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GreenRoots Inc.

 227 Marginal Street, #1
 Chelsea, MA 02150
[P] (617) 466-3076
[F] --
www.greenrootschelsea.org
[email protected]
Roseann Bongiovanni
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INCORPORATED: 2016
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 81-2718273

LAST UPDATED: 04/18/2018
Organization DBA RaicesVerdes
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

GreenRoots works to achieve environmental justice and greater quality of life through collective action, unity, education and youth leadership across neighborhoods and communities.
 
GreenRoots is a community-based organization dedicated to improving and enhancing the urban environment and public health in Chelsea and surrounding communities. We do so through deep community engagement and empowerment, youth leadership and implementation of innovative projects and campaigns.

Mission Statement

GreenRoots works to achieve environmental justice and greater quality of life through collective action, unity, education and youth leadership across neighborhoods and communities.
 
GreenRoots is a community-based organization dedicated to improving and enhancing the urban environment and public health in Chelsea and surrounding communities. We do so through deep community engagement and empowerment, youth leadership and implementation of innovative projects and campaigns.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $1,066,020.00
Projected Expense $684,342.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Climate Resiliency
  • Transit Justice
  • Urban Agriculture and Food Justice
  • Waterfront Access
  • Youth Leadership on Environmental Justice Concerns

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Overview

Mission Statement

GreenRoots works to achieve environmental justice and greater quality of life through collective action, unity, education and youth leadership across neighborhoods and communities.
 
GreenRoots is a community-based organization dedicated to improving and enhancing the urban environment and public health in Chelsea and surrounding communities. We do so through deep community engagement and empowerment, youth leadership and implementation of innovative projects and campaigns.

Background Statement

GreenRoots, Inc., is a community-based organization with a 20+ year track record of achieving significant environmental justice accomplishments and public health victories. GreenRoots previously operated under the umbrella of the Chelsea Collaborative, Inc. (the Collaborative) as a grassroots community committee known as the Chelsea Green Space Committee. In April 2016, the Collaborative’s Board of Directors and Green Space members decided to deepen our impact in the community by launching an independent organization with broad reaches into the myriad environmental and public health threats in our community.

Over the past twenty years, GreenRoots has restored more than two acres of urban salt marsh, created new parks, advocated and oversaw the development of waterfront walkways, educational signage and public access to the water’s edge. We have also implemented numerous initiatives to improve the surface water quality of the Chelsea Creek; and have ensured businesses and adjacent municipalities implement best management practices to improve water quality and to reduce environmental and public health burdens on the adjacent communities. In addition, with our partners in East Boston, GreenRoots led a multi-stakeholder process in 2002 that led to the development of the Chelsea Creek Community Vision Plan. Through this process, the community had the opportunity to think creatively about the waterfront. We have implemented much of that vision and continue to seek additional opportunities to fulfill the plan's goals.


Impact Statement

Last year:

GreenRoots expanded and deepened its social and environmental justice work by becoming an independent non-profit organization with meaningful resident leadership and engagement.

GreenRoots led the City of Chelsea’s successful application for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2017 Culture of Health Prize. GreenRoots was also selected as a Social Innovator by the Social Innovation Forum.

GreenRoots’ six member youth team, the Environmental Chelsea Organizers (ECO), engaged more than 225 of their peers: developed and taught 10-week environmental justice curriculum; conducted intensive youth leadership training program; and organized Youth Visioning Summit for Chelsea Creek

GreenRoots continued to ensure resident-engagement (expanded to East Boston) in land use and policy decisions along the Chelsea Creek to maximize public access, environmental amenities, business accountability (roundtable with seven oil storage terminals) and development that does not displace our community.

GreenRoots is supporting the resident-led effort (led by immigrants and non-native English speakers) to create a community land trust to fight back against gentrification and displacement.

Goals:

GreenRoots will engage hundreds of residents (including youth) in the city-led Municipal Harbor Planning Process which will dictate the future development of the Chelsea Creek waterfront, ensuring the most impacted residents participate in decision making.

GreenRoots expects to incorporate the community land trust so that it can begin to acquire and own land.

GreenRoots will expand its food justice work by expanding urban gardening and agriculture with a new greenhouse or urban farm, as decided by the community.

GreenRoots anticipates gaining new public access points along the Chelsea Creek (through advocacy and legal strategies); and a new natural playground along the Mill Creek.

GreenRoots will support the growth and leadership development of its youth programs.


Needs Statement

GreenRoots’ technology challenges are some of our most pressing needs. GreenRoots most immediate need is the development of a highly functioning database. Additional needs include a communication strategy and ways to better publicize and describe our work and successes.

