BROOKLINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, INC.

Give Where You Live

aka BCF   |   Brookline, MA   |  www.brooklinecommunity.org

Mission

The Brookline Community Foundation creates opportunity and promotes equity through the transformative power of giving.

Ruling year info

1938

Executive Director

Giselle Ferro Puigbo

Main address

40 Webster Place

Brookline, MA 02445 USA

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Formerly known as

Brookline Friendly Society

Brookline Community Fund

EIN

04-2103944

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BCF's two strategic priorities are reducing and alleviating poverty and expanding opportunities for youth. Largely unknown to a town known for its wealth, 13.2% residents live at or below the federal poverty level and almost 30% face significant economic insecurity (300% of poverty). BCF also wants to improve equity and access to out-of-school time programs in Brookline where barriers exist including for low-income families and families whose first language is not English.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fall Discretionary Grants

Using what we learned from our Understanding Brookline reports and subsequent research and analysis, the Brookline Community Foundation has identified the following strategic priorities:

-Reduce and alleviate poverty by addressing urgent needs, strengthening Brookline’s support network, and creating pathways out of poverty.

-Expand out of school time opportunities particularly for middle school-aged youth by filling programmatic gaps, including programming for youth who are at-risk and/or from low-income families.


We particularly welcome proposals for the Fall Community grant cycle that address these priorities.

As the Brookline Community Foundation moves forward with our strategic priorities, we continue to serve the town as a whole, funding organizations and initiatives that address diverse community needs. Through the Fall Community grant cycle, we also welcome proposals on:

1. ) Expanding access to arts and culture programming
2.) Protecting the environment
3.) Aging in place
4.) Nurturing young children and families
5.) Health and Wellness

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

To ensure equal access to opportunities for all youth in Brookline and to support and enhance the well being of the youth and their families.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Adults

To support activities or program work outside of an organization's normal operating expenses and meet an immediate need up to $1,000.

Population(s) Served
Adults

As policies change at the local, state or federal levels, organizations must remain prepared to provide services and meet the needs of their constituents. Through the Brookline for All Grants Program, BCF will now be a resource for organizations seeking immediate funding to support initiatives intended to make Brookline a welcoming and inclusive community where the rights of all community members are upheld and protected. Brookline for All grants are intended to help local non-profit organizations and town departments plan for and respond to challenges presented by current pressing needs and address the impact of those challenges on Brookline residents. A Brookline for All grant is in the range of $5,000-$10,000, with $10,000 being the maximum that can be requested that meets an immediate community or organizational need.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Massachusetts Non-Profit Network 2015

Brookline Chamber of Commerce 2019

CF Leads, CF Insights 2019

Associated Grant Makers 2019

Rotary Club of Brookline 2019

Our results

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

BCF is working to promote a better Brookline for All. In our strategic plan, our two strategic programmatic goals are to: reduce and alleviate poverty and expand opportunities for youth, particularly middle school youth.

Strategic Goal #1: Reduce and Alleviate Poverty

Objective 1: Increase distributions from the BCF Safety Net Fund, which provides critical emergency assistance, helping neighbors in crisis with rent, food, utility bills, and other acute financial needs, to key organizations by 60% to better address neighbors' short-term basic needs.

Objective 2. Publish an in-depth report "Understanding Brookline: A Report on Poverty" and host a convening to launch the research that many non-profit leaders and town officials say is critical to their own planning and fundraising.

Objective 3. Convene and support agencies serving vulnerable individuals and families, helping us to work together more strategically.

Objective 4. Review current programs and share best practices in reducing poverty.

Strategic Goal #2: Expand Opportunities for Youth

Objective 1: Conduct new research that illuminates the scope of out-of-school time
needs, particularly for youth who are at-risk or from low-income families.

Objective 2: Award targeted grants to programs poised to fill critical gaps.

By developing a strategic plan for 2014-2018, we have set a framework for our work. Overall, the strategy of the community foundation is to increase assets to provide a stream of income for programmatic and community leadership work in the years to come.

In addition, the Brookline Forward Campaign has ambitious fundraising goals tied to each objective. In early 2015 BCF hired a part-time director of development and donor services to help meet these fundraising goals. Goals and objectives as outlined in the strategic plan.

Strategic Goal #1: Reduce and Alleviate Poverty

Objective 1: Increase distributions from the BCF Safety Net Fund, which provides critical emergency assistance, helping neighbors in crisis with rent, food, utility bills, and other acute financial needs, to key organizations by 60% to better address neighbors' short-term basic needs.

Outcome 1: Grants from the BCF Safety Net Fund increased from $100,000 in 2013 to $160,000 in 2016.

Outcome 2: The BCF Rapid Response Fund was created in January 2015 to help address short-term, emergency needs in the community in the aftermath of a disaster or other unforeseen event such as fires.

Objective 2. Publish an in-depth report "Understanding Brookline: A Report on Poverty" and host a convening to launch the research that many non-profit leaders and town officials say is critical to their own planning and fundraising.

Outcome 1: More than 5,000 of the report "Understanding Brookline: A Report on Poverty" have been distributed to donors, town departments, businesses, and community members.

Objective 3. Convene and support agencies serving vulnerable individuals and families, helping us to work together more strategically.

Outcome 1: A town-wide forum, BCF Spotlight Event: Poverty, Income Inequality and Our Community, for 200 people to hear about local and national trends on poverty and about local lived experiences was hosted in 2015.

Outcome 2: Quarterly meetings for executive directors and town department directors who serve low-income and at-risk populations are convened in Brookline to share about resources and needs are being hosted.

Objective 4. Review current programs and share best practices in reducing poverty.

Outcome 1: Barry Bluestone, Professor of Political Economy at the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, as keynote speakers shared about national trends on poverty at the town-wide forum. Speakers are often at Executive Director Roundtable to share best practices.

Strategic Goal #2: Increase Opportunities for Youth

Objective 1: Conducted new research and published Advancing Access to Quality Out-of-School Time in Brookline, a report that illuminates the scope of out-of-school time needs, particularly for youth who are at-risk or from low-income families.

Outcome 1: Consultant that specializes in out-of-school time needs and trends is hired and The Nation Institute on Out-of-School Time published a report on both local and national trends and needs are published in 2019.

Objective 2: Award targeted grants to programs poised to fill critical gaps.

Outcome 2: Awarded $405,200 In strategic out-of-school grants for OST from 2014 to 2016 to launch new programs or expand programs of non-profits or town departments. In addition, awarded in 2017 $139,000 for a total of $544,200 from 2014 to 2017.

Financials

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BROOKLINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, INC.

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Lindstrom

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Term: 2019 - 2023

Linda Olson Pehlke

Community Member

Gioia Perugini

Hemenway & Barnes LLP

Laura Allen

Community Member

Kim Barnum

Brookline Public School

Harry Bohrs

Boston Medical Center

Chris Chanyasulkit

Simmons College Department of Public Health

Ann Coles

uAspire

Rob Daves

Brookline GreenSpace Alliance

Andrea Goodman

Be The Change, Inc.,

Jim Grace

Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston

Alan Morse

Temple Israel of Boston’s Cemetery Committee

Oliver Scholle

Harvest Wealth Management

Jim Slayton

OptumHealth

Ginny Vaz

Community Member

Victor Viktorov

Independent Consultant

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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