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Epicenter Community

 26 Trescott Street
 Boston, MA 02125
[P] (617) 3088265
[F] --
www.epicentercomm.org
[email protected]
Malia Lazu
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INCORPORATED: 2015
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EIN 80-0214659

LAST UPDATED: 07/11/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names Future Boston Alliance (2015)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Epicenter Community embodies the values of authentic diversity – the art of catalyzing a real conversation about an array of concepts, connections, ideas and relationships. We inspire this across cultural, physical, political, racial and religious places to spawn inclusive collaborations that deliver positive impact. These experiences truly matter and define our story, together.

Our Mission- To Connect Communities of People that Matter

Vision: We are building an ecosystem of creators, consumers and investors to create businesses, jobs to create a culture of bridge building with invisible community.

Mission Statement

Epicenter Community embodies the values of authentic diversity – the art of catalyzing a real conversation about an array of concepts, connections, ideas and relationships. We inspire this across cultural, physical, political, racial and religious places to spawn inclusive collaborations that deliver positive impact. These experiences truly matter and define our story, together.

Our Mission- To Connect Communities of People that Matter

Vision: We are building an ecosystem of creators, consumers and investors to create businesses, jobs to create a culture of bridge building with invisible community.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 15, 2016 to July 16, 2017
Projected Income $250,000.00
Projected Expense $230,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Accelerate Boston
  • Assemble

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Overview

Mission Statement

Epicenter Community embodies the values of authentic diversity – the art of catalyzing a real conversation about an array of concepts, connections, ideas and relationships. We inspire this across cultural, physical, political, racial and religious places to spawn inclusive collaborations that deliver positive impact. These experiences truly matter and define our story, together.

Our Mission- To Connect Communities of People that Matter

Vision: We are building an ecosystem of creators, consumers and investors to create businesses, jobs to create a culture of bridge building with invisible community.


Background Statement

Background

At Epicenter Community, we believe that Everyone, Everywhere Matters.

Epicenter Community embodies the values of authentic diversity – the art of catalyzing a real conversation about an array of concepts, connections, ideas and relationships. We inspire this across cultural, physical, political, racial and religious places to spawn inclusive collaborations that deliver positive impact. These experiences truly matter and define our story, together.

Our Mission- To Connect Communities of People that Matter

Vision: We are building an ecosystem of creators, consumers and investors to create businesses, jobs to create a culture of bridge building with invisible community.

For the past four years, we have been defining the community touch points and refining the process in Boston.

Boston, like many cities, struggles to create authentic places for diverse communities to build together... Every neighborhood has the potential of being centers of innovation and culture...Intentional strategic programming will help Boston build a city for the future that includes everyone and helps communities have self-determination.

Now we are ready to scale the People Platform and share this methodology with others to lead change and deliver quantifiable results in communities around the World.

  • Content has potential reach of over 1,000,000 people every week
  • Has engaged over 50,000 people, in-person through its local programming
  •  Has over 12,000 followers on social platforms
  •  Established over 95 partnerships with community organizations to connect, assemble and inspire
  • Led a process to get 75 new liquor licenses approved so people could assemble and accelerate in all communities
  •  Launched 14 business in Boston through the Accelerate Boston

The People Platform - A Repeatable Process

Our programming platform engages education, entrepreneurship and the arts to stimulate creative thought, connect people and find new solutions to inequality.


Impact Statement

Our programming platform engages education, entrepreneurship and the arts to stimulate creative thought, connect people and find new solutions to inequality. 

Our Impact:

For the past four years, we have been defining the community touch points and refining the process in Boston.

Boston, like many cities, struggles to create authentic places for diverse communities to build together... Every neighborhood has the potential of being centers of innovation and culture...Intentional strategic programming will help Boston build a city for the future that includes everyone and helps communities have self-determination.

Now we are ready to productize the People Platform and share this methodology with others to lead change and deliver quantifiable results in communities around the World.

  • Content has potential reach of over 1,000,000 people every week
  • Has engaged over 50,000 people, in-person through its local programming
  • Has over 12,000 followers on social platforms
  • Established over 95 partnerships with community organizations to connect, assemble and inspire
  • Led a process to get 75 new liquor licenses approved so people could assemble and accelerate in all communities
  •  Launched 14 business in Boston through the Accelerate Boston

Needs Statement

This year we have set two goals to ensure Epicenter Community can continue its programming while building a sustainable and thriving organization. Epicenter Community becomes a sustainable organization Formalize Program for the Peoples Platform and establish the process as a strong brand for change.Our program goals are the following
 
1.1 Objective 1- Building Epicenter Connects/Inspire:
a) Increase our social media and in person outreach with our 95 partners- Fall 2016
b) Increase spotlight on Epicenter Community to continue to get requests for help. Jan 2017
c) Find a way to capture our connections/Inspiration and stories through social media. Jan 2017
d) Speaking gigs and telling stories
 
1.2 Objective 2- Epicenter Assemble: Activate Assemble programming: a) Continue to support our 95 partners for on going monthly events- current/ongoing
b) Juneteenth at the MFA- Jan-Jun 2017
c) Execute 4 Urban Male events-July 2016, November 2016, March 2017, May 2017
d) Execute Hello Project: September- November 2016
e) Activate Fashion Accessibility Project- July 2016- September 30 2017 and Feb 12 2017
 
1.3 Objective 3- Epicenter Accelerate:
a) Continue to develop pipeline to increase the number of minorities involved in entrepreneur- TA program July-July
b) Accelerateboston: July planning-Fall execution 2016 pitch contest
c) Discover Restaurant Pipeline. On going- will increase work in the fall d) Continue to push for comprehensive liquor licenses reform- ongoing
 
Future of Transportation- Fall 2016
 

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
While Epicenter Community serves the great Boston region, our primary communities are Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Jamaica Plain.  We also work quite a bit with the innovation districts in the Seaport and Kendall Square. 

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Alliances & Advocacy
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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)

Yes

Programs

Accelerate Boston

Accelerate Boston, a business accelerator for the creative class of Boston. Future Boston developed a business accelerator curriculum based on a traditional MBA syllabus, established an advisory board made from Boston’s most innovative entrepreneurs (many of whom became mentors and guest speakers), and recruited close to 200 young businesses to apply to the program. Twenty five are chosen. Beyond the twice monthly classes, monthly brown bags with successful entrepreneurs like Daymond Johns (Shark Tank) and Alec Stern (Constant Contact) and quarterly mentor speed dating give our participants a chance to go deep with experts and This six month program ends in a business plan competition. Participants also get Live Plan Pro to help build their business plans.

Budget  $75,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Our short term goal is to deepen the program and continue to help local creative businesses launch.
Program Long-Term Success  Accelerate Boston will build a local creative economy and support start ups that are normally not traditionally supported by Boston's venture networks. 
Program Success Monitored By  Accelerate Boston conducts evaluations of classes and mentors.  We also do one on one check in with our businesses during and after the program.
Examples of Program Success 
We have helped launch 11 companies out of the 50 that were accepted over the 2 years. Our demographics are:
-44%  are women

72%  are minority

96%  under 40
“Future Boston Alliance has been a godsend for small businesses in Boston. There are always programs that favor tech companies but it was a relief to find such a competent program that favors companies in the creative economy. The FBA accelerator program has propelled The Solefull Lounge to new heights and has introduced us to a wide array of networks that can help further advance our business. I'm very grateful for the opportunity and I take great pride in saying we are FBA!
-PJ and Dedriot, Founders, The Solefull Lounge

Assemble

ASSEMBLE Live events series to celebrate Boston’s creative culture and reduce silos. Some events include:

Raw Mixx: A monthly creative networking event curated with local artists and DJ’s.

Passing the Baton: An intergenerational discussion around the creative industries.

The Urban Male: This series highlights the importance of inter and intra racial conversations around the empowerment of men of color within our community.

Juneteenth Takeover MFA: The Juneteenth takeover brings Boston’s black creative class to the MFA. Six local black artists shows their most current work, Roxbury youth orchestra, Revolution of Hope performs and the museum opens runs tours highlighting their African American collection.

