2017 Annual Report

Since our founding in 1983, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center has proudly served as the heart and home of the LGBTQ community. The Center empowers people to lead healthy, successful lives while celebrating our diversity and advocating for justice and opportunity. Here we look back on 2017 to share highlights of our work throughout the year to support the LGBTQ community.

Photo by Richard C. Wandel

Leading the Charge

The Center begins the year by reviewing our 2016 numbers. When we compare the final two months of 2016 (post-election) to the same period in 2015, we see an overall increase in services usage of 35%, an increase of 23% in new client intakes and a 39% increase in our referrals and linkages to other community services. Motivated to act, we begin strategizing how to better support our community and amplify voices that are often unheard. Tatiana, a Center Youth program member, shares why it’s important to lead the charge in advocating for what you believe in and to activate in support of fellow community members.

Tatiana’s story

Crossing Boroughs

With four staff members at health clinics in Queens and Brooklyn, The Center expands its HIV services to provide testing, PEP and PrEP education and access beyond our Manhattan location. Program outreach includes a system-wide subway advertising campaign encouraging riders to “Take Part in a Sexual Health Revolution,” created in collaboration with illustrator Louisa Bertman.

Breaking Records and Trailblazing

The Center welcomes Hillary Rodham Clinton at Center Dinner, raising a record-breaking $1.8 million to benefit The Center’s vital programs and services for the LGBTQ community, including a new program announced by Executive Director Glennda Testone that will support future advocacy efforts.

Tonight we’re committing to a new investment in our activist roots, launching an advocacy and mobilization program… It isn’t enough to just resist, we must constantly be taking steps to make actual change and have an impact on people’s lives. —Glennda Testone

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at Center Dinner.

Family Matters

The Center’s Kidding Around events, a series of free play days for LGBTQ families with children 8 years old and under, draw hundreds to experience creative themes and activities each month. The little ones enjoy spring farm celebrations, magical moments, a Halloween spooktacular and much more, all in a welcoming, affirming environment.

The Center also launches The LGBTQ Institute for Family Therapy Certification Program (LIFT). LIFT is the first and only LGBTQ-specific family therapy certification program offering specialized training for clinicians to keep families with LGBTQ children unified, and support the reunification efforts of families who are separated from their LGBTQ children.

Photos by Richard Mitchell

A Million Reasons to Celebrate Pride

On Sunday, June 18, Senator Chuck Schumer announces a $1 million grant from Google.org to The Center to create the Stonewall National Monument digital experience. News of the grant reaches far and wide, and a crowd of hundreds sporting shirts with custom illustrations by artist Daniel Arzola join The Center in celebration at the annual NYC Pride March.

The 2017 NYC Pride March

We’re All AIDS Activists

With 327 riders and crew on the road, Cycle for the Cause raises a recordbreaking $1.5 million to support The Center’s HIV and AIDS services. A group of fierce activists emerge from three days of riding their bikes from Boston to NYC, recommitting with every mile to the fight to end AIDS.

Cycle for the Cause

An Anniversary Worth Celebrating

Center Recovery celebrates its 10 year anniversary as the only New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) licensed outpatient substance use treatment program specifically designed for the LGBTQ community. In 2016, Center Recovery expanded to treat youth and young people ages 13 and up.

Teamwork Works

In the fall, The Center teams up with Immigration Equality, the nation’s leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization, and award-winning photographer Steven Laxton on a photography exhibit titled “Free to Be Me.” The exhibit celebrates trans and queer asylum recipients building new lives in the U.S. and shares their powerful stories.

Photos by Bell Soto Studio


Program Services $8,620,546 76%
Management & General $1,483,942 13%
Fundraising $1,271,768 11%
Total Expenses $11,376,256

Statements of Financial Position as of June 30, 2017 and 2016




Cash and cash equivalents 4,873,960 2,313,277
Government grants receivable, net 1,239,199 982,730
Unconditional promises to give, net 765,256 757,209
Unconditional promises to give, net (capital project specific) 106,667 114,200
Other receivables, net 632,593 405,312
Prepaid expenses and other assets 337,902 345,244
Property, plant and equipment, net 17,388,163 18,162,716
$25,343,740 $23,080,688

