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Massachusetts Parents United Inc.

 31 Union Square
 Somerville, MA 02143
[P] (978) 404-2416
[F] --
www.maparents.org
[email protected]
Keri Rodrigues
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INCORPORATED: 2017
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 82-1313683

LAST UPDATED: 01/03/2018
Organization DBA Massachusetts Parents United, Inc.
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

Massachusetts Parents United is the independent voice of parents in the Commonwealth.
 
MPU was founded around one simple idea: Parents have more to offer the movement to build safer neighborhoods, stable homes and high-quality education than simply running a good bake sale. We are a parent-led organization that brings together the power of parents and families to advocate for the children of Massachusetts.

Mission Statement

Massachusetts Parents United is the independent voice of parents in the Commonwealth.
 
MPU was founded around one simple idea: Parents have more to offer the movement to build safer neighborhoods, stable homes and high-quality education than simply running a good bake sale. We are a parent-led organization that brings together the power of parents and families to advocate for the children of Massachusetts.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,500,000.00
Projected Expense $800,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • MPU Parent Chapters

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Overview

Mission Statement

Massachusetts Parents United is the independent voice of parents in the Commonwealth.
 
MPU was founded around one simple idea: Parents have more to offer the movement to build safer neighborhoods, stable homes and high-quality education than simply running a good bake sale. We are a parent-led organization that brings together the power of parents and families to advocate for the children of Massachusetts.

Background Statement

With more than 7,500 members, Massachusetts Parents United is the largest urban parent advocacy organization in the Commonwealth, harnessing the power of parents to advocate for safer neighborhoods, affordable housing and equitable access to high quality education.
 
Within the first year, MPU has emerged as the independent and authentic voice of parents across Massachusetts by establishing a powerful statewide parent-led organization with chapters in East Boston, Dorchester, Lawrence, Lowell and Springfield with plans to expand to Chelsea, Lynn and Holyoke in 2018.

Impact Statement

Massachusetts Parents United currently has 7,520 members in five different chapters: East Boston, Dorchester, Lawrence, Lowell and Springfield. Each MPU member signs up with a community canvasser, participates in the Parent Power Survey and attends at least one community chapter meeting to help build the local parent agenda and priorities.

(A minimum of 3 actions.)

3,049 MPU members have signed up as parent leaders, attending multiple meetings, helping to craft the Parent Action Agenda and participated in multiple actions with MPU.

(A minimum of 6 actions.)

Massachusetts Parents United membership is one of the most diverse organizations of its kind, nearly 71% Latino and over 98 percent parents of color.

Empowered with data, parents then organize within their neighborhoods to stand up and demand change. MPU uses data to zero in and identify the neighborhoods where information tells us organizing of parents is in demand and blanket these neighborhoods with community canvasses to unite parents. We then work together to assemble Neighborhood Action Agendas with tangible action steps and expectations that we want to see put into action to improve our communities.

Each chapter is supported with organizing training, materials and outreach support and skills training to ensure their chapter is developed and heard. Our neighborhood chapters engage with school leaders, law enforcement, community leaders and elected officials to ensure our agenda is not only heard but acted upon.

In addition to our parent organizing meetings and in keeping with the needs of parents we also offer a vibrant statewide parent support network with thousands of parents and family members who engage with our work via online, email and social media platforms.

Together, MPU chapters come together to develop a powerful network of motivated parents who are able to amplify each other’s voices and impact policy decisions on the statewide level. From the statewide level we employ the same methods of data analysis, parent education and awareness and mobilization toward substantive goals.

Massachusetts Parents United is authentically powered by parents and they run every aspect of our organization. Our data-driven organizing model is informed by strong research that educates and empowers parents. Our parent researchers prepare our Neighborhood Parent Report Cards and Safety Reports which educate parents about the state of available school options and safety concerns within their neighborhoods.


Needs Statement

Massachusetts Parents United seeks to continue its unprecedented success in building parent power in communities across the Commonwealth by developing our strong network of parent chapters to begin working to make real changes on the neighborhood, regional and statewide level in 2018. We will focus on building our teams of leaders and advocates in Boston, Lawrence, Lowell and Springfield and expanding our turf to cover Holyoke, Lynn/Salem and Chelsea.

CEO Statement

  • We believe that children deserve to grow up in safe and secure neighborhoods that are free of violence and fear of deportation.
  • We believe that children deserve to grow up in safe homes without fear of homelessness and displacement because of a lack of affordable housing or concern regarding where their next meal may come from.
  • We believe that children deserve to have the opportunity to access to the highest quality schools in their neighborhoods and in strengthening district, charter and private schools to better serve our kids.

Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- Allston/ Brighton
City of Boston- Back Bay
City of Boston- Beacon Hill/ West End
City of Boston- Charlestown
City of Boston- Chinatown/ Leather District
City of Boston- North Dorchester
City of Boston- South Dorchester
City of Boston- Downtown
City of Boston- East Boston
City of Boston- Fenway/ Kenmore
City of Boston- Hyde Park
City of Boston- Jamaica Plain
City of Boston- Mattapan
City of Boston- Mission Hill
City of Boston- North End
City of Boston- Roslindale
City of Boston- Roxbury
City of Boston- South Boston
City of Boston- South End/Bay Village
City of Boston- Harbor Islands
City of Boston- West Roxbury
BERKSHIRE REGION, MA
CAPE &ISLANDS REGION, MA
CENTRAL REGION, MA
METROWEST REGION, MA
NORTHEAST REGION, MA
PIONEER VALLEY REGION, MA
SOUTHEAST REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
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Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Children's Rights
  2. Education - Elementary & Secondary Schools
  3. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development

