Cherry Fund

aka The Cherry Fund   |   Washington, DC   |  http://www.cherryfund.org

Mission

The Cherry Fund, established in 1996, and located in Washington, DC, is an independent, all-volunteer led & managed 501 (c) 3 organization. The sole purpose of the Fund is to raise monies for service-based non-profit organizations serving the LGBT community of Washington and beyond. “ Since its inception, The Cherry Fund has raised more than $1.3 Million dollars for area LGBTQIA non-profit organizations within the HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Cherry Fund has donated more than $1.3 million in grants & support. Organizations we helped include: Advocates for Youth, AQUA, ASGRA, Camp Rehoboth, Capital Metropolitan Rainbow Alliance, Capital Pride, Capital Trans Pride, Church of the Pilgrim, DC Aquatics Swim Team, DC Black Pride, DC Care Consortium, DC Leatherfest, DC Rape Crisis Center, DC Wetskins, Delphi Foundation, Delta Lambda Phi, Food and Friends, Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore, GL Victory Foundation, GLAAD, INOVA (Juniper Program), La Clinica del Pubelo, Lambda Legal Defense Fund, Latino GLBT History Project, Mautner Project, Metro TeenAIDS, NOAM, One in Ten, Out for Work, Pediatric AIDS HIV Care, Pride & Heritage Celebration, Project Lazarus, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, SMYAL, Sundance, The Metro DC Center, The Trevor Project, Triangle Community Works, Us Helping Us, Victory Foundation, Wanda Alston House, Renegades Rugby Football Club, Women's Collective, Youth Pride Alliance and more!

Ruling year info

1999

Board Chairman

Mr. Allen Sexton

Main address

996 Maine Avenue SW #703

Washington, DC 20024 USA

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EIN

52-2139599

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Community Coalitions (S21)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Cherry Fund, established in 1996, and located in Washington, DC, is a not-for-profit independent, all-volunteer organization that serves as a spark to ignite the dance music community for a greater good. The Cherry Fund actively raises funds to support the HIV/AIDS service and prevention community via charity dance events. Over the years, CHERRY has collaborated with the biggest, most progressive names in dance music, to host some of the largest parties in the mid-Atlantic.

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?

DIRECT GRANT PROGRAM

Funding from our direct grant program supports non-profits whose work and mission is consistent with our own mission of supporting the HIV/AIDS Service Community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Barry Smythers Fund is our new program created in honor of Barry Smythers, one of our strongest supporters and volunteer who unexpectedly took his own life. Funding from this program will support mental health and support group programs throughout the DMV area.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Funding from our partnership programs is given to non-profit organizations and programming partners who have assisted The Cherry Fund and have made a substantial impact in our community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Ticket and passes are provided to non-profits to support their own fundraisers who have received no funding under any other program.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

People with HIV/AIDS

Related Program

DIRECT GRANT PROGRAM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Funding from our grant program supports non-profits whose work is consistent with our mission of supporting the HIV/AIDS Service Community. In 2020/2021, Our fundraiser was on hiatus due to COVID-19.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Cherry Fund has an all-volunteer board composed of 5 members. The Event Organizing Committee is composed of volunteer members from various backgrounds reflecting the diversity of our communities. The Cherry Fund has provided more than $1,000,000 in support in monetary donations, as well as provided organizations with non-cash support such as volunteers, raffle items, etc. The Cherry Fund continues to support underserved communities and creates incentivised programs such as Testing for Tickets to increase the number of those getting tested.

CHERRY began when a group of local residents united to plan a charity fundraiser in the late 90s. Using modest financial resources, the volunteer-based organization known as Friends Being Friends banded together to put on a weekend of music, dance and celebration. Several other CHERRY events would follow, each growing in entertainment value and attendance over time. The popularity of these fundraisers inspired the idea that Washington was ready for an annual charity event on the level of those held on Fire Island, Miami or Montréal. 2022 marks CHERRY's 25th Benefit Weekend, we're proud to have raised more than $1.3 million dollars in financial support to assist the Washington DC HIV/AIDS community organizations that enable city wide education, prevention and mental support.

The Cherry Fund has: (1) Provided more than $1.3 million dollars in support, (2) Donates non-cash support to organizations with volunteers, raffles, etc., (3) Supports under-served communities., (4) Created incentivised programs to increase the number of persons tested, and (5) Continues to be an all volunteer organization

2018 marks CHERRY's 23rd Benefit Weekend, we're proud to have raised more than 1.2 million dollars in financial support to assist the Washington DC HIV/AIDS community organizations that enable city wide education, prevention and mental support.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We are grant giving foundation that provides support to the Mental Health, Youth, HIV/AIDS Service Communities that span all demographics.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Cherry Fund

Board of directors
as of 3/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Allen Sexton

Allen Sexton

Todd Orange

Philip Tickner

Alan Thompson

Corey Fisher

Karl Mueck

Adrian Weselin

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? 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 03/20/2022

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 without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/20/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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 disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.