The Center at Garden City:
Our Capacity & Community Needs
CAPACITY OF THE LONG ISLAND GLBT SERVICES NETWORK
The Long Island GLBT Services Network’s Staff and Board have a proven track record over the last ten years for increasing capacity and impact through best practices in governance, strategic planning, and fundraising. The Network’s service population has grown 500%, the number of programs has grown 433%, the budget has grown 580%, and the number of staff has grown 600%.
Population served then in 2001 – 15,000 Population served now in 2011 – 75,000
Programs then in 2001 – 6 Programs now in 2011 – 28
Budget then in 2001 – $343,000 Budget now in 2011 – $1,989,000
Staff then in 2001 – 4 Staff now in 2011 – 24
Moreover, The Network's funding has diversified tremendously.
Government support, while growing each year, represented 60% of The Network's budget for Fiscal Year 2011 — down from nearly 90% in 2001.
Support from individuals, corporations, and foundations has grown from less than $100,000 in 2001 to over $500,000 in 2011.
Private support is anticipated to grow in 2012 to nearly $1 million.
The Network on a National Scale
The Network is the 6th largest GLBT community center in the country with respect to annual budget and number of staff.
The Network is just one of three GLBT community centers in the country with multiple locations.
Yet with this growth, there are community needs that are still not being met, such as a center in Nassau County. The need for services in Nassau County must be addressed immediately: more than 52% of Long Islanders live in Nassau County. The Center in Bay Shore is simply too far to be accessible for many Nassau County residents, especially youth.
Stigma, discrimination, harassment, bullying, and violence against GLBT people are still prevalent. The passage of the Marriage Equality Bill in New York State was an incredible accomplishment for the GLBT community, but there is still a great amount of work we need to do to ensure safe schools, safe communities, and healthy GLBT people.
In 2009, after much due diligence and planning, The Network knew it needed to open a second location in Nassau County. Based on a needs assessment, the following items have been identified as vitally important to the growth and sustainability of The Long Island GLBT Services network as a first-class organization:
A community center that is more accessible to more people within the GLBT community
More space for a growing list of programs and services
More meeting space for group meetings
More space for more staff needed to support program growth
BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY
The Center at Garden City will:
Allow The Network to expand its work to end homophobia and transphobia on Long Island, to provide a home and safe space for the GLBT community, and to advocate for equality.
Expand educational programming and advocacy.
Provide another safe space for GLBT youth, and empower more GLBT and straight-ally youth to create change in their schools and communities.
Build a larger and more accessible community for GLBT adults and families through social, cultural, and health programming.
Provide GLBT seniors ages 50+ with even more social support and health programming.
Expand community collaborations to partner with other local nonprofits and community organizations to allow affordable access to a venue for events and meetings.
Make the Long Island GLBT Services Network accessible to exponentially more people.
Grow the Network’s capacity to generate income, create financial stability and ensure sustainability.