Brianna Brandy Millard Smith's Happy Children Memorial Scholarship Fund

The road to success is always under construction

aka BBMS Happy Children Memorial Fund   |   Lake Hughes, CA   |  www.bbmshappychildren.com

Mission

Our mission statement here at Brianna Brandy Millard Smith's Happy Children Memorial Scholarship Fund or BBMS Happy Children Memorial Fund is simple - BBMS Happy Children Memorial Fund wants to help as many families, who are living in sobriety as possible. We want them to live the life that addiction stole from us. It stole our beautiful Daughter, Brianna. It stole our Grandsons' Mother and destroyed many others in its wake. We will raise money and awareness to help those who truly believe in beating their addictions. There is a better life and better choices to be made and we are just a piece in the puzzle of Sobriety.

Ruling year info

2018

Principal Officer

Mrs Laurie Millard

secretary

MS Cherish Bolton

Main address

P.O. Box 57

Lake Hughes, CA 93532 USA

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EIN

83-1850187

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (L11)

Single Organization Support (E11)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Drug and alcohol abuse destroys families. Addiction does not only affect the addict but also impacts the children and other family members. Sobriety can be a long, and somewhat, lonely road, plagued with judgment and mistrust. The addict may also have to distance themselves from people they considered to be friends which can result in feeling isolated. We want to help these families by giving them hope, and to know that we believe in them and encourage them. We want the children to rejoice in the spirit of the Holidays, and our goal is to replace the empty tables with food, empty wardrobes with clothes, and empty trees with gifts. By providing these families with the basics, we help create happy memories in the future.

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?

Brianna Brandy Millard Smiths Happy Children Memorial Fund

Our purpose is to be a resource for families who have taken steps to live in sobriety. We execute our mission by raising awareness and collecting donations from local businesses and community members.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Men and boys
Children and youth
Infants and toddlers

Our primary goal; is to be a secondary support system for families in recovery. This can be by way of gifting families with essential needs as well as gifts under a tree for Christmas. We show up as cheerleaders, believers, and encourage and celebrate success.

Population(s) Served
Parents
Children and youth
Young women
Young girls
Young boys

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 dollars received in contributions

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

Families

Related Program

Brianna Brandy Millard Smiths Happy Children Memorial Fund

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

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 goals are simple. We want to give families who are living in sobriety, hope, in the face of hopelessness. Believe in themselves, when others around them are waiting for them to fail. Encouragement to succeed by showing them what life looks like once the storm has passed. We will be there to give them a hand-up, not a handout. Often organizations are there for a moment. BBMS is there for the long haul because we understand how devastating failure feels, what it looks like, and the pain it leaves behind.
We also reach out to our local churches and community for help. This creates "The village" that is there to help those who need us the most.

Our strategies consist of strategic marketing campaigns and creative fundraising events.
We partner with Code 7 Ministries (a local nonprofit) that provides food to needy families in the Antelope Valley, Lakes, and Valleys areas on an ongoing basis.
We reach out to local churches, businesses, and other local organizations to find families who need our assistance. Our rules are simple: Any family that we help has to be committed to living in sobriety.
In any one year, we create at least 4 major fundraising activities, and thanks to social media, and the wide variety of platforms available to us, we have been able to grow our audience, and therefore increase our fundraising goals.

We have already taken steps in meeting our goals by employing someone who has over 30 years of marketing and social outreach experience. We would also consider ourselves a "Solid asset" within our local and surrounding communities, as we are a part of a family-owned business that has served our catchment area for 15+ years. This helps to build trust when fundraising.
Not only that, but due to the fact, that we have personally and tragically experienced the immediate effect of addiction, we approach our mission from a very personal standpoint. Our daughter lost her life because of her addiction, and we now raise our autistic grandson in her absence. We understand the absolute pain that these families are choosing to avoid because of their sobriety, and we want to celebrate their success and achievements in any way we can; this truly drives us.

BBMS was founded on October 6, 2018. We raised $1800.00 with a Facebook fundraiser and private donations. In the same year, we helped 2 families. We continued our fundraising efforts and in 2019 we were able to help 4 families. Since employing our marketing strategist, we have grown awareness and contributions dramatically. In 2021, we raised in excess of $7,900 and accepted so many wonderful donations of toiletries, clothing, food, toys, and gift cards, we were able to help 11 families. Our goals have now increased for 2022, and we will be able to help even more families living in sobriety.

Financials

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Brianna Brandy Millard Smith's Happy Children Memorial Scholarship Fund

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr David Millard

Brianna Brandy Millard Smiths Happy Children Memorial Fund

Term: 2021 - 2024


Board co-chair

Mrs Laurie Millard

Brianna Brandy Millard Smiths Happy Children Memorial Fund

Term: 2021 - 2024

Jessica Millard

Brianna Brandy Millard Smiths Happy Children Memorial Fund

Cherish Bolton

Brianna Brandy Millard Smiths Happy Children Memorial

Aileen Simblet

BBMS Happy Children Memorial Fund

Shanna Valenzuela

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/11/2020

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Data
  • 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 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.