True Colors United

True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people.

 

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NEW YORK, NY – EIN 452489069  truecolorsunited.org

Over a decade ago, our eyes were opened to the fact that up to 40% of the 1.6 million youth experiencing homelessness identify as LGBTQ. So, in 2008, we founded True Colors United (formerly the True Colors Fund) and went on a different kind of tour – visiting homeless shelters, community centers, and other service providers to learn all we could about the issue.

Communities and youth homelessness service providers want to be safe and welcoming for LGBTQ youth, but often don’t have the knowledge or resources to do so – creating barriers for these youth to get the support they need. True Colors United fills that space by offering free training and resources on how to meet the needs of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness. We also advocate in government and media to help ensure critical funding and services for all youth, and create opportunities for youth who have experienced homelessness to be key leaders in the effort to end the problem.

Whether you know it or not, you’re a part of the solution, too. People often think that, because they don’t work at a service provider, they can’t make a difference. The reality is: Everyone can make a difference! LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness interact with more than just the folks working at shelters. They also go to coffee shops and libraries, ride public transportation, use the Internet… To put it simply: They live life! We all share the same world. Now what will you do to make it a better one?

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True Colors United

True Colors United
True Colors United logo.png
Formation2008; 12 years ago (2008)
FoundersCyndi Lauper, Lisa Barbaris, Jonny Podell
TypeNon-profit
Registration no.EIN 45-2489069
Legal status501(c)(3) organization[1]
Purposehumanitarian
Location
Locations
Coordinates40°45′30.5″N 73°59′24″W / 40.758472°N 73.99000°W / 40.758472; -73.99000Coordinates: 40°45′30.5″N 73°59′24″W / 40.758472°N 73.99000°W / 40.758472; -73.99000
Executive Director & CEO
Gregory Lewis
President, Board of Directors
Cathy Nelson
Revenue (2018)
US$2,836,931 (equivalent to $2,888,436 in 2019)[2]
Volunteers (2018)
13[2]
Websitehttps://truecolorsunited.org
Formerly called
True Colors Fund

True Colors United (formerly True Colors Fund) is an American nonprofit organization addressing the issue of youth homelessness in the United States. Founded in 2008 by Cyndi Lauper, the organization focuses on the unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, who make up 40% of the homeless youth population in America.[3]

History

True Colors United was founded in 2008 by Cyndi Lauper, her manager Lisa Barbaris, and agent Jonny Podell, following the success of Lauper's True Colors tour, which benefited LGBT foundations including the Human Rights Campaign, PFLAG, and the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

Issue

In America, up to 1.6 million youth experience homelessness each year. LGBT youth make up to 40% of all young people experiencing homelessness, but are only an estimated 7% of the total youth population. Homeless LGBT youth are at greater risk for victimization, unsafe sexual practices, and mental health issues than non-LGBT youth experiencing homelessness.[4]

The most commonly cited reason LGBT youth become homeless is family rejection due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. Other reasons include family issues, aging out of foster care, abuse in the home, and poverty.[5]

Work

Training and education

True Inclusion Assessment

The True Inclusion Assessment tool enables homeless youth serving organizations to assess their level of LGBT-inclusion. Following completion of the Assessment, a work plan is created to guide the organization toward building a safer and more supportive environment for LGBT youth. True Colors United provides technical assistance and support during the implementation of these plans.[6]

True Inclusion Directory

The True Inclusion Directory is an online directory of safe and affirming services for homeless LGBT youth. Users are able to search for service providers and events based on location and the type of resource needed.[7]

True Connect

True Connect is a mobile application developed by True Colors United to help connect homeless LGBT youth to resources and opportunities near them. The app will pull data from True Colors United's True Inclusion Directory to link young people to resources like phone charging stations, gender-neutral restrooms, food, shelter, employment programs, and more.[8]

True Colors Learning Community

The True Colors Learning Community is an international collective of professionals working to address LGBT youth homelessness, or whose work has the potential to impact the issue. 40 to None Network members share case studies, innovative practices and strategies, top headlines from the field, and information about upcoming in person and virtual events.[9]

Learning Community members have access to an online training platform designed to educate individuals about and enable them to address LGBT youth homelessness in their communities. The Learning Community provides short, interactive content to help establish a common understanding about LGBT youth homelessness.[10]

LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative

A partnership with five federal partners (the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Education, Health and Human Services, Justice, and USICH), the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative identifies successful strategies to address LGBT youth homelessness and implements them in cooperation with communities around the country. Currently, prevention plans are being implemented in Houston, TX and Hamilton County, OH.[11]

Youth Count Toolkit

Point-In-Time (PIT) counts are mandated by HUD to capture a 24-hour snapshot of a community's homeless population. Since most PIT counts are designed to count adults, True Colors United developed the Youth Count Toolkit to offer communities effective strategies for counting homeless youth.[12]

