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Empty Closets is asking for your help.
A Brief History
Many of you who have been part of the EmptyClosets.com online community have heard or read about our organizational history: The community was started in 2004 by three individuals (Bryce, John, and Shannon) who, remembering their own struggles coming out, were seeking to provide a safe online community in the hopes of making the process easier for others.
For the first seven years of its existence, EmptyClosets was simply a website, owned by the media company run by its founders, and run by a loosely structured group of people who shared a common interest in helping others to get information and support on coming out and other LGBT-related issues.
In 2011, the three founders and several of the current volunteers at EmptyClosets started discussing creating a more formal organizational structure to support the continued growth of the site and the community that had grown up around it. The founders generously agreed to fund the creation of a nonprofit public charity, and to donate the site, domain, and all of the other assets that made up the EmptyClosets online community to the charity, once created.
Empty Closets Community Services was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in September of 2011. In July of 2014, we received official recognition of our charitable status as a 501(c)(3) public charity from the IRS. We received formal recognition from the State of California in October, 2015. (You can verify here by choosing "Corporation" and entering "Empty Closets Community Services").
Current donations and operating budget
2014 was the first year we accepted public donations. We are pleased to say that we've been extremely fiscally conservative and all of the cash donations received in 2014 and 2015 to-date were held to cover expenses we anticipated in 2016.
What we Accomplished in 2016, and Our Growth and Future
Even thought we've (intentionally, so far) done no advertising and no outreach to speak of, EmptyClosets is growing at a pretty large rate. In December 2009, 37,000 users viewed 752,000 pages; in November, 2015, 540,000 visitors viewed some 3.3 million pages. Much of that growth has taken place over the past year and a half, mostly from word-of-mouth. Some 65% of our visitors are from the US; the rest are spread throughout the world. In 2016 alone, we added more than 11,000 new members to our community, and we now have over 3 *million* posts to the community!
We need your help to continue to support the growth we're experiencing. And so we're asking those of you that might be able to help to consider giving back. In 2017, here are some of our renewed goals :
By making a year-end, tax-deductible gift to Empty Closets Community Services, you will be supporting the valuable services the Empty Closets online community provides to individuals all over the world. Your donation will go directly to paying for the services, expertise, and other expenses necessary to carry out our charitable mission that we cannot otherwise get from our existing staff members or in-kind donations.
Any donation at all is welcomed and appreciated. If you need a last-minute, year-end tax deduction, we would be honored to be the recipient of your generosity!
Whether or not you are able to donate, the entire staff and Board of Empty Closets Community Services thanks you for your continued suppolrt of our community. It is the messages, advice, support, and other contributions that our almost 77,000 members make to our community every day that have made EmptyClosets what it is.
Board of Directors:
You can donate via PayPal below. If you prefer to donate via check, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to arrange that. We can provide receipts for your tax records if needed.