Tucson Lesbian and Gay Alliance

Transcend | Unify | Cultivate | Support | Outreach | Nourish | Proactive | Respect | Inclusive | Diversity | Encouragement

aka Tucson Pride   |   Tucson, AZ   |  www.tucsonpride.org

Mission

Our Vision: Tucson Pride envisions a community of diverse, empowered and accepted individuals to live full and authentic lives, with the love and support of an understanding community. Our Mission: To unify, celebrate and strengthen the LGBTQA+ community of Southern Arizona through advocacy, education, leadership and support. Our Values: Transcend | Unify | Cultivate | Support | Outreach | Nourish Proactive | Respect | Inclusive | Diversity | Encouragement

Ruling year info

1995

President, Board of Directors

Sam Cloud

Vice President

Jeff Myers-Fulgham

Main address

PO Box 18675

Tucson, AZ 85731 USA

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EIN

86-0769004

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Tucson Pride envisions a community of diverse, empowered and accepted individuals to live full and authentic lives, with the love and support of an understanding community.

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?

Community Outreach & Philanthropy

Providing community outreach through engagement, volunteer work, and cash assistance to partner organizations serving the LGBTQ+ Community of Southern Arizona.

In 2019, Tucson Pride provided financial, volunteer, and in-kind support to Poz Cafe (A program of the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network), Turnabout for TIHAN, Treasurers for TIHAN, AIDS Walk Tucson, and Jello-Wrestling for the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation.

Thus far in 2020, Tucson Pride has provided financial and in-kind support to TIHAN's Poz Cafe and provided a match of $500 towards a fundraiser benefiting the Navajo Nation COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Additional events are scheduled to assist the EON Youth Lounge and the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th for LGBTQ+ Homeless and Housing Unstable Youth.

Population(s) Served

Due to the on-going COVID-19 Pandemic, the 2020 Tucson Pride Parade and Festival have been postpoined.

In lieu of this year's gathering, Tucson Pride will be hosting several virtual events to keep our community connected. Most of these events will be focused on raising funds and support for communities that have been disproportionately affected by the spread of COVID-19 including the Navajo Nation, Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network, the EON Youth Lounge, and the Thornhill Lopez Center on 4th.

Population(s) Served

Tucson Pride is proud to partner with CPES Loving Hearts to bring you a FREE orientation to becoming a foster parent!

Tucson Pride invites you to CPES Loving Hearts
Foster Care & Adoption Orientation
If you are interested in learning the process and requirements to become a Foster or Adoptive Parent, please join us for one of these information sessions!
“When you foster a child, you won’t just change their life, they’ll change yours forever”

Population(s) Served

Tucson Pride recognizes that access to post-secondary education is critical to the development of tomorrow's leaders. This is especially true among our LGBTQ+ youth.

The Tucson Pride Royalty Scholarship Fund has been established to provide financial assistance to students seeking a college education. The fund will be launched in partnership with the Arizona Community Foundation.

This program has just been launched this year. So far, the fund has raised nearly $500.00. The goal for this calendar years is to raise enough to award at minimum 2 $500.00 awards.

Population(s) Served

Tucson Pride invites LGBTQ Veterans and service members to attend a group each month. Connect with other LGBTQ Veterans, learn about VA policy and programs, discussion of available resources on base, at the VA, and the community.

Prior to the repeal of the Military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, numerous veterans were dishonorably discharged from the armed forces. As a result, these veterans are denied essential services from the Veteran’s Affairs Administration including health care, vocational rehabilitation, education benefits, VA pathways to home ownership, and potential compensation for line of duty injuries and illnesses. These discharges also effected individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and are currently affecting Transgender Service Members.

This committee will seek out guidance from experts, veteran service organizations, and civic leaders to retroactively re-designate these discharges to “honorable” discharges, thus opening up critical VA programming and services for our Southern Arizona Veteran Community. In addition to this, this line of programming will seek out opportunities to help reduce homelessness among veterans and to reduce the troubling number of veterans committing suicide. Currently, in the United States, 22 Veterans commit suicide every day. This program will establish a backstop for veterans in crisis by assembling a support network to connect veterans with emergency crisis intervention as well as a “buddy check” incentive.

