Update from the Out Alliance Board and Volunteers – December 9, 2020

Since our last update in June 2020, the Board and Volunteers of the Out Alliance have been focused on building a sustainable foundation for the Out Alliance of the future, by engaging in the following efforts:

  • Reducing facility costs by moving our offices and future program space into the Community Center portion of our building. This initiative reduced our facility related investment going forward by approximately 65% beginning in August 2020.
  • Prioritizing cost containment until the Center’s programming activities resume. Average monthly operating expenditures have been reduced from $54,000 in the pre-closure period, to $10,000 in the post-closure period.
  • Completing our 2019 Audit in November. Today, we are pleased to share we have received an unqualified opinion on our 2019 financial statements from our auditors, Heveron & Company, CPA’s.

External Audit Performed by Heveron & Company, CPA’s
Although our audit was completed in mid-November, as a result of the extended period of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible our Form 990 and Audited Financial Statements for 2019 may not be available on the New York State Attorney General Charities Database for some time.  In the interim period, we are providing the following information on the 2019 Financial Highlights page of this website:

  • Trend Analysis of Operating Results for the years 2016 – 2019 prepared by Heveron & Company CPA’s. Our 2019 surplus of $116,000 represents a $490,000 improvement as compared with results of the 2018 audit.  This improvement is consistent with an increase in support and revenue totaling $346,000 and a reduction in non-programming costs of $142,000 during 2019.
  • Revenue, Total Expenditure and Program Services Expenditure charts prepared from results of 2019 audit. Prepared by Out Alliance staff, these charts present further analysis of 1) sources of 2019 support and revenue and 2) 2019 total operating expenditure levels as well each program’s share of total program services expenditures.  These charts should assist the Community in further understanding our 2019 results.

The improved results for the year ended December 31, 2019 could not have been achieved without the full participation of many, including leadership, staff and Community donors and volunteers.  We wish to express our gratitude for the continuing generosity we received throughout 2020 and for the commitment of many to further the mission of the Out Alliance.

2020 Operating Results
We expect final 2020 operating results by early February 2021, and will publish them, as available, on this website.

Program Sustainability – Accomplishments Since June 2020 Closure
With the help of the efforts of many dedicated volunteers, our Library, Archives and Shoulders To Stand On programs have continued to operate and are planning activities for the holiday season and for the new year.

Library and Archives Programs
Gerry Szymanski, Out Alliance Librarian
Bruce Wooley, Periodical Collection Librarian

Thanks to many, over thirty bookshelves containing more than 10,000 books and DVD’s have been moved into our new-to-us space.  Our circulating collection is ready for lending to the Community.  In addition, hundreds of rare books, periodicals, VHS tapes and Empty Closet issues have been moved into the new Rare Books and Archives space.

Since moving in August, we continue to improve both our onsite and online collections for future access.  Our partnership with the Rochester Regional Library Council continues, creating possibilities for program innovation in the future.   In 2021, we hope to offer curbside service to Community members wishing to borrow from our extensive collections.

Shoulders To Stand On Program
Evelyn Bailey, Out Alliance Historian & Archivist
The move in August necessitated relocation of records from past years to Cornell University.  Evelyn Bailey and assisting archivists contributed greatly to making this happen.  In addition, the records of Tim Sallys were processed by Evelyn’s staff, preserving an audio recording of Dan Capiello, one of the first Aids patients to return to Rochester.  Shoulders To Stand On also represented the Out Alliance in the virtual Suffragist Parade and the 5th Historic Walking Tour, celebrating the founding of the Gay Liberation Front.

Each December, Shoulders To Stand On holds a Holiday Open House.  This year the Holiday Open House will be held virtually on Zoom and is scheduled for December 13th.  If you are interested, you can find more information here.

Finally, on February 27th, 2021, the Anthony Mascioli Rainbow Dialogues continue.  A collaboration of Shoulders To Stand On, Humanities New York, Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library, ImageOut, and WXXI, the 2021 Rainbow Dialogues focuses its conversation on the topic of “Lessons Learned From An Unequal World”.  Additional information can be found at www.rainbowdialogues.com.

Our Next Chapter
As it is likely that the introduction of a COVID-19 vaccine will not be widely available until the second quarter of 2021, it is our current plan to devote our efforts in the first quarter of 2021 to future programming planning and development.   The Community will be invited to participate in this process at a Town Hall in January 2021, once our 2019 Form 990 and Audited 2019 Financial Statements have been made available on the New York State Attorney General Charities Database, accessible on our website under “About Us/Financial Statements and Annual Reports”.

The Out Alliance Board of Directors
Luis Burgos, Board President
Selvia Hanna, Board Treasurer
Christopher Goodwin, Board Secretary
Luis Rosario-McCabe, Board Member

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