EQUALITY CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE

Until the work is done.

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.eqca.org

Mission

Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve.

Ruling year info

2000

Executive Director

Rick Chavez Zbur

Executive Director-designate

Tony Hoang

Main address

3701 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 725

Los Angeles, CA 90010 USA

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EIN

68-0438008

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

While recent years have seen significant advancements for LGBTQ+ civil rights, including marriage equality nationwide, the repeal of both Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act, and the adoption in California of robust non-discrimination protections, LGBTQ+ people still experience great disparities in health and well-being compared to the broader public. LGBTQ+ people suffer higher rates of homelessness, violence, depression, suicide, arrest, incarceration, substance abuse, and poverty, and lower rates of insurance coverage. This is particularly true for LGBTQ+ people who sit at the intersection of one or more additionally marginalized identities – LGBTQ+ people of color; transgender, gender nonconforming and intersex (TGI) people; LGBTQ+ immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers; LGBTQ+ people with disabilities; the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated; people living with HIV; and LGBTQ+ young people just to name a few.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Safe and Supportive Schools

Every child in California — regardless of background, zip code, sexual orientation or gender identity — deserves to attend a safe and supportive school, where they have the opportunity to learn and succeed. Studies show that LGBTQ+ students are more likely to face bullying, harassment and discrimination in schools than their non-LGBTQ+ peers. These disparities can deny students the opportunity to learn and succeed and result in higher rates of school dropout, homelessness, depression, suicidal ideation and poverty.
Equality California Institute’s Safe and Supportive Schools Report Card measures district compliance with best practices and state policies designed to support the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ+ students in five domains: School Climate, LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency Training for District Employees, Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students, Curriculum, and Suicide Prevention. The report card serves to highlight the challenges and success of particular unified school districts across the state and serves as a resource for students, parents, teachers, advocates, community leaders, and school district officials working to improve school climate for LGBTQ+ students in their local unified school district.
Equality California Institute also provides training and direct guidance to unified school district administrators, board members, and PFLAG groups in order to support implementation of best practices and compliance with state policies intended to support LGBTQ+ students. The training walks participants through the five domains of the report card and builds on the opportunities created by the report card survey process to engage in a thoughtful and meaningful way with the individuals best positioned to affect change in California’s public schools.
Through training and direct support, Equality California Institute works to increase the level of engagement and the capacity of unified school districts to assess the needs of their LGBTQ+ students, identify specific areas for systems change, and enact greater support systems on behalf of LGBTQ+ students in individual districts. This model of training and meeting directly with superintendents, school board members, and the highly engaged parents of LGBTQ+ students aims to yield concrete plans of action, pursued to completion, to increase safety and support for LGBTQ+ students in California’s unified school districts.
As we look to the future, Equality California Institute is planning to publish a new version of the report in 2022.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Students

The Equality California Mentorship Corps provides LGBTQ+ affirming mentorship to students in Fresno Unified School District, located in California’s Central Valley. Through a combination of social-emotional learning, motivational interviewing, and opportunities to engage the broader local community of LGBTQ+ community-based organizations, the Mentorship Corps seeks to improve the well-being of LGBTQ+ and other students over the course of an academic year and create a safe and supportive school environment.
Between 20 and 24 AmeriCorps members provide weekly mentorship to as many as 120 students each year, using a curriculum that employs motivational interviewing, an evidence-based technique that prioritizes autonomy and independent decision making, and includes content that is both trauma-informed and LGBTQ+ affirming. In partnership with Fresno Unified School District, Equality California Institute developed a social-emotional learning assessment tool, which measures changes in student well-being over the course of the mentorship. Students are referred to mentorship by teachers, school counselors, parents, and others. These same AmeriCorps members also partner alongside LGBTQ+ community-based organizations during the school year, in order to provide mentees and their peers with opportunities to engage local resources and attend LGBTQ+ affirming events and programs.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Students

#WillBeCounted was Equality California Institute’s statewide census campaign to engage and encourage California's LGBTQ+ community– in particular, LGBTQ+ Californians who also belong to other hard-to-count populations – to participate in the 2020 Census. Equality California Institute, with the support of local community-based partners, conducted face-to-face outreach at LGBTQ+ Pride events across the state, developed a comprehensive and educational communications campaign targeting LGBTQ+ people and operated a robust phone and text bank program reaching LGBTQ+ Californians quarantined due to COVID-19. Equality California Institute sent more than 200,000 text messages reminding people to complete the 2020 Census, collected over 5,000 pledges to complete the census, and partnered with 22 community organizations.

