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Bunnies On the Bayou Inc

"Building bridges, fostering community, creating change"

Houston, TX   |  https://bunniesonthebayou.org

Mission

Bunnies on the Bayou is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for the Greater Houston LGBTQIA+ community. Our mission is to promote equality, acceptance, and inclusion for all individuals within our community through education, advocacy, and philanthropy. We strive to empower LGBTQIA+ individuals by providing resources and support, connecting them with the community, and fostering a sense of belonging. Additionally, we work to raise awareness and promote understanding of LGBTQIA+ issues through community outreach and education. Our annual Easter Sunday event and auxiliary events are created to raise funds for LGBTQIA+ charities that help to improve the lives of our community members. We are committed to fostering a culture of transparency, accountabili

Ruling year info

2014

President

Jacques Bourgeois

Main address

PO Box 66832

Houston, TX 77266 USA

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EIN

76-0486477

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bunnies on the Bayou (BOTB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for the Greater Houston LGBTQIA+ community. Our mission is to promote equality, acceptance, and inclusion for all individuals within our community through education, advocacy, and philanthropy.

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?

Bunnies on the Bayou

Our annual Easter Sunday event and auxiliary events are created to raise funds for LGBTQIA+ charities that help to improve the lives of our community members. We are committed to fostering a culture of transparency, accountability, and inclusivity in all that we do.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Children of LGBTQ parents
Transitioning children

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 Facebook followers

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

LGBTQ people

Related Program

Bunnies on the Bayou

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

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

LGBTQ people

Related Program

Bunnies on the Bayou

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Annual event postponed in 2020 and 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic, returned in spring 2022

Number of volunteers

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

LGBTQ people

Related Program

Bunnies on the Bayou

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of volunteers at the main event (tallied by shifts completed) *2020 and 2021 events were canceled due to the ongoing pandemic

Total dollars received in contributions

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

LGBTQ people

Related Program

Bunnies on the Bayou

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total dollars from sponsors *2021 event was canceled and therefore no sponsorship funds. Years are associated with the year in which the event took place and the respective sponsorship funds.

Number of organizations applying for grants

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

LGBTQ people

Related Program

Bunnies on the Bayou

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our aim is to empower LGBTQIA+ individuals by providing resources and support, connecting them with the community, and fostering a sense of belonging. We work to raise awareness and promote understanding of LGBTQIA+ issues through community outreach and education.

We also strive to make a positive impact in the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals by supporting organizations that provide healthcare and mental health services, promote community building and education, and advocate for gender equality and the rights of trans individuals. We also aim to promote peace, justice, and strong institutions for all individuals, especially for marginalized communities.

Our vision is to create a world where all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression, are accepted, respected, and valued for who they are.

Bunnies on the Bayou's strategy is focused on promoting equality, acceptance, and inclusion for all individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community through education, advocacy, and philanthropy. We strive to empower LGBTQIA+ individuals by providing resources and support, connecting them with the community, and fostering a sense of belonging.

To achieve this, BOTB focuses on several key areas:

- Building national partnerships: working with other organizations to expand our reach and impact, and to build a more inclusive and equitable society for all individuals.
- Providing LGBTQIA+ resources: through our website, social media, and events, we provide a wide range of information and resources to support the LGBTQIA+ community.
- Responsible consumption and production: we strive to minimize our environmental impact and promote sustainable practices during our annual festival.
- Advocating for gender equality and trans individuals: we support policies and initiatives that promote gender equality and the rights of trans individuals.
- Promoting good health and well-being: we support organizations that provide healthcare and mental health services for LGBTQIA+ individuals.
- Advocating for peace, justice, and strong institutions: we support organizations that promote peace, justice, and strong institutions for all individuals, especially for marginalized communities.

Overall, BOTB's strategy is to create a world where all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, are accepted, respected, and valued for who they are.

In order to meet our strategy goals, BOTB has a dedicated team of board members, staff, volunteers, and community partners who work together to implement our initiatives and programs. We have a strong track record of building partnerships and collaborations with other organizations, both within the LGBTQIA+ community and beyond. We also have a robust online presence, with a website and social media platforms that provide a wealth of resources and information to support the LGBTQIA+ community. Additionally, we have a strong network of community partners, including healthcare providers, social service organizations, and advocacy groups, which enables us to effectively promote our mission and reach the LGBTQIA+ community. We also have a strong financial base and has been able to support many initiatives and causes over the years.

Overall, BOTB's capability to meet our strategy goals is underpinned by our dedicated team, our partnerships and collaborations, our online presence, our community partners, and our financial resources. With these assets, we are well-positioned to continue to make a positive impact in the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals in Houston and beyond.

Bunnies on the Bayou (BOTB) has accomplished a great deal since its inception. Over the past two decades, the organization has funded more than 200 LGBTQIA+ programs, raising a total of $1.7 million. In 2022, BOTB raised $210,000, which is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our board members, volunteers, and donors. Despite the challenges of Hurricane Harvey in 2018 and the global pandemic in 2020-2021, BOTB has remained resilient and continued to support the LGBTQIA+ community.

Looking forward, BOTB has set ambitious goals to continue making a positive impact in the lives of LGBTQIA+ individuals in Houston and beyond. We are looking to double our fundraising goal to $500,000 annually, in order to fund more nonprofits and provide more services to the LGBTQIA+ community. With this additional funding, we will be able to support more programs and initiatives that promote equality, acceptance, and inclusion for all individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community. We are committed to continuing our mission and working towards creating a more inclusive and equitable society for all.

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.
  • 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

  • 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 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, 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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Bunnies On the Bayou Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jacques Bourgeois

Bunnies on the Bayou

Term: 2022 - 2023

Brandon Rhodes

Sarah Thompson

Brandon Mack

Ana Sanchez

Ronny Adriansyah

Arron Harris

Brittney Jenkins

Jorge Cervantes

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 1/20/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/26/2021

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 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 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.