Brain Foundation

aka The Brain Foundation of Fairfax   |   Centreville, VA   |  www.brain-foundation.org

Mission

The Brain Foundation (TBF) of Fairfax, VA provides non term-limited housing for persons with serious, persistent brain disease (e.g. schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) but are otherwise capable of living independently with minimal mental health services. TBF owns nine (9) four-bedroom homes (called “Laura's Houses") in Fairfax County to house a total of 36 mentally disabled individuals. Many of these residents were formerly homeless or vulnerable to becoming homeless. TBF partners with Pathway Homes, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), and PRS mental health services who provide supportive services that allow each resident to maintain as much independence as feasible. Each resident of a Laura's House pays 30% of their income to TBF for rent, with the foundation committed to raising the necessary funds to pay the remainder of the housing costs to include repairs and maintenance, Home Owner Association dues, and utilities

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Mrs. Trudy Harsh

Co Principal Officer

Colonel John Nicholas

Main address

P. O. Box 231227

Centreville, VA 20120 USA

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EIN

35-2206645

NTEE code info

Housing Expense Reduction Support, Rent Assistance (L82)

Group Home, Residential Treatment Facility - Mental Health Related (F33)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

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Laura's Houses

The Brain Foundation (TBF) provides non term-limited housing for persons with serious, persistent brain disease (e.g. schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) but are capable of living independently with minimal mental health services. TBF owns nine (9) four-bedroom homes (called “Laura’s Houses”) in Fairfax County to house a total of 36 mentally disabled individuals.

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Awards

Joshua Steven Collins Award of Excellence 2008

NAMI-VA

Washingtonian of the Year 2011

Washingtonian Magazine

Commendation for efforts to combat homelessness 2011

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

Good Neighbor Award 2012

National Association of Realtors

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Our initial goal was to purchase a stock of housing in Fairfax County for the mentally disabled. In 5-10 years we expect to be a fully self-sustaining operation and assisting the startup of like organizations based on our model. Our first long term goal is to become self-sustaining by lowering expenses (e.g. tax relief from Fairfax County), establishing a reliable endowment to reduce the burden of continuous fundraising activities, and minimize dependence on unreliable sources of government funds. Our second long term goal is to develop, document, and promulgate a model to establish like organizations across the country.

Our strategies include educating the public through organizations such as GuideStar and local government and civic organizations. Through this outreach, we ultimately hope to be fully self-sustaining and provide a model to establish like organizations in communities across the country.

The Brain Foundation is managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors and associates who are all highly skilled and experienced professionals providing expertise in all managerial, fiscal, and technical disciplines necessary to effectively manage the Foundation. All contribute significant time, material, and money without compensation.

While revenue has met expenses for the past 10 years, we depend on sources of revenue that are not as assured as we would like. We intend to become self-sustaining by lowering expenses (e.g. tax relief from Fairfax County) and establishing a reliable endowment to reduce the burden of continuous fundraising activities which can strain an all-volunteer organization, and minimize dependence on unreliable sources of government funds.

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Brain Foundation

Board of directors
as of 6/4/2016
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Board co-chair

Mrs Trudy Harsh

Long & Foster, retired

Term: July 2003 - July 2016


Board co-chair

Mrs Patty Shumuaker

John Nicholas Web Master

MITRE Corp, Retired

Chuck Dunn Legal Counsel

Dunn, McCormack & MacPherson

Trudy Harsh Executive Director

Long & Foster

Gloria Kozich Fund Rasing Coordinator

Freddie Mac, retired

David Hunt Accountant/Bookeeper

CPA, retired

James McCann Treasurer

Senior Manager at Baker and Tilly, Inc.

Norma Anderson Bookkeeper for Rent and Donations

Banking Executive, retired

Kim Wu Grant Coordinator

Retired

Jim Young Recording Secretary

Lockheed-Martin, retired

Richard Cunningham Property Manager

Multiple Properties Manager