How At­lanta LGBT non­prof­its are funded

GA Voice - - Front Page - By DYANA BAGBY

A look at At­lanta LGBT non­prof­its and how the dol­lars stack up

Read­ing over fed­eral tax forms and ask­ing lead­ers of lo­cal LGBT non­prof­its on how and where they get the fund­ing to ful­fill their or­ga­ni­za­tions’ mis­sions can give the public a ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions work to em­power our com­mu­nity.

The truth is, how­ever, that stud­ies show less than 4 per­cent of peo­ple who iden­tify as LGBT ac­tu­ally do­nate to LGBT or­ga­ni­za­tions.

In 2014, a re­port named “Out in the South” by Fun­ders for LGBTQ Is­sues stated of the es­ti­mated 8 mil­lion “out” LGBT adults in the U.S., nearly 2.7 mil­lion-or about one-third-of-them-live right here in the South. But ac­cord­ing to a new re­port, the re­gion re­ceives only three to four per­cent of do­mes­tic LGBT fund­ing, and lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions are feel­ing the pinch.

We sent out ques­tion­naires to nu­mer­ous At­lanta-based LGBT non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions and asked some ba­sic ques­tions: what is your an­nual bud­get, how much does your ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor or CEO make, how many paid em­ploy­ees do you have on staff, and where do you get fund­ing from. Most or­ga­ni­za­tions vol­un­tar­ily an­swered.


2015 BUD­GET: $812,400

STAFF: Two full-time and one part-time Fund­ing comes from cor­po­rate spon­sors, small busi­ness part­ners, in­di­vid­ual donors, fes­ti­val dona­tions, rev­enue gen­er­ated from the fes­ti­val, fundrais­ing events, and VIP Fes­ti­val Pass sales.

“Since we are in the process of hir­ing a new ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor, we decline to pro­vide the re­quested in­for­ma­tion re­lated to salaries,” said cur­rent Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Buck Cooke.

How­ever, a look at At­lanta Pride’s fed­eral 990 tax form from 2013 shows Cooke made $67,500 that year. No other em­ployee salaries are listed for 2013.


The largest AIDS ser­vice or­ga­ni­za­tion in the Southeast www.aidal­

Re­peated re­quests for this in­for­ma­tion went unan­swered. The in­for­ma­tion gath­ered is from fed­eral tax forms and pre­vi­ous re­port­ing.

In 2014, Jose Diaz was hired as the new CEO with a salary of $155,000. He re­signed ear­lier this year due to health is­sues, ac­cord­ing to him and the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s board of di­rec­tors. A new CEO is in place, James Hughey, but his salary is un­known at this time. The fol­low­ing num­bers are from AID At­lanta’s 2013 tax records.

2013 BUD­GET: $7.01 mil­lion


n In­terim CEO Cathy Woolard salary (she was in place for one year to help lo­cate a new CEO) $151,000

n CFO Wil­liam David Be­g­ley Jr. salary $70,582 plus $13,331 in other com­pen­sa­tions

n In­terim CFO Xiomara Frias salary $61,050 plus $7,006 in other com­pen­sa­tions


The non­profit arm of Charis Books and More www.chariscir­

AN­NUAL BUD­GET: $90,000

EX­EC­U­TIVE DIREC­TOR’S SALARY: El­iz­a­beth An­der­son makes $30,000 a year FUND­ING:

From An­der­son: “We are 85 per­cent in­di­vid­u­ally donor funded (which in­cludes dona­tions made by in­di­vid­u­als at fundrais­ers). We do re­ceive about 10-15 per­cent of our bud­get an­nu­ally from public and pri­vate foun­da­tions, in­clud­ing the Ack­er­man Fam­ily Foun­da­tion and The Mayor’s Of­fice of Cul­tural Af­fairs in 2014-2015.

“We are a mem­ber of Ge­or­gia Shares, a fed­er­a­tion of pro­gres­sive non­prof­its in Ge­or­gia,” An­der­son added.

Any other paid em­ploy­ees? How many?

No. We have a 12-per­son board of di­rec­tors.

How much money goes to pro­gram­ming, devel­op­ment, etc.?

From An­der­son: $55,000 of the bud­get goes to­wards pro­gram ex­penses, $5,000 goes to­wards devel­op­ment in the form of con­crete fundrais­ing ex­penses, but we don’t have a devel­op­ment direc­tor or staff per­son. The ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor and board are re­spon­si­ble for devel­op­ment, so that is part of the ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor’s salary.


