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March 18, 2012
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June 10, 2009

I have been a donor to the Center for about 17 years. I support them so loyally for several reasons. First, they provide a broader range of really important programs than any LGBT organization I kno... more

March 18, 2012
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When I read the posting about the Center not being "discreet" about the names on its list, it concerned me (and it was the only negative review out of all the others--one of which was mine). I had never experienced any problems with them. So, I called their fundraising department and I was told that they take very seriously how they handle donor information and try always to comply with what donors want. They also told me they have hundreds of thousands of names in their donor database and that occasionally mistakes get made. But, they said that problems happen very rarely. Like I said, they've always been very responsive to any requests I've made. Most of all, they provide services that are invaluable to needy people, like homeless LGBT youth. I can forgive a mistake in consideration of that. Finally, I'm glad the Center doesn't closet their fundraising mailings (just like a lot of LGBT charities I support). That's a great example to set.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

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How likely are you to donate to this group again?

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 10, 2009
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I have been a donor to the Center for about 17 years. I support them so loyally for several reasons. First, they provide a broader range of really important programs than any LGBT organization I know, including a residence for homeless LGBT youth, seniors programs, crystal meth prevention and recovery services, and an AIDS medical clinic. Second, they are exceedingly well managed. Not only is their top staff very impressive but they have a VERY low overhead rate (below 15%, which is pretty extraordinary). They are perofessional in every way. And, on top of all of that, I love their policy work. They are a great voice for our community.

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

the numbers of people who are helped by their programs and in the way they have motivated our community.

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

be really intimidated because it is so large and complicated.

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

feeling like my money is being put to really great use and being proud of the work I support.

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

all impressive in their professionalism and dedication.

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

probably get a larger facility for its homeless youth residence and take more youth off the streets.

Ways to make it better...

more people knew about the Center and its really great programs.

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

the economy and homophobia.

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

We need Centers like the L.A. Center in every significant city around the country!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 21, 2010
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October 21, 2010
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This organization's fundraising operation is not discreet about donor requests/information. I gave a donation ($250) recently in support of a friend who was in a volleyball tournament, and I made it explicitly clear that I not be on any mailing lists (with my donation and post-calls to the fundraising dept), that I not be included in any publication materials, etc. and that my information not be in any databases. (My reluctance of donating to any organization is that my information will be sold and/or used to phone me at all hours, email me, or fill my mailbox with wasted paper and asinine marketing ploys to garner additional donations.) Even after my numerous instructions, requests, etc., LAGLC sent a USPS-mailed newsletter to me at my home address! I had to call again to make sure they removed me. I reminded the person I spoke to that I wanted no additional contact. I was assured, yet again, that I was off all lists. But, alas, today I receive an email thanking me for supporting the volleyball event and telling me how I could learn more about the center. I can't image what someone still in the closet would think if he/she supported a gay, out-friend by donating to LAGLC and then LAGLC contacted the donor at home via a newsletter (no envelope or wrapping). It is insensitive at least and could ruin lives at worst, even in 2010. Very disappointed.

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

Friends have.

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

Provide guidance and systems/procedures for anonymous donation and Opt-Out options.

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June 10, 2009

In addition to the awe-inspiring speeches provided by CEO, Lorri Jean, the wide range of services provided by the LA Gay & Lesbian Center touch every aspect and demographic of our community: from Crystal Meth Recovery and other mental health offerings, to free and mobile HIV testing, counseling and education, to senior support services, a homeless youth shelter, the list just goes on and on and on. I have been fortunate in that I have not had to depend on the life changing and life saving services provided by this organization but I have the assurance that this organization is there for me should the need arise and is definitely providing a tremendous service to those within the community. This is why I give generously to this organization, far above any other organization in the community.

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

action in the lives of real people - particularly the homeless youth at the youth shelter. It breaks my heart to see these kids who are tossed aside by their birth families and left to the streets.I'm so grateful the Center is there for them.

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

Community outreach and the creative ways in which they fundraise.

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

friendly and committed to service to the community.

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

open a rehab center for recovering alcoholics, meth addicts and sex addicts.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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