Equality Utah has been named as one of the top 12 local equality and support groups in the country. Philanthropedia, a division of GuideStar which reports on U.S. nonprofits, ranked the group seventh among gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally organizations that had a high impact on their local community.
Over 100 experts across the country working in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender sector were asked to recommend up to four nonprofits making significant contributions in LGBT equality and support on the national level and up to three nonprofit making a significant contribution at the state and local level. They were encourage to consider a range of nonprofits, including those working in policy and advocacy, research, public education, legal support, health and human services, community centers, social organizations and more. Equality Utah Executive Director Brandie Balken and Utah Pride Center Executive Director Valerie Larabee are among the 110 experts who participated in the study.
The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center won the top ranking for local organizations and Lambda Legal won for top national organization.
Other Utah groups recommended were Volunteers of America Utah, ACLU of Utah and the Utah Pride Center.
The recommendation Equality Utah received said the group’s impact is on policy change at the city and county levels and that its strengths are leadership, finances and staff. It also said the group could improve by creating more collaborations and partnerships. The group received 10 votes for and one vote against.
The full list can be found at the Philanthropedia web site.