EQUALITY CALIFORNIA

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

1999

Executive Director

Rick Zbur

Executive Director-designate

Tony Hoang

Main address

3701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 725

Los Angeles, CA 90010 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

95-4708781

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2019, 2017 and 2016.
Register now

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 California of robust non-discrimination protections in California — 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?

Equality California

Even as we experienced profound loss and grief in 2020, we also saw many triumphs and demonstrated our community’s resilience. We passed groundbreaking legislation to advance racial justice, protect LGBTQ+ young people from discrimination and help ensure incarcerated transgender people are afforded basic respect, agency and dignity. We protected people living with HIV from insurance discrimination and improved access to quality mental health services for LGBTQ+ people. We helped elect an historic new Administration — including California’s own Kamala Harris, who became the first woman, first Black person, first South Asian person and first daughter of immigrants to be elected vice president of the United States.

Still, much work remains. With a new year comes a coordinated assault against the transgender community, including a record number of bills targeting transgender youth. Senate Republicans continue to use the filibuster to block the Equality Act, immigration reform, racial justice and voting rights legislation. And in dozens of states across the nation, people living with HIV are still criminalized under outdated, ineffective and discriminatory laws passed three decades ago at the height of the AIDS crisis.

Population(s) Served

During one of the most consequential elections in our nation’s history, Equality California ran a robust effort to ensure the election of pro-equality champions up and down the ballot. After endorsing openly LGBTQ+ Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s historic presidential primary election bid, Equality California and Silver State Equality were the first LGBTQ+ civil rights organizations to endorse Joe Biden for president in the general election. The election was capped off by several historic victories, including the election of Todd Gloria, the first openly LGBTQ+ and person of color elected as mayor of San Diego, Susan Talamantes Eggman, the first openly LGBTQ+ Latina elected to the California Senate, and Christy Holstege, the first openly bisexual mayor in the country.

Accomplishments:
• 93% of Equality California members voted in the 2020 general election
• 1,031,000 LGBTQ+ and pro-equality Californians contacted during the 2020 general election
• 161 endorsed pro-equality candidates at the local, state and federal levels in 2020, including openly LGBTQ+ candidates
• $1.5 million spent to educate, energize and mobilize members and pro-equality voters in key races throughout the Golden State

Looking ahead to 2021, Equality California will continue to expand our electoral power by building our political team and working with LGBTQ+ and pro-equality candidates for office up and down the ballot. We will build toward the 2022 midterm elections and ensure we hold our pro-equality majority in the U.S. Senate and House.

Population(s) Served

In 2020, we advanced the health and well-being of California's LGBTQ+ communities by sponsoring bills that centered the most vulnerable people in our community, including people living with HIV, youth seeking mental health services and more. We advocated for the governor, legislature and state agencies to ensure that LGBTQ+ people are not left out of California's data-driven response to public health crises ever again. And we achieved a long-overdue legislative update that will protect LGBTQ+ youth from discrimination under California's outdated sex offender registry laws and reduced the harm that transgender people face while incarcerated by ensuring they have a say in which housing placement is safest for them.

Looking ahead to 2021, with pro-equality partners in the White House and Congress and a mandate from the American people, Equality California is ready to work with our Congressional delegations to pass the Equality Act, advance racial justice and equity, expand access to quality healthcare and create a new 21st century immigration system that welcomes people into our communities.

Population(s) Served

Equality California began the year by urging members of the U.S. Senate to remove the president from office. When the pandemic hit, and emergency measures were taken to slow the spread of COVID-19 while our economy took a tumble, we worked closely with California’s Congressional delegations to advance desperately needed COVID-19 relief for our vulnerable LGBTQ+ community — and the diverse communities to which LGBTQ+ people belong.

In 2020 we sued the Trump-Pence Administration to block their hateful attempt to roll back healthcare nondiscrimination protections. We submitted an amicus brief opposing the Trump-Pence Administration’s attempt to eliminate DACA program. And we helped secure House passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

As we look ahead to 2021, with pro-equality partners in the White House and Congress and a mandate from the American people, Equality California is ready to work with our Congressional delegations to pass the Equality Act, advance racial justice and equity, expand access to quality healthcare and create a new 21st century immigration system that welcomes people into our communities.

