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CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ

Mission: CenterLink develops strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and builds a thriving center network that creates healthy, vibrant communities.

Target demographics: the leaders (board and staff) of LGBT Community Centers

Direct beneficiaries per year: (through support, programs, resources and by providing a peer network) over 170 member centers

Geographic areas served: Nationwide - as well as Canada, China and beyond

Programs: one-on-one and group training (virtual and in-person), webinars, Executive Director Boot Camp, annual Leadership Summit, online resource portal, phone and online support and more!

Community Stories

84 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

An amazingly helpful organization, CenterLink helps to connect LGBTQ Centers to help ensure top quality leadership in our Centers around the world.

AlexMAP

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I absolutely love working with CenterLink. While working at the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), I've had the opportunity to work with the CenterLink team on a number of research reports and they always prove to be thoughtful, hard-working, and gracious research partners. I especially love presenting at the annual CenterLink Leadership Summit - by bringing together the leaders of LGBT centers from across the country, they create a powerful, dynamic energy in the room and it is inspiring to be around so many passionate people in the LGBT movement.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been collaborating with CenterLink on a project for almost a year now and have found them to be super helpful, extremely collaborative, easy to work with, and most importantly, keep the big goals front and center - helping LGBT centers help the LGBT community!

Jenna34

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HealthLink at CenterLink advanced best and promising practices in tobacco control for LGBTQ individuals in my state by providing technical assistance, on-site cultural competency trainings for hospital systems, and resources for our state Department of Health and Senior Services to disseminate to LPHAs. The team at HealthLink is easy to reach and has great expertise in this area. With the help of HealthLink our midwest state is now taking on tobacco and cancer disparities among LGBTQ citizens.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an executive director of a southern LGBTQ community center, i have found CenterLink membership to be invaluable. One of the most critical aspects is the support we have from CenterLink staff. Always present, always responsive. Always helpful. Another plus is having the entire membership on-call via email. Facing a problem? Email the membership and ask for thoughtful ideas and you shall receive! The annual leadership conference is also always well worth the investment to attend. The networking alone is worth the trip.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As Board President of an LGBT, I can attest to what an outstanding resource CenterLink is. Our Executive Director and Board members rely on CenterLink as a source of information on current LGBT topics and legislation. The network of centers is enormously helpful as we try to benchmark our own organization to others. Terry Stone, CEO, led a strategic planning workshop for our Board and did a fabulous job. His leadership and direction kept our Board members focused and ultimately resulted in a plan that our center can use to implement tangible improvements over the next three years.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Centerlink has been invaluable. The resources, expertise and mentorship offered have been the core strength to my organizations development.
I was recently a fortunate participant in their Executive Director Bootcamp. It was truly incomparable and I will be forever grateful for having had the experience.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Centerlink has been extraordinarily helpful to me as a first time Executive Director. Their guidance and support have been incredibly helpful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to participate in CenterLink's ED Bootcamp recently and was blown away by the resources, support, and expertise offered by this organization. They provide a very needed and wanted service to LGBTQ+ centers across the country. Their resources are thoroughly vetted and based in best practices and are made easily accessible to utilize by the membership. I highly recommend CenterLink to my friends and colleagues doing LGBTQ+ work across the US.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CenterLink is the one organization investing time, talent and resources in community centers all across North America. The progress made by the LGBTQ movement is owed, in large part, to our friends at CenterLink.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Centerlink has provided us with vital advice on our strategic development and financial planning. I would recommend them to all LGBTQ+ organizations that need guidance to meet our community needs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the director of a Centerlink member organization, I have benefited so strongly from the programs, services, and technical assistance that Centerlink provides to LGBT community centers. They have been a tremendous resource, which is why I'm proud that my organization is a Centerlink member.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Centerlink is an incredibly supportive organization that is the unsung hero of the LGBTQ social service movement. Countless community centers around the world owe so much to this organization for their generous guidance, resources, and assistance. I speak for myself and my organization, Triangle Community Center, when I say THANK YOU CENTERLINK!

Client Served

Rating: 4

They facilitated our strategic planning. Great job by Terry Stone.

Phyllis28

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Of all the national organizations that I have dealt with, during decades of working in the non-profit sector, none have achieved the capacity to provide assistance and support as well as CenterLink. We have not had to reinvent any wheels, since any question asked gets timely and generous responses from Centers around the United States. And that is in addition to the resources, encouragement, expertise and support that is always forthcoming from CenterLink staff. My community, Rockland County, NY, is very grateful.

Jodi32

Board Member

Rating: 5

we have been trying to get a Center going in the small state of RI for a while now and it is a major concern of ours to collaborate with like minded groups throughout our tiny state, and most of all, not reinvent the wheel. Centerlink is coming through with help that we would not even know to ask for! We cannot wait to participate in the conference in the Fall and learn how to be more involved members .

Pride Center RI

Eli W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CenterLink is the best! As a small but rapidly growing Center in Indiana, this community has been absolutely crucial. I am excited to attend and learn from the annual conference and continue to connect with the online community. A must for all LGBTQ centers, as well as anyone doing work with these underserved populations. Thank you CenterLink for all you do!

Client Served

Rating: 4

The technical assistance in the form of governance training is exceptional. Our board left better informed and more engaged as a result.

Jay_47

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I first became the executive director of the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center, it was CenterLink that came to my aid. CenterLink provided me with valuable resources, connections, support that helped me grow into a stronger and more capable leader. The entire CenterLink team goes above and beyond to keep local LGBT centers connected to one another while helping to build up the leaders of those local centers. CenterLink has strengthened the LGBT movement.

Board Member

Rating: 5

CenterLink provides LGBT community centers across the country with technical assistance in the form of leadership development, fundraising training, strategic planning and feasibility studies. By increasing the capacity of centers, CenterLink is building healthy and vibrant communities. The staff is passionate about the organization's mission and expert in their respective areas of responsibility. I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors and contribute to the impact of this vital organization.

Paul57

Board Member

Rating: 5

The premier association for lgbt centers. The team goes above and beyond to help support local lgbt centers nationwide. Also, as a board member, this is one of the strongest, cohesive and dedicated group of boardmembers I have seen in a long time. Strong board = strong organization. Thanks CENTERLINK!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a huge fan and love CenterLink because I can have an impact on many LGBT community centers across the US. They provide important resources and support for so many lgbt community centers...which in turn builds and strengthens the lgbt movement as a whole.