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Watertown Community Foundation

Post Office Box 334
Watertown, Massachusetts 02471
United States

Mission

To build and sustain a vibrant, close-knit community in Watertown-now, and for future generations

2003 Year Founded
$1,500,000 Endowment Value
$80,000 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.22.14

Population Area Served

33,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationWatertown Community Foundation
Address 1Post Office Box 334
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownWatertown
State / RegionMassachusetts
ZIP / Postal Code02471
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone617-926-1500
Emailinfo@watertownfoundation.org
Websitewww.watertownfoundation.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Michael Schade, Executive Director
Primary Contact’s NameMichael Schade
Primary Contact’s PositionExecutive Director
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded2003
Mission StatementTo build and sustain a vibrant, close-knit community in Watertown-now, and for future generations
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced33,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)25
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members13
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$80,000
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$268,441
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$683,922
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$80,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$1,500,000
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a slight role
Inadequate government servicesNo role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a slight role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingNo role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed an important role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodNone
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyVery little time
NationallyNone
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationCentrally important
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentImportant but not central
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentImportant but not central
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureFair amount
EducationLot
EnvironmentFair amount
HealthLot
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsLittle
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentLittle
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLittle
Information technologyLittle
Strengthening local or regional governmentFair amount
HousingLittle
ChildrenLot
WaterFair amount
Alternative energyLittle
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesFair amount
Job trainingLittle
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyOccasionally
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsRarely
AdvocacyOften
Loaned staffRarely
ResearchRarely
Community needs assessmentOccasionally
Leadership developmentOccasionally
InternshipsNever
Providing space for local organizationsNever
Access to information technologyNever
Publishing/knowledge sharingNever
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyNo change
CrimeGetting better
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting better
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting better
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsNo change
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
CrimeWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Trust among different sections of the communityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Social position of marginalized groupsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Responsiveness of authoritiesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Appropriateness of public policiesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Value of community assetsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Quality of the environmentSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityA few small achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Networks and links between different parts of the communityA few small achievements
Gender equityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLot
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLot
National governmentNot at all
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLittle
BusinessesLittle
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersHelpful
Regional association of grantmakersVery helpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationVery helpful
Other organizationVery helpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doNo
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearNo
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentVery unimportant
More volunteersNeither important nor unimportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceImportant
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyImportant
More responsive authoritiesImportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsDid not answer
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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