According to Charity Navigator, the Human Rights Campaign isn't using your money all that efficiently (h/t to The Daily Dish). About 56% of their budget is devoted to "program expenses", the rest to fundraising or administrative costs. The HRC got one star over all (which means "Fails to meet industry standards and performs well below most charities in its Cause") and zero stars for efficiency (which means "Performs far below industry standards and below nearly all charities in its Cause"). Check out the above link to get more financial information on the HRC.
It's interesting that GLSEN got three stars for efficiency and three overall and that they use only 5.6% of their funds for administration, all with a budget that's about one fifth the size. You can navigate around the website to find out how our advocacy organizations are using our money.
On the flipside, the AFA has assets worth about five million dollars more than the HRC's, and they got a four-star efficiency rating. (Maybe because their CEO is paid about one-third of what the HRC's CEO is being paid.) Focus on the Family also got a four-star efficiency rating, with an insanely huge budget.
I tried to look up the biggest anti-gay groups, but many of them aren't rated on Charity Navigator nor do they have an IRS form 990 for GuideStar.org to upload. The Eagle Forum and NARTH were nowhere to be found. But according to the copies of IRS form 990 that GuideStar.org has available, the 2005 total budget for The Alliance Defense Fund, Focus on the Family, and the American Family Association was $177,430,425. Compare that to the total for the HRC, the Task Force, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights at $17,075,593. It's nowhere near a fair fight.
Which can go far to explain why the political debate on GLBT trights is so far behind where people actually are. We have already won the logic debate and we've already won the values debate for full equality, but we haven't won the one important debate in America, the money debate.