Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Matthew Shepard Foundation

  • Casper, WY
  • www.MatthewShepard.org

Mission Statement

The Matthew Shepard Foundation's Mission Statement is to encourage respect for human dignity and difference by raising awareness, opening dialogues and promotion positive change through public outreach, advocacy and providing educational resources.

Our goal is to replace hate with understanding, compassion and acceptance.

Main Programs

  1. Outreach: Erase Hate
  2. Outreach: Awareness
  3. Outreach: Laramie Project
  4. Resources
  5. Advocacy
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We operate throughout the country and internationally with speaking engagements and educational programs.  Our home offices are located in Casper, WY 82609 and Denver, CO 80202.

ruling year

1999

President

Self-reported

Mrs. Judy Shepard

Keywords

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glbt, gay, lesbian, social issues, education, advocacy, equal rights, human rights, minorities, transgender, lgbtqq, hate crimes, bullying, civil rights, anti-violence,

Notes from the Nonprofit

The Matthew Shepard Foundation was created by the family of Matthew Shepard in 1998 after his murder in an anti-gay hate crime in Laramie, Wyoming, which attracted international media coverage and high-level responses from leading political, cultural and social figures. The case prompted countless Americans to renew their demand for true equality for LGBT people and a renewed push for positive legislation, corporate policies and social attitudes. Thousands of individuals made unsolicited gifts in Matthew's memory which formed the core of the Foundation's resources in its early years. The organization has since grown to encompass a dedicated staff and board whose programs have reached millions of people with a positive message to "Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion and Acceptance."

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EIN

31-1640047

Physical Address

1530 Blake St Suite 200

Denver, CO 80202

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Without the tireless advoacy of Judy Shepard and the Foundation, federal hate-crimes legislation would almost certainly not include protections for victims of violent crime attacked because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. We continue to motivate tens of thousands of individuals every year to participate in civil society in favor of equal rights, monitor and improve local anti-bullying and anti-discrimination policy, put on artistic and theatrical programs which spotlight opportunities to stand up for diversity, and provide extra attention to youth whose sexual or gender identities cause difficulties with family, educational institutions, and employers. The Foundation has been recognized for its work by dozens of professional associations, office holders, community groups, educational institutions, diplomats, law enforcement officials and other social leaders since its programs began in 1998.

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

Outreach: Erase Hate

Judy Shepard, Dennis Shepard, and other Foundation representatives conduct educational and motivational speaking engagements, workshops, and panel discussions exploring the impact of hate crimes on the LGBT community, the importance of diversity, the roles each individual can play in erasing hate from our society and the broad arc of the civil rights movement today. Audiences include primary, secondary and post-secondary school students, corporate workforces, community organizations, law enforcement training participants and international groups through citizen-diplomacy programs.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Gays/Lesbians

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$103,792.00

Program 2

Outreach: Awareness

The Foundation provides "Erase Hate" branded wristbands, apparel and other items to a variety of audiences to encourage the display of positive anti-discrimination messages.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Gays/Lesbians

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$30,323.00

Program 3

Outreach: Laramie Project

Each year, the Foundation supports more than 75 productions of the plays "The Laramie Project" and "The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later" in the U.S., Canada and worldwide. This play explores how the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming, responded in the aftermath of Matthew Shepard's murder and documents the individual actions against hatred and discrimination pursued by a diverse array of individuals and institutions in response to this notorius and historic hate crime.

Category

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Gays/Lesbians

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$47,979.00

Program 4

Resources

The Foundation maintains a youth and young-adult resource site on the Internet devoted to cultivating the voices of young LGBT and allied writers and video bloggers writing about topics of interest to a diverse audience. It includes a 50-state resource directory, a library and glossary of resources, periodic interviews with newsmakers and other notable LGBT and allied figures, and discussion tools both for readers and for activists. Additionally, the Foundation's general-purpose website and social-media tools provide daily updates on news and activities vital to the LGBT community and civil rights movement.

Category

Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Gays/Lesbians

Adults

Budget

$233,633.00

Program 5

Advocacy

Foundation representatives directly advocate for positive public, corporate and social policy for LGBT and allied persons and promotes individuals also taking direct action in support of those goals.

Category

Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered

Population(s) Served

Gays/Lesbians

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$25,098.00

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?
    The organization's overall goal is to "Replace Hate with Understanding, Compassion and Acceptance." In its current strategic plan, specific goals for each program are established, including maintaining an expanding, mission-driven and measurably effective speakers bureau; ensuring the Foundation provides appropriate and visible leadership on advocacy issues important to the LGBT community; and curating a useful, online resource set for youth and those who serve youth to address concerns such as bullying, discrimination and personal safety.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Foundation's strategies include placing compelling messaging before audiences who need education or motivation to directly participate in improving the climate for LGBT individuals; broadening the segment of the public which observes and acts upon specific opportunities to advance these goals through civic institutions; and grounding the youngest members of the community, and their allies, in the history and available resources at their disposal, while expanding those resource sets to include more unique voices qho typify many types of diversity.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Foundation has a unique opportunity to advance these goals because of the solemnity and international prominence of Matthew's story and his family's work, which opens minds and hearts to our messaging. Additionally, our long track-record of enriching programming, modest organization size and continuing independence estabilishes trust and a strong sense of collaboration amongst the populations we serve.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Foundation monitors the range of pro-and anti-LGBT legislation, corporate policy, media visibility, hate-crime and bullying statistics and other markers to determine, with certainty, both the measurable progress achieves since its creation and the scale of the remaining problems it is addressing.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Foundation is extremely grateful for federal LGBT-inclusive hate crime legislation passed with its help over many years, and continues to promote state- and local-level actions to augment these protections, as well as supporting law-enforcement training. In recent years the Foundation has expanded its activism into the realms of anti-bullying policy, marriage and workplace equality and other relevant topics, most of which have shown steady progress but remain unfinished.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

We operate throughout the country and internationally with speaking engagements and educational programs.  Our home offices are located in Casper, WY 82609 and Denver, CO 80202.

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Matthew Shepard Foundation
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Matthew Shepard Foundation

Leadership

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President

Mrs. Judy Shepard

BIO

Through her national speaking program, Judy Shepard is sharing Matthew's values of respect and dignity for others. In the last fifteen years, Judy has spoken at hundreds of colleges, high schools, and universities nationwide, as well as businesses and symposiums. This program underwrites much of the Foundation's other programming.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Judy Shepard

Matthew Shepard Foundation

Term: Dec 1998 -

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?

No

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?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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