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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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I wanted to say that I am very satisfied with Centerlink’s efforts to meet participating agency needs. I created a login with My CenterLink to expand my knowledge and seek program improvements for LGBTQ-focused Domestic Violence Services at my agency. After browsing My Centerlink’s databases, it became evident that their databases did not have the information on the topic I was seeking. I contacted My CenterLink for guidance, and I began receiving personal emails of “hot off the press” information that was relevant to my topic of interest. This email was created to memorialize my gratitude for Denise and her teams diligence in supporting participating agencies needs.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CenterLink is an incredibly valuable resource for LGBTQ centres - we're proud to be a member!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Centerlink is an amazing support mechanism to our organization. Their peer support networking, individual support and leadership summits have provided profound developmental support to our small rural organization.

Riley J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a first-time executive director at a young nonprofit, CenterLink's assistance has been astounding. Its services are comprehensive and its staff helpful.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CenterLink has truly been an inspirational partner to the LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute. By lending a voice to research, making connections to LGBT Centers or providing knowledge experts for panels, CenterLink has always been willing to step up and collaborate. I wish more nonprofit organizations had a similar approach to partnering. If you need help, CenterLink is the resource to turn to.

1 maxrome

Client Served

Rating: 5

CenterLink has been a true blessing for many of our LGBT Centers. Not only it creates networking opportunities but it truly educates and improves the quality of the service we provide and helps the overall idea of what a LGBT Center should be about. Thank you! Our little Center that could has already benefited from everything you provide and we continue to grow.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a new Executive Director of a small and struggling rural LGBTQ Center, I needed a great deal of help to get my organization moving in the right direction. CenterLink was there for me every step of the way. Not only did their knowledgeable and accessible staff provide expert technical assistance, they also connected me with others in my field who readily offered help. From access to important decision makers in our field to free or low cost professional development opportunities, CenterLink provides it all. Everything they do is productive and designed to help build strong Centers to serve some of the most vulnerable populations in the country.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a board member with the DC Center, I have found the entire staff of Center Link to be incredibly accommodating, resourceful, knowledgeable, timely, and ultimately inspirational for our local work.

1 QMUNITY

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

QMUNITY, BC's Queer Resource Centre has benefitted enormously from the expertise and the network offered by Centerlink! They bring together experts in the field to address a range of topics that help strengthen not only the LGBTQ movement, but the social profit sector as a whole. We are incredibly grateful to be a member of this critical organization.

1 Porter G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach is so thankful for CenterLink and the support they provide our staff and board. The resources, trainings, workshops, and networking opportunities have helped us move through a very difficult time into success and prosperity for our community. We have learned so much from CenterLink and are thankful for everything they do for LGBTQ centers!

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Board Member

Rating: 4

Terry Stone recently facilitated a workshop for our board of the Center OC, in Orange County CA. As a new board member, I felt the curriculum was invaluable. Terry’s relaxed yet knowledgable presentation style put me at ease, and the content educated me on exactly what my role will be. The exercises helped me engage with others and added a sense of transparency to the whole evening.

2 brotherskeeper

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In 2005 when Oklahomans for Equality purchased and opened a permanent home for the LGBT community in northeast Oklahoma, CenterLink was there to teach us how to live into our new space and develop strategies and best practices to help us keep our center sustainable. They knew the excitement of opening a new place would eventually diminish and the hard reality of maintaining our facilities and engaging donors and serving our constituency would set in. Terry Stone was right there to help us navigate gay community center adolescents and young adulthood. He is like a father to our movement.

Scott90

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There is simply no way we could adequately serve the LGBT community in our state without the incredible resources of CenterLink. The resources they provide directly and indirectly are invaluable to our work. The connectedness CenterLink provides to LGBT community centers increases our capacity, our level of expertise, and our ability to achieve goals and objectives related to equality. The return on investment of membership is inestimable.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LGBT community centers vary wildly in size and budget. The brilliance of CenterLink lies is their ability to work with all centers, sharing resources and skills. They are particularly adept at working with Boards of Directors and E.D's.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

CenterLink provided invaluable assistance to our organization in effecting a merger with another organization, something that had eluded us for years and will create stronger and more effective statewide voice for our LGBT citizens. As a Board member of one of the organizations and a member of the merger team, I had the benefit of working closely with Terry Stone, CenterLink's Executive Director, who guided us skillfully through an arduous process, with patience and great humor.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

CenterLink is a vital organization working to build strong community centers serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across our country. Under Terry Stone's exemplary leadership, CenterLInk is a strategic and critical component to a robust network of LGBT community centers. I worked with Terry and his team recently when he facilitated a merger between my organization and a partner organization. His skilled facilitation, open and transparent communication and commitment to our shared success was the key to our ability to unite two organizations in an extremely positive process.

Pridelines

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Pridelines Youth Services is South Florida's oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth multi-service agency. Our organization is experiencing major growth and needs a more active board. We reached out to CenterLink to help us train our board members and work alongside us to keep our board focused and working more effectively. The training and resources that were provided by CenterLink were extremely helpful.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CenterLink has been an invaluable resource to our company as we have worked to create a community-based model to implement the new .gay domain for the Internet. Their knowledge, experience, enthusiasm and commitment to the community are second to none, and their guidance and input has helped us to ensure that the voice of the community is heard and respected in our process to develop a plan for .gay.

The entire team at CenterLink goes above and beyond 365 days a year. This is a team that stays ahead of the issues and remains laser focused on their constituents. We have benefited from their engagement and look forward to an ongoing partnership.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Centerlink has been the best resource so far in my role as an LGBT Community Center Executive Director. They are smart, intentional and strategic with their programming, retreats, education and support. Our greater LGBT community is better of because Centerlink exists.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CenterLink has been instrumental in many ways to our organization in helping establish greater levels of best practices, procedures, and performance. It is a wonderful resource, the staff vastly knowledgeable and ready to help, and of great service at facilitating the sharing of information throughout its membership. Further, CenterLink works on professional growth of those who come to its annual meetings, or takes advantage of its webinars. "A+" in my book!