Community Building Art Works

Building Communities Through the Arts

aka CBAW   |   Rockville, MD   |
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Community Building Art Works

EIN: 81-4784695


CBAW is a charitable organization that builds healthy and connected communities where veterans and civilians share creative expression, mutual understanding, and support.

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Seema B Reza


Joe Merritt

Main address

11140 Rockville Pike Suite 100 - 661

Rockville, MD 20852 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture

Addiction services

Population served info

People with diseases and illnesses


NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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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?

Virtual Art and Writing Programs led by Professional Artists

Through our virtual programs, we provide high-quality workshops led by professional artists to hundreds of Service Members, Veterans, and Military Family Members monthly, connecting them with community members.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses

Over several meetings, participants co-create a performance/exhibition of original work including film, music, poetry, and visual art to be shared with an audience in a public performance that builds connection and challenges narratives.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

Weekly zoom workshop to support healthcare workers struggling with burnout, compassion fatigue, & moral injury. These workshops attract participants from military and civilian hospitals nationwide.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Emergency responders

Bi-weekly workshops for veterans, service members, and military family members offered with partners including The Steven A. Cohen Clinic at EasterSeals, Blue Star Families, Modern Military Association of America & Military partners. Participants come from all over the country.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

Where we work

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 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 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 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 the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Community Building Art Works
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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 19.28 over 5 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.9 over 5 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4% over 5 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Community Building Art Works

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Community Building Art Works

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 Community Building Art Works’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 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $47,719
As % of expenses 18.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $47,719
As % of expenses 18.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $304,928
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0%
Program services revenue 15.4%
Membership dues 0.0%
Investment income 0.0%
Government grants 13.1%
All other grants and contributions 71.4%
Other revenue 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $257,209
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0%
Personnel 47.6%
Professional fees 36.2%
Occupancy 0.3%
Interest 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0%
All other expenses 15.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $257,209
One month of savings $21,434
Debt principal payment $0
Fixed asset additions $0
Total full costs (estimated) $278,643

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2022
Months of cash 4.4
Months of cash and investments 4.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.0
Balance sheet composition info 2022
Cash $93,613
Investments $0
Receivables $35,000
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 1.0%
Unrestricted net assets $128,702
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A
Total restricted net assets $0
Total net assets $128,702

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2022
Material data errors No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Seema B Reza

Seema Reza, Chair is a poet and essayist and the author of two books. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Writing and Community Building from Goddard College. In 2010 Seema began working with service members, veterans, and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and has since developed a unique multi-hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization. In 2015, the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore awarded Seema the Col John Gioia Patriot Award for her work with service members in military hospitals.


Joe Merritt

Joe Merritt, Vice Chair was medically retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2016 after 10 years of honorable service. Joe rediscovered art during his medical treatment and has a successful career as a professional artist, exhibiting his work and presenting gallery talks across the country. He is a steward of the veteran art community, leading art programming with active duty and veteran populations in DC, MD and VA. He is currently serving as a trustee of VFW post 5246 in Federalsburg, Maryland.

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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Community Building Art Works

Board of directors
as of 05/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Seema Reza

Joe Merritt

Amanda Kelly

Colin McKee

Amelia Bane

Kevin Trujillo

Willie Charles Young, Jr.

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/21/2024

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/11/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • 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 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 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.