National Center for Lesbian Rights

Feminist Founded. Advocates for All.

aka NCLR   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.nclrights.org

Mission

Mission: NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education. Our Impact: NCLR’s legal, policy, and legislative victories set important precedents that improve the lives of all LGBTQ people and their families across the country. Our free legal assistance empowers individuals to assert their own legal rights. Our community and public education broadens public support for LGBTQ equality. Projects and Legal Issue Areas Include: Asylum & Immigration; Elders; Employment; Family & Relationships; Federal Legislation & Policy; State Legislation & Policy; Hate Crimes; Healthcare; Housing; Low Income & Poverty; Prisons; and more.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Imani Rupert-Gordon

Main address

870 Market St Ste 370

San Francisco, CA 94102 USA

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Formerly known as

Lesbian Rights Project

EIN

94-3086885

NTEE code info

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Civil Liberties Advocacy (R60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our Proud History In 1977, a brave and determined woman, fresh out of law school and eager to make a difference, decided to put her knowledge to good use. As a legal scholar, Donna Hitchens saw the courtroom as a way to change the world. As a lesbian, she had experienced frustrations and fears—both personal and professional—and didn’t want others to suffer the same. As a future parent, she knew she would face even more challenges ahead. The National Center for Lesbian Rights was born. Each year, NCLR shapes the legal landscape for all LGBTQ people and families across the nation through its precedent- setting litigation, legislation, policy, and public education. For more than three decades, NCLR has led historic cases, and it is still blazing trails in pursuit of justice, fairness, and legal protections for all LGBTQ people.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Legal Programs and Services

Elder Law: End of life issues, senior and assisted-living facilities, estate and financial planning, healthcare, surviving partner benefits, partnership protection.

Employment: Employment benefits, employment discrimination, housing and public accommodations discrimination. Families and Parenting: Adoption and foster parenting, alternative insemination and assisted reproduction, child custody and visitation, partnership protection.

Healthcare: Living wills, medical power of attorney, senior and assisted-living facilities, sex reassignment surgeries, family planning, access to healthcare, fertility treatment, a woman?s right to choose, HIV status.

Immigration: Bi-national couples, persecution on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status.

Marriage: Marriage discrimination.

Other Civil Rights: First amendment, domestic violence, hate crimes, law enforcement, prison issues. Relationship Recognition: Civil unions, domestic partnerships, other relationship protections, dissolution. Sports: Homophobia and gender identity discrimination in sports, hiring and firing, recruiting, advising and assisting athletes, coaches, teams, schools, and associations. Transgender Law: Family law, youth, discrimination, healthcare, prison issues. Youth: Juvenile justice and foster care, school harassment and discrimination, access to healthcare.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Awards

2009 Community Leadership Award 2009

San Francisco Foundation

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    NCLR is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, legislation, policy, and public education.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    general feedback from clients, via email, written notes, in person,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.),

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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National Center for Lesbian Rights

Board of directors
as of 03/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Arlette T. Smith

City and County of San Francisco

Term: 2020 - 2024


Board co-chair

Nancy Geimer

Elizabeth Kim, Esq.

Munger, Tolles & Olson

Felicia Medina, Esq.

Medina Orthwein, LLP

Adetunji Olude, Esq.

Judicial Council of California’s Center for Judicial Education and Research

Dom Brassey

Mapbox

Hillary Smith, Esq.

Square

Dr. Elisa Huerta

University of California, Berkeley

Shauna Madison

Medina Orthwein LLP

A Sparks

Masto Foundation

Karen Bowen

Erin Fahy

Nancy Geimer

Arlette Smith

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/4/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/11/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.