Thursday, June 26, 2014
Here is the official statement from the Wingspan Board of Directors on the future of Tucson's LGBT community center
Wingspan has provided the Tucson and southeastern Arizona LGBTQ communities with an emotionally safe and discrimination free community center over the last 26 years. Wingspan has served thousands, providing advocacy, services and valuable programming to the community.
The Board of Directors recognizes and understands the responsibility it has to maintain the legacy of Wingspan and her programs. Given the current economic and financial situation that Wingspan is experiencing, the Board voted to begin collaborations with the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation to discuss a transition that will allow for Wingspan’s programs and mission to continue. Discussions with other non-profits are also occurring.
Several advantages of this collaboration and merger include a continuation of services and programs for the Tucson and southeastern Arizona LGBTQ communities, offering the ability to exist within a stronger financial and administrative infrastructure. The Board anticipates using the Wingspan name and reputation to promote and leverage for stronger LGBTQ programming, for fundraising and for continued support of the LGBT community. The Board is very concerned about the welfare of current employees and volunteers and will work to protect their interests and well-being.
The Board is working towards making a decision and finalizing a strategic transition in the next few weeks, prior to the termination of our lease effective July 31st.