The Salt Lake Men's Choir presents "Welcome Christmas," their 2013 holiday concert! Three performances over the weekend featuring festive music.
Friday, December 13 - 7:30pm
Saturday, December 14 - 7:30pm
Sunday, December 15 - 4:00pm
Tickets are just $10 each, and are available at the door, through Choir members, or online.
All performances are at First Baptist Church, 777 S. 1300 East, Salt Lake City.
Tickets are general admission, so arrive early for best seating.
In conjunction with the annual holiday concert, Salt Lake Men's Choir will hold a food drive for the Utah AIDS Foundation Food Bank. Salt Lake Men's Choir gives hundreds of pounds of food to the Utah Aids Foundation after the holiday concert each year, and hope to be able to do it again — so please bring a few cans of something that will warm the stomachs and the hearts of our friends in the community who rely on our kindness not only during the holidays, but throughout the year.
"To loving gay couples in St. George, and to adoptive parents in Salt Lake City, as well as to LGBTQ teenagers in Taylorsville, the law of the United States must say: You are equal."
Paul C. Burke & Brett L. Tolman, 2013
You are equal.
I never thought these words applied to me. Before I started volunteering at Utah Pride, I was a shy and quiet person. I spent most of my time at home being depressed with no explanation as to why. There were many restless nights where I would just cry because I felt really depressed. I felt isolated and alone...I was not happy with myself. I was afraid to tell more of my friends and family about being bisexual for fear of losing them or getting kicked out of my home.
Your contributions--whether monetary donations or volunteer service like mine--have helped Utah Pride increase the number of people touched by their services. Thanks to you, people like me know there is a place for us in this world, letting us know, 'You are equal' and most importantly, 'You are loved.'
Your support is vital to ensure life-saving services reach the most vulnerable people in our lives. People just like me. Participating in programs at Utah Pride makes me happy. Now, I have found a place to go where I can be myself and not be judged. I have a place where I can talk to someone if I have a problem.
Utah Pride is our community center. The staff help make sure people like me get the assistance and encouragement we need. The Youth Support Group is the crucial program that helped me begin my journey to realizing that I am loved.
Your gift is extremely important to Utah Pride because it will make an immediate impact. Even if you are not able to give a lot, your gift will mean so much. I recently received my very first paycheck and was happy to be able to give back to Utah Pride by donating food to the youth center. Click here to make your gift of $35, $50, $100, or $250 today that will make a difference--to me and the lives of LGBTQ youth, seniors, and transgender people who need support and valuable mental health services.
"You are equal. You are loved."
They seem like simple phrases--ones that should be inherently felt. Even though discriminatory laws against LGBTQ Utahans are now being struck down, the work is far from over. People of all ages--like me--are still coming out and need that extra support. Queer youth are still being bullied and left feeling hopeless across Utah.
Thanks to Utah Pride, I'm happier and not afraid to be myself. Life is too short to not live it how you want. Click here to make your donation today and help Utah Pride reach more people like me, continuing to provide life-saving services that truly change lives.
Utah Pride's important work will never stop because every lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning person in Utah must know that 'You are equal' and 'You are loved.'
Thank you for your generosity.
Utah Pride Volunteer
P.S. 100% of your donation today will go directly to fund the programs at Utah Pride.
Please consider making as generous a gift as you can by clicking here today.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – DECEMBER 5, 2013
UTAH PRIDE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES THEME AND NEW WEBSITE FOR 2014
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – The Utah Pride Festival is excited to announce the theme for the 2014 festival: "Love Equals Love." The Utah Pride Festival steering committee chooses a theme each year based on community suggestions, relevant current events and what most resonates with what the Utah Pride Festival wants to bring to the community.
"2014 will be a pivotal year for the LGBTQ movement," said Megan Risbon, Director of Events for the Utah Pride Center. "We want Utahans to know that love doesn't discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. 'Love Equals Love' also means we must love and accept ourselves to be truly whole."
The 2014 Utah Pride Festival will be held June 6 – 8, 2014 at Washington and Library Squares in downtown Salt Lake City with the Utah Pride Parade happening the morning of Sunday, June 8th. Organizers are already hard at work planning to ensure a successful Festival.
In response to feedback from the community and volunteers, the Utah Pride Festival is also launching a new updated website today. The new website will be more mobile friendly, have better organization and more useful information. Applications for vendors, parade, and awards will be available on January 20, 2014.
The Utah Pride Festival is a program of the Utah Pride Center. The Utah Pride Center is a community-based nonprofit corporation founded in 1992, whose mission is to provide support, education, outreach, and advocacy for Utah's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer individuals and their allies through programs, services, and resources.
