BROTHER HELP THYSELF INC

Building, Helping, Transforming our LGBTQ+ communities, one grant at a time.

aka BHT Foundation   |   Washington, DC   |  https://www.bhtfoundation.org/

Mission

OUR MISSION: BHT Foundation (Formerly Brother, Help Thyself Inc.) is a 501(c)3 community based organization providing financial and other support to non-profit organizations serving the LGBTQ/SGL and HIV/AIDS communities in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metro area.

Ruling year info

1982

President

Paul Marengo

Main address

PO Box 77841

Washington, DC 20013 USA

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EIN

52-1231822

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

AIDS (G81)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

OUR GOALS: Sustainability - Create structures and systems to ensure the systematic and effective operations of the BHT Foundation in support of our LGBTQ+ communities. Including succession planning; development, financial planning; and standard operating procedures and business operations. Excellence - Grow the BHT foundation to reflect the evolution of our diverse communities and expand visibility and community partnerships/support, to become the preferred nonprofit for LGBTQ+ giving in the DMV area.

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?

Category I: Richard Van Der Karr Memorial HIV/AIDS Fund

Grants from this fund are designated specifically for programs related to HIV/AIDS services, prevention, and education and are not for capital items. Capital items are defined in, and should be applied for under the Medford Fund.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
People with HIV/AIDS

Grants from this fund are for the implementation of non-HIV/AIDS-related programs that add to the LGBTQIA community support infrastructure and enrich the quality of life for members of the community.

Population(s) Served
People with HIV/AIDS

To be consider under this funding opportunity, the applying organization must focus on fostering self-esteem, and self awareness, cultivating emotional resilience, and enhancing social skills among LGBT Youth. A qualified applicant would focus its youth programming on arts, health, education, employment, or advocacy. Priority will be given to small volunteer driven organizations with a history of successfully providing services to LGBTQ Youth.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
LGBTQ people
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

We exist to help, build, and transform our diverse LGBTQ+ Communities. We back up our commitment by supporting non-profits that are dedicated to creating safe spaces for marginalized folx. Community – We believe in our communities and are dedicated to supporting non-profits in the Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas that fill critical gaps in services and improve the lives of our community members. Integrity – We will earn and maintain your trust through ethical, honest, and transparent business operations. First and foremost, we will be governed by a board that reflects the communities that we serve. Stewardship – We support marginalized and underfunded nonprofits first. To do this, we are steadfast in our commitment to protect and distribute the financial assets and resources that have been entrusted to us by our donors. Flexibility – We will meet the evolving needs of our communities by creating a solid and sustainable business model that allows us to strategically change and adapt quickly.

BHT Foundation has grown and diversified over the years. In response to the AIDS crises in our community, we financially support many AIDS service providers. Since 1978, we have raised and distributed $3.5 million to more than 196 groups in our community. Brother, Help Thyself raises funds throughout the year and then disburses direct and matching funds, partners with grantees on fundraisers and other events, acts as a clearinghouse for donated goods and services, and serves as an information resource to the LGBTQ/SGL community.

January 25, 2020 marked the 42nd time that Brother, Help Thyself has presented grant awards to the Washington-Baltimore region's LGBTQ/SGL charities. We began in 1978 with two grants totaling $4,518: $3,162 to the Gay Men's VD Clinic (which years later became what we know today as Whitman-Walker Health) and $1,355 to the Gay & Lesbian Switchboard of Washington, DC. A year later, in 1979, we doubled the number of charities to four and almost doubled the amount awarded to $7,148. Notable that second year as well was making our first grant to a Baltimore charity, the Chase-Brexton Clinic.

In 40 years, we have awarded 1,098 grants to 194 unique charities, totaling $3,170,119. Our average grant over the years has been approximately $3,000; our smallest grant ever was a $50 grant made in 1990 (and, yes, the group actually asked for $50!); and the largest grant ever was $20,414 to Food & Friends in 1992. We hit the $1 million mark of total giving in 1997; the $2 million mark in 2006; and the $3 million mark in 2015. We are now at almost $3.2 million dollars, and if history proves correct, we should hit our $4 million mark in 2027.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    BHT Foundation has grown and diversified over the years. In response to the AIDS crises in our community, we financially support many AIDS service providers. Since 1978, we have raised and distributed $3.5 million to more than 196 groups in our community. Brother, Help Thyself raises funds throughout the year and then disburses direct and matching funds, partners with grantees on fundraisers and other events, acts as a clearinghouse for donated goods and services, and serves as an information resource to the LGBTQ/SGL community.

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

    Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

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

    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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

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

    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 act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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BROTHER HELP THYSELF INC

Board of directors
as of 08/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Paul Marengo

Promethean Fundraising

Term: 2020 - 2022

Kenya Hutton

Elected Director

Mark Clark

Chesapeake Bay Bears

Mike Lentz

Atlantic States Gay Rodeo Association

Derrick Cox

Elected Director

Nick Atlas

Elected Director

Liam Smith

Hooker & Boys

Paul Marengo

Elected Director

Zakarias Brookes

The Baltimore ShipMates

Nina Love

Elected Director

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 8/15/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/15/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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 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 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.