Financial Stewardship

Ensuring access to care.

The Brookline Center endures as an independent, community-based health center because of sound fiscal management.

Revenue

Insurance and fees cover less than half of The Brookline Center’s revenue base. Although health insurance is mandatory in Massachusetts, low and moderate income individuals and families may often experience gaps in coverage, while others may have insurance that does not cover the duration, frequency, or type of care they require. As a result, we depend on philanthropy, which in 2016 contributed 25% of the Center’s income, or $1.9 million. Contributions by private individuals, companies, and foundations help ensure that adults and children who need our help can find outstanding, affordable, comprehensive care.

Expenses

Our 2016 operating budget was $5.7 million. We carefully manage our finances to make the best use of donations. This year, 84% of every donor dollar has directly funded mental health programs, services, and clinic operations. The remaining 16% covered administrative and management activities, including billing, financial management, fundraising, and depreciation.

Counting on Care

1,665

We are grateful to the 1,665 generous individuals, companies, and foundations who made gifts of $1.9 million to sustain core services and grow innovative programs.

24%

Public funding covers 24% of the Center’s annual budget. Many years ago, local, state, and federal funds covered 70%. Donors help close this gap.

65%

Average reimbursement by private health insurance covers only 65% of the true cost of care: on average, the Center may receive $77 in insurance and fees for an hour of care that costs $138 to deliver. Some services are not covered by insurance at all.