Religion, Spiritual Development

Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston Inc

  • Roxbury, MA
  • http://www.bmaboston.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide spiritual nurture to clergy, strengthen advocacy and program services for the larger Black Community.

Main Programs

  1. Capacity Institute
  2. High Risk Youth Network
  3. Girls' Initative Network
  4. Victory Generation Out-of-School Time Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Rev. David Wright

Keywords

Self-reported

BMA, capacity building, clergy, faith-based, community-based

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EIN

04-3499852

 Number

3280300588

Also Known As

BMA

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (X01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The BMA was started in the early 1960s through the collective process of opening doors of opportunity and access to housing, education and jobs for impoverished families, with a mission to provide spiritual nurture to clergy, advocacy and program services for the larger Black community. Over the years, the Black Ministerial Alliance (BMA) has grown to be one of Boston's largest, and most inclusive faith-based organizations and, a stabilizing force in the community. Today, the BMA is one of the most diverse and active organizations in the city. The BMA has active participation from churches representing over 20,000 parishioners. We are a convener of resources, acting as a clearinghouse that collects and redistributes funds and technical assistance to build the capacity and strengthen faith-based and community organizations. Current investments in the BMA have served over 200 faith-based and community-based organizations which in turn have impacted over 26,000 youth and families.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Capacity Institute

The Capacity Institute provides individualized technical assistance over two years for youth agencies to build performance management systems composed of 17 discreet practices that enable them to measure and increase long-term youth outcomes.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$235,000.00

Program 2

High Risk Youth Network

The High Risk Youth Network organizes monthly network meetings that help member agencies coordinate services to youth, strengthen effective practices, and engage in advocacy to increase public investment in the system of services for youth at high risk.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$110,000.00

Program 3

Girls' Initative Network

The Girls' Initiative Network consists of monthly network meetings for agencies that serve system-involved girls, to help them build their capacity in gender-specific programming, partnership, and advocacy.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

$114,000.00

Program 4

Victory Generation Out-of-School Time Program

The Victory Generation Out-Of-School Time continues to be a thriving collaborative managed by the BMA in partnership with eight faith- and community-based organizations; who all share the common goal of improving the academic performance, enhancing the self-discipline and maximizing the potential and opportunities available for youth ages 2.9-18 years old, living in Boston's low-income, densely populated neighborhoods.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$265,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Funding Needs

Our top five pressing needs include: 1. General operating funds to support the administrative work that undergirds our seven different programs and services, Victory Generation Out of School Time Program, High Risk Youth Network, Girls Initiative Network, Clergy Women United, Capacity Institute, Teen Cafes/Youth Jobs program, and our Members program. 2. Technology funding ($20,000) to help rebuild our technology infrastructure. For a brief overview of our technology needs please contact Amy Malkemes, at amalkemes@bmaboston.org. 3. Non-profit organizations and/or churches who would like to participate in our Capacity Institute, a two year capacity building program to develop performance management systems including outcomes for non-profit organizations. For more information please contact Ellen Bass at ebass@bmaboston.org. 4. Volunteers: including those who may be interested in being a Board member, a gala event committee member, administrative and program volunteer at any seven of our programs.

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BLACK MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE OF GREATER BOSTON INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Rev. David Wright

BIO

David Wright, a native Bostonian, is a graduate of the Boston Latin School and holds degrees from Harvard College, cum laude, and Harvard Law School. Rev. Wright is a bar certified attorney with skill in litigation, contract and employment law. From 1999 to 2004, he served as the president and CEO of the African American Federation of Greater Boston, Inc. (the ""Federation"") a collaboration of 35 community-based organizations located in inner-city Boston. In this capacity, Rev. Wright worked with boards and organizations to build infrastructure, do strategic planning, develop and strengthen boards, and obtain other resources critical to the sustainability of community organizations. In October 2004, he took the deputy director position at the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Inc. (the ""BMA""). In this position he oversaw day-to-day operations, as well as the Victory Generation After School Program and the Education Action Project. He also served as the director of BMA's Black Church Capacity Building Project, an initiative to strengthen the social ministries of churches through capacity building and expansion grants. In October 2007, Rev. Wright was chosen to lead the BMA as its executive director. In this capacity he is now responsible for all aspects of this dynamic, faith-based organization. His responsibilities include setting vision, developing the program directors, implementing board priorities, and ensuring the fiscal and programmatic success of the BMA.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rev. Gerald T. Gerald

Twelfth Baptist Church

Term: June 2014 -

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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