The Bisexual Organizing Project is where I really learned the basics about operating a nonprofit organization. Through my involvement planning and organizing their events, working with BOP's board, and working with the community it serves, I learned enough about fiduciary responsibility to serve on a Public School Board.
I am presently the lead of one of a handful of programs within public schools that explicitly ensure that the needs of LGBTQ students, staff, and families are met within the school district.
The Bisexual Organizing Project helped me get where I am today and I'm confident in my giving back to BOP.
My involvement with Bisexual Organizing Project changed my life. In 2008, I went to BOP's annual conference, the Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting Supportive Experience (BECAUSE). BECAUSE for me truly lived up to its name -- it was the very first place I ever felt empowered in my bisexual identity. This was life-changing for me, because I realized that in over 5 years of being a GLBTQA activist before attending BECAUSE 2008, I had never before had the lived experience of being empowered in my sexual identity. I was so inspired by this experience, I immediately joined the BOP board and the BECAUSE 2009 organizing committee. Rather than being a bi-identified queer activist, I became a bi-identified bi activist, who strives to work in collaboration with queer communities.
From 2010-2013, I served as Board Chair/Chairperson of BOP. While serving as Chairperson, I was working on completing a dual J.D./Genetics Ph.D. program. I found myself taking transactional law classes, so that I could build the knowledge necessary to make a non-profit thrive on a governance and fundraising level. I was very fortunate that an accountant, Jim Larsen, also developed an interest in the BOP board while I was in my leadership role. Jim's expertise and knowledge of financial practices and strategic planning led the BOP board to create a five year strategic plan, helping the entire organization make a major leap forward.
I am confident now that we have created an accountable, sustainable, goal-oriented non-profit dedicated to serving, organizing, and building the bi/pan/fluid/queer/unlabeled and allied communities, that will only continue to grow in the future. I am very proud of the work we have all done together building BOP and BECAUSE, and I look forward to collaborating with organizational partners to help us collectively grow inclusive, diverse GLBTQQIIAA movements.
Review from Guidestar
As a bisexual man who is also dyslexic and thus easily confused by random pieces of data and statistics, I found this page extremely user-friendly and all of the information was concise and easy to understand.
When I think of BOP I think of it as one of, if not the, flag ship bisexual organization of the US and I think their work is vital and commendable. I know of no other US based bi group currently, which is being so active in it's support of new and existing members of the community, interaction and cross-strand working with allies and continuing to grow and evolve in terms of what a bisexual organization can truly be.
The rest of the global bisexual community should take note as their are some extremely good lessons to be learned from how BOP operates and conducts itself, and I look forward to seeing how the continue to grow and develop in the future.
Review from Guidestar