CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Rating: 4.95 stars   61 reviews

Address:

P.O. Box 9744 Ft. Lauderdale FL 33321 USA

Mission:

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

Geographic areas served:

Nationwide

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954-765-6024
http://www.lgbtcenters.org

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Reviews for CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Rating: 5 stars  

Terry Stone, Executive Director of Centerlink, was recommended to us as an expert in LGBT centers. We tapped into Terry's knowledge by inviting him to lead two days of strategic planning with our executive board. With his guidance, we were able to generate a plan to transform our organization. Since that planning meeting, Terry and Centerlink have continue to be a resource to us, helping us in crafting a new job role for our organization, advertising for the position, and reaching out to high potential candidates. Centerlink and Terry Stone enabled us to more quickly achieve our outcomes through the provision of expertise and support.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Centerlink has provided us with vital advice on our strategic plan and Executive Director search. And their services are reasonably priced. I would recommend them to organizations that need advice and guidance for strategic planning and human resource management.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Terry Stone recently facilitated a workshop for our board of the Center OC, in Orange County CA. As a new board member, I felt the curriculum was invaluable. Terry’s relaxed yet knowledgable presentation style put me at ease, and the content educated me on exactly what my role will be. The exercises helped me engage with others and added a sense of transparency to the whole evening.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Centerlink is the glue that holds all of the LGBT Centers across the globe together. Centerlink provides resources, support and training that enables each center to do the best possible job for the LGBT community. I am a proud board member and advocate for the value of Centerlink.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow it. This organization needs more resources given the high demand out there.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The resources available through CenterLink have been invaluable to our LGBT center. Professionally, I have benefitted from the network of dedicated and talented leaders from other centers, as well as the presentations at the annual Summit. I just attended my fourth Summit, and came back home charged up!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently attended (for the 4th time) the annual CenterLink leadership conference, held this year in Long Island. I was once again SO impressed with the thoughtful and thought-provoking content of the conference. But more important is the impact that this organization has on small LGBT organizations, often struggling to support their communities. With CenterLink they have a place to turn for advice, support and mentoring. We ALL benefit from their outreach. CenterLink is one of the reasons we have been able to accomplish so much in our effort to achieve equality. Thank You to Terry Stone and his wonderful organization!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Not only am I a proud Board Member of Centerlink, but as the Executive Director of an LGBT community center I can say that this organizations has greatly benefited us. From the leadership Conference to the fine staff and Executive Director, Centerlink is a terrific resource and amazing network.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was on the board of CenterLink in the 1990's and I returned 10 years ago because of how important I thought their work was. CenterLink is under the radar for many in our community, but it is a literal lifeline to LGBT Centers and their staff around the country and even in some places outside of the country. Collectively, LGBT Centers represent the largest part of the LGBT movement's infrastructure nationwide. The strength of these Centers has a direct correlation to the strength of local and thus the state and national LGBT movements. CenterLink is the ONLY organization that exists to both promote the development of new Centers and keep our existing Centers strong and healthy and growing--so they can better serve our communities. Through an impressive program of training, consulting, networking and technical assistance, CenterLink is helping LGBT community centers--from the smallest to the largest--to thrive. Even though I run the largest LGBT organization of any kind on the planet, I have greatly benefited from CenterLink's work. Plus, as a donor to CenterLInk, I'm incredibly impressed with the bang for the buck that I get. I see the results that CenterLink achieves and I've heard the testimonials. They're really doing a great job.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recruit more board members who are not Center CEO's/E.D.'s and who could raise more money for CenterLink so the organization could expand to provide even more help to Centers around the country.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

CenterLink is one of the few LGBT organizations around that makes our entire movement stronger because they build capacity and professionalism among LGBT community centers. Because Centers are key to the health and strength of LGBT communities across the country. CenterLink's work is vital. That's why I'm so involved. CenterLink provides technical assistance to LGBT Centers larage and small. It helps groups of people who want to form new Centers in their hometowns do so in ways that are smart and strategic so that the Centers they form will last. It provides support and leadership development to executive directors and board members of Centers so that they can more effectively lead their organizations. It links people doing the work of Centers with one another so they never have to feel alone and so they always have colleagues to whom they can turn.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a growing number of LGBT Centers nationwide that are strong, stable and effective and in Center Executive Directors/CEO's who have a place to turn for help and so do their jobs better. All of these things make local LGBT communities stronger.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find ways to keep doing what CenterLInk is doing and to be able to help even more Centers.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the number of LGBT community centers grow and impact the health and strength of their own communities. I also enjoy seeing the extraordinary amount of results CenterLink gets with only a tiny budget and the difference they are making.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

CenterLink's two staff members bring a great deal of experience to their work. Both have run LGBT community centers and they understand the needs of theier clients better than most. Plus, every member of the board of directors is extremely dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create a leadership development/capacity building program for cities across the country with LGBT community centers. This would help improve local leadership and build healthy organizations that would make local communities stronger and more powerful.

Ways to make it better...

more funders who care about state and local activism understood the vital role that LGBT community centers play in building communities that advance our cause.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

long term sustainable funding outside the foundation world. It's harder for CenterLInk to develop funding streams from private individuals because CenterLink's immediate constituency is organizations, not individuals. And, dues alone cannot sustain it.

One thing I'd also say is that...

CenterLink as an organization offers a huge bang for the buck in terms of the impact of its work for very little cost. Spread the word!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Centerlink is the glue that keeps over 180 LGBT Centers across the country together. The organization and its outstanding dedicated staff provides much needed technical assistance, support and guidance to organizations that traditionally are left out in their local communities. Through Centerlink, LGBT people are organizing, getting healthy and building community. I could honestly say that after 20 years of working in the movement that I have never seen a national LGBT organization so important and critical as Centerlink.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

CenterLink has proven to be an organization that is critical to the LGBT center movement. In serving as a hub for centers around the world in providing resources and technical support, CenterLink provides a valuable level os support to these organizations and helps them operate more effectively and efficiently.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The ability of LGBT community centers to secure resources that already exist and not have to reinvent the wheel.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Networking with leaders from other LGBT community centers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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