Advocacy

Federal policy

True Colors United works with federal, state, and local government to advocate for policies that fund vital resources for homeless youth, and that programs receiving such funding are inclusive and affirming of LGBT youth.[13] True Colors United's relationship with the White House has led to the first and second ever White House Policy Briefings on Youth Homelessness in 2015 and 2016.[14]

State Index on Youth Homelessness

The State Index on Youth Homelessness provides a snapshot of some of the legal, systemic, and environmental barriers and complex challenges youth experiencing homelessness face. The Index also provides states, advocates, grassroots activists, and youth themselves with a tool recommending concrete steps that states can take to protect the safety, development, health, and dignity of youth experiencing homelessness, thereby helping end the cycle of homelessness and increasing youth’s prospects for a brighter future.[15]

Research

Every two years, True Colors United collaborates with the Williams Institute to survey homeless youth service providers about the LGBT youth they serve. Information gathered from the survey in published in the Serving Our Youth report and informs the development of True Colors United's public engagement, technical assistance, and online course development.[16] At the Intersections is a collaborative report led by True Colors United and the National LGBTQ Task Force and explores the intersectional nature of the different factors facing homeless LGBT youth.[17]

Youth collaboration

True Colors Fellowship

The True Colors Fellowship offers up to five young people ages 18–24 the unique opportunity to execute a six-month project that contributes to a more inclusive world in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, queer, and questioning young people are included and affirmed in their identities. Throughout the experience, True Colors Fellows make lasting professional connections, gain hands-on organizing experience, and build their leadership skills.[18]

National Youth Forum on Homelessness

True Colors United’s National Youth Forum on Homelessness (NYFH) is a group composed exclusively of young people to contribute to the growing national dialogue on how to make youth homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. The primary goal of NYFH is to identify and analyze policy that impacts youth who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and advocate for strong policy based upon that analysis. Forum members, all of whom have experienced homelessness, use personal experience, research, and data to assess the effectiveness of programs that assist homeless youth and advocate for change.[19]

True Opportunities

True Colors United works with corporate and arts world partners to provide at-risk and homeless LGBT youth with the opportunity to learn about career opportunities available to them. Through a partnership with the Tony winning musical Kinky Boots, the Raise You Up program takes young people backstage to show them the many different aspects to putting together a Broadway show, introduce them to cast and crew, and watch the show.[20]

Events

#TrueColorsDay

#TrueColorsDay is a national day held annually on the last Wednesday of April to raise public awareness about LGBT youth homelessness, and provide people with ways to make a difference. Supporters are encouraged to take "unselfies" (selfies for a good cause) to post online with facts, figures, and messages of support and encouragement. #TrueColorsDay reaches millions online annually.[21]

Impact Summit

True Colors United's Impact Summit is an annual conference that brings together leaders working to end LGBT youth homelessness for interactive sessions, action planning, and networking opportunities. It is the only national conference focusing on LGBT youth homelessness.[22]

State of Out Youth: A Town Hall

State of Out Youth is an annual panel discussion with LGBTQ youth from across the country about the most pressing issues facing them today. First held in 2013, State of Out Youth has been a collaborative effort in partnership with CenterLink, GSA Network, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and Lambda Legal.[23]

Cyndi Lauper & Friends: Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays is an annual benefit concert held each December at the Beacon Theater in New York City. First held in 2011, the concert raises awareness about LGBT youth homelessness, with 100% of proceeds benefiting True Colors United. Past performers include musicians and comedy acts such as Lou Reed, P!nk, Josh Groban, 50 Cent, Sharon Osbourne, Jason Mraz, Boy George, Ledisi, Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLachlan, Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Lambert, Rosie O'Donnell, Roberta Flack, Carson Kressley, Sufjan Stevens, and St. Vincent.[24]

External Links

References

  1. ^ "True Colors United Inc.". Internal Revenue Service. Accessed on August 13, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Form 990 (2018)". Internal Revenue Service. Accessed on August 13, 2020.
  3. ^ "Our Work". True Colors United. 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  4. ^ "Our Work". True Colors United. 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2016-06-08.
  5. ^ "Our Issue". True Colors United. 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  6. ^ "True Inclusion Assessment". True Colors United. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  7. ^ "True Colors United | Ending LGBT Youth Homelessness". truecolorsunited.org. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  8. ^ "True Connect". True Colors United. 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  9. ^ "True Colors Learning Community". True Colors United. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  10. ^ "True Colors Learning Community". True Colors United. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  11. ^ "LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Prevention Initiative". True Colors United. 2015-05-04. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  12. ^ "Youth Count Toolkit". True Colors United. 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  13. ^ "Public Policy". True Colors United. 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  14. ^ "A Recap of the 2016 White House Policy Briefing on Youth Homelessness". True Colors United. 2016-06-07. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  15. ^ "State Index on Youth Homelessness". True Colors United. 2019-02-28. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  16. ^ "Serving Our Youth: Service Provider Survey & Report". True Colors United. 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  17. ^ "At the Intersections | A Collaborative Resource on LGBTQ Youth Homelessness". At the Intersections. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  18. ^ "True Colors Fellowship". True Colors United. 2019-02-28. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  19. ^ "National Youth Forum on Homelessness". True Colors United. 2019-02-28. Retrieved 2019-02-28.
  20. ^ "True Opportunities". True Colors United. 2015-05-13. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  21. ^ "#TrueColorsDay | Wednesday, April 27, 2016". True Colors United. 2016-02-02. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  22. ^ "Impact Summit | October 7–8, 2016". True Colors United. 2016-04-01. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  23. ^ "State of Out Youth | September 24, 2015 | 5pm ET | Online". True Colors United. 2015-04-20. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  24. ^ https://truecolorsunited.org/homefortheholidays/

