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YouthPride future remains uncertain as Dec. 31 fundraising deadline passes

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.

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YouthPride needs $40,000 by end of year or faces closure in 60 days

YouthPride Executive Director Terence McPhaul said today the nonprofit organization needs to raise $40,000 by Dec. 31 or faces having to close 60 days later.

The amount of money needed by the organization that serves metro-Atlanta lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth ages 13-24 has varied in the past two weeks. McPhaul said Dec. 8 he wished for $50,000. YouthPride Board Chair Jordan Myers took to Facebook Dec. 9 to say the agency needed to raise $25,000 in a week.

This week, McPhaul said the LGBT agency needs to raise $40,000 by Dec. 31 to cover all of its operating expenses. If the money is not raised, McPhaul said the agency will have to close 60 days after the Dec. 31 deadline.

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YouthPride board makes plea for $25,000 via Facebook

YouthPride board chair Jordan Myers took to Facebook today to make a plea to raise $25,000 in the next week. The agency that serves metro Atlanta LGBT youth may close if financial shortfalls aren't met, its executive director said yesterday.

"YouthPride in Atlanta provides COMPLETELY FREE services to LGBTQ youth. We need to raise $25K in the next week. Get out your check book and send a donation. Checks are best, since online takes longer to process. YP is the only family many of our youth have. PUT THE WORD OUT! YouthPride needs YOUR help. Go to for our mailing address and additional info," Myers' post reads.

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YouthPride ‘may be forced to close’ unless significant money raised soon

Terrance McPahul

A financial crisis at YouthPride has put the nonprofit agency that serves LGBT youth at risk of closing, the executive director said late Thursday.

"Donations are not coming at a pace we would like. We have bills to be paid. We've experienced this year to year," said Terence McPhaul, executive director of YouthPride.

And if tens of thousands of dollars aren't raised, the agency that has served LGBT youth since 1995 may shut its doors in 60-90 days. YouthPride offers a range of services for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 13-24 in the metro Atlanta area.

"We are certainly in a crisis. The money has to be raised … or we may be forced to close our doors," McPhaul said.