BRANDON MERRITT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION INC

aka B the Difference   |   Doral, FL   |  www.BtheDifference.org

Mission

The Brandon Merritt Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, formed to support individuals and their families battling Neurofibromatosis (NF) through our B Happy and B Kind programs.

Ruling year info

2013

Co-Founder

Jessica Roberts

Co-Founder

Steph Johnson

Main address

2325 N.W. 102 Place

Doral, FL 33172 USA

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EIN

46-0571075

NTEE code info

Neurology, Neuroscience (G96)

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Programs and results

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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?

B Happy

B Happy is a program we have established which allows individuals with Neurofibromatosis and their families to enjoy a break from the difficult and emotionally straining daily life with NF; similar to the popular and successful Make-A-Wish Foundation. Each recipients family is awarded an all-expenses-paid vacation for 5 days. We learned during Brandon’s battle with NF that simple diversions go a very long way as they provide anticipation, participation, and memories that last a lifetime.

Population(s) Served
Families
People with diseases and illnesses

B Kind was formed while our team was looking to assist families in alternative ways after temporarily suspending our B Happy program due to the pandemic. B Kind provides relief to NF families in the form of food assistance and medical and educational needs. While B Kind began as a COVID relief program, COVID- impacted expenses are no longer a prerequisite to be considered for relief.

B Kind has provided assistance to families through food security, rent assistance, laptops and tablets for online schooling, hotel funds for out-of-state surgeries and appointments, school supplies and uniforms, co-pays for surgeries, and more. Meet our B Kind families and learn more about their relief here.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work

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 families served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses, Families

Related Program

B Happy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The metric for each year represents the number of families sent on B Happy trips. B Happy was suspended in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The metric for each year represents the number of families assisted through our B Kind program.

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.

B the Difference's main goals are as follows:

1. To expand on our B Happy and B Kind programs post-pandemic to reach as many struggling NF families as we can.
2. To introduce more people to NF and B the Difference and grow our donor base through successful charitable events.
3. To constantly evolve as shown in our creation of the B Kind program. We are always looking for additional ways to help support families battling with NF.

B the Difference's program's only goals are to increase the health and well-being of individuals and families within the NF community. B Happy allows participants the chance to escape hospital beds, routine tests, MRIs, chemotherapy, and more to forget their everyday worries, while embarking on a journey they will never forget. These trips provide anticipation, participation, and lasting memories.

B Kind provides direct financial assistance to individuals with NF and their families, directly bettering their well-being.

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?

    Every B Happy and B Kind recipient is required to offer feedback for B the Difference's services.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • 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 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?

    Every B Happy recipient is required to fill out a questionnaire following their trip, including areas that B the Difference can improve. We don't get many suggestions, but we make changes to our programming when we do. 1. "It would have been nice to have a guideline or budget for meals." - After this suggestion, we started being more transparent with the budget per trip, so the families did not feel pressure to stay within budget. 2. "Connecting B Happy hosts and families via phone prior to the trip to build rapport and find out what they want to do or not do." - Following this suggestion, we started introducing our B Happy hosts to the families a week before the trip so they can connect and get acquainted.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our funders,

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

    No.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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BRANDON MERRITT CHARITABLE FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 7/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Debbie Merritt

Debbie Merritt

Ralph Merritt

Scott Eisen

Ilene Sultan

Jackie Eisen Nathan

Rick Oglesbee

Christine Ruppel

Ralph Levy

Celeste Plate

Steven Wellins

Jessica Roberts

Stephanie Johnson

Aisling Rice

B the Difference

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 ? 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? Not applicable
  • 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 07/16/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability