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Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Affirmations

People building community

three stars

84.31

290 West Nine Mile Road Ferndale, MI 48220
tel: (248) 398-7105   Web Site
EIN: 38-2882823

Board Leadership
Brad Bell
President

CEO
Susan Erspamer
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 84.31 three stars
  Financial 83.65 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center was founded on the philosophy that gay is good, you are not alone. This philosophy has expanded to include bisexual and transgender individuals in addition to lesbians and gay men. Affirmations strives to create an atmosphere of safety and acceptance for all people. Our focus is on helping lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals find and develop community where we value and respect ourselves and others. Affirmations philosophy promotes the principle of empowerment and educates volunteers to utilize strength-based and holistic approaches. Through training in the basic operations of the center, listening, communication, empathy, problem solving, facilitation, and other appropriate skills, interested and dedicated individuals can successfully volunteer at Affirmations.

Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center was founded on the philosophy that gay is good, you are not alone. This philosophy has expanded to include bisexual and transgender individuals in addition to lesbians and gay men. Affirmations strives to create an atmosphere of safety and acceptance for all people. Our focus is on helping lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals find and develop community where we value and respect ourselves and others. Affirmations philosophy promotes the principle of empowerment and educates volunteers to utilize strength-based and holistic approaches. Through training in the basic operations of the center, listening, communication, empathy, problem solving, facilitation, and other appropriate skills, interested and dedicated individuals can successfully volunteer at Affirmations.

Financial

three stars

83.65

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 10/01/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
80.3%
  Administrative Expenses 9.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 10.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.16
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.98
  Program Expenses Growth -4.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Affirmations on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Affirmations on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Affirmations (MI) 84.31 three stars
OutRight Action International (NY) 88.00 three stars
The Trevor Project (CA) 90.34 four stars
Human Rights Campaign Foundation (DC) 86.92 three stars
The San Diego LGBT Community Center (CA) 89.51 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $350,919
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $159,612
Total Contributions $510,531
   Program Service Revenue $16,414
Total Primary Revenue $526,945
   Other Revenue $17,110
TOTAL REVENUE $544,055
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $726,789
   Administrative Expenses $124,292
   Fundraising Expenses $87,019
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $938,100
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-394,045
   
Net Assets $2,897,519

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 10/01/2017 84.31 three stars
2015-12 11/01/2016 88.07 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 86.11 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 80.13 three stars
2013-12 12/01/2014 88.25 three stars
2012-12 11/01/2013 83.57 three stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 75.86 two stars
2010-12 12/23/2011 83.09 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 70.03 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 60.36 one star
2008-12 05/01/2010 77.59 two stars
2007-12 11/01/2008 65.90 one star
2006-12 12/01/2007 85.95 three stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 73.70 two stars
2004-12 01/01/2006 86.44 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 38-2882823
Name in IRS Master File AFFIRMATIONS LESBIAN GAY COMMUNITY CENTER INC
NTEE Code R26
NTEE Classification Lesbian, Gay Rights
NTEE Type Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (408) Community service organization
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date September, 1989
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$102,839 10.96% Susan Erspamer Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Affirmations (MI) 84.31 three stars
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Lambda Legal (NY) 89.56 three stars
Keshet (MA) 87.84 three stars
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado (CO) 85.39 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Affirmations
290 West Nine Mile Road
Ferndale, MI 48220
tel: (248) 398-7105
fax: (248) 541-1943
EIN: 38-2882823

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Board Leadership

Brad Bell
President

CEO

Susan Erspamer
Executive Director

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