ARLINGTON GAY & LESBIAN ALLIANCE

We're out in Northern Virginia

aka AGLA   |   Arlington, VA   |  http://www.agla.org/

Mission

AGLA is a strong beacon for EQUALITY that serves the LGBTQ community and their Allies in Northern Virginia. It is an inclusive nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) people and straight allies. AGLA provides social activities, nonpartisan political awareness, and community service for many civic groups. More information is available at http://www.agla.org/

Ruling year info

2001

President

Mr. Bruce W Hightower

Main address

PO Box 100324

Arlington, VA 22210 USA

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EIN

54-1955931

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Now more than ever, there is a strong need for support and advocacy for those members of our society who are marginalized and voiceless. Those in our society who are gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer/questioning are especially vulnerable and in need of that support. And although some progress is being made, violence and discrimination against the LGBTQ community continues to occur.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance (AGLA)

Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Rights Advocacy; Community Service Activists; Social Events; Recreational Activities; Political Awareness; Promoting Safe Schools; Philanthropic and Other Volunteer Activities; Development and Training of Similar Grassroots Organizations in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AGLA is a strong beacon for equality and hope that serves the LGBTQ community and their Allies in Northern Virginia. It strives to be an inclusive organization that helps provide support and assistance to the LGBTQ community in many different contexts, including social activities, nonpartisan political awareness, and community service for many civic groups, promoting safe schools, philanthropic and other volunteer activities and the development and training of similar grassroots organizations in the Commonwealth of Virginia -- and to have some fun while doing it.

AGLA has a strong commitment to the community it serves. It is a local go-to resource for the media and local elected officials and candidates, particularly with regard to awareness information on workplace protections and other issues of importance to its LGBTQ members.

AGLA thrives with a wide variety of fun activities for members, including ice cream socials, annual library potlucks, scholarship receptions, pageants and brunches.

AGLA also has a robust online presence to keep members informed and up-to-date on activities, with a Facebook Page, Twitter feed, and e-newsletters.

AGLA also serves as a conduit for cross-organizational collaboration with such nonprofits as the Imperial Court of Washington, DC, Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia, Gay Men’s Health Collaborative, PFLAG and Northern Virginia Pride.

In 2015 the AGLA Board of Directors unanimously voted to expand AGLA’s geographic outreach to include LGBTQ’s and Allies in Northern Virginia yet at the same time retained use of the legacy “AGLA” acronym in all promotional references. The core organizational structure, including bylaws, legal name, and tripartite mission, remained completely intact.

AGLA's strong, dedicated leadership and member base has not only enabled it to successfully meet its goals since its inception, but to also set the bar higher to achieve new goals.

Since its inception in 1981, AGLA has addressed equal rights issues for the LGTBQ community from a local and state perspective. Its early goals focused on the very basics of visibility and equal rights as well as the organization of candidates’ forums and it has built on those since then.

The Arlington County Board’s passage of the Arlington Human Rights Ordinance in 1990 galvanized AGLA and propelled it toward the mission it fulfills today. AGLA defined itself as a social, nonpartisan political, and community service organization and began performing and publicizing our community service work.

We specifically decided to perform regular community service projects in conjunction with straight, community-based organizations as a means of familiarizing the community with AGLA and educating straight Arlingtonians about gays and lesbians. Our efforts included joining the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and exhibiting positive images at the family-oriented Arlington County Fair. Additionally, AGLA used our community service approach to build political support among elected officials.

AGLA had become highly visible, had built public and political support, and had received a legal opinion that the county could provide enforceable human rights protections. (To date, the legal opinion has never been challenged in court and the Human Rights Commission has investigated and won cases for gay men and lesbians who have been discriminated against.)

Meanwhile, AGLA continued our social and political activities, generating greater attendance and participation at candidate forums and placing greater emphasis on increasing membership and participation among women and minorities.

In February 2000, the AGLA College Scholarship Fund was established with the Arlington Community Foundation (ACF). Currently, AGLA awards one outstanding high school senior per year with a $2,500 scholarship. Recipients are members of their school’s Gay Straight Alliance or whose accomplishments demonstrate significant support for the Arlington Public Schools’ policies of diversity, fairness and safety, as demonstrated in an essay.

In 2001, AGLA launched Words by Women, a literary program aimed at bringing writers and poets to the county. With its focus on works about lesbian women and women of color, WbW branched out in 2003 as a stand-alone organization.

AGLA also successfully helped energize others to establish similar organizations to support other Virginians. In 2002, AGLA helped spawn FGLOP (Fairfax Gay & Lesbian Organizing Project), now known as Equality Fairfax. In 2003, AGLA and Equality Fairfax began helping Loudoun County LGBT leaders to form the Loudoun Equality Action Project, now known as Equality Loudoun.

AGLA continues to set its sights high and to strive for equality for all LGTBQ members of our society.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ARLINGTON GAY & LESBIAN ALLIANCE

Board of directors
as of 6/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Bruce Hightower

AGLA

Term: 2016 - 2018

Daniel Hayes

AGLA

Leah Pellegrino

AGLA

Bruce Hightower

AGLA

Maxine Andres

AGLA

Randy Tidd

AGLA

Stan Novacki

AGLA

Jean Ponton

AGLA

Joseph Rippin

AGLA

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No