Basic Kindness

Combat Hunger Change Perspectives

MEDIA, PA   |  https://www.basickindness.org

Mission

Provide people opportunities to combat hunger by gifting care packages for people living without shelter with fans as they leave concerts and events so they will have something available to share when they encounter someone asking for help.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder

Heather Bickley

Main address

100 AMANDA DR

MEDIA, PA 19063 USA

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EIN

83-2693116

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Basic Kindness addresses several problems related to issues surrounding homelessness. First, there are many misconceptions about who and why people experiencing homelessness. Additionally there are not enough people sharing care packages to people asking for help to provide to provide immediate relief and materials for basic necessities

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?

Care Packages Share

We attend local concerts and events and hand out care packages to people experiencing homelessness so they will have something to share when they encounter people experiencing homelessness or hunger and asking for help.

Population(s) Served

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 care packages delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Care Packages Share

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have been invited to over a dozen events in our short existence and we have shared over 360 care packages for people living without shelter with attendees leaving these events.

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 organization is trying to bring awareness to the issues faced by people experiencing homelessness while also encouraging more people to provide care packages and support to people experiencing homelessness. We want to address the misconceptions and perceptions that society holds about people experiencing homelessness while also creating a grass roots distribution method for handing out care packages.

Basic Kindness volunteers are kind, motivated, and energetic people who want to help people to help others. By partnering with local businesses, venues, events, and musicians we can use our connections to build and grow a large grassroots distribution method with a community of caring and kind people.

We have several connections to local business and musicians. Additionally we have several volunteers and connections with local colleges to help us to collect materials, identify possible events, and create care packages.

We have attended over a dozen events in our first eight months and shared over 360 care packages. We have created a website and a substantial social media presence.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Social Media Communication,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We added reusable bags to our care package offerings.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • 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,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Basic Kindness

Board of directors
as of 9/21/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Heather Bickley

Foudner

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/21/2019

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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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/21/2019

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.