EIN 68-0438008

Equality California (EQCA)

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Equality California (EQCA) is the nation's largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society.
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Equality California Institute
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Program areas at EQCA

Equality California Institute conducted community outreach and increased civic engagement around critical issues impacting the lgbtq+ community. This included conducting public education on California's vote by mail process during the 2021 gubernatorial recall election and organizing community advocacy during the 2021 redistricting process. Through our redistricting advocacy, Equality California Institute and its partners were able to ensure that lgbtq+ voices will be heard in future elections. With support from the California endowment, Equality California Institute was also able to distribute $250,000 in resiliency grants to lgbtq+ organizations across the state, thus strenthening the network of lgbtq+ resources and community-based organizations in a year when covid-19 left many organizations facing significant increase in demand for services, even as many long-standing funding sources were uncertain. With the support of silver state voices, Equality California Institute's nevada-based program, silver state Equality Institute, also conducted public education and advocacy around hiv, advocating for updates to outdated laws that criminalize hiv status, and working to reduce hiv stigma in local communities.
Equality California Institute significantly expanded its efforts to ensure safe and supportive school environments for lgbtq+ students across the state through the launch of the Equality California mentorship corps. The mentorship corps provides lgbtq+ affirming mentorship to students in fresno unified school district, located in California's central valley. Through a combination of social-emotional learning, motivational interviewing, and opportunities to engage the broader local community of lgbtq+ community-based organizations, the mentorship corps seeks to improve the well-being of lgbtq+ and other students over the course of an academic year and create a safe and supportive school environment. Working closely with our advisory committee of teachers, school board members, school administrators, local lgbtq+ centers, lgbtq+ and progressive non-profit organizations, civil rights leaders and education experts, Equality California Institute also began preparations to gather data for its second publication of the safe and supportive schools report card, to be published in 2022. The report card shines a light on successes and challenges that California unified school districts experience when implementing lgbtq-inclusive programs and policies and serves as a resource and advocacy tool for students, parents, teachers and community leaders.
Equality California Institute works to reduce disparities in health and well-being for lgbtq+ people by addressing the systemic realities and social determinants of health that negatively impact health outcomes for lgbtq+ people. With the continued support of gilead sciences, sempra, and the e. rhodes and leona b. carpenter foundation, and with new support from the California dialogue on cancer, Equality California Institute expanded its lgbtq+ diversity, equity and inclusion training. The training promotes lgbtq+ inclusion and offers healthcare and homeless service providers a range of tools to better identify and serve the needs of lgbtq+ clients. Equality California Institute continues to manage its out against big tobacco - los angeles and out against big tobacco - central valley coalitions. Both programs raise awareness about tobacco use disparities among lgbtq+ people and educate lawmakers on the importance of common-sense tobacco-control policies. Equality California Institute is also committed to ending stigma against people living with hiv by educating legislators and mobilizing the lgbtq+ community and those who are disproportionately impacted by hiv. In partnership with the elizabeth taylor aids foundation, the hiv is not a crime campaign and Equality California Institute support state-based hiv and lgbtq+ organizations across the country in their work to educate policymakers and increase public support for modernizing outdated, ineffective, and discriminatory laws that criminalize people living with hiv. This year, Equality California Institute also launched nosotros vihviendo, a program designed to support and develop grassroots leaders working to reduce hiv stigma and increase access to care for latinx men. Equality California Institute and silver state Equality Institute also conducted extensive public education and outreach around covid-19, to ensure access to accurate information and crucial resources, such as vaccinations and testing, in lgbtq+ communities.
Equality California Institute implements programs aimed at empowering the next generation of lgbtq+ leaders. In partnership with the California lgbtq legislative caucus foundation, Equality California Institute convened more than 100 openly lgbtq+ elected and appointed officials from across the state for the 2021 California lgbtq+ leadership summit in sacramento. With support from the comcast foundation, California Institute offered an online, paid summer fellowship program through legislative offices in sacramento to give college students first-hand experience working with legislators on state policy. With the support of edison international, Equality California Institute conducted the 2021 lgbtq+ leadership academy online. The leadership academy recruits lgbtq+ community leaders and advocates throughout the state and prepares them to run for office or seek appointments to state boards and commissions. Our lgbtq+ appointments process recommends and advocates for highly qualified, diverse lgbtq+ leaders, including alumni of our lgbtq+ leadership academy, for appointment to executive branch positions, judicial offices and state boards and commissions.

Grants made by EQCA

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Equality CaliforniaTo Support Efforts To Create A World That Is Healthy, Just and Fully Equal for All LGBT People.$400,000
The UCLA FoundationHiv Modernization$230,000
Equality Florida InstituteFlorida Hiv Modernization$145,000
...and 29 more grants made totalling $1,680,750

Who funds Equality California (EQCA)

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF)Restricted for Use for Hiv-Decriminalization Initiative and To Support Sub-Grants To the Williams Institute.$1,330,000
The California EndowmentAdvancing LGBT Health Through Covid-19 Responses: To Advance the Health of Black, Indigenous and People of Color-Led Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/questioning Organizations in Rural California and Strengthen Organizational Networks.$300,000
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$262,450
...and 23 more grants received totalling $2,447,308

Personnel at EQCA

Rick ZburExecutive Director$0
Valecia PhilipsDirector of Finance and Administration$0
Valerie PloumpisNational Policy Director$0
Robbie MartinDirector of Development$0
Robbie RodriguezProgram Director$117,467
...and 10 more key personnel

Financials for EQCA

RevenuesFYE 12/2021
Total grants, contributions, etc.$4,744,411
Program services$1,401,154
Investment income and dividends$1,159
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$-154,253
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$5,992,471

Form 990s for EQCA

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-122021-02-19990View PDF
2018-122020-01-31990View PDF
2017-122018-12-22990View PDF
2016-122018-01-18990View PDF
2015-122017-01-19990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s
Data update history
May 17, 2023
Used new vendors
Identified 1 new vendor, including
May 7, 2023
Received grants
Identified 2 new grant, including a grant for $8,000 from Goodwin Family Memorial Tua
July 28, 2022
Received grants
Identified 4 new grant, including a grant for $101,300 from Health Access Foundation
September 28, 2021
Received grants
Identified 16 new grant, including a grant for $150,000 from California Wellness Foundation
September 28, 2021
Received grants
Identified 3 new grant, including a grant for $10,000 from Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Nonprofit Types
Social advocacy organizationsHuman rights organizationsCivil rights and social justice organizationsCharities
EducationHuman rightsLGBTQ
Political advocacyProvides grantsLobbyingFundraising eventsState / local levelReceives government fundingTax deductible donations
General information
3701 Wilshire Blvd Suite 725
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Metro area
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
Los Angeles County, CA
Website URL
(323) 848-9801
Facebook page
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IRS details
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Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
R26: LGBT Rights
NAICS code, primary
813319: Social Advocacy Organizations
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