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GlassRoots, Inc.

Sparking Change

aka GlassRoots   |   Newark, NJ   |  http://www.glassroots.org
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GlassRoots, Inc.

EIN: 22-3671890


Mission

GlassRoots ignites and builds the creative and economic vitality of greater Newark, with a focus on underserved youth and young adults, through the transformative power of the glass art experience. With the fire and danger of glassmaking to engage area youth, our students develop patience, teamwork, creative problem-solving, and the disciple and resilience they need to safely work with 2200° fire and molten glass. Young people gain hands-on experience in chemistry, physics, math and engineering. They become young entrepreneurs as they develop and market their products.

Notes from the nonprofit

Since our founding in 2001, GlassRoots' innovative programs have reached tens of thousands of youth and adults, thanks to generous support from individuals, foundations and corporations. As we expand our programs to impact more students in Newark and across the state, we need your support. Please consider GlassRoots in your philanthropic giving, shop at our gallery or take a class. For more information, go to our website at Glassroots.org, visit us for a tour, or join us at one of our many events.

Students in GlassRoots school and workforce programs are accepted regardless of academic achievement, physical ability, artistic talent or ability to pay. GlassRoots is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

www.glassroots.org
973-353-9555

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Ms. Carol Losos

Main address

10 Bleeker Street

Newark, NJ 07102 USA

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EIN

22-3671890

Subject area info

Arts education

Visual arts

Job training

Youth organizing

Population served info

Children and youth

Non-adult children

Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

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NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Employment Training (J22)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GlassRoots provides youth and young adults with hot glass instruction, and business and leadership training with a focus on increasing students' academic and interpersonal success. We run programs in Newark for youth who face multiple barriers to success such as poverty, drugs, violence, gang pressures, low parental involvement, and academic vulnerability. With our highly collaborative staff and dedicated volunteers we serve over 1000 youth annually. No students are refused services based on their past behaviors, grades, physical ability, or artistic talent. Our programs are based on research-informed best practices in youth development and arts education and call to a subset of youth that are often not reached by other interventions and activities. While our organization is arts-based, our work explicitly addresses the basic needs of the youth we serve. We work intensively with students in academic crisis or in personal crisis.

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?

Youth Entrepreneurship Programs

GlassRoots’ academic-year-long business and entrepreneurship programs are now collectively known as YES! Youth Entrepreneurial Spirit, and are offered either during the school day in our FLAME program, or as an after-school program.

GlassRoots' YES! programs are dedicated to nurturing and guiding the entrepreneurial spirit by teaching an academic-year long course on what it takes to create and maintain a business. GlassRoots’ mission is to provide programs that inspire young people to stay in school, to find their passion, to recognize business opportunities and to plan for successful futures. Students come from various backgrounds and schools in the greater Newark area to begin their journey as an entrepreneur.

Over an academic year, participants receive approximately 30 hours of in-class instruction in basic business concepts as well as 40 hours of glassmaking instruction in GlassRoots’ three studios. There is also a service-learning component to the YES! program. Upon completion of the program, participants compete for prizes in GlassRoots' Annual Competition and Trade Fair.

To demonstrate comprehension of basic business skills students present and defend a PowerPoint presentation of their business plan to a panel of judges composed of local business, art and civic leaders.

Population(s) Served
Students
Non-adult children

GlassRoots classes for youth in 6th through 12th grades are grounded in STEAM (STEM + Art) and enhance students’ understanding of classroom learning with real life experiences. Our wide variety of innovative programming give young people multiple opportunities to learn that through persistence and teamwork, they can create beautiful works of art, and by extension, they can create a future.

GlassRoots workforce development programs provide a path to success using glass making as a focus for job training. Rigorous scientific glass apprenticeship and craft entrepreneurship programs (with more in development) give 18-24 year-olds the skills needed to enter the working world successfully.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

When students come to GlassRoots for a field trip they have the opportunity to visit one, two or three studios, known as the Flame Shop, the Flat Shop or the Hot Shop, for hands-on lessons in glass-art making. All glass art projects include an introduction to and practice with glass tools, as well as lessons in basic color and design theory.

Lessons will also incorporate relevant STEAM principles (STEM + art), historical context, and multiple opportunities to practice aspects of 21st Century learning such as teambuilding, problem solving, time management and communication. Field trips are available for students grades 5 and up. Program fees are sliding scale, based on program length and ability to pay.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

GlassRoots uses molten glass to demonstrate the science and magic of a volcanic eruption! Activities will include working with fire and glass to simulate lava behavior by creating “Pele’s tears”, which will be turned into beautiful pendants you can proudly wear home. You’ll also learn about obsidian, or “volcanic glass”, which we’ll smash in order to create and observe the ripple pattern found in volcanic rocks – AND -- we’ll simulate lava flow using 2000 degree molten glass to destroy a paper village. Ages 10-18; no experience necessary.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

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 clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is the number of participants served in FY23. When multiple visits are taken into account, the number is 7,614.

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.

We believe that participation in glass art directly contributes to the development of youth’s intellectual and personal capacities. For students who had often been frustrated or failed in school, the experience of success in our studios impresses upon them that learning matters, and thus they become more willing to do the hard work of learning. In addition, students gain a sense that they could be agents of their own learning, and make a positive change in their own lives and in their surroundings. The inherent danger and unpredictability of glass and fire attract many urban youth who might otherwise choose risky behaviors when left unsupervised at home after school or on summer break. Our strategy is to attract and retain these students by offering the most dynamic and challenging program possible.

