Atlanta’s LGBT nonprofits run the gamut: assisting homeless and transgender youth; raising awareness of issues related to inclusivity, feminism and people of color; educating and testing ATL-iens for HIV/AIDS; lobbying on behalf of the community; networking with business owners; and more.
Though a number of these organizations receive government grant funding, a great portion of their work would be impossible without the greater LGBT and ally communities opening their pocketbooks and checkbooks. Georgia Voice examined the IRS Form 990s — a tax form required of nonprofits to prove their tax-exempt status — of 13 LGBT nonprofits in the metro area to see how your money is spent. An additional seven did not respond with the requested records as of press time: AID Atlanta, Positive Impact Health Centers, Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta, In the Life Atlanta, SPARK Reproductive Justice Now! and Southerners on New Ground. ZAMI NOBLA declined to share its financial records.
Form 990s are due on May 15 of each year, unless an organization requested a filing extension or an exemption. Both Trans Housing Atlanta and Pride School were exempt from filing for 2016, as they did not receive enough donations to meet the required $50,000 threshold. Georgia Equality files its 990 based on a fiscal year, not a calendar year, so its financials include data from 2015 and 2016.
AID Atlanta (2015)*
Mission: Reduce new HIV infections and improve the quality of life of HIV-positive individuals and others in the Atlanta area affected by HIV/AIDS.
Head Honcho Pay: $88,420
This number reflects the amount paid to Executive Director Nicole Roebuck between October and December 2015. In addition, former CEO Stanley James Hughey was compensated $222,109 for work between February and October, and prior to that, former Executive Director Jose Rodriguez-Diaz received $22,329 for January to February of that year.
Total Income: $9,534,464
Total Expenses: $8,824,837
Total Gifts, Grants and Contributions: $8,418,202
Top Gift, Grant or Contributor: Information not disclosed
Did You Know? In 2014, AID Atlanta became the direct provider of outpatient ambulatory healthcare for HIV-positive patients. In 2015, $2.1 million was spent to provide STD and HIV testing and treatment, plus primary care, to these individuals, regardless of their ability to pay for services.
Atlanta Pride (2015)
Mission: Promote unity, visibility and self-esteem amongst members of the LGBT community in Atlanta and beyond by sponsoring and hosting a number of events throughout the year.
Head Honcho Pay: $35,555
In 2015, former Executive Director Buck Cooke’s term overlapped with that of the new executive director, Jamie Green-Fergerson. Cooke’s salary was reported on the IRS Form 990 as $38,256 for that year.
Total Income: $782,469
Total Expenses: $826,801
Total Gifts, Grants and Contributions: $500,772
Top Gift, Grant or Contribution: Coca-Cola and T-M
obile USA at $50,000 each
Did You Know? About 250,000 people attended the 45th annual Atlanta Pride Festival in October 2015. That festival was supported by a number of corporate donors as well, including Wells Fargo, Atlanta Beverage Company, Target and MailChimp.
Charis Circle (2015)
Mission: Works directly with authors, activists and artists across the South to bring innovative and thoughtful programming to Atlanta’s feminist communities.
Head Honcho Pay: $30,000
Total Income: $102,149
Total Expenses: $92,812
Total Gifts, Grants and Contributions: $102,149
Top Gift, Grant or Contribution: Sheila Anderson of Atlanta, $25,000
Did You Know? Since 2011, Charis Circle collected more than $353,000 in donations and gifts, which go toward hosting feminist and inclusive events and
workshops at the for-profit Charis Books and More.
Georgia Equality and Equality Foundation of Georgia (2015-16)
Mission: Works with legislators and other organizations to advance fairness, safety and opportunity for Georgia’s LGBT communities.
Georgia Equality files the IRS Form 990 based on fiscal years. Information was gathered from provided budget and financial audit for September 2015 to September 2016.
Head Honcho Pay: $87,000
Total Income: $1,429,400
Total Expenses: $1,414,170
Total Gifts, Grants and Contributions: $870,170
Top Gift, Grant or Contribution: Gill Foundation, $200,000
Did You Know? Many of Georgia Equality and the Equality Foundation of Georgia’s operating expenses are covered by in-kind donations totaling just shy of $65,000 each year. These include rent, utilities, office expenses, phones and tech support.
Jerusalem House (2015)
Mission: Provide permanent housing to Atlanta’s low-income and homeless individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Head Honcho Pay: $117,200
Total Income: $5,255,976
Total Expenses: $5,274,585
Total Gifts, Grants and Contributions: $4,905,987
Top Gift, Grant or Contribution: $3,338,796 was given by an undisclosed donor
Did You Know? In 2015, Jerusalem House provided 144 apartments around the metro Atlanta area for low-income families or families with at least one member who had HIV/AIDS. In addition, 12 apartments were provided for single, HIV-positive mothers and their families. More than $3.9 million comes from government grants to help fund these programs.
Lost-n-Found Youth, Inc. (2015)
Mission: Assists homeless LGBT youth in Atlanta with transitioning to permanent housing.
Head Honcho Pay: $49,154
Total Income: $508,858
Total Expenses: $413,304
Total Gifts, Grants and Contributions: $326,154
Top Gift, Grant or Contribution: An anonymous donor from Community Foundation donated an undisclosed amount in 2015 as Lost-n-Found’s biggest contributor, per Lost-n-Found Youth Executive Director Rick Westbrook. Since a Schedule B form wasn’t filed, the amount was less than $5,000.
