Brother, Help Thyself Inc. (BHT) is a 501(c)3 community based non-profit providing financial and other support to non-profit organizations serving the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metro area.
Founded in 1978 by four gay motorcycle clubs, BHT is one of the first organizations in the United States to provide funding for LGBTQ health, cultural, and social services needs. The first fundraising drive by The Capital Area Board of Leather and Levi Motorcycle Clubs raised $4,518. BHT was formed to award funds from that grant to the Gay Men’s VD Clinic which is now known as Whitman-Walker Health; and to the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Washington, DC. Now in its 38th year, BHT has awarded 1,033 grants to 178 distinct non-profits totaling over $3 million. Our grant season generally runs from Mid-June through August 31; followed by grant hearings in the early fall and then deliberations by our board through November. Grant applicants are notified in early December if they have been selected to receive a grant. And, then grant checks are presented at our annual grant reception in late January.
BHT meets monthly (with the exception of July) on the second Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Dignity Washington, located at 721 8th Street SE in DC on Barrack's Row. Our meetings average an hour; but can go shorter or longer depending on that meeting's agenda. Apart from our meetings, board members might be asked to attend various community events to represent BHT or assist with BHT-sponsored event planning for events such as our grant reception or our annual fundraiser at Kings Dominion. BHT hopes to undertake a series of small fundraisers throughout the upcoming months as well throughout our region.
Please follow the below instructions to submit your application to serve on our board of directors. Applications will be accepted through October 15, 2016 and will be reviewed by our nominations committee with final decisions being made before the end of October. The committee will then make its recommendations to the BHT board at our November 9 meeting.