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One 27 Global

 250 Jackson Street, 4th Floor, Suite 421
 Lowell, MA 01852
[P] (978) 3641132
[F] (978) 4557652
[email protected]
Tobias Marx
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EIN 45-5191085

LAST UPDATED: 11/05/2015
Organization DBA Made In Lowell
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

Made in Lowell brings together individuals and non-profits, businesses and government leaders in a structured way to achieve large-scale, sustainable social change.

Mission Statement

Made in Lowell brings together individuals and non-profits, businesses and government leaders in a structured way to achieve large-scale, sustainable social change.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $80,550.00
Projected Expense $84,364.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Conversations
  • The Lowell Food and Wine Festival

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


Mission Statement

Made in Lowell brings together individuals and non-profits, businesses and government leaders in a structured way to achieve large-scale, sustainable social change.

Background Statement

Large-scale social change comes better from cross-sector coordination than from the isolated intervention of individual organizations. The non-profit sector most frequently operates using an approach oriented toward finding and funding a solution embodied within a single organization, combined with the hope that the most effective organizations will grow or replicate to extend their impact more widely. However, there is scant evidence that isolated initiatives are the best way to solve many social problems in today's complex and interdependent world. No single organization is responsible for any major social problem nor can any single organization solve it.

Made in Lowell brings together all interested parties to develop a shared vision for change, a joint approach to solving it through agreed upon actions and a shared measurement system, to discuss their progress, and, most important, to learn from each other and align their efforts to support each other. Made in Lowell is an independent organization which provides the supporting infrastructure for successful large-scale initiatives.

As the building blocks for large-scale change, Made in Lowell is actively promoting community engagement with initiatives ranging from a network platform to inspiring and educating through multi-media exhibitions of Lowell stories, from Lowell Food/Wine Festival to Conversations.

Impact Statement

In 2014 we successfully transitioned and implemented our new mission.
We hosted our first CONVERSATION, engaging cross sector leaders in the conversation about poverty in Lowell. 
We launched our first major event, The Lowell Food and Wine Festival, reached over 1,500 attendees, and had over 17 participating area non-profit organizations.
We successfully started the first phase of the development of our Web-tool and app in collaboration with local developers and academics from UMASS Lowell.
Our Goals for 2015 include:
  1. A re-branding process to align our brand to our new exciting mission.
  2. The launch of our first Exhibit "Stories - Made in Lowell", in Summer 2015.
  3. The Launch of our Awareness Campaign "Trailer Chat" in Spring 2016.
  4. The release of "My Made in Lowell" App, a tool engaging community members in creating social change and cultivate community in Lowell.
  5. Release of our economic revitalization initiative through the Made In Lowell Mark Of Distinction

Needs Statement


As a new initiative Made In Lowell is still in start-up mode! Currently we have more requests and community need than we have the capacity. We are looking to expand our staff and expand our volunteer network in the next year and to partner with more organizations, individuals, and groups.
1. In particular we need to hire a full-time Production Coordinator who will oversee Made In Lowell's event productions, this staff position is integral to our growth and will require funding of $24,000.
2. Launch our Trailer Chat Project and create a year round story telling initiative, including a vintage trailer and recording equipment needed requiring about $35,000 in the first year.
3. Part-time Development Assistant and Administrative Assistant to manage donor database, assist with grant writing, and track development benchmarks- $18,000
5. Expand Mark Of Distinction Program to include local retail start up initiative - $25,000

CEO Statement

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


Made In Lowell works in Lowell, MA

Organization Categories

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

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

Under Development



One 27 Global's conversations are a series of focus groups and conversations to explore community as a whole by exploring needs and understanding of Lowell.  These conversations are casual, centered around our kitchen table, and as always there is food! Locations for these small gathering vary, and we are lining up unique small spaces to create innovative environments that stimulate and inspire conversation.
Budget  $8,500.00
Category  Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
1. 240 Lowell residents and leaders will participate in 24 of One 27 Global's conversations.
2.  Lowell community members will have increased access to knowledge and information about their community.
3. One 27 Global will be able to identify common needs for our community and find integrated solutions to address these. 
Program Long-Term Success  One 27 Global's goal is to provide Lowell residents a platform to participate in building a deeper and truer community by breaking down existing boundaries.  The ultimate success of our CONVERSATIONS include: 1.Increased connectivity of Lowell residents 2.Collaboration between all sectors 3. Higher resident participation in all aspect of community life 4. A sense of belonging for Lowell residents and an increased quality of life. 
Program Success Monitored By  One 27 Global sees success as the participation and engagement of more residents in creating a community rich in social capital.  One 27 Global will evaluate all programs through pre and post surveys as well as the number of participating residents.  Change of behaviors and quality of life will be measured through focus groups and surveys.
Examples of Program Success  We launched Conversations in September 2014, update on program success will be available early 2015.

