In April 2015, the Alliance – among other organizations across the state – was notified that our State grant was being suspended after the Governor’s office decided to cut social services, public health, and education programs to address a budget shortfall. This grant accounts for nearly 15% of our annual operating expenses and is essential to our ability to support and promote safer schools for LGBTQ and allied youth across Illinois. While it was announced today that the administration intends to restore a small portion of those cuts, there remains uncertainty as to the future of these specific funds and those supporting the 2015-2016 school year. This uncertainty directly impacts our ability to continue to support to GSAs and provide professional development and advocacy to schools and communities across the state.
What We'll be Doing
To help establish the organization’s financial stability in the months ahead, the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance is proud to unveil its 100 Stories. One Alliance. Campaign. Your support in reaching our $100,000 goal will help sustain the Alliance’s work with GSAs across the state, and allow us to continue being able to provide training and support to schools and communities throughout Illinois!
Every week, we will feature new stories representing unique voices impacted by the work of the Alliance. Together, these storytellers, are taking one journey which demonstrates a shared commitment to LGBTQ and allied youth across Illinois.
What You Can Do
Join Us! Donate. Share these stories. Tell us your own Alliance story. Encourage your friends and family to listen and give.
All funds received via this campaign will directly support our youth leadership, advocacy, and professional development programs, so that more students, regardless of their sexual orientation and/or gender-identity/expression, have access to safe and inclusive learning environments.
We are excited and grateful to all our storytellers, and you—our donors and allies—for your time and continued support. Help us get to $100,000 and inspire hundreds more stories!
Share your Alliance Story! Email Ranjani Murali, our Communications and Development Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org for details on telling your own story.