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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

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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.

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.

1

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.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Centerlink is the glue that holds all of the LGBT Centers across the globe together. Centerlink provides resources, support and training that enables each center to do the best possible job for the LGBT community. I am a proud board member and advocate for the value of Centerlink.

Cece C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The resources available through CenterLink have been invaluable to our LGBT center. Professionally, I have benefitted from the network of dedicated and talented leaders from other centers, as well as the presentations at the annual Summit. I just attended my fourth Summit, and came back home charged up!

Marki K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently attended (for the 4th time) the annual CenterLink leadership conference, held this year in Long Island. I was once again SO impressed with the thoughtful and thought-provoking content of the conference. But more important is the impact that this organization has on small LGBT organizations, often struggling to support their communities. With CenterLink they have a place to turn for advice, support and mentoring. We ALL benefit from their outreach. CenterLink is one of the reasons we have been able to accomplish so much in our effort to achieve equality. Thank You to Terry Stone and his wonderful organization!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Not only am I a proud Board Member of Centerlink, but as the Executive Director of an LGBT community center I can say that this organizations has greatly benefited us. From the leadership Conference to the fine staff and Executive Director, Centerlink is a terrific resource and amazing network.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was on the board of CenterLink in the 1990's and I returned 10 years ago because of how important I thought their work was. CenterLink is under the radar for many in our community, but it is a literal lifeline to LGBT Centers and their staff around the country and even in some places outside of the country. Collectively, LGBT Centers represent the largest part of the LGBT movement's infrastructure nationwide. The strength of these Centers has a direct correlation to the strength of local and thus the state and national LGBT movements. CenterLink is the ONLY organization that exists to both promote the development of new Centers and keep our existing Centers strong and healthy and growing--so they can better serve our communities. Through an impressive program of training, consulting, networking and technical assistance, CenterLink is helping LGBT community centers--from the smallest to the largest--to thrive. Even though I run the largest LGBT organization of any kind on the planet, I have greatly benefited from CenterLink's work. Plus, as a donor to CenterLInk, I'm incredibly impressed with the bang for the buck that I get. I see the results that CenterLink achieves and I've heard the testimonials. They're really doing a great job.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CenterLink is one of the few LGBT organizations around that makes our entire movement stronger because they build capacity and professionalism among LGBT community centers. Because Centers are key to the health and strength of LGBT communities across the country. CenterLink's work is vital. That's why I'm so involved. CenterLink provides technical assistance to LGBT Centers larage and small. It helps groups of people who want to form new Centers in their hometowns do so in ways that are smart and strategic so that the Centers they form will last. It provides support and leadership development to executive directors and board members of Centers so that they can more effectively lead their organizations. It links people doing the work of Centers with one another so they never have to feel alone and so they always have colleagues to whom they can turn.

David86

Board Member

Rating: 5

Centerlink is the glue that keeps over 180 LGBT Centers across the country together. The organization and its outstanding dedicated staff provides much needed technical assistance, support and guidance to organizations that traditionally are left out in their local communities. Through Centerlink, LGBT people are organizing, getting healthy and building community. I could honestly say that after 20 years of working in the movement that I have never seen a national LGBT organization so important and critical as Centerlink.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CenterLink has proven to be an organization that is critical to the LGBT center movement. In serving as a hub for centers around the world in providing resources and technical support, CenterLink provides a valuable level os support to these organizations and helps them operate more effectively and efficiently.

21

Board Member

Rating: 5

CenterLink is one of the most effective national LGBT focused organizations. For such a small staff and budget, the organization impacts thousands of people by supplying technical support and capacity assistance to LGBT community centers both in the U.S. and internationally. In cities large and small, the community centers are often the first point of resource for individuals seeking community. Many of these community centers are largely volunteer run and CenterLink offers expertise and training for staff and board members. Without this organization, many centers and their leaders would feel they face the world "alone" and their non-profit growing pains are unique. As a former Center E.D., this organization gave me a sense of comradery and the opportunity to rub shoulders with those far more experienced. I've been proud to serve on this organization's board of directors for the past five years.

12

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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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.