Beyond Walls Inc

Activate Spaces to Strengthen Communities

Lynn, MA   |
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Beyond Walls Inc

EIN: 83-0573018


Our mission is to activate space to strengthen communities. We partners with local organizations, municipalities, community members, and expert consultants to design, produce, and manage projects/programs that infuse public art and creative experiences into underutilized or overlooked spaces. Born out of a volunteer initiative and now a year round organization with full time employees, we use grassroots efforts to promote stronger, more vibrant, and more inclusive communities. Through our projects and programming, we are committed to retaining the voice, integrity, and pride of area residents.

Ruling year info


Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Alfred Wilson

Main address

18 Mount Vernon St

Lynn, MA 01901 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture


Community and economic development

Urban development

Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

Social and economic status

NTEE code info

Urban, Community (S31)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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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?

Classroom to the Streets

Classroom to the Streets is an innovative partnership with the Lynn Public Schools (LPS) and other youth serving programs. This includes large-scale works of public art in downtown Lynn acting as the foundation for a unique, arts-based, cross-curricular educational experience for underserved middle school youth that addresses issues of inclusion, belonging, social justice and more. Designed to more deeply engage students in learning and community, this program provides them with opportunities to connect art with history, identity, culture, and community and to further spark a love of learning. Teachers can seamlessly integrate public-art based lessons plans into their existing curricula to more deeply engage students in learning, increase civic engagement, and address students’ social-emotional learning. Field trips to view art – installed by artists from similar cultural backgrounds as Lynn youth - will allow students to integrate their learning into real-world experience.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Immigrants and migrants
Artists and performers

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Beyond Walls Inc
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.88 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.9 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Beyond Walls Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Beyond Walls Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Beyond Walls Inc

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Beyond Walls Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $176,951 -$13,220 $158,041
As % of expenses 67.0% -2.0% 20.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $175,315 -$16,608 $156,925
As % of expenses 66.0% -2.5% 20.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $486,928 $656,286 $900,900
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 34.8% 0.0%
Program services revenue 1.5% 1.5% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 1.0% 0.9% 12.4%
All other grants and contributions 97.4% 97.6% 87.6%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $264,022 $648,687 $771,165
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 145.7% 0.0%
Personnel 43.6% 29.3% 30.8%
Professional fees 35.5% 52.6% 50.1%
Occupancy 2.9% 3.5% 2.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 18.0% 14.6% 16.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $265,658 $652,075 $772,281
One month of savings $22,002 $54,057 $64,264
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $8,180 $3,850 $3,400
Total full costs (estimated) $295,840 $709,982 $839,945

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2022
Months of cash 9.1 4.4 5.8
Months of cash and investments 9.1 4.4 5.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 7.7 2.8 4.5
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2022
Cash $200,323 $239,827 $369,992
Investments $0 $0 $0
Receivables $63,149 $15,000 $55,568
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $8,180 $12,030 $15,430
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 20.0% 41.8% 42.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 20.2% 29.6% 25.1%
Unrestricted net assets $175,315 $158,707 $298,026
Temporarily restricted net assets $45,955 N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $45,955 $66,774 $108,116
Total net assets $221,270 $225,481 $406,142

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2022
Material data errors No No No


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

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Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Alfred Wilson

Founder and Executive Director of Beyond Walls, a placemaking agency in Lynn, MA. Founded in 2016, Beyond Walls uses creative placemaking efforts to activate space and strengthen communities. Since 2017 our installations of art and lighting coupled with extensive programing have fostered more livable, safer, economically viable, sustainable, and equitable communities. Beyond Walls brings together residents, business owners, and public art and placemaking enthusiasts with the vision of changing the perceptions, artistically illuminating dark corners, celebrating communities cultural history, and spurring new business and economic activities. External links detail our 2017 and 2018 projects in Downtown Lynn.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Beyond Walls Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Mr. Rick Jakious

District Director & Senior Advisor to Congressman Seth Moulton

Term: 2016 -

Board co-chair

Mr. Gordon Hall

Owner, The Hall Company, Inc.

Term: 2019 -

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/1/2022

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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