29 Aug 2017
August 29, 2017

Stacey and Justin’s Big Move

August 29, 2017

You can find a letter from Justin and Stacey and the full announcement here.

After two years as Executive Co-Directors, Stacey and Justin have decided to pass the keys of Q Center to new leadership. Starting in September, Justin will step into a new role as part time support staff and Stacey will enter into that same role at the end of October. They will both stay on through the end of the year to help the new leadership team get acclimated and to ensure programs, services, and fundraising efforts continue uninterrupted.

Stacey and Justin’s goal as Executive Co-Directors was to help rebuild Q Center after its near closure at the beginning of 2015. After two and half years that goal has been accomplished! Here’s a few indicators of how and why we know:

  • After their first full year as a leadership team, Q Center ended 2016 with a positive cash flow for the first time since 2013 and only the second time since 2007.
  • After reestablishing trust with the community, In 2016 we saw an increase of overall visits to Q Center by 5,000 over the year before for a total of 20,000 visits!
  • After demonstrating financial responsibility, we saw an increase in the number of grants from 2 grants totalling $26,000 in 2015 to a combined 7 totally $122,000 in 2016 and 2017.

Why now?
Stacey and Justin accepted the roles as Executive Co-Directors knowing that it would take an immense amount of time and energy to re-establish Q Center as a trusted and stable resource. Now that this goal has been achieved, they have chosen to pass on the keys of the Q Center to the next leadership team so that the center can have fresh eyes and an energized leadership team that can see the center and community through the next phase of growth and sustainability.

Candidly, they deserve a break! They’ve sacrificed their personal time and health to serve our community by leading Q Center during its darkest hour. They’re unique leaders — a lot of times we witness people in positions of power that remain indefinitely. By moving on they’re opening up an opportunity to evolve their leadership, as well as opening a door for other LGBTQ+ community members to move into leadership roles.

Are they leaving on good terms?
Absolutely! So much so that they have agreed to stay on in part time roles as support staff and advisors for the next E.D. That is super rare in the nonprofit world and we are so grateful to them for their generosity of time. This totally demonstrates their commitment to our community and we’re all lucky to have them. Things they will be helping with:

  • Ensuring operations and programming continue without interruption.
  • Ensuring fundraising efforts continue as planned.
  • Training the new leadership team on systems and introducing them to funders, community members, and volunteers.

Come celebrate our collective success at this year’s SHINE gala on 10/8.  You can purchase tickets here. If you’re unable to join us at the gala and would like to make a donation to Q Center in Stacey and Justin’s honor you can do that here-thank you SO much for your generosity.

Is Q Center financially stable?
Yes. In fact, more so than it has been in over 8 years.  In 2016 we ended with a positive cash flow which is the first time since 2013 and only the second time in 8 years. We’re proud of our financial accomplishments and not shy about showing them off! You can see all our past 990s on Guidestar.org. 990s are nonprofits’ tax returns and are available to the public.  2016’s 990s are still being process but will be available on guidestar/our website in December.

Join us at the GALA!
SHINE is our annual brunch gala and we want you to join us to celebrate Stacey and Justin and everything the Q Center family has accomplished with their leadership. We’ll get updates from staff and board and will be honoring some of our community leaders. This year’s gala is on Sunday October 8th from 10:30-2 brunch and all you can drink mimosas are included! You can purchase tickets here.

What is the vision for Q Center after Justin and Stacey leave?
The vision for Q Center is to continue to be a trusted resource for LGBTQ+ community and to provide the safe space our communities need to collaborate, celebrate, mourn, rally, and grow.