Lambda Legal has been selected by GuideStar USA’s Philanthropedia as the top-ranked nonprofit group standing up for LGBT equality.
Experts working in the LGBT sector were asked to recommend up to four nonprofits making significant contributions in LGBT equality and support on the national level and up to three nonprofits making a significant contribution at the state and local levels.
The 110 experts were encouraged to consider a wide range of nonprofits including those working in policy and advocacy, research, public education, legal support, health and human services, community centers, social organizations and more.
A total of 19 nonprofits were recommended, and they cover issues such as health, marriage and family recognition, youth, elder support, transgender equality, anti-discrimination, and racial and economic justice.
Philanthropedia experts wrote this about Lambda Legal as evidence of its impact nationally:
Lambda Legal is a national civil rights organization that works to bring about LGBT equality through litigation-based advocacy. They support individuals by taking on lawsuits and by offering legal aid through their hotline. Lambda Legal has also taken on large, precedent-setting cases that cover topics ranging from fair treatment for hate crime victims to marriage equality and school safety. Their strategic approach to litigation and strong track record have brought about significant victories for the LGBT community.
"I am very proud of the amazing talent and leadership of the Lambda Legal staff, board and volunteers that has resulted in this top ranking from our colleagues and peers," said Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal.
"We have been fighting for equality for LGBT people and people with HIV for forty years, and we have many victories and achievements about which we are proud because they have changed people's lives - and our society - for the better.
“This is a transformational time in our movement for LGBT equality. Lambda Legal will continue to lead the way with all our energy and all our hearts. We are grateful to all our supporters and colleagues around the country, and thank those who have honored us with this top ranking for 2012," he said.
The 19 nonprofits making the list
1. Lambda Legal
14. Freedom to Marry
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