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Four-Star LGBT Charitable Organizations to Donate To

by Joel Martens
Saturday Jul 9, 2016

In light of the horrors of Orlando's recent, tragic mass murders, many of us are looking for ways to offer support and assistance to LGBT community members who may be in need, whereever they may be.

Short of direct donations to Orlando victims and their families, there are multiple LGBT specific organizations to which you can offer your help. Volunteering locally is vital to your community and your LGBT Centers are a great place to begin a tradition of giving. If you are unable to contribute physically, philanthropy is one of the ways in which to have a broad impact with your hard-earned monies and there are a plethora of options out there. Here's a list of the highest rated LGBT organizations from which to choose, all rated "four stars" based on financial health, results reporting, accountability and transparency, by Charity Navigator.

Point Foundation (91.97 Rating)
5055 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 501
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Based in Los Angeles, The National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund, or The Point Foundation, is the nation's largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students of merit. Point promotes change through scholarship funding that includes: Direct financial contributions
towards tuition, housing, class fees and housing. Mentorship through personal relationships with exemplary mentors who offer advice on academic and
professional career decisions. Leadership development that offers training and development through programs, conferences and internships. Community
service training that promotes philanthropic efforts and a culture of "giving back," through annual community service projects.

The Trevor Project (91.51 rating)
8704 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 200
West Hollywood, CA 90069

The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 by James Lecense, Peggy Rajki and writer/performer Randy Stone, creator of the 1994 Oscar-winning film "Trevor,"
which is based on his award-winning one-man show, "Word Of Mouth." As described on the Trevor Project's website, "When producer Randy Stone secured an airing on HBO with Ellen DeGeneres hosting, director/producer Peggy Rajski discovered there was no real place for young people like Trevor to turn when
facing challenges similar to his. She quickly recruited mental health experts and figured out how to build the infrastructure necessary for a nationwide 24-hour
crisis line and writer James Lecesne secured the funds to start it."

Since then, The Trevor Project has become the premier organization that offers crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young

The L.A. LGBT Center (90.94 rating)
1625 Schrader Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Known as the world's largest provider of programs and services for LGBT people, The Los Angeles LGBT Center offers a broad range of community services and maintained the highest four-star rating from Charity Navigator since 2011. Its roots can be traced back to 1969 when founders first began providing services to clients. Now, through its more than 450 employees and 3,000 volunteers, The Los Angeles LGBT Center provides health and mental health services that address the unique needs of the LGBT community: Housing and social services for LGBT
homeless, seniors, youth and parents including employment and legal support.

Cultural and educational services such as live performances and exhibitions, education and support through their charter high school along with continuing
education for adults through personal enrichment courses, workshops and experiences. Leadership and advocacy education to strengthen the global LGBT movement and a myriad of other life-changing programs, services and event offerings.

The San Diego LGBT Community Center
(90.91 rating)
3909 Centre Street, San Diego, CA 92103

Another leader in the SoCal lexicon of LGBT organizations following just behind L.A.'s LGBT Center is The San Diego LGBT Community Center. Second in age only to our neighbor up north, "The Center is led by a 15-member board of directors,
employs more than 50 paid staff and utilizes more than 1000 community volunteers to achieve its twin goals of promoting LGBT health and human rights."
Offering a multitude of services to men, women, youth, seniors, families, LGBT Latino community members and their families and those living with HIV. They provide counseling, health services and housing for LGBT youth, through the Hillcrest Youth Center, the Sunburst Youth Housing project and the Queen Eddie Conlon Youth Fund; services for seniors through their 50 and Better Together Programs; culturally-sensitive services through their Latin@ Service programs; HIV- Services for positive and affected individuals, couples and families and help
for LGBT parents and children through their Family Matters program.


Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
(92.93 rating)
116 East 16th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Funding change and strengthening communities around the world.

Keshet (90.81 rating)
284 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Working for the full inclusion of LGBT Jews in Jewish life.

PFLAG (90.56 rating)
1828 L Street NW, Suite 660
Washington, DC 20036

Parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays.

Lambda Legal (89.52 rating)
120 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005

Committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people.

There are many other national and local, four-star level rated causes at which you can offer support through your donations listed on Charity Navigators: Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network, Human Rights Campaign Fund, SAGE, The Equal Rights Center, Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) are just a few.

For in-depth information on all, type LGBT charities in the search window at charitynavigator.org

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