In addition to the practical side of this support group, we are seeking to connect our LGBTQ Veterans with one another through the organization of social gatherings to help veterans rediscover a sense of belonging, and to create opportunities for community service, and physical and recreational activities such as (hiking, camping, group PT opportunities, and etc). This group will also receive an open invitation to participate in the annual Tucson Pride parade and festival as the official Tucson Pride color-guard.
Program Needs:

1. A meeting place and location (Engage the VA, Pima County Public Library, or Vet Center)
2. Mission and Vision Statement
3. Establishment of connections with other VSO’s throughout Southern Arizona
4. Establish relationships with military installations across the region including Davis-Monthan AFB, 162nd Wing (Air National Guard), Ryan Air Field (Army National Guard), Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Detachments (DM AFB), and potentially Ft. Huachuca.
5. Engagement with the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System and Vet Center
6. Enlistment of experts to examine DoD Policy and Public Law to develop a process for changing discharge designations
7. Enlistment of government and legal professionals to aid claimants for VA Benefits

Population(s) Served

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 training events conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Community Outreach & Philanthropy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Community Outreach & Philanthropy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Community Outreach & Philanthropy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Pride In The Desert

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of policies formally introduced

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Community Outreach & Philanthropy

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Community Outreach & Philanthropy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

To unify, celebrate and strengthen the LGBTQA+ community of Southern Arizona through advocacy, education, leadership and support.

Goal 1 - Financial Roles
Strategy: Develop a sound financial process with transparency, control, and oversight. Establish budget, funding goals and sources, and financial priorities.
1.1 Financial Accountability and Stewardship
1.2 Establish Financial Priorities & Budget
1.3 Set Fundraising Goals
1.4 Identify Funding Sources

Goal 2 – Board Operations and Stability
Strategy: Define board operations and develop standard operating procedure for the board. Define board membership roles and responsibilities, and the processes for identifying and validating potential new members.
2.1 Board Membership
2.2 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP'S):
2.3 By-Laws
2.4 Strengthen Community Engagement.
2.5 Develop Partnerships with LGBTQ+ Organizations
2.6 Enhance Interact With the Community

Goal 3 - Tucson Pride Parade and Tucson Pride in the Desert
Strategy: Strive to continually improve and enhance the Tucson Pride Parade and Tucson Pride in the Desert. Increase local participation in the activities. Increase community attendance.
3.1 Tucson Pride Parade Committee
3.2 Tucson Pride in the Desert Committee

Goal 4 – Secondary Events
Strategy: Create an events committee to address all secondary fundraising and community events.
4.1 Events Committee

Goal 5 - Marketing, Public Relations and Communication
Strategy: This committee oversees the Marketing subcommittee and the Public Relations and Communication activities.
5.1 Marketing Subcommittee
5.2 Public Relations and Communication

Organizational Description
Tucson Pride represents the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning people (LGBTQ+), and their families and friends. Tucson Pride Board (TPB) provides support for individuals and the community in order to help create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. TPB supports all human and civil rights for all and speaks out through advocacy to enhance and defend those human and civil rights. We strive to empower all-inclusive communities to be a part of Tucson Pride Board.

Strategic Analysis
The Tucson Pride Board performed a SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) to help develop this Strategic Operating Plan build on this SWOT Analysis. The focus was to maintain our strengths, address our weaknesses and threats and identify ways to eliminate or minimizes them, and to take advantage of the available opportunities.

Strengths
Board members with passion
Community wants to help
Organizations will contribute when we have a viable plan
We recognize need for increased accountability
Support from other Organization to complement our needs

Opportunities
Raise funds through valued and profitable fundraisers
Building partnerships with sponsors and donors
Mending the community relations and reputation
Building community relations
Develop Standard Operating Procedures
Reaching out to other Non-Profit Organizations for guidance
Open to new board members

Since September of 2017, the Board of Directors has grown from 4 members to 10 members. The Board now has a full executive board consisting of the President, two Vice Presidents, a Treasurer, and a Secretary. As a result, the Board has been actively involved in process improvement, completed the first strategic plan in the history of the organization, drafted and implemented a myriad of standard operating procedures as well as internal fiscal controls, and launched several new initiatives.

In 2018, TPI has partnered with CPES, a local social services agency to hold Foster to Adopt Orientation Courses. These courses are offered to interested community members at no cost. TPI is also presently collaborating with a local cross-fit gym to establish a Pride Fit program to promote health and wellness by providing a safe and accepting work-out space for LGBTQ community members, their families, and their allies.

Moving forward, the Board is focused on organizing and executing a successful Pride festival and parade. Moreover, the board is continuing to maintain focus on our overall goals for the organization as reflected in our strategic plan.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Tucson Lesbian and Gay Alliance

Board of directors
as of 9/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Sam Cloud


Board co-chair

Wendy Bailey

Christopher Flores

Aviry Christy

Danny Opacich

Joanne Contreras

Steven Laguna

Stephen Myers-Fulgham

Michael Kern

Rebecca Piel

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/02/2019

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

No data

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/02/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.