Gay Religious Groups and Community-Based Nonprofits, Not Large Advocacy Organizations, Get Highest Ratings
Gay Christian Network and Keshet, Inc. are two of the top three nonprofits, and both work to support gays and lesbians who want to be a part of religious communities. The success of religious organizations in the 2009 Pride Choice Awards shows the large impact these groups have on the LGBTQ people they serve. It suggests that today’s gay and lesbian population wants a connection with religions that have spurned them in the past.
“There are so many great nonprofits that don’t have an advertising budget and are not household names. Similar to what Yelp has done for small restaurants, we enable grassroots nonprofits to gain recognition,” says Perla Ni, CEO and founder of GreatNonprofits. “Now there’s an even playing field through the genuine testimonials and reviews of people who have seen the work of a nonprofit first-hand. Donors and volunteers now have a source of information for which nonprofits are accountable and effective.”
The winning organizations of the 2009 GreatNonprofits Pride Choice Awards are:
Annual Budget Less Than $250,000
Gay Christian Network
GCN helps individuals reconcile their faith and sexuality. Best known for its online “safe space” community, GCN also offers a weekly podcast, a YouTube series, and a groundbreaking new documentary. It builds networks of supportive Christian communities and promotes the full acceptance of LGBT people.
“GCN was an amazing resource and source of support for me as I struggled with what it meant to be both gay and Christian, and how to reconcile these two supposedly contrary notions. The website's various forums provide ample opportunities for individuals to find their own niche, and local gatherings take the sense of community fostered online one step farther, into the real world, where GCN can reach out not only to the GLBT community but also to the larger Christian community.”
- Cream City Foundation
- Gay Christian Network
- Golden Rainbow Senior Center
- Human Rights Campaign
- Immigration Equality
- Keshet, Inc.
- L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center
- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
- Shanti Project
- Straight Spouse Network
- The Trevor Project
- Utah Pride Center
- Whosoever Ministries