Using data to make LGBTQ+ elders and their needs visible

Direct services. Advocacy. Training. Technical assistance. For a large organization working in all four areas to improve the lived experiences of a traditionally marginalized population, achieving impact requires the application of evidence-based insights.

SAGE (Advocacy and Services for LGBTQ+ Elders) is the only national organization dedicated to addressing issues related to LGBTQ+ people and aging. While serving on the organization’s board for seven years, I saw how the collection and analysis of constituent data helped SAGE identify needs, enhance its programs to meet those needs equitably, and advance its mission. SAGE’s successful efforts might serve as an inspiration and a model for how other nonprofits could leverage data to enhance their work. […]

Click here to read the full piece. This story was originally published by Candid on June 3, 2024.