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Black Catholic Messenger Foundation

Amplifying Black Catholic voices.

aka Black Catholic Messenger   |   San Francisco, CA   |  https://www.blackcatholicmessenger.com

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Black Catholic Messenger Foundation

EIN: 85-3572355


Mission

We are an online nonprofit media publication amplifying Black Catholic voices.

Ruling year info

2021

President & CEO

Nathaniel Tinner

Main address

402 Broadway #85

San Francisco, CA 94133 USA

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EIN

85-3572355

Subject area info

Historic preservation

News and public information

Web-based media

Catholicism

Theology

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Population served info

People of African descent

Multiracial people

Catholics

NTEE code info

Religious Printing, Publishing (X83)

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

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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?

News and media

Stories posted to our website, mainly concerning news from around the country, but also opinion pieces as well.

Population(s) Served
Catholics
Multiracial people
People of African descent

Where we work

Awards

Catholic Press Award 2023

Catholic Media Association

California Ethnic Media Award 2023

California Ethnic Media Services

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of periodical subscribers

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

People of African descent, Catholics, People of Caribbean descent, Multiracial people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts

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

News and media

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of sector award nominations earned by the organization

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

News and media

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars paid to writers

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

News and media

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

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.

We aim to address the anti-Black racial disparity in Catholic media by reporting on the stories other outlets don't, thereby highlighting and uplifting the African-American Catholic community. Further, we aim to address anti-Catholic bias in the Black press, by showing ourselves to be a capable Black newspaper that consistently brings a Catholic perspective and focus.

We accomplish our goals by publishing consistently and excellently, with competent Black leadership and talent producing and honing our content with clear guidelines for editorial and organizational excellence. We aim to involve the Black Catholic community in our work by means of collaboration and feedback, as well as presence in legacy Black Catholic organizations such as the Knights of Peter Claver. We also make our presence felt in professional associations such as the National Association of Black Journalists, the Catholic Media Association, the Tiny News Collective, the Society of Professional Journalism, and the Online News Association. We submit our work for awards in these various organizations, and have begun to see success in that aim. We have established a republishing partnership with a major Catholic newspaper and in this way get our work out to a larger audience than just our subscriber base. We also have applied for and received grant funding to continue expanding our capacity and bringing in the best writers and thinkers in our demographic.

We have a strong team of thought leaders and influencers who keep their finger on the pulse of the Black and Catholic communities and whose expertise guides in our growth and impact strategies. Our financial supporters have enabled us to expand our writer base such that our ability to produce content is not hindered in any way.

We have continued to publish at an almost daily rate for more than three years, which is a major accomplishment for an outlet of our size. We have maintained a strong donor base by means of online marketing, word-of-mouth, and professional outreach by means of a small volunteer workforce. In 2023, we have surpassed $50,000 in donations for the first time in our organization's history, and have also received our first industry awards for our news and opinion writing.

We believe that there are more funding opportunities on the way and that this will help us transform our organizational capacity by hiring staff members who can focus on development and daily newswriting. We also plan to hire our first interns in the coming year, making room for young voices to cut their teeth in the industry with a small and innovative news outlet pushing boundaries in an often cloistered space (Catholic media). We also plan to revive our podcast and expand into more frequent video content in 2024, as the online space continues to trend in those directions.

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 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 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 share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • 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, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

Black Catholic Messenger Foundation

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Black Catholic Messenger Foundation

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $26,775
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $26,775
Expenses
Program Services $27,623
Administration $312
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $27,935

Black Catholic Messenger Foundation

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $376
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $1,026

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

President & CEO

Nathaniel Tinner

Journalist, theology student (ThM), and future seminarian (Josephites).

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Black Catholic Messenger Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Nathaniel Tinner

Black Catholic Messenger Foundation

Term: 2020 - 2021

Stephen Staten

Gunnar Bjorn Gundersen

Briana Alece Janksy

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 ? 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? Not applicable
  • 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 6/23/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/27/2023

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

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.