Did You Know? The sale of donated clothing and household goods from Lost-n-Found’s original thrift store location — prior to its Norcross shop opening — brought in $527,151 during 2015.
Mission: Provides networking and leadership to address health issues affecting black gay men, and build a community adamant about eliminating these conditions.
Head Honcho Pay: $64,536
Total income: $1,264,855
Total expenses: $1,177,022
Total Gifts, Grants and Contributions: $870,658
Top Gift, Grant or Contribution: Gilead Sciences, $158,137
Did you know? Between 2013 and 2015, more than 6,000 HIV tests were conducted thanks to donations to NAESM. The organization identified more than 125 patients during this time period. The majority of funding for these programs, in 2015, came from grants totaling $868,577.
Out On Film (2016)
Mission: Showcase films with a LGBT connection and highlight out actors, directors and others involved in the movie industry through an annual festival.
Head Honcho Pay: $28,000
Total Income: $58,693
Total Expenses: $62,592
Total Gifts, Grants and Contributions: $29,479
Top Gift, Grant or Contribution: $5,000 each was donated by Fulton County Arts and Culture, Turner Broadcasting System and Out On Film Board Chair Craig Hardesty
Did You Know? During the 2016 Out On Film Festival, nearly 9,000 movie buffs watched 121 films and documentaries. Out On Film recently received a $90,000 grant from Turner Broadcasting, which is split into $30,000 for each of the 2017, ’18 and ’19 festivals — just in time for the 30th anniversary this year.
Pride School Atlanta (2016 to 2017)
Mission: Provide a safe, inclusive, gender-affirming school environment for Atlanta’s K-12 students, and be a voice for advocacy in the community.
Information gathered for this section comes from a 2016 to 2017 profit and loss statement. Pride School filed for an exemption for its 2016 Form 990 as
it did not meet the designated receipt threshold of $50,000 for the 2016 calendar year.
Head Honcho Pay: $16,000
Total Income: $89,974
Total Expenses: $78,085.50
Total Gifts, Grants and Contributions: $27,009.98
Top Gift, Grant or Contribution: Drag queen Ruby Redd’s community fundraising events brought in $3,700, and local artist Randi Michelson donated approximately $12,000 in in-kind donations of custom Pride swag. Aon Corporation is expected to donate $5,000 this year, Pride School’s largest donation yet.
Did You Know? For school operations — things like library books, liability insurance, technology, classroom supplies, printing and copying — it cost $5,870.30 to keep Pride School’s day-to-day going strong during this school year.
Real Youth, Inc. (2014)
Mission: Foster a positive networking and mentoring environment f
or LGBT and ally youth.
Information gathered for this section comes from a three-year tax plan submitted in 2014.
Head Honcho Pay: Information not provided
Total Income: $10,000
Total Expenses: $9,100
Total Gifts, Grants and Contributions: $8,500
Top Gift, Grant or Contribution: Information not disclosed
Did you know? Donations to Real Youth go toward renting office space for drop-in group sessions and purchasing food for community events, such as meals distributed to those in need by Real Youth members and mentors.
Someone Cares, Inc. (2015)
Mission: Address the health disparities of HIV/AIDS in the LGBT community and provide needed services, education and outreach to the Atlanta area.
Head Honcho Pay: $89,537
Total Income: $737,853
Total Expenses: $557,681
Total Gifts, Grants and Contributions: $93,461
Top Gift, Grant or Contribution: Information not disclosed
Did You Know? In 2015, $127,063 was spent on the Reaching,
Educating, Assisting and Liberating Trans (REAL/T) program, one of three major initiatives put forth by Someone Cares. REAL/T reached 918 transgender individuals that year, providing programming to assist them
with job readiness, name change, mental health and HIV and STD screenings.
Mission: Serve as a resource, education and support space for families of transgender and gender nonconforming children.
This information comes from a 2017 budget.
Head Honcho Pay: Information not disclosed
Total Income: $103,635
Total Expenses: $87,894
Total Gifts, Grants and Contributions: $32,810
Top Gift, Grant or Contribution: Atlanta Pride, $1,500
Did You Know? It costs about $7,500 to put on the THEA Family Symposium each spring.
The Health Initiative (2015)
Mission: Improve the health and well-being of Georgia’s LGBT community through education, access to support and advocacy.
Financials for The Health Initiative also include the full operation of the Phillip Rush Center.
Head Honcho Pay: $74,900
Total Income: $486,169
Total Expenses: $533,317
Total Gifts, Grants and Contributions: $345,794
Top Gift, Grant or Contribution: Seedco, $146,004
Did You Know? The Rush Center is a program of The Health Initiative, but an agreement exists between it and the Equality Foundation of Georgia to share responsibility for various aspects of the Rush Center’s activities. This includes cosigning the lease for extra space and helping to raise funds for the program.
Trans Housing Atlanta, Inc. (2016)
Mission: Provide homeless transgender and gender nonconforming individuals with access to safe housing, job readiness training and supportive care.
Trans Housing Atlanta was exempt from filing an IRS Form 990 in 2016 because it did not meet the threshold of having receipts greater than $50,000 for that calendar year.
Head Honcho Pay: Entirely volunteer-led
Total expenses: $7,600
Total Gifts, Grants and Contributions: Information not disclosed
Top Gift, Grant or Contribution: Information not disclosed
Did You Know? In addition to offering micro-grant assistance for things like emergency housing and utility assistance, Trans Housing Atlanta provides free
legal assistance and education about knowing your rights when facing eviction.
* Denotes year for which most recent data was provided