LGBTQIA+ organizations work around the year to ensure that they keep providing much-needed support for the community. Pride Month is the best time for organizations to show their support for the community by empowering employees to donate their time and skills or make charitable contributions. Here are 19 global LGBTQIA+ nonprofits and charities you can support throughout the year. All the nonprofits and charities listed are Goodera-vetted organizations working to advance gender equality, eliminate discrimination, and protect LGBTQIA+ rights.
Before we get started with the list, be sure to check out our "Pride Month Volunteering Catalog" for opportunities to celebrate Pride Month with your employees and support the LGBTQIA+ community.
Top LGBTQIA+ nonprofit organizations to support with your teams
1. Association House of Chicago, Illinois
Association House’s mission is to serve a multicultural community by providing comprehensive, collaborative, and effective programs in English and Spanish. They promote health and wellness and create opportunities for educational and economic advancement.
2. Capitol Ballroom Council, Washington DC
The purpose of the council is to organize and mobilize LGBTQIA+ individuals and houses of the House and Ballroom Community by sharing ideas, providing resources, and promoting unity within Washington DC and connecting areas within proximity such as Baltimore, Prince Georges County, Montgomery County, and Northern Virginia.
3. Center for Black Equity, Washington DC
Center for Black Equity aims to build a global network of LGBTQ+ individuals, allies, and community-based organizations dedicated to achieving equality and social justice for Black LGBTQ+ communities through Economic Equity, Health Equity, and Social Equity.
4. LGBT+ Center Orlando Inc., Florida
The mission of LGBT+ Center Orlando, Inc. is to promote and empower the LGBT Community and its allies through information, education, advocacy, and support. The Centre offers mental health counseling, free testing for STIs, HIV, and HEP C, scholarships for LGBTQ+ youth, and more through its outreach and support programs.
5. Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce
The vision of the Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce is to be the leader in the economic fabric of Maryland, working to unite LGBTQ+ professionals and businesses with other business, government, and community entities for the common goals of inclusivity, fairness, and prosperity for all the members in their business endeavors.
6. Open Rainbow Residence, New York
Open Rainbow Residence provides single-unit supportive housing options to adult members of the LGBTQ+ community who are runaways, homeless, or aged-out youth. They offer clinical and vocational workshops designed to foster self-esteem, personal empowerment, and the motivation to transition to a life of stability and productivity.
7. Openhouse SF, California
Openhouse works to center the voices and experiences of LGBTQ+ older adults by providing opportunities to make social connections and build community. They are committed to creating a safe environment to encourage and support community members to share diverse perspectives and identities to foster dynamic community engagement.
8. SPoD, Turkey
Social Policy, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation Studies Association (SPoD) set out in 2011 with the dream of a fair, equal, and inclusive world under the rainbow. The association aims to contribute to the formulation of social policies necessary for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI+) individuals in Turkey to live free from pressure regarding their gender identity and sexual orientation.
In addition to its advocacy work for this purpose, SPoD aims to set an example for public institutions by developing service models for LGBTI+ communities, eliminating all forms of discrimination in these areas, and providing services specifically to LGBTI+s in the long term through public and private partnerships.
9. The Ali Forney Center, New York
The Ali Forney Center is committed to saving the lives of LGBTQ+ youth by protecting them from homelessness and empowering them with the tools needed to live independently.
10. Griot Circle
A 25-year-old nonprofit, Griot Circle focuses on supporting the elders of the LGBTQ+ community through programs aimed at creating a safe space for them. Griot Circle is organizing a month-long fundraising campaign – Give OUT Day – culminating on June 30.
11. HealthRight International
HealthRight International is a global health and human rights organization that empowers marginalized communities to live healthy lives. HealthRight projects address health and social crises made worse by human rights violations, with a particular focus on four key populations: women and children, at-risk adolescents, migrants, and LGBTQI individuals. HealthRight leverages global resources to address local health challenges and create sustainable solutions.
12. The Rainbow Project
The Rainbow Project is committed to preventing HIV and STI transmission and addressing the physical, mental & emotional health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender people in Northern Ireland. They do this by providing several services facilitated under the direction of a volunteer-led Board of Trustees. TRP continues to have a strong volunteering ethos and seeks to create opportunities for people to contribute to our overall organizational aims and objectives.
ELOP is a holistic lesbian and gay center that offers a range of social, emotional, and support services to LGBT communities. Their core services include counseling and young people’s services, training, and consultancy for fellow professionals and those seeking to enhance their understanding of issues facing LGBT communities.
RSVP believes everyone deserves a life free from sexual violence and abuse. They enable people who have been subjected to sexual violence and abuse to thrive and enjoy a future of hope and confidence. They work with women, children, and LGBT communities. Their confidential services are delivered with compassion, professionalism, and humanity.
15. Switchboard (Out & About), Victoria
Switchboard’s Out & About program is a free service for older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex (LGBTI) people. They aim to reduce social isolation and loneliness by creating peer friendships and community connections.
16. Beyond Stigma, Dublin
Beyond Stigma develops evidence-based programs to address feelings of worthlessness and shame among vulnerable populations, primarily in developing nations. They are an organization dedicated to addressing self-stigma and shame.
17. Queens Community House, New York
Queens Community House (QCH) is a multi-site, multi-service settlement house that serves the diverse neighborhoods of Queens. They serve residents of all ages, races, faiths, and ethnicities while supporting the viability of the borough as a whole.
18. Society of True Light, Hong Kong
Society of True Light is a Hong Kong-based nonprofit established on May 17, 2018. Its mission is to promote self-understanding in the HK LGBTQ+ community through action, research, education, social, monitoring, and publication.
They provide research data and educational resources for LGBT+ individuals and allies, thereby advocating their belief - "Embrace Self, Embrace Diversity". They include LGBTQ+ Christians, youths, parents, and more groups seeking to explore LGBTQ+ identities. Their work includes local LGBTQ+ academic research (in collaboration with universities and guidance from The Trevor Project, USA), volunteer training, public education, and workshops for public and private sectors.
19. Trueself, China
Trueself, in the past 14 years, has established chapters and groups in 80 cities in China and attracted nearly 10,000 volunteers to participate in LGBT public welfare. Through offline meetings, online activities, training, hotlines, and media, they have influenced more than 7 million people in China. They've also cooperated with dozens of allied companies such as Google, Microsoft, Ernst & Young, Ford Motor, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Levi's, etc., and are committed to changing the living environment for sexual minorities.
Bringing it all together
Volunteering or donating to an LGBTQIA+ organization doesn't have to end when Pride Month does. Build your diversity and inclusion roadmap by engaging with these nonprofits throughout the year through volunteering programs.
As organizations celebrate Pride Month, we encourage everyone to get involved by volunteering with Goodera. Our global network of 50,000+ nonprofits enables organizations to offer curated volunteering opportunities for employees across 50+ cause areas. The nonprofits mentioned above are Goodera-vetted organizations committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity. Make Pride Month celebrations more engaging this year with Goodera-hosted events available in 20+ languages across 100 countries.
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