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Mill City Grows Inc.

 PO Box 7133
 Lowell, MA 01852
[P] (978) 4552620
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[email protected]
Lydia Sisson
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EIN 47-2096070

LAST UPDATED: 09/08/2016
Organization DBA MCG
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No


Mission StatementMORE »

Mill City Grows (MCG) has been working in innovative ways to combat food injustice in Lowell, Massachusetts since 2011. Our mission is to improve physical health, economic independence and environmental sustainability in Lowell through increased access to land, locally-grown food and education. We have pursued this mission through implementing the following strategies and program elements: education both in and out of schools, supporting community leadership through community gardens, implementing a mobile market, and empowering people to produce their own food.

MCG’s two main program areas are Food Access and Food Education. Our work in Food Justice is rooted in the idea that a well-educated community will make healthier choices. MCG’s programs are consistent with our vision of a food just Lowell, where residents actively participate in the food system.

Mission Statement

Mill City Grows (MCG) has been working in innovative ways to combat food injustice in Lowell, Massachusetts since 2011. Our mission is to improve physical health, economic independence and environmental sustainability in Lowell through increased access to land, locally-grown food and education. We have pursued this mission through implementing the following strategies and program elements: education both in and out of schools, supporting community leadership through community gardens, implementing a mobile market, and empowering people to produce their own food.

MCG’s two main program areas are Food Access and Food Education. Our work in Food Justice is rooted in the idea that a well-educated community will make healthier choices. MCG’s programs are consistent with our vision of a food just Lowell, where residents actively participate in the food system.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $775,654.00
Projected Expense $638,654.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Food Access Programs
  • Food Education Programs

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Mission Statement

Mill City Grows (MCG) has been working in innovative ways to combat food injustice in Lowell, Massachusetts since 2011. Our mission is to improve physical health, economic independence and environmental sustainability in Lowell through increased access to land, locally-grown food and education. We have pursued this mission through implementing the following strategies and program elements: education both in and out of schools, supporting community leadership through community gardens, implementing a mobile market, and empowering people to produce their own food.

MCG’s two main program areas are Food Access and Food Education. Our work in Food Justice is rooted in the idea that a well-educated community will make healthier choices. MCG’s programs are consistent with our vision of a food just Lowell, where residents actively participate in the food system.

Background Statement

In 2011, the Back Central Neighborhood Group, a diverse group of residents in Lowell, MA, began working with the City of Lowell to revitalize their neighborhood through the City Manager’s Neighborhood Impact Initiative.  Neighborhood residents were concerned about Rotary Club Park, a site that had become an eyesore in the community and a place of violent criminal activity. The neighborhood wanted to put in a community garden, but they lacked the expertise and resources. MCG founders were approached by the City of Lowell to consult on this possible community garden. After working with the City to assess and design the site, Ms. Slater and Ms. Sisson proposed to the City that they coordinate and run programming off of the site, and Mill City Grows was born! What is now the Rotary Club Park Community Garden is the first community garden established under Lowell Department of Planning and Development’s recently released Community Garden Program. The city’s first official community garden has successfully changed the character of Rotary Club Park, and has improved the neighboring residents’ quality of life.  MCG sees huge potential in vacant and abandoned areas like Rotary Club Park, and seeks to transform Lowell one plot at a time.
As MCG grew, we created two main focus areas in our work- Food Access and Food Education, each of our programs works to create a more food just community where residents can be empowered to grow, purchase, and/or eat healthy, locally grown food.


As of 2016, Mill City Grows operates 5 community gardens with over 160 beds, 11 school gardens serving 2,000+ students, a Mobile Market with 5,000 annual transactions, a 4 acre Urban Far producing 20,000 pounds of food each year, and a robust volunteer network with hundreds participating in the growing cycle each year.

Impact Statement

Mill City Grows (MCG) was founded in response to Lowell residents' desire for urban food production and education. As we have grown, we have seen demand for our services grow rapidly in neighborhoods, schools, and with other non-profit collaborators. We have found that access to healthy food and space to grow it is a welcome and useful addition to almost any living or learning area.

Our top accomplishments from recent years include:

1) Creating Lowell’s first and only Mobile Market, serving over 5,000 customers, delivering healthy, local produce to residents, regardless of income level.

2) Interacting with over 9,000 Lowell residents through our food education and access programs, including our 5 community gardens, school based programs, and our new Farm to Table family cooking classes.

3) Hiring 16 staff including program managers, as well as finance, development and administrative support staff.

