Report of the Board Chair

Governor Charlie Baker joins John McGahan, ABCD Board Chair; John J. Drew, ABCD President/CEO; Sharon Scott-Chandler, ABCD Executive Vice President and ABCD board and staff members at meeting on promoting financial wellness for low-income people and the role of the Earned Income Tax Credit. Governor Baker increased the state EITC this year from 15 to 23 percent of the federal credit, putting much-needed cash in the pockets of working poor residents.

It has been another challenging and extraordinary year at ABCD!

This summer we proudly celebrated two significant national anniversaries as Head Start and Foster Grandparents turned 50 years old. We join with all of America in heartfelt applause for these vital programs that have brought unparalleled opportunity and joy to children, families and seniors for half a century.

I am privileged to chair ABCD’s exceptional 48-member board of directors made up of neighborhood, private and public sector representatives, with the majority representing our diverse neighborhoods. We are proud to be closely involved with ABCD’s long-term proven programs and cutting-edge new initiatives that combat poverty and make a difference for people in need in Boston and beyond.

The work of the board this year – and all years – has been outstanding. Board members work through program committees and are an integral part of ABCD’s life and work. We are involved in all aspects of the organization’s varied programs and initiatives. Many of our board members come from the community through ABCD’s local neighborhood boards and bring a closeness to neighborhood needs that is critical to strategic planning, program development and other key elements of the governance process.

Please enjoy this report with its photos and stories that bring to life the work of ABCD and the low-income residents it serves with passion and competence. I am grateful to my fellow dedicated board members, to the outstanding, hard-working staff members and to all the supporters who contribute so much to the life and work of this very significant organization. Thank you for all you do every day to make life better for the most vulnerable among us.

John P. McGahan
Board of Directors