Who is Black Impact Houston?

Black Impact Houston (BIH) is an alliance of nonprofit organizations that are led by Black people and/or that have a mission that primarily benefits Black people and communities. Our primary focus is to support and strengthen Houston’s Black nonprofit community through belonging, education, advocacy, mentorship, and leadership.  Through its member organizations, Black Impact Houston serves thousands of Greater Houston’s most vulnerable residents and provides a range of services and offerings, including after-school enrichment; workforce development; community development and affordable housing; music and arts promotion and education; criminal justice reform; public health; and a host of other services critical to the empowerment and liberation of Black people. Black Impact Houston empowers its nonprofit members to become integral partners in successfully building vibrant, equitable communities. 

Becoming A Member

Black Impact Houston’s 2021 membership campaign launched on August 28, 2021. Membership will be accepted through January 15, 2022. Once the campaign closes, interested organizations must wait until the next campaign to join. Dates for the next membership campaign are TBD.

Membership Criteria

Organizations

  • Black-led organizations*
  • IRS 501(c)(3) designation
  • Serves communities in the Greater Houston area

Individual Affiliate

  • Identify as Black/African-American
  • Affiliated with a Black-led organization*that is:
    • Designated as a 501(c)(3) by the IRS and 
    • Serves communities in the Greater Houston area

* Black-led organizations are defined as those with a Black Executive Director or CEO whose primary organizational purpose is to work to build the political, economic and/or social power of the Black community. So, “Black-led” is about the demographic makeup and racial identity of the leadership as well as a political purpose of building power to ensure that the Black community thrives. This definition is influenced by the The Black Social Change Funders Network’s definition for “Black-led social change organizations” as stated in their report, “The Case for Funding Black-Led Social Change.”

Member Benefits:

  • Invitations to participate in free learning opportunities hosted by Black Impact Houston and other community events, including access to recordings and resources from past sessions.
  • Engagement through our growing number of peer networks to collaborate, learn, and share with others. 
  • Share announcements on job vacancies 
  • Alerts on funding and other partnership opportunities
  • Connect with Black consultants and coaches via the Collaborative Consultant Directory.
  • Connect with funders at scheduled gatherings
  • Have profile in and access to Black Impact Houston’s Member Directory
  • Receive monthly newsletter highlighting achievements, events, and key updates from across the network and Greater Houston
  • Display the Black Impact Houston electronic badge on your website and social media
  • Additional benefits will be added as our capacity and network continues to grow

Annual Dues

For the inaugural year of Black Impact Houston, we are implementing a flat membership rate of $100 for organizations and $50 for individual affiliates. 

Please note that dues are subject to change in future years to ensure that we are building a sustainable network that will continue to meet the needs of our membership and communities for the long term. For more information on Black Impact Houston and how you can get involved, please email us at blackimpacthouston@hypefs.org

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