City Mission Society (Boston, MA)


  • Name:Dr. Paul Baxter
  • Title:Associate Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:City Mission Society
  • Address:14 Beacon Street, Suite 203
    Boston, MA 02108
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:617-742-6830
  • Main fax:617-742-8470

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  • Mission:
  • CMS has been providing support to impoverished Boston-area residents since 1816, making it the oldest multi-service agency in New England. CMS provides direct services through its staff and volunteers and connects participants with other agencies and resources to help meet their needs. Last year CMS provided service to more than 24,000 individuals, both directly and through the volunteer efforts which we organized. CMS continues to mobilize its strengths to transform the lives of people in need, those who want to help, and partner organizations, all in support of CMS’s mission:

    City Mission Society is a social justice organization that unites communities and transforms individuals through service, education and advocacy. Its programs help youth and adults achieve their full potential while providing opportunities for communities and congregations to engage in social action and change.

    As a multi-service agency, City Mission Society has three program areas: Homelessness Prevention, Youth Peace Empowerment, and Faith and Community Engagement. While addressing distinct issues, the three program areas overlap to form a coherent whole. All of CMS’s programs share a focus on helping adults and youth achieve their full potential.

    CMS Programs and Services
    • Homelessness Prevention, for which we seek funding here: CMS devotes its resources to identifying and assisting families and individuals who are at risk of homelessness, as it is far more caring and cost-effective to intervene before someone needs to be re-housed. The Homelessness Prevention program area is designed to address barriers to economic and housing stability through two key elements: early intervention and flexible support.
    • Youth Peace Empowerment: The mission of CMS's Youth Peace Empowerment Program is to leverage community-based resources to address youth violence by providing individuals and communities opportunities for transformation. Our component programs build on our community connections and by shaping research-based, age-appropriate curricula for programs that provide intensive, transformational programming.
    • Faith And Community Engagement: CMS invites religious congregations and other groups to take part in service projects that challenge their notion of “who is my neighbor” while they work and learn in the neighborhoods of Boston. The cornerstone of this focus area is the Boston Urban Outreach program, which brings together groups of youth and adults from all over the country to perform service projects and learn first-hand about social justice issues.

  • History:
  • City Mission Society (CMS) is the oldest multi-service agency in New England and the second oldest in the United States. Founded by members and clergy leaders of Old South Church and Park Street Church in response to the hardships facing Boston residents, it has served the educational, economic, and social needs of impoverished area residents since 1816. Since its inception, CMS has acted as the conscience of the community, often pioneering key social programs that later became separate non-profit agencies that attracted broad community support.

    Educational programs have always been a strong focus of the Society's work. CMS established neighborhood Sabbath Schools (and later vacation bible schools), and provided classes in baby care and sewing for young mothers. A CMS committee successfully argued for public instruction for children under seven, resulting in Boston's system of primary schools, and CMS board members were subsequently involved with the founding of Boston English High School.

    Another significant project related to education was the establishment of a Commission on Housing and Education. Greater Boston Community Development, Inc. was founded from this effort, and the educational component of the Commission assisted parents and community groups in improving the public schools as well as facilitating the availability of affordable housing.

    Other social and economic issues have also been at the forefront of the Society's concerns over the years. CMS founded the Penitent Female Refuge in response to concerns about prostitution in the West End. The re-named Orchard School is now operated under the auspices of the Home for Little Wanderers. And it was a CMS employee who drew the city's attention to unsafe living conditions for young women working in Boston, leading to the founding of the YWCA Boston. Another CMS employee, Armeda Gibbs, was the first female army nurse during the Civil War.

    CMS has also taken bold steps to provide services which were not available through existing agencies. As recognition grew in the city that poor families had no access to outdoor activities in the summer, CMS initiated the Fresh Air Fund. And most dramatically, when the Boston school de-segregation case was put forward, CMS was instrumental in obtaining legal assistance for some of the defendants.

    For nearly 200 years, CMS has served as a critical resource for other underserved and vulnerable populations including youth, elderly, prisoners and hospital patients, providing them with direct services through its staff and volunteers or connecting them with other agencies that can help to meet their needs. CMS urban missionary work is the forerunner of the case management model of support for families.

  • Year established:1816
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:8

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • --Rev. Dr. Frances A. Bogle
    Chaplain, Newton Wellesley Hospital
    --Darrell C. Byers
    Vice Chancellor of University Advancement
    University of Massachusetts Boston
    --John Dale
    Writer/Researcher, Alban Institute
    --Rev. Karen Fritz
    Senior Pastor
    Brighton Allston Congregational Church
    --Branden F. Grimmett
    Career Services Assistant Director
    Tufts University
    --Rev. Wendy Vander Hart
    Associate Conference Minister
    MA United Church of Christ
    --Thomas H. Wetherald
    Portfolio Manager
    MFS Investment Management
    --Rev. Albert Whitaker
    Associate Manager for Community Initiatives
    American Diabetes Association

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Rev. Dr. Norman B. Bendroth, Chair


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:04-2104003

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:042104003
  • Organization Name:CITY MISSION INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:14 BEACON ST
  • Organization City:BOSTON
  • Organization State:MA
  • Organization Zip:02108-3704
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 7
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Religious Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:January, 1934
  • 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):325, 328, 029
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Camp, Combat juvenile delinquency, Other religious activities
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:September, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:September
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$1,267,457
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$844,890
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$816,184
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 9:46:17 am

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