Give OUT Day 2014: 2nd Annual National Day of LGBTQ Giving
Today the 2nd annual Give OUT Day (www.giveoutday.org) will bring together hundreds of LGBTQ nonprofits and thousands of donors to support the LGBTQ community.
"Give OUT Day offers a chance for our country to come together and support the hundreds of LGBTQ groups - community centers, arts groups, organizers, clinics, student clubs, sports leagues and more - that support our diverse and amazing community," said Bolder Giving's executive director Jason Franklin. "I'm excited to see the momentum building after our amazing success last year, I'm hoping we'll raise over $1 million on May 15th."
"Give OUT Day is an unparalleled opportunity for even smaller LGBTQ nonprofits to reach new donors. And, at the same time, by making information on the nonprofits so readily available, Give OUT Day empowers both long-time and newer donors to support causes they care about," said Roger Doughty, Executive Director of the Horizons Foundation, sponsor of two of the nine prize boards around the country.
In 2013, the inaugural Give OUT Day engaged almost 5,500 donors who gave over $600,000 to 400+ groups from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington DC. Even more encouraging, 35% of donors discovered a new group to support on Give OUT Day and 13% were first time donors to an LGBTQ organization. Additionally, 81% of participating groups reported receiving gifts from new donors and 82% reporting raising larger donations from their current donors.
"One of the best ways to help create long lasting change is to support LGBTQ non-profits for the outstanding work they do in every part of our nation every day. That's why the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is delighted to partner with Bolder Giving for the second annual Give OUT Day and to have launched nonprofit recruitment at our annual conference, Creating Change. I encourage everyone to give back, regardless of how big or small, to move things forward," said Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Give OUT Day, powered by Razoo, is a 24-hour day of giving running from 12 a.m.-11:59 p.m. EST on May 15. In addition, organizations receiving donations from the greatest number of unique donors nationally will be in the running for additional cash prizes, as well as groups in eight states/regions with local leaderboards - Minnesota, Oregon, Arizona, South Florida, Bay Area (2 boards), New York City, the Pacific Northwest, and the US South. The Kevin J. Mossier Foundation and an anonymous donor provided lead funding for Give OUT Day 2014. Local leaderboards were sponsored by the Horizons Foundation, North Star Fund, Our Fund, Kevin J. Mossier Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
"Less than 5 percent of the LGBTQ community currently gives to LGBTQ causes, according to research from the Horizons Foundation and the Movement Advancement Project," said Charlie Rounds, Give OUT Day Founder and Trustee of the Kevin J. Mossier Foundation. "Give OUT Day promotes a new way of giving by harnessing the power of social media and Razoo's crowdfunding platform to inspire thousands to contribute within a 24-hour giving challenge. Give OUT Day aims to raise awareness of the need to support LGBTQ nonprofits and elevate the level of LGBTQ philanthropy."
Get involved today by visiting www.giveoutday.org
About Bolder Giving: Bolder Giving is an NYC-based nonprofit dedicated to inspiring people to "Give More. Risk More. Inspire More." In 2011, it launched an LGBTQ Equality Initiative to specifically lift up and inspire giving to the LGBTQ community and this Give OUT Day is its newest effort to do so. Bolder Giving's theme of Give More (significantly increasing your giving from income or assets), Risk More (giving more collaboratively, effectively & strategically), and Inspire More (spotlighting stories of notable giving and sparking conversations about
giving) serves socially conscious people across the economic spectrum.
To learn more, visit www.boldergiving.org.