Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group Inc
PO BOX 51891
SARASOTA FL 34232-0315
To break the vicious cycle of crime, incarceration, failure, and death that plagues many young males in low income, disenfranchised communities, by providing friendship, mentorship, guidance, and love.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Dominic Harris
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2008
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Aug 2017
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Other Documents
Brotherhood of Men BrochureView
Impact Statement
Top accomplishments from July 2016-2017
1) Senior member graduated from Booker High School and will attend trade school.
2) Two members earned straight "A's" on their report cards and cumulative GPA of greater than 3.0 for entire group.
3) Skilled Trade Initiative Program has several members enrolled.
4) First home completely remodeled and Newtown residents being screened for First time home ownership program. 
Top goals for July 2017- July 2018
1) Continue academic excellence (Cumulative GPA >3.3, more members with straight "A's", nothing below a "C" on any members report card.
2) Expansion of the Construction/Trade Skills program
3) Expose more members to events/activities outside their normal "box" (theatre, opera, historical sites, museums, college tours)
4) Establishing a Financial Literacy/Workshop for members and parents
5) Increase enrollment and retention of young members (<10 yrs old) 
Needs Statement
1) Annual Operations Budget(Group liability and bus insurance, bus maintenance, weekly food for meetings, emergency funds for members to help with food/clothes/rent): $9500
2)  Trips/Activities such as museums, theatre, sports events, music, plays, etc.  Also includes "Big" Summer trip which involves travel outside the Tampa Bay area, like Washington D.C., New York City: $14000
3)Update and maintenance of website: $2500
4)Monetary awards for grades, good behavior, and attendance: $2500 
5)Technical Skills Initiative program:  $25000 
Background Statement
The Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group, Inc. (BOM) was established on April 11th, 2007, and is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, which provides a supportive environment, fostering life-skill enhancement and personal development in young males. The majority of the members are young African American males, without a positive male role model in the home.  
Our members, beginning at 8 years-old, have weekly interaction with mentors or "uncles" as we call ourselves, who teach them the skills necessary to succeed.  The meetings are held every Thursday, from 6-8pm in Janie's Garden, right in the heart of Newtown, one the more socioeconomically depressed areas of Sarasota. We focus on things ranging from manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift, which provide a solid foundation on which to build.  We instill self esteem, by making them believe they are just as talented, gifted, smart, and capable as anyone else, and not just on a sports field. It is one of the major goals of the organization to teach these young men accountability and responsibility for themselves and their community.
We achieve this by emphasizing academic achievement, community involvement, and cultural enrichment.  Progress reports and report cards are presented to the group by each member, to hold them accountable. We participate in food drives and feeding the homeless. We expose them to things "outside the box", like opera's, museums, plays, and classical music.  
Our dream is that by exposing these youth to more positive, uplifting experiences, holding them accountable, teaching responsibility, and showing love, we can break the vicious cycle of violence and crime that is engulfing and plaguing the African American and other disenfranchised communities.  This would undoubtedly enhance their personal growth and enable them to reach their full potential, becoming the leaders we need for future generations.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments We are based in Sarasota, Florida, in the northern section referred to as "Newtown".  The majority of our members are from here, though we have some from central Bradenton as well.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Youth Development
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Love.  It's as simple as that.  These boys that we are able to help have all the potential to be upstanding, outstanding, and charitable members of society.  They just need love.  Part of that love is direction, teaching, positive experiences, accountability, and exposure.  Over 90% of our kids come from fatherless homes.  Most have never been outside of Sarasota.  Many don't think they can do anything except sports.  The Brotherhood of Men teaches them another way.  We make sure they understand they can do more than run fast or catch a ball.  Reading and education is key.  That's why we expose them to things they wouldn't see in their neighborhoods normally, classical music, operas, plays, professional sports, museums, etc. 
This organization has been run for 9 yrs with 100% volunteers.  Funding allows us to continue this mission of making strong, respectful, and confident young men to lead the next generation.  That is certainly worth the time and investment in my opinion, which is why I volunteer.
