Non-profit

National Center for Transgender Equality

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Website:

transequality.org

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

41-2090291

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2016):

Revenue: $2,065,367
Expenses: $1,632,740
Assets: $1,256,767

The National Center for Transgender Equality is a left-of-center group which advocates for policies and culture favorable to transgender people and other gender-non-conforming people. It currently has about 20 staff members. [1]

Mission

The Center’s principal object is to advocate on behalf of Americans who identify as transgender. [2] It has four major initiatives: Racial and Economic Justice (REJ), Legal Services Network (LSN), Voices for Trans Equality (VTE), and Families for Trans Equality (FTE). The REJ Initiative focuses on advocating on behalf of non-white people related to prison, housing, and other policies. [3] The LSN consists of the Center’s 80-plus legal allies across the nation. [4] The Center’s VTE initiative provides resources and information for transgender people and their “allies” to advocate more effectively for the Center’s priorities. [5] FTE is an initiative which provides families of transgender people with training and support to use their personal experiences to advocate for pro-transgender policies. [6]

In addition to these initiatives, the Center engages in media advocacy, state and federal regulatory lobbying, and grassroots advocacy training. [7] The American Bar Association (ABA) and Lyft both publicly ally themselves with the Center. The ABA identifies the Center as an official resource. [8][9]

Initiatives

Federal Judicial Confirmations

After President Trump nominated Neomi Rao for the D.C. Court of Appeals, the National Center for Transgender Equality announced its opposition on January 28, 2019. In its official statement, the organization accused Rao of “hostility to critical civil rights protections, to sexual assault survivors, and to the LGBTQ community.” The group directly accuses Rao of “victim blaming” people who have been through a sexual assault, among other claims to advocate against Rao’s nomination. [10]

Section 1557

National Center for Transgender Equality supported an Obama administration effort to expand the definition of “sex” in healthcare nondiscrimination law to include gender identity and “termination of pregnancy”; NCTE opposed a proposed rule by the Trump administration to restore the previous definition in response to injunctions issued by federal courts against the Obama administration changes. [11][12] Catholic healthcare institutions had asserted that the Obama administration proposals violated religious freedom by requiring them to perform or to provide insurance coverage for sex reassignment surgeries and abortions. [13]

Legislation

The Center supports the Equality Act, proposed legislation that would override religious exercise protections established in federal law concerning sexuality and gender expression. [14][15] The organization provided official testimony to Congress on April 2, 2019 in favor of the Act. [16]

In 2017, the Center launched a lobbying and political arm called the National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund. Its engages in political work that the Center cannot due to its legal status. [17]

Funding

The National Center for Transgender Equality raised over $2.5 million in 2017. [18] Much of its funding comes from foundations which explicitly back left-leaning social policy, including the Gill Foundation, the Arcus Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. [19] The Rockefeller Brothers Fund provided $25,000 to the Center in 2018. [20] The Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, which primarily advocates for and funds left-leaning immigration and LGBT priorities, gave the Center $150,000 from 2016 to 2018. [21]

The Center received a two-year grant in 2007 to pressure governments to allow people to change their sex on government identification documents like driver’s licenses. [22]

The Center received $1,351,300 from the members of Funders for LGBT Issues from 2011 to 2013. [23]

Leadership

Mara Keisling is the founder and executive director of the center. Keisling led its twice-published National Transgender Discrimination Survey. [24] Keisling was born male and now identifies as a woman. [25]

Lisa Mottet is deputy executive director at the Center. Lisa’s background is primarily focused on transgender people’s experiences in homeless shelters. [26]