With the close of the 2020 Census, a crucial window opens for community groups to advocate for changes to district lines that consolidate and amplify the voting power of historically marginalized voting blocks, especially LGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous, Asian American and Pacific Islander and Latinx people. Equality California Institute has a successful model for this work, implemented in 2011, which has made it possible for us to build greater political power for the LGBTQ+ community and a pipeline of LGBTQ+ elected leadership and allies in local and state government. In the coming months, Equality California Institute proposes to build on our significant census outreach in California and redirect the energies of our coalition partners and communities from census work and to redistricting.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

COVID-19 and accompanying the economic fallout have created acute vulnerability for a great many of the 3.9 million LGBTQ+ individuals estimated to live in California. This is because LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to have pre-existing conditions, work in COVID-19 impacted industries, and be facing the oncoming recession with limited resources. Equality California Institute is deeply invested in ensuring that LGBTQ+ people have support in navigating available resources and in identifying LGBTQ+ friendly and centered services.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Equality California Institute launched a COVID-19 LGBTQ+ Help Center and a COVID-19 LGBTQ+ Community Health Outreach program. The Help Center is an extensive, online directory of national, statewide, and regional resources and support services available to LGBTQ+ people and their communities. LGBTQ+ friendly and/or specific services are clearly marked for ease and confidence in navigating resources. Meanwhile, the community health outreach program is a statewide campaign to educate and engage LGBTQ+ Californians around COVID-19 vaccine efficacy and availability, testing, workplace safety and other key prevention methods. Both programs connect our community with the tools, resources, and support they need during this devastating crisis.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Until our nation has a just and functional immigration system, we do not have full and lasting LGBTQ+ equality. Undocumented LGBTQ+ people and those seeking asylum face tremendous negative effects on their social well-being for being members of two marginalized groups. Improving the lives of LGBTQ+ undocumented Californians requires that we improve the lives of ALL undocumented Californians.
In 2016, Equality California Institute led a coalition of immigration-focused LGBTQ+ centers from across California, which worked to educate LGBTQ+ people and the broader community of immigration activists on the compounded disparities that LGBTQ+ undocumented Californians face. We are currently seeking funding partners who can help us rebuild and expand this coalition in 2021.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Immigrants and migrants

Equality California Institute’s LGBTQ+ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training provides information and resources to healthcare and homeless service professionals and organizations looking to provide inclusive, equitable, and affirming care to LGBTQ+ people. The training, available live and via online, self-paced learning modules, promotes LGBTQ+ inclusion and offers practitioners a range of tools to better identify and serve the needs of LGBTQ+ clients. The training emphasizes the intersections of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, and class, and walks through data and best practices related to LGBTQ+ health and well-being.
To date, Equality California Institute has trained more than 3,400 healthcare providers and community leaders, empowering them to provide culturally competent quality care to LGBTQ+ patients and clients. In 2021, Equality California Institute launched an online self-paced learning version of the training for healthcare providers, dramatically expanding program reach. Specialized online modules include patient care for people living with, or vulnerable to, HIV and, starting in fall 2021, increasing HPV vaccination uptake in LGBTQ+ young people. In the coming year, we plan to increasing the scope of program impact yet again through the launch an online version of the training for homeless service providers.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

For decades, Big Tobacco has targeted the LGBTQ+ community specifically, resulting in significantly higher rates of smoking and use of other tobacco products and the health problems associated with them. Together with our partners, Equality California has launched OUT Against Big Tobacco, a coalition-backed campaign to expose Big Tobacco for preying on the LGBTQ+ community and profiting off our deaths. Nearly 24% of California’s LGBTQ+ population uses tobacco products, compared to just 17% of adults who don’t identify as LGBTQ+. Estimates of smoking rates among LGBTQ+ youth range from 38% to 59%, compared to 28% to 35% of youth generally.
In partnership with the California Tobacco Control Program, Equality California Institute has launched multi-year advocacy and education coalitions in Los Angeles County and the Central Valley designed to raise awareness about tobacco use disparities and educate lawmakers on the importance of common-sense policies to prevent bit tobacco from profiting off the deaths of LGBTQ+ people.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

The Equality California Institute Leadership Summit brings together 100 - 200 LGBTQ+ leaders each year to network, learn about various policy issues, and discuss legislation at both the state and federal level. It also serves as a way for those interested in seeking higher office, particularly state Senate or Assembly seats, to meet with leaders of Equality California and members of the California LGBTQ+ Legislative Caucus. This work is in partnership with Edison International and the California LGBTQ+ Congressional Caucus. 100 openly LGBTQ+ leaders attended our virtual 2020 Leadership Summit.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

