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Fireburn Heritage Inc

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Weston, FL   |  www.fireburnheritage.org

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Fireburn Heritage Inc

EIN: 88-1850233


Mission

To honor the U.S. Virgin Islands proud heritage, empower future generations, and erase racism by providing cultural materials inspired by the vibrant tapestry of the Virgin Islands, and by offering support to the community through our commitment to cultural preservation and unity.

Notes from the nonprofit

Fireburn Heritage remains steadfast in its commitment to cultural preservation, combating racism, and fostering unity. Our journey has been marked by accolades, recognitions, and most importantly, the meaningful impact we've made in communities and schools. As we look to the future, our focus remains on storytelling that transcends boundaries, educational initiatives that empower the youth, and projects that celebrate the vibrant tapestry of the U.S. Virgin Islands. We invite you to join us on this enriching journey, whether as a supporter, collaborator, or fellow advocate for positive change. Together, we can continue to make a lasting difference and share the strength, resilience, and passion of Virgin Islanders with the world.

Ruling year info

2022

Executive Director

Angela Bryan

Main address

1661 Eagle Bnd

Weston, FL 33327 USA

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EIN

88-1850233

Subject area info

Arts and culture

Education

Environment

Human rights

Cultural awareness

Population served info

Ethnic and racial groups

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Fireburn Heritage recognizes the global issue of racism and the need for cultural preservation. A significant aspect of this problem is that, despite being an American territory, the U.S. Virgin Islands often face misconceptions. Many people only associate the region with rum and beaches, contributing to a lack of understanding about the rich cultural heritage. This limited awareness leads to biases and confusion. Additionally, there is a concern that the youth in the U.S. Virgin Islands may not be adequately exposed to their own culture and history, as they strive to keep up with developments within the contiguous United States. Addressing this educational gap is crucial, as it impacts the preservation of cultural identity and contributes to the broader goal of combating racism and promoting unity on a global scale.

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?

Literacy Program

Our impactful Literacy Campaign is rooted in a commitment to enhance education by providing high-quality resources to public schools in the US Virgin Islands. The initiative involves strategically placing copies of "James and the Fireburn" in every elementary school library and donating "Fireburn the Screenplay" to junior high and high schools, complemented by the lifetime rights to screen "Fireburn the Documentary."

An interactive element elevates this campaign, allowing the author/creator to virtually engage with each class. This personalized interaction includes guest readings and Q&A sessions, fostering student interest in reading, boosting literacy, and igniting creativity and research.

This transformative initiative, made possible by a grant from the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands, not only places valuable resources in the hands of students but also nurtures a dynamic and engaging learning environment across the US Virgin Islands.

Population(s) Served
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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 free participants in conferences

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In lieu of conferences, we hosted free community documentary screenings in 2021; and focused on literacy in 2022 with book signings, and author meet-and-greets, enhancing community engagement.

Total number of free admissions

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Thanks to generous sponsors, all admissions were free, fostering inclusive online and in-person participation in our sponsored events.

Number of accolades/recognition received from third-party organizations

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Ethnic and racial groups

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our achievements include three newspaper features for literacy efforts, five for documentaries, numerous radio show invitations, engaging blog visits, and speaking engagements.

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Increasing

Number of books distributed

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Related Program

Literacy Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Thanks to generous sponsors, we've successfully placed books in all USVI school libraries. Every elementary, middle, and high school now has copies of James and the Fireburn & Fireburn the Screenplay.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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Ethnic and racial groups

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Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of works in collection

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our collection features a documentary, inspirational cards, and two Virgin Islands-centric books. Currently fundraising for a new documentary, film, and two additional books.

Total number of grants awarded

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Ethnic and racial groups

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2023, Fireburn Heritage partnered thrice, feeding 1800 in need. Volunteers supported all aspects, showcasing our community support beyond cultural preservation.

Number of food donation partners

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Collaborating with 2 key food partners, we fed 1800 in 3 events, showcasing impactful community support.

Number of volunteers

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Engaged 75 volunteers across three events, varying from 30 to 20 and 25. Volunteers hailed from diverse partner organizations, showcasing impactful community support

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.

Fireburn Heritage aims to combat racism globally while actively preserving the cultural heritage of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization seeks to contribute by providing cultural materials inspired by the vibrant tapestry of the Virgin Islands. Through this, Fireburn Heritage endeavors to honor the proud heritage of the U.S. Virgin Islands, empower future generations, and make a positive impact on the world by sharing the strength, resilience, and passion of Virgin Islanders. The ultimate goal is to foster unity and contribute to the eradication of racism beyond the borders of the Virgin Islands, addressing biases and misconceptions about the region.

