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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

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Donor

Rating: 5

Centerlink provides support and encouragement to centers around the country. They are a positive, knowledgeable and genuine source for the LGBT community. Their staff is passionate and supportive.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The staff of the CenterLink have provided our local LGBT community center with valuable assistance over the years, giving us advice & encouragement at times when we had little idea of where to turn. In my opinion our Center would not be as strong today without the help of the CenterLink.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As Centers around the country work to find stable fundind and recognition, it's nice to know CenterLink is there to assist them. CenterLink works daily to insure LGBT center around the county are finding funding they need as well as the recognition for the services they provide and the work they do in their local community. Community Centers are the life blood of the LGBT movement and without CenterLink, I'm sure several of those Centers would not exist to support our community today!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

CenterLink is a powerful grassroots resource for LGBT and ally advocates and supporters nationwide. The organization functions as a one-stop shop to locate and contact LGBT community centers across the U.S., get quick information on news and advocacy issues, and find volunteer and job opportunities. LGBT community centers are, for many people in the country, their primary connection to the LGBT community where they live, and CenterLink strengthens that bond by creating a support network and access portal to link individuals with the resources that they require. Executive director Terry Stone is a great leader who consistently demonstrates a willingness to go above and beyond what is needed to ensure that his membership and constituents are served and the organization's mission is constantly achieved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CenterLink's work on behalf of the LGBT community nationwide has been widely recognized by LGBT leaders and progressive activists including by musician/ entertainer/activist Cyndi Lauper and her True Colors Tour. Without CenterLink, LGBT Commmunity Centers from Boston to Tampa to Morrison Colorado to Seattle Washington might not have had the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the wonderful musical tour organized by Ms. Lauper. Kudos to CenterLink and its staff's hard work on behalf of our local communities.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

CenterLink has done an amazing job at connecting LGBT community centers so that we can sahre best practices, fundraising tips, human resource resolutions, board development tips and more. The Executive Director Summit is the one conference that takes place each year that I would never miss. Being able to network with other ED's is invaulable to my professional development and personal sanity.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CenterLink provides tools, training and resources for LGBT Community Centers nationwide. The Executive Summit held each year brings topical issues and practical training to the executives of centers across the country. The organization leverages relationships with national organizations to provide discounted rates for everything from memberships in national resource groups, to training opportunities for a local board of directors. The staff is very responsive and understands their value in coaching, mentoring, and technical assistance for those of us out in the filed doing the day-to-work of LGBT community centers.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I first signed on as an Executive Director of our Center, having a national group to contact for information, resources and support was absolutely crucial to the success of our Center and my role as director. The networking with other Centers and CenterLink has been invaluable to me and our organization. I applaud the great job they do and there leadership in the community center movement for social justice.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The LGBT community center "movement" is a sometimes forgotten community. CenterLink is our main, national organization that provides support and advice to the 100+ local LGBT organizations scattered all over the country. Sometimes we have paid staff, somtimes we are just volunteers raising enough money to pay the phone bill. We all provide resources and services to LGBT people . Thanks CenterLink