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TRUE COLORS UNITED INC

NEW YORK, NY 10036-6004 | Tax-exempt since July 2012
  • EIN: 45-2489069
  • Classification (NTEE)
    Lesbian, Gay Rights (Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy)
  • Nonprofit Tax Code Designation: 501(c)(3)
    Defined as: Organizations for any of the following purposes: religious, educational, charitable, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition (as long as it doesn’t provide athletic facilities or equipment), or the prevention of cruelty to children or animals.
  • Donations to this organization are tax deductible.
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2018

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2018

PDF

990

Form 990 documents available

Extracted filing data is not available for this tax period, but Form 990 documents are available for download.

Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2017

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2017

PDF

990

Full Text

990 (filed on Feb. 14, 2019)

Full Filing

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$2,000,506

Total Functional Expenses $1,484,599
Net income $515,907
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,879,497 94.0%
Program services $0
Investment income $24 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $120,985 6.0%
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $0
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $159,990 10.8%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $545,241 36.7%
Other
Total Assets $736,962
Total Liabilities $29,262
Net Assets $707,700
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2016

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2016

PDF

990

Full Text

990 (filed on Jan. 9, 2018)

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990

Total Revenue

$1,182,485

Total Functional Expenses $1,544,217
Net income -$361,732
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,134,126 95.9%
Program services $0
Investment income $25 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $43,228 3.7%
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $5,106 0.4%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $159,801 10.3%
Professional fundraising fees $0
Other salaries and wages $565,077 36.6%
Other
Total Assets $236,012
Total Liabilities $44,219
Net Assets $191,793
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2015

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2015

PDF

990

Full Text

990 (filed on April 11, 2017)

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Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$1,551,630

Total Functional Expenses $1,241,446
Net income $310,184
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $1,404,123 90.5%
Program services $0
Investment income $0
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $143,827 9.3%
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $3,680 0.2%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $151,102 12.2%
Professional fundraising fees $27,770 2.2%
Other salaries and wages $360,252 29.0%
Other
Total Assets $605,107
Total Liabilities $51,582
Net Assets $553,525
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2014

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2014

PDF

IRS Filing

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990 (filed on Jan. 20, 2016)

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Total Functional Expenses $1,128,258
Net income -$216,245
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
Contributions $859,005 94.2%
Program services $28,730 3.2%
Investment income $149 0.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $20,282 2.2%
Sales of assets $139 0.0%
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $3,708 0.4%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $150,364 13.3%
Professional fundraising fees $29,500 2.6%
Other salaries and wages $312,790 27.7%
Other
Total Assets $287,218
Total Liabilities $44,276
Net Assets $242,942
Fiscal year ending

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Fiscal year ending Dec.

2013

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$874,467

Total Functional Expenses $833,958
Net income $40,509
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $0
Investment income $8,730 1.0%
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $193,940 22.2%
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $1,850 0.2%
Other revenue $16,021 1.8%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $0
Professional fundraising fees $22,256 2.7%
Other salaries and wages $337,951 40.5%
Other
Total Assets $490,569
Total Liabilities $31,158
Net Assets $459,411
Fiscal year ending

Dec. 2012

Fiscal year ending Dec.

2012

PDF

990

Raw XML

990

Total Revenue

$732,141

Total Functional Expenses $313,463
Net income $418,678
Notable sources of revenue Percent of total revenue
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Program services $0
Investment income $0
Bond proceeds $0
Royalties $0
Rental property income $0
Net fundraising $112,840 15.4%
Sales of assets $0
Net inventory sales $0
Other revenue $8,696 1.2%
Notable expenses Percent of total expenses
Executive compensation $0
Professional fundraising fees $4,763 1.5%
Other salaries and wages $110,192 35.2%
Other
Total Assets $437,799
Total Liabilities $19,121
Net Assets $418,678

Last Updated: 2020-11-21 07:55