Equal Pay For Equal Work
SF Pride Announces Changes to Community Partner Program
Community Groups To Share An Anticipated $160,000

2003 was another great year for grants from San Francisco Pride to the Community. In spite of the dismal economic climate, the Pride Committee was able to sustain the momentum of the past five years and set a new record. Grants to the community rose to an impressive $156,209.17, up 20% on the previous year.

Commenting, Pride Committee President, Joey Cain, said: “The SF Pride Celebration Committee is always looking for ways to increase community involvement in the event. Our Community Partner Program gives small, medium and large organizations a chance to participate while helping to fund the vital programs they provide to the LGBT community. We hope the changes we have made in the program this year will encourage more groups to become involved.”

It is not just the amount that has increased but also the number of organizations benefiting (in 2003 fifty-three non-profits shared in the community windfall – ten more than in 2002).

Pride’s Community Partner Program, whereby Pride shares its beverage and gate donation revenues with other non-profit groups, continues to go from strength to strength. For organizations wishing to participate in 2004, information and application forms can be found at: http://www.sfpride.org/beapart/forms.htm

There are, however, changes to the program this year. In previous years organizations staffing beverage booths have received widely varying amounts according to location, menu and whether the booth was staffed on Saturday or Sunday. The program has been revised so that all funds are pooled and then participating organizations receive a share of the proceeds based upon the number of volunteer hours contributed.

Pride Executive Director, Teddy Witherington, said: “We believe that equal pay for equal work is a fairer and more equitable way to do things. Pride is about fairness, equality and diversity. Our community program has been revised to more accurately reflect that mission.”

Organizations interested in participating in the program must be able to field a minimum of 6 volunteers at the event. The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is March 12, 2004.

The 34th annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade and Celebration takes place over the weekend of June 26/27. The event theme is “Out 4 Justice”.