Our mission is to develop and sustain a holistic lifestyle for our communities by providing activities, programs and services that create community, connection, and balance; develop partnerships with organizations to foster welcoming and supportive cultures; empower community members; and embrace, promote and support our cultural diversity.


A thriving community of diversity and inclusion, living powerfully in supportive inclusive environments. A mindful community that is productive, happy, and healthy!


More Than Bars a non-profit corporation and shall operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code.

We provide relief to the underprivileged, eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and defend human and civil rights secured by law.

Guiding Principles

The principles that guide the actions of the More Than Bars board, staff and volunteers, as well as the design and implementation of all More Than Bars programs, are:



We provide a workplace and service environment where individuality is seen as strength and all people are treated with fairness and dignity.


We dedicate ourselves to the highest quality in all our programs and services, and seek employees, volunteers, and supporters who have a passion for helping others.


We believe in the need for different perspectives and commit ourselves to representation from all members of our diverse community.


We vigorously support pioneering programs and advocacy to meet community needs.


We work together to advance the Center's mission, and we honor and apply these values in what we do and say.



We don’t settle for status quo. We are always seeking opportunities to reach more, engage more, empower more, and lead more.



The officers, directors, committee members, employees, and persons served by this corporation shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, sex, race, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation.  


It is the policy of More Than Bars not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, veteran’s status, political service or affiliation, color, religion, or national origin.

Public Documents

We can provide the following documents, upon request:

Filed Annual Information Returns (IRS Form 990)

Application for Tax-Exemption


Up-To-Date Board Meeting Minutes

Executive Director

Meet Jonny. He had a strong social circle in the gay bars of Phoenix, but it didn't quite satisfy him. He looked to get included in groups that did events outside of the bar scene, but he was out of luck. So he decided to make one instead. It started out as a meet-up called Gays Do More Than Bars, and through determination and support, it evolved into the non-profit More Than Bars. It is all about getting out, having fun, and helping the community. Jonny has his BA in Education; MA in Educational Technology; and Currently an instructional designer at a tech company. 

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Community Director

Meet Mike - aka "CHESWORTH". A fan from the get-go, Mike has been a catalyst and driver of More Than Bars since its inception. In 2018, we invited him to come on board as our Community Director. Mr Chesworth has been fundamental in our re-brand marketing and strategy. 

You may already know him as the Executive Producer | Director of CHESWORTH films.

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Meet Mish. She started out as the Senior Program Coordinator for More Than Bars Inc, and is now the Secretary. She originally joined MTB for the doggie dates with her furry friend Butters, but grew to strongly believe in the MTB motto and mission. Mish joined the MTB staff in mid-2017 and is now a full time member. Mish supports the daily workings of More Than Bars to promote its success. She has a vested interest in serving and providing relief to communities that are underprivileged.

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