Human Rights Campaign Foundation

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Headquarters Location: Washington, D.C., USA
Founded: 1980


Mission: By inspiring and engaging all Americans, Human Rights Campaign strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

HRC seeks to improve the lives of LGBT Americans by advocating for equal rights and benefits in the workplace, ensuring families are treated equally under the law and increasing public support among all Americans through innovative advocacy, education and outreach programs. HRC works to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals and families at the federal and state levels by lobbying elected officials, mobilizing grassroots supporters, educating Americans, investing strategically to elect fair-minded officials and partnering with other LGBT organizations.


Tags: national, lgbt equality and support, 2012, political movement, grassroots advocacy, candidate endorsement, policy, advocacy, anti-discrimination, mariage equality


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Story: I’m proud to be a Regional Field Organizer for HRC and part of the team in North Carolina working to defeat Amendment One, which seeks to ban marriage and all forms of relationship recognition for unmarried couples in North Carolina.… Read the full story.

Expert Reviews: Evidence of Impact
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is an advocacy organization focused on public education and bringing about political change that supports the LGBT community. They are a well-known organization, whose branding and messaging have helped to make LGBT visible on a national scale. Their influence has helped to shape policy victories that include the repealing of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, hate crimes legislation, and more. HRC’s informative research has helped inform the work of many organizations. HRC is a well-known organization with a presence in every state.
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Leadership
Human-rights-campaign-foundation Chad Griffin. Chad Griffin is the president of the Human Rights Campaign. Griffin has spent his career taking on entrenched, well-financed interests like big tobacco, big oil and the far right, and shaped national policy debates around equal rights, clean energy, universal health care, stem cell research, and early childhood education. Griffin is a founding board member of the American Foundation for… See full bio.


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Financial Data
Charity Navigator Rating: 3stars (profile)
Total Revenue:
$10,510,446


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Contact Info
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Address:
1640 Rhode Island Avenue N.W.
 
Washington, D.C., USA
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Human-rights-campaign-foundation Story: I’m proud to be a Regional Field Organizer for HRC and part of the team in North Carolina working to defeat Amendment One, which seeks to ban marriage and all forms of relationship recognition for unmarried couples in North Carolina. Voters will go to the polls on May 8 and we are racing to educate them about the many harms the amendment will cause children and families in North Carolina. I’ve been out on the road this past month from Manteo to Murphy, helping residents of North Carolina organize their communities in a massive grassroots statewide effort to defeat Amendment One.

For the past five weeks, Race to the Ballot, an integral part of the Protect All NC Families campaign, has been traveling to towns and cities all over the state to talk with voters about Amendment One. During a recent town hall meeting in Bakersville, a small community of about 350 people, over 100 folks came out to discuss their concerns about Amendment One. Views were exchanged on either side of the issue and discussed in a respectful manner. Near the end of this two hour discussion, a comment from an audience member who had earlier read from the King James version of the Bible summed up the two hour conversation: “If the legislators in Raleigh are so confused that they can't write a simple enough amendment that isn't harmful, then North Carolinians need new legislators.” Having summed up the thoughts of everyone in the room, the crowd burst into applause and a loud Amen erupted.

Expert Reviews of Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Evidence of Impact Summary:

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is an advocacy organization focused on public education and bringing about political change that supports the LGBT community. They are a well-known organization, whose branding and messaging have helped to make LGBT visible on a national scale. Their influence has helped to shape policy victories that include the repealing of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, hate crimes legislation, and more. HRC’s informative research has helped inform the work of many organizations. HRC is a well-known organization with a presence in every state.
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Organization Strengths Summary:

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has a strong brand that is recognizable across the country. Additionally, the organization does an excellent job of marketing and communicating their work. They also have a strong ability to organize at the grassroots level. They are also fortunate to be in a solid financial position, which is very helpful.
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Areas for Improvement Summary:

Human Rights Campaigns (HRC) is often seen as failing to include the diverse LGBT community. Experts suggest that the organization be more inclusive across their practices. For example, they could be more inclusive in terms of supporting transgender issues, connecting to LGBT people of color in meaningful ways, and more. Experts also suggest that HRC improve their collaborations with smaller organizations. One suggestion is that they practice better sharing of credit for victories. They could also shift their focus to building relationships with local-level and non-urban organizations. Another expert suggests that they explore different advocacy tactics.
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Expert Comments: Evidence of Impact

