more money. Whether we admit it or not,
HRC has become a political fundraising
machine — at the peril of others within our.
own LGBT and ally family
Next year the HRC dinner will move to
Raleigh. Now we have an opportunity far
greater than HRC. Charlotte must begin by
doing some soul searching.
Our LGBT and ally community is only as
good as each of us can imagine. Our local
LGBT and ally community needs to have
that $700,000 and more in order to continue
to grow over the next five years. We deserve
professionally paid staffing at our Lesbian &
Gay Community Center and other LGBT
local organizations so we can ensure quality
leadership and vision for the future. We also
need volunteers and more opportunities to
recognize their efforts. And, we need money.
If Charlotte can do it for HRC, then we
can do it for ourselves. Put what you imagine
into action today, whether that be volunteer
ing or writing a check. Start now by investing
in something you believe in locally. I
— Shane Windmeyer is executive director
of Campus Pride, based in Charlotte, N.C.,
the leading national organization for stu
dent leaders and campus organizations
working to aeate safer, more welcoming col
lege environments for LGBT students.
For more, visit www.shanewindmeyer.com.
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GGF hires new exec director
Luck Gambrell Davidson brings
‘wealth of experience’
by Matt Comer Q-Notes staff
GREENSBORO — The Guilford Green
Foundation (GGF), the Triad-area’s largest
LGBT charitable foundation, on March 12
announced the hiring of a new executive
Luck Gambrell Davidson
replaces the group’s first
Executive Director Cecelia
Thompson, who left to take
a position yith Action
Greensboro late last year.
Thompson had served as
the foundation’s first full
“We are very excited
about Luck coming on
board and leading GGF to
new heights,” GGF Board Co-
Chair Ivan Canada said in a
statement. “Her knowledge
of the Triad’s non-profit
community will prove
invaluable as she spearheads
development efforts, as well as efforts at gar
nering national attention for the LGBT com
The GGF board said Davidson brings a
“wealth on non-profit experience and
fundraising expertise.” She has previously
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served in leadership roles with National
Conference of Community and Justice;
Community Foundation ef greater
Greensboro, Joseph’s House, YWCA,
Greenhill Center for NC Art and the
Greensboro Public Library Foundation. In
the political arena, Davidson has worked on
the campaigns for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and
former Gov. Jim Hunt.
“I have a love for my
community, which is mani
fested in my participation
in the civic and cultural life
of Greensboro,” Davidson
said. “My involvement in
Greensboro’s public sector
and non-profit community
has given me a wide range
of experience and has led
me to form relationships
with people from all walks
of life, backgrounds and
The Guilford Green
Foundation annually grants
. funds to Greensboro-area
LGBT community groups.
Last year, they granted out
more than $70,000. Their endowment
includes more than $350,000 in funds. GGF
also produces the popular “Green Queen
Bingo,” held several times a year.
[Ed. Note — This writer is a former member of
the GGF Board of Directors.] >
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CHARLOTTE, NC 28209
Saturday, April 4
Join our three-mile walk
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Raise AIDS awareness and funds
to benefit House of Mercy -
A home for over250 low-income
persons living with AIDS since '91
or call 704-825-4711 x3 for info
Register on the Sisters of Mercy
campus at 9:30 am.
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Band performs 9:30am
to 10 am.
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Chair, will greet walkers
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following the walk.
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