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PIECE BY PIECE

Recycled art for a new cycle of life.

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.piecebypiece.org
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PIECE BY PIECE

EIN: 20-8348198


Mission

Piece by Piece's mission is to empower residents who have experienced homelessness or economic insecurity by providing free mosaic art workshops enabling them to build confidence, earn income, promote wellness and an improved quality of life.

Ruling year info

2008

Managing Director

Maggie Bohlman

Main address

1001 Wilshire Blvd. #1151

Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA

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EIN

20-8348198

Subject area info

Arts and culture

Ceramic arts

Urban development

Population served info

Adults

Women and girls

Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

Low-income people

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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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?

Mosaic Art Training Workshops

Piece by Piece workshops build community and a sense of belonging. Learners are inspired to set goals for themselves and are invested in the success of others. The resulting impact is improved connection, esteem and motivation lending to increased stability and quality of life. Our skills training series offers opportunities for advancement and earnings, promoting the achievement of each person to his or her highest potential. Our unique program creates a culture of mutual support and high expectations for individual success. Participants train in the context of meaningful contribution to the learning community, with personal connection the key factor promoting achievement.

Piece by Piece workshops nurture connection and creativity, bringing improved wellness to the lives of individuals facing complex issues that have made them vulnerable to homelessness and/or economic insecurity. Our community fosters hope and in so doing reduces barriers to success often faced by those who have

Population(s) Served

Individuals are welcome to participate in any of our free workshops for art wellness. They can also work toward completing our optional Certificate program, which guides participants through mastering a series of mosaic skills and techniques. This helps our artists challenge themselves, set goals and earn much-needed supplemental income. Each person works at their own pace to complete up to four different levels.

Artists who have taken beginning and advanced Piece by Piece classes and who have a recommendation form their instructor are eligible to move into the certification program. They will progress through the four levels of certification at their own pace, according to skill and time.

At completion of the program artists will...
✓ Demonstrate improved Safety Procedures, Core mosaic knowledge, Color theory, Cutting and Andamento, Grout and Finishing
✓ Have had exposure to new techniques and tools
✓ Experience working on large commissions and community projects
✓ Learn insta

Population(s) Served

The Piece by Piece Social Enterprise’s objectives are to provide a supportive community for individuals who have experienced homelessness or economic insecurity. Participants create mosaic art, earn income, and master soft skills while beautifying Los Angeles.

Our focus is on train­ing and employ­ing indi­vid­u­als who oth­er­wise would have more lim­it­ed oppor­tu­ni­ties.
Piece by Piece gen­er­at­es rev­enue to support our artists and nonprofit through the creation of mosaic artwork. We create small-scale housewares and art as well as large scale art commissions. We are an employ­ment-relat­ed social enterprise.

The Piece by Piece Social Enterprise’s objectives are to provide a supportive community and a path towards self-sufficiency, self-love, and economic stability. Participants create mosaic art, earn income, and learn soft skills training while beautifying Los Angeles.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Where we work

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Mosaic Art Training Workshops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FIeld trips were curtailed due to COVID in 2020 and 2021. We were able to offer two failed trips in 2022 and have already had two in 2023 with more to come.

Number of works exhibited permanently

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Social Enterprise

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Piece by Piece displays and sells the works of participants. Participants earn hourly wages for the creation of social enterprise merchandise and are paid on consignment for individual designs.

Average dollar price for classes

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Mosaic Art Training Workshops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Piece by Piece offers free mosaic arts classes to individuals who have experienced homelessness or economic insecurity.

Total number of works commissioned

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Social Enterprise

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Piece by Piece creates commissioned works for clients. This work is done through our social enterprise which employs participants helping them hone their skills while earning income.

Total number of works exhibited

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Mosaic Certification Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Piece by Piece displays the work of participants on our website where they are for purchase. We also exhibit them in our studio/gallery space in South Los Angeles.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Mosaic Art Training Workshops

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.

Piece by Piece provides a unique opportunity for residents of Skid Row and South Los Angeles to gain marketable skills through study and practice in the Mosaic Art discipline. Participants attain Artisan-level skills and compensated work fulfilling orders for mosaic art. Supporting this activity, our on-the-job training program offers recently-homeless women transitional employment in their role managing and preparing donated materials for use in the creation of mosaics.

Our impact lies with building learning communities through the delivery of mosaic art workshops that are shown to improve wellness, quality of life and housing stability among individuals vulnerable to homelessness. Piece by Piece values promoting respect for self and others and fostering community through teamwork and collaboration. Our workshop community offers the support essential to developing talents such that each may reach their full potential to contribute. Our activities and the creativity that is fostered help to make the world a better place!

Our Recipe for Success

Piece by Piece workshops build community and a sense of belonging. Learners are inspired to set goals for themselves and are invested in the success of others. The resulting impact is improved connection, esteem and motivation lending to increased stability and quality of life. Our skills training series offers opportunities for advancement and earnings, promoting the achievement of each person to his or her highest potential.

The Piece by Piece Learning Community

Our unique program creates a culture of mutual support and high expectations for individual success. Participants train in the context of meaningful contribution to the learning community, with personal connection the key factor promoting achievement.

Our organization possesses various capabilities to fulfill our mission. Staffing is one of our key strengths, as we have a dedicated administrative team that takes charge of clarifying objectives, monitoring progress, and evaluating our efforts. They ensure that all activities are aligned with our mission.

