CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Leaders of the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte said Friday they will strive to remain open, despite losing their last major donor and facing recent challenges, including allegations of questionable spending by a recent former board chair.
The center says it recently completed a retreat, including advice from Terry Stone, the executive director of CenterLink, a national association of LGBt community centers.
They’ll continue to move forward with a needs assessment they’re calling “1,000 Conversations.” It will begin on Nov. 10.
“This assessment will assist the Center in gathering data about our community and their needs as it relates to a community center,” the group’s press release read.
Completion of the needs assessment, they said, will come before looking for a new physical location. The center is scheduled to give up its space on N. Davidson St. at the end of December.
One space is under consideration, a location in South End.
“Should the Center not be able to make a determination that this is the best space based on the assessment by the end of this year, we will go virtual until we are able to make a decision that best serves our community along with being good stewards with the Center’s funds,” the group said.
The center’s latest public statement comes one day after revelations that former board chair Ranzeno Frazier had several unapproved and questionable expenses from center accounts. Frazier has denied any wrongdoing, despite having already made payments toward the nearly $600 in expenses.
Additionally, the center’s single-largest donor, the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund, announced this week it would not disburse the $16,950 to the center — an amount held back from the center as it attempted to meet several benchmarks to improve finances and sustainability.
Current center chair Jud Gee had said Thursday that he was thinking about stepping down, though he said his decision wasn’t “imminent.” Gee had also said he had a “feeling the center may shutter.”
Friday morning, qnotes reported on the center’s latest federal tax filing, known as a Form 990. It showed the center operated in 2013 with a deficit of more than $42,000.