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Borderland Rainbow Center

A community space to grow together.

aka Borderland Rainbow Center   |   El Paso, TX   |  www.borderlandrainbow.org

Mission

The Borderland Rainbow Center's mission is to create a community space in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex (LGBTQI) people and their allies can heal, grow, and empower themselves and others. This substance-free space will connect LGBTQI people to resources for improved physical and mental health, economic stability, legal rights, education, spiritual and cultural enrichment.

Notes from the nonprofit

Ethics are a central concern for our non-profit. We strive to provide evidence-based services and a safe space to all LGBTQ+ people.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Brenda Risch

President of the Board of Directors

Tess English

Main address

2714 Wyoming Ave.

El Paso, TX 79903 USA

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Formerly known as

Rio Grande Adelante

EIN

74-2809637

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Programs and results

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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?

Transgender Youth Support Group

Transgender Youth between 5-13 gather to share their stories, obtain support, and learn. Co-facilitated by a humans services professional and a peer educator.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
LGBTQ people

Family members/guardians of transgender folks gather to learn, share experiences, and support each other. Group is co-facilitated by a Social Worker and a member of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Parents

Young people between 14-19 gather to support each other. Information, resources, and safe space are offered in this group. Co-facilitated by a Social Worker and a Human Serivces professional.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
LGBTQ people

Dry goods, canned foods, and fresh fruits and vegetables are available to people in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with HIV/AIDS

Transgender and non-gender conforming people 21 and older gather to learn, provide support, and share experiences. Facilitated by a social worker.

Population(s) Served
Adults
LGBTQ people

A free, confidential 12-step program for LGBTQ folks and their allies who struggle with addictions. Co-facilitated by an LMSW and and MSW.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

A free brunch every two weeks for our senior LGBTQ community members. Menu varies but always includes some vegetarian options. All ages welcome.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
LGBTQ people

Free fiction and non-fiction books available to all community members. Donate a book or take one with you to read.

Population(s) Served
Adults
LGBTQ people

A friendly informal book club for LGBTQ+ teens.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Adolescents

Individual, Family, and Couples counseling is available on a sliding scale. Therapy is provided by licensed professionals including LCSW, LMSW, Psychologists, etc.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Adults

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.

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

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

Adults, People with disabilities, Economically disadvantaged people, LGBTQ people, Children and youth

Related Program

Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

1) Maintain quality of existing services
2) Improve data collection and evaluation of program services
3) Build infrastructure and financial stability for the organization as a whole

1) Create evaluation tools for programs not currently being evaluated
2) Analyze all data collected for benchmarks, trends and changes
3) Establish and promote an endowment for the Borderland Rainbow Center

Financials

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Operations

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

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Borderland Rainbow Center

Board of directors
as of 11/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tess English

Boy Scouts of America

Term: 2023 - 2021

Kyle Erwin, PhD

El Paso Veteran's Adminstration

Kariss Doster-Hoffmann, LPC, LCDC

Private Practice

Amanda Sanchez, PhD

Helen of Troy

Eman Attar

graduate student, UT San Antonio

Alex Marquez

Boy Scouts of America

Alexsandra Annello

El Paso City Council Member

Maria Brito

Centro San Vicente

Jesus Ramos

student NMSU

Ross Ingram

Brainville, LLC

Beaven Persis

Lawrence Wesley

VFW Post 812

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/21/2022

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Non-binary, Transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/21/2022

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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.
Policies and processes
  • 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.