Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Dear Community Member,You may have read about the LGBT Network’s relationship with the New York State Department of Health (DOH). Please be assured that we will continue providing the full array of critical services that you have come to expect, despite DOH’s grossly distorted and unfair portrayal of the organization.
We were responsive to DOH’s many requests over the last three years, during which they did not reimburse us for the services we provided to the LGBTQ community. Despite these challenges, the organization is in a solid financial position, and our programs and services for the LGBTQ community shall continue without interruption.
The LGBT Network has nearly three decades of experience, and a documented history of superior service to the community. We operate with transparency and integrity to support our life-saving work for LGBT people.
We take seriously the need for transparency as a non-profit organization. We meet all compliance requirements as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, including filing our annual 990 as well as Audited Financial Statements for organizations of the LGBT Network. These 990s are publicly available on websites like Guidestar.com. Moreover, in recent years, we have selected a new auditor as a best practice in the sector.
We ensure that we operate with the highest degree of integrity when it comes to managing the funds we receive. In 2021, we expanded our infrastructure by hiring an internal Chief Financial Officer. Our Board of Directors provides oversight to our President/CEO and financial management to ensure that every dollar we receive, both publicly and privately, is used in its intended manner – to support programs and services for the LGBTQ community. “The Board of Directors believes in and backs the leadership of our President/CEO David Kilmnick. The Board has been involved with this process and continues its role providing oversight,” states Board Chair, Floyd T. Feather.
We believe our work speaks for itself.
- In the last 2 years alone, we have delivered 1,526 group and education programs for the LGBTQ community, both in-person and virtually for 13,642 people.
- Since 2010 when LGBT Network’s HIV program began, we have helped more than 2,000 people to know their status and access prevention services, including 338 HIV tests from 2019 through 2021.
- In the last 10 years, we conducted 3,500+ education programs in schools, organizations, and workplaces reaching more than 100,000 people.
Just this past weekend, we held our LGBT Families Expo & Fair welcoming more than 150 people to build a community of LGBT-headed families. And next week on March 16th at Citi Field, we will welcome more than 500 youth from across Long Island and Queens for our LGBT Youth Conference, that we have held for more than 25 years.
We stand by our work, and we ask that you continue to stand with us as we continue to help LGBT people to be themselves, to stay healthy, and to change the world.
Don’t take it from us: See and watch for yourself about how LGBT Network serves the LGBT community, and the impact of our work.
Video Testimonials and Interviews:
- Testimonial from WinterFlower
- Finn’s story
- LGBT-friendly Affordable Housing: “Elaine”
- Thank you from East End Youth
- Riverhead Middle School GSA – 2022 Conference
- Night of Noise
- 2019 Families Expo
- LGBT Network 25th Anniversary
- 2022 Families Expo
- 2019 Workplace Summit
- 2019 Hauppauge Center Grand Opening
- Pride on the Beach
- 2019 Youth Conference at Stony Brook
- 2018 East End GSA Mixer
- 2017 LGBT Youth Prom
- 2017 Transgender Day of Remembrance
COMMUNICATING WITH YOU
If you would like to speak with us further and learn more, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would welcome the chance to connect. Thank you.