Boys Choir of Tallahassee, Inc.
300 Mabry Street
Contact Information
Address 300 Mabry Street
Telephone (850) 224-9934
Fax 850 254-1912
Alternate Address P.O. Box 1182
Tallahassee, FL 32302
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Boys' Choir
At A Glance
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 20-3478334
Year of Incorporation 2006
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $142,000.00
Projected Expenses $141,620.00
Mission Statement

BCT works to help young men meet their developmental needs and realize their full potential by proactively reducing risky behavior, restoring self-esteem and promoting academic success. Strategies include creating a safe, supportive afterschool setting which includes adult and peer mentoring for both academic and social skills.

The Choir strives to help members develop a sense of poise and self-confidence through education and performance. Members are challenged to sing well, stand tall, stay on schedule, take pride in their appearance, respect those in charge and tap into the best part of whom he is and what he can accomplish. The key to the success of the Choir is its emphasis on discipline, hard work, responsibility and respect for oneself and others. BCT reaches out to at-risk, often “forgotten” youth to give them a sense of purpose and accomplishment through music instruction and the encouragement of a positive adult role model.

Needs Statement
  1. Serve members healthier, more nutritious snacks - $3,500

    All members receive an afterschool snack. Many of these boys will not eat enough if they cannot eat at school because they come from very poor families. BCT can introduce the boys to foods they may never consider and influence how members develop the habit of eating nutritious snacks that will support their growth and a healthy body weight.

    Snacking is an effective way to fit extra nutrients into diets and prevent overeating at mealtimes. Healthy snacking helps keep blood sugar levels stable, helping to avoid the large dips and spikes that can, over time, lead to insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure.

  2. Improve BCT’s Social Services by working with CHSP to create a community referral network - $1,500
  3. Build school awareness with more targeted, effective recruitment - $1,000
Impact Statement

Program accomplishments in FY14:

Objective: more than 75% of the participants will be promoted to the next grade level
Outcome: 87% of participants were promoted to the next grade level
Objective: at least 80% of high school seniors will graduate from high school
Outcome: 100% of seniors graduated from high school
Objective: more than 70% of those graduating high school will matriculate to institutes of higher education
Outcome: 100% of seniors are continuing their education
Objective: At least 75% of participants will have no involved in any incidents of juvenile crime
Outcome: No members were involved with any incidents of juvenile crime
In addition to the objectives above, program goals in FY15 include 


  • Hire a qualified part-time social services aide, preferably with some experience with music and group leadership.
  • Move the BCT program location by March 15 to the new Shelfer Prosperity Center owned by Goodwill Industries. Shelfer offers the boys a safe facility with quiet study areas and computers, a large rehearsal space, small practice rooms and an exercise room.
  • Hold a free, week-long summer camp to help members re-establish and form new friendships.
  • Travel to Morehouse College in Atlanta for a three-day weekend of enrichment activities.
  • Expand local enrichment activities to include outings to local college sporting events, movies, museums and cultural events. All activities will have board approval and include supervision from at least two adults.


Background Statement

The project began in 1995 when former FSU Dean of Social Work Dianne Harrison led an effort to create a program for adolescent boys, ages 8 to 18. From the beginning, the concept was to create a boys' choir designed to attract male youth from lower economic areas of the community in need of structure and social opportunities typically unavailable to them outside sports. Dr. Harrison recruited Earle Lee to lead the choir. Earle's qualifications include an undergraduate degree in music education and a master’s degree in social work. These efforts led to the creation of The Boys' Choir.

Service Categories
Youth Development Programs
Boys Clubs
Singing & Choral Groups
Areas of Service
Areas Served
The City of Tallahassee, Leon County and the surrounding area.
The goal of The Boys’ Choir of Tallahassee, Inc. is to help young men realize their full potential to become productive members of the community by proactively reducing risky behavior, restoring self-esteem and promoting academic success.

BCT members are young black males living in households headed by a female in poor, high-minority neighborhoods. In general, their environment lacks positive role models and constructive activities. It is an environment with high-profile gangs, a high crime rate, few role models and modest academic achievement.

The program provides access to high-quality services at no cost to the participant. Strategies include creating a safe, supportive afterschool setting that includes adult and peer mentoring for both academic and social skills and using performance to encourage greater connection with peers, adults and the Tallahassee community. Male adults work with the children as Choir director, accompanist, mentors, thereby providing positive male role modeling to these children.

Budget $129,000.00
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Males, At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

Long term Success

BCT meets member needs, thereby significantly affecting positive indicators of school engagement (e.g., attendance, grades) and graduation rates, while reducing non-school-hour anti-social behavior.

Program objectives include the following benchmarks:

  1. 75 percent participants will be promoted to the next grade level
  2. 80 percent of high school seniors will graduate from high school
  3. 70 percent those graduating high school will continue on to    institutes of higher education
  4. 75 percent of participants will have no involvement with any incidents of juvenile crime
Program Success Monitored By

BCT is a successful program with more than 19 years of experience serving Tallahassee and the surrounding area. In that time, strong collaborative and cooperative relationships have been developed with neighborhoods, schools and community organizations. These partnerships are instrumental in ensuring the Choir's continued growth.

Examples of Program Success

Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mutaqee Akbar Esq.
Company Affiliation Akbar Law Firm
Term Oct 2014 to Sept 2016
Board Members
Mutaquee Akbar Akbar Law Firm
Akiba Ally Retired
Samantha Boge Boge Arbitration
Eric Friall Aeson Group
George Gilchrist City of Tallahassee Public Works
Yolonda Green Florida Department of Health
Claudette Harrell AmeriCorps of Tallahassee
Brittany Adams Long Radey Attorneys
Barry Moline Florida Municipal Electric Association
Susan St. John St. John Law Firm
Nicholas Thomas Professor of Music, FAMU
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Constituent Board Members
Delores Madison Parent Representative
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Additional Board Members
Judge Charles Dodson Circuit Judge, 2nd Judicial Court of Florida
Mr. Marvin Henderson Deputy Superintendent, Leon County Schools
Representative Alan Williams Florida House of Representatives
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Robert Thaler
Term Start 2014

Executive Director - The Artist Series of Tallahassee

Contract Marketing and Grant Writing Services

Technical Proposal Specialist – FBMC/WageWorks

Futures Market Analyst and Technical Trader

President and Owner - Radiant Broadcasting Company


Senior Staff
Title Choir Director
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 25
Contractors 1
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Semi-Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2013
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Oct 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Sept 30 2015
Projected Revenue $142,000.00
Projected Expenses $141,620.00
Form 990s
Audit or In-House Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$86,523$97,958$128,213
Administration Expense$32,116$31,115$18,803
Fundraising Expense$12,574$0$2,700
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.081.331.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses66%76%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%0%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$67,182$57,058$762
Current Assets$67,182$57,058$762
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$3,473$4,432$33,088
Total Net Assets$63,709$52,626($32,326)
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities19.3412.870.02
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Boys Choir of Tallahassee, Inc.
Address 300 Mabry Street
TALLAHASSEE , FL 323043813
Primary Phone 850 224-9934
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CEO/Executive Director Robert Thaler
Board Chair Mr. Mutaqee Akbar Esq.
Board Chair Company Affiliation Akbar Law Firm
Year of Incorporation 2006