For a second year, QNotes is reporting on the financial health and well-being of a host of community non-profit organizations. The data and other information has been collected from the paper’s second annual Community Assessment Survey, a tool designed to gauge community organizations’ financial health and measure their commitment to transparency. This year’s survey responses, however, are less than appealing — more than half of the groups asked to participate declined.
Several community organizations participated in QNotes’ 2011 Community Assessment Survey and provided commentary about their groups’ biggest needs, items on their wish lists and their perceived strengths and weaknesses. Top among organizations’ many concerns were needs for increased volunteer engagement, donor support and technological improvements.
A surprise move by Republican legislative leaders caught a handful of lawmakers, lobbyists and advocacy organizations off-guard late in a session originally intended to address redistricting and the governor’s vetoed bills.
New York recently became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. The ruling has opened new business opportunities for florists, wedding planners and club artists, many of whom are now clamoring to moonlight as wedding singers.
Charlotte’s artistic and cultural scenes are getting an addition this summer as the Charlotte Film Society ramps up its Back Alley Film Series. The series will seek to screen a collection of films organizers say might not otherwise ever be exhibited in the Queen City. Their selections will be unique and provocative, continuing the society’s successful philosophy since its founding in 1982.
This issue, qnotes publishes the results of its second Community Assessment Survey, an annual project we began last year as a tool to gauge community non-profit organizations’ financial health and commitment to transparency.
Darryn entered the foster care system as an abused and frightened child. By the time he was 16, he was struggling with new fears and painful misconceptions about his sexual orientation. Fortunately, his foster mother treated him with unconditional love, creating an environment in which he could heal and feel free to explore his identity. The sense of self that his foster mother nurtured in him through her warmth and respect helped him emerge a strong, confident adult. Darryn’s experience shows how a foster family can change a life.
President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen notified Congress July 22 that the military is ready to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the discriminatory two-decade old policy that bars lesbian, gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the military.
The GLBT Center at North Carolina State University (NCSU) is gearing up for a host of events as part of welcoming the fall semester. They are joining together with the student government and other departments on campus to initiate “Respect the Pack,” which will help promote unity, traditions and stand against hate to support NCSU’s values.
Updating the July 9 issue’s News Notes brief, “Protections top concern in merger” (goqnotes.com/11730/), discussions were being considered between the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA and the YMCA of the Triangle. Although the merger has yet to take place, LGBT members of the Triangle community have shared other possible alternatives to joining the YMCA.
One of my most complex memories — fond and sad — involved the simple act of moving a set of bunk beds into my son Parker’s bedroom in the house that I then lived in with his mom. My son was almost three years old and the bunk bed was to be put in his bedroom as he moved out of a crib that had grown too small to fit his growing body.
Oh my goodness, kiddies, here I am sweating like a ‘ho in church. I always hate the summers in this part of the state, so it was with great pleasure that I was in Asheville just last weekend (along with my good friend Richard) to judge the last prelim to Miss NC America, Miss Western at O’Henry’s. Only thing is there was just one contestant, so Anjelica Dust took home the crown after she presented her categories in the show, and insisted we judges interview her for practice. One smart cookie!
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A reader asks, “After seven years with the same person, our relationship has become sexually stale. Some of our friends who are also couples say, ‘Try different and alternative sexual activities.’ Don’t you think sexual ‘alternatives’ are cop-outs?”