Non-Ranked Nonprofit Reviews: National LGBT Equality and Support 2012

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“Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight.” ― Harvey Milk
“Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight.” ― Harvey Milk

This is the complete list of all non-ranked nonprofits reviewed by our experts. We do not have enough information at this time to recommend these organizations, but have provided you with the complete expert reviews to learn more.


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Equality California (6 recommendations) Their impact stems from their policy work on the sate level.
Equality California

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact stems from their policy work on the sate level.
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Their impact can be seen in their work conducted on behalf of the right to marriage issue.
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Their impact is evidenced by the successful passage of LGBT equality legislation in Sacramento. They also work on marriage equality education.
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California is a progressive state and EQCA has been a major force in the state promoting progressive policy change.
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They seem to have success in getting legislation recognized and making California a leader on LGBT rights.
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Their impact can be seen in their leadership against Prop 8.

Organizational Strengths

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They have strong marketing and branding.
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They have strong leadership.
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Working closely with national and other state-based organizations, EQCA has been a huge force in moving state-based equality issues.
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Their leadership has stabilized and the marketing is great.
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They have strong messaging.

Areas for Improvement

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They should have a more inclusive approach to their work.
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The organization needs new and innovative leadership.
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EQCA is in a big transition period right now and needs to hire a new Executive Director and come out stronger than ever.
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They are accused of taking more credit for state successes than deserved. They need to address this issue, since I hear it a lot.
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They need a strong Executive Director. They need authentic relationships with leaders in communities of color. They need to build toward long-term power with a base of people engaged over time and to whom EQ CA is accountable, and they need a base that can be mobilized to action.
Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund (5 recommendations) Their impact can be seen in the fact that more LGBT people are being elected to public office.
Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact can be seen in the fact that more LGBT people are being elected to public office.
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They have a clear and focused mission of increasing the number of elected LGBT public officials, and they do an incredible job selecting and supporting their candidates.
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They have taken an idea and run with it. They had a brilliant idea and have expanded to have a major national impact on getting LGBT people elected to office throughout the country. They are the player in this arena.
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Victory Fund has done an outstanding job at developing "out" LGBT candidates for office.
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The Victory Fund has a track record of successfully recruiting and training candidates for public office. Their work has resulted in new leadership and high-quality representation of the LGBT community at a critical time.

Organizational Strengths

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They have strong and visionary leadership, consistent branding, and loyal donors.
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They provide training to LGBT leaders, both elected and non-elected, and they help raise the level of discussion about LGBT issues.
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They have successfully grown through setting up large funding committees and raised the profile of LGBT elected officials in many communities. They have strong leadership.
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They have a proven track record at growing winning candidates. They do an excellent job at getting our LGBT officials appointed to government posts.
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They have great leadership and also a high degree of integrity in their work. They think about leadership development on all levels.

Areas for Improvement

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They could do a better job of collaboration.
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They could collaborate more with other organizations and take more opportunities to involve others in their conferences.
Astraea Foundation (3 recommendations) They have brought increased awareness and attention to the intersectionality of lesbian issues and justice issues, and increased attention to international issues.
Astraea Foundation

Evidence of Impact

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They have brought increased awareness and attention to the intersectionality of lesbian issues and justice issues, and increased attention to international issues.
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Their impact is in their leadership in funding programs for lesbians.
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They have heightened the movement of LGBTQ equality by highlighting the need for the community to connect with other social justice intersections. They are a wonderful voice for poor, people of color, immigrant, and other communities that are sometimes overlooked in the movement. They bring their voice to conferences and meetings around the country .

Organizational Strengths

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This organization walks the talk in hiring people of color.
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They are doing good work on the cutting edge of LGBTQ community and funding programs that may not otherwise get funding.
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Their knowledge and research into marginalized communities often educates the movement about issues that are overlooked.

Areas for Improvement

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They have a lack of visibility and respect by other, larger LGBTQ nonprofits.
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Increased revenue would definitely help them support communities that are struggling.
Campaign For Southern Equality (3 recommendations) They have first-hand experience organizing and engaging directly with the organizations.
Campaign For Southern Equality
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Evidence of Impact

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They have first-hand experience organizing and engaging directly with the organizations.
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Campaign for Southern Equality is a new organization tackling a long-standing civil rights struggle with a new approach in an area of the country where LGBT people are not protected or accepted easily. They have elevated the issue of marriage equality and LGBT rights to a new height in the south and have engaged community members who have sat on the sidelines for a long time, breathing new life into the movement.
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CSE is educating and mobilizing same-gender-loving couples to raise awareness of deep-rooted discrimination and mistreatment of voting citizens in the South.

Organizational Strengths

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Their leadership, policy, and communications are strong.
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The visionary leadership of their Executive Director and their Board, as well as their open, collaborative approach to the work are organizational strengths.
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The ethical integrity, the genuine staff, and their commitment to the cause are among the strengths of CSE.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve on their collaboration with equality organizations working on the state level. They could also use more collaboration with organizations focused on communities of color.
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CSE is a young organization trying to grow itself as it responds to increasing expectations from the community. It will need to grow its board and resources while getting its story out more broadly.
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CSE would do well to collaborate more with other LGBT groups, especially those of faith that share its ethic and commitment to non-violence and conscientious truth.
Fierce (3 recommendations) The organization has changed culture, community, and policy on LGBT youth issues locally. Also, it has national impact forming a national LGBT youth network. It has raised LGBT youth of color visibility locally and nationally.
Fierce
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Evidence of Impact

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The organization has changed culture, community, and policy on LGBT youth issues locally. Also, it has national impact forming a national LGBT youth network. It has raised LGBT youth of color visibility locally and nationally.
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FIERCE has been able to work with Right to the City to make gains against national gentrification. They have also been successful in many ways with their work to re-claim space for LGBTQ youth in New York City at the Christopher St. piers.
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FIERCE has had a tremendous impact in advocating on behalf of disenfranchised LGBTQ youth, especially in terms of their ability to access public spaces like the piers in NYC.

Organizational Strengths

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This organization is led by constituents and has developed a strong membership structure and fundraising and communications infrastructure.
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FIERCE is a leader in combining the creation of youth safe space, leadership development training, and campaign development. FIERCE also has been able to work deeply in coalitions across race, age, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
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FIERCE's staff comprises of LGBTQ youth of color and hence builds leadership with its base.

Areas for Improvement

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FIERCE could use more resources to partner with other groups across the region, like SONG and others—to make their work more national.
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FIERCE is a model that other cities can also lean from, and FIERCE can inform this national discourse especially in the absence of a national LGBT organization.
Southerners On New Ground (3 recommendations) They pioneered intersectional justice that comes from a deep analysis of class, race, and sexism that makes sense for the modern LGBTQ movement. They bridge between the mainstream and the more marginalized groups working for racial justice from a queer space. This was the LGBTQ movement's roots, but it got lost for a decade or two. Few organizations focus on rural queer realities like SONG. They offer very important training to partner organizations for free. This is invaluable.
Southerners On New Ground
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Evidence of Impact

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They pioneered intersectional justice that comes from a deep analysis of class, race, and sexism that makes sense for the modern LGBTQ movement. They bridge between the mainstream and the more marginalized groups working for racial justice from a queer space. This was the LGBTQ movement's roots, but it got lost for a decade or two. Few organizations focus on rural queer realities like SONG. They offer very important training to partner organizations for free. This is invaluable.
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Their work has impacted local and regional policies. The organization raised LGBT southern visibility nationally and built a strong base and membership.
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Southerners on New Ground is a home for LGBTQ liberation across lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South. Through strategic partnerships within the Georgia Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition and anchoring the We Are Georgia/Somos Georgia Campaign, Southerners on New Ground helped successfully push back Georgia’s repressive anti-immigrant House Bill 87. In its response, led by LGBTQ immigrants, SONG mobilized and inspired the broader LGBTQ community to take a stand on immigrant rights and form a new statewide LGBTQ Left Coalition. This past year, in the fight against Amendment 1 in North Carolina, SONG helped build a great coalition of over 160 groups with strong People of Color leadership.

Organizational Strengths

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They are unafraid of not being aligned with mainstream structures. They don't do galas. They have campouts. The leadership thinks creatively and models its actions based on its constituency rather than courting dollars with its events and practices. They also have a refreshing and accessible modeling for what is actually the majority of LGBTQ organizations—small, scrappy, and nowhere near the mainstream.
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They are constituent-led and have a unique model.
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SONG is great at building a wide base, state by state, through their Amantes Program as well as progressive coalition building.