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Creating Political Change

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Their impact can be seen in their efforts on same-sex marriage equality, stigma reduction, HIV/AIDS federal advocacy, and workplace equality.
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HRC helps to keep LGBTQ equality issues in the spotlight and advocate on behalf of LGBT individuals on both a national and regional basis. HRC has been front and center in many of the current debates including the Defense of Marriage Act, Don't Ask Don't Tell, and marriage equality.
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The HRC has been able to pass legislation that ensures that the LGBT community is recognized and protected in the United States. Also, HRC works to ensure that under-represented groups within the LGBT community are also recognized, and protected under the law.
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They have helped bring about legislative victories at the national level on employment discrimination and Don't Ask Don't Tell. Their impact is also clear in legislative victories at the state level, including New York state's passage of the marriage equality bill. They also do work on the support and election of pro-LGBT candidates at the national level.
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HRC has established a strong presence as a national lobbying organization, with a great degree of credibility in the mainstream press. They have played an important role in the positive legislative achievements during the Obama administration, including framing and passage of the Matthew Sheppard and James Bird Hate Crimes Law and the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal Act. On breaking LGBT law and policy stories, they are the “go-to” organization in the mainstream media for commentary and evaluation.
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They've had a national impact on visibility, advocacy, and political movement regarding marriage equality, Don't Ask Don't Tell, immigration rights, bullying, etc.
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The Human Rights Campaign has probably been one of the most visible proponents of LGBT rights in the past few years.
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Their impact is in their outreach and involvement in queer politics.
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They have the ability to link issues and maintain broad participation.
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Their impact is evidenced by the fact that LGBT voters are now considered an important constituency. They offer on-the-ground resources in key state battles.
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Their impact is evident in their record in getting LGBT candidates elected, in forwarding state-based LGBT legislation, and national LGBT policy and legislation. More importantly, their impact is seen in the power they wield on the hill regarding LGBT issues. The administration will rarely take a meeting on LGBT issues without HRC in the room and/or some question as to what HRC thinks on an issue.
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HRC has had an impact on the repeal of in Don't Ask Don't Tell, other legislative action, and clergy action gatherings with members of Congress.
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Complete infiltration of high-level policy posts and national indexes that allow organizations to search policy positions.
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Their impact is evidenced by the huge number of successful federal initiatives in recent years (hate crimes legislation, Don't Ask Don't Tell, hospital visitation rights, withdrawal of Justice Department appeals on DOMA), which have had deep support from HRC as well as the 2012 state-level marriage campaigns.

increasing Visibility

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HRC is visible in most fights that concern the LGBT community with human and capital resources.

Public Education & Issue Visibility

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Their impact can be seen in their broad-based support and high visibility.
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Their impact lies in visibility. They have helped bring about broad exposure on certain LGBT topics in mainstream culture.
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I feel that the Human Rights Campaign does a great job at informing the public about current LGBT issues. Their marketing and public relations campaign is very informative.

Great Reach

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They have an ability to reach diverse populations across the spectrum of LGBT rights.
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HRC has achieved a national presence in D.C. as well as an incredible presence in every state in the Union. Their different areas of focus (marriage equality, corporate equality [equality index], healthcare equality [hospital index], transgender equality, and religion and family) work to provide great resources to our population around the country.

Well Known

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They are the most widely known and visible national LGBT nonprofit.
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I see their stickers on cars all over Colorado. HRC gave us a universal sign for "equality."
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They have a large budget, new dynamic Executive Director, and great branding.

Informative Research

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They provide nationally recognized research into LGBT issues. The organization is very vocal and informative.

Creating Infrastructure

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The sheer volume of social media and list serves internal to the LGBT movement reflect HRC's impact.


Expert Comments: Organization Strengths

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Ability to Organize

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They have the ability to organize at the grassroots level. They also have a strong ability to fundraise, passionate staff, and leadership longevity.

Advocacy

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HRC has the mechanisms and donors in place to approach LGBT issues at a very high level, advocate with Congressional leadership, and fundraise in a very consistent and persistent manner. The past and current leadership of HRC are constantly serving as a "voice" for LGBTQ individuals and allies on the national stage and media outlets.

Excellent Staff

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HRC has great marketing, with their shirts, buttons, etc. Also, HRC has great strengths in the legal department when it comes to individual rights and freedoms according to the law.
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They have strong staff leadership, and they are well respected in Washington, D.C. political circles. They are very sound financially, with a large budget. They also have strong support at the state level among LGBT organizations and campaigns.

Great Collaborators

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Other strengths of HRC include its willingness to represent in times of need, its commitment to collaboration, and its liberality with its resources.

Great Marketing

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They have strong marketing, lobbying and public outreach. They are also enlisting straight allies effectively. Leveraging high-income LGBT donors to make a stronger impact on national policies.

Great Marketing & Branding

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Their main strengths have been in marketing and visibility.
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They have a good marketing and communications strategy.
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Their strength is in their marketing—they are well known.
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They have very good marketing and are well funded.
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Their marketing is outstanding. HRC is everywhere; their presence in stores, products, and celebrity linkages captures attention. They are the organization of record for LGBT civil rights
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Their fundraising ability is formidable. Their marketing is excellent.
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Their marketing is probably the best. I also really like that they made an equality index specifically for the Jewish community.
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They have strong marketing.
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The branding of HRC is recognized everywhere!

Great Resources

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Their myriad print and online resources are of great help to grassroots organizations. Their prolific online presence in social media makes it easy to follow them and share messages.

Great Services

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They are doing good work.

Strong Leadership

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Chad Griffin seems to be an excellent choice for leadership.
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Leadership, finances, operations, inclusion of progressive religious sector.
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The new, fresh leadership is amazing. Also, their marketing and branding is a huge bonus.

