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Finding Ones Voice Inc.

 83 Beach Street
 Sharon, MA 02067
[P] (781) 702-0641
[F] --
findingonesvoice.org
[email protected]
Ann Beach
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INCORPORATED: 2014
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 37-1767313

LAST UPDATED: 11/26/2017
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of Finding One's Voice is to give youth voice through artistic expression.

Mission Statement

The mission of Finding One's Voice is to give youth voice through artistic expression.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $90,000.00
Projected Expense $25,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Snapshots of Joy

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Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of Finding One's Voice is to give youth voice through artistic expression.

Background Statement

Incorporated in 2014, Finding One's Voice (FOV) began serving youth in 2015 with its "Snapshots of Joy" program. FOV purchases and distributes disposable cameras to children and asks them to take pictures of things that make them happy. Once the film is developed, the children discuss, explore, and write about their perspective and motivations for taking the photographs. This program provides the opportunity for youth to reflect on and process their emotions. It is our hope that it lays a foundation for them to develop the inner fortitude to choose grace, calmness and compassion when facing life's adversities.
 
In a world that increasingly focuses on outcomes and immediate results, FOV emphasizes process. The course takes place over a five week time period, meeting 45 minutes to an hour each week. Cameras are distributed week 1 and are returned for developing week 2. Discussion centers around expected results and the reality that what comes back may be very different from what is expected. Conversation about looking at the images that are returned and finding joy or beauty in those images rather than an expected result are key. Once the photographs are returned to the children, they select their favorite image and write a personal reflection on why the chosen image brings them joy.   FOV has that image enlarged to an 8x12. Both the enlargement and the children's write ups are mounted and an exhibit is held for friends, family and/or the public.  In 2015 FOV served three children,  that number has grown to 317 in 2017.  There is no cost to the participants. 
 
The inspiration for FOV was the sudden, shocking death of the founder's daughter as a result of relationship violence. In response to her death, the founder resolved to not let the last three minutes of her daughter's life define it.  Rather she chose to focus on the grace her daughter exhibited throughout her twenty-six years. Grace, kindness and compassion are values at the core of FOV's work. Providing youth the opportunity to discover their emotions within, and process them, is a unique aspect of this program; particularly given the outcome-based and instant-gratification world today's youth experience.  

Impact Statement

1. FOV had a goal of serving 250 children in 2017. As the teaching time period is coming to a close for 2017, we will have served 317, surpassing our goal by nearly 27%.
2. At the start of 2017, FOV projected annual revenue of $17,750. To date in 2017, FOV has raised more than $85,000.
3. Two fundraising events were held in September 2017. A golf tournament that cost $3500 to hold and raised $22,500 (CofR 15.55%) and a cocktail party with a goal of raising $30,000 that has raised nearly $42,000.
4. FOV launched its first electronic newsletter in June 2017, successfully delivered to 341 subscribers.

Needs Statement

1. Staffing.  FOV is able to meet current demand but unable to grow at current staffing levels. Presently FOV has one person, the founder and executive director, who does everything from administrative work, accounting, maintaining inventory, teaching the course at all venues, planning, organizing and overseeing all fundraising initiatives and events, maintaining all databases, board management etc. In order to serve more children, another person is necessary to hold more than one session on the same date and time. Full time assistant to the Executive Director estimated salary $40,000.
2. Marketing. Delivery of program is limited with only one person on staff.
3. Customer relationship management database. FOV's database composed of friends and donors is at almost 800 people, managed in excel. 
4. Strategic plan to, among other things, outline capital needs in anticipation of growth, rather than simply focusing on revenue to support programming. Consultant cost: $6,000-$10,000.
5. Diversification of revenue sources. FOVs revenue primarily comes from individual donors. It is time to change that by applying for grants and to foundations in an intentional and planned manner. 
6. Expand social media presence.  
 

CEO Statement

Youth are provided the opportunity to explore and process their emotions. They learn to wait to see the fruits of their labor and manage their expectations. In focusing on process, the children experience freedom of thought and choice that come from within rather than from an outside paradigm. Class discussion emphasizes respect and kindness especially because the topics center on the children's thoughts and feelings. Individual children respond to this with confidence and a more relaxed attitude because they feel safe, collectively they practice civility of discourse, learn to listen, and become more comfortable in expressing emotion. This program accomplishes a great deal as evidenced by testimony from parents and feedback from participants. 
 
