PRESS STATEMENT
August 12, 2011

San Francisco Pride Reports 2011 One of Event’s Most Successful Years Yet

100% of Grant Commitments Presented to Community Partners on August 16

San Francisco, CA – 12 August 2011 - The Board of Directors of San Francisco Pride announced today that this year’s San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade, held June 25 & 26, 2011, was one of the most successful yet in the event’s 41 year history.  As a result, 100% distribution of grants to Pride’s Community Partners will take place on schedule at the organization’s annual Check Granting Party on Tuesday, August 16.

This year’s Community Partner grants will provide funds to over 70 non-profit organizations in the Bay Area, including STOP AIDS Project, the Homeless Children's Network, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, the Women's Cancer Resource Center, and many more.  Since the program’s inception in 1997, SF Pride has granted over $1.8 million dollars to its Community Partners.

“We’re very excited about the success of this year’s Pride Celebration and Parade,” said Board Chair, Lisa Williams. “So many people from the community came forward to make this the best Pride event in the world, and we couldn’t have done it without the countless hours put in by the Board, Staff, Community Advisory Board, our contractors, SF Pride members, and nearly 1000 volunteers.  We also continue to enjoy the long-term support of the Dorian Fund and the City of San Francisco.”

Following a challenging year, an ongoing strategic review of each aspect of SF Pride’s operations allowed the board to steer the organization to a position of stability.  “The Board of Directors set itself the objectives of stabilizing the organization and delivering an ‘on-budget’ Pride Event,” said SF Pride’s Treasurer, Bill Hemenger.  “I’m pleased to report to the community that both objectives were achieved.”

Adding to the longstanding support of its corporate sponsors, the majority of whom returned as supporters in 2011, the board also launched new revenue generating streams, including the Pride Pass program and ticket sales for the Official SF Pride VIP Party at City Hall.  The board also hired Brendan Behan as Interim Executive Director in April as part of its commitment to implement the recommendations put forward in the City Controller’s audit.  Behan previously served as Deputy Executive Director of SF Pride from 2008-2009 and had been on staff through five Pride events starting in 2006.

“I am so very pleased to have had the chance to work with this Board of Directors in helping move SF Pride back into profitability,” said Behan. “This Board has worked with incredible diligence and dedication to deliver on their commitment to put the organization on stronger financial footing in 2011.”

In addition to this year’s Community Partners receiving their grants on August 16, the 2010 Community Partners received final payments for their 2010 grants prior to this year’s Pride event.

“We’re moving in a very positive direction,” added Williams. “Pride is here to stay, and as the Board enters its annual planning phase, we remain committed to both positioning the SF Pride organization for long-term success, and to continue supporting our Community Partners, as we have done for the past fifteen years.”

The SF Pride Check Granting Party will take place on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Rainbow Room of the SF LGBT Community Center, 1800 Market Street, San Francisco.

For more information on San Francisco Pride, visit sfpride.org.

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About San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (SFLGBTPCC):
The San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee (sfpride.org) is a non-profit membership organization founded to produce the annual San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade.  San Francisco Pride is dedicated to education, commemoration of LGBT heritage, and celebration of LGBT culture and liberation.  A world leader in the Pride movement, San Francisco Pride is also a grant-giving organization through its Community Partners Program.  Since 1997, SF Pride has granted over $1.8 million dollars in proceeds to LGBT, HIV/AIDS, cancer, and animal welfare nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area.

About the 2011 San Francisco Pride Celebration & Parade:
2012 will mark the 42nd anniversary of the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade. The Pride Celebration & Parade will be held over the weekend of June 23 and 24, 2012.  With over 200 parade contingents, 300 exhibitors, and more than 20 community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest annual gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation.  The two-day celebration is free and open to all.  For more information please visit sfpride.org.

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For Further Information Please Contact:

Brendan Behan, Interim Executive Director
1841 Market Street, Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-1112
Phone (415) 864-0831 ext.102
Fax (415) 864-5889
media@sfpride.org