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Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc.

Promulgating Universal Joy and Expiating Stigmatic Guilt

San Francisco, CA   |  www.thesisters.org

Mission

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® is a leading-edge Order of queer and trans nuns. We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty. Since our first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted ourselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.

Ruling year info

1987

Abbess / President

Sister Rosie Palmer

Main address

584 Castro Street #392

San Francisco, CA 94114 USA

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EIN

94-3032120

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (R12)

AIDS (G81)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 1979 we have worked to address the ever changing challenges that face our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Straight communities. Eliminating HIV / AIDS and the surrounding stigma, raising awareness of LGBTQ issues and fighting for the civil rights of all our respective communities.

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?

First Friday

The first Friday of each month The Sisters take to the community for joyous street ministry, outreach, and educational programs. Each month features something new and unique. We deliver hygiene packs, socks, food, and more to people who are living outside - sing our own unique holiday carols - raise awareness to the current needs of our community - give out hugs make people smile.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Economically disadvantaged people

Project Nunway is a charity fashion show where designers are paired with Sisters to create a high fashion look from recycled materials. Proceeds from Project Nunway go to support select beneficiaries each year.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Artists and performers

A joint project of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc., Castro Community on Patrol (CCOP), Community Patrol USA (CP-USA), the San Francisco Police Dept, and local merchants. Our goal is to create a safer neighborhood for those who live in, work in, or visit the neighborhood. When you see a Stop The Violence sign at a local business you know you have a safe place to seek refuge.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Victims and oppressed people

Pink Saturday was a street party held the Saturday night before San Francisco Pride in the city's Castro district. Since 2017 Pink Saturday has been reenvisioned into ball scene celebration of dance and community!

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Artists and performers

In our biannual grant cycle The Sisters throughly vet and support under-funded, small organizations and projects providing direct services to under-served communities. The majority of these organizations and projects receive little, if any, government or mainstream funding and may be in the early stages of development. We are especially attracted to progressive grassroots projects that promote wellness, joy, tolerance, and diversity within our communities. We have a vision that encompasses diverse communities and groups that have a common interest in human rights, people of every gender, gender identity, race, class, age, and sexual orientation. We are especially thrilled to fund special projects (over general operations), to support innovators, and to provide seed money that will have a ripple effect.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Activists

Our annual anniversary celebration of community and worldwide growth. Featuring everyone's favorite, and world famous, HUNKY JESUS! Bring your blanket, picnic supplies, and join us for a wonderful afternoon of live entertainment, irreverence, and fun. Children's Easter is held in the morning for family friendly fun! Bring out your best easter bonnets, costumes, and wear some flowers in your hair!

Population(s) Served
Activists

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 Facebook followers

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

LGBTQ people, Ethnic and racial groups, People with HIV/AIDS

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

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

LGBTQ people, Economically disadvantaged people, Activists

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total amount reflects biannual grant cycle and specific fundraising / event grants.

Average grant amount

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizations applying for grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Only includes Easter and Saturnalia Grant Cycle applicants. Does not include specific fundraising grants.

Total number of grants awarded

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

LGBTQ people, Economically disadvantaged people, Activists

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

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

LGBTQ people, Activists, Artists and performers

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes all donations and proceeds from events and fundraisers.

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.

The promulgation of universal joy and expiation of stigmatic guilt!
We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.

The Sisters tend to support under-funded, small organizations and projects providing direct services to under-served communities. The majority of these organizations and projects receive little, if any, government or mainstream funding and may be in the early stages of development. We are especially attracted to progressive grassroots projects that promote wellness, joy, tolerance, and diversity within our communities. We have a vision that encompasses diverse communities and groups that have a common interest in human rights, people of every gender, gender identity, race, class, age, and sexual orientation. We are especially thrilled to fund special projects (over general operations), to support innovators, and to provide seed money that will have a ripple effect.

Since 1979 in San Francisco we have blossomed into a world wide order serving over 40 U.S. cities and 8 foreign countries. Through street ministry, street theatre, social activism, and social charity we will continue to spread like an invasive species ... only more fabulous and fruity.

Our twice a year grant cycle has accomplished some of the following.

United Streets Direct Care: Providing haircuts and direct care to unhoused neighbors in the Bay Area.

ABO Comix Collective: Working to amplify the voices and raise money for imprisoned LGBTQ+ people through various artistic mediums.

The Gubbio Project: Building community through Sacred Sleep, where homeless guests are provided with a safe, clean, beautiful place to sleep on the pews of otherwise empty churches.

Red Light Legal: Providing sex worker-led legal services and advocacy education to those most marginalized and vulnerable to violence in the sex industries.

Rainbow Street: Working with local activists to provide shelter, food, clothing, health care, and psychological support to vulnerable queer, trans, and GNC people in the Middle East and North Africa.

GLBT National Help Center: Supporting the LGBT and questioning community through peer support hotlines, online chat, resources, and more.

Queer Rebels Production: A Queer and Trans People of Color intergenerational performing arts organization, producing a yearly 2 day performance festival.

East Oakland Burrito Roll: Getting together once a month to prep, cook, and deliver burritos and water to those in need in East Bay community.

Humboldt Queer Dojo: California queer dojo raising funds for Judo mats and student loaner gis (uniforms).

The Visibility Project: Blending visual and performance arts, community archiving, and free artistic educational opportunities to lift up the stories and histories of LGBTQ Asian Pacific Americans.

Ethical Slut Presents: Interactive classes for the Bay Area's sex positive community, teaching consent and communication skills.

In Lak'ech Dance Academy: Co-creating a community of queer and trans dancers to celebrate resilience, nurture collective strength, and heal from oppression.

Mattachine: A Serialized Story In Queer History: A podcast detailing U.S. LGBTQ liberation from 1920 to Stonewall.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 11/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sister Guard N O'Pansies

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Term: 2019 - 2023

Sister Selma Soul

Sister Nova Aggra

Sister Jezabelle Enraptured Sling

Sister Lourdes Mae Shepherd

Sister Shalita Corndog

Sister Rosie Palmer

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 11/11/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Non-binary, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability