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Sitters Without Borders Inc.

 5 Woodchester Drive
 Acton, MA 01720
[P] (617) 834-8517
[F] --
Elizabeth Johnson
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EIN 46-5324408

LAST UPDATED: 08/09/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes



Mission StatementMORE »

Sitters Without Borders (SWOB) provides safe and free/affordable volunteer childcare to low-income mothers around Greater Boston, to enable their continued pursuit of higher education.

Mission Statement

Sitters Without Borders (SWOB) provides safe and free/affordable volunteer childcare to low-income mothers around Greater Boston, to enable their continued pursuit of higher education.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $92,000.00
Projected Expense $91,072.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Four Hours of Free Weekly Childcare

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

Sitters Without Borders (SWOB) provides safe and free/affordable volunteer childcare to low-income mothers around Greater Boston, to enable their continued pursuit of higher education.

Background Statement

Sitters Without Borders has evolved over the three years since its inception from a small group of volunteer babysitters to a one-of-a-kind, regulated system of recruitment, screening, training and matching of volunteer babysitters to qualified families around Greater Boston. 

Impact Statement

In the three years SWOB has been operational, it has served over 55 low-income parent/students and their families, providing 4hr/week of free babysitting so that the students could attend class.  In 2017, we hired a part-time program coordinator. In 2018, our goal is to hire a part-time Executive Director and expand our reach to more low-income parents.

Needs Statement

1) Hiring of a full or part time Executive Director to provide institutional leadership, and work on long-term expansion, development, programmatic goals, and general oversight 
2) Increased staff capacity for volunteer recruitment and training, and varied organizational needs
      - Expanding and redefining the role of Family Coordinator to a full or part time Program and Volunteer Coordinator 
3) SWOB needs a rental space from which to operate on a regular basis. Entirely remote operations would no longer suffice for several staff and interns. 

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


Sitters without Borders serves low-income families in communities in and around Greater Boston. 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Family Services
  2. Education - Higher Education
  3. Youth Development - Adult, Child Matching Programs

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



Four Hours of Free Weekly Childcare

Low income families around Greater Boston whom are enrolled with Sitters Without Borders are matched with a trained volunteer babysitter to receive up to four hours of free, scheduled weekly childcare while in college classes. Low-cost flat rate service of up to four hours in additional sessions with a different volunteer is available for $20.

Families and sitters undergo various screening and vetting measures and SWOB is selective about volunteer recruitment efforts. Families and sitters have in person interviews, three reference checks, CORI/SORI checks, and for sitters- a SWOB training which includes CPR/first aid with a certified instructor.

Sitters and families are matched by the Coordinator according to their availability, experience and other preferences, and safety and quality assurance is ongoing in oversight throughout semester services.

Budget  $21,500.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Child Care
Population Served Females Immigrant, Newcomers, Refugees Hispanic, Latino Heritage
Program Short-Term Success 

By the end of 2017/Fall semester:

5 new mothers will be fully enrolled to receive SWOB services

SWOB will serve a total of 15 unique families

90% of parents at risk of impending drop out will attend classes, achieve passing grades and continue their enrollment

Program Long-Term Success 

Family enrollment will expand to include continual service to new 20 families around Greater Boston

5 enrolled mothers will reach degree completion within the next 2 years

Volunteer recruitment and training will expand to include 15 new volunteer babysitters

SWOB will develop and track measurement of educational and other outcomes for program participants

Program Success Monitored By 

Feedback is solicited through feedback forms (surveys) after every babysitting session, to include hours received as well as quantitative feedback about the quality of care received. 92% of families and sitters reported the overall quality of experience to be "Excellent!," versus only 8% reporting "Okay" or "Good."

Post-semester feedback is solicited following the conclusion of semester of SWOB babysitting services, which is aimed to collect information about the educational, financial and socio-emotional benefit of program participation for parents.

Examples of Program Success 

Following the hire of our part time Family Coordinator, 11 new families received SWOB services. These mothers collectively received a total of 212 hours of free childcare in the Summer and Fall semesters, as of November 2017. Based on the market average cost of babysitting services for the state of Massachusetts, this completely free service saved families $3,180. A SWOB family matched with a sitter for an entire semester is projected to receive 64 hours of free babysitting, which amounts of $960 per semester of funds saved on childcare costs.

"I am full-time, single parent, full-time employee and a part-time student. The support that Sitters Without Borders provides makes a big difference in my life, since I pay for my son's school and I can't see myself affording paid sitting support...I wouldn't of taken a class in the evening time without SWOB."

-Keysha G, SWOB Mom 2017

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms Elizabeth Johnson
CEO Term Start Apr 2018
CEO Email
CEO Experience
Elizabeth Johnson has been a non-profit leader for over 20 years, serving in senior leadership including as an executive director on 4 previous occasions. Her work has been in both social services and advocacy.
 Elizabeth has a BA from Colby College and an M.Ed. from Harvard University. 
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
Lisa Vollen Program Manager --


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 MA

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 22
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

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 Yes Semi-Annually


Board Chair Ms Oksana Hradyska
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Jan 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Simon Brown Board Member Voting
Mrs Ellen A. Bruce Retired, UMass Boston Voting
Ms Caitlin Cornwall Corbus Pharmaceuticals Voting
Ms Oksana Hradyska Community Volunteer Voting
Mr Roman Hradysky FoodTec Solutions Voting
Ms. Maria Lopez Board Member Voting
Ms. Allison B. Macleod Ms. Board membre Voting
Mrs Rachel Puopolo UMass Boston Voting
Ms. Sandy Shea Board Member Voting
Ms Yasmin Soraya Community Volunteer Voting

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
Ms Zoe N. Anetakis TUGG NonVoting
Mr Mojdeh Barros Executive Services Corps of New England, INSYS Group Inc. NonVoting
Mr Samuel Batchelder Esq Executive Service Corps of New England, Goodwin Procter NonVoting
Mr Ethan Bernstein FreeBird NonVoting
Ms Lisa R. Carter Roxbury Community College NonVoting
Ms Kimberly Gulko Harvard University NonVoting
Dr Robert Hill Match Beyond of Match Education NonVoting
Mr Nigel Kheng Twin Rivers Tech NonVoting
Ms Liza M. Nascembeni MBA Community Standards, Harvard Business School NonVoting
Dr Kathleen O’Neal Bunker Hill Community College NonVoting
Dr Mary Oleskiewicz UMass Boston NonVoting
Ms Lauren A. Tripod Teacher’s Bookshelf NonVoting
Ms Thanie William-Phillip Mother @ Sitters Without Borders NonVoting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 90%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Income $92,000.00
Projected Expense $91,072.00
Form 990s --
Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $30,987 $15,239 $1,366
Total Expenses $23,538 $5,522 $5,275

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$20,500 -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $10,292 $15,239 $1,366
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $195 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $17,996 $4,941 $2,643
Administration Expense $5,542 $581 $1,076
Fundraising Expense -- -- $1,556
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.32 2.76 0.26
Program Expense/Total Expenses 76% 89% 50%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 114%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $32,283 $0 $0
Current Assets $32,283 $0 $0
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $32,283 $0 $0

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 8.00

Capital Campaign

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

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf nan nan

Long Term Solvency

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Sitters Without Borders files a 990N postcard with the IRS. As such, financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the nonprofit.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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