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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

94 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

1 Anthony75

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

1 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.

Pride Center

Board Member

Rating: 5

Centerlink is a valuable resource to all of the LGBT Centers that exist. Individually we would all be on our own without any avenue to easily communicate and share best practices with each other. Having been in the corporate world for 20+ years I look at Centerlink to fill that role for me. Their staff are very knowledgeable and provide much needed support to existing and newer Centers and staff. I am proud to have been associated with this organization over the past 8 years and recently join their Board of Directors.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Centerlink is the conduit bringing all of the LGBT Centers together. Without Centerlink we would be operating as individual businesses all on our own. Now we can easily network and obtain best practices from all across the country and internationally. They are our "go to" resource and provide a valuable service to the LGBT communities that we service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If I could give them 6 stars I would! The staff is incredible. The services and support they provide to LGBT organizations is instrumental in assisting leadership to best serve their respective communities. I couldn't do it without them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our facilitator, Terry Stone, was exemplary and his delivery of approaching what our organization brought him in to complete for us. I am the chairman of the board for NGPA.

Client Served

Rating: 5

A little over two years ago, I became the Executive Director of a small LGBTQ youth non-profit. I had very little experience specific to running the center. Centerlink was a life saver! The staff have always been there to give me the most professional and high quality support and advice; all with a smile and a great sense of humor.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Dining Out For Life International Association worked with CenterLink for its two-day strategic planning meeting. Thanks to CenterLink, the Association was able to refine and define its mission statement, evaluate its capacity to serve, and establish a solid three-year strategic plan.

Working with the team from CenterLink was outstanding, from start to finish. The CenterLink team was efficient, professional, and personable in each and every communication, and each team member went out of her or his way to answer questions, address concerns, and provide effective guidance.

The strategic planning session itself, led by Terry Stone, was thoroughly enjoyable - not something that is often said of such planning meetings! Mr. Stone kept the group on task and on target, allowing just enough conversational meandering while keeping those in attendance focused on the task at hand. He actively and effectively engaged each member of the group throughout the process - both before, during, and after the meeting.

A truly outstanding experience, and one that has made an immediate impact on our organization!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Terry Stone, the Executive Director, has provided me with mentorship, which has involved deep conversations about my future, my skills, and what I need to succeed as an LGBT leader. In general, I know that CenterLink is well-regarded by its member organizations, and helped install the fabulous interim Executive Director of my own local LGBT center (in Brooklyn). CenterLink is fabulous.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Terry Stone, Executive Director of Centerlink, was recommended to us as an expert in LGBT centers. We tapped into Terry's knowledge by inviting him to lead two days of strategic planning with our executive board. With his guidance, we were able to generate a plan to transform our organization. Since that planning meeting, Terry and Centerlink have continue to be a resource to us, helping us in crafting a new job role for our organization, advertising for the position, and reaching out to high potential candidates. Centerlink and Terry Stone enabled us to more quickly achieve our outcomes through the provision of expertise and support.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Centerlink has provided us with vital advice on our strategic plan and Executive Director search. And their services are reasonably priced. I would recommend them to organizations that need advice and guidance for strategic planning and human resource management.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CenterLink has provided critical thought leadership to my organization and its board. Their collective expertise has made them invaluable to our organization and continued success.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CenterLink is an excellent non-profit offering relevant and tailored technical assistance and community development services targeted for LGBT centers. CenterLink recently delivered a Board development training for my non-profit, an LGBT center. The CenterLink Executive Director, Terry Stone, conducted the high-quality training, which was concise, simple, and helped our Board advance its agenda; Terry was excellent and helped to facilitate the entire day-long training that also included other presenters. Terry listened and deftly facilitated conversations among Board members that were tense and critical, helping the group gain resolve on a range of issues, and move forward. CenterLink served as a great partner. I highly recommend other LGBT centers, as well as other LGBT organizations, to consider CenterLink for their Board development and other organizational development and capacity needs. Thanks, CenterLink!