PRIDE Council offers members of the LGBT community and allies the opportunity to make broad, community-wide change happen.
PRIDE Council and PRIDE Gives – the first United Way LGBT giving groups in the country – are part of a long history of “firsts” for United Way of Central Ohio in the LGBT community:
- UWCO helped lead the GLBT Census, an anonymous online survey of LGBT households that provided the most detailed information on central Ohio’s LBGT community ever compiled.
- In 2001, UWCO funded an inaugural gift of $10,000 to The Legacy Fund of The Columbus Foundation.
- UWCO has been an early and ongoing supporter of the AIDS Resource Center Ohio, funding more than $4.5 million in programs since 1990.
- UWCO takes great care in standing by its commitment to diversity and inclusion, as well as engaging diverse communities in our work.
- In 2003, then Columbus City Councilwoman Mary Jo Hudson was elected as a United Way board member, providing a “seat at the table” for LGBT perspectives. Tom Grote, the co-founder and former board chair of the Equality Ohio Education Fund, replaced her on the board when she resigned.
- In 2008, UWCO launched PRIDE Leadership, an 8-month training program directed at LGBT professionals and designed to facilitate their placement on volunteer boards and in leadership roles on committees.
- In 2009, UWCO committed funding over the next three years to Kaleidoscope Youth Center, the only organization in Ohio solely dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
- In 2010, UWCO launched PRIDE Gives and Pride Council, the first United Way LGBT giving groups in the country, to make an even bigger difference in our community – one that can improve the lives of all central Ohioians.
- In 2012, over 65% of Pride Leadership graduates hold openly LGBT seats on non-profit boards.
- In 2013, UWCO convened the first Out & Equal forum bringing together representatives from over 30 central Ohio companies and nonprofit organizations to discuss equality in the workplace and create the first Out & Equal Regional Affiliate in Ohio.
What does it take to become a member of PRIDE Council?
It takes passion, commitment and a desire to be part of the change to make a real difference in our community.
We also ask that each member join with a household contribution of $1,000 to United Way of Central Ohio.
As a member, you’ll receive special recognition throughout the year and have opportunities to:
- Interact with central Ohio’s most influential leaders
- Connect with other local LGBT members and allies
- Work to promote balance and inclusion in our community
- Participate in service projects that help make central Ohio a better place for everyone to live
- Participate in advocacy opportunities within United Way and other organizations
Opportunities for engagement are available in the areas of:
- Marketing & Communications
- Membership & Engagement
- Volunteering & Special Events
If you would like more information or to get involved with PRIDE Council – contact Joshua Hartley at email@example.com or 614.241.3078.