The Lowell Food and Wine Festival

The Lowell Food and Wine Festival is a mission driven event to engage the Greater Lowell community and launch them into action.  Through this festival we hope to inspire attendees to become aware of community needs and take steps to partake in solutions to address these needs.
We do this by collaborating with local nonprofit organizations, telling their stories and have integrated solutions for festival attendees to engage.  We create a clear focus for our community, by using food as a common denominator. 
Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified
Program Short-Term Success 
Our short-term goals are: 1. Over 2,500 guest attend the Festival in 2015 2.Over 15 events will bring the festival to life in Lowell in 2015 3.25% of festival attendees will take action and create impact with our local nonprofit partners 4.The Human Face comes to life, people get to know each other deeper and genuinely.
Program Long-Term Success  The Festival will establish itself as a staple event in the Greater Lowell region not only for it's culinary offerings, but also because of it's community involvement.  I the long-term the festival will become self-sufficient and contribute significant to make One 27 Global a self sufficient organization.  Long-term effects on the community will include a higher sense of belonging, improved community health, increased levels of happiness, and higher resident participation in local government and organizations.
Program Success Monitored By  One 27 Global is conducting pre and post surveys with all participants for festival.  We are using engagement points at the festival to move festival goers into action, and monitor their engagement. 
Examples of Program Success  In 2014 we had 1,500 festival attendees with an engagement rate of 10% measured through a take action survey during the festival.  We exceeded all our goals as it related to vendor and nonprofit participation.  But the biggest success was Jared, who came  and helped us as a volunteer, and during his time volunteering discovered how much he really loved Lowell, and how he missed not having been involved and participated in his community.  Through the Festival he saw needs and connected with people in Lowell that he never new before, and is now finding ways to get more involved.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mr. Tobias Marx
CEO Term Start July 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Tobias Marx in the founder/director of One 27 Global.  He is an experienced Chef, small business owner and outreach worker.  He began as a cook apprentice in Germany at age 16.  Over the years he developed a passion for food and community.  He has over 20 years as a professional chef, and has worked over the last 4 years in the Lowell area in community outreach.
Co-CEO --
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Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association Massachusetts Nonprofit Network

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Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 12
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
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 Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A


Board Chair Mr. Tobias Marx
Board Chair Company Affiliation One 27 Global
Board Chair Term May 2012 - Apr 2015
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Brad Duncan Exa Aerodynamics Voting
Mr. Tobias Marx One 27 Global --

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
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 No

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Finance

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

In addition to our official quarterly board meetings the board meets as necessary seems fit. We're currently in the process of expanding a strong and diverse board and will start recruiting new members through 2015
We are partnering with The Jericho Road Project in this process. 

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Projected Income $80,550.00
Projected Expense $84,364.00
Form 990s

2013 990

2012 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2013 -- --
Total Revenue $97,773 -- --
Total Expenses $102,885 -- --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

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Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 -- --
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Individual Contributions $91,946 -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $5,827 -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2013 -- --
Program Expense $77,177 -- --
Administration Expense $21,128 -- --
Fundraising Expense $4,580 -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.95 -- --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 75% -- --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% -- --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2013 -- --
Total Assets $8,445 -- --
Current Assets $5,991 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 -- --
Current Liabilities $3,367 -- --
Total Net Assets $5,078 -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
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 2013 -- --
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.78 -- --

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

This nonprofit was incorporated in 2012. Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organizations IRS Form 990 for fiscal year 2013. The financials posted in the 2012 990 above represent a partial year of financials and as such are not reflected in the charts and graphs above.  The profile cites work beginning in years prior as some completed by this organization was started independently by small grassroots groups and committed community members.
 *Gifts through the Giving Common cannot be given to support a specific child sponsorship directly and must be indirectly supporting the sponsorship program or other work of the organization.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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