Expect More: The Campaign for West End House was a $23.5 million comprehensive campaign launched in 2015 and completed in February 2020 designed with three goals: expand programming, enhance facility spaces, and improve capitalization with increased reserves and the retirement of long-term debt. We launched the Campaign to serve the growing number of young people participating in our programs, particularly our teen population. By meeting all three Campaign goals, our supporters have laid the foundation for sustained growth. Your support ensures that West End House will continue to provide innovative and responsive programming to meet the needs of Boston’s youth. Learn more about the impetus behind our Expect More Campaign.
PROGRAM GROWTH: $9 MILLION
To address the increase to members and attendance and to re-balance program resources to serve teens, West End House created a program growth plan detailing our staffing and budget needs. Meeting these growth goals required the addition of seven full-time program staff, increased programmatic expenditures, and greater administrative capacity to support our expanded programs. Over 3 years, we required $9 million for operating costs as we built up our donor base to sustain the expansion over time.
BUILDING EFFICIENCY: $10.5 MILLION
West End House developed a facility plan that expanded square footage, rationalized spaces to better suit our programs, and completed scheduled renewal projects. We renovated 6,000 square feet of space on the second floor, and built a modest 4,000 square foot expansion that included a performance space, an expanded fitness center, and easier access to the park neighboring our property. The additional space has allowed us to move the arts programs together, created a teen wing with social space and breakout rooms for academic support and college readiness, and expanded our Café and Kitchen. Renewal projects were assessed and prioritized in a systems replacement plan completed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund in 2013.
STRENGTHENING CAPITAL POSITION: $4 MILLION
To better position the West End House for future growth, we raised $4 million of the total campaign goal to fund operating reserves, facilities reserves, and retirement of long-term debt. A stronger capital structure is providing us with the flexibility we need to meet the long-term needs of our youth and families, while cushioning us against potential risks presented by an expanded operating budget.