Opportunities to take action!
BUILD ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY
Human service organizations are incredibly diverse in terms of mission, values, scope, size, region, cultural context, and area of practice. Because there is no one-size-fits-all approach to LGBTQ access, this site offers an adaptable step-by-step process for building organizational capacity in various settings. This includes: making an explicit commitment to LGBTQ access, engaging in organizational self-assessment, identifying opportunities for change, and honing practices that can evolve with organizational and community needs over time.
CHANGE ORGANIZATIONAL POLICIES & PRACTICES
Staff training and community outreach are two important ways that organizations can take action. However, one-time efforts are rarely sufficient for meaningful changes in access to services. This site offers tips and strategies for change in ten areas of organizational operations– from hiring to facilities to fundraising. Each area includes prompting questions that can help organizations to evaluate existing strengths and identify opportunities for sustainable change.
COLLABORATE FOR BROADER SOCIAL CHANGE
Providers and organizations working in silos cannot overcome the most complex institutional and cultural barriers for LGBTQ and other underserved communities. Opportunities for provider peer-to-peer learning and creative community collaborations can help build the momentum needed for social, economic, and political change.
REACH OUT FOR TRAINING AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Organizations may benefit from working with an outside trainer or expert consultant. Working with a field expert or LGBTQ anti-violence organization can help organizations with professional development, reviewing policy documents, developing new program areas, and much more.