It’s National Give OUT Day, and there’s a plethora of LGBT-related organizations to support across the nation, the Southeast and locally in the Peach State.
Give OUT Day is the only organized national day of fundraising for the LGBT community. Since its inception in 2013, more than 23,000 donors contributed $3 million-plus to hundreds of organizations and nonprofits in the US and Puerto Rico.
This year, some organizations are upping the ante to encourage donations. Georgia Equality, for example, emailed supporters late last week with an announcement of matching donations up to $25,000.
Donors can visit the official Give OUT Day to find groups, or visit the links below for Georgia organizations participating.
Charis Circle — Atlanta
The nonprofit arm of Charis Books & More. Together, Charis Books and Charis Circle foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices.
Donations will be used to fund work on LGBT youth advocacy, HIV/AIDS advocacy and non-discrimination in public accommodations, workplaces and housing.
GLSEN Atlanta — Alpharetta
Part of the GLSEN Chapter Network, GLSEN Atlanta works to ensure each member of the metro Atlanta area’s school community is valued and respected, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
Lost-n-Found Youth — Atlanta
Lost-n-Found Youth donations support street outreach programs for homeless LGBT youth, crisis support, a safe space youth center and a live-in facility that provides necessities and case management.
SONG’s Black Mama Bail Out — Atlanta
SONG members believe one of the key fights of the times is ending money bail, which requires people to buy their freedom. On Give OUT Day, SONG asks donors to give to help bail out as many black mamas as possible from jail, one step toward ending mass criminalization and modern bondage.
South Georgia Pride, Inc. — Valdosta
The annual celebration in rural south Georgia takes place this year on Sept. 19, but throughout the year the organization offers support events, resources and anti-bullying education.
The Phillip Rush Center — Atlanta
Donations support services connected to health and wellness, employment and advocacy, as well as fee waivers for organizations that cannot afford space to meet.
Edith Biggers gifted ZAMI NOBLA its first residential home 9 for black lesbian elders, and donations will be used to make moderate renovations.