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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

32 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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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.