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Community Rowing Inc.

Rowing For All

aka CRI   |   Brighton, MA   |  https://www.communityrowing.org

Mission

Mission At CRI, we invite individuals of all backgrounds, abilities, and experience to grow through rowing.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Mr. Ted Benford

Main address

Community Rowing, Inc. 20 Nonantum Road

Brighton, MA 02135 USA

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EIN

04-2863756

NTEE code info

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CRI provides the youth in the Boston area access to healthy and life long activities and learning. The organization provides youth and adults new relationships across demographic strata - benefits include, Social support and benefits, a greater sense of belonging, connection to a community, teamwork skills, and upward mobility. Second we provide growth through the development of new skills - resilience, self-effacacy, brain health and leadership. And finally provide people life-long health and fitness - including physical health, which we know also leads to improved mental and social health and meaningful success.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Middle School Indoor Rowing Program

CRI's Middle School Indoor Rowing Program (MSIRP) serves over 40 Boston Public Schools and over 5000 youth to engage them in vigorous physical activity and introduce them to the sport of rowing right in their own schools and neighborhoods. We provide indoor rowing machines, a fun and meaningful curriculum, and coaches to our schools across the City. By breaking down the traditional barriers to participation, we serve a wide range of hard to reach target groups, including inner-city youth, youth who are not drawn to traditional sports, those who may not have access to safe and meaningful physical activity options outside of school, and youth with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

By combining the social and emotional benefits of a cohesive team experience with the dramatic physical benefits of rowing, CRI's Para Rowing program meets a real need in the Greater Boston community and serves as a model for other inclusive sport programs nationwide. Our Para Rowing Program aims to enhance the quality of life for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities by giving them the opportunity to fully participate in the sport of rowing. Our program not only improves physical fitness and overall health but also provides opportunities for individuals to engage in competitive events and helps them build a sense of connectedness through teamwork and support. Participants learn the basics of rowing indoors on rowing machines, and then progress through a series of increasingly challenging boats as they gain confidence and comfort on the water.

Population(s) Served

Since 2010, CRI has provided free programs that work to enhance the quality of life for Active Duty Service Members, Veterans, Service-disabled Veterans and family members by helping them achieve a sense of independence and belonging. Over the years the program has expanded to include 10 sessions/week, allowing us to serve hundreds of service members and veterans with all types of disabilities, including both physical and ""hidden"" disabilities such as TBI and PTSD. We create a safe and inclusive environment that allows service members to connect with one another by providing structure and building camaraderie amongst participants.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Awards

Club of the Year 2009

US Rowing Association

Most Beautiful New Building in Boston 2009

Boston Society of Architects

Administrator of the Year -- Bruce Smith, Executive Director 2011

Rowing News Magazine

Paralympic Sports Club 2010

US Olympic Committee

Club of the Year 2012

US Rowing

"Rings of Gold" Award 2012

United States Olympic Committee

Gold Level USOC Paralympic Sports Club 2015

United States Olympic Committee

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Preteens

Related Program

Middle School Indoor Rowing Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The numbers of middle school students served by our MS Indoor Rowing program - free participation for all youth from the City of Boston. In fall of 2023, CRI will serve the City of Cambridge

Number of free registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, Preteens

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

CRI offers free rowing for veterans & family members and those with physical and intellectual disabilities. CRI coordinates youth class times with buses funded by CRI to increase access

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

This Strategic Plan is focused on the next 3 years, through 2024. The plan aims to advance CRI’s mission through deliberate action towards specific, measurable and attainable goals, all of which are grounded in our core values.

The plan describes four ‘pillars’ - areas of implementation focus - that steer CRI to grow and thrive in the mission and values described above. Within each pillar, 3-year strategic goals provide specific priorities for improving CRI’s program delivery, management, operations and financial outlook. These strategies for the organization are
then supported by specific implementation actions. Note that in many cases the actions listed reflect work that is already underway.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Community Rowing Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/08/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Christina Baker

Mark Proctor

Boston Childrens Hospital

Christina Baker

Clinical Psychologist

Fred Horton

Fiona Walsh

Independent Consultant

Dan O'Connor

Ropes and Gray

Francis Tracy

Malcolm Coltrane Doldron

Boston University

Richard Lynch

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Bridgett Bettigole

Ropes and Gray

Stephanie Monteiro-Merrit

The BASE

Kiz Syed

Salesforce

Bob Mann

History Scholar

Neeharika Mehta

Village MD

Doug Foy

Eleanor Andrews

American Tower Corp

Aisyah Rafaee

Hydrow

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/16/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data