Areas for Improvement

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I'd like to see them have more cogent campaigns with opportunities for more participation.
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As a tipping point organization, a boost to their capacity would significantly increase their positioning to push the national LGBTQ movement to more progressive alliance building.
Center For American Progress (2 recommendations) Through my work with the Gay & Transgender Rights Initiative at CAP I've seen first-hand the influence of CAP both inside the LGBT advocacy community and on behalf of the community with decision makers in government.
Center For American Progress
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Evidence of Impact

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Through my work with the Gay & Transgender Rights Initiative at CAP I've seen first-hand the influence of CAP both inside the LGBT advocacy community and on behalf of the community with decision makers in government.
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CAP has done excellent policy analysis on LGBT issues that have informed much of the work which has occurred under the Obama Administration.

Organizational Strengths

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The organization has a brand that reaches outside of LGBT communities to bring a unique and powerful voice to the table for LGBT people and families. The communications network that CAP has also provides a unique opportunity to talk about LGBT issues to a wider audience, which most LGBT organizations do not possess.
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They have strong leadership and excellent policy analysis capacity.
Community United Against Violence Inc (2 recommendations) Cuav is the only organization that focuses on LGBT and anti-violence work, including intimate partner violence, hate crime, and youth.
Community United Against Violence Inc

Evidence of Impact

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Cuav is the only organization that focuses on LGBT and anti-violence work, including intimate partner violence, hate crime, and youth.
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They are making an impact through strong organizing and community leadership empowerment among low-income LGBT communities of color.

Organizational Strengths

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They have great youth leadership, anti-violence advocacy, and hate crime advocacy.
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They have amazing community collaboration and a strong ability to teach and coach around anti-oppression and non-violence.

Areas for Improvement

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They can improve on their intimate partner violence program.
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They have some really strong staff and some less effective staff and I don't see accountability for less effective staff to step up.
Equality Federation (2 recommendations) They are providing states with model processes, providing local cohorts for state organizations, providing access to enhanced software to do their day-to-day work.
Equality Federation

Evidence of Impact

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They are providing states with model processes, providing local cohorts for state organizations, providing access to enhanced software to do their day-to-day work.
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EQ FED has created programming that supports the work of local and state LGBT activists to be more effective. Through technical assistance, training, and support, all sizes of LGBT state groups are provided with the tools and resources they might not be able to get/afford on their own.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are staff and programming.
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They have strong leadership and staff.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve their marketing and fundraising.
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They could be improved by increase in staffing and having a specific program that works with states on transgender issues and policies.
Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute Inc (2 recommendations) The Leadership Institute and its sister organization, the Victory Fund, have the greatest impact preparing LGBT leaders to run for office and for getting them elected. They have a proven success record.
Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute Inc

Evidence of Impact

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The Leadership Institute and its sister organization, the Victory Fund, have the greatest impact preparing LGBT leaders to run for office and for getting them elected. They have a proven success record.
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The Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute greatly trains and develops the future leaders of tomorrow in the LGBT community.

Organizational Strengths

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Chuck Wolf is the most talented and successful national LGBT leader in the movement. He is a strategic professional who manages the organization well and hires individuals that compliment his skills.
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Leadership is a great strength of this organization. Along those lines, the training that is offered is excellent as well.

Areas for Improvement

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They could use more outreach to areas that could benefit from the training and leadership this organization offers.
Gill Foundation (2 recommendations) The Gill Foundation has a long history of funding state-based LGBT equality organizations. This essential grass-tops level support has made the difference in many nondiscrimination and other equality campaigns.
Gill Foundation

Evidence of Impact

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The Gill Foundation has a long history of funding state-based LGBT equality organizations. This essential grass-tops level support has made the difference in many nondiscrimination and other equality campaigns.
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This institution is vital for a wide range of LGBT organizations, and also intersects with the broader progressive movement in a way that works against the isolation of LGBT issues from the political mainstream.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a commitment to local expertise, and a great staff.
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They have tremendous financial resources and active leadership from Tim Gill and Patrick Sweeney on down through the team.

Areas for Improvement

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This foundation has sometimes had unclear criteria for their funding initiatives, which has made application difficult for state organizations.
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Gill is very driven by internally established priorities and these have shifted from time to time, leaving their accessibility to new applicants somewhat hard for a small outside organization to evaluate.
Global Justice Institute (2 recommendations) They provide a home to LGBT people who have been hurt by their religions and churches. They provide a place to rediscover who God is in ways that affirm their sexuality and gender identity and expression. They are a presence throughout the world in the human rights battle for LGBT people. As a Christian denomination, they stand alone in the full and unqualified acceptance of LGBT people. They make faith a safe place for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, the transgender, and allied peoples.
Global Justice Institute

Evidence of Impact

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They provide a home to LGBT people who have been hurt by their religions and churches. They provide a place to rediscover who God is in ways that affirm their sexuality and gender identity and expression. They are a presence throughout the world in the human rights battle for LGBT people. As a Christian denomination, they stand alone in the full and unqualified acceptance of LGBT people. They make faith a safe place for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, the transgender, and allied peoples.
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They are a newly formed LGBT justice group that, though based in the US, has an international focus. They are leveraging US foreign policy to promote LGBT justice, from a faith perspective, throughout the world. They have gotten faith groups started doing advocacy in China, Malaysia, Pakistan, Uganda, several Latin American countries, and the Philippines. Each is dedicated to community development and LBGT justice. Many are focused specifically on the transgender community's needs, given how marginalized they are in these countries.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strength is their ability to engage, organize, and turn out people of faith in LGBT justice campaigns. They are effective lobbyists at the national level. Their strengths are in their advocacy.
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They are small and agile. The organization is solely focused on its mission, which allows them to marshal all resources and avoid chasing rabbits. They have excellent staff and a superior Executive Director.

Areas for Improvement

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They remain challenged when it comes to broadening their leadership base. They are not very accountable when it comes to their finances and systems and structures. They think they are, but they are not.
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They need more funding. They also need dedicated staff pressing the UN on human rights and a presence in D.C. with the US State Department and the Congressional Authorizing Committees.
Horizons Foundation (2 recommendations) I recognize Horizons Foundation as being more cutting edge by taking risks in funding projects that others would not—especially around people of color and youth projects.
Horizons Foundation
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Evidence of Impact

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I recognize Horizons Foundation as being more cutting edge by taking risks in funding projects that others would not—especially around people of color and youth projects.
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The organization has been a financial safety net for local organizations, but also has performed an advocacy role at the local and state level.

Organizational Strengths

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I personally see Horizons staffers and executives out in the community attending progressive events, even if they have not funded them. I recognize them as "practicing what they preach."
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They have strong leadership at the Executive Director level and a strong Board.

Areas for Improvement

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For the years I have worked with Horizons, I am still not clear on how they select which projects or organizations they will fund. Normally I know when I am in the "good graces" of a funder by their repeat support. Horizons is case by case, or rather "hit and miss."
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The Agency's leadership is strong, but almost exclusively at the Executive Director level. They have a very small and junior staff.
Kick the Agency For LGBT African- Americans (2 recommendations) KICK is the only LGBT center developed for and run by African Americans in the United States.
Kick the Agency For LGBT African- Americans

Evidence of Impact

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KICK is the only LGBT center developed for and run by African Americans in the United States.
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I have overseen numerous grants to this organization. They have provided thoughtful, thorough results and data back on a regular basis. Their membership has grown. Their programs have grown. Their financial stability has grown.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strength is the leadership of KICK with Curtis Lipscomb and the Executive Director, and its ability to market the organization. KICK has built a reputation of larger community involvement.
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This organization has provided needed leadership and mentorship within the African-American LGBT community. It has also provided a place for new leaders to gain nonprofit management/Board management skills that are being transferred to other nonprofits in the community.

Areas for Improvement

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They are still considered a 'grassroots' organization. They could improve by working to build more stability into their funding streams.
National Black Justice Coalition (2 recommendations) NBJC raises the awareness of the black community about LGBT issues in much the same way that the NAACP raises issues of racial equality in other arenas.
National Black Justice Coalition
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Evidence of Impact

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NBJC raises the awareness of the black community about LGBT issues in much the same way that the NAACP raises issues of racial equality in other arenas.
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Their impact can be seen in their visibility and credibility to represent LGBT people of color on the web, among the press, and in Washington D.C. among lawmakers and policymakers in government.

Organizational Strengths

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The strengths of NBJC include its leadership diversity, its influential staff, and its collective determination to fight for LGBTQIA people of color.
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They have a very strong Executive Director and Board leadership.

