BEBASHI (Philadelphia, PA)


  • Name:Mrs. Deena Thornton
  • Title:Director of Developement

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:BEBASHI
  • Address:1217 Spring Garden Street - 1st Flr
    Philadelphia, PA 19123
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:215.769.3561
  • Main fax:215.387.3860

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Mobile phone:267.767.3327

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • Our mission is to provide culturally sensitive health related information, direct service, research, and technical assistance to the urban community in the areas of sexual health and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

  • History:
  • BEBASHI is the second-oldest AIDS service organization in the Philadelphia region, and the first non-profit agency in the nation to target HIV among African Americans. We have developed and implemented culturally-appropriate models of sexual health education, particularly with regard to HIV infection, for African-American men and women, adolescents, sexual minorities, and people who use drugs, all of which have been models for similar programs throughout the nation. Now in our 25th year, we have persevered, grown, and expanded our services to a multicultural clientele.

    A full-service agency, with a staff we currently serve more than 15,000 low-income people annually. Our comprehensive approach to HIV prevention is accomplished through a variety of innovative strategies, in collaboration with over 80 agencies and organizations in the region. We offer a continuum of prevention and care services including case management, care outreach, prevention education, HIV, STD, and pregnancy testing and counseling as well as supportive services such as housing counseling, support groups and a food cupboard to help people affected by HIV access basic needs to improve their quality of life.

    Some of our major accomplishments include:

    •In 1988, BEBASHI became the first organization ever to receive a five year grant from the Centers for Disease Control to provide technical assistance for community based organizations providing or interested in providing HIV/AIDS prevention education to African American and Latino communities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey Pennsylvania and Virginia.

    •Black Men’s Health Survey: BEBASHI participated in a landmark incidence study in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York funded by the CDC. In Philadelphia, this study was administered by Philadelphia Health Management Corporation (PHMC) subcontracted with BEBASHI to interpret the cultural, psychological, and environmental causes for the disproportionate HIV rate among black MSM.

    •BEBASHI HAS developed a “one –stop shop,” of counseling and testing for a variety of sexual health issues. BEBASHI offers free anonymous screening for HIV (including the new rapid test), Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis C, and pregnancy. We are only community based organization to offer this range of services.

    •BEBASHI has been instrumental in the development of similar services to the Latino community through Congresso de Latinos Unidos and Association Puertoriquenos En Marcha (APM) and to the Asian community through the Korean Businessmen's Association and the Intercultural Family Services Center (formerly the Philadelphia Refugee Services Center).

    •BEBASHI was the first organization the United States to provide HIV/AIDS and sexual health information in urban public schools.
    • BEBASHI is a founding member of the Philadelphia AIDS Consortium, the Circle of Care, Minority AIDS Project of Philadelphia, the National Minority AIDS Coalition, the Washington West Project and the AIDS Fund.
    •In 1998, BEBASHI became the first organization the country to develop a discharge planning program for incarcerated persons living with HIV/AIDS and returning to the community.

  • Year established:1985
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:9
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:33

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Shirley Gregory, President
    District Director, Congressman Bob Brady

    Chad D. Lassiter, MSW, Vice President
    Professor-University of Pennsylvania

    Ms. Traci Nickens, Treasurer
    Owner, Nickens Auto Tags

    Shonda McClain, Secretary
    The Philadelphia Tribune

    Frank Worts, Member
    President, James Franklin Associates Limited & Professor, Lincoln University

    Sharon Williams Losier

    Natasha S. Bowman
    PHH Mortgage - Default Department Senior

    Dr. Roberta Laguerre, Physician
    St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

    Chris Jordan, Partner
    TAYLORJORDAN, The Communications Corporation

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Gary J. Bell, Executive Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Linda T. Martin, Deputy Director
    Deena Weems Thornton, Director of Development & PR
    Najia Luqman, Prevention Services


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:23-2484046

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:232484046
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:BEBASHI BLACKS EDUCATION
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:1235 SPRING GARDEN ST
  • Organization City:PHILADELPHIA
  • Organization State:PA
  • Organization Zip:19123-3206
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1987
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):123
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Discussion groups, forums, panels lectures, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$799,319
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,973,801
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,973,801
  • Last Updated:3/17/2018 1:20:07 pm

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