Goal 1: Cultural Awareness and Understanding: Increase awareness and understanding of the U.S. Virgin Islands beyond stereotypes by providing educational materials, exhibitions, and resources that showcase the diverse and rich cultural heritage.

Goal 2: Youth Empowerment and Education: Empower the youth in the U.S. Virgin Islands by implementing programs that expose them to their own culture and history, fostering a sense of pride and identity.

Goal 3: Global Outreach: Expand outreach initiatives to promote Virgin Islands culture globally, creating partnerships, and collaborations that contribute to erasing biases and fostering cross-cultural understanding.

Goal 4: Media Representation: Advocate for accurate and diverse media representation of the U.S. Virgin Islands, challenging stereotypes and presenting a more comprehensive narrative.

Goal 5: Community Engagement: Actively engage with local communities to strengthen cultural ties, encourage unity, and address biases within the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Through these specific goals, Fireburn Heritage aims to make a meaningful impact on combating racism, preserving cultural identity, and contributing to a more unified and understanding world.

1. Cultural Awareness and Understanding:

Strategy: Develop and distribute educational materials, including literature, documentaries, and online resources, showcasing the diverse cultural heritage of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Tactics: Establish partnerships with educational institutions, museums, and cultural organizations. Conduct workshops and seminars to promote cultural understanding.

2. Youth Empowerment and Education:

Strategy: Implement youth-focused programs and initiatives that expose them to the history, traditions, and arts of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Tactics: Collaborate with schools to integrate Virgin Islands history and culture into the curriculum. Organize cultural events, mentorship programs, and educational field trips.

3. Global Outreach:

Strategy: Expand the organization's reach beyond the U.S. Virgin Islands to promote cultural understanding globally.
Tactics: Participate in international cultural events and festivals. Utilize social media platforms to share stories, engage with a global audience, and foster partnerships with international organizations.

4. Media Representation:

Strategy: Advocate for accurate and diverse media representation of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Tactics: Collaborate with media outlets to feature authentic stories from the Virgin Islands. Provide media training to community members to empower them to share their own narratives.

5. Community Engagement:

Strategy: Actively engage with local communities to strengthen cultural ties and unity.
Tactics: Organize community events, festivals, and cultural celebrations. Establish community centers that serve as hubs for cultural preservation and education.

6. Collaboration and Partnerships:

Strategy: Form strategic partnerships with other cultural organizations, educational institutions, and advocacy groups.
Tactics: Collaborate on joint initiatives, share resources, and leverage collective efforts to amplify the impact of cultural preservation and anti-racism initiatives.

7. Continuous Assessment and Adaptation:

Strategy: Regularly assess the impact of programs and initiatives and adapt strategies based on feedback and changing needs.

Tactics: Conduct surveys, gather feedback from participants, and monitor key performance indicators to ensure the effectiveness of initiatives. Adjust strategies as necessary to achieve the desired outcomes.
By employing these strategies, Fireburn Heritage aims to create a multifaceted approach that addresses both local and global challenges, fostering cultural understanding, empowering youth, and combating racism.






Fireburn Heritage, as a small grassroots organization, possesses unique capabilities driven by passion, community engagement, and strategic partnerships:

Passionate Team: Our organization is fueled by a dedicated and passionate team committed to preserving the cultural heritage of the U.S. Virgin Islands and combating racism. This collective enthusiasm drives our initiatives and fuels our determination.

Grassroots Approach: As a grassroots organization, we implement programs that resonate with the needs and aspirations of the people we serve, fostering a sense of ownership and inclusivity.

Grant Funding: While being a small organization, we leverage grant funding to initiate and sustain our programs. These grants enable us to implement impactful projects, reach wider audiences, and address critical issues such as youth empowerment and cultural preservation.

Volunteer Network: Our organization thrives on the support of dedicated volunteers who contribute their time, skills, and passion. This volunteer network amplifies our reach and allows us to execute a diverse range of initiatives without the constraints of a large budget.

Strategic Partnerships: Collaborative efforts are at the core of our approach. By forming strategic partnerships with other grassroots organizations, educational institutions, and community leaders, we extend our reach, share resources, and collectively work towards achieving our goals.