Areas for Improvement

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One improvement for NBJC would include its need to get more involved in the rural South and not feel the need to be 'in charge' of every social movement.
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This is a relatively new organization which relies predominantly on over-utilized LGBT-identified private funders and foundations, and to sustain will need to have a sustainability plan.
Queers For Economic Justice (2 recommendations) Queers for Economic Justice is doing work that very few other organizations (Sylvia Rivera Project and others) are doing, namely, offering up a radical and progressive intervention in a movement that as become, in my opinion, too mainstream, focused on incremental policy reforms that too often neglect the larger structural dimensions that create and perpetuate discrimination, inequality, and poverty among queer people. They do important on-the-ground organizing, provide resources that are badly needed, and push the national conversation to be broader and more progressive.
Queers For Economic Justice

Evidence of Impact

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Queers for Economic Justice is doing work that very few other organizations (Sylvia Rivera Project and others) are doing, namely, offering up a radical and progressive intervention in a movement that as become, in my opinion, too mainstream, focused on incremental policy reforms that too often neglect the larger structural dimensions that create and perpetuate discrimination, inequality, and poverty among queer people. They do important on-the-ground organizing, provide resources that are badly needed, and push the national conversation to be broader and more progressive.
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Queers for Economic Justice organizes LGBTQ shelter residents and low-income communities for economic justice in the context of sexual and gender liberation. QEJ’s Welfare Warriors Research Collaborative (WWRC) released a great report—“A Fabulous Attitude: LGBTGNB People Surviving and Thriving on Love, Shelter and Knowledge”—with an accompanying documentary. They ran an “Act Queer! Teleconference Series,” the Class Institute at the annual Creating Change conference, as well as a host of other workshops and reports to building national dialogue on key economic justice issues affecting the LGBT community.

Organizational Strengths

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The leadership and staff of the organization are amazing, passionate, progressive, and persistent. They also have a very strong grassroots organizing strategy.
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QEJ’s community-led research collaborative is a model for other organizations nationally. They were also a pioneer with establishment of innovating crowdfunding events like their signature Amazing Queer Race.

Areas for Improvement

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QEJ could probably do a better job of working in coalition with other more mainstream LGBT groups on certain issues, but that has more to do with being shut out of the conversation by these groups.
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Strengthening their sustainable fundraising capacity and plan would give them a boost.
Aclu Of Michigan (1 recommendation) The LGBT-focused project within Michigan's ACLU chapter is a key voice in the state on LGBT issues. I have worked on several grants to them and they have provided thorough reports to show progress.
Aclu Of Michigan

http://www.aclumich.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The LGBT-focused project within Michigan's ACLU chapter is a key voice in the state on LGBT issues. I have worked on several grants to them and they have provided thorough reports to show progress.

Organizational Strengths

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ACLU of Michigan is tackling a particularly timely issue in the community—that of LGBT seniors. They have helped to form a local SAGE chapter in a great collaboration with other agencies serving both the LGBT and mainstream seniors community.
Advocates For Informed Choice (1 recommendation) AIC is impacting policy, medical research and practice, and the lives of people with intersex conditions. AIC has initiated federal ethics investigations, forced major research institutions to question and defend their practices, and begun to change the way intersex conditions and their treatment are viewed by medical professionals. Their work and views have appeared regularly in publications from Endocrine Today to Psychology Today, and they've recently been invited to address the WHO. LGBT activists seek out AIC's expertise, and their recommendations have found their way into federal policies.
Advocates For Informed Choice
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http://www.aiclegal.org/

Evidence of Impact

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AIC is impacting policy, medical research and practice, and the lives of people with intersex conditions. AIC has initiated federal ethics investigations, forced major research institutions to question and defend their practices, and begun to change the way intersex conditions and their treatment are viewed by medical professionals. Their work and views have appeared regularly in publications from Endocrine Today to Psychology Today, and they've recently been invited to address the WHO. LGBT activists seek out AIC's expertise, and their recommendations have found their way into federal policies.

Organizational Strengths

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AIC does an incredible amount with tiny resources: advising and representing clients, churning out commentary for the scientific, medical, and legal publications, creating educational resources for families, advising on litigation and policy work, speaking to and training medical providers, filing ethics complaints, and on and on—with until recently just one staff member.

Areas for Improvement

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AIC is often looked to as the de facto voice for legal and policy advocacy on intersex issues, but the organization keeps its focus primarily, and probably appropriately, on children. It would be great, though, if AIC or someone like them were able to take on more advocacy and technical assistance with respect to issues affecting older youth and adults. Because of AIC's specific focus and small size, it is not well known among LGBT advocates, many of whom still aren't sure what role they should be taking with respect to advocacy on issues affecting people with intersex conditions.
Advocates For Youth (1 recommendation) Their impact can be seen in the accessible resources and information for LGBTQ youth on their website. Organizations have access to their publications and resources and connection to their sexual health information.
Advocates For Youth
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http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact can be seen in the accessible resources and information for LGBTQ youth on their website. Organizations have access to their publications and resources and connection to their sexual health information.

Organizational Strengths

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Their leadership provides consistent positive sexuality messages.
Affirmations Lesbian/Gay Community Center (1 recommendation) They have a wide breadth of services for LGBTQ people and their families—ranging from seniors to youth programs. They also have deep knowledge of legislative and policy issues. I have reviewed many reports from them and examined data to know that they are having an impact.
Affirmations Lesbian/Gay Community Center

http://www.goaffirmations.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have a wide breadth of services for LGBTQ people and their families—ranging from seniors to youth programs. They also have deep knowledge of legislative and policy issues. I have reviewed many reports from them and examined data to know that they are having an impact.

Organizational Strengths

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Affirmations is a strong collaborative partner. There are many smaller, grassroots LGBTQ organizations which they allow to share their space, help nurture, etc.

Areas for Improvement

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Following a major capital campaign, this organization has some financial struggles to support all of the programming out of the newer, larger space, but is doing the things it needs to do to build support.
Aid For A I D S (1 recommendation) The organization is keeping people in their homes and paying their bills during the crisis of AIDs.
Aid For A I D S
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http://www.aidforaids.net/

Evidence of Impact

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The organization is keeping people in their homes and paying their bills during the crisis of AIDs.

Organizational Strengths

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They have remarkable support from the entertainment industry, even as AIDS has lost the public visibility it had. Their leadership now seems stable.

Areas for Improvement

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They have the same problem of letting the community know about their work even in a time when AIDS and poor people have fallen off the radar for many in the LGBT and general community.
Aids Taskforce Of Greater Cleveland (1 recommendation) They provide vital programs and services to those infected and affected by HIV.
Aids Taskforce Of Greater Cleveland

http://aidstaskforce.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They provide vital programs and services to those infected and affected by HIV.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a great Board and Executive level leadership. They are well trained in compassionate, culturally competent care for individuals living with HIV.

Areas for Improvement

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They need better collaboration with other local LGBT service organizations. The organization is seen as highly territorial.
Ali Forney Center (1 recommendation) Ali Forney Center is widely regarded nationally as the premier nonprofit addressing LGBTQ homeless youth in NYC.
Ali Forney Center
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http://www.aliforneycenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Ali Forney Center is widely regarded nationally as the premier nonprofit addressing LGBTQ homeless youth in NYC.
American Foundation For Equal Rights (1 recommendation) They displayed bold leadership in advancing the Prop 8 challenge in federal courts. They offer creative strategies related to public education, such as stagings of "8."
American Foundation For Equal Rights
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http://www.afer.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They displayed bold leadership in advancing the Prop 8 challenge in federal courts. They offer creative strategies related to public education, such as stagings of "8."

Organizational Strengths

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The leadership at AFER was bold about pursuing their mission even when many established national organizations told them they were wrong; their clarity of purpose and mission in the face of that opposition was very impressive.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve by bringing federal challenges in more circuits.
Applied Research Center (1 recommendation) ARC has been specifically researching and publishing reports about the intersection of racial identity and sexual orientation and gender identity—helping to reshape the public's perception about the exclusionary nature of these two identities and instead helping individuals see the overlapping nature of a person's multiple identities.
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Evidence of Impact

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ARC has been specifically researching and publishing reports about the intersection of racial identity and sexual orientation and gender identity—helping to reshape the public's perception about the exclusionary nature of these two identities and instead helping individuals see the overlapping nature of a person's multiple identities.

Organizational Strengths

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They have strong leadership. Rinku Sen has used her personal capital to engage the dialogue around this issue. They also have a great depth of data—using quality research and data to drive a difficult public conversation.

