BISEXUAL ORGANIZING PROJECT

aka BOP   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  www.bisexualorganizingproject.org

Mission

Mission Build, serve and advocate for an empowered bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community to promote social justice.

Ruling year info

2001

Chair

Leah Yoemans

Vice Chair

Sarah Ann Post

Main address

310 East 38th Street Suite 209

Minneapolis, MN 55409 USA

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EIN

41-1949092

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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BECAUSE

The BECAUSE Conference is the annual conference of the Bisexual Organizing Project. The conference is dedicated to building an empowered bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi*) community in the United States. Allies are also enthusiastically invited to participate. BECAUSE, which stands for "Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting, Supportive Experience," is welcoming and inclusive of all people, including but not limited to people of all genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, sexes, relationship orientations, races, ethnicities, national origins, abilities, religions, sizes, political affiliations, and others. We embrace the many intersectionalities in the bi* community, and encourage people of all backgrounds and experiences to join us for this eventful weekend.

BECAUSE attracts a variety of participants, including students, academics, researchers, professionals, and community leaders from throughout the nation to attend educational workshops, network, and enjoy building a more welcoming LGBTQIA community.

The mission of the BECAUSE Conference is
to create a safe, supporting, and empowering community in which participants are encouraged to discover and celebrate their sexual identities.

The goals of the BECAUSE Conference include:
1. To provide a meeting space for activists, non-activists, researchers, and community members to discuss topics of mutual interest and importance.

2. To create a safe and accessible space for people, regardless of the degree to which they are “out.”

3. To provide workshops delivering information on a broad range of topics such as understanding sexual identity, the impact of bisexuality on relationships, and creating change benefiting the bisexual community.

4. To provide a platform to celebrate positive portrayals of bisexuality in art and media.

5. To be a leader in diversity, accessibility and inclusion in all aspects of the conference.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Within the next five years grow Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) annual funding to $100,000 and increase our community building, education, and advocacy of the bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community.

1. Actively promote BECAUSE 2014 to increase conference size and revenue through increasing sponsorship, building strategic partnerships with other LGBTQIA organizations and increasing professional programming.

2. Develop and support an academic bi+ research committee to publish and distribute research about bisexuality by recruiting a committee head, creating strategic partnerships with academic researchers and securing grants.

3. Increase outreach to strengthen an intersectional bi+ community in the Upper Midwest by expanding exhibiting/tabling locations, hosting more community building social events and developing outreach through non-LGBT outlets.

4. Strengthen the board to create a model organization by transitioning the governance model, selectively recruiting board and committee members and supporting excellent board training.

5. Expand volunteer resources to support increased program offerings by recruiting a volunteer coordinator, developing a volunteer database and creating a contact system for consistent follow-up.

6. Grow BOP's active membership to fulfill needs identified in BOP's Bisexual Community Needs Assessment 2012 by increasing the type and frequency of events, promoting the fun and innovative aspects of BOP's programming and increasing outreach to a broad spectrum of the intersectional bi+ community.

7. Strengthen programming through Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) by creating a program, recruiting a supervisor and responding to the results.

8. Pilot the Bisexual Equality Index (BEI) to empower bisexuals by partnering with test sites to refine the BEI's evidence based metrics, publishing a preliminary BEI implementation report and having the BEI's metrics added to the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index.

Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) draws on a pool of dedicated and skilled volunteers including leaders with experience and expertise in the areas of community organizing, sexuality and gender research, and bi+ communities in PK-12 education. As an all volunteer organization, BOP's greatest asset is the loyalty and expertise of the key volunteers. In addition, BOP has extensive name recognition within the national bi+ community for the BECAUSE conference with commitments from key national community leaders to promote future conferences and continue contributing with their presence and presentations.

Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) has a working board model with selective recruitment for annual elections to continue recruiting and retaining excellent leadership. Recognizing the importance of volunteers to the organization, BOP has recently hired a volunteer coordinator on a contractor basis to help match the pool of people who have expressed interested in working with BOP with the opportunities to further BOP's mission identified by the board. BOP anticipates transitioning to a governance board model with volunteer staffed committees by 2017. In addition, BOP is preparing to transition from an all volunteer non-profit to a volunteer centered, staffed organization by 2018.

Financials

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BISEXUAL ORGANIZING PROJECT

Board of directors
as of 1/10/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Leah Yoemans


Board co-chair

Sarah Ann Post

Leah Yoemans

Bisexual Organizing Project

Timid Zehta

Bisexual Organizing Project

Lo McDonald

Bisexual Organizing Project

Sarah Ann Post

Bisexual Organizing Project

Kate Kunkel Bailey

Bisexual Organizing Project

Eliza Edwards

Bisexual Organizing Project

Leslie Hutchinson

Bisexual Organizing Project

Emily Boyajian

Bisexual Organizing Project

Jeff Burfiend

Bisexual Organizing Project

Board leadership practices

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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? 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? No
  • 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