THEATRE COMMUNITY BENEVOLENT FUND INC

May Day, Any Day

aka TCBF   |   BEVERLY, MA   |  www.tcbf.org

Mission

TCBF provides financial relief in a confidential, respectful manner to individual theater practitioners and non-profit theater organizations of Greater Boston and the surrounding areas, facing occurrences of a catastrophic nature including but not limited to extreme illness, devastating acts of nature, housing emergencies, vandalism, and theft, and who have limited or no resources with which to handle such events. TCBF recognizes the essential value of artists and arts organizations to society, and treats all applicants with dignity, discretion, and compassion.

Ruling year info

2000

Board President

Amy Spalletta

Board Vice President

Robert D. Murphy

Main address

34 APPLETON AVENUE

BEVERLY, MA 01915 USA

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EIN

31-1712935

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (P12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For our recent past, TCBF has worked consistently to publicize the fund's existence and inform our community about the broad eligibility of theatre artists, both within disciplines and geography. If you have a history of participation in the Greater Boston theatre scene, whichever side of the footlights (performers, designers, directors, designers, playwrights, stage management and administrators) and whatever artistic capacity (union or non-union; fringe, medium, or regional theatre), we want you to know how to apply when hardship strikes.

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?

THEATRE COMMUNITY BENEVOLENT FUND Grants

TCBF offers grants to aid qualified members of the Greater Boston theater community who are in dire need and do not have the financial resources to meet those needs. Over the past 10 years, TCBF has issued over 45 grants totaling $153,000.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers
Unemployed people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

TCBF was established over 20 years ago to serve as a safety net for artists in the Greater Boston Theatre Community. We provide financial relief to those in our community who have been struck by an unforeseen catastrophic event. All distributed monies are grants, not loans. We aim to be known throughout the Greater Boston Theatre Community for discrete, respectful,
swift assistance.

Key contacts in our communication chain are stage managers. We have created the Board position of Stage Management Liaison. Every production in the Greater Boston area has a first rehearsal, traditionally called the “meet and greet", where the entire staff of the theatre and all artists associated with the production assemble. We make a point to provide stage managers with TCBF fliers to include in the information packets distributed at that first rehearsal. We are exploring this year the placement of PSA ads in Boston area programs publicizing TCBF's existence both to theatre artists and to potential donors in the theatre-going public.

TCBF was founded to serve a specific need and a targeted segment of the community. Our capability for meeting our goals is broad and deep. TCBF is on firm financial footing, based on 20 years of fundraising and consistent, prudent stewardship of the funds entrusted to us. Current Board members and Board members emeritus range from administrators to performers, designers, and playwrights, all of whom are active contributors to Boston theatre and who interact with our constituents on a daily basis. The Boston theatre community is a tight knit network which benefits out mission.

Within the past 12 years alone, TCBF has given 55 grants, averaging $3,200 each. These grants are emergency measures, responses to unforeseen catastrophic events for which these individual theatre artists were financially unprepared. We do not provide a cure; we provide relief. Just as life is packed with uncertainties, accidents will continue to happen and these requests will persist. Our goal is that these requests increase, as more and more consituents learn of our resources. The next step for TCBF is twofold: to extend the message of our servicess to the Greater Boston Theatre Community and to introduce our organization to the theatre-going public as a worthy target for their charitable donations.

Financials

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THEATRE COMMUNITY BENEVOLENT FUND INC

Board of directors
as of 5/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alex Lonati

Robert Murphy

Robert D. Murphy Associates, Inc.

Ilyse Robbins

Greater Boston Stage Company

Karen Perlow

Lighting Designer

Ginger Lazarus

Playwright/StageSource

Alex Lonati

Speakeasy Stage Company

Sarah Newhouse

Actors' Shakespeare Project

David Remedios

Sound Designer

Brian Robinson, M.D.

bluebird bio, inc.

Cheryl Singleton

Actor/Stagesource

Alexandra Smith

Huntington Theatre Company

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No