801.539.8800 ~ www.UtahPrideFestival.org and www.UtahPrideCenter.org
255 E 400 S Salt Lake City, UT 84111
Utah Pride Center Wish List
- Small Couch/Loveseat for Mental Health Clinic
- Coffee beans, ground coffee, sugars, creamers, teas, cups & coffee supplies for free coffee station
Youth Activity Center Donations
- Chips & Salsa
- Trail Mix
- Cheese Sticks/Sliced Cheese
- Individual packets of oatmeal, Mac & Cheese, snacks and meals
- Apples, oranges, bananas
- Peanut butter & Jelly
- Granola bars
- Rice Krispie Treats
- Fruit snacks
- Milk - soy and cow (in Tetrapak packages for longer shelf life)
- Cream cheese
- Canned tuna and chicken
- Dried Fruit
- Beef Jerky
- Frozen: Hot Pockets, Burritos, Chicken Nuggets, Waffles
- Other Requests
- Age-appropriate LGBTQ books/videos
- xBox 360 video games
- Toiletries (deodorant, soap, shampoo, razors, tampons/pads, toothbrushes)
- Gently used clothes for all sizes, seasons and gender expressions
- Arts & Crafts supplies
- Bus/Trax tokens
Gift Cards to Grocery Stores (to buy food for Youth Center all year long!)
- Fresh Market
- Trader Joe's
- Whole Foods
Utah Pride Center Library Donations
Our Library is growing! Thanks to our amazing volunteer Librarians, the LGBTQ lending library at the Utah Pride Center is getting labeled, organized and expanded! Check out the Library Wish List to donate items today!
Personal Care Stockings for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS
- Shaving Cream
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Toilet Paper
- Cotton swabs
- Holiday Stockings
The Transparency Plan that follows is broken into 3 categories: Financial Transparency, Operational Transparency, and Communication Transparency. Please read through and leave your comments at the end.
The following "Basics of Transparency and Accountability" were used in the creation of this plan.
- General Contact Information: Are the following points of contact provided: telephone number, email, online form, and mailing address?
- Mission Statement: Is a mission or purpose statement available?
GOVERNANCE POLICIES AND INFORMATION
- Bylaws: Are the foundation's governing bylaws available?
- Code of Conduct policies: Are policies guiding foundation staff conduct available, and do they include a procedure for reporting non-compliance?
- Conflicts of Interest Policies: Is the conflict of interest policy available?
- Board of Directors List : Is a list of Board members and their affiliations available?
HR/STAFFING POLICIES AND INFORMATION
- Whistleblower procedures: Is a policy regarding the reporting of financial improprieties available?
- Executive compensation process: Is the process used to determine executive compensation described?
- Diversity practices: Is there information about the non-profit's commitment to diversity or statistical information about the demographics of staff/board members?
- Key Staff List: Are the names of executives and program staff available?
- Key Staff Biographies: Are biographies of executives and program staff available?
- Audited financial statements: Are the most recent audited financial statements available?
- Form 990 Is the most recent 990 available?
- Investment policies: Are policy statements about how the non-profit invests provided?
- Assessment of overall non-profit performance: Is there a comprehensive assessment of overall non-profit performance and effectiveness that measures progress toward institutional mission and goals?
- Knowledge Center: Is there a centralized section of the non-profit's website that provides a collection of the non-profit's program evaluations and lessons learned reports?
- Client feedback mechanism: Is there an online mechanism in place so that clients can regularly provide the non-profit with feedback?
- Client surveys: Has the non-profit conducted a periodic survey of its clients and shared the results publically?
- Website: Does the non-profit have a website?
- Current annual report: Is the current annual report on the non-profit's website?
- E-Newsletter: Does the non-profit use e-newsletters, and can the public sign up for them on the website?
- Blog: Does the non-profit make use of a blog?
- Social networking sites: Does the non-profit make use of social networking sites?
- RSS feeds: Does the non-profit use RSS feeds to send alerts and updates about its work?
I. Financial Transparency
Our current financial situation necessitates a commitment to financial transparency to assuage the concerns of our constituents and stakeholders. Financial transparency is essential to the UPC’s survival. Constituents and stakeholders need assurances that funds are managed, used appropriately and efficiently, and subject to a strong system of internal controls. It is critical that each individual board member thoroughly review the financials that are provided to the board and ask questions if there's something he or she doesn't understand.
- Create talking points for the public that explain (1) the causes of the UPC’s recent financial situation, (2) the steps to solve the situation, and (3) and method of preventing this situation in the future. (This should be made available in an online FAQ).