Community Engagement: We actively engage with the local community through events and cultural celebrations. This engagement fosters a sense of unity, encourages participation, and ensures that our initiatives are aligned with the community's values and needs.

Flexibility and Adaptability: Being a small organization, we possess the flexibility to adapt quickly to changing circumstances. This adaptability allows us to tailor our programs to address emerging challenges and seize new opportunities effectively.

Resourcefulness: With a commitment to making a meaningful impact, our organization embraces resourcefulness. We maximize the value of available resources, ensuring that every grant, volunteer effort, and partnership contributes significantly to our overarching mission.

In essence, Fireburn Heritage operates with a big heart, channeling the strengths of passion, community connection, and collaboration to make a lasting impact on cultural preservation, youth empowerment, and the fight against racism.

Our products:
"Fireburn Documentary":
Awarded Best Documentary at the 2021 Chicago Indie Film Awards and Djarfogo International Film Festival (West Africa).
Received the Best Producer award at the 2021 Luminous Frames Film Festival (Denmark).
Earned the Audience Choice award at the 2021 International Black & Diversity Film Festival (Canada).
Nominated as a semi-finalist at the Flickers Rhode Island International Film Festival.
Nominated in 12 different film festivals for 2021 in categories such as Best Director, Best Doc Short, or Best Experimental Short.
Currently airing on PBS.

"Fireburn the Screenplay":
Achieved the number one spot on the Amazon bestseller list in July 2019, demonstrating widespread interest and recognition.
Selected as "Great Reads from Great Places" 2022 by the Library of Congresss Center for the Book, adult category.

"James and the Fireburn":
Recognized by Book Authority as one of the best Caribbean history books of all time, solidifying its place as a valuable contribution to the literary landscape.
Selected as "Great Reads from Great Places" 2022 by the Library of Congresss Center for the Book, children's category
Acknowledged for its historical significance and cultural representation in Caribbean history.

Literacy Campaign:
Successfully executed the Literacy Campaign, contributing high-quality resources to public schools in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Due to a generous grant, donated copies of "James and the Fireburn" to every elementary school library, ensuring accessibility for students. Donated copies of "Fireburn the Screenplay" to every junior high and high school, along with the lifetime rights to screen "Fireburn the Documentary."
Accomplished the goal of having Fireburn Heritage's literary and visual materials available in all public schools in the Virgin Islands.

What's Next:
Fireburn Heritage has exciting projects on the horizon:

"Anna and the Goat Foot Woman" Children's Book:
A soon-to-be-published children's book focused on gratitude, incorporating a Caribbean fold tale about the goat foot woman. The book explores cultural narratives from the Virgin Islands, adding a valuable perspective to children's literature.

Feature Film and Docu-Series:
Seeking funding for a feature film, leveraging owned screenplay rights.
Developing a docu-series highlighting the culinary heritage of the Virgin Islands.

Team and Volunteer Growth:
Actively looking to expand the team to enhance capabilities and outreach.
Welcoming volunteers who share a passion for cultural preservation and combating racism.

Fireburn Heritage continues to build on its successful track record, showcasing its commitment to literary excellence and cultural representation.

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 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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

Fireburn Heritage Inc

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Fireburn Heritage Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $20,000
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $20,000
Expenses
Program Services $5,500
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $2,742

Fireburn Heritage Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $15,962
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $15,962

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Angela Bryan

With over two decades of nonprofit experience, Angela, Executive Director of Fireburn Heritage, holds Masters degrees in Counseling Psychology, as well as Practical Theology. A US Navy veteran, she earned an honorable discharge, as well as Navy Achievement and Commendation medals. In 2022, Angela earned the esteemed title of "Woman of Distinction" bestowed by the Broward County United Nations organization. This prestigious recognition was a testament to her outstanding contributions to the work of the UN. Angela authored "Fireburn The Screenplay," reaching #1 on Amazon in 2019, and "James and the Fireburn," recognized by Book Authority. Both books are Library of Congress's "Great Reads from Great Places" for the US Virgin Islands in 2022. Angela co-authored the "Authorities" Book and brings a wealth of expertise to her impactful initiatives in cultural preservation, combatting racism, and fostering unity.

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Fireburn Heritage Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mrs. Angela Bryan

Fireburn Heritage, Inc

Term: 2022 - 2030

Louis Cyril Golden

Louis F. Golden

Sonia Bailey

Erin S. Bryan

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/20/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/21/2022

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.
  • 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 community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.