One of the largest and most com­pre­hen­sive providers of HIV care in metro At­lanta www.pos­i­tiveim­

In Jan­uary, Pos­i­tive Im­pact and AID Gwin­nett merged to­gether to form Pos-

itive Im­pact Health Cen­ters. Th­ese are the cur­rent num­bers avail­able from the new or­ga­ni­za­tion: AN­NUAL BUD­GET: $7.3 mil­lion CEO LARRY LEHMAN SALARY:


STAFF: Ap­prox­i­mately 77 paid staff

BUD­GET BREAK­DOWN: 87 per­cent from fed­eral grants, 5 per­cent in­di­vid­ual giv­ing/donors, 4 per­cent state/ lo­cal grants, 3 per­cent pro­gram­matic rev­enue, 1 per­cent mis­cel­la­neous

Fundrais­ing ex­pense works out to about $430,000 per au­dits.

“That was pre-merger, but we have not added any po­si­tions at the mo­ment in any­thing man­age­ment/fundrais­ing. If we take that fig­ure and the new bud­get, it works out to 5.8 per­cent of the bud­get. Or, if you want to base it on pre-merger/ pre-Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion/SAMSHA grant in Oc­to­ber 2014, it works out to 7.2 per­cent based on the au­dit fig­ures of both found­ing agen­cies,” says Michael Baker, direc­tor of ad­vance­ment.

Devel­op­ment ex­pense amounts to $142,610. Man­age­ment amounts to $287,080.

“The MIS­TER Cen­ter is part of the agency’s bud­get and not funded separately. It is mar­keted as a stand-alone in or­der to bet­ter reach its tar­get au­di­ence and that strat­egy is work­ing very well,” Baker added. “The MIS­TER Cen­ter has been named, by the CDC, the num­ber one HIV testing site for young men of color in the na­tion two years in a row now. And, when we pro­vide testing at At­lanta Pride, that is the sin­gle largest HIV testing event in the state. Pe­riod.”


The state’s largest LGBT ad­vo­cacy or­ga­ni­za­tion www.geor­giae­qual­

AN­NUAL BUD­GET: $900,000 — a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease from an ap­prox­i­mate $300,000 bud­get in 2014. EX­EC­U­TIVE DIREC­TOR JEFF GRA­HAM SALARY:

$85,000 (how­ever, Gra­ham pays for

his own health care and re­tire­ment) PER­CENT­AGE OF BUD­GET THAT GOES TO SALARIES: 37 per­cent

“Ac­cord­ing to last year’s au­dit, our ad­min­is­tra­tive over­head was 15 per­cent—with the in­crease in fund­ing for the Ge­or­gia United Against Dis­crim­i­na­tion Cam­paign [to de­feat the “re­li­gious free­dom” bill],” Gra­ham ex­plained. “We are pro­ject­ing that the ad­min­is­tra­tive over­head will drop to 10 per­cent or more in the cur­rent fis­cal year.” FUND­ING BY SOURCE: Grants: 64 per­cent In­di­vid­ual gifts: 15 per­cent Events: 12 per­cent

Cor­po­rate sup­port: 2 per­cent Earned in­come: 7 per­cent “We have seen that hav­ing the re­sources to run a ro­bust ad­vo­cacy cam­paign such as Ge­or­gia Unites Against Dis­crim­i­na­tion can make a huge dif­fer­ence in our abil­ity to ad­vance LGBT is­sues in Ge­or­gia,” Gra­ham said. “We also need to elect more fair-minded peo­ple to all lev­els of gov­ern­ment in Ge­or­gia and those dol­lars can only come from in­di­vid­ual donors. While our ed­u­ca­tional ef­forts have grown with the sup­port of grants, our po­lit­i­cal bud­get has not ex­pe­ri­enced the same growth.”


Ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the health and well­be­ing of Ge­or­gia’s LGBTQ com­mu­nity the­health­ini­tia­


Ac­cord­ing to 2014 au­dit, The Health Ini­tia­tive’s an­nual bud­get is $490,000 and the Rush Cen­ter makes up slightly more than a third of that, said Linda El­lis, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of The Health Ini­tia­tive. EX­EC­U­TIVE DIREC­TOR LINDA EL­LIS’ SALARY: $70,000 80 per­cent of the salary is pro­gram­ming, 20 per­cent is fundrais­ing/man­age­ment

STAFF: The Health Ini­tia­tive cur­rently has 3 full-time and 2 part-time staff.

“Forty-five per­cent of our bud­get goes to salary, but that num­ber alone could be mis­lead­ing, be­cause we are so pro­gram driven,” ex­plained El­lis.