Population(s) Served

The brutal murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police officers in Minneapolis and Louisville, respectively, and the continued epidemic of violence against transgender people, especially Black trans women, sparked a movement for social change heard around the world. The Equality California community took to the streets and the internet to declare that ALL Black Lives Matter and to continue our fight for racial justice and equity. We listened to, partnered with, supported and centered Black LGBTQ+ voices in every facet of our work — from legislative advocacy to our online communications. We fought back against the Trump-Pence Administration’s hateful, xenophobic attacks against immigrants, and we stood in solidarity with Asian communities as they faced a surge of racist violence in part sparked by dangerous disinformation about the COVID-19 crisis.

In 2020 we hosted Power Hours on combating racism and anti-Black violence featuring esteemed special guests like Stanford Professor Allyson Hobbs, Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager, historian and activist Blair Imani and more. We prioritized a package of racial justice legislation in Sacramento, including 14 bills and 2 proposed constitutional amendments to repeal Prop 209 (which banned affirmative action) and to restore voting rights to previously incarcerated people.

Looking ahead to 2021, California will continue to lead by our actions, listen and uplift Black, Indigenous and people of color and fight for civil rights and social justice for ALL LGBTQ+ people. From the streets to Congress, Equality California will continue with our partners to advance racial justice in California and across the country.

Population(s) Served

In 2020 alone, 44 transgender and gender nonconforming people —most of whom were transgender women of color — were reported as murdered across the country. The need for action has never been clearer. That’s why Equality California fought for civil rights and social justice for our transgender community in the courtroom, in the state legislature, in Washington, D.C. and communities across our state.

In 2020 we sued the Trump-Pence Administration to block their hateful attempt to roll back healthcare nondiscrimination protections. We passed legislation in California to ensure incarcerated transgender people are afforded basic respect, agency and dignity. And we joined the National Center for Transgender Equality, True Colors United and other civil rights organizations in opposing the Trump-Pence Administration’s rule to allow homeless shelters to discriminate against transgender people.

Looking ahead to 2021, Equality California understands the urgent need to prioritize the safety, health and well-being of our vulnerable transgender, nonbinary and gender non-conforming siblings. One of our highest priorities will be to advocate for transgender healthcare, protect trans students and ensure trans service members have the right to fight for our country.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
LGBTQ people
LGBTQ people
LGBTQ people
LGBTQ people
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 policies formally introduced

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

LGBTQ people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of policies formally established

This metric is no longer tracked.
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 pro-equality candidates endorsed (local, state, and federal)

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

LGBTQ people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people contacted regarding local, state, and federal elections

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

LGBTQ people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In years with a local, state, or federal election, Equality California conducts voter outreach to ensure that LGBTQ+ people and our allies are aware of pro-equality policies and candidates.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

Equality California 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, along with its 501(c)(3) affiliate Equality California Institute, 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 (transgender, gender-nonconforming and intersex) people, immigrants, young people, women, and people living with HIV. For more than 20 years, Equality California has been fighting for LGBTQ+ equality, and we will keep fighting until the work is done.

Our priorities areas are:
• Politics: Electing pro-equality leaders up and down the ballot;
• Legislation: Passing pro-equality legislation in California, Nevada and Washington, DC;
• Litigation: Fighting for LGBTQ+ civil rights and social justice in the courtroom;

Through these and other channels, Equality California 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, along with its affiliate 501(c)(3) Equality California Institute, 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 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 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 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 (transgender, gender-nonconforming and intersex) 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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

EQUALITY CALIFORNIA
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

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

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

EQUALITY CALIFORNIA

Board of directors
as of 8/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Joseph Gregorich

Scott Malzahn

Cecilia Cabello

Drew Murphy

Susan McCabe

Jerry Bloom

Mandy Lee

Laurie Hasencamp

Jason Anderson

Rachel Anderson

Aaron Avery

Carl Baker

Sue Burnside

Andrea Casalett

Jason Chan

Andrea Cubitt

Jason Daniels

Rob Darby

Sue Dunlap

Boe Hayward

Dolores Huerta

Alicia Isaacs

Hon. Leslie Katz

Kate Maeder

John Marciano

Jeren Miles

Stuart Milk

C. Scott Miller

Liliana Perez

Aldredo Pedroza

Richard Poppen

Hon. Alex Randolph

Hon. James Williamson

David Tsai

Hon. James Williamson

Hon. James Williamson

Hillary Whittington

Hon. James Williamson

Hon. James Williamson

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 08/26/2021

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
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