LGBT centers in the USA don’t have enough money and staff

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The report, which surveyed 128 centers across the US, found that one in 10 LGBT+ centers lacked a dedicated physical space, and all but one has a budget of less than $150,000, struggling also with a lack of physical space. 25% of these centers have only volunteers and no paid staff at all, 50% don’t have enough paid staff to continue working on the necessary level without the help of volunteers. The centers employ just 2,000 staff across 40 states, and rely on the work of more than 14,000 volunteers, who contribute nearly half a million volunteer hours each year. They offer a wide range of services to LGBT+ people in local communities, including educational programmes on topics like HIV prevention and supporting transgender children, also helping LGBT people to overcome mental health problems. But the smaller the center is, the more it is likely to suffer from the lack of staff and funding. The report found that centers need to build their capacity to fundraise and to appeal for more government supports, with the ultimate goal of investing in more full-time staff and board development.

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