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. Victory Generation Out-of-School Time Program
  3. Clergy Women United
  4. Vacation Bible School
  5. Youth Jobs/Teen Cafes Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Boston's inner-city neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan.

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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Also Known As

BMA

EIN

04-3499852

 Number

3280300588

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (X01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 2

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

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

Program 3

Clergy Women United

Clergy Women United is an active and growing network of licensed and ordained women pastors, ministers and seminarians from diverse ethnic, denominational and economic backgrounds in the Greater Boston community. Led by a team of seasoned women ministers, CWU offers women clergy deep understanding, genuine friendships and practical support.

CWU grew out of the need for connections, support and training of women clergy.

CWU members gather every other month to encourage each other and become better equipped for effective ministry and connect monthly via the “Sisters in Agreement” prayer call. By developing authentic relationships with other women clergy, members hold each other accountable as they mutually pursue soul-care and spiritual growth. CWU offers shared worship, teaching and fellowship; practical training in leadership skills; an annual weekend getaway, and opportunities to unite voices through prayer and hands in service to Boston’s communities.

Category

Religion

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Blacks

Budget

Program 4

Vacation Bible School

The BMA launched a special campaign in 2016 to bring Vacation Bible School (VBS) -including arts and crafts, Bible instruction, and recreational activities- directly to community children and youth, who did not have other constructive summer activities. We partnered with local churches, helping underwrite the costs of their operating VBS programs particularly in the Humboldt Avenue “corridor” in Roxbury, a documented “hot spot” for violence. Our goal was to provide eight (8) uninterrupted weeks of free VBS Camps throughout July and August. In our pilot year we partnered with four churches. We plan to expand in 2017 to offer eight weeks of VBS activities in two different locations.

Category

Religion

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Program 5

Youth Jobs/Teen Cafes Program

Not available

Category

Employment

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

Boston's inner-city neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan.

Funding Needs

Our top five pressing needs include: 1. General operating funds to support the administrative work that undergirds our programs and services; Victory Generation Out of School Time Program, Clergy Women United, Capacity Institute, Teen Cafes/Youth Jobs program, and our Members program. The general operating funding will help us explore new, collaborative initiatives which may be very helpful to our community and for which there no other funding. 2. Funding for non-profit organizations and/or churches who would like to participate in our Capacity Institute, a capacity building program to develop performance management systems including outcomes for non-profit organizations and for ministries. 3. Funding for staff and consultants to explore with BMA and its partner, the Boston Ten Point Coalition, Inc., methods of partnership that will help them more efficiently and effectively serve the community. 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. 5. Technology: funding to provide additional technological resources to help the BMA staff perform their work more flexibly. This would include (1) several, software equipped laptops and a portable projector, for outside trainings/presentations, and (2) large monitors for in-house trainings/presentations.

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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

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

Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Rev. David Wright

BIO

Born and raised in Roxbury, David Wright is a native Bostonian. A product of Boston Public schools, he is a graduate of both the Boston Latin School and holds degrees from Harvard College, cum laude, and Harvard Law.

Rev. Wright is a bar certified attorney and has practiced litigation, contract, and employment law. From 1999 to 2004, Rev. Wright served as the President and CEO of the African American Federation of Greater Boston, Inc., 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 accepted the Deputy Director position at the Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, Inc. (“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.

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. These responsibilities include setting vision, developing the program directors, implementing board priorities, and ensuring the fiscal and programmatic success of the BMA.

Rev. Wright is also an associate minister at the Peoples Baptist Church in Boston, where he serves as Assistant to the Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Wesley A. Roberts. He also serves as Board Chairman for the Lena Park Community Development Corporation and he is the Executive Director for the Boston TenPoint Coalition. Rev. Wright recently graduated in May of 2016 from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary obtaining his Masters in Urban Ministry.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Rev. Arlene Hall

Deliverance Temple Church of God

Term: Sept 2016 -

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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