Expect More: The Campaign for West End House is a $22 million comprehensive campaign designed to expand our programming, enhance our facility spaces, and build our operating funds so that we can better serve the growing number of young people participating in our programs, particularly our teen population. This campaign will lay the foundation for sustained growth and ensure that West End House continues to provide innovative and responsive programming to meet the needs of Boston’s youth.
PROGRAM GROWTH: $8.5 MILLION
To address the increase to members and attendance and to rebalance program resources to serve teens, West End House has created a program growth plan detailing our staffing and budget needs. Meeting these growth goals will require the addition of seven program staff, increased programmatic expenditures, and greater administrative capacity to support our expanded programs. Over 3 years, we require $8.5 million for operating costs as we build our donor base to sustain the expansion over time.
BUILDING EFFICIENCY: $9.5 MILLION
West End House has a building development plan that will expand square footage, rationalize our spaces to better suit our programs, and complete scheduled renewal projects. We will renovate 6,000 square feet of space on the second floor, and we will build a modest 4,000 square foot expansion that will include a performance space, an expanded fitness center, and easier access to the park neighboring our property. The additional space will allow us to move the arts programs together, create a teen wing with social space and breakout rooms for academic support and college readiness, and expand our Café and Kitchen. Renewal projects have been 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 will raise $4 million of the total campaign goal to fund operating reserves, facilities reserves, and retirement of long-term debt. A stronger capital structure will provide 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.