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Bold & Beautiful Women Circle

 59 Fairmount Street, Apartment 2
 Boston, MA 02124
[P] (617) 4127889
[F] --
www.thebbwcircle.com
[email protected]
Bianca Rose
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INCORPORATED: 2014
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 47-1983360

LAST UPDATED: 11/27/2017
Organization DBA The BBW Circle
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Raising awareness on the importance of women investing time into the community and facilitating the personal, creative and entrepreneurial growth of women in the community.

Mission Statement

Raising awareness on the importance of women investing time into the community and facilitating the personal, creative and entrepreneurial growth of women in the community.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $0.00
Projected Expense $0.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Team Building

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Overview

Mission Statement

Raising awareness on the importance of women investing time into the community and facilitating the personal, creative and entrepreneurial growth of women in the community.

Background Statement

The concept of The Bold & Beautiful Women Circle came about while I was a student studying abroad in Sevilla Spain, 2013. Studying abroad allowed more time for me, a 21-year old from Boston, to personally reflect on what was going on with my relationships back at home. Tensions between a best friend was palpable even from afar, and I feared I had no control on its direction anymore. An abrupt end was almost inevitable. Shortly after returning home, it all ended after an embarrassing meltdown. I did not know and never found out what was wrong, though I did do my part of reaching out to help restore some dignity and promise myself to be more aware of parts I may play in someone’s unhappiness.

It was a heartbreaking situation for me, even though it was a friendship. I have had two (and enough) bad experiences with losing friends due to a lack of communication, both in high school and college, that led me to question, “why can’t women get along?” Beyond my personal experiences, it’s a serious question I poise for urban communities like Dorchester, where I reside and share a lot of pride for! It confused me, it frustrated me, and I was determined to find a solution, even if it took a whole lifetime.

It turns out, the entire process of me seeking out a solution resulted in The Bold & Beautiful Women Circle being created. I consulted with close friends and friends on social media, realizing that the very act of speaking with other women was the solution. Communication was also the root problem of the friendships that failed for me so it made sense. Having comfortable and appealing spaces for women to convene and discuss modern day issues amongst us turned out to be the standing formula we needed, because the truth is, we’ll never be able to know all the solutions ahead of our problems. But being able to talk about it, and with other women, made all the difference in the world. Lives were really being changed after our discussions. Women were determined to make something of themselves, more than they already were. Women were determined to leave abusive relationships. Women in successful friendships, relationships, marriages, were sharing their knowledge, skills, beliefs with one another. It was powerful. We couldn’t help but to admit that this could be of help to many other women.

The only clear step to finding the solution was, “let’s talk about it”. One of the women I approached with the idea was Chrystian Dennis, now co-founder, and several other friends with the idea. Those of us who were passionate about it were made board members to get things started. The Bold & Beautiful Women Circle was created in March 2014, following my return from studying abroad that past December. Programs were created to foster growth in different areas: Community Service (bridging the gap between women and the community), Team Building (structured girl talks), The Book Club (reading self-empowering books), Play & Parley Night (encouraging women to exercise creativity and entrepreneurship), all programs that are considered “Community Engagement.” We seek to restore the value of community engagement and relationship building amongst women. We want to ignite our community into reconsidering its standards and view of what the modern-day image could look like for women, especially the ones we’re so quick to dismiss because they’re “too hood.” This is what The Bold & Beautiful Women Circle seeks to execute and exemplify. We are one, and can help each other climb up the success ladder. In 2015, the City of Boston released a publication on their website addressing the status of women and girls in Boston. In the report, it was stated that 70% do not feel that the female entrepreneurship environment in Boston is inclusive, and altogether, women believed they are significantly underrepresented in leadership positions, across multiple sectors. It was also reported that 1 in 4 girls in Boston have been in a physical fight this past year. 51% of girls in Boston have had a family member or close friend murdered. 67% of girls in Boston reported gunshots/shootings as problems in their neighborhood. We need to talk. We need to talk to each other a lot more.

We currently boast 14 awesome members, 6 of which have started their own community initiatives since joining the circle. Our job is to provide an empowering platform for personal, creative, and entrepreneurial freedom, as well as an outlet for therapeutic expression in hopes of guiding women into discovering and exercising their infinite potential. We see no better way to do that than through community engagement.

Impact Statement

When women invest their time into the community, the result amongst our members has repeatedly looked like: personal happiness. There's something about community service that appears to resurface a familiar nature to women. It brings a natural ire of happiness. Women are raising their standards, and overall, are talking about what's best for them and/or their families (or future families) more. All of society wins when this happens. All our members have been influenced by one or more of our programs. When women can convene in the same environment, especially over a fundamental or community cause, we can share what we know, build, and grow with one another. We also find it important to implement social activities where we can have structured girl talks. We often find the standards of women being adjusted after our structured talks, which in turn influences the men, children, and even other women in our everyday lives.
  • We have restructured our board ordinance to make sure we are meeting fiduciary guidelines, better than before.
  • We have gained more partnerships in the community and have served more establishments this year.
  • We have come up with new plans, such as: fundraising, business, partnership proposals and more.
  • We continue to gain new members, and garner new interest from women in the community.