4) Becoming a Social Innovator in 2014 with the Social Innovation Forum and building our program model with a team of talented consultants

5) In three years building gardens in half of Lowell Public Schools while providing in school and after school food and garden based education

In the coming year, our goals include:

1) Expanding our community and education programs by building 3-4 new gardens and engaging 2,000+ new individuals

2) Improving our Mobile Market to include fresh meats, dairy, and value added products for our customers to make the market a truly one stop shop.

3) Building a cash reserve to ensure sustainability of our programs into the future.

Needs Statement

As a relatively new initiative, and the only food access/education program in Lowell, Mill City Grows currently has more requests and community need than we have the capacity. We need to expand our staff and expand our volunteer network and to partner with more organizations, individuals, and groups. Below are some of our most pressing needs.

1. Full-time Director of Finance who can oversee fiscal management of all aspects of our growing non-profit, including managing finances for our grants and social enterprise. $60,000

2. Evaluation Manager to work with program staff to ensure data is being collected, and to use data to analyze our program impact and areas where we can improve. $45,000

3. Full-time staff Farmer to manage our 4 acres of Urban Farm land, and ensure year round production to produce stock for sale through our Mobile Market and indoor winter market. $50,000

4. Office space to house our growing staff, including indoor and outdoor classroom space for our various programs. $250,000

5. Database development to upgrade our tracking for programmatic data and fundraising data $12,000

CEO Statement

Mill City Grows was founded over years of kitchen table talk about our love for our community, Lowell, and our commitment to food justice. We (Francey and Lydia) spent years commuting out of Lowell to do our farming and food education work elsewhere, until the timing was just too perfect and we decided to act on our beliefs and dreams and spark the food justice movement in Lowell. Our first year in operation was incredible as we realized the great need for our programs and services while making great strides in creating programming that has real impact in the community.

Mill City Grows is a unique initiative that brings transformative change to the city of Lowell through the creation of urban food production sites and education programs that teach and empower residents to become agents of change and leaders in the local food movement.

In our first community garden in Lowell's Back Central neighborhood, we were witness to an incredible movement as residents came together and took pride and ownership of a previously dilapidated and neglected park that had become an eyesore and a stain on the neighborhood. Gardeners who did not share the same language or culture came together and shared a space, plants, and a common goal. We constantly say that food is the tool for creating lasting change in our community and are consistently blown away by the way food brings people together and breaks down barriers.

We are very proud that our program has helped hundreds of residents – some of Lowell’s most vulnerable – to empower themselves. In our first garden there were seven languages spoken and some of our gardeners were refugees from Burma and Bhutan. Initially we had difficulty recruiting Burmese gardeners and only had three families from Burma in our first garden, many of the leaders in the Burmese community cited that families were on federal food assistance and didn't need to grow food. These three Burmese gardeners shared their harvest with their community and grew crops that they couldn't access here in Lowell. Members of the Burmese community were blown away by how good the vegetables from the garden tasted. In our second season we had over 30 Burmese residents sign up for garden plots! They are empowered to provide food for their families and to preserve their cultural foods.

Board Chair Statement

I love Lowell and care deeply about this very diverse community, and understand that having a healthy community is a necessity. My fellow board members and I spend evenings, weekends and other free time supporting Mill City Grows because it is an important organization that promotes health, the local economy, and partnership in our City. Mill City Grows is a very new organization and as such our primary goal is to help support the organization through an initial growth phase, towards sustainability. We focus on developing a diverse and knowledgeable Board of Directors, a strategic growth plan, financial resources to reach our goals, and positive and prolific marketing to ensure that the community is aware of the resources MCG provides; namely, training and technical assistance in developing community gardens that actually function as outdoor community centers and places for learning about food and improving personal and family health. In the coming years, improving access to healthy food and outdoor activities may be the most important non-emergency service for city residents.

Geographic Area Served


Mill City Grows works primarily in Lowell, MA, the birth place of American industry. Lowell residents face numerous environmental justice challenges, including vacant, contaminated, and underutilized lots which blight the city and contain soils with legacy trace metals, including lead, and other remnant toxins. MCG builds community gardens in the neighborhoods most effected by these environmental problems. Lowell is an extremely diverse city with a large percentage of immigrants. Lowell has 106,519 residents including the second largest Cambodian population in the United States. 

Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Food, Agriculture & Nutrition NEC
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development
  3. Environment - Environmental Education

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



Food Access Programs

Mill City Grows' Food Access Programs create numerous points of access to good food for residents of Lowell, whether empowering residents to grow their own food safely in our post-industrial urban setting or creating new access points of fresh, local, and organically grown produce in food deserts in our community. MCG increases community access to good food by building and nurturing urban food production sites-including our Community Garden Program, School Gardens, and our Urban Farm. MCG creates new access points to good food- including our Mobile Market, sales to local establishments, and donations to emergency food providers.

MCG's Food Access Program provides residents with the space and tools they need to grow and purchase healthy, local, and culturally appropriate food, while transforming neighborhoods by taking abandoned, underutilized, vacant lots and turning them into productive, engaging, and attractive urban green spaces.

Budget  $362,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families
Program Short-Term Success 

Mill City Grows addresses the challenges that Lowell residents face in access quality, affordable, and locally produced food. Through creating multiple access points for residents to grow, distribute, and consume Mill City Grows is truly changing the food landscape in Lowell.

In the short term we will:

Increase Mobile Market sales, specifically to SNAP and other subsidy customers, by 10% each year.

Provide 20 educational events at the Mobile Market reaching 2,500 customers

Transform 1 blighted lot per year into urban food production sites in the city of Lowell.

Engage 162+ families (or 450+ individuals) in urban food production through our Community Garden Program.

Mill City Grows staff and gardeners will grow and distribute over 37,000 pounds of produce a year in the city of Lowell to low-income and other vulnerable populations.

Over 75% of Gardeners in the Community Garden Program will report an increase in vegetable consumption and variety, as well as increase in physical activity in their leisure time.

Program Long-Term Success 

MCG's Food Access Programs will create strong, resilient, and food secure communities through increasing local food production and access in the city of Lowell. In the long-term, community gardeners will become more self-sufficient by increasing their access to healthy, nutritious food through produce grown in the garden. As secondary benefits, gardeners will also help them to cut costs of groceries, and get physical activity in their leisure time.

Long-term effects on the community will include higher property values, decreased crime, improved community health, and improved environmental health.

Program Success Monitored By 

At the Mobile Market, we monitor sales with Square, and are able to tabulate total sales and number of transactions. We also distribute surveys during educational events, and document these events with photos and video.

Mill City Grows Community Gardeners all complete a pre and post season survey to monitor change in diet, health, and engagement. Coupled with these surveys gardeners weigh their produce when they harvest, and log number of pounds produced. All gardeners complete intake forms to track income level as well to report socio-economic levels engaged in the Community Garden Program. We document the build outs of each new garden we build through photos and/or video.

MCG staff weighs all produce grown on our Urban Community Farm as well as where produce is sold and donated.
Examples of Program Success 

One of our gardeners is Manny, a single dad raising two boys. Manny works nights and had never gardened before. He has diabetes, and he did not cook many vegetables. He knew they were good for him, but he never felt he had time to buy and prepare them. Manny loved spending time outside with the boys at the garden. As Manny’s access to veggies grew, so did his taste for them. His doctor was astounded to find that his sugar levels declined, and he was able to eliminate some of his medications. Manny winterized his garden so now he and his sons enjoy a more varied diet, including his boys’ favorite: kale chips!

Food Education Programs

Mill City Grows' Food Education Programs are an integral part of creating food access, healthy communities, and a food secure Lowell.  MCG’s Food Education Programs include our Gardener Training Program, the Garden Coordinator Institute, our Youth Food Justice Program, technical assistance to Community Gardeners, and partnerships with local organizations to increase nutrition education in the community. In addition, MCG works in partnership with Lowell Public Schools to install school gardens and provide in-school, after-school and out-of-school garden based learning about food, nutrition, food justice, and gardening. The school based programs also include Farm to Table, a family cooking class geared to get families cooking and eating healthier meals together.

MCG’s Food Education Programs inspire, engage, and empower people of all ages to be agents of change in their own lives, in their neighborhoods, and in the world.
Budget  $130,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 

1. Over 300 residents will participate in Mill City Grows Gardener Training Program, and the annual Urban Grower’s Gathering to network, trade knowledge, and gain skills to grow food safely in the city 

2. 25+ Food Movement Leaders will be trained each year through Mill City Grows' Garden Coordinator Institute and will each volunteer over 50 hours in their local urban food production site.

3. Residents of Lowell will have increased access to education on how to grow, purchase, and consume fresh, organic, and locally produced fruits and vegetables.

4. 300 youth in the Youth Food Justice Program will be exposed to over 20 types of vegetables and 80% will try new crops in our cooking demonstrations.

