Arts, Culture, and Humanities

The Brotherhood of Steel Inc

  • Alburnett, IA
  • www.facebook.com/TheBrotherhoodOfSteelInc

Mission Statement

Our goal is to promote and foster a life-long love of history and learning.
We meet this goal by providing exciting and informative demonstrations, hands on learning activities and interactive living history displays. It is our belief, that to make history come to life is to open up the world for both children and adults, directly making the world a better place.

Main Programs

  1. Encampment of 1100 to 1600s
  2. School Outreach
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We serve the Midwest and part of the southeastern states. The States we currently server are: Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kentucky. Our goal is to expand our reach and service are in the future depending on donations to fund such ventures.

ruling year

2015

CEO

Self-reported

Mr Matt Schantz

CFO/VP

Self-reported

Ms Marjorie McQuinn

Keywords

Self-reported

Living History Encampment

Notes from the Nonprofit

Many of our volunteers serve their communities as firefighters, paramedics, or former members of the military. We honor our country's veterans at every show and promote family values that have been lost over the years. It is our goal to make history come alive. We believe that if we can cause that one spark about history it will build to burn a life log love of learning. We believe that we are all member of a family and do our best to support our "community family".

EIN

20-8492440

 Number

7267278582

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Performing Arts (A60)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Y12)

Community Service Clubs (Kiwanis, Lions, Jaycees, etc.) (S80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

We have seen individuals quit drugs, alcohol and improve their lives, just to become members. We have seen an improvement in the interest in history and in community service in the youth in our local service areas. We have seen an increased attendances in the venues where we preform and educate.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Encampment of 1100 to 1600s

We bring group of 45 to 50 dedicated volunteers who have spent many hours researching the old ways. Historical re-enactment of 1100-1600, and the golden age of piracy are areas of focus.
Our main focus is living history, "live steel" fighting re-enactments. As well as the "peaceful arts" including cooking, wood-crafting, sewing, painting, drawing.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$25000.00

Program 2

School Outreach

We regularly go to local schools in costume to teach about the Renaissance period and the people who lived then. This provides the children a chance to see, hear and touch a re-enactment of history.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$5000.00

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
Encampment of 1100 to 1600s
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

2. Number of public events held to further mission

Target Population
Children and youth (0-19 years), Adolescents (13-19 years), Families

Connected to a Program?
Encampment of 1100 to 1600s
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

3. Total number of organization members

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

4. Number of contracts/purchase agreements that the organization holds for purchase of its products/services

Target Population
Children and youth (0-19 years), K-12 (5-19 years), Families

Connected to a Program?
Encampment of 1100 to 1600s
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
These are the number of contracted Living History contracts. We have continued to expand not only the number, but the areas and states we have presented in.

5. Total number of new organization members

Target Population
No target populations selected

Connected to a Program?
Encampment of 1100 to 1600s
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
This reflects the number of new volunteers who have joined us to help us make history come alive. This also shows the continued growth of The Brotherhood of Steel, Inc.

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Our goals:
    To foster an interest in history and life long learning.
    To increase participation in public service.
    To show that all people, regardless of creed, color,religion or sexual orientation can come together and make a difference.
    To boost and build the self confidence of those who choose to become members.
    To show that Chivalry, Honor, Justice, Service and Respect are in face still alive and present today.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We set up period encampment and preform interesting shows and interactive displays. We promote history in a fun and interesting way.

    We promote and support local events and organization through preforming.

    We assist people in improving their lives by teaching and enforcing personal responsibility.

    We live our lives as example to all, so that we can be seen as one person making a difference in the the hope that others will follow suit.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Our members are well educated, trained and driven to excel in the promotion and demonstration of historical practices and events. We currently have a large display and are always looking to expand it.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We regularly assist with fundraising events and we know how much we helped other organizations raise. We communicate with events and promoters to get the numbers of people served. We regularly communicate with other like groups to find needs and see to it that they are fulfilled.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We are currently preforming at small and mid-sized events locally. We want to be preforming at large venues nationally and possibly internationally as well. We remain committed to the small and mid-sized event, but we desire to serve and educate more people by being able to preform at these larger events.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We serve the Midwest and part of the southeastern states. The States we currently server are: Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kentucky. Our goal is to expand our reach and service are in the future depending on donations to fund such ventures.

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Funding Needs

We are seeking funding to extend our service area. To that end we will need to be able to house, feed and travel members to various locations. We are also planning on expanding our display and performances and will need more equipment for this as well as to transport our equipment. It is our goal to in 5 years to add another 3-5 "houses" (local groups).

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The Brotherhood of Steel Inc

Leadership

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CEO

Mr Matt Schantz

CFO/VP

Ms Marjorie McQuinn

BIO

Matt is an Iowa raised farm boy with a love and fascination for history. in 2007 Matt and 2 others (one has passed away and the other has retired from the corporation) founded The Brotherhood of Steel, Inc. with the guiding purpose to bring history alive. Their belief was that if they can spark an interest in history and make it fun, then they can help others achieve life long learning. They also set out to show that the "olde" values of chivalry, honor, justice, service and respect are still alive today.

Matt continues to live and work in Alburnett, Iowa. He and his family, his wife Sherry, 2 boys Zachary(19) and Benjamin(7) and daughter Emelia(16mo) live together oa a century farm.

Matt continues to serve his local community as a volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"History is our passion. We in The Brotherhood of Steel, Inc. believe that learning is a lifelong endeavor. To this we strive to make this a fun and interesting event. We believe that if we can light that spark it just one person we have helped make the world a better place. We want to show that the "olde" ways of chivalry, honor, justice, service and respect are still alive today and just as important, if not more."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr Matt F Schantz

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
Race & Ethnicity
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
Yes
We have a diversity committee in place
Yes
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
Yes
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
The introduction for new members before they join is, " If you can't be around other religions, races, or sexual orientation, then this is not the group for you. We are a completely open group, we are family. Respect everyone."