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.

Ruling year info

2020

President and Founder

Annabelle Beavan

Vice President/ Co-Founder

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-N.

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

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

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

Adopt-A-School Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Attached are survey summary & sample testimonia Total Survey responses: 40, 90% Very Satisfied and 100% Believe that the program helped improved their quality of life Feedback: “Great Healthy Choices” “Please continue this program. This is very helpful to me and my family. Thank you very much” “Es muy Buena ayuda (gracias)” “Todo muy bien Gracia” “Very Helpful. I really appreciate all your help at this time, every is doing a great job! God Bless you all!” “This is great thing for people in New Carrollton” “Very Friendly Staff. They give you suggestions how to use the products” “A good program to help people” “Smiles and positive, welcoming people. Makes every day better” “Muy Bueno servicio” “We are happy to get food from here” “Amazing support program and kind and informative

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

    Paper surveys,

  • 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?

    We are trying to improve means and ways to communicate within our community by actively using all platforms such as social media, electronic forms and creating databases.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    The community and the organization builds trust and confidence as we support one another.

  • 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 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?

    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 8/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Annabelle Beavan

Lindaben Foundation Inc

Term: 2020 -

Annabelle Beavan

Lindaben Foundation Inc

Rosalind Muchiri

Bowie State University

James Beavan III

Leap Inc

Jennifer Rowell

Christian Academy of Laurel

Brenda Castellano

Johns Hopkins

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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 08/23/2021

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
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/16/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. 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.