In addition, the operations of our mosaic workshops and social enterprise are led by our artistic team. This team brings together their expertise in art and crafts to create engaging and meaningful workshops for our participants. They are responsible for designing and executing the workshops, ensuring that they contribute to our mission of empowering vulnerable populations.

Furthermore, our Board of Directors plays a crucial role in strategic planning. They oversee the organization's activities and ensure that all efforts align with our mission. Their guidance and expertise help us stay focused and make informed decisions.

Our workshops are facilitated by a group of professional Artist-Instructors who possess both artistic skills and extensive experience in working with vulnerable populations. They have a track record of helping individuals build self-esteem, establish goals, and work towards achieving them. The combination of their artistic expertise and their understanding of the unique challenges faced by vulnerable individuals makes them effective mentors and guides.

What sets our program apart is the creation of a culture of mutual support and high expectations for individual success. By engaging in art training, participants find purposeful engagement and the opportunity to develop their talents. Our community fosters hope and reduces barriers to success often experienced by individuals living in poverty, who may have lacked the necessary support systems to reach their full potential.


Empowering individuals: Piece by Piece has successfully empowered numerous individuals living in poverty or experiencing homelessness by providing them with art training and support. Through their workshops and programs, participants have gained new skills, built self-esteem, and discovered their creative talents.
Community engagement: Piece by PIecehas fostered a sense of community and belonging among its participants. By creating a supportive and inclusive environment, Piece by Piece has encouraged collaboration, mutual support, and the sharing of experiences among participants. This has helped to break down barriers and create a network of support within the community.
Artistic achievements: Many individuals who have gone through Piece by Piece's programs have achieved significant artistic milestones. Their artwork has been showcased in galleries and exhibitions, allowing them to gain recognition for their talent and creativity. These achievements have not only boosted their self-confidence but also opened up new opportunities for them in the art world.
Social impact: Piece by Piece has made a positive social impact by challenging stereotypes and misconceptions about homelessness and poverty. Through their artwork and personal stories, participants have been able to raise awareness about the issues they face and contribute to changing public perceptions. This has led to increased empathy and understanding within the community.


Looking ahead, Piece by Piece has several goals and initiatives planned for the future:

Expansion and accessibility: The organization aims to expand its reach and make its programs more accessible to a wider audience. This includes reaching out to more vulnerable populations and expanding their workshops and services.

Collaborations and partnerships: Piece by Piece intends to forge collaborations and partnerships with other organizations, community centers, and institutions to amplify their impact. By working together, they can leverage resources, share knowledge, and reach a broader audience.

Continued support and growth: Piece by Piece remains committed to providing ongoing support to its participants. They will continue to offer workshops, mentorship, and opportunities for artistic growth. Additionally, they will explore new avenues, such as entrepreneurship programs, to help participants turn their artistic skills into sustainable livelihoods.

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 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

PIECE BY PIECE
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
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

28.24

Average of 11.04 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

7.2

Average of 6.1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

9%

Average of 5% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of PIECE BY PIECE’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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$89,506 $91,241 $103,772 $187,408 $84,769
As % of expenses -24.5% 32.1% 42.5% 58.4% 12.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$89,506 $91,241 $103,772 $187,408 $84,769
As % of expenses -24.5% 32.1% 42.5% 58.4% 12.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $275,982 $375,031 $347,904 $508,385 $764,023
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 35.9% -7.2% 46.1% 50.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 30.9% 15.8% 40.4% 19.0% 13.6%
All other grants and contributions 49.4% 40.8% 40.2% 62.5% 45.0%
Other revenue 19.7% 43.4% 19.4% 18.5% 41.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $365,488 $284,101 $244,132 $320,977 $679,254
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% -22.3% -14.1% 31.5% 111.6%
Personnel 30.6% 35.4% 40.0% 49.1% 47.2%
Professional fees 23.3% 22.8% 36.5% 28.3% 23.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 1.9% 2.1% 2.5% 0.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 46.1% 39.9% 21.3% 20.1% 29.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $365,488 $284,101 $244,132 $320,977 $679,254
One month of savings $30,457 $23,675 $20,344 $26,748 $56,605
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $62,300 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $395,945 $307,776 $264,476 $410,025 $735,859

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.9 2.8 11.8 13.9 7.2
Months of cash and investments 0.9 2.8 11.8 13.9 7.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -0.5 3.2 8.8 13.7 8.0
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $26,602 $66,913 $239,227 $372,510 $410,039
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $941 $18,953 $7,588 $14,831 $55,867
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $3,336 $3,336 $3,336 $3,336 $3,336
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 153.5% 11.4% 27.1% 5.8% 3.5%
Unrestricted net assets -$15,196 $76,045 $179,817 $367,225 $451,994
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets -$15,196 $76,045 $179,817 $367,225 $451,994

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Managing Director

Maggie Bohlman

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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Highest paid employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Sophie Alpert

Community Volunteer

Term: 2021 - 2024

Alan Alpert

Alpert & Alpert Iron and Metal

Derek Alpert

President, Concern Foundation

Sophie Alpert

Community Volunteer

Wendy Levin

Business Leaders Taskforce on Homelessness

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/5/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/14/2024

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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Professional fundraisers

Fiscal year ending

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

Solicitation activities
Gross receipts from fundraising
Retained by organization
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