Vampire Court of Dallas

To Serve and Empower the Vampire/Other-kin Community in Dallas/Fort Worth

aka VC Dallas Charities and DallasVC.Org   |   FORT WORTH, TX   |  www.vampirecourtofdallas.org

Mission

The Vampire Court of Dallas / Fort Worth is a federally certified charity that links with and supports the various local vampire and other-kin subcultures in the local area along with conducting fundraisers in support of local causes that matter to the community and our membership. This organization is completely democratic, with leadership engaged to drive various projects and initiatives action-ed by membership vote. Each officer is answerable to to the body of membership as they drive the organization forward reporting directly to the voting membership. 100% of all funds go to a charitable cause or to support fundraisers to increase overall donation impact, with all events ran by volunteers to support the membership's chosen cause.

Ruling year info

2017

Director

Michael Thomas Burgess

Main address

9108 COTTONWOOD VILLAGE DR

FORT WORTH, TX 76124 USA

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EIN

35-2580276

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (A12)

Humanities Organizations (A70)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

VCD exists to act as a intermediary between the non-profit and charity community in North Texas, and the various sub-cultural alternative communities within the city through our steadfast approach to diversity and inclusiveness in our day to day operations. Often, these groups have a mistrust of governmental and faith-based charitable giving, and often look for a way to engage with the community through giving - but find little alternatives that are willing to engage them despite a desire and the means to help significantly. In addition, we often will train others in fundraising, promoting, marketing, and operations to empower individuals that would not have a chance to lead and gain confidence in pursuing their passion for helping others.

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?

Bleed Hearts Ball

A driving part of the VCD’s success has been our ability to engage and empower various alternative subcultures by hosting fundraising events that directly impact the local area. We are thankful for the generous partnerships we’ve made with local clubs, venues, and small businesses throughout the DFW metroplex, all with the goal of simply doing some good in the city that we love...Our first Bleeding Hearts ball was in 2017, benefiting the Texas Heart Association, followed by the Heart of Gold foundation, and finally the North Texas Veterans Initiative. Each of these have been held at The Church (AKA the Lizard Lounge) and features performances, vendors, and package prizes that are raffled off.

Among our own subculture, the Bleeding Hearts Ball has become “the place to be” as Courts across the globe come see how we began the trend to exist as a tax-exempt charitable organization.

Population(s) Served

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 Vampire Court of Dallas has multiple goals:

1. Develop links into the various alternative sub-cultures within DFW for the purposes of fostering charity and fundraising.
2. Empower others through creation of a safe space to learn operations, management, logistics, and non-profit administration.
3. Foster communication and connections with various business and venues serving the local community.
4. Raise funds for member-selected causes to allow them to continue their important work.

Our strategies for accomplishing these goals is primarily through leveraging our skilled and diverse volunteer base, as well as social/digital media to build, promote, and run successful events that primarily appeal to the various alternative communities within the DFW metroplex. These events have been cited as bringing originality as well as reflecting the passion that these often overlooked communities have for helping others.

VCD consists of over 70 voting members with a total volunteer pool of over 100 individuals...with persons trained in a variety of skills such as electronics, promotions, operations, logistics, communications and various other professional areas. We have pre-packages infrastructure consisting of communications equipment, networking, and marketing materials we are able to deploy and pre-stage to suit events up to 1000+ attendees.

The Vampire Court of Dallas / Fort Worth is a federally certified 501(c)3 charitable organization that seeks to perform actions and events that directly impact the local area. We do this by partnering with local clubs and venues throughout the DFW-metroplex, as well as many local businesses, with the goal of simply doing good in the city that we love. Through these efforts we have raised over $15,000 over the past three years for many local charities, supporting various causes including: Children with Medical Needs, Heart Research, Blood Donation, Exotic Animal Shelters, Veterans Needs, and Domestic Abuse Treatment/Prevention… with many more to come. Additionally, we are one of the few charities that is also 100% donor supported, with every cent raised going to support these important causes.

Future Projects:
1. Holiday Horror Toy Drive (For New Beginnings Center) - Dec 2019
2. Bleeding Hearts Ball - Feb 2020
3. Un-named Spring Event - April 2020
4. Semi-Fang Project 2020 - Sept 2020

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.

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Financials

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Operations

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

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Vampire Court of Dallas

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Burgess

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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/21/2019

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/21/2019

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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.