Artists For Humanity, Inc. (AFH) (Boston, MA)


  • Name:Susan Rodgerson
  • Title:Executive/Artistic Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Artists For Humanity, Inc. (AFH)
  • Address:100 West Second Street
    Boston, MA 02127
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:617-268-7620
  • Main fax:617-268-7358

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  • Mission:
  • Artists For Humanity’s mission is to provide inner-city youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts.

    AFH’s mission is built on the philosophy that exposure to the arts is a powerful force for social change, and creative entrepreneurship through the arts is a productive and life-changing opportunity for young people. Bridging economic, racial, and social divisions, AFH works to restore urban neighborhoods by introducing young people’s creativity to the business community.

    “At AFH, I am paid to use my creative ideas to sell to well-known companies. At AFH I feel that my ideas are appreciated and used to demonstrate my artistic abilities. I like being able to freely express myself through my work and interact with my fellow workers.” (Tiye Cort, age 15, Roxbury)

  • History:
  • In 1990, Susan Rodgerson – artist, teacher, and entrepreneur – felt the need to address the lack of arts experiences within the Boston Public School system. Her vision was to inspire a group of 13 to 14 year olds at an inner-city middle school to engage in the creative process through visual arts. The intent was to communicate their experiences to the larger world, thereby empowering them and educating their community. She found young people hungry for opportunity to have a voice in the world. Together with six talented and dedicated young people, inspired by this venture and driven both to succeed and to offer the opportunity to others, these collaborations continued and they co-founded Artists For Humanity. AFH began as an entrepreneurial venture that produced and marketed large-scale collaborative paintings reflecting the voice and vision of the rich cultural diversity of urban communities to Boston’s business community.

    Today, AFH remains a haven for teens from every corner of the city, a place where they can explore and express their creative abilities, identify possibilities for continuing education, and most importantly, dispel the myth that the larger world is forever closed to them. AFH develops young people as leaders in social change.

    “They came every day after school. In the summer, they were sitting on the steps outside my studio and I was driving them home at night.” (Susan Rodgerson, artist, AFH co-founder and Executive Director)

  • Year established:1990
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:40
  • Staff size:25

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Chair/President of Board
    David Walek

    Board Officer
    Betty Bothereau

    Board Members
    Alyssa Burrage
    Mark Lank
    Robin Powell Mandjes
    Monica Matthews
    Da Thao Nguyen
    Kristen Rupert
    Sade Olatunji
    Jason Talbot

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Executive/Artistic Director
    Susan Rodgerson

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Executive/Artistic Director (Susan Rodgerson)
    Operations Director (Andrew Motta)
    Development Director (Patrice Maye)
    Development Associate (Danielle Thompson)
    Major Gifts Director (Greg Brown)
    Assistant Artistic Director: (Damon Butler)
    Studio Director (Robert Gibbs)
    Special Projects Director (Jason Talbot)
    Education Director (Quyen Truong)
    Community Outreach Coordinator (Yhinny Matos)
    Events/Exhibitions Coordinator (Shane Hassey)
    Fashion Design Mentor (Liana Peterson)
    Field Network Coordinator (George Mallett)
    Graphics/Projects Director (Claudia DePiante Vicin)
    Graphics/Special Projects Coordinator (Joseph Ramirez)
    Photography/Projects Coordinator (Haidan Hodgson)
    Painting Instructor (Maggi Brown)
    Painting Mentor (Ryan Conley)
    Photography/Projects Coordinator (Haidan Hodgson)
    Saturday Blast Mentor (Brendan Powers)
    Sculpture/Projects Coordinator (Nick Rodrigues)
    Silkscreen/Special Projects Coordinator (Tom Donavon)
    Web Developer/ Projects Coordinator (Gabriel Tirado)


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:04-3138434

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:043138434
  • Organization Name:ARTISTS FOR HUMANITY INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% JONATHAN ATWOOD
  • Organization Address:100 W 2ND ST
  • Organization City:BOSTON
  • Organization State:MA
  • Organization Zip:02127-1112
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:August, 1996
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):429
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Other inner city or community benefit activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:A250
  • Asset Amount:$19,280,439
  • Asset Code:8 ($10,000,000 - $49,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$8,304,025
  • Income Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$8,271,759
  • Last Updated:2/18/2018 9:53:58 pm

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