Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center, Inc.
Rating: 5 stars 1 1 review 405
P O Box 127 Boston MA 02127 USA
To provide individuals with adventurous and challenging experiential learning programs that inspire character development, compassion, community service, environmental responsibility and academic achievement.
Outward bound programs: participants learn basic leadership skills, building self-confidence and self esteem.
outward bound programs: participants learn basic leadership skills, building self-confidence and self esteem.
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Dear Charity Navigator Subscribers:
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center has demonstrated strong financial performance since beginning implementation of our strategic plan in 2009. Our audited financials show positive cash flow from operations in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and we have no debt. In 2011, annual philanthropic support increased 9% and overall giving grew by 25% when one includes generous early gifts to our capital campaign. Functional expenses on youth programs grew 8%. Earned revenue including our enterprise and professional business lines grew by 25%. General and administrative expenses were 11% of total expenses.
It is unfortunate that Charity Navigator’s rating system places enormous weight on “primary revenue growth” and “program expense growth”. Thompson Island’s growth is evaluated over a period going back to 2008, prior to the reorganization and downsizing which resulted in a dramatically more cost effective program model and produced the financial performance noted above.
While our reorganization has been a striking success, we lose 20 points for having negative growth compared to 2008. By contrast, from 2010 to 2011, “primary revenue growth” was 12% (excluding capital campaign revenue) and “program expense growth” was 7%. If these growth figures and our other 2011 financial metrics are applied to Charity Navigator’s rating system, Thompson Island earns a 3-star financial rating.
William L. Elcock
Volunteer Trustee, Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center.
Chief Executive Officer, Batterymarch Financial Management, Inc.
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