GreenRoots’ work would greatly benefit from being able to add a community organizing staff person for each of our focus areas including transit justice, food justice, waterfront revitalization and youth leadership. At the minimum, GreenRoots needs to hire a food justice coordinator this year.

GreenRoots could benefit from strategies and trainings to broaden our individual donor base and to reach a broader range of prospective donors.

GreenRoots would like to create an evaluation tool or metric to better measure our work and impact.

GreenRoots would benefit from legal assistance for the creation of memoranda of understandings, challenging waterfront developments and guiding remediation efforts


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA

GreenRoots focuses on Chelsea (and East Boston) where almost 75% of the population identifies as ethnic/racial minorities; 24% fall below the federal poverty level; 35 languages are spoken in Chelsea schools; and every neighborhood classifies as an Environmental Justice population.
 

Organization Categories

  1. Environment - Environmental Education
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C.
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development-Agricultural

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

Climate Resiliency

Almost every neighborhood in Chelsea and in surrounding waterfront communities is impacted by climate change and sea level rise. GreenRoots is engaging with businesses and governmental organizations as well as other membership-based organizations to tackle climate justice concerns. This includes a movement for residents to own and control their own resources, including a microgrid that would continue to provide energy in emergency situations, as well as a Community Land Trust.
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Category  Environment, General/Other Energy Resources
Population Served At-Risk Populations Minorities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Our work includes energy efficiency, creating opportunities for communities to "own” their own power and implementing green infrastructure to reduce flooding and water quality impacts.
Program Long-Term Success  Assessing and implementing micro-grids and other measures to reduce climate impacts while advancing statewide policies/legislation.
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Transit Justice

GreenRoots understands transit justice to be a key pillar of environmental justice and economic justice. As one of the most densely populated and transit-dependent communities in the Commonwealth, we see access to public, affordable and reliable means of transportation as central to transitioning from our dependence on fossil fuels, reducing our carbon emissions, improving our public health and lifting our communities out of poverty. 
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Category  Community Development, General/Other Community Development, General/Other
Population Served At-Risk Populations Minorities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Most recently, we have focused our work around the new Youth Pass Pilot, the Silver Line extension coming to Chelsea and the Chelsea Viaduct Project.
Program Long-Term Success  Supporting the work of our allies in fighting against the privatization of any MBTA services, changes in late-night service and fare structures which would disproportionately impact our residents. We continue to also work with the MBTA and DOT for improved services and infrastructure in our city.
Program Success Monitored By  --
Examples of Program Success 

After almost a nine-year campaign, including a year-long pilot, WE WON! Youth in Chelsea and the Greater Boston area will have access to a reduced fare Youth Pass!The Environmental Chelsea Organizers (ECO) youth crew played a key role as members of the Youth Affordabili(T) Coalition in advocating for a pilot program that would allow youth to have affordable access to public transit. Through direct action and mobilization, as well as written and oral testimonies, we were able to gain final approval for the Youth Pass pilot for youth between the ages of 12 to 21. This was first signed by the Secretary of Transportation and General Manager of the MBTA, and later approved by the Fiscal and Management Control Board. The campaign was led primarily by Boston youth, with Chelsea being the only additional city to partner in designing the the pilot program with MBTA officials. The cities of Somerville and Malden later joined as municipal partners who would run the pilot program for youth residents.


Urban Agriculture and Food Justice

Low-income, ethnically diverse communities like Chelsea often have limited access to fresh, healthy, affordable and culturally-appropriate foods. GreenRoots' Food Justice program works to increase access to fresh healthy foods through urban agriculture as well as outreach and education on healthy life choices.
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Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Sustainable Agriculture
Population Served At-Risk Populations Minorities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  To combat the limited access to healthy food, community gardens and local farms provide opportunities for residents to have access to fruits, vegetables and herbs. They also provide pockets of open space and respite in an urban environment. 
Program Long-Term Success  Implement a plan to maximize urban agricultural opportunities on vacant and underutilized land.
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Examples of Program Success  GreenRoots manages four successful community gardens that provides healthy locally grown produce to over 100 families annually.

