Tuesday, November 25, 2008

GLAAD announces layoffs

Staff cuts ‘touched all departments’
By AMY CAVANAUGH, Washington Blade | Nov 25, 1:39 PM
As the nation’s economic crisis deepens, gay rights organizations are feeling the pinch. The Gay &Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced it eliminated some staff positions last Friday.

GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano said that he has not seen actual numbers of positions eliminated, but that "the reduction in force touched all departments."

"We looked at the work we're doing and the mission we have and we had to make a strategic plan to make reductions," he said. "Fundraising has slowed dramatically and the non-profit sector is not immune to what's going on and sometimes we're impacted more."

Giuliano said the election impacted donations to GLAAD.

"People were donating to the candidates and also gave a historic amount to fight anti-gay ballot measures," he said.

He said the reduction in donations coupled with the financial crisis meant that GLAAD had to make job cuts in order to stay within budget and prepare for 2009.

The way I look at it is that it is the responsible thing to do to protect the long-term health of the organization, and be good stewards of the revenue that donors have provided," Giuliano said.

He added that he suspects GLAAD will be in a growth period again soon and could restore some jobs.

"Honestly, I don't think that's happening anytime soon," Giuliano said. "I think this economic slowdown and hit to non-profits is going to last for a good year or so. I'd love to be proven wrong, but everybody really stretched themselves this last year giving to candidates and causes."
I guess they need to save the money for those three high cost Gala they have coming up in 2009, after all they have to look good for the high class actors/actress they will be giving these awards to. If they didn't have to the highest prices food and drink and Conference hall maybe they wouldn't have to lay people off.


I wonder how many people can be hire for this amount of money

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