BHT FOUNDATION

(Formerly Brother, Help Thyself Inc.)

We exist to help, build, and transform our LGBTQ+ communities, by providing financial support to local nonprofits.  We want that support to go where it will make a real difference.  So, we support smaller, underfunded organizations that fill gaps in vital supports and services to marginalized folx first. 

 

Dear Communities,

 

Brother, Help Thyself was first formed to provide a grant to the Gay Men’s VD Clinic in Washington, DC, which led to the creation of the Whitman-Walker Clinic. Since 1978, the organization has raised and distributed over $3.5 million to more than 200 groups in our community. Over the years, BHT has been more than a grant-awarding organization, but also partnered with grantee organizations, provided training and leadership, collaborating on fundraisers and other events, acting as a clearinghouse for donated goods and services, and serving as an information resource to the LGBTQ/SGL communities.

 

It is with great sadness that, after forty-three years of Building Helping Transforming our surrounding communities, the Board of Directors of the BHT Foundation has decided to dissolve the organization. This decision was not reached lightly. When Brother, Help Thyself was founded in 1978 by four gay motorcycle clubs, it was one of the first organizations in the US to provide funding for LGBTQ/SGL health, culture, and social services. Throughout the AIDS crisis, BHT helped to leverage critical funding, at a time when it was severely lacking in other areas.

 

Today we have come to the determination that it is no longer needed in the same way. There is no doubt that BHT will be missed. However, the Board of Directors has every confidence that the many non-profit and community organizations serving LGBTQ/SGL communities of the Baltimore/DC region and beyond are today in a much better place to acquire resources, thanks to the over four decades of work by the clubs and members of BHT."Building Helping Transforming" The Board of Directors is currently in the process of determining final distribution of assets to non-profit and charitable organizations in the region. More information will be forthcoming. Thank you all for your decades of supporting the BHT Foundation.

 

Respectfully, The BHT Foundation Board of Directors