For our school based programs:

Build additional school gardens with eventual goal of a garden at 100% of Lowell school sites.

Work with 2000+ students each year to deliver food, garden and nutrition education.

Increase classrooms offering garden education by 20% through increased professional development offerings for Lowell teachers.

Educate 6 new food justice leaders each year through implementing a summer jobs in food justice program (the J-Squad)

Program Long-Term Success 

MCG’s goal is to provide Lowell residents with hands on educational programming through our Food Education Programs that foster a sustainable urban food system and a healthy, resilient community. The ultimate successes of our Food Education Programs include: 1. Increased knowledge of safe urban food production to create community wide awareness of the basic risks of growing food in urban soils. 2. Increased community self-sufficiency as urban food production becomes vital to residents' home economy. 3. Residents increase healthy indices through diet change due to nutrition classes and information. 4. Create healthier kids, schools, and school cafeterias. 5. Improve STEAM education in Lowell’s schools through the introduction of garden based learning o students and professional development for teachers.

Program Success Monitored By 

MCG sees success as the education, empowerment, and involvement of more citizens in creating a more food just and food secure community. MCG will evaluate all educational programs through pre and post surveys as well as the number of residents that participate in educational workshops including Gardener Training Program, Garden Coordinator Institute, Youth Food Justice Program, and Nutrition Education Programs. Success will be measured by number of workshops, workshop sites, and number of workshop attendees. Change in knowledge and behavior will be measured through focus groups and surveys.

Over 300 residents will participate in the Gardener Training Program, Garden Coordinator Institute, and other education programs. Participants will complete surveys to evaluate change in knowledge.

In school-based programs, success will be monitored by rigorous data collection using the Healthy Schools Toolkit, an evidence based model for food and nutrition education. Through this data collection, we will be able to chronicle behavior and knowledge changes in students in the garden based learning programs.

Examples of Program Success 

This story from our youth education programs involves a group that was receiving food education on a very regular basis. At the start of one lesson one student raised his hand and told the MCG staff instructor that he and his family ate lots of salad during the weekend and he thought the instructor would be proud of him for making a healthy choice. The instructor praised him and gave him a big high five for making a healthier choice in his diet. From that point on, the instructor started each lesson with students sharing healthy choices they were making in their lives; it became a ritual. They would tell the instructor they were eating more fruits and vegetables, staying away from candy, being active, and even reading the labels on their sugary soft drinks. One girl even shared that she would never again drink sports drinks because of the “red 40” she found listed on the label.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Mill City Grows was able to expand tremendously in our first five years. We went from having a staff of 2 to a current full-time staff of 7 with 7 part-time employees (some seasonal) to assist with administrative and programming duties. This expansion has allowed us to grow our programs as need and opportunity arise.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Francey Hart Slater
CEO Term Start Oct 2011
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Francey Slater, M.Ed., Co-Founder/Director of Mill City Grows, founded Mill City Grows to bring urban food production and education to the city she calls home.  Francey is a seasoned educator and gardener,who has found the combination of her passions and skills in the field of garden education. Francey’s work with CitySprouts, a Cambridge, MA school garden nonprofit, solidified her belief that a garden holds infinite lessons for children and adults alike, across all subjects and skill-levels. Ms. Slater has focused on garden education program development; designing, building and coordinating physical gardens; cultivating volunteer participation; and establishing community partnerships to share resources. 

Co-CEO Ms. Lydia Lawrance Sisson
Co-CEO Term Start Oct 2011
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience

Lydia Sisson is Co-Founder/Director of Mill City Grows.  She is an experienced commercial farmer and small business owner, and holds a Masters degree in Economic and Social Development of Regions.  She began farming at Vassar College where she became passionate about food movements and food justice.  She has ten years of farming experience and has run a successful Community Supported Agriculture farm business for the past four years.  During her masters work she worked on food security issues in the Lowell community and facilitate Lowell's Community Food Assessment, a community based research project. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Kesiah Bascom Community Program Manager Kesiah was raised in a small town in NH, where she learned to garden at a very young age. Since college, she has held many roles as a farmer, teacher and a community development professional, using food as a mechanism for social change. She also spent two years in Nicaragua as a Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security Peace Corps Volunteer.
Mr. 4 Nichols Food Access and Mobile Market Manager Growing up in the world of organic gardening, 4 (yes, that is his real first name) has a degree in Environmental Geology from Salem State University and is a veteran of the United States Air Force. As a Permaculture enthusiast and a “beyond-organic” gardener, he happily calls Lowell “home” as he continues to promote agricultural sustainability and food justice, both locally and abroad.
Ms. Val Snowdon Education Program Manager Val comes to Mill City Grows after spending a season managing two vegetable gardens in downtown Boston with a crew of urban youth through Boston Natural Areas Network. Val holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Education from Antioch University New England, where she focused in community and school food systems. 


