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August 6, 2011 – QNotes

Organizations defy call for transparency

Nine of 16 groups targeted for participation in annual survey decline

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.

Volunteers, donors top list of org needs

Community groups detail list of needs, wish lists

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.

Brief amendment scare mobilizes pro-LGBT advocates

Legislature almost considered constitutional amendments in late July

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.

The [Gay] Wedding Singer

As marriage equality expands, artists find new venues for their talents

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.

New film series screens ‘Trollhunter’

Charlotte Film Society seeks to screen indie, foreign films

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.

Transparency is not an option

Editor's Note

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.

Creating a safe place: Supporting LGBTQ youth in foster care

Guest Commentary

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.

DADT repeal certified, DOMA hearing held

News Notes: Beyond the Carolinas

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.