American Brain Society, Inc.

Danbury, CT   |  www.americanbrainsociety.org

Mission

The mission of American Brain Society, Inc. is to educate the public , raise awareness, and fund research on brain disease and mental health disorders.

Ruling year info

2018

President

John Boulton

Main address

83 Wooster Heights Road, Suite 125

Danbury, CT 06810 USA

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EIN

82-4935768

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (H12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (G12)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (F12)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

American Brain Society, Inc. (ABS) is focused on ending brain & mental health disorders. Currently there are over 150 brain and mental health disorders recognized by the medical profession. Due to the stigma of being diagnosed with a "mental health disorder, a significant portion of those affected are not diagnosed and therefor not treated. ABS is working to "de-stigmatize" the diagnosis of mental health disorders, to educate the public about the close knit relationship between brain disease and mental health disorders, and to support those affected by brain and mental health disorders. ABS is also working to fund research into brain disease and mental health disorders. Public funding of brain and mental health disorders amounts to less than ten percent of the funding required for research; ABS is raising funds to help bridge the gap.

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?

Educational Programs

The American Brain Society (ABS) mission is to find treatments and cures for brain and mental health disorders by educating the public, supporting those affected, and funding innovative research.

ABS is funded solely by donations, with the goal of ending Brain and Mental Health Disorders one contribution at a time.

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers

American Brain Society has funded $56,000 in Brain and Mental Health Disorder research as follows:
$30,000 for Psilocybin & Depression Research at JHMI
$5,000 for Anorexia Nervosa Research at JHMI
$10,000 for Parkinson's Disease Research at JHMI
$3,000 for Psilocybin & Alcoholism Research at Yale
$6,000 for PTSD Research at JHMI

Population(s) Served
Families
Caregivers

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 website sessions

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Funding of Brain and Mental Health Disorder Research

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The American Brain Society website launched in May 2019 and therefor does not have metrics for Website Sessions prior to 5/1/19. As of 12/30/19, there have been 56,596 Website Sessions

Number of new website visitors

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Educational Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The American Brain Society website launched in May 2019 and therefor does not have metrics for Website Sessions prior to 5/1/19. As of 12/30/19, there have been 48,813 Website Users

Number of return website visitors

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Educational Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The American Brain Society website launched in May 2019 and therefor does not have metrics for Website Sessions prior to 5/1/19. As of 12/30/19, there have been 4,198 Return Website Users

Number of website pageviews

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Educational Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The American Brain Society website launched in May 2019 and therefor does not have metrics for Website Sessions prior to 5/1/19. As of 12/30/19, there have been 77,912 Website Pageviews

Amount of Donations generated by website and advertising traffic

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Educational Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The American Brain Society website launched in May 2019 and therefor does not have metrics for Website Sessions prior to 5/1/19. As of 12/30/19, there has been $464 generated by website and ads

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.

American Brain Society, Inc. (ABS) is raising monies to end brain & mental health disorders by:
Raising public awareness about the existence of over 150 brain and mental health disorders
Educating the public about the signs, symptoms, treatments, cures, and research projects regarding these diseases
Soliciting donations to promote research into treatments and cures of these diseases
Funding research into treatments and cures of these diseases
Engaging the community with outreach programs to combat modern day addictions including vaping, opioids, and stimulants
Providing caregiver tips and information for those affected by Brain & Mental Health Disorders
Providing on-line resources, blogs, and forums to aid and assist those effected and their families and loved ones who care for them

American Brain Society, Inc. (ABS) is working to end brain & mental health disorders by:

Educating the public via our website, www.americanbrainsociety.org, about the existence of brain and mental health disorders by publishing information on the existence, causes, heritability, detection, diagnosis, treatment, progression, prevention, caregiver tips, brain science, and current research.

Raising funds to directly support research into the over 150 brain diseases and mental health disorders via direct website donation, internet advertising via Facebook and Google platforms, community outreach to local schools and organizations, and corporate donation programs.

Providing support to those affected via our website blogs and community forums. Blogs offer insight into new treatments and diagnosis methods, support for those directly and indirectly affected by brain disease and mental health disorders, and topics ranging from nutrition to self-compassion. Forums provide a platform for those affected to share their triumphs and failures with others in the ABS community.

American Brain Society, Inc. (ABS) has numerous capabilities to assist in ending brain and mental health disorders:

Our website, www.americanbrainsociety.org, is the platform by which we reach out to the world to provide education, raise public awareness, provide caregiver tips, generate contributions, and promote cutting edge research and cures.

Our staff maintains community outreach and engagement via personal connections to local schools and organizations, businesses and corporations, media outlets, and public and private colleges and universities.

To date, the American Brain Society, Inc. (ABS) has accomplished the following significant milestones:
Published (38) Brain & Mental Health Disorder resources
Published (57) Educational & Caregiver articles and videos
Funded $56,000 in research projects in the areas of Depression, Anorexia Nervosa, Parkinson's Disease, Alcoholism, and PTSD

ABS has also reached over 46,000 users across (119) countries and traffic is continuing to grow. Our following on Facebook has reached over 155,000 people per month and continues to trend upwardly. Instagram and Twitter activity is also increasing steadily.

ABS will continue to raise awareness about brain and mental health disorders and will continue to fund research with the goal of eliminating both. The next research projects to be funded by ABS include Alzheimer's disease, Dementia, Depression, Obesity, and Opioid Addiction. The (38) Brain and Mental Health Disorder resources with continually be augmented, with the goal of having another (25) resources compiled during 2020. It is to be hoped that the continued public engagement with ABS will lead to the elimination of the stigma associated with mental health disorders and the positive outlook for brain & mental heath disorder treatments and cures.

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

    Social Media Feedback,

  • 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 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have upgraded our website to include Brain Stories in an effort to provide a platform for our members to share their experiences

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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American Brain Society, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 2/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Boulton

American Brain Society, Inc, D.B.A. United Brain Association, Inc

Term: 2020 - 2021

John Boulton

American Brain Society, Inc.

Thomas Morel

United States Military Academy

Glenn Pellino

Jay Matey

American Brain Society, Inc.

Collin Krzyzaniak

United Brain Association, Inc,

Jordon Swain

United States Military Academy

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? Not applicable
  • 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? 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 02/05/2021

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
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/05/2021

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.
Policies and processes
  • 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.