Give OUT Day (www.giveoutday.org) — the only national day of giving for the LGBTQ community — raised more than $1.1 million for greater than 475 participating nonprofits.
Held on April 18, Give OUT Day raised $1,132,970 for nonprofits from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and for the first time, Puerto Rico. Give OUT Day also broke its previous record for number of donations made through the campaign at nearly 14,000.
Give OUT Day is organized by Horizons Foundation (www.horizonsfoundation.org), based in San Francisco, Calif.
“The record-breaking success of Give OUT Day demonstrates the incredible power of our communities when we come together,” stated Horizons Foundation President Roger Doughty. “Never before have so many nonprofits raised so much through a single-day campaign to power the LGBTQ movement. Theses nonprofits — from youth groups to senior centers, from choruses to advocacy groups, from nonprofits in Alaska to Puerto Rico — are now better equipped to advance a world where LGBTQ people thrive,” concluded Doughty.
One of the participating organizations was The Source LGBT+ Community Center in Visalia, Calif. The Source has participated in Give OUT Day every year since 2016, growing its success each year. In 2017, The Source secured enough individual donors to win second place on the national leaderboard for small-budget organizations, earning additional prize money. The next year, they took first prize, which helped fund a move to a larger building for their organization to provide critical community services.
The Source has grown rapidly, this year moving to the medium-budget category – and winning first prize yet again. Funds raised on Give OUT Day this year will go toward their critical youth programs.
In addition to the funds raised by individuals, Horizons Foundation, with support from other foundation partners, awarded leaderboard prizes worth nearly $100,000. Prizes were awarded to organizations that raised funds from the greatest number of individual donors in multiple categories.
Give OUT Day leaderboards were sponsored by Laughing Gull Foundation, Harnisch Foundation, Horizons Foundation, and two anonymous funders. Additional Give OUT Day sponsors and partners include Lesbians for Good, Click & Pledge, Clever, and The Blade Foundation.
Give OUT Day has provided unrestricted operating funds to organizations since its inception in 2013. More than 58,000 individual donors’ contributions have exceeded $6 million and supported more than 600 different organizations in every part of the country.
Next year’s Give OUT Day is scheduled for April 16, 2020.