BY SID MARCH
On May 9, it’s time to open your wallet (or butch purse) and smash that piggy bank. It’s the first national Give OUT Day, an initiative intended to get us giving in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. LGBTQ nonprofits are registered on GiveOUTDay.org, making the site into a donation hub of sorts.
“Less than 5% of the LGBTQ community gives to an LGBTQ cause, according to research from the Horizons Foundation and Movement Advancement Project,” says Bolder Giving’s Executive Director Jason Franklin. “Give OUT Day aims to raise awareness of the need to support LGBTQ nonprofits and elevate the level of LGBTQ philanthropy.”
How can you support Give OUT Day?
Contact your local LGBTQ or Pride center right away! Help them get signed up so that people in your area can donate to them. They can access a Tool Kit with resources to help them maximize their success.
Spread the word via Social Media. On Twitter, use hashtag #giveOUTday or mention @giveOUTday — it’s that easy!
Become a Champion! Champions are teams (or individuals) who work on behalf of nonprofits to get them donations. Sign up under a nonprofit who has already registered and set up your fundraising page.
Donate. Well. You probably guessed that.
To find out more about Give OUT Day, visit www.giveoutday.org