As founder and executive director I do not and will not take a salary; however to build a sustainable organization I must spend my time more strategically both in fundraising and marketing the organization and its mission.  It will be important to replace me with a paid Executive Director sometime in the next 3-5 years so my time is spent to its highest and best use. The first step toward that will be hiring an assistant to both teach and take on administrative tasks that are quite time-consuming. 
 
I would like to find time to reach out to collaborating institutions, market the program and its curriculum to schools with the hope that it could be offered as part of an arts or writing curriculum during the academic day. We already work with one school in this manner and have been invited back.
 
 

Board Chair Statement

FOV was born out of tragedy, when founder and Executive Director Ann Beach’s daughter and my Goddaughter, Victoria McManus, then 26, became a victim of relationship violence in May 2014. Shortly after Victoria was killed, Ann knew she would start a nonprofit to honor Victoria’s memory and promote the things Victoria valued most – helping young people, writing and creating art. The initial challenge was to take Ann’s passion and energy and create an organization that could honor Victoria by providing youth the means to express themselves through visual art and writing. Ann recruited a Board with diverse skill sets, experiences, and ties to Victoria. At an early off-site retreat, mission and its delivery were refined. Funding came from the generous FOV network. A program was developed for local youth, “Snapshots of Joy”, that combined taking photographs, discussing their ideas and feelings, and writing about the experience.
 
By the end of 2017, 375 children will have participated in “Snapshots of Joy". In July alone, 160 were served in summer camps: four weeks, three venues, ten sections, 160 children! The course helps them develop patience; they learn to wait and when their photographs don’t turn out as expected, they sort through disappointment. They look at what is in front of them, learn to see something positive, joyful, even beautiful. Our belief is that this process develops adults who are kinder, more caring, and better able to withstand the impulsiveness and sense of urgency so prevalent in today’s world.
 
From a governance perspective, our next challenge is how to sustain the success of “Snapshots” and expand the reach of FOV. At fundraising activities, whether it be a golf outing or cocktail reception, we display the work of the children, their photographic images and writings about them. The effect this has on people is significant and moving. Our board is now focusing on how to grow, including adding staff and space, and the planning and attention to detail that requires. I look forward to continued success at FOV and the satisfaction we all receive from the effect we have on today’s youth and in maintaining the memory of Victoria with a smile on my face.

Geographic Area Served

SOUTHEAST REGION, MA
GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
FOV aspires to serve the general public ages 4-26 by offering its program, Snapshots of Joy, to youth in cooperation with schools and other not for profits. To date, the areas served have solely been based on proximity to the executive director since she is the sole employee. The organization hopes to branch out beyond southeastern MA and the greater Boston area when more staff are added.  Presently, FOV offers Snapshots of Joy during the academic day at one venue in Boston. The organization welcomes the opportunity to become a part of any and every school's curriculum during the academic day but to date has found school departments and administrations too busy to move forward together. 

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts & Culture
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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

Snapshots of Joy

Snapshots of Joy encourages children to explore and find their voice artistically, verbally and through the written word. FOV purchases and distributes disposable cameras to children and asks them to take pictures of things that make them happy. Once the film is developed, the children discuss and explore their perspective and motivations for taking the photographs. Photos are then framed alongside a personal reflection and an exhibit of these works is held for families, friends and/or the public. Snapshots has served nearly 400 children ages 5-13 since inception.
Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) College Aged (18-26 years)
Program Short-Term Success  In “Snapshots,” kids learn to find their voice and express their inner feelings. The course helps them develop patience: they learn to wait and when their photographs don’t turn out as expected, they sort through disappointment. They look at what is in front of them, learning to see something positive, joyful, even beautiful. Participants discover the joy in waiting, slowing down to uncover something deeper than what is visible on the surface or through a sound bite. Students also learn to listen respectfully to one another, while the seed of compassion is planted. Through listening they develop an understanding of the feelings of someone different from themselves. 100% of participants experience success through learning how to take photographs, writing a reflection on one of their photographs and experiencing the pride of having their work exhibited to family and friends or at a public venue.
Program Long-Term Success  Our belief is that the program's teachings will help participants develop into adults who are kinder, more caring, and better able to withstand the impulsiveness and sense of urgency so prevalent in today’s world. Snapshots helps youth learn to express emotions in a positive, constructive manner and to share those emotions with others. Snapshots is a fairly new program - in our first year, we served 3 children; in 2017, we will serve 317 children. Participants, parents and teachers all have expressed appreciation for the improvements in the overall outlook of youth following participation in the program.
Program Success Monitored By  Program success is monitored by collaborating partners and the Board of Directors.
Examples of Program Success  Examples of changes in behaviors include testimonials and thank yous from the children who participate in the program and/or the adults who care for them.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Ann Victoria Beach
CEO Term Start Sept 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Former Director, Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
Former Member, Board of Trustees, Emma Willard School, Troy, NY
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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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External Assessments and Accreditations

