SAGE (Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders)
SAGE is the country’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare.
With staff in New York City, Washington, D.C., Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other key cities across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 29 SAGE affiliates in 21 states. SAGE operates with a $12 million annual budget and is overseen by a 22-person Board of Directors.
For more information about SAGE, please visit the SAGE website
SAGE leads in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBT older people, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBT life in later years.
SAGE envisions a world in which LGBT older adults can thrive because they are valued and have boundless opportunities through an array of options to achieve their goals for social, physical, intellectual, emotional, financial, spiritual, vocational, and environmental well-being.
History and Background
SAGE’s programs have evolved over the organization’s 40-year history. Today, SAGE is an important social safety net for LGBT elders as the organization catalyzes and creates LGBT-specific service programs and housing for elders, encourages full inclusion and celebration of LGBT older adults in all communities, advocates to address and overcome discrimination against LGBT elders in a broad variety of settings, and works with its constituents in the creation of informal caregiving support and development of new “family” networks.
In 2010, SAGE was awarded a three-year $900,000 grant (subsequently renewed) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration on Aging to seed the creation of the nation’s only National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. In 2012, SAGE launched the country’s first comprehensive publicly funded LGBT senior center. And, in May of this year, SAGE and development partner, HELP USA, broke ground on a $41.4 million LGBT senior housing project in the Bronx, launching SAGE’s second housing development in New York City.
For the nearly 3 million LGBT older adults across the nation, SAGE’s advocacy, training and services build welcoming communities and keep critical issues in the national conversation to ensure a fulfilling future for all LGBT people.
SAGE’s total revenue for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 was $11 million, of which 59% was received from government and foundation funders. SAGE currently has assets in excess of $19 million, including a $3.7 million reserve fund. In recognition of its commitment to transparency, SAGE is a gold-level participant in GuideStar’s reporting program.
The Board of Directors
Board members are the guardians of SAGE’s mission and resources, bringing to the organization a variety of skills, knowledge, experience and perspectives. To ensure SAGE continues to successfully meet the needs of older adults in the LGBT community, Board members are tasked with setting policy to ensure public trust, contributing a personally meaningful gift and leveraging their networks to resource the policies they set, growing the Board with talented new members, and acting as ambassadors for SAGE and LGBT older adults.
SAGE currently has 22 Board Directors, with plans to expand to 25 or more members over the next year. We are seeking engaged volunteers who share SAGE’s values, support SAGE’s commitment to diversity and equity, and are passionate about SAGE’s mission.
Duties and Responsibilities
Each Board leader commits time, talent and treasure to meet the following basic responsibilities:
- Attendance at three Board meetings annually. February/March, June and October.
- Active participation on at least one standing committee – currently, these include the Executive, Finance, Nominating and Governance, and Development Committees, which typically meet by phone.
- Board members are expected to make SAGE a philanthropic priority with an annual give/get commitment of at least $10,000. Each Board member is asked to give at a level that is a “personal stretch” based on their individual giving capacity. At a minimum, every Board member must be a major donor (at least $1,500 annually) to SAGE. Board leadership understands that each member is in a unique situation and works accordingly to set clear expectations.
After a one-year introductory term, Board members may serve up to two (2) consecutive three-year terms.
We are seeking a diverse group of professionals with a variety of skills, experience and perspectives to steward the continued growth and sustainability of SAGE. Candidates with aging or healthcare experience, as well as those with strong links to a broad and expansive network, are highly desired. We are particularly interested in increasing SAGE’s Board presence in Chicago, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Experience as a board member with a nonprofit entity is preferred but not required.
Candidates must have a compelling interest in the vision, mission and values of SAGE. The organization’s core values include upholding diversity and equity as a centerpiece of its purpose, its people and its work. Members of the Board are expected to reflect and embrace SAGE’s commitment to the principles of diversity and equity.
The SAGE Board is comprised of a broadly diverse group of individuals inclusive of an expansive range of experience, perspectives and expression. Directors take pride in the quality and depth of the Board’s healthy and honest discussions and respectful debates. Ideal candidates will be comfortable with dissent, energized by stimulating conversations, and able to present contrary views in a considerate, informed and respectful manner.
As SAGE continues to expand its reach and the demands for its advocacy increase, the skills to contribute to an organization during periods of flux are essential. Individuals with the talent to see the big picture and coalesce strategies into long-range plans will find this an exciting opportunity to lead in a meaningful way.
Finally, openness to innovation, the humility to learn from others, and the ability to participate in and sustain collaborative group efforts are highly valued. Women, people of color, transgender people, people under 40, straight allies, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
This is a meaningful and rewarding leadership opportunity with an organization that has been at the forefront of social change for 40 years. It is a chance to be part of a sophisticated and collegial Board of Directors endeavoring to create boundless opportunities for LGBT older adults. Members of the SAGE Board collaborate to increase the impact of a revered organization and to ensure a fulfilling future for all LGBT people.
If you are interested in exploring board service with SAGE, please submit a brief cover letter and résumé or biography as attachments via e-mail to:
Michelle Kristel, Managing Partner
1740 Broadway, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10019
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