My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Lambda Legal Defense And Education Fund Inc, New York, NY, USA
I have worked with many non-profit organizations over the years. I can say without reservation that Lambda Legal offers donors the most return on their investments. The organization runs leanly and efficiently. The group's cost of fundraising is even less than the Charity Navigator suggests because the accounting form on which Charity Navigator relies for its rating fails to reflect Lamda Legal's extensive and extremely valuable partnerships with private lawyers and law firms across the country by which it receives hundreds of thousands of dollars in donated legal services at no cost at all. What is more, in my personal opinion, the organization has done more than any other LGBT and HIV/AIDS advocacy group to advance equal rights. It has also become the "go to" advocacy organization for media and the Obama Administration as can be seen by regular reference to Lambda Legal in the largest media oulets, such as the NY Times, and by virtue of the changes we have seen in the Obama Administration's approach to relationship recognition for non-married couples in health care and, most recently, in its decision to stop defending DOMA.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Lambda Legal has impacted my family, in particular, through its Fair Courts and other educational programming. My partner was elected to the civil trial court of highest jurisdiction in Dallas County, Texas. Her election was historic for two reasons: she is the both the first openly gay and first African American female judge elected to that position. I feel certain that Lambda Legal's educational efforts and visibility paved the way for her election in what most would consider a place of conservatism.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would increase the organization's ability to explain the role of courts in our struggle for equal rights. The fight for civil rights must come on two fronts: in the courts and in the legislature. History teaches us that progress in the courts leads the way. And that is how it is supposed to work; the judicial system is a balance that ensures the majority does not impinge on the minority's constitutional rights.