Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, Inc.

The Center fosters a welcoming environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are.

aka Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center   |   New York, NY   |  www.gaycenter.org

Mission

Empowering LGBT people, building strong community. New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center empowers people to lead healthy, successful lives. The Center celebrates our diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity.

Ruling year info

1985

Executive Director

Glennda Testone

Main address

208 West 13th St

New York, NY 10011 USA

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EIN

13-3217805

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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SERVING THE LGBT COMMUNITY
The Center offers a wide spectrum of programs to ensure that all LGBT community members have the tools they need to lead happy, healthy lives.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Family & Youth

The Center is committed to helping members of the LGBT community enrich their lives through services and programs that support growth and connection. Through our programming for families and youth, we have provided the guidance that thousands of families have needed to grow, and the foundation from which thousands of LGBT young people have flourished.

Population(s) Served

Addressing, protecting and enhancing quality of life for our community members is at the core of our work at The Center. Through a range of programs, services and events, we provide the mental and physical health resources that our community needs to live happy, healthy lives.

Population(s) Served

Whether you’re looking for a job, support with transitioning in the workplace or information on job training options, The Center can help you achieve your professional goals. Our career development programs are tailored to the unique needs of LGBT job-seekers.

Population(s) Served

The Center regularly offers a wide variety of arts, culture and entertainment events. From book readings and movie screenings, to comedy shows, theater, dance performances and much more, our lineup of talent offers something for everyone looking to be a part of the LGBT arts community.

Population(s) Served

Whether you're planning a celebration, discussion group, performance or a training seminar, The Center is an affordable, centrally located venue with a variety of room sizes and furnishings. Our team has been helping community members bring their events to life for more than 30 years, and if you, or your organization, are looking for an LGBT-friendly place for your next event or meeting, get in touch with us today!

Population(s) Served

The LGBT Community Center National History Archive serves to preserve the history of our community and its rich heritage. Founded in 1990 by volunteer archivist Rich Wandel, the archive provides a look into the lives and experiences of LGBT people throughout the years. The Center Archive contains a wide range of media from as early as 1920.

Population(s) Served

Founded in 1991 to encourage and facilitate the reading and research of LGBT literature, the Pat Parker/Vito Russo Center Library is named in honor of individuals who championed LGBT causes in their professional and personal lives. The Center Library is a lending library connected with others around the city, sponsor of a monthly reading group, and producer and/or collaborator for literary events of interest to the LGBT community.

Population(s) Served

Located in The Center's lobby, the David Bohnett CyberCenter provides affordable internet and technology access for community members to check their e-mail, do research, work on their resume and more.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What are we aiming to accomplish?

Established in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center is at the heart of the LGBT community in New York City, providing quality health and wellness programs in a welcoming space that fosters connections and celebrates our cultural contributions. We strive to serve the LGBT community with a full-service, multi-faceted approach to programming, from hosting arts and entertainment events, advocacy groups and community gatherings to offering LGBT family, youth, recovery and overall wellness programs.

Our function is to provide a place in which LGBT people can meet, seek services and find support. What truly differentiates The Center is the sense of home that we provide for the more than 6,000 people who visit us each week.

What are our strategies for making this happen?

The Center is a one-of-a-kind organization—the true home of the LGBT community in New York City. We foster a welcoming environment in which everyone is celebrated for who they are, and where visitors can connect and engage with community.

Our multi-service Center achieves our goals through strategic, quality programs and services in areas such as HIV and AIDS prevention and support; drug and alcohol use treatment; smoking cessation; family support and planning; youth leadership and much more. These programs are designed to address the health disparities and information/support gaps that many LGBT individuals face.

We also provide engagement opportunities for the broad LGBT community through volunteerism, and cultural programming that includes a focus on visual arts and theater, housing the iconic Keith Haring mural “Once Upon a Time" in our building and our Second Tuesday book discussion series. Finally, The Center participates in and spearheads activities that position us as leaders, so that we may share our community expertise and shape public opinion and policy.

What are our organization's capabilities for doing this?

The Center has a physical presence in New York City's historic West Village, also known as the home and heart of NYC's LGBT community. We interact with more than 6,000 visitors who walk through our door weekly, and serve as a meeting and gathering space for over 400 groups each year.

In addition to our strong community connection, The Center is supported by an engaged and active Board of Directors which oversees the agency's operations. Together with the Board of Directors, dedicated staff members guide The Center's long-term vision and planning, focusing on the continued financial stability of the organization. All of this has supported the consistent delivery of services to NYC's LGBT community for over 30 years.

What have and haven't we accomplished so far?

The Center has developed unique, groundbreaking and highly successful adult substance use recovery and wellness programs, helping to reduce the impact of health disparities within the LGBT community. We are also at the forefront of youth leadership programming, providing the tools and platform necessary to equip and encourage every LGBT young person to be healthy and successful. In addition, through our LGBT Foster Care Project (a collaborative project with the New York City Administration for Children's Services), The Center partners with New York City foster care agencies and ACS to increase the number of homes for all youth, with a special emphasis on LGBTQ youth.

While each of our programs have seen successes, our work will not be complete until LGBT people no longer face health disparities, LGBT youth have every opportunity to be successful leaders in their own lives, and LGBT families face no obstacles based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Our organization, services and programming all evolve in response to the needs of our community. So too does our facility, which is currently undergoing an extraordinary revitalization. The updated event and meeting spaces, ground-floor access to the computer center and a new café will preserve our founders' vision of The Center as a welcoming, functional and vibrant home.

Financials

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Operations

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Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/30/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Greg Zaffiro

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes