Today is National Give OUT Day

The fundraising event will benefit over 500 LGBTQ orgs across the country, but let's not forget about the handful from Philly.

Today, Thursday, May 21st, is Give OUT Day, a national, 24-hour campaign that rallies donors for LGBTQ-specific causes. Samantha Giusti, executive director of local nonprofit-championing Delaware Valley Legacy Fund explains more: “For 24-hours, the LGBTQ community and its allies from across the country will come together to raise critically needed funds to support the diverse array of LGBTQ nonprofits including community centers, arts groups, organizers, clinics, student clubs, sports leagues and more.” Last year, she says, 13,000 people donated to raise more than $1 million for over 500 LGBT causes nationwide.

There’s no denying that there are a plethora of worthy organizations all across the country that deserve our dollars, but, naturally, we’d like to see some of our local organizations rack up some serious cash, too.

By doing a simple search for “Philadelphia” on the Give OUT Day site, I found a handful of statewide non-profits set up to receive donations. Here they are (with links to their giving pages.):

  1. PFLAG Philadelphia
  2. PFLAG Collingswood
  3. Equality PA
  4. Attic Youth Center
  5. Pennsylvania Youth Congress

While there aren’t many locally signed up on the site, Giusti says Give OUT Day is a perfect excuse to go right to the webpages of your favorite nonprofits to make a donation without going through the system. They’re all equipped to take donations today—and any day, frankly.

The campaign goes from midnight to midnight today. To give, search for your favorite organization here.

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