Morten Group, on behalf of the LGBT Community Fund of The Chicago Community Trust, conducted the Chicago LGBT Community Needs Assessment in the Fall of 2011. The purpose of the needs assessment was twofold: 1) to gather data about the assets, needs and challenges of the LGBT community in the Chicagoland area and to 2) inform future funding decisions of the Steering Committee. Over an 11-week field period stretching from October to December of that year, more than 2,000 individuals made their voices heard by filling out an online survey or data card, completing a telephone interview, or participating in a focus group. Data analysis, led by methodological lead Dr. Keisha Farmer-Smith, took place during the first half of 2012.

On June 27, 2012, the data was released to the public for the first time in a community presentation and press briefing at Howard Brown Health Center. The second community presentation of the results report took place on October 2, 2012 at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The third presentation took place on December 11, 2012 at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, co-hosted by Affinity Community Services, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus and the Office of LGBTQ Student Life at the University of Chicago. The fourth presentation took place on March 8, 2013 at the Donors Forum, as part of a meeting with Donors Forum Grantmaking Members and Advisory Associate Members.

In addition, Morten Group developed an organizational service & capacity assessment tool for organizations providing LGBT services as a follow up to the LCNA survey. The assessment tool is designed to further identify organizations currently providing services within The LGBT Community Fund priority areas: Healthcare, Employment, Housing, Violence Prevention, Support for Accessing Practical Resources, and Behavioral Health Services. This Organizational Service & Capacity Evaluation Tool supports The Chicago Community Trust in identifying organizations in Chicago that may be LGBT-serving and may offer programs within the fund priority areas.

Additionally, the survey tool helps establish a baseline for evaluating each organization’s capacity to effectively deliver services, identify existing collaborations among organizations, and assess the compatibility of proposed programs with existing funding priorities.

Please email to read the full report. Thank you for your interest in the Chicago LGBT Community Needs Assessment.




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