LGBTQ+ people have traditionally been underrepresented in appointed boards, commissions, and offices at the federal, state and local levels. These positions provide the opportunity to have an immediate and lasting impact on pressing policy issues and are a pathway to elected office, corporate advancement, or other leadership opportunities. The Equality California Institute Leadership Academy helps to ensure a seat at the table for members of the LGBTQ+ community and will produce visible role models for LGBTQ+ youth.
The program brings together mid-career LGBTQ+ leaders to develop their leadership skills and to prepare them for appointments corporate or public sector boards and to run for office. This work is in partnership with Edison International. In 2020, we prepared 32 LGBTQ+ leaders to seek elected or appointed office.
Following the LGBTQ+ Leadership Academy, Equality California Institute offers ongoing, tailored coaching and guidance to support fellows in securing roles in public service on boards and local and statewide commissions. This includes assistance in finding tailored opportunities and procuring both letters of support and personal endorsements. In 2020, Equality California Institute wrote nine letters of recommendation for appointment on behalf of LGBTQ+ leaders; four were ultimately selected for appointment.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

With the generous support of the Comcast Foundation, Equality California Institute hosts an annual class of summer legislative fellows in Sacramento, where they experience the policymaking process firsthand and network with the state’s top LGBTQ+ leaders. Selected through a competitive application process, six undergraduate fellows from across California are placed in the Sacramento offices of pro-equality legislators, including members of the California LGBTQ+ Legislative Caucus. Fellows gain first-hand experience working with legislators, policymakers, and their staff and develop key leadership skills. Fellows also meet with prominent community members and LGBTQ+ leaders from diverse backgrounds to learn how advocacy and public service can fuel meaningful policy change. In 2020, we were honored to host 10 students in the Comcast Fellowship program.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of coalition members

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

LGBTQ people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of convenings hosted by the organization

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

California LGBTQ+ Leadership Summit; Fair Share for Equality; Advocacy Day

Number of public events held to further mission

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Public Education and Advocacy Events

Number of briefings or presentations held

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Presentations to community leaders regarding disparities in LGBTQ+ health and well-being

Number of people trained

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Totals By Year
Related Program

LGBTQ+ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Individuals trained in LGBTQ+ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Number of grassroots organizations supported

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Organizations provided with sub-grants and resources to conduct public education and outreach in LGBTQ+ issue areas.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Equality California Institute brings the voices of LGBTQ+ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ+ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. Equality California Institute, along with its affiliate 501(c)(4) Equality California, are the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organizations, with 900,000 members, and California’s only LGBTQ+ civil rights organizations working at the local, state, and national levels.
We are a diverse organization, accountable to California’s diverse LGBTQ+ community. We define “LGBTQ+ issues” broadly and are fighting for full, lived equality for all LGBTQ+ people and the diverse communities to which we belong — centering those in our community most at-risk of discrimination, including LGBTQ+ people of color, TGI people, immigrants, young people, women, and people living with HIV. For more than 20 years, Equality California Institute has been fighting for LGBTQ+ equality, and we will keep fighting until the work is done.
Our priorities areas are:
• Health & Well-being: Reducing disparities in LGBTQ+ health and well-being
• Leadership: Empowering LGBTQ+ elected, appointed and community leaders
• People Power: Increasing civic participation and building political power within the LGBTQ+ community
Through these and other channels, Equality California Institute is seeking to create change in our communities and public systems and to reduce disparities in LGBTQ+ health and well-being.

Advance Cutting-Edge Legislation
• Continue to advance LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice legislation in California, including legislation to protect the most vulnerable among us.
• Promote California’s pro-equality legal landscape as a roadmap for states across the country.
• Advance LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice legislation at the federal level.
• Expand programs to assist LGBTQ+ organizations in other states to adopt LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice legislation.
• Create affiliate infrastructure in other states where existing capacity is weak or nonexistent.

Enhance Our Electoral Clout
• Build the bench of openly LGBTQ+ elected and appointed officials to fuel the LGBTQ+ movement in California and beyond.
• Mobilize voter turnout for pro-equality candidates at the state and national levels.