Areas for Improvement

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They should move past debunking the myth of the divide between race and sexual orientation and start to engage partners in collaborative work that have unifying themes to demonstrate the overlapping interests of these two constituencies.
Arcus Foundation (1 recommendation) Arcus has funded many People of Color LGBT projects that our organization focuses on.
Arcus Foundation
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Evidence of Impact

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Arcus has funded many People of Color LGBT projects that our organization focuses on.

Organizational Strengths

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Arcus has established itself as one of the largest foundations that will support people of color projects hands down. Because of their location in Michigan, they will fund organizations that largely go unnoticed by foundations that are located on the coasts.

Areas for Improvement

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Arcus tends to be the most fickle of the funders and has also caused much frustration among organizations that focus on People of Color projects. They tend to give limited funding for projects and even when you feel you have proven yourself as effective with your work, funding can be cut. This could be due to them wanting to spread the wealth around, but it is still frustrating not to see your project go to completion when Arcus is the only funder to believe in what you are doing.
Basic Rights Oregon (1 recommendation) Basic Rights Oregon is the smartest, most innovative, best-managed state-level LGBT group in the country. They are a multi-issue organization that has smart leadership, donors at every level, and strong relationships with communities of color. They are a key testing ground for national work on multiple LGBT issues—and for that reason qualify as a group working at the national level.
Basic Rights Oregon

Evidence of Impact

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Basic Rights Oregon is the smartest, most innovative, best-managed state-level LGBT group in the country. They are a multi-issue organization that has smart leadership, donors at every level, and strong relationships with communities of color. They are a key testing ground for national work on multiple LGBT issues—and for that reason qualify as a group working at the national level.

Organizational Strengths

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Their leadership is incredibly smart and effective. They hire young LGBT people and train them into higher-level positions. Also, their donors have been with them for many years and they get recognition from national organizations and funders as well.
Black Aids Institute (1 recommendation) The Black AIDS Institute's "We are > than AIDS" campaign has helped to reduce stigma and increased awareness about HIV/AIDS among African Americans who are disproportionally impacted by HIV/AIDS. By increasing awareness and reducing stigma, more African Americans are now getting tested for HIV and seeking treatment.
Black Aids Institute

Evidence of Impact

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The Black AIDS Institute's "We are > than AIDS" campaign has helped to reduce stigma and increased awareness about HIV/AIDS among African Americans who are disproportionally impacted by HIV/AIDS. By increasing awareness and reducing stigma, more African Americans are now getting tested for HIV and seeking treatment.

Organizational Strengths

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Under the leadership of Phil Wilson, the Black AIDS Institute staff, marketing, and programming have reached thousands of people, particularly in the southern states and through black colleges and universities.
Equality Utah (1 recommendation) EUF's impact is on policy change at the city and county levels.
Equality Utah

Evidence of Impact

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EUF's impact is on policy change at the city and county levels.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are leadership, finances, and staff.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could create more collaborations/partnerships.
Evelyn&Walter Haas Jr Tr (1 recommendation) Haas Jr have been on the forefront of progressive issues and have brought together the people on the ground who have direct impact on the advocacy work to listen to their perspective. They have consistently proven they want to know what the service providers think and need so they can be responsible in handling their grants.
Evelyn&Walter Haas Jr Tr

Evidence of Impact

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Haas Jr have been on the forefront of progressive issues and have brought together the people on the ground who have direct impact on the advocacy work to listen to their perspective. They have consistently proven they want to know what the service providers think and need so they can be responsible in handling their grants.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have invested in the leadership development of their grantees. I have personally benefited from professional coaching and executive training sponsored by Haas grants.

Areas for Improvement

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The time for clear communication often seems strained. When we do have the time to talk, it tends to be rushed. On occasion, we understand covertly that they answer with what they think we want to hear in order to receive the funding.
Family Equality Council (1 recommendation) FEC has made significant impact in understanding and knowledge around LGBT family issues, including promotion of local nondiscrimination ordinances, support for anti-bullying programming in schools, and providing support to local groups.
Family Equality Council
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Evidence of Impact

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FEC has made significant impact in understanding and knowledge around LGBT family issues, including promotion of local nondiscrimination ordinances, support for anti-bullying programming in schools, and providing support to local groups.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership and staff are their two greatest strengths. All things relative, they are a small organization with a limited budget.

Areas for Improvement

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I would love to see FEC grow.
Fierce (1 recommendation) FIERCE’s success with their local “Save Our Space” campaign is a model for social justice organizations nationally. Their work countered the displacement and criminalization of LGBTQ youth of color and homeless youth at the Christopher Street Pier and the West Village in New York City, when the city moved to privatize and redevelop the pier. Responding to a sharp increase in policing and arrests of homeless queer youth of color, through base-building, community organizing, direct action, and advocacy strategies, FIERCE was able to change the terms of debate about quality of life policing and public safety for LGBTQ youth of color. They pressured the Hudson River Park Trust to keep the pier open to 1 a.m., got mobile services for homeless young people, and provided know-your-rights trainings and queer programming on the pier. As they built their base and power, they secured a seat on the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) Advisory Council, an important achievement in their new goal to open a 24-hour LGBTI youth center on Pier 40. From this appointment, FIERCE is bringing the concerns of low-income LGBTQ youth of color to discussions about public space and public development in the West Village, and amplifying these strategies through the national Right to the City Alliance, made up of over 40 racial, economic, and environmental justice organizations. In late 2010, FIERCE successfully advocated against budget cuts along with LGBTQ youth service organizations like the Ali Forney Center. These cuts would have been devastating to LGBTQ youth, who already make up over 40% of the homeless youth population in NYC. That year, they also got Mayor Bloomberg to declare October as LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Month.
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Evidence of Impact

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FIERCE’s success with their local “Save Our Space” campaign is a model for social justice organizations nationally. Their work countered the displacement and criminalization of LGBTQ youth of color and homeless youth at the Christopher Street Pier and the West Village in New York City, when the city moved to privatize and redevelop the pier. Responding to a sharp increase in policing and arrests of homeless queer youth of color, through base-building, community organizing, direct action, and advocacy strategies, FIERCE was able to change the terms of debate about quality of life policing and public safety for LGBTQ youth of color. They pressured the Hudson River Park Trust to keep the pier open to 1 a.m., got mobile services for homeless young people, and provided know-your-rights trainings and queer programming on the pier. As they built their base and power, they secured a seat on the Hudson River Park Trust (HRPT) Advisory Council, an important achievement in their new goal to open a 24-hour LGBTI youth center on Pier 40. From this appointment, FIERCE is bringing the concerns of low-income LGBTQ youth of color to discussions about public space and public development in the West Village, and amplifying these strategies through the national Right to the City Alliance, made up of over 40 racial, economic, and environmental justice organizations. In late 2010, FIERCE successfully advocated against budget cuts along with LGBTQ youth service organizations like the Ali Forney Center. These cuts would have been devastating to LGBTQ youth, who already make up over 40% of the homeless youth population in NYC. That year, they also got Mayor Bloomberg to declare October as LGBTQ Youth Empowerment Month.

Organizational Strengths

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FIERCE has a well-respected leadership development model, including their Education for Liberation project, which has been used by a wide range of LGBTQ organizations and progressive community organizing groups in the field. In recent years, they have strengthened other LGBTQ youth organizations through two national LGBTQ youth organizing convenings and three national media gatherings at the Allied Media Conference to build youth media production skills. Their value of youth leadership development is seen at all levels of the organization, including hiring of young co-directors (in their 30s) and a grassroots fundraising strategy where youth leaders coordinate a major innovative grassroots fundraising event that raises over $25,000 a year.

Areas for Improvement

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As a tipping point organization, a boost to their capacity would significantly increase their national presence and impact to shift the landscape and deepen coordination of LGBTQ youth organizing efforts.
Freedom Center For Social Justice (1 recommendation) The Freedom Center for Social Justice is based in Charlotte, NC—however, for the past two years they have successfully hosted the new conference 'Trans Faith in Color'—a conference for primarily African-American, working poor, trans people. They went from a small, new nonprofit to a new national leader because of the way they have hosted this conference—in a highly strategic and organized manner.
Freedom Center For Social Justice

Evidence of Impact

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The Freedom Center for Social Justice is based in Charlotte, NC—however, for the past two years they have successfully hosted the new conference 'Trans Faith in Color'—a conference for primarily African-American, working poor, trans people. They went from a small, new nonprofit to a new national leader because of the way they have hosted this conference—in a highly strategic and organized manner.

Organizational Strengths

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Freedom Center is linked to a church in Charlotte, NC with a 200-person African-American congregation. The merging of faith work with LGBTQ equality work is a real strength. Additionally, Bishop Tonyia Rawls is a great coalition builder and sees a vision for connecting with groups like SONG to join faith work and community organizing work in NC and nationally.

Areas for Improvement

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Freedom Center needs resources for leadership development, and to resource partnerships with groups like SONG and others who can really bring faith and LGBTQ community organizing together and to fruition.
Friends Of Project 10 (1 recommendation) They are the original support network for high school students. Models of Pride has grown into a much anticipated program for young people in coming to accept themselves in a positive manner.
Friends Of Project 10

Evidence of Impact

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They are the original support network for high school students. Models of Pride has grown into a much anticipated program for young people in coming to accept themselves in a positive manner.

Organizational Strengths

N
The organization's leadership has been consistent. Its finances and community support have continued even in the recession.
Funders For Lesbian And Gay Issues Inc (1 recommendation) Their website for grant seekers and funders is excellent and well maintained. They offer great research and history of LGBTQ philanthropy.
Funders For Lesbian And Gay Issues Inc
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Evidence of Impact

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Their website for grant seekers and funders is excellent and well maintained. They offer great research and history of LGBTQ philanthropy.

Organizational Strengths

F
I recommend them based on their convener of efforts around expanding LGBTQ movement efforts into other social justice issues and social justice intersections within the LGBTQ community. This organization helps harness philanthropic support for the LGBTQ community.
Gay And Lesbian Community Center Of Utah (Utah Pride Center) (1 recommendation) They are reaching out to the LGBT communities.
Gay And Lesbian Community Center Of Utah (Utah Pride Center)

Evidence of Impact

N
They are reaching out to the LGBT communities.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong marketing and operations.

Areas for Improvement

N
I would like to see them connect with multiple issues.
Gender Spectrum Charitable Fund (1 recommendation) A growing number of young people are transitioning at a younger age. This can be incredibly disrupting to the person's family, school, and community life, who have few experiences, understandings, or skills to support a person going through gender transition. Gender Spectrum has led the way, providing the necessary support to young people, their families, and their providers to make the transition as safe and dignified as possible.
Gender Spectrum Charitable Fund
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Evidence of Impact

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A growing number of young people are transitioning at a younger age. This can be incredibly disrupting to the person's family, school, and community life, who have few experiences, understandings, or skills to support a person going through gender transition. Gender Spectrum has led the way, providing the necessary support to young people, their families, and their providers to make the transition as safe and dignified as possible.

Organizational Strengths

F
They know what they do well and they focus on it. The Board and staff are visionary and knowledgeable, providing steady leadership.

Areas for Improvement

F
Gender Spectrum is a very well-kept secret. They need to do more to promote themselves.
Human Rights Watch Inc (1 recommendation) This organization has high visibility.
Human Rights Watch Inc

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization has high visibility.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have good PR and lots of fundraising acumen.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are viewed as elitist and not connected to the base.
Immigration Equality (Lgirtf) (1 recommendation) Immigration Equality has made significant progress in advancing LGBT inclusion in matters of immigration, working with pro bono attorneys to fight specific cases of asylum, deportation, and migration, publicizing the plight of binational same-gender couples who are at risk of separation (or unable to enter the country), advocating for legislation that includes same-gender couples in matters of immigration (with increasing Congressional sponsorship), and working with the comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) community. IE's coalition building with non-LGBT counterparts in the CIR community is a strong model for other work done by LGBT nonprofits.
Immigration Equality (Lgirtf)
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Evidence of Impact

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Immigration Equality has made significant progress in advancing LGBT inclusion in matters of immigration, working with pro bono attorneys to fight specific cases of asylum, deportation, and migration, publicizing the plight of binational same-gender couples who are at risk of separation (or unable to enter the country), advocating for legislation that includes same-gender couples in matters of immigration (with increasing Congressional sponsorship), and working with the comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) community. IE's coalition building with non-LGBT counterparts in the CIR community is a strong model for other work done by LGBT nonprofits.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong strategic leadership on legislative issues, tied to Executive Director Rachel Tiven and legislative lead Julie Kruse. They also have excellent organizing and coalition building skills.

Areas for Improvement

N
Additional capacity for programs are needed. Corporate partnerships is an area that is now starting to receive focus (and has been resourced). So this is an opportunity for continued growth.
Immigration Equality Action Fund (1 recommendation) Immigration Equality does amazing work on a range of issues at the intersection of immigrant and LGBT rights. They work on visa and deportation issues, the HIV travel ban, and other critical policy areas, and they help the most vulnerable queer people (trans folks, LGBT activists in authoritarian and oppressive countries, refugees and asylum seekers, etc.). This is a terrific organization.
Immigration Equality Action Fund

Evidence of Impact

R
Immigration Equality does amazing work on a range of issues at the intersection of immigrant and LGBT rights. They work on visa and deportation issues, the HIV travel ban, and other critical policy areas, and they help the most vulnerable queer people (trans folks, LGBT activists in authoritarian and oppressive countries, refugees and asylum seekers, etc.). This is a terrific organization.

Organizational Strengths

R
The leadership and staff of this organization (including Julie Dorf) is top notch. They also do an amazing job influencing and shaping public policy at the national level.

Areas for Improvement

R
There is nothing that could not be improved by more funding and unrestricted resources.
International Gay And Lesbian Human Rights Commission (1 recommendation) They have made an impact in the growth of connection among emerging LGBT organizations around the world. They are increasing the profile of LGBT issues at the United Nations and in other multi-lateral forums.
International Gay And Lesbian Human Rights Commission
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Evidence of Impact

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They have made an impact in the growth of connection among emerging LGBT organizations around the world. They are increasing the profile of LGBT issues at the United Nations and in other multi-lateral forums.

Organizational Strengths

N
They function as a connector. Another strength is their breadth of global contacts and knowledge.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve on their strategic focus and higher-leverage activities.
Just Detention International (1 recommendation) Their impact is evidenced through their networking of survivors of sexual abuse in confinement, their savvy media work, their skilled coalition work, and their expert and exhaustive policy advocacy. JDI has succeeded in recent years in putting sexual abuse in confinement on the agenda of state and federal policymakers and social justice advocates. They led the way in securing strong, comprehensive national regulations from USDOJ, as well as a presidential directive to other federal departments to make their own rules. And they have always made LGBT and especially trans people part of the conversation, highlighting trans people's voices and stories and pressing for strong and specifically tailored protections.
Just Detention International
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Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is evidenced through their networking of survivors of sexual abuse in confinement, their savvy media work, their skilled coalition work, and their expert and exhaustive policy advocacy. JDI has succeeded in recent years in putting sexual abuse in confinement on the agenda of state and federal policymakers and social justice advocates. They led the way in securing strong, comprehensive national regulations from USDOJ, as well as a presidential directive to other federal departments to make their own rules. And they have always made LGBT and especially trans people part of the conversation, highlighting trans people's voices and stories and pressing for strong and specifically tailored protections.

Organizational Strengths

N
JDI casts a wide net in bringing together diverse and unlikely coalition partners, and seems to work well with all of them. I appreciate their inclusion of LGB and T people on JDI's staff, Board of Directors, and Survival Council, as it is indicative of their commitment to working on behalf of LGBT people, and they do so skillfully, making the particular vulnerabilities and needs of these populations a key part of the overall story and solutions. They are constantly on the Hill and publishing in places like the New York Times.

Areas for Improvement

N
Remarkably, JDI and its work are still not much known in the LGBT advocacy community outside the handful of national advocacy groups that have worked closely with them. And it is not clear to me to what extent their emphasis and expertise on LGBT issues extends to their work at the state level and internationally.
Kent State University (1 recommendation) Their impact is seen in very strong support of the LGBT community within the campus and throughout the Northeast Ohio community.
Kent State University

Evidence of Impact

F
Their impact is seen in very strong support of the LGBT community within the campus and throughout the Northeast Ohio community.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have a very strong voice for LGBT students and staff. They also have a strong President who believes in inclusion and diversity.

Areas for Improvement

F
They need to make the overall community more aware of their support of the LGBT population.
Los Angeles Gay And Lesbian Community Services Center (1 recommendation) They have a high community profile in many areas so that people look to it for local leadership on issues.
Los Angeles Gay And Lesbian Community Services Center
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Evidence of Impact

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They have a high community profile in many areas so that people look to it for local leadership on issues.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong Executive Director with good management skills and political instinct. The organization seems to have a commitment to serving the poor and lower middle class in the LGBT community who are often overlooked by other organizations.

