August 11, 2009

San Francisco Pride to Distribute Funds to Nonprofit Partners
Over 85 Diverse Beneficiaries to Receive Grants
at 8/18 Check Granting Party

San Francisco, CA – 11 August 2009 – Over 85 community-based, nonprofit organizations will receive grant checks in recognition of their participation in the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee's 2009 Community Partners Program.

The Community Partners Program benefits nonprofit organizations based in the Bay Area whose mission involves services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community or whose work supports people living with HIV/AIDS or breast cancer.   In recent years, the Pride Celebration Committee has made a push to recruit new and diverse organizations into the program, increasing the number of grantees by 55% since 2005..

Since the start of the program in 1997, grants to Pride's Community Partners total more than $1.4 million, which does not include monies for grants to be given out next week.  The 2009 Check Granting Party will take place on Tuesday, August 18th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the SF LGBT Community Center.

Joshua Smith, Interim Executive Director, stated:

The Community Partners Program generates significant and much needed funding for these community-based, non-profit organizations. With government funding for crucial community programs and health services being slashed, supporting our Partners with grants is as important as ever.  This program is only successful because of the hard work, dedication and relentless enthusiasm of these fantastic volunteers. We are eager to express the depth of Pride’s gratitude to them at next week’s Check Party.

Organizations participating in the Community Partners Program provide volunteers to manage beverage booths and donation gates at the annual two-day San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade. In return for their service, the Pride Celebration Committee grants proceeds from these operations back to the participating community organizations based on the amount of volunteer hours worked.   

The 2010 San Francisco Pride event theme is scheduled to be chosen by Pride’s membership at their Annual General Meeting on September 20, 2009. Public theme suggestions are strongly encouraged and may be sent to theme@sfpride.org or by regular post to: San Francisco Pride, ATTN: 2010 Theme, 1800 Market Street, PMB #5, San Francisco, CA 94102. The 40th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade will take place over the weekend of June 26 and June 27, 2010.

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Our 2009 Community Partners
Building Community through Pride

This year’s list represents the largest number of organizations participating in the Program since it’s inception in 1997.  We have been able to give back over $1.4 million to our Community Partners since that time.

The Community Partners Program is a beneficiary program open to non-profit organizations in the Bay Area. Community organizations provide Pride with volunteers the weekend of the event for our donations gates and our beverage booths, and in return, Pride awards the organizations with a grant.

2009 Community Partners

…And Castro For All

AIDS Coalition Silicon Valley

AIDS Housing Alliance San Francisco

Alameda County Leather Corps

American Legion Alexander Hamilton Post 448

Amor Sin Fronteras

Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center

Badboys Softball Team - San Francisco Gay Softball League

Bay Area Derby Girls

Bay Area Rainbow Symphony

The Bears of San Francisco

Bethany United Methodist Church

Bob Basker Post #315 of the American Legion

The Billy Foundation & Billy Club

The California Men's Gathering

California Prevention & Education Project

Castro Country Club

Castro Lions Club Charities

Celebrate Life Spiritualist Community

Center for Sex & Culture

Center Women Present

Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth

Cougars Softball

Council of Grand Dukes and Grand Duchesses of San Francisco

Dimensions Clinic

The Diversity Center/ South Bay Bears

Dolores Street Community Services

Femina Potens

FilmArtGender.com

Folsom Street Events

Freedom in Christ Church

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society

Gay-Straight Alliance Network

Glide Health Services

Golden Gate Men's Chorus

Golden State Gay Rodeo Association - Bay Area Chapter

Homeless Children's Network

Homo A Go Go

Immune Enhancement Project

Imperial Council of San Francisco

Imperial Star Empire of Alameda County

Lavender Seniors of the East Bay

Lesbian & Gay Chorus of San Francisco

Lighthouse Community Center

Lyon-Martin Women's Health Services

Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco

Most Holy Redeemer Church AIDS Support Group

NectArena/ BRAVA

New Leaf: Services for Our Community

NIA Collective

One Knighters - Knights Softball Team

Our Family Coalition

OutLoud Radio

Pagan Alliance

Pets Are Wonderful Support

Project Inform

Project Open Hand

QDBA's QueerBallroom.com

Quan Yin Healing Arts

Queer Alliance City College San Francisco

Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County

Rainbow World Fund

Royal Grand Ducal Council of Alameda County

Saint James Infirmary

San Francisco Adult Day Services Network

San Francisco Fog Rugby Football Club

San Francisco Gay Basketball Association

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus

San Francisco Gay Softball League

San Francisco Sex Information

San Francisco Spikes Soccer Club

San Francisco Track and Field Club

San Francisco Tsunami Masters Swim Team

San Francisco Tsunami Water Polo

Sex Workers Outreach Project - Norcal

SF Boylesque

SF Inferno of the San Francisco Gay Softball League

The Shanti Project

Skate Like A Girl San Francisco

Soul of Pride - The African American Diaspora Stage & Village

STOP AIDS Project

Temenos Catholic Worker Organization

Tenderloin Health

Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners

Theatre Rhinoceros

Transgender Law Center

Transgender San Francisco

Visual Aid - Artists for AIDS Relief

Youth Step Towards Addressing Racism

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About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC):
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFPride.org) is a non-profit membership organization founded to produce the annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade. With its office located at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center, San Francisco Pride is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation. A world leader in the Pride movement, San Francisco Pride is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program. Since 1997, SFLGBTPCC has granted over $1.4 million dollars from proceeds of the Pride Celebration and Parade to local non-profit LGBT organizations and those organizations serving the HIV/AIDS and breast cancer communities.

About the 2010 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade:
2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The theme for the 40th SFPride.org..

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan
Deputy Executive Director
1800 Market Street, PMB #5
San Francisco, CA  94102
Phone (415) 864-0831 ext.102   Fax (415) 864-5889
media [at] sfpride.org

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