Strong Financial Position

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They have strong marketing and finances.
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They have strong finances.
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The staff members I’ve worked with are great, and HRC’s financial resources are good.
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It seems to be an organization in great financial standing. Their leadership, staff, and marketing seem to all be on the same page. It appears that they have placed heavy emphasis on making sure that all staff members are on the same page as to how they should be meeting their mission.
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They have strong marketing and fundraising. HRC is particularly adept at taking "ownership" of issues they may have only minimally worked on. Their strategy is clear, focused, and well-executed, maintaining a primary focus on the issue and on the organization.

Strong Presence

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HRC has national reach, state and local steering committees, a huge donor and leader development program, and a vigorous new president in Chad Griffin, as well as a large and active Board of Directors.


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Expand Focus Area

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HRC doesn't do enough on HIV/AIDS other than federal advocacy. They don't use their influence and power to mobilize their constituents and members to understand the disproportionate impact that HIV/AIDS has on gay men of all races. They could also better support efforts to fully implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). That will have a tremendous impact on people living with HIV/AIDS, especially gay men who may not have access to affordable quality healthcare. Finally, they could also provide tremendous support for the ACA at the state level, given their grassroots organizing to help on the Essential Health Benefits package that will ultimately dictate what services, procedures, etc. will be covered by the ACA.

More Focus on Small and Local

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When HRC fundraises on a local level, it is not readily apparent how that money will stay local (if it does at all). Often HRC gets caught up in the "national" issues and doesn't seem to understand the local issues that differ from state to state—or that are close to the hearts of local communities.
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They could improve by branching out to help other LGBT nonprofits. They could also benefit from more funding.
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I suggest they build better relationships at the state level with grassroots organizations working toward LGBT equality.
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They tend to have more resources in metropolitan areas and need to have more presence throughout the nation and in smaller towns.
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They should reach out to smaller organizations.
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They are a giant vacuum for lavender dollars with little passion for local/state politics.

Change Organizational Tactics

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One area for improvement for HRC is that they need to avoid the 'scorched earth' syndrome of which it is often and justly accused.

Be More Inclusive

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They are still perceived as an elitist institution for gay men. More repair work with trans folk and people of color is needed.
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The issues that HRC focuses on are not always inclusive of the broader LGBT community.
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They do not always represent the broad range of LGBTQ people. It tends to be very white and very male. They frequently work with local organizations and groups in a patronizing rather than collaborative way.
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They need to take on more transgender visibility and equality work.
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HRC is often perceived as a gay male oriented organization. They are also perceived as giving little back to the communities where they fundraise. These are both significant problems which in my tenure have never really been addressed.
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They need to stop flip-flopping on important issues like transgender issues. They should put into practice the saying, "Just because you can doesn't mean you should" when it comes to overshadowing the work of grassroots and local organizations.
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They are seen as having very little respect or inclusion for LGBT African-American leadership. The organization has very white, very gay male focused leadership.
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HRC should work on inclusion of queer people of color, transgender individuals, and allies.
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They could do a better job at working on race relations within the LGBT community. They seem to solely focus on the paradigm that is white-centric and leaves little room for LGBT people of color to find some representation within their mission.

More Support for staff

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There has been instability at the staff level, and a propensity to generate controversy with some of their decisions on fundraising and candidate support. Perhaps there is a degree of burnout to be expected in a high-pressure national political lobbying operation, but they have not been as fortunate in their Executive Director positions as the organizations I mentioned above.

Improve Collaboration

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HRC often takes credit for successes in local areas that they played a minimal role in. Working in collaboration with other nonprofits means that you should take only partial credit.
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The leadership needs to reduce HRC’s reputation for taking credit for other groups' work and be more collaborative. That said, the new President is as yet unknown.
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I hesitate to include HRC because there are far more improvements that they could make than strengths that they possess. HRC does not play well with others, often taking credit for work that is not fully theirs and using that work to fundraise (at the expense of the organization doing the work). However, if the question is about which organization has the most impact (as opposed to which organization does it most fairly and collaboratively), then HRC's impact cannot be underestimated on federal legislative, electoral, and policy issues.

Own Leadership Role

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HRC has struggled to own the mantle of moral leadership for the community and has seen its turf challenged by the "let 1000 flowers bloom" thinking that is popular in the LGBT community. This presents less than a united front for the community in its policy efforts and begs for some kind of "common agenda" roundtable to be nurtured.


Leadership

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Chad Griffin
President
Chad Griffin is the president of the Human Rights Campaign. Griffin has spent his career taking on entrenched, well-financed interests like big tobacco, big oil and the far right, and shaped national policy debates around equal rights, clean energy, universal health care, stem cell research, and early childhood education. Griffin is a founding board member of the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), the sole sponsor of the Prop. 8 lawsuit. He is personally responsible for recruiting the legal dream team of Theodore Olson and David Boies to successfully argue the case. The case is now headed to the Supreme Court. A veteran of the Clinton White House communications team and a native of Arkansas, Griffin was highly motivated by young people in taking this new endeavor.

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