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

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Programs

MPU Parent Chapters

MPU is authentically powered by parents and they run every aspect of our organization. We organize parents through 'Parent Chapters' and we currently have 6,600 members in five different chapters. Each MPU member signs up with a community canvasser, participates in the Parent Power Survey and attends a community chapter meeting.
Our data-driven organizing model is informed by strong research that empowers parents. Our parent researchers prepare our reports which educate parents about the state of available school options and safety concerns within their neighborhoods.
Empowered with data, parents then organize within their neighborhoods to demand change. MPU uses data to identify the neighborhoods where information tells us organizing of parents is in demand and blanket these neighborhoods with community canvasses to unite parents. We then work to assemble Neighborhood Action Agendas with tangible action steps and expectations to put into action to improve our communities.
Budget  $264,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Over the next 6-12 months we expect to accomplish the following:
1) Grow our membership to 12,000 members which would make MPU the largest parent organization in the state
2) Expand our chapter to three additional cities (Fall River, Lynn, Holyoke)
3) Each chapter will have additional meetings with elected officials to advocate for their legislative agenda
Program Long-Term Success  In the long term, MPU is working to be the largest parent organization in MA and to have a respected and important role in the process to pass any legislation that impacts children
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success  Our parent chapters have accomplished the following in less than 6 months of activities:
1) Our members testified on the hearings for the Pergnat Work Fairness Act which helped pass this statewide legislation
2) Every chapter had meetings with legislators to advocate for their legislative agenda
3) Our membership has grown from zero to 6,600 and we have a high convertion rate from members to leaders (33% as of June 2017)

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director CEO Keri Rodrigues
CEO Term Start Jan 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
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Awards

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Affiliations

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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 13
Number of Volunteers 1
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 1%

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Christine Gorman Cullison
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired
Board Chair Term Jan 2017 - Jan 2020
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Christine Cullison Retired Voting
Keri Rodrigues Lorenzo MPU Voting
Jennifer Rego MPU Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

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

Board Information

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

Standing Committees

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $1,500,000.00
Projected Expense $800,000.00
Form 990s --
Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

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Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
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 --
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Capital Campaign Dates -
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Massachusetts Parents United Inc. (MPU) received its nonprofit status from the IRS in December 2017. Prior to that, MPU was fiscally sponsored by Education Reform Now Inc. MPU is a newer organization and launched in early 2017, as such, financial data will be posted above when it becomes available.

Documents


Other Documents

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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Decisions made at the local, state and national level have a direct impact on our children and families and MPU provides parents the skills, information and opportunities to stand up and take our seat at the table where policy decisions are made.

While MPU has been recruited and works in coalition with some of the most powerful community organizations in Massachusetts, our children are unapologetically at the center of our agenda and every decision. MPU is able to assert our “kids-first” agenda into the strategic vision of our coalition groups through the power of our significant membership numbers and statewide reach.



2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

MPU has been able to organize neighborhood by neighborhood by using an aggressive, data-driven organizing model that engages, educates, and empowers parents to take immediate action that make at the school and neighborhood level and combines to form a powerful political voice in the state.


Decisions made at the local, state and national level have a direct impact on our children and families and MPU provides parents the skills, information and opportunities to stand up and take our seat at the table where policy decisions are made.


While MPU has been recruited and works in coalition with some of the most powerful community organizations in Massachusetts, our children are unapologetically at the center of our agenda and every decision. MPU is able to assert our “kids-first” agenda into the strategic vision of our coalition groups through the power of our significant membership numbers and statewide reach.



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

Massachusetts Parents United is authentically powered by parents and they run every aspect of our organization. Our data-driven organizing model is informed by strong research that educates and empowers parents. Our Parent Research team is headed by Boston Dad Seth Racine, a former Deputy Superintendent for the Lawrence Public Schools receivership and former Deputy Chief Financial Officer for the Boston Public Schools. Our parent researchers prepare our Neighborhood Parent Report Cards and Safety Reports which educate parents about the state of available school options and safety concerns within their neighborhoods.

Empowered with data, parents then organize within their neighborhoods to stand up and demand change. MPU uses data to zero in and identify the neighborhoods where information tells us organizing of parents is in demand and blanket these neighborhoods with community canvasses to unite parents. We then work together to assemble Neighborhood Action Agendas with tangible action steps and expectations that we want to see put into action to improve our communities.

Each chapter is supported with organizing training, materials and outreach support and skills training to ensure their chapter is developed and heard. Our neighborhood chapters engage with school leaders, law enforcement, community leaders and elected officials to ensure our agenda is not only heard but acted upon.

In addition to our parent organizing meetings and in keeping with the needs of parents we also offer a vibrant statewide parent support network with thousands of parents and family members who engage with our work via online, email and social media platforms.


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

Massachusetts Parents United currently has 6,687 members in five different chapters: East Boston, Dorchester, Lawrence, Lowell and Springfield. Each MPU member signs up with a community canvasser, participates in the Parent Power Survey and attends a community chapter meeting.

2,110 MPU members have signed up as parent leaders, attending multiple meetings, helping to craft the Parent Action Agenda and participated in multiple actions with MPU.

Massachusetts Parents United membership is one of the most diverse organizations of its kind, lead by 74% women of color.

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

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