations, interactive art projects, arts vendors, and booths for local non-profit organizations; and (3) Arts Across Medford, a curated series of events throughout the month of October organized with local arts and culture organizations around a central theme.  Themes in recent years have included "Transformation" and "Connections."   

Needs Statement

In 2015 we developed a Strategic Plan for CACHE, and that plan established three primary needs for CACHE: (1) Achieving financial stability through consistent, long-term financial commitments including grants, sponsorships, city investment in the arts, and other sources; (2) building a sustainable, knowledgeable, diverse core of board members, staff and volunteers to enable us to do the work needed to achieve our goals; and (3) continuing to build collaboration with and among our member organizations, local businesses, and the city to advance arts and culture in the City of Medford.  We presently rely primarily on volunteers to coordinate our five major festivals each year.  It is challenging to sustain volunteer commitments on such a large scale, and by increasing our funding we hope to hire one or more staff people to ensure our capacity to run these programs. 

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Geographic Area Served

We serve the City of Medford and surrounding communities (Somerville, Arlington, Malden, Winchester, Melrose).

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts & Culture
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Economic Development
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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)



Arts Across Medford

Arts Across Medford is a month-long celebration of the arts in Medford each October featuring more than 15 events curated by CACHE, and unified by a common theme, in conjunction with local arts and culture organizations. Events include musical, theater and dance performances, art exhibits, historic talks, and hands-on making classes, and more.
Budget  2,750
Category  Community Development, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  The primary purpose of Arts Across Medford is to highlight the cultural nonprofits and artists at work in Medford in an easy-to-access, month-long celebration open to all. In 2017,more than 15 differentorganizations were involved in presenting programs for Arts Across Medford. Annual themes have included "Connections", "Transformation", and "Roots".
Program Long-Term Success 
As more residents move to Medford, it becomes increasingly important to promote the on-going arts and cultural scene to draw in these new audiences at the benefit of both the residents as well as the cultural entities that exist here.
In addition, Medford is extremely diverse, and CACHE commits to substantial outreach efforts to culturally specific, economically disadvantaged, senior, and disabled communities. It is essential that CACHE foster strong relationships with ambassadors at culturally specific houses of worship, cultural centers, schools, low-income and senior housing authorities, senior centers, and centers that provide services to individuals with intellectual disabilities. CACHE is partnering with other organizations who strive to achieve the same goal, particularly the City of Medford, whose Office of Human Diversity and Outreach is leading the way in identifying key leaders in various communities to engage them in services and community programs.
The majority of the events comprising Arts Across Medford are free, ensuring that all members of our community have access to the arts.
Program Success Monitored By  Each year, we strive to increase attendance at the individual events that comprise Arts Across Medford, which we track through head counts at the events.
We also seek feedback from the participating organizations, both prior to the program by asking for input on the choice of annual theme unifying the program and marketing strategies for the program, and after the event to gauge the success of each individual program in reaching its target audience.
Examples of Program Success 
Increased attendance at individual Arts Across Medford events, demonstrated by our head counts at events.
Inclusion of a more diverse range of organizations offering events as part of the program, representing a variety of ethnicities, ages and abilities.  
Anecdotal evidence of increased awareness of CACHE and other arts and cultural institutions in Medford which we have gathered through our presence at other events in Medford, as well as acknowledgement of CACHE and its programs by our city's elected officials. 

