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August 21, 2012

The Task Force seems to be the only highly-rated organization focused strictly on fighting anti-LGBT initiatives. This is critical work. I don't have enough knowledge of the organization to give a rating, so I'm just reiterating Charity Navigator's rating.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 21, 2010

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October 21, 2010

The Task Force completley transformed my ideas of activism and gave me the best opportunity I've had so far to truly create change in my community. I wouldn't trade my experience with Task Force folks for the world. I learned so much!!

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

I have used what I learned with them in all areas of my life. I have grown as an individual and had the chance to share what I've learned with those around me.

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Give them more money so they can continue to do more amazing things!

June 18, 2009

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June 18, 2009

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is America's premier activist organization working for LGBT rights across the country. The work NGLTF does, in conjunction with other national, state, and local organizations, provides our best offense against discrimination. Through real campaigns about issues that matter, the victories won by NGLTF help change our country and world into a better place for queer individuals, couples, and families.

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

team building, recruiting, and change-making through the No on 8 campaign; the results would have been tremendously worse had the Task Force not been involved.

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

continue moving just as they are.

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

the incredible people involved and the enormous amount of knowledge I gained from them.

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

wonderful people with passion about the issues at hand.

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

support causes financially and organizationally to succeed in a time that is becoming most difficult for LGBT organizations.

Ways to make it better...

the organization from Equality California and the top levels of Equality for All had constructed a more progressive campaign.

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

homophobia, transphobia, and conservative attitudes, in the right and left wing, as well as Barack Obama's failed promises to the LGBT community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

June 15, 2009

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June 15, 2009

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is an amazing organization. I met them in 2005 when they were ran a training for a campaign I was volunteering with. In that first weekend I worked with them I learned so much; about myself, what I aspired to, and how to be a significant part of a campaign. I was inspired as I have never been inspired before. Since they I have worked on a professional level with the Task Force on many campaigns across they county. They continue to support me, teach me, inspire me, and make me strive for the quality of organizing they always exemplify. The NGLTF has had a huge impact on my personal and professional life more than any other organization I have ever come in contact with.

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

the skills of volunteers and professional organizers all across the country.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing.

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

I never stop learning. They always have more to offer.

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

Highly skilled at what they do. They strive to impart their skills to others. They are compassionate and caring while always motivating others to work their hardest.

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

Change the lives of LGBT individuals and families all across the country. NGLTF would work to pass pro-LGBT legislation all across the state as well as work to defeat anti-LGBT legislation.

Ways to make it better...

I had lived closer to one of their offices and gotten to interact with them more.

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

they are limited in the number of states they are able to help at any one time due to staff capacity.

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

They do a great job using and distributing the resources they do have.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

Never have I seen so many extraordinarily competent, hard-working, motivated, and effective people come out of an activist organization. Thank you for all of the hard work you do to bring equality for the LGBT community. I worked with Trystan Reese in California for the No on Prop 8 campaign. I never fashioned myself as an activist, but he made me feel so at home right from the start. He knew how to motivate and train grassroots leaders, giving us the tools we needed to really make a difference. Truly a phenomenal experience to work with him and his staff.

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

Training grassroots activists to be more effective at what they do. They really know how to make people like me use our skills effectively to change the world.

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

The way people take you under their wing and genuinely care about making you a better activist. It's not just about winning; it's about making everybody do better at what they do.

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

The nicest, hardest working, most dedicated and committed people I know.

Ways to make it better...

I couldn't think of how!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 11, 2009

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June 11, 2009

My experience with The Task Force has been nothing short of amazing. Very obviously, everyone I met from The Task Force is amazingly dedicated, talented, and hard-working. They know how to support groups and individuals, to help plant the seeds of grass-roots organizing that not only gets volunteers involved, but brings them to the forefront of the movement itself. Through working with The Task Force, I have not simply spent time working for something I support, but learned how to effectively focus my energy and passion to creating change. Rather than simply joining a movement, The Task Force has empowered me to help lead it. Because of this, I have become a better leader, a more focused worker, and gained confidence in all areas of my life, not just while working for marriage equality.

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

Community results, I've seen throughout the GLBTQ community in Los Angeles. Individual results, I've seen in my work, both within and outside of my volunteer work with them; in my leadership abilities; and in my confidence.

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

I learned how to take ownership of my involvement within the gay rights movement, and of the movement itself. They empower volunteers to not just participate, but to grow and lead.

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

Field organizers, and other volunteers similar to myself. Dedicated, energetic, tireless, compassionate, friendly, talented, beautiful, amazing.