Areas for Improvement

N
I don't think its mission is well understood by most in the community, even with the strong support it has.
Mautner Project (1 recommendation) I have had multiple students work as interns with this organization. Through my students' eyes, I have seen the impact they have had on the health of many lesbians and other women who partner with women.
Mautner Project
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Evidence of Impact

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I have had multiple students work as interns with this organization. Through my students' eyes, I have seen the impact they have had on the health of many lesbians and other women who partner with women.

Organizational Strengths

O
They have an open and caring staff. They work well with college student interns.

Areas for Improvement

O
I fear their impact is more regional than national. They should find partner organizations with other similar regional organizations.
Movement Advancement Project (1 recommendation) They helped co-author a report on LGBT families that has been cited in multiple news outlets, leveraged by policymakers, and provides a roadmap for equality for LGBT families.
Movement Advancement Project

Evidence of Impact

N
They helped co-author a report on LGBT families that has been cited in multiple news outlets, leveraged by policymakers, and provides a roadmap for equality for LGBT families.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have the capacity to take on deep research that helps provide important data to advance LGBT equality—particularly for LGBT families. They also have a collaborative model that builds the capacity of the partnering organizations and allows them to be the behind the scenes support.

Areas for Improvement

N
They should have more flexibility in their media/communications strategy that allows more proactive pitching to reporters.
National Black Justice Coalition (1 recommendation) They have done work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and the Department of Education to include LGBT people of color as underserved populations. Their impact can also be seen in their collaborative work across issues to highlight the intersection of race and sexual orientation/gender identity; their "Out on the Hill" conference raises the visibility of Black LGBT community issues to policymakers.
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Evidence of Impact

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They have done work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and the Department of Education to include LGBT people of color as underserved populations. Their impact can also be seen in their collaborative work across issues to highlight the intersection of race and sexual orientation/gender identity; their "Out on the Hill" conference raises the visibility of Black LGBT community issues to policymakers.

Organizational Strengths

N
The Executive Director is a collaborative and strategic leader, and their Board is engaged and visible in its support for the organization and the mission. Their marketing and communications has a big impact, and their ability to network, connect, and work at the intersection of issues means that they are relevant and necessary to so many conversations and initiatives.

Areas for Improvement

N
Their mission to end racism and homophobia is so broad that it may, at times, lead to a lack of clarity about strategies to implement the mission, resulting in a broad, but perhaps not deep, engagement.
National Coalition For LGBT Health (1 recommendation) The National Coalition was instrumental in insuring LGBT inclusion in the new healthcare reform act. It has worked closely with the Health and Human Services Administration leadership and Agencies to develop and implement LGBT initiatives in cultural competence, equal access to care, and research and data collection. It has been part of the advisory groups on implementing the Health Equality Index nationally, on engaging LGBT consumers in the Patient Centered Outreach Institute efforts (PCORI).
National Coalition For LGBT Health

Evidence of Impact

O
The National Coalition was instrumental in insuring LGBT inclusion in the new healthcare reform act. It has worked closely with the Health and Human Services Administration leadership and Agencies to develop and implement LGBT initiatives in cultural competence, equal access to care, and research and data collection. It has been part of the advisory groups on implementing the Health Equality Index nationally, on engaging LGBT consumers in the Patient Centered Outreach Institute efforts (PCORI).

Organizational Strengths

O
The National Coalition has organizational members across healthcare disciplines including state and local health departments, in all 50 states, and is able to disseminate national resources and policy back to state and local constituents through member involvement. The Coalition is the only national health organization doing LGBT work that provides the link between LGBT health issues at the federal level and the impact for LGBT providers and consumers locally. The Coalition is the only national LGBT health organization that has developed and is implementing a grassroots LGBT health consumer engagement initiative that would be able to provide educated consumers who can participate in consumer engagement activities mandated within healthcare reform.

Areas for Improvement

O
The Coalition struggles with funding to implement its mission, as it does not provide direct services, and as a membership organization has avoided competing with its members for government discretionary funding. It needs help with developing a fundraising plan and also with developing a plan to further develop and then sustain the LGBT consumer education and mobilization project.
National Lesbian And Gay Law Association (1 recommendation) The National LGBT Bar Association is a great legal beacon for new attorneys and law students. They advocate for LGBT diversity in law firms, an industry known to heavily discriminate to this day. They also coordinate publications and recognize practicing LGBT attorneys who are making a significant impact in their profession and their community.
National Lesbian And Gay Law Association
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Evidence of Impact

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The National LGBT Bar Association is a great legal beacon for new attorneys and law students. They advocate for LGBT diversity in law firms, an industry known to heavily discriminate to this day. They also coordinate publications and recognize practicing LGBT attorneys who are making a significant impact in their profession and their community.

Organizational Strengths

O
I would say that the staff is very accessible. I can reach them on the phone very easily. Their operations are very visible to people in my profession as well.
National Minority Aids Council (1 recommendation) Their impact has been unparallelled advocacy at the national level for the specific needs of HIV+ people of color. I have witnessed them change conversations on national and federal policy for the better. They have a first-rate advocacy staff.
National Minority Aids Council

Evidence of Impact

O
Their impact has been unparallelled advocacy at the national level for the specific needs of HIV+ people of color. I have witnessed them change conversations on national and federal policy for the better. They have a first-rate advocacy staff.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are their staff members, finances, and their advocacy model.

Areas for Improvement

O
They are not tapping capacity of their donor base. They could really expand organizationally with more staff if they would focus on tapping federal donors and corporations for more funding to increase their staff.
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance Inc (1 recommendation) NQAPIA has had a tremendous impact in mobilizing the API LGBTQ community and making sure that local groups have a presence and representation at the national level.
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance Inc

Evidence of Impact

N
NQAPIA has had a tremendous impact in mobilizing the API LGBTQ community and making sure that local groups have a presence and representation at the national level.

Organizational Strengths

N
NQAPIA is a small yet extremely effective organization. They manage to balance the needs of local API LGBTQ groups with national policy work, as well as pay extra attention to marginalized communities within the larger API LGBT community (Muslims, Southeast Asians, South Asians, transgender and GN folks).
National Stonewall Democrats (1 recommendation) The organization ensures that the Democratic Party continues to focus on LGBT issues.
National Stonewall Democrats

Evidence of Impact

F
The organization ensures that the Democratic Party continues to focus on LGBT issues.

Organizational Strengths

F
They help establish local groups in each state. This allows grassroots activism to be present in many areas.

Areas for Improvement

F
Their support could be bolstered once a local group is formed. They appear to not have the resources to focus on the local groups after they've been established.
National Youth Advocacy Coalition (1 recommendation) NYAC has a broad reach in terms of youth advocacy.
National Youth Advocacy Coalition

Evidence of Impact

R
NYAC has a broad reach in terms of youth advocacy.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have strong leadership and staffing. Ian O'brien is amazing.
Nehirim (Nehirim: Glbt Jewish Culture And Spirituality) (1 recommendation) Nehirim has helped hundreds of LGBT Jews find their way into the Jewish LGBT community, including myself. I thought that as an ex-Orthodox Jew, I would never have safe Jewish community again. Nehirim showed me that I could.
Nehirim (Nehirim: Glbt Jewish Culture And Spirituality)
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Evidence of Impact

N
Nehirim has helped hundreds of LGBT Jews find their way into the Jewish LGBT community, including myself. I thought that as an ex-Orthodox Jew, I would never have safe Jewish community again. Nehirim showed me that I could.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are leadership and mission. The leaders of this organization have always been people who are passionate about helping others, and it hasn't been about making money. Connecting LGBT Jews is a life-saving mission and they have been excellent about it.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are re-structuring currently, and I'm not sure what that will look like in the end. I hope that it will still be awesome.
New York City Gay And Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (1 recommendation) I know that they have the specialty to help LGBT people who are struggling or who are faced with violence. They have police connections so that the police can be trained/educated on LGBT issues including IPV—intimate partner violence.
New York City Gay And Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
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Evidence of Impact

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I know that they have the specialty to help LGBT people who are struggling or who are faced with violence. They have police connections so that the police can be trained/educated on LGBT issues including IPV—intimate partner violence.

