FOUNDATION BEYOND BELIEF INC

Humanism At Work

aka FBB   |   Houston, TX   |  https://www.foundationbeyondbelief.org

Mission

Foundation Beyond Belief seeks to end poverty and hunger, promote good health and well-being, and foster employment opportunities and economic growth in ways that exemplify humanist values.

Ruling year info

2010

Executive Director

Tif Ho

Main address

1940 Fountain View Dr #1126

Houston, TX 77057-3206 USA

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EIN

26-4822541

NTEE code info

Public Foundations (T30)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Foundation Beyond Belief addresses four United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 1. No poverty 2. Zero hunger 3. Good health and well-being 8. Decent work and economic growth Our programs focus on community-led, evidence-based, and sustainable initiatives that focus on both widespread and concentrated impact within local communities across the U.S. and around the world.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Compassionate Impact Grant

Compassionate Impact Grant (CIG) is a $150K, three year, unrestricted grant that is awarded to a single organization with the goal of tangibly increasing the impact of an innovative nonprofit. CIG's goal is to support organizations that address critical community problems through evidence-based and culturally responsible social innovations.

CIG supports organizations with social initiatives that:
-Create access to food and clean water
-Tackle disparities in health and well-being
-Foster employment opportunities and economic growth
-Are innovative
-Are evidence-based
-Are solving community problems

The 2021 CIG recipient is Food Rescue Alliance (FRA). FRA is making a powerful impact on food insecurity, poverty, inequity, social injustice, and environmental destruction in one fell swoop through innovative, effective programs reducing food waste. FRA is a network of food rescue initiatives with 32 member organizations in the U.S., Nigeria, and Canada. Their programs include:
-Instructing communities on how to start food rescue initiatives
-Helping organizers manage volunteers and reclamation project
-Incubation, peer learning, and resource sharing programs
-Open-source logistics softwares

Through its programs, FRA, has helped to complete 90,000+ food rescues. On average, their members have redistributed over 20 million pounds of food to over 600,000 low income people annually. This impact is already huge, but the CIG will help to further increase FRA’s impact. Funds will secure staff funding; continue support for FRA’s software; and maximize network’s efficiency. It’s a game changer that will move FRA towards a tantalizing goal: to grow from an under-resourced peer learning alliance to a powerful collective with leverage over the root causes of food insecurity.
Our work with FRA will also provide partnership opportunities for our Beyond Belief Network (BBN) teams to increase their impact addressing food insecurity.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups

BBN is a Foundation Beyond Belief program designed to encourage and assist local and online groups of secular humanists, atheists, and other nonbelievers to serve their communities. BBN staff assist teams with ideas and tips for service, planning events, and finding existing opportunities for service in their areas. Teams can submit reports about their events to earn perks like t-shirts, grants for service activities, and national recognition. Teams with a non-theistic or secular humanist identity are encouraged to apply. Individuals looking for volunteer opportunities can connect to local groups, seek advice on starting a group, or get ideas for volunteering as an individual.

Population(s) Served

The Food Security Project is a program under BBN, which was launched in May 2021.

The Food Security Project was designed in order to address food insecurity through localized efforts and widespread impact. Food insecurity is described as "a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle." Recently, after decades of progress, there was a sudden and rapid rise in global food insecurity - affecting 42 million Americans and 690 million people around the world. In the U.S. alone, food insecurity more than doubled, affecting almost 1 in 4 families.

Through the Food Security Project, FBB awards monthly grants to BBN teams that provide solutions. Solutions may range from meal giveaways, grocery deliveries, food rescue, community gardens, and more. Teams become eligible for grants by submitting monthly event reports.

*Teams have up to seven days after month end to submit their monthly event report.

Foundation Beyond Belief provides an unique solution:
-Consistent funding through monthly grants
-Support for local volunteer teams with limited funding options
-Emphasis on community-led initiatives
-Focus on historically underserved communities
-Holistic solutions that address both immediate need and long-term sustainability

Population(s) Served

Humanist Action: Ghana (HA: Ghana) is a Ghanaian women's rights and poverty alleviation program.The program runs a vocational training program in the Central region of Ghana and partners with local grassroots nonprofits that do similar work.

The goal of HA: Ghana is to:
-Reduce poverty and promote self-sustainability
-Support local expertise
-Promote humanitarian services in local communities by training future trainers

HA: Ghana focuses on protecting human rights by championing the skills necessary for Ghanaians in impoverished communities to meet their basic needs. HA: Ghana does this by collaborating with local organizations and individuals to empower members of the community to build a life of self-sustainability and dignity. Each vocational or agricultural training project coordinated by HA: Ghana is specifically tailored to the needs and desires identified by the communities themselves. After each training, trainees are provided with the tools and equipment needed to start a viable business in their field.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Foundation Beyond Belief imagines a world without poverty - a world in which all people have access to food, water, and basic necessities.

We address these goals by supporting community-led, evidence-based initiatives which address both immediate needs and long-term sustainability.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Foundation Beyond Belief serves anyone who experiences poverty and/or economic need, including underserved groups. Our programs target areas that include hunger and food insecurity, access to water and other basic necessities, health, and employment. In the past, we have also contributed to human rights, education, and environmental causes.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In response to feedback, we have narrowed down our mission in order to create more concentrated impact. Additionally, we have restructured our grants program from small, quarterly grants to a larger, multi-year grant. We have also launched a new program that targets hunger and food insecurity in local, underserved communities across the U.S. and around the world.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback has helped us to better understand what community needs are, form better relationships with grassroots groups, and shift our resources towards supporting community-led initiatives. This positions the people whom we serve as part of the solution, with equal or even more power over decision-making.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FOUNDATION BEYOND BELIEF INC

Board of directors
as of 5/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Clare Wuellner

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Allie Ashmead

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Alix Jules

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Alice Ashton

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Phil Session

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Tracie Harris

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/17/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.