26 Jul 2016
July 26, 2016

Equity Foundation Supports Q Center with $5,000 Grant

July 26, 2016

Q Center
For Immediate Release:  7/26/2016
Contact Person:  Justin Pabalate, Executive Co-Director
Phone:  (503) 278-3470

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Q Center receives a $5,000 grant from Equity Foundation to increase participation and among least served populations.

The staff and board of Q Center are humbled and thoroughly excited to be the recipients of a $5,000 community impact grant from Equity Foundation to improve program evaluation, community outreach, and create more collaborative programming and leadership development specifically focused on our four least served populations. You can play a vital role in supporting this work by joining Q Center’s monthly donor cohort called Q Team. For more information about Q Team visit us here.

The project this funding supports is to identify and take action to better meet the needs of populations that are currently underserved at Q Center. Based on survey response and 2015 participation data, we know that Q Center’s community outreach, leadership development, and programming must evolve to better serve four intersecting LGBTQIA+ populations: youth, people of color, people with disabilities, and trans and gender nonbinary people.

Over the past year, we’ve used the data that we already had to move toward a more equitable LGBTQIA+ community center, primarily through internal leadership development and collaboration with other organizations already serving marginalized intersections in our community. Our staff and board much more reflect the diversity of the communities that we serve, and we’ve partnered strategically with organizations such as PFLAG Portland Black Chapter and the Equi Institute to increase culturally specific programming and services for youth, people of color, and trans and nonbinary people at Q Center.

We’re already seeing tangible results from these efforts: overall visitors increased by 15% in the second half of 2015; the average age of a Q Center visitor dropped from 49 to 27; and program and event participation by people of color doubled on average. This year we’ll build on those initial steps through a community needs assessment, program evaluation, community outreach, and more collaborative programming and leadership development specifically focused on our four least served populations.

About Q Center: As the largest LGBTQIA+ community center in the Pacific Northwest, Q Center proudly champions the visibility, empowerment, affinity, and well-being of the LGBTQIA+ communities of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Our drop-in community, support, and event space is frequented by 1,100 to 1,400 people monthly, with up to 15,000 onsite visits per year. Visitors range in age from 2 to 94 and span the sexual and gender minority spectrum. Q Center is frequently the first stop for new arrivals in Portland, and is an anchor for longtime residents who are newly out or questioning their sexual or gender identity.

A convener and community hub, Q Center connects LGBTQIA+ community members and organizations serving our communities with resources that foster mutual recognition, belonging, and resiliency. Our staff, board, and volunteers are invested in making lasting impacts in the lives of everyone we serve and creating a stronger, healthier and more connected community. You can play a vital role in supporting this work by joining Q Center’s monthly donor cohort called Q Team.  For more information about Q Team visit us here.

About Equity Foundation: Equity Foundation funds equality. They believe our communities should be safe for LGBTQ individuals and that sexual orientation and gender identity should not be the basis for social alienation or legal discrimination. Equity lives this vision by granting to non-profits that provide services that protect LBGTQ Youth; provide those living HIV/AIDS stable housing and support services; advance Transgender justice; produce art as a tool for social change, and engage different communities on LGBTQ issues.

Equity Foundation is a community foundation. Gifts from donors fund their general cycle grant program. They also manage scholarship funds and donor advised funds.

For information how to start your own donor advised fund or scholarship through Equity Foundation, contact Dani Bernstein at 503-231-5759 or by email at danib@equityfoundation.org.