“The Health Ini­tia­tive is au­dited annu-

ally by an in­de­pen­dent CPA. Ac­cord­ing to our 2014 au­dit, 88 per­cent of our bud­get is ded­i­cated to pro­gram­ming. The re­main­ing 12 per­cent is made up of fundrais­ing/man­age­ment,” she said.

The Health Ini­tia­tive and Ge­or­gia Equal­ity man­age the Phillip Rush Cen­ter.

“The Rush Cen­ter in­come is made up of leases and one-time rent, sup­ple­mented by grant fund­ing. The Health Ini­tia­tive fund­ing is bro­ken down by con­tracts/grants, in­di­vid­ual dona­tions and spe­cial event fundrais­ing,” El­lis said.


2015 BUD­GET: $4.3 mil­lion Pro­vides per­ma­nent sup­port­ive hous­ing des­ig­nated for At­lanta’s home­less and low-in­come pop­u­la­tion with HIV/AIDS. www.jerusalem­

From Jerusalem House’s 2013 fed­eral 990 form EX­EC­U­TIVE DIREC­TOR CHAR­LIE FREW’S SALARY:




STAFF: 26 full-time 1 part-time 10 con­tract

2014 BUD­GET BREAK­DOWN: 71 per­cent from gov­ern­ment fund­ing 13 per­cent from foun­da­tion/ busi­ness fund­ing 3 per­cent from in­di­vid­ual donors 4 per­cent from events 9 per­cent from other


Ded­i­cated to help­ing LGBT home­less youth

2015 BUD­GET

“This year we bud­geted $1 mil­lion per year of rev­enue, which in­cludes cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­tures. Op­er­at­ing ex­penses are es­ti­mated to be $750,000,” said Rick West­brook, a founder and ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor. WEST­BROOK’S SALARY AS EX­EC­U­TIVE DIREC­TOR:

$50,000—this is the first year the or­ga­ni­za­tion is pay­ing an ED’s salary af­ter it was founded three years and has been a vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion for all of that time.


19 peo­ple on pay­roll; not all are full time equiv­a­lents: 2 ad­min peo­ple, 3 who work in the house where youth live, 3 work in the drop-in cen­ter, 11 work in the thrift store PER­CENT­AGE OF BUD­GET THAT GOES TO SALARY:

34 per­cent

WHERE FUND­ING COMES FROM: 40 per­cent earned at the non­profit’s thrift store 10 per­cent from grants 50 per­cent fundrais­ing

“This or­ga­ni­za­tion still de­pends on the work tremen­dously on vol­un­teer sup­port. We still de­pend on com­mu­nity fund­ing to make all the things we do for the youth hap­pen,” West­brook said.


At­lanta’s LGBT Film Fes­ti­val ou­t­on­


$50,000 op­er­at­ing bud­get with ad­di­tional $20,000 in-kind as­sis­tance, which in­cludes artist ac­com­mo­da­tions, travel, hos­pi­tal­ity and mar­ket­ing ma­te­ri­als. EX­EC­U­TIVE DIREC­TOR SALARY AND PAID STAFF:

OOF op­er­ates as a vol­un­teer or­ga­ni­za­tion. While the fest has no staff, it con­tracts for the pro­fes­sional ser­vices of Jim Farmer as fes­ti­val direc­tor for ap­prox­i­mately $15,000


60 per­cent of fund­ing comes from cor­po­rate giv­ing (in­cludes cash and in-kind giv­ing), in­di­vid­ual donors, and grants (both gov­ern­ment and pri­vate); the re­main­ing 40 per­cent comes from ticket sales and from sub­mis­sion fees.

“We are hope­ful of start­ing an an­nual fundraiser in 2016,” says Jim Farm- er, direc­tor of the film fest and a colum­nist for Ge­or­gia Voice.

“One of our big­gest chal­lenges is that Ge­or­gia tra­di­tion­ally ranks last in the na­tion for arts fund­ing. And even for or­ga­ni­za­tions that of­fer fund­ing, an LGBT film fes­ti­val—even one that is na­tion­ally re­spected and rec­og­nized— can be looked at as hav­ing less lo­cal com­mu­nity im­pact than a main­stream event,” he said.


An or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to serv­ing black gay men


From 2013 tax form: $224,000 EX­EC­U­TIVE DIREC­TOR ADOLPH ARROMAND SALARY: $63,000 100 per­cent of the ED’s salary is from fundrais­ing, said Arromand

2014 BUD­GET BREAK­DOWN: 35 per­cent from fundrais­ing 65 per­cent from grants and foun­da­tions

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