YouthPride’s Dec. 31 deadline to raise $40,000 to remain open passed Saturday, but both how much money was donated and whether the LGBT youth agency will close are still unknown.
"We don't have a final count on what's been raised. If the numbers are not on target we will move ahead with closing," said YouthPride Executive Director Terence McPhaul in an interview today.
McPhaul said he has a meeting scheduled Wednesday and two meetings on Thursday with prospective donors. After those meetings he said he would know more about how much the agency will have raised. He said the meetings were with individual donors.
YouthPride future remains uncertain as Dec. 31 fundraising deadline passes
“We’ve had some checks sent to us, but I don’t know how much they are — we haven’t gotten our mail yet today,” McPhaul said. “There have been some online donations. We won’t know more until we meet with the prospective donors.”
YouthPride Board Chair Jordan Myers posted on his personal Facebook page on Dec. 9 that YouthPride needed to raise $25,000 in one week. That was after McPhaul said in an interview that he wished the agency had $50,000. Myers has declined interview requests, saying all media information would go through McPhaul.
The agency, which serves youth ages 13-24, is currently operating under its regular business hours, McPhaul said.
McPhaul did not mention a benefit concert at Eddie’s Attic on Wednesday featuring musicians A Fragile Tomorrow and Bucky Motter as well as Hannah Thomas. For information on the concert, visit the Facebook invite, created by Eddie’s Attic, here.