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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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Mill City Grows is now an independent 501c3. We operate on the calendar year as opposed to a municipal or federal fiscal year. 

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 2,000
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 86%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 9
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 9
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

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


Board Chair Mr. Darren End
Board Chair Company Affiliation Microdesk/M2 Technologies
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Dec 2016
Board Co-Chair Mr. Jack Moynihan
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation volunteer
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Adam Baacke City of Lowell, Assistant City Manager/Director of the Department of Planning and Development --
Ms. Jocelyn Bishop Harvard Management Company Voting
Mr. Darren End Microdesk/M2 Technologies --
Ms. Alyssa Faulkner Axiomtek Systems Voting
Ms. Bonnie Hungler Bridgewell --
Ms. Susan Mitchell Community Volunteer --
Mr. Jack Moynihan Community Volunteer --
Ms. Muriel Parseghian Majilite Corporation --
Mr. Peter Saing Lowell Health Department --
Mr. Craig Thomas City of Lowell, Urban Renewal --
Mr. King Torres Lawrence Public Schools --
Ms. Dahvy Tran International Institute of New England, Lowell Office --
Mr. John Wooding University of Massachusetts Lowell --

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: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): Armenian
Gender Female: 6
Male: 7
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Now that Mill City Grows is an independent registered 501(c)3, a committee of our Board labored to recruit new members and set in place a rigorous structure to lead the group for years to come. As a result, we have a very robust board, with some members ready to move on, and some new who have learned from the original members. We are dedicated to stewarding the financial health of MCG, and so we took on a whole board goal to raise funds through asks and small events throughout the year. We are committed to diversity in all its forms, and to having our program constituents represented on the board.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $775,654.00
Projected Expense $638,654.00
Form 990s

2015 Mill City Grows 990

Audit Documents

2015 Mill City Grows Financial Review (covers Jul. 1, 2015 - Dec. 31, 2015, change in fiscal year)

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $536,887 $222,154 $197,000
Total Expenses $268,851 $221,259 $197,000

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$261,858 $94,050 $98,600
Government Contributions $86,650 $59,889 $32,792
    Federal -- -- --
    State $40,000 $30,000 --
    Local $46,650 $29,889 $32,792
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $40,011 $21,878 $25,000
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $38,147 $19,289 $15,000
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $50,798 $27,009 $25,608
Revenue In-Kind $58,506 -- --
Other $917 $39 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $189,258 $179,828 $172,300
Administration Expense $59,811 $32,500 $19,700
Fundraising Expense $19,782 $8,931 $5,000
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 2.00 1.00 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 70% 81% 87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 4% 3%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $281,485 -- --
Current Assets $212,008 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $13,449 -- --
Total Net Assets $268,036 -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $100,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 1.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose Building our new Urban Farm site and permanent location.
Campaign Goal $1,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Jan 2019 - Dec 2022
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 15.76 -- --

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Mill City Grows is a new organization with just over a year or operations under our belt.  We have raised over $100,000 in our first year from diverse sources and are proud of the overwhelming support from our local government and individual donors and foundations in our community.  That being said, we are well award of the challenges non-profits face in regards to fundraising and the changing funding climate we are in.  It is this reality that has made us look toward the development of a social enterprise model within our organization to meet our mission and programmatic needs while also generating revenue that can stay within our programs and create a sustainable financial model for a portion of our financial needs.  Our social enterprise is the Urban Community Farm (UCF), an educational production farm. The UCF is truly the hub of our organization where our educational programs integrate into the farm's food production system and community members engage in volunteerism, educational programming, and food access. As we look to expanding our organizations' reach to engage more residents in food justice we see the UCF as a sustainable way to grow our programs.

Foundation Comments

Mill City Grows Inc. received its own nonprofit status from the IRS in June 2015, per the IRS Letter of Determination posted above. Previously, this nonprofit was a program of the Young Womens Christian Association of Lowell, beginning in 2011.
The financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per Mill City Grows for FY13 and FY14. FY15 data is per Mill City Grow's Reviewed Financial file, covering 6 months (July 1, 2015 - Dec. 31, 2015) due to a change in fiscal year.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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