Dwight Fitch, MD, Co-Board President 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Description The goal of the program is to introduce, develop, and demonstrate technical skills in the areas of General Construction, Electrical, Roofing, Plumbing, and Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) for at risk youth ages 12-18 yrs of age.  This will be accomplished by rehabilitating old homes, and having the members learn along side licensed professionals.  The rehabilitated homes and the skills learned by the members while fixing these homes will provide home ownership for fixed income members of the Newtown community, assist existing homeowners with property maintenance and preservation, and provide alternative career options for the members.
Budget $25,000
Category Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults Adults
Short Term Success
1) BOM members will earn community service/volunteer hours which are required for high school graduation.
2) BOM members will gain skills that will allow them to either pursue a career or enable them to support themselves (plumbing, HVAC repair, etc)
3) BOM members will learn transferable skills and habits 
Long Term Success
Long term benefits include:
1) Ability to get a job/career in the construction field, which will help them to become productive members of society and avoid incarceration, drugs, and other ills associated with low education level.
2) Provide quality, well trained members to the work force.
3) Help provide affordable housing for members of the community (Newtown)
4) Provide sense of self worth with acquisition of skills and a stronger sense of community by giving back. 
Program Success Monitoring We will monitor the success of the program by the number of houses rehabilitated, the number of members who successfully can complete certifications/licensing in different fields, and income stream by the sell of the homes.  We will also have pre and post training surveys to determine the competence, skill, and confidence level of each member.
Program Success Examples The program is in its infancy.  However, we predict that the first couple houses that are rehabilitated will provide skills to at least 5-6 members in the group.  This knowledge will allow these members to pursue careers in General Contracting and Construction.  The homes will be sold to deserving members of the community, or the members will be able to help to renovate and maintain homes currently occupied by the elderly or economically disadvantaged.  
Unfortunately, many of the students in the Newtown and similarly disenfranchised communities don't have solid academic foundations on which to grow.  They don't have examples to follow at home or incentive to do well in school.  Often, our minority youth are encouraged to do well on the field or on the court, but NOT in the classroom.
With this program, combined with counseling and encouragement, we give a "carrot" to strive to as well.  Each report card marking we reward every member with an "A" on their report card, both quarterly and semester, with $5/A.  We also give a bonus of $100 for every member with straight "A's" on their semester report cards.
This has created a positive, competitive environment in the group, where the members challenge each other for the highest grades.  This also gives them more self confidence and belief in themselves and their abilities. 
Budget $2,500
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success As the students strive for better grades, so as to get more financial rewards, their confidence, abilities, and GPA increases.  As their GPA increases, their opportunities exponentially increase as well.  We constantly track individual and group GPA averages, annually, as well as per semester.  We also track GPA before enrollment in our organization and after being with us for several months.
Long Term Success While the short term success of establishing a financial reward system for good grades results in a good GPA for that report marking, repeated good grades, in repeated semesters, creates a template for success.  Not only is their GPA higher, which results in having more opportunities, but they develop good habits, which is ultimately the goal.  At a critical point, the expectation of getting good grades supersedes the desire to do it for money and becomes second nature.
Program Success Monitoring We monitor the success by tracking grades of each member every report card marking.  We also track how much we pay out each quarter to each member for grades.
Program Success Examples Undoubtedly the rise in our group GPA average is partly due to this program.  Jordan, a 12 yr old member of the group for the last 2 yrs, was not reaching his potential prior to the program.  He was a smart kid, but with some anger issues and not excited about school.  Now, he CAN'T wait to get his report card and present it to the group.  He doesn't have anger outbursts, because he doesn't want to miss assignments that will hinder his ability to get straight A's and get the $100 bonus!
Children are products of their environment.  By exposing kids to new things you can open their minds and hearts.  It is our belief that by giving our members opportunities to see things they normally wouldn't, their minds will open up in ways they can't imagine.  Through this program we take our members to operas, plays, theatre shows, classical music, not to mention sporting events such as hockey, lacrosse, and motorcross!
We also think out of state travel is important, as it teaches them rules about traveling, while exposing them to things outside of their area.  We take trips to places like Washington DC, New York City, and areas of African American history, such as Birmingham, Atlanta, and Underground Railroad stops. 