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Staff Information

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

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 0
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 Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy --
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Mr Andrew Audet
Board Chair Company Affiliation Akamai Technologies
Board Chair Term Sept 2017 - Sept 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Ann Beach Former Director, Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Voting
Ms. Kyle Cutter-Babiri University of California, Irvine Voting
Ms. Anne DePrez Barnes & Thornburg Voting
Mr. Douglas Hart Penobscot Investment Management Co., Inc. Voting
Ms. Carolyn Beach Welcome Gordon Medical Associates Voting
Mr. Michael Welcome Retired Voting

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Youth 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: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 4
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Board Governance
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017
Projected Income $90,000.00
Projected Expense $25,500.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990 EZ

2015 Form 990 EZ

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
Total Revenue $35,217 $24,121 --
Total Expenses $6,206 $2,963 --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

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Government Contributions $0 $0 --
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Individual Contributions $27,626 $19,199 --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
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Investment Income, Net of Losses $23 $2 --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $7,568 $4,920 --
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Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

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Program Expense $3,214 $463 --
Administration Expense $2,209 $2,219 --
Fundraising Expense $783 $281 --
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Total Revenue/Total Expenses 5.67 8.14 --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 52% 16% --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 2% 1% --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

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Total Assets $50,169 $21,158 --
Current Assets $50,169 $21,158 --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 --
Current Liabilities $0 $0 --
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Financial Planning

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Spending Policy N/A
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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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Capital Campaign Dates -
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

Short Term Solvency

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Long Term Solvency

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's IRS Form 990-EZs with additional functional expense breakout detail per the Form PCs on file with the state of MA. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available. Two years of data is displayed above as this organization received its nonprofit status from the IRS in 2015.

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Impact

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1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

Finding One's Voice provides opportunities for youth to create works of visual art and writing to express ideas, feelings, and beliefs in a constructive manner. The focus is on process rather than product. FOV empowers youth to seek balance and a sense of well-being, to find a calm center in the storm of modern life, and to cultivate compassion and resilience. Our program "Snapshots of Joy" provides youth the opportunity to explore and process their emotions. It is our hope that it lays a foundation for youth to develop an internal fortitude to choose grace, calmness, and compassion when faced with life's adversities.
 
The target population is the general public of youths aged 4-26. To date we have served children ages 5-13. Measures of success are invitations back to collaborating institutions. Additionally, we have experienced children repeating the course. Our goal in many ways is not measurable - how does one count the number of times a person chose a path of calmness versus lashing out with violence? In our outcome focused world, we believe we have lost something very valuable, albeit immeasurable. The value of process has been eliminated from many teaching paradigms only to be replaced by measurable goals, and curriculums that teach to the test. Children who take our course are at first baffled by the freedom of choice granted them, and after five weeks embrace it with smiles on their faces. They are more relaxed and creative in their conduct.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

Organic growth and word of mouth have been our initial strategies. Trying to introduce any new idea to schools is nearly impossible as teachers and administrators seem overburdened with outcomes and proving them. Our goal is to continue to offer this course through after-care and camps. 
 
Marketing and outreach to decision makers and educators.  

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

Budget - we operate in the black, with sufficient resources to continue current program levels for four years. 

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

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

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