• 21st Century Learning. This is a leadership-based program with a rotating staff of instructors both on staff at GlassRoots and visiting business professionals. Lessons include such areas as Teamwork, Communication, Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution, Focus & Concentration, Literacy in the Workplace, Time Management, Safety & Emergencies, Personal Identity and Goal Setting.
• Glass Studio Work. Each student cycles through our three art studios, experiencing all areas of glass art: flameworking (glass beading and jewelry making), flat glasswork (mosaics, glass fusing and etching), and glassblowing.
• GlassRoots programs foster STEAM learning among urban teenage high school students to prepare them for professional competitive opportunities. In this program, equal effort is put into pursuing academic learning for enrichment and in stressing the link between employable skills and the skills developed in STEAM and other professional fields.

-Qualified, Trained Engaged Staff
-Dynamic Leadership
-Committed, Engaged Board
-Important buy-in from Newark business, art, educational, nonprofit and government.
-20-yr history of working with Newark Youth
-Partnerships with local community organizations (i.e., Newark One Stop, NJ Seeds, NPS, Ironbound Community Corporation, and more) and with institutions of higher education including Rutgers University, Newark, NJIT and Essex County College
-20 years of successful programs

We continue to work on these goals with our students:
1) increased self-actualization (being able to teach what they learned) -- come from student/parent/family and teacher
2) Increased school attendance (obtained from teacher/school)
3) Increased student engagement in school classes (obtainable from teacher & student); increased participation
3) Demonstrated passion for glass art (and/or other art forms)
4) Preparation for a successful future
5) Evidenced 21st-century skills such as problem solving, communication, mentorship, collaboration, etc.
6) Increased ability in literacy, spoken and written, particularly in public speaking
7) Plans to apply to college

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 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 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

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

6.50

Average of 3.80 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

16.8

Average of 7.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

11%

Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

GlassRoots, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of GlassRoots, 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 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $137,170 $257,345 $189,816 $135,291 -$30,369
As % of expenses 16.8% 31.0% 24.2% 17.2% -3.2%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $78,051 $201,673 $137,333 $84,818 -$79,239
As % of expenses 8.9% 22.8% 16.4% 10.1% -8.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,370,504 $2,392,059 $1,013,144 $818,868 $1,078,025
Total revenue, % change over prior year 73.9% 74.5% -57.6% -19.2% 31.6%
Program services revenue 12.7% 7.8% 13.7% 13.3% 15.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.3% 0.5% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 6.6% 1.8% 15.1% 22.0% 10.3%
All other grants and contributions 80.6% 90.0% 70.7% 64.6% 74.3%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $815,505 $830,436 $784,937 $786,543 $938,811
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.1% 1.8% -5.5% 0.2% 19.4%
Personnel 58.3% 61.8% 61.2% 54.3% 52.8%
Professional fees 11.2% 6.2% 11.6% 5.8% 13.5%
Occupancy 14.0% 14.1% 14.8% 16.6% 17.6%
Interest 1.0% 0.4% 0.1% 0.4% 0.0%
Pass-through 2.2% 1.4% 0.0% 1.4% 2.1%
All other expenses 13.3% 16.1% 12.3% 21.5% 14.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $874,624 $886,108 $837,420 $837,016 $987,681
One month of savings $67,959 $69,203 $65,411 $65,545 $78,234
Debt principal payment $31,941 $109,980 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $344,821 $71,426
Total full costs (estimated) $974,524 $1,065,291 $902,831 $1,247,382 $1,137,341

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 7.2 7.6 14.5 16.4 16.8
Months of cash and investments 7.2 7.6 14.5 16.4 16.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.4 5.1 8.1 4.9 2.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $487,762 $526,878 $949,910 $1,072,135 $1,315,231
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $266,569 $1,451,772 $1,133,597 $748,169 $538,939
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,198,008 $1,220,438 $1,237,640 $1,582,461 $1,653,886
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 63.1% 66.5% 69.8% 57.8% 58.2%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 15.3% 3.2% 3.2% 4.8% 6.9%
Unrestricted net assets $563,550 $765,223 $902,556 $987,374 $908,135
Temporarily restricted net assets $453,610 $1,757,888 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $453,610 $1,757,888 $1,796,279 $1,697,812 $1,841,636
Total net assets $1,017,160 $2,523,111 $2,698,835 $2,685,186 $2,749,771

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

Executive Director

Ms. Carol Losos

GlassRoots’ fourth Executive Director, Carol is passionate about the power of arts to change lives. She has spent her career in cultural organizations directing and developing programs that create access and opportunity. Most recently she consulted with community arts and education nonprofits, focusing on strategic planning and outreach. Her prior positions include Director of Education for The English-Speaking Union in NYC where she oversaw national programs for students, educators and recent immigrants. Based on her work advancing middle school debate and communications, Carol received the Founder’s Award in 2016 from Claremont McKenna College Department of Forensics. She currently also serves on the boards of the Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble and the Phillips Brooks House Alumni Association (Harvard College). Carol is forever grateful for her first job as a Museum Educator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where she learned that your passion could also be your career.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

GlassRoots, Inc.

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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GlassRoots, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mr. Roger Tucker

Tucker Contemporary Art

Term: 2019 - 2023

Mary Jaffa

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC)

Dena Lowenbach

Community Volunteer

Antonio Valla

RBH Group

Sherri-Ann Butterfield

Rutgers University

Michael Handler

L + M Development

William Simpson

Equal Justice USA

Veda Truesdale

Independent Researcher

Roger Tucker

Roger Tucker Gallery

Filomena Machleder

Horizon Foundation for New Jersey

Ken Press

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 10/27/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/09/2020

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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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 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

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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