Circle the Square

Circle the Square is a free downtown street festival that takes place in Medford Square on the third Thursday of the summer months. The festival connects Medford residents with their community through site-specific activities and arts programming, and introduces citizens to Medford's many cultural resources and local businesses. With over 2,000 visitors each summer, this event draws residents of all ages and diverse backgrounds to take part in free entertainment in a business district that for many years has struggled with patronage.
Budget  $11,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  Circle the Square brings the community together to entertain and educate the public, and to highlight our local arts and culture resources, as well as our local businesses. Our events also provide a venue for local non-profit organizations to interact with the public. There are currently no other similar programs in Medford. Circle the Square is also one of the few opportunities for local emerging artists and performers to show their work in a festive community setting, and this program directly support the arts community, with more than 50% of our budget going to pay local artists and performers. Community input surveys have indicated that the Medford public is eager for opportunities for all ages to get out and explore the community.
Program Long-Term Success  Through Circle the Square, we seek to increase awareness of the many arts, culture and historic resources we have in Medford.  In addition, we aim to increase patronage of our local businesses in Medford Square, a commercial area which has struggled to compete with newer local developments such as Stations Landing and Assembly Square.
Program Success Monitored By  At each event, we take periodic head counts at our primary venues to help us gauge attendance.  We also ask attendees to take a brief survey to learn which performances, activities and businesses they are engaging with.  In addition, we send surveys to our participating businesses and organizations to gather information about the success of the program for them and suggestions for how we might improve the programs. Similarly, we periodically conduct online community surveys to give the public an opportunity to comment on our programs and what they would like to see in the future.
Examples of Program Success  Circle the Square has had a direct impact on funding for the arts in Medford.  Prior to 2013, the City of Medford had no line-item for arts funding in its budget.  Citing Circle the Square specifically as the type of program that benefits our city, in 2013 two of our City Council members asked our Mayor to establish a line item to provide funding to the Medford Arts Council (the local granting authority under the Massachusetts Cultural Council), which in turn provides funding for Circle the Square.  The Mayor responded and set $12,000 for funding that year.  That line item has since increased to $30,000, which, combined with the state funds from the MCC, has more than doubled the funds available to the Medford Arts Council for granting each year.  In addition, local businesses participating in Circle the Square programs have reported that they have seen increases in their profits as a result of our programs.

Mystic River Celebration

The Mystic River Celebration is Medford's largest arts festival, and through this program CACHE seeks to educate the community about the extraordinary breadth of talent in Medford, including musicians, artisan vendors, public artists, creative businesses, and cultural institutions. Medford is situated next to the highly attractive and culturally active city of Somerville and is only 5 miles from Boston, and thus Medford is frequently overlooked as a destination for cultural activities and programs. The festival seeks to illuminate Medford’s cultural community to new and existing residents of Medford and surrounding communities. All cultural and educational institutions in Medford are invited to promote their programs and services by having a presence and producing activities that engage the event attendees. This goal to highlight the creative community in Medford – most specifically the cultural institutions - is at the core of CACHE’s mission, including institutions such as the Chevalier Theatre, the Medford Arts Council, Royall House and Slave Quarters, and other organizations which are looking to increase their audience and awareness in the community. The festival also features live music and dance performances, and includes artist vendors, food vendors, art installations, and interactive community art projects.
Budget  8,000
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success  In 2015, CACHE underwent a comprehensive strategic planning process with the goal of evaluating our current programs and planning for the next three years of operations. Through this process we interviewed key stakeholders, including representatives of CACHE’s member organizations; business leaders; city politicians; and individual artists, to collect input about CACHE’s overall mission and its core programs. These interviews indicated substantial support for the festival and a desire for it to continue. Separately, the Medford Arts Council conducted a community survey in 2015 and shared information with CACHE. That survey indicated 60% of respondents wanted to see more festivals in Medford, and the Mystic River Celebration was listed among the top 5 favored events in Medford.   
Program Long-Term Success  Medford’s population is constantly expanding as families and individuals relocate from Boston, Somerville, and surrounding regions to the more affordable and conveniently located city. CACHE is particularly interested in attracting this newly transplanted population, as it is these individuals who may be most likely to patronize a new organization or program that they learned about at the festival. Additionally, reports have concluded that new generations of families seek connectivity with their community, and settle in towns in which they feel invested and attached. The Mystic River Celebration responds directly to this desire and aims to provide these residents with a sense of place and a connectivity they may not otherwise experience. Many of the festival activities are targeted at children, but the high quality of live music and wide range of eclectic artist vendors are designed to attract and entertain a wide-range of adults with various interests and aesthetics.  One of CACHE’s missions as an organization is to debunk the myth that there is “nothing to do in Medford” and discourage the tendency for Medford to be treated as a bedroom community that serves only as a place to reside, while residents seek entertainment and dining elsewhere. The festival provides a one-stop shop to these individuals and informs them about the wide range of events and cultural resources in Medford. Live concerts, coveted museums, music and dance classes, poetry readings, and theatrical performances are right at the community’s fingertips if they simply know where to start, and the festival provides an important in-road to making these connections. As a result, the participating cultural organizations greatly benefit from the event in that it provides them with a free venue at which to attract new audiences. The event also gives local artists and artisans an opportunity to introduce their work to the community. 
Program Success Monitored By  Upon completion of the festival each year, a survey has been distributed to all organizations and vendors who participate asking for their input on the success of the event, and suggestions for improvements. As noted above, we have also surveyed key stakeholders in the community to collect input on the program.  In addition, we periodically distribute community surveys online to gain information from the general local population.
Examples of Program Success  2017 was our 7th season of hosting the Mystic River Celebration, and this year we had more artist vendors and more community organizations than in any prior year.  The facts that our community is specifically calling for programs like the Mystic River Celebration, and that artists, organizations and performers are now approaching us to be a part of this event, rather than our having to solicit participation, demonstrate the reach of the program and the role it is fulfilling in the community.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Laurel Siegel
CEO Term Start May 2015
CEO Email
CEO Experience Ms. Siegel has served on the Board of Directors of CACHE since 2012, and as President of CACHE since 2015. She has also been Chair of their summer festival series, Circle the Square, since 2013. In addition, Ms. Siegel serves on the Board of Directors of the ArtsAlive Medford Foundation, a local private foundation providing financial support to arts and culture programming in Medford, and on the Board of Directors of the Medford Community Coalition, a non-profit organization aimed at maintaining a thriving community in Medford through beautification and clean-up of the City, fostering community development, encouraging community engagement, and supporting arts and cultural activities. Ms. Siegel has practice law since 1995 and is the managing member of Law Offices of Laurel H. Siegel, LLC. She is an active member of the Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts, serving on its Legislative Committee, and has also served as Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Property Law Section Council and as Co-Chair of the MBA's Joint Foreclosure Legislative Task Force. She is also a Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
May Marquebreuck 2011 May 2015