- Create a financial disclosure page on the UPC’s website that includes:
- IRS Form 990s (present and historical);
- IRS letter of determination;
- UPC’s conflict of interest policy and procedures;
- Conflict of interest forms from board members (signed annually);
- UPC’s whistle-blower policy;
- Infographics that illustrate our income and expenses (and other financial information)
- Financial procedures that monitor major expenses, including payroll, travel, investments, expense accounts, contracts, consultants, and leases;
- Results of audited financials; and
- Annual Reports.
- Provide board members a list of income.
- Provide board members a list of expenses.
- Provide board members a list of grants that the UPC has received, the benchmarks that measure their success, and their expiration dates.
- Educate board members on management of non-profit finances through a board workshop or written material.
- Amend the bylaws to state that the treasurer position must have a financial knowledge or experience.
II. Operational Transparency
Operational transparency communicates that we are operating in accordance with the law and the UPC’s mission, vision, and values. The Board of Directors has an obligation to monitor the operations of the UPC. Our decision-making process should be transparent to enable constituents and stakeholders to understand our decisions and safeguard against improper board action.
Our governance and compliance activities should be highly visible through regular disclosure and reporting so that constituents, donors, and UPC staff have trust in its operations and management.
Board of Directors
- Operate with shared power and shared accountability rather than a top-down management style.
- Encourage a diversity of opinion without demeaning dissenters.
- Establish and regularly determine clear performance measurements according to the UPC mission and share results with public.
- Create a simple survey for board members to evaluate the effectiveness of general board meetings.
- Create general board meeting agendas that detail the topics to be discussed and make them available on our website.
- Distribute agenda and meeting materials at least five days prior to general board meeting.
- Ask board members to read documents in advance of meetings.
- Make general board meeting minutes available on the website.
- Create descriptions of significant decisions and publish on the website.
- Amend the bylaws to include an annual board review to evaluate the board’s overall effectiveness at accomplishing its goals.
- Amend the bylaws to include a board member nomination process.
- Create a new board member orientation that focuses on the board’s role and responsibilities, UPC history, governance model, organizational structure, mission, services, and policies. This orientation should include a collection of documents that assist the new board member in their duties.
- Create an organizational audit committee that ensures that appropriate policies are in place (conflict of interest statement, employment policies, etc.), that the UPC is following through with grants and contracts, and that all agreements are consistent with the mission of the UPC.
- Update the “Board of Directors” page on the UPC website to include individual photos and short biographies for each board member.
- Schedule meeting with board members and staff members to listen to concerns.
- Schedule regular meetings between staff and UPC Executive Committee to receive input from staff regarding UPC activities and results.
- Review structure of UPC and make recommendations on changes.
- Create clear and current job descriptions.
- Create standard metrics for all employees to measure efficiently and effectiveness.
- Create custom metrics for some employees to measure efficiently and effectiveness.
- Schedule a mid-year review between the executive director and each employee focused solely on the progression toward established yearly objectives.
- Schedule an annual review between the executive director and each employee to rate their performance on objectives, competencies for the position, and other stated factors.
- Create a standard form for staff reports to enable board members to easily understand performance.
- Create an employee handbook that is well-drafted, carefully communicated, and consistently followed.
- Schedule an update of the employee manual every two years.
- Update the “Staff” page on the UPC website to include names, titles, photos, and short biographies that highlight each person’s skills and contributions.
- Introduce employees to the public (recognize staff at public meetings, employee spotlight in weekly email blast, create videos with staff talking about what they do and why they do it).
- Create evidence-based evaluation metrics to evaluate programs; publish these metrics on website.
- Ensure that information about all programs is easily accessible on website.
- Create an online mechanism for clients to give feedback.
- Conduct periodic surveys of clients and publish results on website.
III. Communication Transparency
The way the UPC communicates with constituents and stakeholders will determine the level of trust that the public has in us. “Nonprofits have an ethical obligation to their constituents and the public to conduct their activities with accountability and transparency. Nonprofits should regularly and openly convey information to the public about their mission, activities, accomplishments and decision-making processes. Information from a nonprofit organization should be easily accessible to the public and should create external visibility, public understanding and trust in the organization.”
At the present time, the UPC would benefit from communicating “too much” information to assuage the concerns of our constituents and stakeholders. The information that the UPC presents to the public allows the UPC to control the narrative. Proper organization of this information on our website will allow the public to receive information directly from the UPC and avoid being filtered through other people, media, and the narratives of our critics.
- Regularly update the website with current information about UPC activities.
- Schedule a weekly online newsletter that includes:
- A link for individuals to give feedback by asking open ended questions on current trends and our services; and
- Calendar of events.
