Tomorrow, May 21, is Give OUT Day 2015! This annual, 24-hour online fundraising competition unites our LGBTQ community members all over the country to raise funds that are critically needed to support LGBTQ nonprofits including community centers, organizers, art groups, clinics, student clubs, sports leagues and more. Since its launch in 2013, Give OUT Day has raised over $1.6 million for over 500 LGBTQ organizations throughout the nation.
Over 500 nonprofits have already registered from all 50 states, DC and Puerto Rico, gearing this year up to be the best and biggest ever! Any donation helps, and there are multiple ways that you can make a difference, including making an individual donation or starting your own fundraiser for your favorite organization. To do the latter, all you have to do is choose a nonprofit to fundraise for, create your own fundraising page on the Give OUT Day website then share your page with friends and family via email and social networks and start fundraising!
Individual donations are also incredibly helpful. Even the smallest donation helps and there are countless ways in which members of our community can benefit from your donation. For example, $10 provides LGBT-sensitivity and resource toolkits to journalists or activists, $50 enables security training to advocates in hostile environments like Guyana or Tunisia and $200 arranges sensitivity training to law-enforcement in places like the Philippines. This is just a taste of all the ways donations of any amount can help support our global community. At home and abroad, LGBTQ people still face heartbreaking obstacles every single day. Give OUT Day is an opportunity for every one of us to help them overcome those obstacles and help us as a community move ever closer to full equality.
For more information, or to donate and/or set up your own fundraising page, head to giveoutday.org.