April 20 is Give Out Day, when the LGBT community comes together for 24 hours of online philanthropy. With more than 130 anti-LGBT bills pending in state legislatures across the U.S., 2017 requires exceptional queer unity.
“In an incredibly difficult political and cultural environment, where local services and advocacy are needed now more than ever, Give Out Day will raise funds and visibility for hundreds of participating organizations,” says Roger Doughty, President of Horizons Foundation, which coordinates the annual event.
The daylong online fundraiser benefits more than 300 LGBT nonprofits across the country, ranging from art organizations to social service agencies, sport leagues to community centers. Beneficiaries also range from small outfits to large ones, including the Audre Lord Project, Somos Familias, PFLAG National and Equality Alabama, to name just a few.
“We can and must do better, especially as all of our organizations face unpredictable and significant obstacles,” says Doughty.
Last year’s Give Out Day raised $550,000. This year, the goal is $1 million. Pitch in here and then spread the word.