References

  1. National Center for Transgender Equality, About Us, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://transequality.org/about ^
  2. National Center for Transgender Equality, About Us, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://transequality.org/about ^
  3. National Center for Transgender Equality, Issues – racial and economic justice, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://transequality.org/issues/racial-economic-justice ^
  4. National Center for Transgender Equality, About Transgender People, Transgender Legal Services Network, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://transequality.org/about-transgender-people/transgender-legal-services-network ^
  5. National Center for Transgender Equality, Voices for Trans Equality, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://transequality.org/voices ^
  6. National Center for Transgender Equality, Families for Trans Equality, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://transequality.org/families ^
  7. National Center for Transgender Equality, 2017 990, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://transequality.org/sites/default/files/NCTE%202017%20C3%20990%20-%20Public%20Copy.pdf ^
  8. American Bar Association, Transgender Rights Resources, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://www.americanbar.org/groups/diversity/sexual_orientation/resources/transgenderrights/ ^
  9. Lyft Blog, Supporting Transgender Drivers, May 28, 2019. Accessed August 1, 2019. https://blog.lyft.com/posts/nationalcenterfortransgenderequality ^
  10. “The Most Extreme Trump Judicial Nominees Pending in the Senate: Neomi Rao, nominated to the DC Circuit.” The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Uploaded March 2019. Accessed March 8, 2019. Original URL: http://civilrightsdocs.info/pdf/judicial-nominations/2018/most-extreme/TOC/Neomi-Rao.pdf; Available here: https://www.influencewatch.org/app/uploads/2019/03/neomi-rao-opposition-group-statements.pdf ^
  11. Twitter, National Center for Transgender Equality account, July 31, 2019. Accessed August 3, 2019. https://twitter.com/TransEquality/status/1156723720653889536 ^
  12. Protect Trans Health petition, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://protecttranshealth.org ^
  13. Asher, Julie. “Bishops Praise HHS Proposal for Civil Rights Section of Health Care Law.” Crux. May 25, 2019. Accessed August 05, 2019. https://cruxnow.com/church-in-the-usa/2019/05/25/bishops-praise-hhs-proposal-for-civil-rights-section-of-health-care-law/. ^
  14. Editorial. “The Equality Act Is about Coercion.” National Review. April 11, 2019. Accessed August 05, 2019. https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/04/the-equality-act-is-about-coercion/. ^
  15. Medium.com, “How to join the fight to ensure trans people #wontbeerased,” October 26, 2018. Accessed August 1, 2019. https://medium.com/transequalitynow/how-to-join-the-fight-to-ensure-trans-people-wontbeerased-e277439df703 ^
  16. Congressional Testimony, National Center for Transgender Equality, April 2, 2019. Accessed August 1, 2019. https://docs.house.gov/meetings/JU/JU00/20190402/109200/HHRG-116-JU00-20190402-SD022.pdf ^
  17. National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund, About, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://www.ncteactionfund.org/about/ ^
  18. National Center for Transgender Equality, 2017 990, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://transequality.org/sites/default/files/NCTE%202017%20C3%20990%20-%20Public%20Copy.pdf ^
  19. Data compiled by FoundationSearch.com subscription service, a project of Metasoft Systems, Inc., from forms filed with the IRS. Queries conducted August 5, 2019. ^
  20. Rockefeller Brothers Fund, National Center for Transgender Equality, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://www.rbf.org/grantees/national-center-transgender-equality ^
  21. Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, National Center for Transgender Equality, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://www.haasjr.org/grants/grantee/national-center-for-transgender-equality ^
  22. National Center for Transgender Equality, “NCTE wins grant for new ‘Privacy and Documentation Project,’” Thursday, February 15, 2007. Accessed August 1, 2019. https://transequality.org/blog/ncte-wins-grant-for-new-privacy-and-documentation-project ^
  23. Funders for LGBTQ Issues, “TRANSformational Impact,” February 2015. Accessed August 1, 2019. https://lgbtfunders.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/TRANSformational_Impact.pdf ^
  24. National Center for Transgender Equality, Mara Keisling, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://transequality.org/about/people/mara-keisling ^
  25. Sunnivie Brydum, “Exclusive: Mara Keisling’s first interview after North Carolina arrest,” April 26, 2016. Accessed August 1, 2019. https://www.advocate.com/transgender/2016/4/26/exclusive-mara-keislings-first-interview-after-north-carolina-arrest ^
  26. National Center for Transgender Equality, Lisa Mottet, Accessed August 1, 2019. https://transequality.org/about/people/lisa-mottet ^
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: December - November
  • Tax Exemption Received: July 1, 2004

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2016 Dec Form 990 $2,065,367 $1,632,740 $1,256,767 $115,727 N $2,046,712 $18,530 $125 $143,212
    2015 Dec Form 990 $1,076,871 $1,252,663 $747,665 $39,252 N $1,060,208 $16,486 $177 $248,839 PDF
    2014 Dec Form 990 $1,118,910 $970,485 $945,593 $61,388 N $1,066,962 $48,374 $68 $109,754
    2013 Dec Form 990 $1,094,923 $638,550 $787,329 $51,550 N $1,047,681 $47,187 $55 $99,280 PDF
    2012 Dec Form 990 $274,414 $492,859 $295,271 $15,865 N $235,142 $39,253 $19 $96,987 PDF
    2011 Dec Form 990 $708,962 $436,216 $506,619 $8,768 N $694,234 $14,728 $0 $91,248 PDF

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