Earlier this week, the Movement Advancement Project released its 2010 National LGBT Movement Report. The report examined 39 leading national LGBT organizations—including PFLAG National–analyzing their finances, operations, and their impact on securing full equality for all LGBT individuals.
Some findings were heartening: movement groups are highly efficient at raising money and delivering important programs and services, and the diversity of the staff at these organizations roughly mirrors that of the broader U.S. population.
However, several of the statistics were more both surprising and a bit disheartening:
- The combined investment in programs and services for all of these organization is are only half of the combined annual expenses of just the 10 largest organizations working to oppose LGBT equality.
- Less than 4 percent of all LGBT adults in the U.S. donated $35 or more to these LGBT organizations. While organizations are generally effective at retaining smaller donors year over year, the number of larger donors is dropping and not easily replaced.
Given the difficult political climate and challenging economy, this is an important time to expand support for ongoing efforts to achieve equality.