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

Support community-based GLBTQ groups around the world, empowering people everywhere.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 9, 2009

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June 9, 2009

40% of homeless youth in the United States identify as LGBTQ, this is an issue our community cannot ignore. As a formerly homeless queer youth and now as the editor of the forthcoming ‘Kicked Out’ anthology (Homofactus Press, October 2009) I’ve had the pleasure to work closely with The Task Force to raise awareness about the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness. ‘ Kicked Out’ brings together the voices of current and former homeless LGBTQ youth ranging in age from youth currently on the streets to people who have been out for decades. The foreword for ‘Kicked Out’ has been written by Judy Shepard (mother of Matthew Shepard) and the anthology includes the perspective of leading local, regional, and national organizations including The Task Force. For decades the needs of homeless youth have systematically been ignored, however the Task Force has shown that they are not afraid of tackling difficult issues, and that they are willing and ready to put the needs of homeless LGBTQ youth at the forefront. The Task Force has given us the most comprehensive data about the prevalence of queer youth homelessness and led the charge to raise awareness about this epidemic. I feel honored to include an excerpt of their ground breaking 2007 report ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender youth: An Epidemic of Homelessness’ within the anthology, and to have had the continued pleasure of working with them to end the epidemic. In solidarity, Sassafras -- Sassafras Lowrey SassafrasLowrey@gmail.com www.PoMoFreakshow.com www.KickedOutAnthology.com Author of: Kicked Out GSA to Marriage: Stories of a Life Lived Queerly

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

raising awareness about the epidemic of LGBTQ youth homelessness.

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Ways to make it better...

they were able to dedicate more time and resources to issues pertaining to youth homelessness.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 8, 2009

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June 8, 2009

Volunteering for the Decline to Sign campaign and then being a super volunteer for the No on 8 campaign was very eye-opening to me. It helped me better understand the community I live in and the dynamics of running a local vote drive.

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

awareness and motivation in other GLBT people.

Ways to make it better...

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

figure out a way to get more GLBT involved. Make it a right of passage -- if you're GLBT or an ally, give 3 hours a week. You owe it to yourself.

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

thier CAN DO attitude.

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

amazing and really helped others get involved and get motivated

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

pass equality bills (marriage, employment, etc.) in half of the states.

Ways to make it better...

we would have done more door to door canvassing.

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

Lack of volunteers and funding.

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

Trystan Reese is one of the most caring and helpful organizers ever! And Rae is doing a wonderful job. They help me keep reaching when I am tired and downtrodden and to throw up my hands and quit.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 6, 2009

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June 6, 2009

I've seen the Task Force take a wonderful role in Miami, Florida with Amendment 2, in Portland, Maine at the Power Summit and working for marriage equality, and now in Cleveland, Ohio with Ask Cleveland. I personally love that they sent a staffer to help me take on my new role as a Field Director with Ask Cleveland, and I'd be totally overwhelmed without their help (Thanks, Trystan!). They work to empower others, rather than to take all the power and all the credit for the progress of the equality movement. They get that the way to move forward fast is to teach as many people as possible how to do amazing work, and they do it amazingly. I can't say enough, so I'll stop with: THE TASK FORCE ROCKS!

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

Marriage Equality in Maine! The Power Summit! Amazing work in Florida and California! Me!

Ways to make it better...

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

Keep things going.

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

The fact that they truly understand people, and themselves, allows them to do amazingly effective work.

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

Most of the organizers, tons of volunteers in Maine and Florida, the lead organizer, the assistant director.

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

Have a force on the ground in every state.

Ways to make it better...

I got to spend more time working with them one-on-one.

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

The economy and trying to figure out where their services will be best utilized and needed.

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

The Task Force does work!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 5, 2009

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June 5, 2009

I have volunteered for the Task Force in a variety of different ways for over three years. As a concerned individual who likes to use their time wisely, selecting which organization to volunteer for has always been an issue for me, primarily because the goals and focus of the organization must correlate with my own. What I find highly valuable about The Task Force is that it is one of the only national LGBT organizations with a full view of the issues at hand-- it has folks working on everything from transgender specific concerns to hate crimes legislation to, of course, the battle for marriage equality and beyond. When I volunteer with The Task Force I feel like my time is also being held into consideration by great people doing absolutely crucial work. The work I have done specifically is volunteering at phone banks. I work a hectic schedule and phone banks are usually held at night around 6p. It gives me time to get off work and to an office. Not only are we supplied with dinner, but Task Force staff train everyone every time on how to phone bank. Definitely makes me feel very comfortable. Even when the phone conversations are awkward--calling voters in specific areas that are not so LGBT friendly, for example--Task Force staff coach you and make you feel confident to actually have a constructive conversation. Keeps me coming back every time! All in all, the organization is a perfect fit for an individual looking to be involved in all of the issues in a time useful manner. I would definitely recommend getting involved with NGLTF to anyone!

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

the battle for marriage equality, on state and federal levels with different acts of legislation, and by integrating ALL aspects of the hugely diverse LGBT community.

Ways to make it better...

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

Keep it going the way it is!

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

Working with the Task Force is so enjoyable because I feel like I am contributing to the greater good in a totally comfortable environment. The staff treat everyone like family!

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

Friendly, welcoming, very warm! You get to know everyone and become a regular around the office.

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

Be even more beneficial than it already is!

Ways to make it better...

Like I said, the only awkward experiences I've had are phone banking conversations with voters who are not LGBT-friendly. But Task Force staff always coach me how to handle it-- so it becomes an educational experience each time.

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

The non-LGBT friendly world. But The Task Force has been around for decades-- it will continue to prosper.

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

I really enjoy the time I spend here. For someone without a lot of time that is huge.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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