Address Disparities In Health & Well-Being
• Continue to invest in programmatic work that focuses on vulnerable communities to which LGBTQ+ people belong, including communities of color and faith, immigrants, people living with HIV, elders, youth, people with disabilities, women and members of TGI communities.
• Improve LGBTQ+ competency in institutions that support the public in times of need and crisis, including healthcare providers, schools and universities, faith organizations and law enforcement.
• Expand programming focused on implementation of California’s pro-equality laws, including healthcare access programming and the Safe & Supportive Schools Initiative.
• Advocate for increased government resources to meet the needs of all LGBTQ+ people and people at risk of, or living with, HIV.

Educate, Mobilize & Engage Our Community
• Maintain a robust, comprehensive communications strategy to mobilize and engage the community at the local, state and federal levels.
• Increase Equality California’s earned media platform to become one of the go-to organizations in the nation for issues and stories relevant to the LGBTQ+ community.
• Maintain and strengthen Equality California’s role as the statewide convener and leader of the California’s LGBTQ+ community regarding health, electoral, legislative and policy issues.
• Increase and strengthen collaboration with LGBTQ+, labor, business and progressive partners to advance the community’s priorities.
• Optimize technology infrastructure to improve programmatic effectiveness.

Serve As A Talent Engine For The LGBTQ+ Movement
• Recruit and train the next generation of LGBTQ+ community leaders, enhancing their understanding of LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice issues and community priorities.
• Invest in training and career advancement for staff through professional development opportunities that expand and refine skill sets that can be used to advance priorities in the public and private sectors.
• Mentor smaller organizations in the movement to build LGBTQ+ movement capacity at the local and state levels.
• Expand mentorship opportunities for volunteer leadership at Equality California.

Equality California Institute, along with its affiliate 501(c)(4) Equality California, are the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organizations and California’s only LGBTQ+ civil rights organizations working at the local, state, and national levels.
Our size lends itself to our strong communications and mobilization capacity, allowing us to reach large numbers of LGBTQ+ and allied individuals to conduct outreach, public education, and mobilization. As a leader in the fight for marriage equality, Equality California Institute is well known in the LGBTQ+ community and has a reputation for being leaders in the fight for LGBTQ+ equity and inclusion. We have positive relationships with LGBTQ+ and allied social justice organizations and non-profits across the state, are well-respected among our peer organizations and elected and appointed officials, and have an engaged and loyal board of directors, staff, and volunteer base.

Equality California Institute has operated as a statewide organization since 1999. At the onset, our primary objective was establishing marriage equality in California and achieving LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination protections. Once achieving many of our original goals and after same-sex marriage became law in California in 2014, we revised our organizational missions to encompass a broader, intersectional set of goals, focused on achieving full lived equality and social justice for LGBTQ+ people. We expanded our purpose to include reducing disparities in health and well-being that LGBTQ+ people suffer compared to the general public.
Today, Equality California Institute is the largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization in the nation. Our programs cover a wide range of topics that impact the diverse LGBTQ+ community, including healthcare, immigration, education, HIV prevention, TGI visibility, mental health, religious acceptance of LGBTQ+ people, and leadership development for LGBTQ+ youth and adults.
We have achieved historic firsts in California—protecting LGBTQ+ youth from so-called “conversion therapy,” expanding access to life-saving HIV prevention medication, protecting transgender students from discrimination, and guaranteeing healthcare for transgender youth in foster care. We have launched innovative programs to support LGBTQ+ students in the Central Valley, empower the next generation of LGBTQ+ leaders to pursue elected and appointed office, and ensure healthcare professionals and homeless service providers have the tools and training they need to care for the LGBTQ+ community. Through these and many other efforts, we have also paved the way for the rest of the nation to follow—creating a roadmap and helping our partners in other states replicate our success. We have built California into a beacon of hope to LGBTQ+ people around the world, and we will not stop fighting until the work is done.

How we listen

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Financials

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EQUALITY CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE

Board of directors
as of 8/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jackie Thomas

Thomboy Productions

Jackie Thomas

Juan Camacho

Rabbi Barbara Zacky

Ryan Harlow-Nakano

Jessica Stebbins Bina

Joyce Rowland

Beth Collins

David Cruz

Lisa Larroque Alexander

Hon. Richard Bloom

Steven Brancato

Hon. Anna Caballero

Jeff Frietas

Hon. Robert Garcia

Hon. Lena Gonzalez

Sara Jacobs

Kristen Kavanaugh

Kirk Kleinschmidt

Yangchen Lama

Hon. Lisa Middleton

Cat Packer

Hon. Steve Padilla

Laura Zagar

Jackie Thomas

Mark Gonzalez

Sup. Rafael Mandaelman

Sen. Dallas Harris

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
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? 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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/28/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data