Budget  $75,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served Adults College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Future Boston has already seen the results of Assemble.  The Hello Project was created at a request from the start up community to build a more diverse community.  We have had two events so far bringing close to 2000 people together. 
Program Long-Term Success 

Future Boston believes in order to reduce silos in an authentic way communities must get to know one another. Assemble is an attempt at bringing people together authentically. Future Boston designs events to be fun and replaces the transactional with the transformational.

Ultimate long term success will be a less segregated cultural scene in Boston.
Program Success Monitored By 
Being a decentralized structure our success is mainly monitored by the involvement of the communities we are building with.  Our planning meetings are public and all of our programming is done collaboratively. 
 
 The metrics we track attendance at events, application numbers for our accelerator, distribution of our voter guide and the passing of policy as indicators of success.  We also monitor social media and use google analytics. 
Examples of Program Success  http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/04/14/startup-institute-boston-and-future-boston-launch-the-hello-project/  Here is a great article on one of our projects and how it reduces silos.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms Malia Lazu
CEO Term Start June 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Executive Director & Co-Founder
Upon completing a two-year fellowship at MIT, Malia Lazu joins Future Boston with over two decades of experience establishing grass roots involvement in political advocacy and civic engagement.

Malia took over as Executive Director in November 2011 where she serves as chief operations officer of Future Boston, credited for taking Future Boston from concept into reality. As Executive Director, Malia is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the organization’s strategic planning, program development, fundraising, and reporting to the Board of Directors.

The passion and success of Malia’s work has earned her a reputation as one of the most insightful and critical organizers of her generation, and caught the attention of MTV, Showtime, ABC-TV’s Chronicle, Fox News, and print publications such as Newsweek, The Boston Globe, and Boston Magazine.

In addition to her extensive work advocating for our youth, Malia has managed campaigns for numerous tastemakers including Grammy Award-winner and famed Civil-Rights Activist Harry Belafonte, American novelist Walter Mosley, and Peter Lewis, philanthropist and Democratic Party donor.

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 65
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Ms Malia Lazu
Board Chair Company Affiliation Epicenter Community
Board Chair Term Jan 2015 - Apr 2017
Board Co-Chair --
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Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Malia Lazu Executive Director and Co-Founder, Future Boston Alliance --

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Board Demographics

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

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
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 No

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

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Fiscal Year July 15, 2016 to July 16, 2017
Projected Income $250,000.00
Projected Expense $230,000.00
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Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

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Total Revenue $354,265 $298,925 --
Total Expenses $177,187 $153,439 --

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Revenue In-Kind $187,052 $135,700 --
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

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Program Expense $140,403 $133,146 --
Administration Expense $25,167 $10,963 --
Fundraising Expense $11,617 $9,330 --
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Total Revenue/Total Expenses 2.00 1.95 --
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Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 7% 6% --

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Foundation Comments

Epicenter Community became fiscally sponsored by Press Pass TV Inc. in May 2017. Prior to that time, Epicenter Community was fiscally sponsored by Massachusetts Voter Education (MassVOTE).
 
There are no assets and liabilities listed for the this nonprofit as the assets and liabilities are calculated on the fiscal sponsor level.
 

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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Epicenter Community will help Boston retain talent and reduce silos by supporting the diversity of Boston and helping all creative Bostonians engage in the creative economy.  The Peoples Platform has been working to make critical connections in the creative economy ecosystem.  

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

ASSEMBLE! is anchored by a weekly live events series to celebrate Boston’s creative culture and reduce silos. The concept is simple: bring people together to enjoy a backdrop curated by a local artist collectives, galleries, and designers. Averaging 200 guest each week, the ASSEMBLE! events were such a success that the Revere Hotel asked to continue the series in 2013. Two pilot programs for the 2014 year were launched in October & November: Passing the Baton & Urban Male. Passing the Baton sparked the intergenerational discussion between community members about the history of artistic communities & transition to current conversations about community development. The Urban Male series highlights the importance of inter and intra racial conversations around the empowerment of men of color within our community.
 
