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Los Angeles LGBT Center
March 18, 2012

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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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

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

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Donor

Los Angeles LGBT Center
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 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.

Ways to make it better...

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

MY ROLE:
Donor & I have been a long-time donor to the Center and have helped to bring in other donors.