People fighting the Non-Profit Industrial Complex say that it doesn't take long before the number one objective at most non-profits becomes fundraising rather than the cause they were founded for. It's not a new idea, but it's one that people who pay attention to LGBT politics in San Francisco are talking about since the big, gay news right now includes the local LGBT Center's renting out of some of its space to businesses, and the imminent closure of Lyon-Martin Health Services, which provides health care to many low-income queers and trans people.
Anyone who's ever set foot inside SF's LGBT Center (which has an annual budget of about $2 million) knows it's almost always a ghost town. A friend of mine volunteered there for a few months. She stopped after she got sick of only being offered shifts serving wealthy people crudites at fundraisers, in hopes they'd write checks so the tumbleweeds could continue to be tended a little while longer.
I also know people who've been served by Lyon-Martin and served well. But the clinic's executive director (who is also medical director) makes $145,000 per year (down from $159,000 after budget cuts), and the previous director took in $90,000. Take your pick: any of those numbers is far higher than the incomes of their clients. If the clinic continues to operate (the board says it has to raise $250,000 by Monday to pay off debts; as of January 28th they were at $117,000), donors should demand a re-imagining of the organization's pay structure.