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Equality Florida Institute, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/07/2014: Equality Florida Institute, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/14/2014: EQUALITY FLORIDA INSTITUTE INC

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St. Petersburg, FL
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Equality Florida Institute, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 08/07/2014: Equality Florida Institute, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 07/14/2014: EQUALITY FLORIDA INSTITUTE INC

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Physical Address: St. Petersburg, FL 33733 
EIN: 59-3435235
Web URL: eqfl.org 
Blog URL: eqfl.org 
Video URL(s): FL Congresswomen Declare Bipartisan Support for Equality Florida
NTEE Category: R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R26 Lesbian/Gay Rights
W Public, Society Benefit
W01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R20 Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups
Ruling Year: 1997 
How This Organization Is Funded: Individual Contributions - $575,000
Grants - $110,000
Corporate Sponsorships - $45,000


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Mission Statement

Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $993,024
Total Expenses $984,850

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Ms Nadine Smith

Term:

Since Jan 1997

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Nadine Smith has been executive director of Equality Florida since its inception in 1997, and was executive director of its predecessor, the Human Rights Task Force of Florida prior to that. She joined the organization in 1993 after serving as one of four national co-chairs on the 1993 March on Washington and taking part in the historic, first-ever meeting between LGBT leaders and a sitting U.S. president (Clinton) in the White House. During her tenure as head of Equality Florida, she has also served four terms as co-chair of the Equality Federation and served as a member of the Democratic National Committee. She has led advocacy efforts in Florida at the state level at a time of unprecedented attacks on the LGBT community, serving as Equality Florida’s lead lobbyist in Tallahassee and heading efforts to stop discriminatory legislation and ballot measures and to overturn Florida’s ban on adoption by gay and lesbian parents. Nadine has been recognized for her national and state leadership by organizations around the nation, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National Black Lesbian and Gay leadership Forum, etc.

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Budget:
$135,000
Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Gays/Lesbians

Program Description:

In 2006, Equality Florida launched our Florida GSA Network with catalyst funding from the Collin Higgins and Roblee foundations to hire a part-time organizer.  Our network has grown to over 100 GSAs and  has played a vital role in passing local anti-bullying policies that now protect nearly 56% of Florida's 2.6 million students from harassment based on sexual orientation and 29% from harassment based on gender identity. We recognize that GSAs often provide a lifeline to young people struggling against anti-LGBT bias. We plan to build the Florida GSA Network into a permanent, powerful and youth-driven instrument of change.

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Program: Supporting Fair Adoption Policies for LGBT Families (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
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Category:
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Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

Florida is home to the most anti-gay state law in the nation. Since the Anita Bryant hysteria of 1977, Florida has specifically prohibited gay, lesbian and bisexual people from adopting children, despite being allowed to foster those same children from infancy to adulthood. Over 200 children a year "age out" of Florida's foster care system never have know the love and security of a "forever family." We know that expanding the pool of qualified parents will benefits these children.   Equality Florida has made repeal of the adoption ban a top legislative goal.

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Budget:
$135,000
Category:
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

Equality Florida recognizes that winning protections for our community starts with local victories. Because of Equality Florida's work, over 45% of Floridians are protected from anti-gay discrimination, while 29% are protected form discrimination based on gender identity and expression.   Polling shows that the vast majority of Floridians believe that basic human rights, such as a job, food and shelter should NOT be denied to people based on their sexual orientation.   Passing non-discrimination protections at the state level is a top priority for Equality Florida.

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Because of Equality Florida's work, over 45% of Floridians are protected from anti-gay discrimination, while 29% are protected form discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

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Budget:
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Category:
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Population Served:
Adults

Program Description:

Because of Equality Florida's work, one-in-three Floridians now live in communities that provide Domestic Partner benefits, either through DP registries or public employee benefit programs.    Equality Florida also works with Florida's top employers to ensure LGBT employees are receiving equal pay, including benefit programs,  for equal work.    For four years, Equality Florida led the opposition to Florida's Amendment 2, an effort to enshrine discrimination in our constitution through a marriage amendment. With 8 million voters in Florida, the amendment passed in 2008 by only 150,000 votes.   Equality Florida is focused one passing statewide DP protections, including protections for the 90% of Florida's Domestic Partners who are opposite-sex couples.  We continue to educate the public on the benefits of marriage equality for everyone.

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Because of Equality Florida's work, one-in-three Floridians now live in communities that provide Domestic Partner benefits, either through DP registries or public employee benefit programs.

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ELECTIONS - For over a decade, Equality Florida has provided hundreds-of-thousands of Florida voters, each election cycle, with voter guides that provide information on where candidates stand on LGBT issues. SAFE SCHOOLS - Equality Florida's work has resulted in a majority of Florida's students (60%) now being specifically protected from discrimination based on sexual orientation AND gender identity & expression. DISCRIMINATION - Because of Equality Florida's work on the local level, 53% of Floridians are protected from anti-gay discrimination and 33% are protected from discrimination based on gender identity & expression. DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP - Because of Equality Florida's work, one-in-three Floridians now live in communities that provide domestic partner benefits, either through DP registries or public employee benefit programs.   ADOPTION - As of Sept. 22, 2010 adoption by gay and lesbian prospective parents is  legal in Florida. We are committed to dong everything we can to protect this victory through public education and legislative action.
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