- Create and disseminate a community survey that asks open ended questions about the UPC.
- Schedule quarterly open forums with the public (in person or conference call).
- Amend bylaws to require an Annual Report. The report should:
- Provide accurate and transparent financial information, including results of an audit;
- State performance objectives, both financial and programming;
- Disclose risks, issues, and challenges and how the UPC has managed them;
- Disclose governance structure;
- Provide transparent fundraising information;
- Showcase UPC successes;
- Provide a list of board members, staff, and contributors; and
- Thank donors and volunteers.
- Give hard copies of annual report to large donors and provide an online version to the public.
- Ensure that public meetings are scheduled five days in advance (or as practicable as possible).
- Create an online FAQ that addresses the myths about the UPC or our mission.
- Create a social networking plan that includes:
- Guidelines for social media (who, when, where, how);
- Creation of an Instagram account;
- Creation of a Twitter account; and
- Creation of standard hashtags;
Saturday, December 7th from 10am to 3pm at the Utah Pride Center.
We will be hosting local crafters, artists, and bakers here at Utah Pride. The Royal Court of the Golden Spike Empire will also be here showcasing their Celebration of Trees. The trees will be for sale with the money being donated to various local charities.
Stop by California Pizza Kitchen at The Gateway anytime on Wednesday, December 11th and bring a copy of this flyer (print it yourself, or stop by the Utah Pride Center and we will give you a copy) and 20% of your check will be donated to Utah Pride.
Wednesday, December 11th (all day) including dine in, take out, catering and beverages.
California Pizza Kitchen
156 S 400 W
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Executive Director of the Utah Pride Center Resigns
Salt Lake City, Utah – November 13, 2013 - The Board of Directors of the Utah Pride Center has accepted the resignation of Valerie Larabee as Executive Director effective November 13, 2013.
Larabee has led the Utah Pride Center for nine years. Under her leadership, the organization has grown its programming and advocacy to serve a broad range of groups within the LGBTQ community. Utah Pride has become a strong partner to groups advocating for LGBTQ rights and freedoms both locally and nationally. Her leadership transformed the Utah Pride Festival into an annual event that brings together more than 30,000 individuals to celebrate the LGBTQ community and its contributions to Utah.
The Pride Festival event became a profitable fundraiser under her guidance, raising money that sustains the many programs and affiliates of the Pride Center. She also transitioned the Pride Center from the edge of Salt Lake City into the heart of downtown with a new 16,000 square foot building that provides greater access and infrastructure for programs, services, and community meetings. Her efforts helped move the conversation around LGBTQ issues from the periphery to the center of state and local dialogue.
Valerie Larabee in a written statement said, "I'm so very grateful for the opportunity to serve as a part of this vital organization for the last nine years. I'm humbled by the passion, dedication and support of so many. Our accomplishments over the years have been anchored by an incredible array of donors, volunteers and staff. Change is a vital part of life for both organizations and individuals. I will hold Utah Pride in my heart forever."
The Utah Pride Center Board in a collective statement said, "We celebrate the accomplishments of the Utah Pride Center under Valerie's leadership. Along with the hard working staff and thousands of volunteers over these past nine years, she has been a powerful advocate for the LGBTQ community. Her passion is evident. She has put Salt Lake City on the map as a national leader in the LGBTQ movement."
A transition plan is being created by the Pride Center Board. They are working to name an interim Executive Director. They will continue to work closely with the Pride Center Management Team on day to day operations, financial management and program administration.
Utah Pride is a catalyst for building and celebrating the strength, equality, dignity and self-determination of the LGBTQ community throughout Utah. Utah Pride is committed to excellence in execution and the continuing improvement of all programs, services, education and advocacy while valuing and supporting individuals, families, and allies and building partnerships across communities.
Kent Frogley 801.560.6587
Utah Pride is committed to listening to your ideas and concerns.
Please join us for two upcoming community conversations.
Wednesday, November 13 from 6 - 8 PM - Recording available here.
Saturday, November 23 from 10 AM - Noon
Utah Pride, Volunteers of America Utah, People With AIDS Coalition of Utah & Utah PFLAG will be co-hosting a Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, open and inclusive to all!
Main Dishes (turkey, ham, tofurkey) and beverages will be provided. Bring a potluck dish to share and join us for good food, games, and friends. Even if you can't bring a dish, we want you here!
Potluck items by Last Name:
Appetizers: A - G
Salads & Side Dishes: H - M
Desserts: N - Z
Vegan and vegetarian items are also needed!
Follow the event on Facebook for any updates!