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 class room s
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

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Mr Matt Schantz

CFO/VP

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Ms Marjorie McQuinn

Keywords

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Living History Encampment

Notes from the Nonprofit

Many of our volunteers are volunteer firefighters paramedics national guard members or former members of military service or retired personnel or collage students or have young family's . we honer our country's veterans at every show and promote family values that have been lost over the years.

EIN

20-8492440

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

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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

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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 dedcated volunteers that spend many hour researching the old code via historical re-enactment of history 1100-1600 the gold age of piracy .
our main focus is live steel fighting and living history of peaceful arts including cooking,woodcrafting,sewing,armoring, brewing,painting,drawing, our combatatant side composedof individuals with their chosen weapon in historically accurate and safe way

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$25000.00

Program 2

School class room s

We have gone to schools dressed in Rwenaissance Grab and talk to the kids about the history and our personal story how history has come alive

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$5000.00

Results

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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.

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2. Number of public events held to further mission

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3. Total number of organization members

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4. Number of free participants on field trips

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Charting Impact

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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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Operations

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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?