Liabilities and Net Assets

Accounts payable and accrued expenses 724,413 685,152
Mortgages payable 2,088,590 2,147,042
Other liabilities 571,712 258,945
Total Liabilities 3,384,715 3,091,139
Net Assets 21,959,025 19,989,549
$25,343,740 $23,080,688

Statement of Activities and changes in net assets for years ending June 30, 2017 and 2016

Revenue and Support



Government grants 3,453,018 2,188,252
Contributions 4,390,781 2,897,030
Special events 3,117,125 2,061,071
Legacies and bequests 1,243,849 1,301,578
Other revenue 1,140,959 968,492
$13,345,732 $9,416,423


Program services 8,620,546 6,894,316
Management and general 1,483,942 771,096
Fundraising 1,271,768 1,859,202
$11,376,256 $9,524,614
Change in Net Assets 1,969,476 (108,191)
Net Assets, beginning of year 19,989,549 20,097,740
Net Assets, end of year 21,959,025 19,989,549


Young Leaders

Powsner Cooperberg Legacy Society (PCLS)

The Center gratefully acknowledges our PCLS members whose inclusion of The Center in their estate plans ensures The Center’s long-term future.

FY 2017 Annual Corporate Partners

We salute our annual corporate partners for their significant and sustained support of The Center.

Corporate Supporters

We are grateful to acknowledge the following corporations, firms and organizations that supported The Center with contributions of $5,000 or above.

  • ADP
  • ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo
  • Bal Harbour Shops
  • Balenciaga
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Barneys New York
  • BBDO
  • Bergen Logistics
  • Black Swan
  • BMI
  • BNY Mellon
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Broadridge
  • Brooks Limited
  • Bullish
  • Burberry
  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
  • California Cryobank
  • Capital One
  • Christopher Street Financial
  • Citi
  • co:collective
  • Coach
  • Condé Nast
  • Credit Suisse
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Deloitte
  • DTCC
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Diageo
  • diptyque SAS
  • Douglas Elliman
  • Equinox
  • Facebook
  • Foresters Financial
  • FreeWheel
  • Global Fertility & Genetics
  • Goldman Sachs
  • The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency Inc.
  • Gucci
  • HBO
  • Hearst Magazines
  • Holt Renfrew
  • Hughes, Hubbard and Reed LLP
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • IAC
  • IBM
  • JetBlue
  • Kantar
  • Kola House
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
  • Lenox Health Greenwich Village
  • Lizzie & Jonathan Tisch
  • L’Oreal Luxe
  • Marc Jacobs International
  • Marriott
  • Marvin Traub Associates
  • MassMutual
  • Master & Dynamic
  • McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Miami Design District
  • Microsoft
  • Milbank
  • MM Luxe Consulting
  • Moondog
  • Morgan Stanley
  • NBCUniversal
  • New England Fertility
  • OSA International
  • Parkview Physicians Group
  • PepsiCo
  • 3.1 Phillip Lim
  • Prudential
  • PwC
  • Ralph Lauren
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT
  • Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP
  • Ronald O. Perelman and Claudia Cohen Center for
  • Reproductive Medicine of Weill Cornell Medicine
  • The Row
  • Saks Fifth Avenue
  • Salesforce
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and
  • Affiliates
  • Societe Generale
  • Spectrum
  • Steven Volpe Design Inc.
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • TBWA
  • Theory
  • Twitter
  • Viacom
  • Vogue
  • Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
  • Wells Fargo Advisors
  • ?What If!
  • Workshop/APD
  • Worldwide Surrogacy Specialists LLC

Foundation Supporters

We are proud to recognize the following foundations that supported The Center’s diverse range of programs and services.

  • AHS Foundation
  • Anonymous
  • Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
  • Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
  • Calamus Foundation
  • Charles Hayden Foundation
  • Cowles Charitable Trust
  • Elton John AIDS Foundation
  • Frances L. & Edwin L. Cummings Memorial Fund
  • Google.org
  • Grace R. & Alan D. Marcus Foundation
  • Hearst Foundations
  • Hill-Snowdon Foundation
  • Keith Haring Foundation
  • Kors Le Pere Foundation
  • Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.
  • M•A•C AIDS Fund
  • MAXIMUS Foundation
  • National Park Foundation
  • New York Community Trust
  • New Yorkers For Children
  • NoVo Foundation
  • Palette Fund
  • Pinkerton Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Runnymeade Foundation
  • S&P Global Foundation
  • ViiV Healthcare
  • Wells Fargo