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Better Opportunities Inc. (fiscally sponsored by Louis D Brown Peace Institute Corporation)

 24 Centre Avenue, 1L
 Dorchester, MA 02124
[P] (857) 222-6272
[F] --
Carla Sheffield
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EIN 26-3068254

LAST UPDATED: 12/13/2018
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

Better Opportunities Inc., is a non profit organization that advocates for change in our mindset, to unite urban communities and promote peace and strength.

Mission Statement

Better Opportunities Inc., is a non profit organization that advocates for change in our mindset, to unite urban communities and promote peace and strength.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2016 to Aug 31, 2017
Projected Income $500.00
Projected Expense $6,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • BO: Fallen Angel Memorial Exhibition presents People + Police = Peace
  • Peace Officer Standard Training

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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


Mission Statement

Better Opportunities Inc., is a non profit organization that advocates for change in our mindset, to unite urban communities and promote peace and strength.

Background Statement

Our goal, as a developing non-profit organization believes uniting the community will help us all prevail, we aim to connect and educate our communities on our rights, the effects of violence, and the importance of community in order to prevent other tragedies. By doing so we hope to decrease murder, incarceration, prison re-entry, drop-out and unemployment rates. Simultaneously, we expect to increase career/job ready persons, the level of professionalism, improve the City of Boston's Graduation and success rates! Our ultimate goal is to Honor Burrell “BoJack” Ramsey by improving our communities, as a result of magnifying the way he helped and encouraged people on an individual basis.

Impact Statement

Better Opportunities Inc was created after my son was murder during a routine traffic stop by several police officers. A lot of community outrage ensued. A Go Fund Me page was set up to assist with funeral costs. A fundraising play "Cement, Love and nothing else" was done with United Story raised $2200   for the remaining  burial costs and headstone.  A majority of Better Opportunities events are done with local donations and many of the members contributions.  We have had 3 successful FAME events and we have had various workshop, informing and educating the community on various issues.  

Needs Statement

Better Opportunities most pressing need is $5000 for 8/19/17 local people and police basketball tournament Ice breaker. The money will be used for, t-shirts, trophies, advertising, food and permits.

Home office equipment: updated printer, updated laptop website domain subscription $3320

Administrative support $1500

CEO Statement

Across the country tension between people and police are escalating.  Before the great divide widens we need to bridge the gap between families in the community and the local police departments.  BO believe change will come when these two groups start working together.

Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


Organization Categories

  1. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Civil Rights, Social Action, & Advocacy N.E.C.
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Community Celebrations
  3. Crime & Legal - Related -

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



BO: Fallen Angel Memorial Exhibition presents People + Police = Peace

Better Opportunities has an annual Fallen Angel Memorial Exhibition Family Day.  Families are invited to come out to enjoy music, grilled food, and games while keep their lost love ones memory alive.  A F.A.M.E table is set up with photos of our lost, love one and this year we will have people write inspirational messages/quotes to lay next to the photos. There will be a basketball tournament, an icebreaker between the neighborhood families & the local police.   There's a great divide between police & the people.  Our children are afraid of the police.  When I was growing up we had officer friendly for safety talks and Smokey the Bear for the fire safety talks .  Today's kids don't have that so we need to change the culture, get the police and the people communicating. BO believes bringing fathers & police officers with their families out to eat, play, laugh and to get to really know one another we could achieve peace and create safe neighborhoods by working together across all lines.   
Budget  --
Category  Community Development, General/Other Community Renewal
Population Served Families Victims At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  Better Opportunities (BO) F.A.M.E.  Day event short term goals are to get families to come out and get involved in their communities.   Another short term goal is to get the males in the communities to start a conversation on how we can help each other. 
Program Long-Term Success  Communities will start to flourish because people are tired of crime. They are tired of run down building, drug and crime ridden parks. Folks are tired! Crime will drop because the communities will  have fostered a working relationship with the police that together will change the out come of our communities.
Program Success Monitored By  We find that the crowd grows larger each year because more families are coming out.  Many people call us after the FAME Family Day event and tell us what a wonderful time their family had and how they can't wait for next year. Photos are posted on face book.  The event is talked about long after its over.  This year will be the first time we invite the officers and their families.  The basketball tournament is the icebreaker to get the fathers and the police officers to interact in a way they all relate to and get to know one another as individuals. Foster better relationships between the two and eventually resulted in safe neighborhoods because we are all working together as one.  Creating a safe space to have dialog on working together to strength all families and all communities.
Examples of Program Success  Legacy Lives On is a non profit that provides healing and support to parents who lost their children to street crime. One of the mother that attends Legacy Live On came to Better Opportunities' FAME day event last year.  She talked about how nice it was and how much fun she had that she signed up as a volunteer.  

