CenterLink

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Centerlink
Headquarters Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Founded: 1994


Mission: CenterLink exists to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and to build a unified center movement.


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Centerlink
Story: CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers across the country and addressing the challenges they… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
CenterLink connects and supports LGBT community centers around the country and around the world to ensure that they thrive. By providing a network for center leadership to share best practices and resources, they are able to facilitate meaningful information sharing and connections. Additionally, Centerlink provide in-depth technical support on a variety of topics through individual connections, trainings, and an annual conference. One expert describes Centerlink as one of the tiniest national organizations with one of the greatest impacts.
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Leadership
Centerlink Terry Stone. Terry Stone is the Executive Director of CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers. Founded in 1994, CenterLink plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers across the country and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources in support of their programs. CenterLink… See full bio.


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Contact Info
E-Mail:
CenterLink AT lgbtcenters.org
Phone:
954-765-6024
Facebook:
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Address:
P.O. Box 24490
 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33307, USA
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Centerlink Story: CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers across the country and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. Based in Fort Lauderdale, FL, CenterLink works with other national organizations to advance the rights of LGBT individuals and to provide LGBT community centers with information and analysis of key issues.

Serving over 200 LGBT community centers across the country in 46 states and the District of Columbia, as well as centers in Canada, Israel, Mexico, China, Italy and Australia, CenterLink assists newly forming community centers and helps strengthen existing LGBT centers, through networking opportunities for center leaders, peer-based technical assistance and training, and a variety of capacity building services. Our efforts are based on the belief that LGBT community centers are primary change agents in the national movement working toward the liberation and empowerment of LGBT people. Serving over 1.7 million people annually, they are the heart and soul of the LGBT movement and are vital to our current well-being and dreams for the future. Whether they provide direct services, educate the public or organize for social change, community centers work more closely with their LGBT constituency and engage more community leaders and decision-makers than any other LGBT network in the country.

Centers serve a vital and multi-faceted role in many communities across the country. They are often the only staffed non-profit LGBT presence in the area and the first point of contact for people seeking information, coming out, accessing services or organizing for social change. 40% of LGBT centers provide direct health care and 10% of these centers exclusively serve LGBT communities of color, youth, seniors or women. At the same time, half of the LGBT community centers have budgets under $50,000 and no full-time staff.

A fundamental goal of our mission is to help build the capacity of centers to meet the social, cultural, health and political advocacy needs of LGBT community members across the country. CenterLink also acts as a voice for LGBT community centers in national grassroots organizing, coalition building and social activism in order to strengthen and build a unified center movement.

Expert Reviews of CenterLink

Evidence of Impact Summary:

CenterLink connects and supports LGBT community centers around the country and around the world to ensure that they thrive. By providing a network for center leadership to share best practices and resources, they are able to facilitate meaningful information sharing and connections. Additionally, Centerlink provide in-depth technical support on a variety of topics through individual connections, trainings, and an annual conference. One expert describes Centerlink as one of the tiniest national organizations with one of the greatest impacts.

Organization Strengths Summary:

CenterLink has strong leadership at all levels of the organization. This leadership has been helpful in facilitating important connections for centers that are members of the organization. Likewise it has been helpful in building a strong and strategic organization. The staff of CenterLink is knowledgeable, diverse, and dynamic. While Centerlink is a small organization, their strategic and dynamic technical assistance has a huge impact around the world.

Areas for Improvement Summary:

CenterLink’s great work is in high demand and experts agree that the community would benefit greatly from additional Centerlink staff to fill the need. The organization may also wish to focus on growing their funding sources. When looking outside of their current funding partners, they may consider courting individual donors more, and expanding beyond their membership for funds. They should also consider diversifying the Board of Directors.

Leadership

Centerlink
Terry Stone
Executive Director
Terry Stone is the Executive Director of CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers. Founded in 1994, CenterLink plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers across the country and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources in support of their programs. CenterLink also acts as the voice for LGBT community centers in national grassroots organizing, coalition building and awareness-raising in order to strengthen and build a unified center movement. Terry has held the position of Executive Director since 2006 and is responsible for providing leadership in achieving the agency’s mission to assist community centers in building a movement that honors and promotes full human rights and dignity for LGBT people and meets the health, social, cultural and political advocacy needs of LGBT people. Terry brings over 20 years of nonprofit experience with the LGBT, HIV/AIDS and aging communities. He previously served as the Executive Director of the National Adult Day Services Association, The Center of Orange County and the Northwest AIDS Foundation. Throughout his career, Terry has served on a number of boards and commissions at the national, state and local levels including AIDS Action Council, the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, National Coalition for LGBT Health, Men Alive, YMCA, and the Ryan White Planning Council (Orange County, Seattle and Dallas). He lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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