 


Needs Statement

  1. Program Funding - Our goals for each of our programs were set in place at the time of their creation. Our programs have proven to be successful amongst the members, volunteers and guests that have contributed their time. As a reminder, we have four programs. Community Service we require no funding for, we volunteer our personal time at different establishments throughout the Greater Boston Area that are MBTA-accesible, and we also often carpool to these sites. Team Building is transitioning from a living room to the Dorchester YMCA. We are partnering with the YMCA branch to implement a similar model to what we do with our programs with the Teen Program. They are in need of more activities that would engage the likes of the female teenagers. They will be providing any meal or transportation services we may need. Our Book Club is usually held at the Lower Mills Library where we read self-help/empowering books, and we usually buy/bring our own. We use our member dues to pay for light refreshments for the public. Starting next spring, we will be partnering with Casa Myrna, reading these same books but with domestic violence survivors. They will be providing refreshments and child-care, but we'd like to be able to provide books to the survivors and members current with dues. Play & Parley Night is where we encourage one of our fellow members to use a personal platform to share a skill, dream, expertise, passion on whatever they please, in a form of a seminar, workshop or any type of educational environment. We've had successful events in the past, one of them featured in the Bay State Banner. We love to encourage women to exercise their creative and entrepreneurial skills! Members cultivate their own plan and provide their own funding for their lay & Parley Night, but the members are their for support. With member dues, sometimes we are able to help out with locations and refreshments. Each program has one specific woman that manages its activities. 
  2. Events funding - How we are able to garner the interest of women in our community is very important. We've found that women are most attracted to sittings where we can essentially have "girl talks" or what we like to call "structured girl talks." We've discussed everything from abusive relationships to career goals, and have prospered from such discussions in the past. Our Team Building events were how we kept our bond going, at the founder's house, and they were done on a monthly basis until the space was becoming too small for the amount of people that were interested in sharing space. These meet ups were considered a strong tool in advocating for community involvement, including other goals we see for women and as a group. They fueled the energy many women needed to even become interested and/or maintain such interest. It is very essential that we keep these welcoming events for women going, with comfortable spaces --similar to the vibe of a living room. Here is where we are able to gather the attention of many women. If we're able to achieve funding, for instance, to pay for a location such as a small restaurant, we'd like to incorporate other programs that provide services that could be helpful to women. Such as: college readiness programs, job readiness programs, food services. Names such as ABCD and Boston Career Link are initiatives we'd like to bring on board.
  3. Leadership Development - The Bold & Beautiful Women Circle is a nonprofit organization ran by the community, for the community. Many of our leaders have brought their personal experience to their current roles, and therefore may lack the proper professional skills they need to perform their roles better than they do now. Leadership training could ultimately lead to a huge jump in program development, membership growth, and therefore more women volunteering their time to the community. And the cycle perpetuates in an upward slant this way.

CEO Statement

We believe the act of serving the community resurfaces a familiar nature to women once in action. Serving others could never not be a cool thing. We vow to make an example to young women around us; we can still live our lives while still taking time to dedicate hours to the community.
Our team building program has notably changed the lives of a couple of women in the circle. Team Building is a structured girl talk.

Board Chair Statement

The biggest challenge is not giving up. I started this with friends, and sometimes I run into managing leadership issues. But I believe the patience I've had with myself, as well as my friends increasing their leadership skills, shows exactly what we are trying to demonstrate in the community. I want our mission to be evident down to the way leaders and members within the circle work together to operate the circle, (but I still would like some help).

Geographic Area Served

City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)
City of Boston- Citywide (Indiv. neighborhoods also listed)

The urban communities of Greater Boston including, but never limited to:
-Dorchester
-Mattapan
-Hyde Park
-Roxbury
-Roslindale
-South End 
-Back Bay 
-Somerville 
-Cambridge 
 

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Young Men's or Women's Associations
  2. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  3. -

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

Team Building

Members come together once a month for team building (21+); sharing any current obstacles that may be impeding us from where we see ourselves in the future.
 
We come together to meet in healing circles. We have teamed up with the Dorchester YMCA's Teen Program to share space with female teenagers; creating mentorsship relationships.
Budget  --
Category  Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Females Minorities
Program Short-Term Success 
Our Team Building program with the Dorchester YMCA will begin December 2017. Team Building first started out in the founder’s living room, building each other through our structured girl talks, of all ages (sometimes it would be a night with our younger relatives) and most times it would be a night for just us. As we transition into our new partnership with the Dorchester YMCA, our first goal is to build and maintain relationships.
 
