2012 LGBT Community Center Survey Report
The Bottom Line
The biennial LGBT Community Center Survey Report provides a detailed picture of centersí staffs and boards, program priorities, constituencies and services, infrastructure, fundraising, budgets and technical assistance needs. The 2012 report finds that local community centers serving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people provide vital information, education and health services to more than 33,000 people each week.
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The LGBT Community Center Survey Report, prepared jointly by MAP and CenterLink and published every two years, provides an overview of local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community centers, including their capacity, their programs and services, the people they serve, and their technical assistance needs.
The 2012 report analyzes data from 79 LGBT community centers, which represent 83% of all LGBT community center revenues. Among the reportís key findings:
- LGBT community centers serve more than 33,300 people each week (or over 1.7 million people annually). This includes referring 4,458 people weekly to other organizations or agencies for services and assistance.
- Both large and small LGBT community centers have experienced growth in their annual and projected expenses. For centers providing three years of expense data, combined 2012 operating budgets totaled $107.0 million, up from $95.6 million in 2011 and $89.6 million in 2010 (an 19% increase from 2010 to 2012).
- LGBT community centers remain thinly staffed; 18% of centers rely on no paid staff at all and 41% of centers report having between one and five paid staff. Looking just at small centers, 46% have no paid staff, and 62% lack a full-time paid executive director.
- The demographics of LGBT community center patrons vary greatly among centers. On average however, center patrons are disproportionately male, people of color, transgender, and/or low-income.