Be a Sponsor (#CLEPride2017)

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Cleveland Lesbian-Gay-Bi-Trans Pride, founded in 1989, is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide education and outreach in the Greater Cleveland area that celebrates gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered culture and to build bridges of understanding within our community and among all Clevelanders.

Since Cleveland Pride is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, registered with the State of Ohio, all donations are tax-deductible. We hope that you’ll take a minute to help Pride produce our activities. We appreciate any contribution you can make! Because we value your support, we offer a number of premiums at the different levels of Pride sponsorship.

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING PRESENT, SPONSORING CLEVELAND PRIDE
Each June communities all over the world celebrate Gay Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 that sparked the gay rights movement in America. Cleveland’s Pride is among the first half dozen such celebrations started in the U.S., making our Parade, Rally and Festival among the longest continuing Pride events in the country.

In 1989, our pride celebration began as a small event located on W. 29th Street, a small side street on the near west side with several hundred people, one stage and a dozen vendors. We added a Parade to our festivities in 1990 with 600 walking tall. In 1994, we came out of our closet moving first to public square and then in 1996 to our current location at Voinovich Park, behind the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, enjoying the amazing Cleveland skyline and the wonders of Lake Erie. In 2015, Cleveland Pride broke record attendance.

Cleveland Pride’s festival is the largest annual event that brings together our LGBT and straight allied families, friends, organizations and corporations. We have individuals present representing ages from infants to elderly, many races and nationalities, all spectra of gender and sexual orientation, almost every profession and career, and during that gathering, we know and feel that “united we stand, we are not alone!”

Your sponsorship donation makes it possible for our annual parade, rally and festival to be the most incredible experience for an individual that finally realizes “they are not alone”. Give generously! Join us in our parade, be our vendor, be an entertainer, be a volunteer.

The LGBT community is one of the most brand loyal segments of our population and your donation will be recognized by the LGBT community for your dedication and support. We are a 100% volunteer organization from the board of directors to the general volunteers. We run lean and depend on your support. Thank you!

MISSION STATEMENT AND PURPOSE

Cleveland Pride’s mission is to: promote individuals, organizations, and businesses who are willing to be advocates for inclusion; create long-lasting relationships with diverse groups and cultural leaders in Northeast Ohio and many communities in the surrounding Midwest region; and increase the visibility of LGBT activists and straight allies through its year-round activities, including the celebration at the annual heritage pride festival, parade and rally in June.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO) STATEMENT
Cleveland Pride is a full volunteer organization without staffing. However, services providers and consultants may be engaged from time to time to promote or produce events for the organization. All employees, volunteers service providers, and consultants play an important role in maintaining an environment of equal opportunity.

It is the policy of Cleveland Pride to promote and ensure equal employment and volunteer opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, sexual identity, sexual orientation or genetic information. Equal employment opportunity principles govern all aspects of the organizations personnel engagement policies, program practices, and operations. All phases of employment (whether through contracted services or voluntarism), including recruitment, hiring, evaluation, promotion, transfer, assignment, training, benefits and separation, shall be conducted in compliance with equal employment opportunity laws and regulations.

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