BETHLEHEM UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION INC

Supporting and Promoting Bethlehem University

aka BUF   |   Beltsville, MD   |  https://www.bufusa.org/

Mission

Bethlehem University Foundation is the U.S. registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization entrusted with a focus to assist Bethlehem University (in the Holy Land) in achieving its mission and promoting Bethlehem University in the United States.

Ruling year info

1946

Executive Director

Joseph G. Bock Ph.D.

Main address

P.O. Box 355

Beltsville, MD 20704 USA

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EIN

22-3600739

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (T11)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bethlehem University Foundation's goal it to raise money which supports Bethlehem University in the Holy Land. The money raises falls into 3 categories: 1. Gifts which increase the Endowment; 2. Gifts for specific projects at Bethlehem University; and, 3. Gifts towards the Annual Fund, a Board restricted fund that can provide grants to Bethlehem University.

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?

Online Newsletter to Supporters

Every week or so, Bethlehem University Foundation sends out information relative to the University and the Foundation's programs.

Population(s) Served
People of Middle Eastern descent

The Foundation hosts fundraising events in various parts of the United States.

Population(s) Served
People of Middle Eastern descent

The Foundation provides grants and gifts to Bethlehem University.

Population(s) Served
People of Middle Eastern descent

Where we work

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.

The Foundation aims to provide support to Bethlehem University. This is done in a number of ways:
1. Campaigns which support building projects or provide equipment for the University.
2. Endowed funds within the Foundation's endowment. The Foundation provides an annual grant to the University based upon the performance of the endowment.
3. Through the Foundation's Annual Fund, the Foundation can provide grant support to the University for specific projects.

The Foundation manages over 6,000 supporters in a database.

Targeted mailings (by mail and electronic) ask for donations to the Foundation through solicitation mailings, which are sent 4 - 6 times per year. Informational mailings are sent a few times per month and through social media. Two times per year a printed magazine which is produced by the University is sent to US and Canadian supporters to update them on activities on Bethlehem University campus.

Special events happen 2 - 4 times per year at sites around the U.S. The special events gather as few as 20 to as many as 200 supporters.

Pilgrimage trips to Rome and the Holy Land are also offered one or two times per year.

Bethlehem University Foundation staff also maintain an active presence at gatherings of organizations that support the Foundation.

In addition to a 21 person Board of Directors, Bethlehem University Foundation has a 5 member staff who conducts the business of the Foundation. The operations of the Foundation are funded through the endowment.

The mail campaigns, special events, the printed magazine Bethlehem University News, financial tracking and reporting and regular social media posts are all running smoothly,

The Board has approved a West Coast Advancement Officer to begin in the next fiscal year. Plans are underway to hold event in different cities to increase awareness of Bethlehem University Foundation.

Financials

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Operations

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

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BETHLEHEM UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 05/09/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ghassan Salameh

Chairman and CEO, Rubix Holding

Term: 2017 - 2023

Brother Michael O'Hern, FSC

President Emeritus of Christian Brothers Investment Services Inc.

Elias Aburdene

President and CEO, Rock Creek Corporation

Katie Acuff, Esq.

Associate Vice President for Advancement, Tulane University

Lisa Marie Conte Browne

Executive Director and Executive Board Member, Friends of the Uffizi Gallery

Helena Christine, Esq.

Legal Counsel at the University of Alabama

Ann Dickson

Retired Program Budget Director, U.S. Department of Defense

Guy Di Spigno, Ph.D.

Psychologist and Corporate Executive

H.E. Vicki Downey, DGCHS

Lieutenant, Eastern Lieutenancy, EOHSJ

George Felton

Director of College Player Personnel for the San Antonio Spurs

The Reverend Monsignor Walter Rossi, J.C.L., M.Div.

Rector, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The Honorable George Salem

Law Offices of George R. Salem PLLC and Strategic Advisor, DLA Piper US LLP

Joseph Starshak

Principal, Starshak Winzenburgh & Company

The Most Reverend Gerald Kicanas, Ph.D.

Bishop Emeritus of Tucson, Arizona

The Most Reverend Denis Madden, Ph.D.

Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Baltimore

Benjamin Monastero III

Certified Public Accountant

Brother Peter Bray, FSC, Ed.D.

Vice Chancellor (President) of Bethlehem University

H.E. Professor Bart McGettrick

Dean Emeritus at Glasgow University and Liverpool Hope University

Brother Belayneh Medhanit, FSC, Ed.D.

Vice President for Advancement & Estate Management at Bethlehem University

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/20/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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