Sacramento LGBT Community Center


The Sacramento LGBT Community Center's mission is to create a region where LGBTQ people thrive. We provide events, programs and pathways to services that help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people feel welcome, needed and safe and envision a Sacramento region where sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression (SOGIE) are recognized as a spectrum of valued personal characteristics, universally respected, and affirmed.

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Address:1927 L St
Sacramento, CA 95811
County or Parish:Sacramento
Primary NTEE:Human Services 
Sub NTEE:LGBT Centers  
Executive Director:David Heitstuman
Contact Email:david.heitstuman@saccenter.org
Primary Phone:916-442-0185
Website:http://www.saccenter.org
In 1986, prominent Sacramento Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) Pastor and gay rights activist Jerry Sloan won $5,000 in damages from a lawsuit, which found Jerry Falwell guilty of slandering MCC. This money, together with funds raised by a community of activists, culminated in the formation of the Lambda Center: Sacramento's first non-profit organization specifically serving the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Since then the organization has evolved to meet changing community needs into the Sacramento LGBT Community Center. In nearly three decades of service we have advocated for LGBT rights and improved the health and well being of underserved and marginalized LGBT populations. We have provided peer support for those newly coming out, all gender variations, HIV/AIDS affected individuals, youth, parents, seniors, members of the armed forces, and those struggling with addiction. We have provided access through referral to culturally competent housing, food, employment, transportation, medical, mental health, legal, faith, and cultural service centers. We have provided homeless youth outreach and support. We have built long-standing partnerships with other LGBT and allied organizations, social service agencies, and public officials. And we have promoted LGBT arts, culture, and community building through Sacramento Pride, 2nd Saturday art exhibitions, and dozens of educational and social events annually.
Our greatest need is for unrestricted funds to investing organizational capacity building.

Our second greatest need is for additional meeting and office space. Our current leased facility is too small to meet current program demands, in poor physical condition, and is not fully ADA accessible. We are looking for a new facility or additional space that is centrally located on a high visibility corridor, close to public transit, designed for flexible use and is fully ADA accessible, includes some parking, with no less than 6,000 square feet, preferably 10,000+. We would love to co-locate with other LGBTQ serving nonprofits. The cost to lease similar space that meets current needs ranges $120-200,000 annually.

Our existing programs need additional funding to meet current demand. We need a full time social worker or case manager, transgender outreach specialist, and a training coordinator. The cost to meet current demand for these services is estimated at $150,000 annually. We also need donations of computers, office chairs, and office supplies to support program needs. With an uncertain political future that threatens LGBTQ rights, our greatest current need is for unrestricted funds to increase our capacity for advocacy, community engagement, and education. A commitment of $100,000 would allow us to establish an education and training institute for this purpose.

We are also seeking board members with expertise in commercial real estate, finance, communications, faith communities, and corporate management.

Volunteers are critical in helping to organize advocacy work, fundraising events, office tasks, and providing direct service to clients. We are also looking for ambassadors who are willing to invite others to come learn about the Center and join us for a tour.


Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Our greatest need is for unrestricted funds to investing organizational capacity building.
  2. Space: Office or Other - Our second greatest need is for additional meeting and office space. Our current leased facility is too small to meet current program demands, in poor physical condition, and is not fully ADA accessible. We are looking for a new facility or additional space that is centrally located on a high visibility corridor, close to public transit, designed for flexible use and is fully ADA accessible, includes some parking, with no less than 6,000 square feet, preferably 10,000+. We would love to co-locate with other LGBTQ serving nonprofits. The cost to lease similar space that meets current needs ranges $120-200,000 annually.
  3. Funding: Program - Our existing programs need additional funding to meet current demand. We need a full time social worker or case manager, transgender outreach specialist, and a training coordinator. The cost to meet current demand for these services is estimated at $150,000 annually. We also need donations of computers, office chairs, and office supplies to support program needs. With an uncertain political future that threatens LGBTQ rights, our greatest current need is for unrestricted funds to increase our capacity for advocacy, community engagement, and education. A commitment of $100,000 would allow us to establish an education and training institute for this purpose.
  4. Board Members - We are also seeking board members with expertise in commercial real estate, finance, communications, faith communities, and corporate management.
  5. Volunteers - Volunteers are critical in helping to organize advocacy work, fundraising events, office tasks, and providing direct service to clients. We are also looking for ambassadors who are willing to invite others to come learn about the Center and join us for a tour.
The Center is the oldest LGBT service organization in Sacramento. We are the organization of record and place of gathering whenever crisis, news making, or celebration attracts community attention. We are the producer of the largest LGBTQ focused event, Sacramento Pride, where over 12,000 gather on Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento in June. The Center provides 40,000+ services visits annually from people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds with a special focus on the unique needs of the most marginalized in the LGBTQ community. These programs and services are supported by a small, but passionate staff, and an army of volunteers. The vast majority of our funding comes from individual community donors supported by county and community grants, corporate partnerships, and fundraising events. The Center's board, staff, volunteers, and partner agencies represent a diversity of experience with a commitment to the long-term sustainability of our mission and service to the community. The past five years have been transformative for the Center despite challenging economic times and a bright future lies ahead to increase capacity and ensure sustainability indefinitely.