Suite 100
LEXINGTON KY 40504-2900
Contact Information
Address 389 WALLER AVE
Suite 100
LEXINGTON , KY 40504 2900
Phone (859) 253-3233
Contact Name Carmen Wampler-Collins
Web and Social Media
Love, Pride, & Equality for All
At A Glance
IRS Ruling Year 1980
Former Names
Gay & Lesbian Services Organization
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer You may support the PCSO by making donations on our profile at or on the donation page of our website at, or by sending checks payable to the Pride Community Services Organization to 389 Waller Ave, Suite 100, Lexington, KY 40504.  

We also accept in-kind donations and have many opportunities for volunteer involvement. For more information on serving as a board member, PCSO volunteer, or Pride Festival volunteer, send an email to
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Mission Statement
The Pride Community Services Organization (PCSO) works to improve the lives of people in the sexual minority and gender expansive (LGBTQ+) community of Central and Eastern Kentucky by enhancing visibility, empowering community members, and educating the public about issues impacting said community.
Creating safe, inclusive spaces where every LGBTQ+ Kentuckian is celebrated and supported. 
• We celebrate and respect the dignity and worth of all people.
• We advocate for and embrace an inclusive and diverse community.
• We believe in empowering each individual to be an agent of change.
• We believe in collaboration as a vehicle for creating a more just and equitable community.
• We believe that education is a cornerstone for creating social justice.
The Three E’s
Educate: The PCSO offers community resources, workshops, a monthly magazine, social media, and an LGBTQ+ library 
Enhance: The PCSO produces, participates in, and collaborates with other organizations to create distinct visibility activities such as the annual Lexington Pride Festival and other Pride activities throughout the region. 
Empower:The PCSO spear-heads vital programming such as the Gay-Straight Alliance for Youth, discussion groups, and a safe environment at the Pride Center.
Background Statement

Pride Community Services Organization (PCSO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1977 to provide support, programs, and services to the LGBTQ+ community in Lexington, Kentucky and surrounding areas. It was only the second LGBTQ+ rights group in Lexington, the oldest surviving group of its kind in Kentucky, and one of the oldest in the nation. Since its founding, the PCSO has provided life-sustaining programs for LGBTQ+ people including social activities, support groups, and critical services for those living with HIV and AIDS.

We have launched groups such as AVOL and ActOut, which are now independent organizations. In 1979, we began publishing an LGBTQ+ newsletter, which has evolved into LinQ magazine, the only monthly LGBTQ+ publication in Kentucky. Lexington’s biggest LGBTQ+ visibility event, the Lexington Pride Festival, was born in the PCSO and has grown each year, with an estimated attendance of over 27,000 in 2017. The PCSO continues to produce this important annual festival. Finally, the PCSO has operated the only community-based Pride Center in Kentcuky since 1996 providing a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ+ groups and individuals. The Pride Center includes a 2,000 title free lending library, brochures and information for community organizations, and free meeting space/drop-in space.

 Brief PCSO Timeline

1977   Organization is formed at the Gay Services Organization
1980s Involved in filling social service gaps and gay stigmas regarding the HIV epidemic
1982   Sponsored first annual Pride Picnic
1983   Received 501(c)(3) status from the IRS
1986   The organization changes its name to the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO)

             to recognize important roles of women leaders.
1993   Stonewall Network began working on raising funds to create a Pride Center
1996   The GLSO Pride Center opens
2008   The GLSO presents the first Lexington Pride Festival
2015   The GLSO changes name to Pride Community Services Organization (PCSO) to reflect

            the increasing diversity of identities that the organization serves.

 2017  PCSO Celebrated 40th Year Anniversary with a banquet honoring people who were part

            of its history.

Impact Statement

In 2017 the PCSO:


Provided 340 hours of programming free of charge to the LGBTQ+ community through our groups that hold regular, recurring meetings at the Pride Center;

Provided over 60 hours of safe, free meeting space to other LGBTQ+ groups in the community;


Kept the doors to our Pride Center open for over 1,200 hours to provide a safe, welcoming drop-in space, information, and referrals for our community;


Served a core group of 50 LGBTQ+ people with recurring services;

 Served another 250 people who visited the Pride Center for one-time services;


Provided over 147 hours of education and training in workshops for community organizations attended by 135 people;


Produced the Lexington Pride Festival that was attended by 27,000 people;


Produced the Community Pride Prom that was attended by 75 people;


Produced the GSA Pride Prom that was attended by 70 teenagers;


Published and distributed 12 issues of LinQ magazine that has a readership of over 2,000 people.


Needs Statement
Cash donations: The PCSO is the hub of many different activities and groups that serve the LGBTQ+ community. Donations allow us to continue operating and staffing our LGBTQ+ Pride Center, which is the only community-based Pride Center in the state. We serve hundreds of LGBTQ+ people and their families each year with services, programs, and referrals.  Donating to the PCSO ensures that groups like TransKY, Seasoned Independent People (LGBTQ+ people age 50 and up), Heart to Heart Discussion Group, CompanyQ (queer youth theatre group), Lexington's Gay Straight Alliance (GSA for teens) and others have a place to meet. 

In-kind donations: The PCSO is often able to use donations of furniture, office supplies, and computers. We are in need of a donation of cleaning services.

Pride Center Volunteers: We welcome volunteers to assist the PCSO in staffing the information desk, helping with the library, assisting with general office and clerical tasks, and cleaning at the Pride Center. 
PCSO Board Members: We are always looking for new board members to bring new ideas and view points. Our Board consists of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Historian, and members at large. Current members have a variety of skills and talent including Lawyer, Accountant, Magazine design/Editor and IT. We are currently looking for members with specialties or interests in Fundraising, Grant Writing, Volunteer Recruitment, and Event Planning.

