September 19th, 2017
RE: Business Closure
The board of directors voted unanimously to seek letters of dissolution for Back to the Basics Please, Inc. (BTTBP). From this date forward, all private donations will be returned and we will reach out to our community grantors to cease all future donations. We hope to officially close BTTBP, its website, and bank accounts, at the end of our fourth quarter, December 31st, 2017.
BTTBP has provided outreach since 2003 and incorporated in 2009 as a non-profit C-Corporation in Yuma, AZ. Most of these years have been highly committed to Yuma and Imperial Counties to provide better services and outreach to the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community, local music and art performance events, substance abuse outreach, and HIV/STD awareness.
We knew from the start that building this coalition was going to be a challenge in Yuma, AZ; however, we indeed helped a-lot of people, brought a great deal of awareness to the local community, and built outlets for members of the community to flourish.
It is a sad day to be writing this announcement for sure; however, with changing demographics in the local community, fewer volunteers who can commit to projects, and funding sources drying up, we feel strongly that the active story of BTTBP must come to an end. We sincerely hope that our mark and the lives that we have impacted through the years will be felt in the hearts and minds of those who have shared this journey with us, whether for a short while or a long while.
Our Facebook page will remain as a library of stories and pictures, even after the BTTBP website (www.bttbp.org) has shut down. Assets from our youth center have already begun to be donated to the Imperial Valley LGBT Center in El Centro, CA . Remaining funds will be donated to the Littlewood Fine Art and Community Co-op in Yuma, AZ (pending IRC. 501(c)3 approval).
Please feel free to contact us if you should have any questions regarding the closure of BTTBP.
Mr. Brandon Bennett
President & CEO
Back to the Basics Please, Inc.