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Wily Network Inc.

 16 Warren Road
 Dedham, MA 02026
[P] (617) 6782440
[F] --
Judi Alperin King
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EIN 47-2434992

LAST UPDATED: 01/04/2019
Organization DBA The Wily Network
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

We strive to improve college graduation outcomes for youth who have no family to support them by establishing the Wily Network on college campuses in the Greater Boston area.

The Wily Network’s mission is twofold:

● To ensure that students who have no family to support them have the tools and networks necessary to thrive in four-year residential colleges.
● To empower these Wily Scholars to transition successfully into post-college life and become vibrant members of their communities.


Mission Statement

We strive to improve college graduation outcomes for youth who have no family to support them by establishing the Wily Network on college campuses in the Greater Boston area.

The Wily Network’s mission is twofold:

● To ensure that students who have no family to support them have the tools and networks necessary to thrive in four-year residential colleges.
● To empower these Wily Scholars to transition successfully into post-college life and become vibrant members of their communities.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $250,000.00
Projected Expense $247,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • The Wily Network

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Mission Statement

We strive to improve college graduation outcomes for youth who have no family to support them by establishing the Wily Network on college campuses in the Greater Boston area.

The Wily Network’s mission is twofold:

● To ensure that students who have no family to support them have the tools and networks necessary to thrive in four-year residential colleges.
● To empower these Wily Scholars to transition successfully into post-college life and become vibrant members of their communities.


Background Statement

Overview: Studies show that foster care alumni have the poorest outcomes of any student population in terms of earning a postsecondary degree. While the majority of children in foster care would like to attend college, only about half finish high school on time, and only 20 percent of those who graduate go on to postsecondary education. Researchers estimate that between 2 and 9 percent of all foster youth will earn a four-year degree (National Workgroup on Foster Care and Education Factsheet, January 2014).

Students who enroll in the Wily Network have experienced foster care or have a similarly complicated family history. The Wily Network provides the tools and supports necessary for these young people to thrive in college and beyond. Offerings include on-campus coaching, supplementary financial assistance and financial literacy education, help identifying affordable year-round housing, and community building. Following a year of planning, building a solid foundation, and raising start-up funding, the Wily Network enrolled its first full academic year cohort in the fall of 2016.

History and Background: The Wily Network is replicating a program that has been successfully implemented in 18 states around the country, with the largest and most comprehensive programs in California and Michigan. The Wily Network (TWN) was founded in 2015 by Judi Alperin King, Ph.D. The majority of her prior work was at Wediko Children’s Services with children whose emotional and behavioral symptoms interfere with their ability to function in school, at home, or in the community. Judi was particularly involved with children who were in foster care and had experienced failed adoptions. She learned of the difficulties facing foster care alumni in college and began researching the problem. Judi discovered a small but growing movement to assist youth aging out of foster care with the full range of resources they need to become college graduates. Inspired by the success of these programs, Judi left her position as special project coordinator at Wediko to devote her time to creating such a program in Massachusetts.

Impact Statement

Accomplishments to date:

1. The Wily Network launched in 2015 with a grant from the Boston Foundation and private donations. Since then, we have expanded our reach to include students on seven campuses.

2. As of November 2017, 16 Boston-area Wily Scholars are enrolled at Northeastern University, Boston University, M.I.T., Bridgewater State University, and the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Three Wily Scholars attend Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.

3. We recently finalized our partnership with Boston College and began raising funds to enroll five BC students. We expect to have 27 Wily Scholars in total by the end of the calendar year.

4. In the Boston area, we employ one full-time and four part-time scholar coaches, along with three staff members who work with the executive director on a part-time basis: a program director, a grant writer, and a development director.

Goals for 2018:

1. Recognizing that the need for these services at area colleges surpasses our fundraising capacity, our financial sustainability model calls for eventually shifting to endowment funding. Once we have established the Wily Network as an effective strategy for improving college outcomes for eligible students, we will work with each partner college on this transition. The program at Middlebury College is already funded through an endowment. Our goal is to shift another college to this model within two-four years.

2. Many Wily Scholars struggle to find housing when school is not in session. One of our 2018 goals is identifying host family housing for students when they are not in school and raise the funds to cover the program developer/coach who will recruit, vet and train these families.

3. The board continues to meet every other month to provide input and oversight regarding finances, governance, development, and strategic planning. In 2018, board members and staff will continue their work to formalize the strategic plan, expand the network, and strengthen our infrastructure. 

Needs Statement

Our expansion to additional colleges increases the need for funding and staff:

1. Average expected cost per Wily Scholar for a full year of enrollment is approximately $12,000, which includes the cost of coaching and supplemental financial assistance of up to $5,000 per student. Our current annual appeal is aimed at raising $100,000 in 2017.

2. We accept students only if we will be able to fund them through graduation. Boston College has identified five students who would benefit from becoming Wily Scholars, but while we have the coaching staff in place, we can provide supplemental financial assistance to only three more students this year.  In order to take the last two students we will need to raise and additional $10,000 for financial assistance

3. Unexpected events can easily derail student who have no family support. An emergency fund will be used for such situations as medical expenses not covered by health insurance. --$10,000 for emergency funds

4. The Wily Network would benefit from administrative support staff. At this point, the executive director is coaching, supervising staff, developing college partners, meeting with referring agencies, managing agency finances, raising funds and giving presentations. Administrative assistance would improve our operations. --$35,000 for administrative staff

CEO Statement

The Wily Network helps college students who have experienced foster care or who have no permanent home or family successfully navigate college. These students enter college without the emotional, intellectual or financial support of a family. Many have no place to go for school vacations or during the summer. Often people assume that students who have the academic skills required for college don’t need any assistance, but they do.

I admire these students in a way I can’t find words to accurately describe. They know their future depends on this education, and they are fierce in their attempts to succeed. I don’t help them because I feel sorry for them. They are not my charity cases; they are young people I have the great privilege to know and learn from. My ultimate goal is to ease their challenges and foster their ability to develop a “forever community” that they can take with them when they leave school.

Can you imagine a student arriving at a dorm without any dorm supplies or anyone to help them move in? Imagine what it would be like to have that first introductory meeting with a roommate with no ready response to questions like, what do your parents do?

I have spent the last three years building a strong board; setting up relationships with high school support programs, guidance counselors and colleges; raising funds and working with our first cohorts of scholars. The Wily Network is replicating a program that has been successful around the country. The program employs coaches who work with students on campus. Many groups have referred students to the Wily Network, but the network won’t take any student unless it can guarantee support for all four years of college.

I can’t imagine a young person surviving the stress and pressure of college without a family to help. We need to make sure these students have a college experience commensurate with that of their peers, including someone to cheer their success and help them regroup when they stumble.

Board Chair Statement

For the decade I have known Judi King, we have shared an interest in the challenges young people face and the role supportive schools and communities play in helping them succeed. We walked many miles together, literally, reflecting on our childhoods, our children’s struggles as they’ve grown into young adults, and the issues we come across in our professional lives. For most of that time, I edited an academic journal that sought, in part, to identify strategies for ensuring the most disadvantaged students have access to a high-quality education. As a psychologist, Judi’s professional work with young people in need was more direct and included countless sessions with teens in crisis and with families desperate to find some way to help their troubled child. During our walks, she talked about the teens who had no permanent families and how she would like to have become a foster parent.

As one by one our children began to apply to and then attend colleges, our conversations naturally turned to higher education. The pressures on kids in high school, the high costs, the social challenges—how much harder must it be for kids who have been homeless or who have been in foster care. Who helps to fill out the forms, navigate the application process, talk through course selection, ease the inevitable bouts of anxiety and homesickness?

Judi began to research college outcomes for foster care alumni, finding that for most the picture is grim. Only a small fraction enroll in college, and barely 3 out of 100 graduate with a four-year degree. She soon discovered a proven model for changing those odds, developed by Casey Family Programs and implemented with great success in several other states. This model became the foundation for the Wily Network. I was thrilled to join the board.

Over the course of 2015, Judi and the Wily Network board turned the vision into a working organization, staffed to provide services to the first cohort of students. The challenge in 2016 is to secure the funds the network will need to fulfill its mission of seeing these students and the cohorts that follow through to graduation. The cost at full program implementation is about $12,000 per student per year.

Key officials at colleges and universities in the Boston area have instantly recognized the need for and potential impact of the Wily Network. They want all their students to succeed, and they recognize the challenges that foster care alumni and other students who lack permanent homes and families face as they navigate college life. As the Wily Network begins work on these campuses, their support for the model and the network will only increase. As student outcomes improve, the network will begin to negotiate for direct financial support from the colleges.

In the short term, the Wily Network will be developing proof points. Data collection and analysis will enable network staff to fine-tune the services provided to the students and also document a track record of success that can fuel expansion. The goal is for the Wily Network to serve and see through to graduation every college student who becomes a Wily Scholar.

Geographic Area Served


We are currently working on six Boston-area campuses and one Vermont campus. Our main focus is Greater Boston, and we look forward to increasing the number of formal relationships with local colleges.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Higher Education
  2. Human Services - Foster Care
  3. Public & Societal Benefit - Single Organization Support

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



The Wily Network

The Wily Network provides a critical safety net and programming specifically designed to help scholars navigate their social and emotional development and financial well-being. TWN has three core program components:
  • The first is coaching. Coaches and students meet weekly in person on campus, focusing on scholars’ overall wellness. As students with adverse life experiences need and deserve trauma-sensitive coaching, TWN employs trained clinicians in these coaching roles.
  • The second is financial. Wily Scholars receive a monthly stipend to cover gaps in their budgets, and supplemental financial assistance is available as needed for expenses not typically covered by the student financial aid package. Wily staff provide expert help managing financial aid packages and completing yearly financial aid applications. The accompanying financial literacy program includes workshops and collaborative decision-making designed to develop such skills as budgeting and financial planning.
  • The third component is community building. Wily Scholars are often eager to connect with students who have had similar life experiences and enjoy opportunities for authentic connection with their Wily peers through educational workshops, shared meals, community service, and down time. TWN also provides networking opportunities for scholars to develop lifelong relationships with people outside their college community.
Budget  300,000
Category  Education, General/Other Guidance & Counseling
Population Served College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  All Wily Scholars are on track to finish the fall 2017 semester in good standing. The students have expressed their appreciation for the services we provide and are participating fully in Wily programs and college life in general.
Program Long-Term Success  The long-term goal is to see each Wily Scholar through college graduation and into adult life. The first of our scholars is expected to graduate in May 2018.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  The program is too new to have statistical evidence of success.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Judi Alperin King Ph.D.
CEO Term Start Nov 2014
CEO Email
CEO Experience