Lexington Pride Festival Volunteers: We need a variety of volunteers to help out with the festival every year - on the day of the festival and on the planning committee. 
Service Categories
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Personal Social Services
Geographic Areas Served
We primarily serve the Lexington-Fayette County community and surrounding counties, but provide referrals and support to people who contact us for services regardless of where they reside. 
Impact Questions
GoalsHelpWhat is the organization aiming to accomplish? This is the organization's ultimate goal for intended impact. The PCSO's long-term goal is to live in a community in which being an GLBTQQIA+ person is not something to be ashamed of; where people are treated as people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We seek to do that through the three E's: educate, enhance, and empower.
StrategiesHelpWhat are the organization's strategies for its stated long-term goals? Through its programming, PCSO reaches people across the spectrum of GLBTQQIA+ and teaches them to feel self-worth. PCSO educates all of the community through its news magazine LinQ and through hosting the Pride Festival in Lexington’s downtown courthouse square. PCSO is visible to the community, and its leaders frequently provide quotes for the local press and take stands on hot-button issues. PCSO works to educate everyone for the hope of a more inclusive future.
Board Chair
Board Chair Chris Bauer
Company Affiliation Novel Capital Management Advisors
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Roberto AbreuUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Jacob BoydAshland IncVoting
Joshua DayHealthcareVoting
Minnah FarookUKVoting
Mark JohnsonLFUCG Health DeptVoting
Dena LeeUniversity of KentuckyVoting
Tuesday MeadowsCommunity VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity. Add number
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Co-Chair
Board CoChair Paul Brown
Company Affiliation Henry Clay High School
Term June 2016 to Dec 2017
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director N/A N/A
Term Start Mar 2017
Experience The PCSO is largely run by volunteers. We employ one part-time staff person as Pride Center Coordinator. This is a 30 hour per week position. Carmen Wampler-Collins currently serves in this position. She handles all day-to-day management and oversight of the organization including greeting guests, answering phones, answering email, receiving and opening mail, and maintaining the Pride Center. She also coordinates the calendar, initiates and manages programs and activities, makes recommendations for programming to the board, and helps to implement strategic planning, event planning, and organizational development. Carmen has 16 years of experience in nonprofit management, development, and fundraising. In addition to her work at the Center she is employed as an independent development and fundraising consultant. 
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 50
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Management Reports to Board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Quarterly
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
The Lexington Pride Festival is the second largest free community event in the area thanks to the support of the city, individuals, and businesses.
Last year, thousands of individuals from all over Kentucky (including some from out-of-state) came out to enjoy the Lexington Pride Festival. While the GLBTQQIA community is a large percentage of the attendees, participants represent a demographically diverse group that are passionate, active, and loyal. This yearly event is a time for everyone in the community to celebrate diversity. 
Budget 25000
Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Lesbian & Gay Rights
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered, Families

Seasoned Independent People (SIP) is a social group made up of individuals who are 50+ and/or are friends and allies of LGBT seniors. The group currently meets at 7:00pm on the third Friday of each month at the GLSO Pride Center for a potluck meal and camaraderie.

The group also plans to meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm for socializing as well as for planning various trips, outings, and events.

Category Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Lesbian & Gay Rights
Population Served Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Long term Success e

The Lexington Gay/Straight Alliance is a place where LGBTQ* youth can be themselves and get the support and empowerment they need to become their best selves. We have meetings every Tuesday night from 6-8pm at the GLSO Pride Center.

In addition to our regular meetings, we host annual events like the Pride Prom, Halloween Dance, and a trip to King’s Island during Pride Night. Thanks to a grant from JustFundKY, we provide leadership training to LGBTQ* student leaders with the hope of preparing them to become active citizens.

Description Are you: Recently out of the closet? Or struggling with doing so? Feel like you can’t cope with who you are? Struggling withacceptance at work? Or family? Had a bad break-up? Or lonely and just need to talk to someone? You are not alone!

Confidentiality, acceptance and respect are the words we govern ourselves by. Each week is unique depending on who shows up and what the needs are that night.
Description Adult Pride Community Prom gives everyone the chance to bring their partner and experience Prom as they might not have been able to in high school. Its a safe, fun and welcoming environment for ages 18+ to come as you are. This year's theme is Remember Stonewall.
Budget $2,500
Category Recreation & Sports, General/Other
Population Served Adults
Program Long term Success Have a prom with 500+ attendees that get to experience they prom they didn't get to in high school.
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2018
Kentucky Nonprofit Network2017
Certificate of MembershipCenterLink2018
Certificate of MembershipCenterLink2017
Certificate of MembershipCenterLink2016
Recognition of Service to the CommunityImperial Court of Kentucky2018
Recognition of Service to the CommunityImperial Court of Kentucky2017
Recognition of Service to the CommunityImperial Court of Kentucky2016
Ally AwardBluegrass Black Pride2017
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Revenue vs Expenses - All Years
Expense Breakdown - Recent Year
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $78,000.00
Projected Expenses $75,000.00
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available). Revenue from foundations and corporations may be included in individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$23,907$48,682$27,588
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$48,006$60,561$17,352
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$29,253$45,803$28,344
Administration Expense$23,864$29,738$16,377
Fundraising Expense$10,436$1,873$3,316
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.411.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses46%59%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets--$50,237$18,408
Current Assets$58,597$50,237$18,408
Long-Term Liabilities$58,597----
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$58,597$50,237$18,408
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Registration Yes
Address 389 WALLER AVE
Suite 100
LEXINGTON , KY 405042900
Primary Phone 859 253-3233
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director N/A N/A
Board Chair Chris Bauer
Board Chair Company Affiliation Novel Capital Management Advisors