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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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
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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CACHE collaborates with its member organizations, other local non-profit and community organizations, artists and performers, local businesses and the City of Medford.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 15
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
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 No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration Yes

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. Laurel Siegel
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Board Chair Term May 2015 - May 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Debbie Corleto Instructor, Paint Nites; Retired Medford Public School Art Teacher Voting
May Marquebreuck Retired Voting
Jack McGoldrick Owner, McGoldrick Marketing Voting
Dee Morris Community Historian, Historic Connections Voting
Louise Musto-Choate Owner, DesignInMind Jewelry Voting
Laura Olifiers Public Relations Manager, Re/Max Andrew Realty Voting
Cheryl Pendenza Realtor, Re/Max Andrew Realty Voting
Shruti Saraf Board Member Voting
Charlotte Scuderi Real Estate Broker, Re/Max Andrew Realty Voting
Laurel Siegel Owner/Attorney, Law Offices of Laurel H. Siegel, LLC Voting
Cytnthia Watson Community Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 10
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 50%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Board members have staggered terms, with half of the board having a term of 1 year and half of the board having a term of 2 years.  There are no term limits for board members or officers.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $29,700.00
Projected Expense $29,700.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $31,470 $38,526 $30,741
Total Expenses $16,742 $26,488 $27,311

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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Individual Contributions $28,523 $36,975 $29,096
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $819 $775 $1,071
Investment Income, Net of Losses $13 $11 $14
Membership Dues $758 $765 $560
Special Events $1,357 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $12,665 $17,986 $18,077
Administration Expense $4,077 $8,227 $8,974
Fundraising Expense -- $275 $260
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.88 1.45 1.13
Program Expense/Total Expenses 76% 68% 66%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 1% 1%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $71,925 $52,197 $45,149
Current Assets $71,925 $52,197 $45,149
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $71,925 $52,197 $45,149

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
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 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s, with administrative and fundraising expense breakouts per the Form PC on file with the state of MA for FY16 and FY15. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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