Budget $14,000
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Blacks, African Heritage Males
Short Term Success By participating in the program the kids will be able to see things their current situations wouldn't allow.  Those exposures will give them a new vantage point on life.  We expect 15-20% of members each year to be involved in playing an instrument, dancing, or acting.  We also make each member write down their experiences in a journal after.  During these experiences, seeing the wonder and excitement in their eyes is also an immeasurable unit of success.
Long Term Success In the long term we hope to create more worldly, knowledgeable young men.  Having more young men in our community that not only believe in their athletic ability, but also that they can be actors, musicians, dancers, philosophers, or even poets, is invaluable.  It is also our belief that being able to see things outside of Newtown will give them a glimpse of what life holds, outside of their immediate surroundings.  This will give them the impetus to achieve, so that they can see the world for themselves!
Program Success Monitoring We give post trip surveys to determine how the activity changed their lives for the better.  Seeing the young men develop new interests or interests that are not common in their community is also rewarding.  We have kids that like to row, are interested in lacrosse, love classical music, and want to travel the world.
Program Success Examples Jaheim, one of our members for the last 5 yrs, took up the violin, after attending a classical music concert.  His passion for the violin has enabled him to be involved with several concerts at school and he will be taking classical music in high school.  He is one of the only African American males doing so.  He is doing this, while also being the star running back on his football team.  A true renaissance man!
Program Comments by Organization
One of the main goals of our organization is to promote self-confidence and responsibility, while exposing them to new things. These programs help us do that.  Giving financial incentives for grades gives them the intial "push" to want to do well.  
As far as getting them "Out of the Box", the results are truly something to difficult to capture quantitatively.  However, watching young inner city boys tap their feet to classical music, quote opera scenes, glow at amazement at taking a tour of the White House, and watch them suddenly realize that they have the power and opportunity to change themselves and the world is amazing.  These programs are the seeds to making lifelong impacts on these young men.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email N/A
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 8
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Dominic Harris
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Don Bell Community Volunteer
Steven Brown Community Volunteer
Leroy Butler Community Volunteer
Rodney Davidson Community Volunteer
Dwight Fitch Community Volunteer
Dominic Harris Community Volunteer
Charles Shortridge Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 7
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 59
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 30
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Governance Comments by Organization
Our Board Members essentially are the backbone of the organization.  Our board members are also the mentors or "uncles" as we call ourselves.  We are an "active board".  At least 3-4 of us are present for the weekly group meetings.  The board members are responsible for running the weekly meetings, coordinating field trips, fund raising, mentoring students, attending school conferences, parent conferences, constructing programs, transportation services, and anything else that is needed!  
All board members volunteer 100% of their time. 
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $15,000.00
Projected Expenses $17,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Bi-annual Summer Enrichment Trip. Deserving members will be taken to New York to visit museums/memorials/black history
Campaign Goal $15,000.00
Campaign Dates Feb 2016 to Aug 2016
Amount Raised To Date 4000 as of June 2016
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$26,116$6,213$15,215
Administration Expense$2,046$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.821.971.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $22,967Contributions, gifts, grants $12,232Contributions, gifts, grants $16,711
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We operate on a very lean budget.  100% of our revenue is spent on weekly food, trips, activities, tutoring costs, awards for the members, and even emergency funds for homelife issues.  There are NO administrative costs.  All administrative, planning, and other activities undertaken by the board and mentors are all volunteered, no compensation is ever taken.  We rely on the generosity of private donors to help us complete our mission of changing lives.  There are many groups in the community requesting funds, many of them worthy, however we feel that we stand out as we are helping those most in need, socio-economically depressed, disadvantaged, minority males.  The investment in changing the course of these young men's lives is paid back ten-fold, as they are the future leaders of the next generation.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from profit & loss compilations as the organization files a 990-N. No balance sheet information provided.
Nonprofit Brotherhood of Men Mentor Group Inc
Address PO BOX 51891
SARASOTA , FL 34234 0315
Phone 941 400-3818