Waterfront Access

Using the Chelsea Creek Community Vision Plan, created with deep community involvement by the Chelsea Creek Action Group (a partnership between GreenRoots and East Boston residents organized with staff support from the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing), GreenRoots implements aggressive campaigns to gain public access to the Chelsea Creek, Mill Creek, Island End River and Mystic River. Furthermore, we implement ecological habitat, wetland restoration, green infrastructure and water quality improvement projects.
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Category  Environment, General/Other Natural Resources Conservation & Protection
Population Served At-Risk Populations Minorities Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-Term Success  Empowering residents to engage in their waterfront planning processes and continuing to hold waterfront businesses accountable.
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Youth Leadership on Environmental Justice Concerns

GreenRoots values the leadership development and empowerment of the Environmental Chelsea Organizers (ECO), a team of 6 teens that work on environmental projects important to youth in Chelsea. 
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Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Leadership
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) At-Risk Populations Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
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Examples of Program Success  They lead campaigns for the full implementation of the youth pass pilot program; community-wide surveys to document health and displacement concerns; advocacy and design for teen parks; tree planting projects; expansion of peer teaching initiatives in public and private after school programs; and other campaigns envisioned by youth.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Roseann Bongiovanni
CEO Term Start July 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

For the past 21 years, Roseann has implemented and managed the environmental justice work carried out in Chelsea, formerly through the Green Space Committee and now thru GreenRoots. Roseann managed the transition of this community based committee into an independent organization with a home on the Chelsea Creek. Roseann’s accomplishments include raising $1.5 million dollars to vision, design and create, with the community, Creekside Commons Park; leading an effort to transform an abandoned parcel of land into a beautiful playground and community garden built in one day with 250 volunteers and leading the successful grassroots organizing campaigns to defeat the construction of a dirty diesel power plant in Chelsea; and to stop ethanol “bomb” trains from traveling through 90 communities in Massachusetts to a Chelsea Creek facility. Roseann managed two economic stimulus funded projects exceeding $2 million that significantly improved Chelsea’s air quality.

Roseann is a lifelong Chelsea resident and former City Councilor. She has a Masters of Public Health from Boston University and was the recipient of numerous awards, most notably Alternatives for Community and Environment Founders’ Award in 2001, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Environmental Hero Award in 2006 and the All Chelsea Award “Adult Resident of the Year” in 2007. She is a mother of two feisty, strong-minded children.

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Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Mrs. Maria Belen Power Associate Executive Director

Prior to joining GreenRoots, Maria Belen was the Lead Organizer for the Green Space Committee. She oversees GreenRoots’ environmental justice campaigns and supports the work of the ECO youth crew, Junior Organizer and Research Assistant. Maria Belen represents GreenRoots in the Green Justice Coalition of the Greater Boston Area as well as national movements for environmental and climate justice.

Growing up in a bicultural family in Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the western hemisphere in the aftermath of a revolution, coupled with her work as an organizer in migrant communities has informed her understanding of social justice and the need for systemic change. Maria Belen's work organizing with undocumented immigrants, day laborers, and public housing tenants has deepened her understanding of economic, social and environmental issues.

Maria Belen will be a Neighborhood Fellow working towards her Masters Degree in Public Policy at Tufts University's Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department. She successfully completed a year-long certificate program in Nonprofit Management and Leadership with the Institute for Non-profit Management and Leadership at Boston University.

Awards

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Affiliations

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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association Massachusetts

External Assessments and Accreditations

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Collaborations

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 5
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 2
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % --

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 8
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 3
Not Specified 1

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

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

Governance


Board Chair Mr. Eugene Benson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired Attorney
Board Chair Term July 2016 -
Board Co-Chair Ms. Madeleine Scammell
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Boston University School of Public Health
Board Co-Chair Term July 2016 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Eugene Benson Retired Attorney --
Jovanna Garcia Soto Program Coordinator for Latin America, Grassroots International --
Marcos Luna Professor, Department of Geography, Salem State University --
Yahya Noor Community Connector for Massachusetts General Hospital’s Chelsea Health Center --
Madeleine Scammell Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health --
John Valinch Research Analyst and Executive Assistant to Janice Loux, UNITE HERE! --

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 3
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths --
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 30%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
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 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Expense Breakdown (%)

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Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $1,066,020.00
Projected Expense $684,342.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

Audit Documents

2017 Audited Financials

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 -- --
Total Revenue $962,755 -- --
Total Expenses $330,635 -- --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

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Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $12,174 -- --
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    Unspecified $12,174 -- --
Individual Contributions $888,300 -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $57,674 -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses $315 -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $4,292 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2017 -- --
Program Expense $193,024 -- --
Administration Expense $74,061 -- --
Fundraising Expense $63,550 -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 2.91 -- --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 58% -- --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 7% -- --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

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Total Assets $640,573 -- --
Current Assets $630,460 -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $8,453 -- --
Total Net Assets $632,120 -- --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

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Financial Planning

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Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
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Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

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Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 74.58 -- --

Long Term Solvency

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Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% -- --

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. Please note, this organization received its IRS status in 2016, as such, one full year of data is posted above.

Documents


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