Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

EQUALITY CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE

Until the work is done.

aka EQCA Institute

Los Angeles, CA

Mission

Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve.

Ruling Year

2000

Executive Director

Rick Zbur

Main Address

3701 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 725

Los Angeles, CA 90010 USA

Keywords

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Civil Rights, California, Marriage, Equality

EIN

68-0438008

 Number

7099131932

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

The past few years have seen significant advancements for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights, including the legalization of marriage equality nationwide, the repeal of both Don't Ask Don't Tell and the Defense of Marriage Act, and the adoption in California of robust non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community. However, LGBTQ people still experience great disparities in health and wellbeing compared to the broader public. LGBTQ people suffer higher rates of homelessness, violence, depression, suicide, arrest, incarceration, substance abuse, and poverty, and lower rates of insurance coverage compared to the general public.

We are tackling these critical issues still facing LGBTQ people and our families through education, advocacy and mobilization programs to achieve our mission: full and lasting equality, acceptance and social justice for all people in our diverse LGBTQ communities, inside and outside of California.

Our programs

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Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Equality California brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve.

EQCAI has been a leader in the LGBTQ civil rights movement since our founding in 1999 during the fight for marriage equality in California and on a national stage. Since then, California has adopted comprehensive LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections and we have shifted our mission to encompass a broader, intersectional set of goals, focused on achieving full lived equality and social justice for all LGBTQ people. We expanded our mission to include reducing disparities in health and wellbeing that LGBTQ people suffer. Our current programming encompasses 5 main categories of work: Health and Health Advocacy, Education, Immigration, Leadership and Civil Rights.

Equality California Institute is the second largest LGBTQ civil rights and advocacy organization in the nation, with a membership list of upwards of 800,000 individuals. Our size lends itself to our strong communications and mobilization capacity, allowing us to reach large numbers of LGBTQ and allied individuals in order to conduct outreach, education, and mobilization. As a leader in the fight for marriage equality, EQCAI is well known in the LGBTQ community and has a reputation for being leaders in the fight for LGBTQ equity and inclusion. We have positive relationships with LGBTQ and allied social justice organizations and non-profits across the state, are well-respected among our peer organizations and elected and appointed officials, and have an engaged and loyal Board, staff and volunteer base.

EQCAI measures and monitors all aspects of our programmatic work to assess progress towards goals. Data is compiled into annual reports for funders, partners, our board, and our membership. EQCAI staff maintain a database of contacts, trainings, community events and workshops that EQCAI staff lead, participate in, or attend. Staff track the number of people reached, where events takes place, what collateral was disseminated, how many volunteers were recruited, and how many people received education or training or signed up to become a member. EQCAI utilizes a post-training survey to measure increased knowledge after healthcare providers receive LGBTQ Cultural Competency training, which provides an additional measure of success.

Equality California Institute has operated as a statewide organization since 1999. At the onset, our primary objective was establishing marriage equality in California and achieving LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. Once achieving many of our original goals and after same-sex marriage became law in California in 2014, we revised our organizational missions to encompass a broader, intersectional set of goals, focused on achieving full lived equality and social justice for LGBTQ people. We expanded our purpose to include reducing disparities in health and wellbeing that LGBTQ people suffer compared to the general public. Today, EQCAI is the largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization in the nation. Our programs cover a wide range of topics that impact the diverse LGBTQ community, including healthcare, immigration, education, HIV prevention, transgender visibility, mental health, religious acceptance of LGBTQ people, and leadership development for LGBTQ youth and adults.

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EQUALITY CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

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?

Yes