Organizational Strengths

N
They are specialized in a way that most other agencies are not. They have wonderful and loving staff who are there for the community.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could use more branches in more cities.
Old Lesbians Organizing For Change (1 recommendation) Cleveland older lesbians are very involved and advocating for social justice and issues that impact women and all marginalized communities.
Old Lesbians Organizing For Change

Evidence of Impact

N
Cleveland older lesbians are very involved and advocating for social justice and issues that impact women and all marginalized communities.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are sometimes labeled as lesbian separatists, but I don't know this to be true. It may be a marketing/communications issue.
One National Gay & Lesbian Archives (One) (1 recommendation) There are several solid local organizations dedicated to LGBT history, but the ONE archives remains the strongest, the broadest, and the most important.
One National Gay & Lesbian Archives (One)
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Evidence of Impact

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There are several solid local organizations dedicated to LGBT history, but the ONE archives remains the strongest, the broadest, and the most important.
Palm Center (1 recommendation) This organization is the best central resource for historical data and analysis about LGBT military service. It has the respect and cooperation of top US military officials.
Palm Center

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization is the best central resource for historical data and analysis about LGBT military service. It has the respect and cooperation of top US military officials.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong staff of nine. They are part of the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law, and a distinct center that maintains independent leadership.

Areas for Improvement

N
Their website is not well maintained and needs updating and corrections. Also, their information on transgender military personnel is not as robust as it should be.
Reaching Out (1 recommendation) Reaching Out brings nearly 1,000 LGBTQ business school students together every year to focus on advancing the LGBTQ movement and to meet current business leaders who are out and successful.
Reaching Out

Evidence of Impact

N
Reaching Out brings nearly 1,000 LGBTQ business school students together every year to focus on advancing the LGBTQ movement and to meet current business leaders who are out and successful.

Organizational Strengths

N
The network of emerging LGBTQ business leaders is unparalleled—providing lifelong connections across industries and functional areas, ensuring a long-term LGBTQ affinity at all levels of corporate America. The focus on student leadership, empowering current MBA students to plan the entire conference and make all decisions helps train future leaders and ensure that they remain focused on LGBTQ advancement even if they enter the private sector.

Areas for Improvement

N
Reaching Out has deep pockets and an even deeper bench of talent—it is time the organization expand its impact and reach beyond several annual events.
Regional Aids Interfaith Network (1 recommendation) This is a faith-based organization that has impacted how AIDS is viewed in may communities of faith, and has also played a critical role in addressing the importance of looking at sexual orientation as a part of this critical discussion.
Regional Aids Interfaith Network

Evidence of Impact

N
This is a faith-based organization that has impacted how AIDS is viewed in may communities of faith, and has also played a critical role in addressing the importance of looking at sexual orientation as a part of this critical discussion.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong collaboration and a willingness to reach out to the most marginalized in our community.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could use greater staff diversity in terms age and race, as well as stronger marketing efforts so that more of the community can know what they have to offer.
Ruth Ellis Center (1 recommendation) I have overseen many grants to this organization—from before they even had a c3 status, to today, when they are widely respected nationwide for their efforts to support homeless LGBT youth. They are getting LGT youth off the streets, providing housing and nourishment, and giving them the skills they need to survive.
Ruth Ellis Center
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Evidence of Impact

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I have overseen many grants to this organization—from before they even had a c3 status, to today, when they are widely respected nationwide for their efforts to support homeless LGBT youth. They are getting LGT youth off the streets, providing housing and nourishment, and giving them the skills they need to survive.

Organizational Strengths

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They are making solid progress in fundraising and financial stability.
Safe Schools Coalition (1 recommendation) Their technical assistance resulted in the strongest anti-bullying rules in Washington of any state in the country, rules that require school districts to: 1. hold staff people, not just students, accountable for not bullying, harassing, or intimidating students; 2. hold staff people accountable for intervening; 3. explicitly prohibit harassment of students on the basis of “race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics”; 4. allow the complainant to choose among anonymity, confidentiality, or non-confidentiality (the latter can result in actual discipline, whereas the former two can result—by law—only in things like increased staff presence in problem areas and school-wide training, but it does explain that); 5. promise that the district’s website will prominently post information on reporting harassment, intimidation, and bullying—the name and contact information for making a report to a school administrator, and the name and contact information for the district compliance officer, and that the policy and procedure will be prominently posted in each school and available in a language that families can understand; 6. generally require that the families be contacted and at the same time it allows the principal, in consultation with the student and mental health professionals, discretion in whether to inform the family if doing so might result in a student's revictimization (and reiterates that the district staff are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse); 7. promise that investigations will include interviews with witnesses (not just the complainant and the alleged aggressor); 8. complete the investigation in no more than five days from the time of the complaint with no more than two more school days for the district to respond in writing to the complainant (or their family); 9. complete any corrective action or discipline (except when the findings are being appealed) in no more than five more school days; 10. promise targets that support services will be made available to them and the impact remedied; 11. list where else exactly beyond the district a targeted student or their family could seek help (other government agencies’ contact information); 12. comprehensively train students, staff, and volunteers, and conduct such training in partnerships with families, law enforcement, and other community agencies. They serve schools internationally (via a listserv, website, and, to some extent, training), but also have been the model for local and statewide safe schools coalitions to form around the US, providing technical assistance to start-up groups of activists/educators in Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Boulder CO, NE Florida, South Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and others...over their 25 years. Their website serves more than 400,000 educators, students, family members, and allies a year from an average of 113 countries every month, including some in rural or ultra-conservative places where serving LGBTQ students is a lonely, dangerous endeavor. Their listserv serves subscribers in 47 US states and 11 countries. Those subscribers say things such as: “Thanks again for all your work—I'm forwarding some of the content that I receive from you on a weekly basis to Providers (of all sorts) across Contra Costa County.” “As a school counselor, Safe Schools Coalition is one of my most frequently used resources. Keep up the good work!” "I'm going to be the president of my GSA this coming school year, and I think the resources from the safe schools coalition are going to be really helpful! Some representatives from SSC came to our GSA last year, and it was really cool!" "I often use the information I get from your emails to help keep current & expand training for school districts." "You are the best resource / service available, and we appreciate your national leadership in this area. Thank you!"
Safe Schools Coalition

Evidence of Impact

O
Their technical assistance resulted in the strongest anti-bullying rules in Washington of any state in the country, rules that require school districts to: 1. hold staff people, not just students, accountable for not bullying, harassing, or intimidating students; 2. hold staff people accountable for intervening; 3. explicitly prohibit harassment of students on the basis of “race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability, or other distinguishing characteristics”; 4. allow the complainant to choose among anonymity, confidentiality, or non-confidentiality (the latter can result in actual discipline, whereas the former two can result—by law—only in things like increased staff presence in problem areas and school-wide training, but it does explain that); 5. promise that the district’s website will prominently post information on reporting harassment, intimidation, and bullying—the name and contact information for making a report to a school administrator, and the name and contact information for the district compliance officer, and that the policy and procedure will be prominently posted in each school and available in a language that families can understand; 6. generally require that the families be contacted and at the same time it allows the principal, in consultation with the student and mental health professionals, discretion in whether to inform the family if doing so might result in a student's revictimization (and reiterates that the district staff are mandated reporters of suspected child abuse); 7. promise that investigations will include interviews with witnesses (not just the complainant and the alleged aggressor); 8. complete the investigation in no more than five days from the time of the complaint with no more than two more school days for the district to respond in writing to the complainant (or their family); 9. complete any corrective action or discipline (except when the findings are being appealed) in no more than five more school days; 10. promise targets that support services will be made available to them and the impact remedied; 11. list where else exactly beyond the district a targeted student or their family could seek help (other government agencies’ contact information); 12. comprehensively train students, staff, and volunteers, and conduct such training in partnerships with families, law enforcement, and other community agencies. They serve schools internationally (via a listserv, website, and, to some extent, training), but also have been the model for local and statewide safe schools coalitions to form around the US, providing technical assistance to start-up groups of activists/educators in Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Boulder CO, NE Florida, South Florida, Georgia, Illinois, and others...over their 25 years. Their website serves more than 400,000 educators, students, family members, and allies a year from an average of 113 countries every month, including some in rural or ultra-conservative places where serving LGBTQ students is a lonely, dangerous endeavor. Their listserv serves subscribers in 47 US states and 11 countries. Those subscribers say things such as: “Thanks again for all your work—I'm forwarding some of the content that I receive from you on a weekly basis to Providers (of all sorts) across Contra Costa County.” “As a school counselor, Safe Schools Coalition is one of my most frequently used resources. Keep up the good work!” "I'm going to be the president of my GSA this coming school year, and I think the resources from the safe schools coalition are going to be really helpful! Some representatives from SSC came to our GSA last year, and it was really cool!" "I often use the information I get from your emails to help keep current & expand training for school districts." "You are the best resource / service available, and we appreciate your national leadership in this area. Thank you!"