Judi Alperin King, Ph.D.

Executive Director (volunteer position)

After more than 30 years of working with children who struggle with serious emotional and behavioral problems, Judi feels the strongest connection to children without supportive families. Throughout her career at Wediko Children’s Services, as a clinician, administrator, program director, and development officer, her dedication to these children has never wavered.

Judi has an optimistic outlook and driven desire to help these young students. She’ll tirelessly prepare for them, anticipate their needs, listen to their stressors, and champion their successes. In sum, she’ll meet these young adults where they are and serve as their safety net through college graduation.

Judi earned her BA and MA degrees in Psychology at Hamilton College and Boston College, respectively. She received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Judi lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, with her husband and the youngest of their three daughters.

Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience


Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Kat CASTAÑEDA Macdonald LICSW Program Director and Coach

Kat has 10 years of experience working with youth and families in the Boston area. She has worked in a variety of positions in residential, school, re-entry, home-based, and community settings. Her work has focused primarily on mind-body interventions, social and racial justice, dynamics of trauma and attachment, and post-traumatic growth. Katherine is thrilled to be working for the Wily Network. She looks forward to engaging with Wily scholars and supporting Wily’s program development. Her previous clinical and program development experience will bolster her capacity to help the Wily Network build and implement a strong, holistic, sustainable, and trauma-informed model.

Katherine received her BA from Oberlin College and her MA in Social Work from Simmons School of Social Work.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Myra Kraft Volunteer Awared The Patriots Foundation 2016


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

The main obstacle is that our fundraising has been out paced by our referrals. We are managing this by offering our community activities to students for whom we cannot provide a complete program.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 9
Number of Volunteers 30
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): Indian and Bolivian
Gender Female: 8
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
Management Succession Plan Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit No
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 Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually


Board Chair Ms. Leann Walsh J.D.
Board Chair Company Affiliation The Wily Network
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Bryan Allard TripAdvisor Voting
Katie Bramley Community Volunteer Voting
Lauren Fragoza TripAdvisor Voting
Gong Ke Gouldstone TripAdvisor Voting
Allison Polley Hirsch Retired from Deutsche Bank Voting
Michael Julien Sprinklr Voting
Judi Alperin King The Wily Network Voting
Margaret Rose Lewis Brookline Community Mental Health Center Voting
Sara Anne Miller Connacnce Voting
Andrew Rudzinski Sunovian Pharmaceuticals Voting
Kathryn Sargent Freelance Academic Editor Voting
Jennifer Schoen Northeastern University Voting
Leann Walsh Goodwin Procter, LLP Voting
Richard Zhang just finished Babson MBA Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Meredith Bryan -- --
Kelly Glew -- --
Sheila Murphy -- --
Steve Pemberton -- --
Edward Walker -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 10
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 9
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $250,000.00
Projected Expense $247,000.00
Form 990s

2016 990

2015 990

2014 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $127,176 $66,449 $5,500
Total Expenses $63,395 $12,024 $3,500

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $127,140 $66,439 $5,500
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $36 $10 --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $63,395 $12,024 $3,500
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 2.01 5.53 1.57
Program Expense/Total Expenses 100% 100% 100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $120,206 $56,425 $2,000
Current Assets $120,206 $56,425 $2,000
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $120,206 $56,425 $2,000

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Last year we raised $127,000 largely through individual donors, with small donations from the New England Patriots Foundation and the B.good family foundation. In 2017, we hope to raise $250,000.

To increase the number of students served and ensure that each Wily Scholar is sufficiently supported, the Wily Network must increase its budget for coaches and staff training. Weekly in-person coaching is at the core of the Wily program. Each coach can work with 10 to 16 students, depending on factors such as location of colleges, coaches’ knowledge of campus services, the students’ trauma profile, and students’ year in school. Coach salaries comprised 55 percent of the 2016 budget and are expected to represent 36 percent in 2017.

Direct student support comprised the second largest expense in 2016, as 28 percent of the budget defrayed such expenses as housing costs, academic texts, activity fees, transportation, supplemental food, mobile phones and service, clothing for cold weather and job interviews, and emergencies. Based on an impact evaluation, Wily is expanding direct support and project it will comprise 55 percent of the 2017 budget. We will continue to fund current support areas and add computer purchases and savings assistance as needed.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in charts and graphs are per the organization's IRS Form 990s. 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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