  • Build trusting relationships between female adults and adolescents
  • Provide safe and comfortable spaces for girls to convene and talk
Program Long-Term Success 
For Team Building with the Dorchester Y girls, we plan to implement a system that includes: Community Service, Team Building, and activities similar to our "Play & Parley Night" program. We have met with some of the girls, and realize we will be working with both middle school and high schoolers from Boston Public Schools. We also have brought ABCD on board to provide sex education -- they have their own incentives that keep the teenagers engaged. We have worked with ABCD in the past in assisting with their safe sex initiatives in the urban community.
  • Increase the likeliness of success amongst female girls
  • Decrease the number of physical fights amongst girls
  • Increase the number of girls involved in the community
Program Success Monitored By 
Program Coordinator, Vice President
 
Project Design: Team Building
 
-Monthly meet-ups at the Dorchester YMCA for 1.5-2 hours
-Structured “girl talks” & healing
-Community service with us when appropriate
-Leadership development through Play & Parley Night
 
Who will be leading? Chrystian Dennis, our Team Building Coordinator
What we will be doing? Mentoring the female youth in different areas
How? With through planning and preparation before the program starts, and continuous tracking of youth’s progress
Timeline? 1 year, beginning December 2017
 
This fits in with our mission and past experience because we are cultivating feminine excellence in a fellowship of sisterhood, positive energy and leadership development with the girls by implementing similar activities to our four programs. We believe we have the capacity to do the work because we have had successful Team Building events in the past. We have prepared a plan with the Dorchester YMCA and also have the support of the Dorchester YMCA.
 
Examples of Program Success  The best way to measure success with this program is to track the success of our current members that have benefitted from our past Team Building activities. For instance, a couple of our members aren’t in abusive-relationships they weren’t in before. A couple of our members have gone on to pursue career goals they were hesitant about. We have not done a great job keeping track in the past, but it is something we are on top of now.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Team Building & The Book Club are the two programs we are focusing on getting funding for. We still plan to do Community Service, but we do not need funding for that. Our partnership with Dorchester YMCA will help with location and food, but we will need additional funding for operating (staff, and more). 

Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Bianca Yulanda Rose
CEO Term Start Mar 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
As a developing nonprofit organization (2014), I have had to be on the operation side of things for a very long time (and still am), to make sure that are programs are effective. I have had to create positions, create programs, take away positions & programs, and create legal documents/policies among other types of documents that support our structure. 

I've enrolled in Northeastern University in September 2016 fir Nonprofit Management that has taught me so much in so little time. I continue to learn and implement. As I do, I get further away from the CEO role (which is what I eventually want). 
Co-CEO Chrystian Dennis
Co-CEO Term Start Mar 2014
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience

As the Co-founder and Membership Coordinator I have had and continue to have a well rounded experience with our position in the community but as well as with our members. One of the biggest lessons throughout this process of building and creating has been that we are never done and we are never stagnant. Being as involved with the community and as well as the members it has been quite the balance of uplifting our community in many fashions as well as encouraging and inspiring our members to be major assets in said community. This distinct realization has granted myself to improve and implement my passions and talents in a unique way by having the space and opportunity to share and grow as a board member, but most importantly as a community member.

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Awards

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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association n/a

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Capeverdean-Portuguese
Gender Female: 7
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Ms Bianca Yulanda Rose
Board Chair Company Affiliation President
Board Chair Term Mar 2014 - Mar 2018
Board Co-Chair Rebeca Irvin
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term Dec 2015 - Dec 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Chrystian Dennis Community Volunteer (Co-Founder) Voting
Mercedes Francis Treasurer Voting

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Youth Board Members

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Board Demographics

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

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 1
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

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Since our inception in 2014, we have restructured twice. Once in 2015, we revamped the board when the past board members weren't showing duty of care. Leadership development I could say has honestly been the biggest problem. I am able to see the passion and interest people have for our mission, but without constant leadership development, we tend to stay stagnant.

Foundation Comments

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Financials


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Form 990s

2016 990-N Postcard

2015 990-N Postcard

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

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Financial Planning

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Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

At this point, I believe funding could help us further continue our operations on a wider scale. With proper professionals in place and leadership training implemented where appropriate, we would justly be able to afford program coordinators that keep each program going. Even a small stipend can make a huge difference. We are expecting leadership development to lead to a huge turnaround.
 
We plan to go through an official hiring process for program coordinators moving forward.

Foundation Comments

This organization does not yet have any financial data or income to report and files a 990-N (Postcard) with the IRS. Data will be posted when it becomes available.

Documents


Other Documents

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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

We are aiming to encourage more women to invest their time into the community and inadvertently helping emerge more female leaders out of our community.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Our programs:
Community Service, Team Building, Book Club, Play & Parley Night 
 

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

-15 Members
- 7 in leadership positions
-A database of volunteers and resources 

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

So far, we only conduct one survey amongst members per year. 

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

Acquiring the most beneficial statistics
 
Program funding
 
Leadership development (although we are currently working with a nonprofit consultant).