Organizational Strengths

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One strength is that they are a true coalition. The county health department for which I work is a member organization. As are 8 national organizations and groups in 12 states...government agencies, religious institutions, a teachers' union, and other professional organizations, nonprofits, university groups, and K'2 groups. A huge strength is how much they accomplish on how small a budget (less than $50K/yr expenses, historically, plus approximately $120K in-kind).

Areas for Improvement

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I think they need a database specialist to design a more efficient way for them to track donors, members, purchasers of their publications, subscribers to their listserv, and volunteers. And I think they need a consultant to lead them through a strategic planning process in early 2013, as they are undergoing a major transition among their leadership team at the end of 2012 and could use a new vision for a new generation of leaders.
Soulforce (1 recommendation) Soulforce's program Equality Ride is unique and serves as a vital lifeline to LGBTQ students/staff at colleges with explicit anti-LGBT policy on the books. These students/staff are some of the most isolated in our LGBTQ community. Soulforce's commitment to non-violence is unrivaled by other national LGBT organizations.
Soulforce

Evidence of Impact

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Soulforce's program Equality Ride is unique and serves as a vital lifeline to LGBTQ students/staff at colleges with explicit anti-LGBT policy on the books. These students/staff are some of the most isolated in our LGBTQ community. Soulforce's commitment to non-violence is unrivaled by other national LGBT organizations.

Organizational Strengths

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The staff is wonderful, and the emerging leaders program especially is unique and important.
Spencer Pride (1 recommendation) This organization has hosted a gay pride festival which has grown in attendance over seven years from 50 attendees to over 900. They also host an annual educational event for Gay History Month in their small rural community. They have had a profound effect on attitudes in their area, which has resulted in increased interest in their sister organization, White River Valley Parents, Friends & Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).
Spencer Pride
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Evidence of Impact

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This organization has hosted a gay pride festival which has grown in attendance over seven years from 50 attendees to over 900. They also host an annual educational event for Gay History Month in their small rural community. They have had a profound effect on attitudes in their area, which has resulted in increased interest in their sister organization, White River Valley Parents, Friends & Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

Organizational Strengths

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This organization operates with three Board Members and a core group of six to eight. The core group manages to pull off an amazing festival every year, as well as an annual educational event. The leadership of the President sets the tone, and the dedication of the volunteer staff ensures the success of their events.

Areas for Improvement

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They should take advantage of corporate financial opportunities and work to create a larger volunteer staff.
Stonewall Library And Archives Foundation (1 recommendation) The Foundation has a tremendous collection of LGBT history and has made their traveling museum presentations essential for anyone interested in LGBT history.
Stonewall Library And Archives Foundation

Evidence of Impact

N
The Foundation has a tremendous collection of LGBT history and has made their traveling museum presentations essential for anyone interested in LGBT history.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are a committed leadership team, increasing visibility and marketing, and a true desire to be the central gathering of LGBT historical archives.

Areas for Improvement

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They should continue to increase national recognition.
TGI Justice Project (1 recommendation) TGI Justice Project recently published Surviving Prison in California, a groundbreaking survival guidebook written in collaboration with trans women in prison. TGIJP is also part of the Californian’s United for Responsible Budget Coalition (the CURB Coalition), which published a state “Budget for Humanity” Campaign to reframe the statewide conversation and recommend measures for reducing prison spending in order to free up dollars for needed human services. TGIJP’s previous Giraldo vs. California ruling mandated that the California Department of Corrections uphold the rights of transgender people in California’s prisons against rape and unfair practices, strengthening protections for all people in prison. As a result of their hosting the national “Transforming Justice” gathering which brought together organizations and activists to build shared conversations and analysis among transgender and prisoner rights movements, several new organizations and collectives formed to engage in solidarity work with trans prisoners. TGIJP is also making a global impact, testifying at hearings on cultural discrimination to the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva, elevating the voices and experiences of transgender women of color in the United States.
TGI Justice Project

Evidence of Impact

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TGI Justice Project recently published Surviving Prison in California, a groundbreaking survival guidebook written in collaboration with trans women in prison. TGIJP is also part of the Californian’s United for Responsible Budget Coalition (the CURB Coalition), which published a state “Budget for Humanity” Campaign to reframe the statewide conversation and recommend measures for reducing prison spending in order to free up dollars for needed human services. TGIJP’s previous Giraldo vs. California ruling mandated that the California Department of Corrections uphold the rights of transgender people in California’s prisons against rape and unfair practices, strengthening protections for all people in prison. As a result of their hosting the national “Transforming Justice” gathering which brought together organizations and activists to build shared conversations and analysis among transgender and prisoner rights movements, several new organizations and collectives formed to engage in solidarity work with trans prisoners. TGIJP is also making a global impact, testifying at hearings on cultural discrimination to the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in Geneva, elevating the voices and experiences of transgender women of color in the United States.

Organizational Strengths

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They are experts at building a peer leadership development model among trans prisoners. Over 600 trans women in prison receive “Stiletto,” TGIJP’s newsletter written for and by formerly and currently incarcerated trans women.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve by strengthening their fundraising capacity. Having an elevated individual donor base/engagement program would give them a boost.
The Fellowship Of Affirming Ministries (1 recommendation) TFAM connects spiritual formation with social justice in various intersections among people of color.
The Fellowship Of Affirming Ministries

Evidence of Impact

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TFAM connects spiritual formation with social justice in various intersections among people of color.

Organizational Strengths

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Some strengths of TFAM include leadership development, community collaborations, and its spiritual connection for people of color in faith.

Areas for Improvement

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Two areas of improvement for TFAM would include a more conscientious commitment to the cause for which it stands and openness to critical analyses like those offered from TFAM.
The June L Mazer Lesbian Archives (1 recommendation) As a former researcher I can attest to the great asset the Mazer Archives are to historians and social scientists of the movement. It is an accessible archive which is a boon to researchers not just in the US, but internationally.
The June L Mazer Lesbian Archives

Evidence of Impact

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As a former researcher I can attest to the great asset the Mazer Archives are to historians and social scientists of the movement. It is an accessible archive which is a boon to researchers not just in the US, but internationally.

Organizational Strengths

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Strengths for this organization include excellence in operations and archive organization, and a commitment by staff and Board to create a lasting community resource.

Areas for Improvement

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I believe they need to improve their ability to raise funds to ensure that they will always have a strong staff and the resources to maintain the archive.
The Point Foundation (1 recommendation) This organization provides financial support to at-risk gay and lesbian students, but does so through an innovative one-on-one mentoring program.
The Point Foundation
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Evidence of Impact

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This organization provides financial support to at-risk gay and lesbian students, but does so through an innovative one-on-one mentoring program.

Organizational Strengths

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This nonprofit is really well run by administrative standards. The Point Foundation also has good marketing tools at its disposal.

Areas for Improvement

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Point could afford to take a second look at its fundraising and administrative costs in order to see where they might be able to squeeze out more money for its students. / /
University Of California San Francisco (1 recommendation) As far as I know, this is the only center devoted to lesbian health, an area of activism and research that is currently very underserved. The work they do, including their many collaborations, raise awareness about the specific health concerns that impact lesbian and non-gender conforming female-bodied people.
University Of California San Francisco

Evidence of Impact

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As far as I know, this is the only center devoted to lesbian health, an area of activism and research that is currently very underserved. The work they do, including their many collaborations, raise awareness about the specific health concerns that impact lesbian and non-gender conforming female-bodied people.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have the resources of UCSF, although my understanding is that their resources have been diminished substantially.
You Can Play (1 recommendation) You Can Play is a new nonprofit that works to get professional athletes to speak out on LGBT issues. They have done an outstanding campaign with the National Hockey League and are now moving to work with the National Football League and the National Basketball Association.
You Can Play

Evidence of Impact

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You Can Play is a new nonprofit that works to get professional athletes to speak out on LGBT issues. They have done an outstanding campaign with the National Hockey League and are now moving to work with the National Football League and the National Basketball Association.

Organizational Strengths

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YCP has excellent connections into the professional sports world that no LGBT group can replicate. YCP is led by a passionate and effective "straight ally"—a rarity in LGBT advocacy.

Areas for Improvement

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YCP needs more organizational capacity, as it is volunteer led.
OutServe-SLDN (0 recommendations)
OutServe-SLDN
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