Accelerate Boston: Epicenter Community directly supports creative entrepreneurs through an accelerator program, Accelerate Boston. Accelerate Boston developed a curriculum based on a traditional MBA syllabus, established an advisory board made from Boston’s most innovative entrepreneurs (many of whom became mentors and guest speakers), and recruited young businesses to apply to the program. Our participants had access to cutting edge technology to create their business plan with a generous donation from Live Plan. Future Boston decided to focus on developing these businesses rather than continuing to complain about the lack of creative small businesses that Bostonians would like to see. Nine of the 20 businesses that participated in the program have been launched in 2013.
 
Accelerate Boston accepts 25 creative businesses and facilitated a six month educational experience based on three areas of development:
Mentorship: Building relationships is at the core of everything that Future Boston does. Close attention was paid to pairing participants with leaders in similar professions.
 
Classes: 6 months and twelve classes focused on various steps of the business plan process and were taught by industry experts. The classes strongly emphasized the power of storytelling, and were not taught in traditional “lecture style.” Child care is offered.

“Brown Bag Lunches:” Conducted throughout the program and hosted by CEO’s and influencers in the business community intended to provide a more intimate & interactive learning environment.
 
Activate is Future Boston’s active citizenship campaign that worked in partnership with MassVOTE and the NAACP Boston chapter to create awareness around Boston’s 2013 mayoral election. While a portion of the program was dedicated to voter turnout the majority of the conversations worked to educate young Bostonians and community members on the impact the cultural reform within our city.
 
The program specifics included:
Politics & Pancakes: Informal neighborhood discussion where candidates and community members were able to come together to have candid conversation about the current state of Boston’s neighborhoods.
 
Mayoral & City Council Forums: In partnership with MassVOTE and the NAACP, Future Boston co-hosted paneled discussions around arts, culture and communities of color.
 
Activate Community Partnerships: 56 Activate Sites which included local businesses and community based organizations worked to distribute over 4,000 voter guides to patrons and community members
 Social Media Campaign: Activate tracked thousands of touches with Bostonians through our social media, including forum promotion, voter education and man on the street interviews all promoting civic engagement.
 

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

The most unique strategy we have taken is building a truly decentralized structure. We are building an emergent organization responsive to 21st century community building.  We believe that we have gotten all we can out of transactional nonprofit work and built a model to be transformational.  This is why the organization has accomplished so much with so little traditional staff. 

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

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5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

Future Boston has accomplished more than expected in the two years since we have launched.  We have helped launch 11 businesses, worked to pass the liquor license changes for Boston and late night T service.  We also have consistently bring together 500-1000 people each month with our networking events. 

 

1)  Future Boston Alliances year end report 

 

2) Policy:  Liquor Licenses- http://www.futureboston.com/about/our-pov/87911#.U-kIjLRCfsE  This is a recap and has many links telling the two year story ;) 

 

3) Policy:  Future Boston's civic mission: http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2013/11/10/night-life-that-unites/a9IGcTU87pBv9vl9zkxGDP/story.html

                                                                                                                                                http://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2013/11/01/get-involved-city/K48I6DNYp0DbgREdvXosyL/story.html

 

4) Policy:  Late night Train service: http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/04/17/ridetheline-future-boston-mbta-late-night-event-april-26/

                                                                                                                                http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/12/03/late-service-tried-weekends/aDRZyLIcT3dr8ReBa33qwN/story.html

                                                                                                                                http://www.metro.us/newyork/news/local/2014/04/24/future-boston-alliance-invites-ridetheline-support-late-night-mbta-service/

 

5) Accelerate:                                                                      http://www.boston.com/business/blogs/global-business-hub/2013/01/future_boston_a_1.html

                                                                                                                                http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/04/14/startup-institute-boston-and-future-boston-launch-the-hello-project/

 

6) Assemble:  the Urban Male: http://thefabempire.com/2014/03/14/recap-future-boston-alliance-urban-male-forum/

                                                                                                                Juneteenth:  http://artery.wbur.org/2014/06/17/revolution-of-hope