United Way NCA and DC One Fund Designation Code 8288

Combined Federal Campaign # 31882

©2019 Brother Help Thyself, Inc. - Building Our Community, One Grant at a Time

Our Story

Brother, Help Thyself Inc. is a 501(c)3 community based organization providing financial and other support to non-profit organizations serving the LGBTQ/SGL and HIV/AIDS communities in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. metro area.

Brother, Help Thyself was founded in 1978 by four gay motorcycle clubs and is one of the first organizations in the United States to provide funding for LGBTQ/SGL health, cultural, and social services. The first fund drive by The Capital Area Board of Leather and Levi Motorcycle Clubs raised $4,518. Brother, Help Thyself was formed to award that grant to the Gay Men’s VD Clinic which was having financial difficulties at that time. Not only did this grant make it possible for the clinic to continue to provide health services, but also made it possible for it to separate from the Free Clinic. This separation lead to the creation of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, which expanded its services to the lesbian community at that time.

BHT Grantees assembled at our 2016 Grant Awards Reception in

Baltimore at Grand Central. In 2016 we eclipsed our

$3 millionth grant dollar awarded. 

BHT has grown and diversified over the years. In response to the AIDS crises in our community, we financially support many AIDS service providers. Since 1978, we have raised and distributed $3.5 million to more than 196 groups in our community. Brother, Help Thyself raises funds throughout the year and then disburses direct and matching funds, partners with grantees on fundraisers and other events, acts as a clearinghouse for donated goods and services, and serves as an information resource to the LGBTQ/SGL community.

Do you or your club want to join BHT, or want to learn more about us? Our monthly Board of Directors meetings are open meetings. We meet at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month at Dignity Washington, 721 8th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003. In addition, if you are interested in becoming an elected director on our board, you can submit an application to join by clicking here.