Pride Foundation

Rating: 4.43 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, LGBTQ, Human Services

Location: 1122 E Pike St PMB 1001 Seattle WA 98122 USA

Mission: Pride Foundation is a community based foundation working to strengthen our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied community today and build an endowment for tomorrow.
Results: Pride Foundation has invested more than $8 million in nonprofits and students who are building the LGBT community. Every year we support hundreds of organizations, large and small, who are critical to the Northwest LGBT community.
Target demographics: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and nonprofits serving the LGBT community.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 350
Geographic areas served: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon & Washington
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EIN 91-1325007
206-323-3318
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Rating: 1 stars  

The Pride Foundation is wasteful and dishonest. First, it wrongly categorizes what should be development/fundraising expenses as program expenses. Further, and more important, it has a history of stealing endowments and not giving first priority to donors' intentions. In one example, it has stolen $500,000+ of an organization's endowment.

The Pride Foundation markets itself as an efficient re-granter. However, it is not. Donors should NOT give to Pride, believing it will be a good pass-through organization for their gifts. Instead, give to an organization directly--the organization will get more of your money, and you won't be paying for the management and administration of an intermediary.

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

I have experienced the ill effects of Pride everywhere. They like to pretend--even more than more official groups such as Equal Rights Washington, the Seattle Commission for Sexual Minorities, Basic Rights Oregon and others--that they're the voice of the LGBT community, when they are absolutely not.

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

rid Pride of its current management, require an audit to be conducted, conduct a study of its efficacy in actually improving the Northwest's LGBT community, repay the endowments it's taken dishonestly and, if necessary, dissolve the organization and liquidate its assets after it's finished paying out the remainder of the Weiland bequest.

 
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Pride Foundation is always open to answering questions from donors or potential donors, and are happy to share our annual financial audit and IRS Form 990. We are committed to achieving full LGBTQ equality by working with our valued donors and other stakeholders to reach their philanthropic goals. To learn more about our work and our mission please visit www.pridefoundation.org or call 1.800.735.7287.

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Pride Foundation truly lives up to its mission of inspiring a culture of generosity that connects and strengthens Northwest organizations, leaders, and students who are creating LGBTQ equality.

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

the lives of many people in our community and their positive impact on many levels.

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

its generosity.

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

compassionate and exemplified Pride Foundation's mission.

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

do more of what it already does very well.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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