Our short term goals will be measured by the communities and the local officers participation in the BO FAME Family Day.

Our success will be measured (long term goal) by the improvements to the communities, eg lessen crime, increase education and employment .

Peace Officer Standard Training

When I lost my son 8/21/12, it was devastating for my family and I because my son was taking by the very people who were suppose to protect him.  The aftermath was the worst because no one would talk to me or provide answers to my questions.   As co-founder of Better Opportunities, I made it my mission as Burrell’s mom to make that path less complicated.

BO is also working to create a safe environment to file reports against police officers that will yield results. We have volunteers at BO community events that help us bring awareness to POST.

If you want to have a positive impact in the communities you have to deal with the hard facts. Stop sugar-coating or justifying the wronging doing of those with titles because it only heightens the communities mistrust and fears that justice will never prevail.  Step out from behind your titles because without them we’re all human beings abiding by the same laws. It’s not enough to say some things are wrong but putting in the work to make those things right is a start.

When I lost my son it was a struggle to do anything and you realize you have to go on but the pain is unbearable. You have to surround yourself with a support groups or individuals who feels your pain. Attend workshops to help you deal with the emotions that take over you.  I create a toolbox & fill it with the things that I need to get thru the day, the moment or the situation.  My tool box consists of daily prayer, faith, courage, breathing, a Legacy Lives On meeting, one of the Peace Institutes many trainings, workshops, meetings & community events. There are numerous ways to help you deal with the new you because the lost of a child, changes you and you have to channel how it changes you. You put in and take out the tools you need as you need them.

Budget  --
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success   We need to bridge the gap between the communities to bring peace and change among all communities.  Working together to stop the divisiveness between the different communities with peace events,  foundation building to heal and help all families succeed.  It takes a village so let’s be the village we seek because change is important and this affects us all
Program Long-Term Success  Better Opportunities Inc, (BO) is working to bring awareness to the Police Officers Standard Training Commission (POST.)  A commission that is working to make sure MA law enforcement go through rigorous training to become a certified, licensed police officer. BO wants to ensure that officers are doing their jobs to the best of their abilities in hopes that it prevent further tragedies. If an officer commits a crime he would lose his license to be a police officer.  
Program Success Monitored By   By the growth of the organization, surveys, interviews, and changes not only in peoples attitudes but safer communities
Examples of Program Success  Safer communities.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Mrs Carla Sheffield
CEO Term Start Aug 2013
CEO Email
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO Ms Nikia Ramsey
Co-CEO Term Start Aug 2013
Co-CEO Email
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Member of state association of nonprofits? Yes
Name of state association National Network Association

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Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): cape verde
Gender Female: 3
Male: 2
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 Under Development
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 No Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No Annually


Board Chair Mrs Carla Sheffield
Board Chair Company Affiliation Better Opportunities
Board Chair Term Aug 2013 -
Board Co-Chair Ms Nikia
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Better Opportunity
Board Co-Chair Term Aug 2013 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Darryl Jenkins Better Opportunities Voting
Nikia N Ramsey Better Opportunities Voting
Carla Sheffield Better Opportunities Voting
Jordana Soliel Better Opportunities Voting
Anthony Thomas Better Opportunities Voting

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Board Demographics

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

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
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 --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2016 to Aug 31, 2017
Projected Income $500.00
Projected Expense $6,000.00
Form 990s

2015 Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Form 990

Audit Documents

2015 Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
Total Revenue $1,500 $1,500 --
Total Expenses $4,140 $3,140 --

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Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind $1,500 $1,500 --
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
Program Expense $2,940 $1,940 --
Administration Expense -- -- --
Fundraising Expense $1,200 $1,200 --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.36 0.48 --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 71% 62% --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue inf% inf% --

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Current Assets $0 $0 --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 --
Current Liabilities $0 $0 --
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Financial Planning

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Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
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Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities nan nan --

Long Term Solvency

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Better Opportunities Inc. is fiscally sponsored by the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Corporation. As such, the Form 990 and audit documents provided above are per the Peace Institute. The charts and graphs in this profile have been populated with financial information provided by Better Opportunities Inc. Because the organization was only recently created, they only have two years of financial data to share.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Better Opportunities ultimate goal is to bridge the gap between the police and the community and foster a better working relationship so that together we can begin to rebuild our communities.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?


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


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


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