PLATINUM2023

Lindaben Foundation Inc

Servants of Those in Need and The Invisible

Beltsville, MD   |  https://lindabenfoundation.org/

Mission

To be a channel of safe haven for the homeless & underserved community by uplifting their conditions and providing wrap around services founded in love and friendship. Our Vision To empower the needy and the invisible to improve their quality of life by building a community where they feel safe, useful and accepted.

Notes from the nonprofit

LindaBen Foundation is a community-based organization established in 2020 to provide a haven for the homeless, at-risk individuals, and underserved communities. It aims to improve their living conditions by offering services based on love and friendship. The foundation envisions empowering the needy and invisible members of society by providing them with the necessary resources to enhance their quality of life. Ultimately, the foundation seeks to help these individuals feel worthy, secure, and accepted in the community. To achieve this, the foundation provides sustainable access to healthy food and wrap-around services, including housing support and self-sufficiency programs. It operates through outreach activities and strategic partnerships with community stakeholders to have a long-lasting impact and enhance the quality of life for the children and families they serve. GuideStar has recognized the LindaBen Foundation as a platinum-rated nonprofit, the high.

Ruling year info

2020

Founder/President CEO

Annabelle Beavan

Co-Founder/ VP External Affairs

Brenda Castellano

Main address

11720 Beltsville Dr, Ste 500-M8

Beltsville, MD 20705 USA

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EIN

85-2409722

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Homelessness, Food Insecurity, Food Rescue.

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?

Adopt-A-School Program

Support public schools throughout the Prince George's and Howard county through enhanced educational experiences, financial support and volunteerism focused on improving outcomes for students and their families that are in transitions.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status

This initiative aims to cover variety of efforts to support our underserved families and individuals during time of crisis. As our nation struggle with the impact of COVID pandemic, food insecurity is becoming a major issue by every county in America. Our initial feeding program immediately moved from providing bag lunches from local soup kitchen to delivering non-perishable food directly to families in need and sponsoring food distribution sites. Addressing food insecurity issue and providing access to healthy food is helping families ease their burden to pay for their housing expense.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status

We have a dedicated team that conducts bi-weekly food gleaning, food distribution, and home delivery to vulnerable families that are referred to us by our sponsored schools. Unfortunately, not all families can afford to travel to pantry locations or even walk to their kids' schools to receive healthy food. To ensure that we provide the best service possible, we encourage our guests to share their feedback regarding service quality, food delivery, barriers, or reasons for inability to go to pantries, and other input so that we can continuously improve. To help us with this, we have a Digital Service Insights Intake form which you can access through this link: Service Insights and Link2Feed Resources - Capital Area Food Bank.

Population(s) Served

Backpack distribution every Friday(s) between 9am to 11am at our sponsored Title I schools (Private)
Howard County: Harper's Choice MS, Longfellow ES, Bryant Woods ES
Prince George's County: Beacon Heights ES, Cooper Lane ES, Riverdale ES (new)

Population(s) Served

Awareness activities to enhance the culture of learning and knowledge transfer about nutritional health aligned to the identity and needs of communities
Prince George's County:
PG Department of Health, United Healthcare, and Mary's Center

Addressing Health Disparities: Eat Right, Be Bright, Shake It Up School Events
This started as wellness afterschool program for our Blessings in a Backpack schools where we provided Diabetes Awareness campaign events which included healthy snacks and Boot camp work out tailored for our elementary students. We are successful in implementing this program that we were able to have a chance to start increasing the frequency of our events and workshops.

Howard County:
Bain 50+ Senior Center, Savage Public Library, Harper's Choice Middle School,
Diabetes Awareness/Risk of Vaping in Youth

Population(s) Served

Addressing Health Disparities: Food As Medicine Rx Program (FAM Rx)
This is our latest program to advance our healthy food offerings to vulnerable population especially those who are experiencing diet related chronic diseases. This is a food program that calls for behavioral intervention. This is based on the science of connecting food to improve health. Food as Medicine program is a reaffirmation that food and nutrition play a role in sustaining health, preventing disease, and as a therapy for those with conditions or in situations responsive to changes in their diet.

Population(s) Served

Food Hub System Through Community Engagements: Green Up Initiatives
@ Riverdale ES and St Francis Church

We recently partner with Moon Harvest Farm, St Francis Church and Riverdale Elementary school in setting up community gardens. The concept is to promote awareness on how food is grown and nurtured and encourage community engagement while we provide produce to the students.

