Charlotte Pride adopts new mission, future growth strategy as planning for 2016 activities gets underway

The board of directors of Charlotte Pride, Inc., is excited to announce new changes and transitions to continue its strategic and sustainable growth as a leading organization bringing together the largest gathering of LGBTQ and ally people in the Carolinas.

PrideLogoFinalIn November, the board of Charlotte Pride adopted new mission, vision, and values statements to better reflect the organization’s current and future programs and activities.

Charlotte Pride’s new mission reads: “Charlotte Pride creates programs and activities to enrich, empower, strengthen, and make visible the unique lives and experiences of LGBTQ people in Charlotte and the Carolinas.” (The full mission, vision, and values statements are included at the end of this statement.)

“Our new mission, vision, and values statements bring into full focus the entirety of Charlotte Pride’s work in our local and regional community,” said co-director Richard Grimstad. “Our work has become more important than ever and has extended throughout the year to include important outreach activities and collaborative projects that empower LGBTQ people to live their lives proudly and visibly.”

The board is also embarking on a strategic effort to transition from an operating board to a governing board structure which will allow the organization to broaden its reach in the community and expand its current programming to address a wider diversity of community needs. Board members have discussed this change for a number of years at various meetings and retreats. The change comes as a natural evolution for an organization of Charlotte Pride’s type, size, and growth stage. Charlotte Pride envisions the creation of a diverse board of directors to help oversee future growth, fundraising, donor relations, and, ultimately, hiring staff to provide year-round support to the organization and its work in the community.

“Since our beginning more than 15 years ago, Charlotte Pride has been managed by an all-volunteer operating board and committees overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization,” said co-director Craig Hopkins. “These volunteers have put in countless hours and dedication to make Charlotte Pride the successful organization it is today. Our transition builds on these strengths. We know that our future success will be guaranteed by the increased efficiency and capacity of a governing board of directors and the creation of new volunteer engagement opportunities for community members.”

Charlotte Pride’s transitional board includes co-directors Richard Grimstad and Craig Hopkins, as well as board members Gwen Pearson, Matt Comer, Jeff Sampson and Marc Alexander. These board members will work with the organization’s advisors and consultants in transitioning to the governing board, guided by best practice standards and strategies.

Community members are welcome to join Charlotte Pride in our continued journey and help us build toward a stronger future. Charlotte Pride will be engaging community members in several outreach efforts.

Over the next few weeks, Charlotte Pride will hold focus groups with a wide diversity of community members. The series of listening sessions will allow board members to gain valuable insight into community needs and perspectives, including thoughts on Charlotte Pride’s mission, vision, values, and growth strategy. Invitations to the focus groups will be sent soon; those interested in participating in a focus group session can email

Charlotte Pride is now in the beginning stages of implementing a recruiting process for new members to join the organization’s governing board. Additionally, Charlotte Pride is currently seeking volunteer organizers to join festival, parade, and programming committees as it plans for its 2016 activities. Those interested in joining the governing board or organization’s committees can submit their resumes to Committee meetings for 2016 planning are due to begin meeting in December and January.

Mission, Vision & Values


Charlotte Pride creates programs and activities to enrich, empower, strengthen, and make visible the unique lives and experiences of LGBTQ people in Charlotte and the Carolinas.


Charlotte Pride envisions a world in which LGBTQ people are affirmed, respected, and included in the full social and civic life of their local communities, free from fear of any discrimination, rejection, and prejudice.


Dynamic: Charlotte Pride knows that the needs of our LGBTQ community are not stagnant; we work to ensure our programs, projects and activities reflect the ever-changing face of our community.

Collaborative: Charlotte Pride recognizes that change takes partnership — among and between both LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ people and organizations. The greatest progress for the entire LGBTQ community necessitates a social justice-minded focus on issues which affect the lives of those individuals who live at or beyond the margins.

Inclusive: Charlotte Pride values the contributions of all people and mindfully works to include a wide range of life experiences, perspectives and beliefs in all of our programs and activities.

Intentional: Charlotte Pride takes a deliberative and purposeful approach to our programs and activities, seeking to provide a thoughtful, open, and affirming space for community members to engage with our organization and its mission.