Population(s) Served

Market Style Onsite Community Pantry (Word of Faith Church)

With the help of multiple COBs, we can provide healthy food options to residents in Riverdale MD and its nearby municipalities. To date, we average serving 1500 to 2200 individuals (230 – 550 households) and distributing ~10,000 lbs of food each week

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

We recently piloted our LindaBen Mobile (Veggie Van) to distribute healthy food by meeting families’ needs wherever they are. We target low-income areas, schools, and senior centers. Our Mobile Market typically can serve up to 70 Families.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Adults
Children and youth

Addressing Health Disparities: CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program through Lifestyle Coaching

The CDC Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program (DPRP) is a voluntary program for organization interested in offering the National Diabetes Prevention Program (National DPP) lifestyle change program (National DPP LCP) for people at high risk for type 2 diabetes.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Adopt-A-School Program Partner 2021

Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) At-Large Partner 2021

Lions Club International 2020

Association of Community Services of Howard County 2021

Volunteers of America Chesapeake and Carolinas 2021

Capital Area Food Bank 2022

Central Union Mission (missiondc.org) 2021

Maryland Diaper Bank 2021

Passion and Compassion (pandcoutreach.org) 2022

PGC District 3 County Council 2020

PGC District 5 County Council 2020

PGC District 8 County Council 2020

Employ Prince George’s County 2022

Blessings in a Backpack (National) 2020

Food Assistance Resources (pgcfec.org) 2021

Home | GRT (greaterriverdalethrives.org) 2021

Healthier Choices Coalition - Horizon Foundation (thehorizonfoundation.org) 2021

Howard County Public Schools (HCPSS) 2021

United Way of Central Maryland (uwcm.org) 2021

Association of Community Services Howard County – ACS (acshoco.org) 2021

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 food donation partners

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

Social and economic status

Related Program

Call-To-Action Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

* sponsors 200 Students within 6 schools (7,600 Hunger Free Weekend Food packs) * 300 to 400 families benefit from our market-style community pantry and food distribution * food rescued:8,000 lbs/week

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

One of LindaBen Foundation’s goals is to help solve childhood hunger and childhood homelessness one school at a time.

Emergency Food Assistance
Summer Feeding Program
School Pantries
Backpack Program (Send hungry children home with backpacks filled with food every weekend)

How LindaBen works

DONATIONS ARE MADE: LindaBen Foundation secures donations from numerous collaborative CBOs, partners council members (CM Glaros, CM Jolene), food and groceries industries, Food rescue agencies, individuals, and school partners.

FOOD IS STORED: We are currently storing them at the municipal until August 2021.

FOOD IS DISTRIBUTED: We have weekly food distribution at the New Carrollton Municipal. We have weekly food home delivery. We also arrange pick-ups with our partner agencies and schools.

FOOD REACHES THOSE IN NEED: Donations are provided to children and their families in transitions at the food distribution site, schools, food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters.

We partner with other community-based organizations with missions and visions aligned with our program, such as Celestial Manna, United Healthcare, Central Union Mission, Volunteers of America, to name a few.

They provided perishable (foods) and non-perishable goods as donations that we can use for our programs and fundraising activity.

We have an approved partnership agreement from the Office of Community Partnerships- PGCPS.

We are committed to focusing on schools to help the office of Council Member Jolene Ivey’s mission to alleviate families suffering through the power of food.

We are ready to help those in need of food through our Wellness Feeding Program, focusing on 20 vulnerable families.

Pick-up and Rescue (total in-lbs as of June 2021): 9000, high quality and consistently giving us a variety of food items from meat, dairies, pre-packed, bakery, produce groceries & flowers

Total Families We’ve Served in our Food Distribution: 332 (~1000 plus household members)

Volunteers: 45

Other Initiatives:
Feeding Program (Ongoing)
Emergency Food Assistance (Ongoing)
Summer Feeding Program
School Pantries
Backpack Program (Send hungry children home with backpacks filled with food every weekend) - Sept 2021

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.
  • 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

  • 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve, 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?

    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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Lindaben Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/05/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Annabelle Beavan

Lindaben Foundation Inc

Term: 2020 -

Annabelle Beavan

LindaBen Foundation Inc

James Beavan III

LindaBen Foundation, Inc

Brenda Castellano

LindaBen Foundation, Inc

Karen Higgins

LindaBen Foundation, Inc

Christina Sommerville

LindaBen Foundation, Inc

Bethesda Manrique

LindaBen Foundation, Inc

Jeanette Mendy

LindaBen Foundation, Inc

Pastor Napoleon Bradford

LindaBen Foundation, Inc

Noralyn Pallasa

LindaBen Foundation, Inc

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/16/2021

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 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.