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33 top LGBTQ+ charities to consider for Pride Month

  • 33 top LGBTQ+ charities to consider for Pride Month

    While it is difficult to quantify the degree to which any particular social group has been marginalized throughout history, it is safe to say the members of the LGBTQ+ community have experienced terrible treatment throughout the course of American history. Whether it be having to fight for the right to get married until only three years ago or being told they deserve harm because of their sexual orientation by religious extremists, members of the community have been fighting an uphill battle for centuries now.

    While things have been looking up in recent years, everybody still needs to do their part to help people in the LGBTQ+ community feel as fully integrated into society as they should feel. One of the best ways in which allies can lend a hand is by donating to powerful charities making concerted efforts to improve the lives of marginalized people on a daily basis.

    In honor of Pride Month, Stacker compiled a list of 33 exceptional charities whose funds go toward bettering the lives of members of the LGBTQ+ community in one way or another. Each charity is ranked by Charity Navigator on a star system, as well as by overall scores pertaining to their financial performance, and how their accountability and transparency measure up. Read on to discover which charities to consider donating in recognition of Pride Month.

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  • #33. New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project

    Focus area: Advocacy

    Overall score and rating: 81.56

    Financial score: 76.37

    Accountability and transparency score: 89

    Mission: The New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and support survivors through counseling and advocacy.

  • #32. National Center for Lesbian Rights

    Focus area: Advocacy 

    Overall score and rating: 81.58

    Financial score: 75.96

    Accountability and transparency score: 90

    Mission: Founded in 1977, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education. NCLR is a public interest law firm, which litigates precedent-setting cases at the trial and appellate court levels; advocates for equitable public policies affecting the LGBT community; provides free legal assistance to LGBT people and their legal advocates; and conducts community education on LGBT legal issues. We serve more than 5,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families in all 50 states each year, including LGBT seniors, immigrants, athletes, and youth. Our impact litigation serves all LGBT people in the United States.

  • #31. Equality California Institute

    Focus area: Advocacy

    Overall score and rating: 86.41

    Financial score: 85

    Accountability and transparency score: 88

    Mission: Equality California brings the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating, and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve.

  • #30. Hetrick-Martin Institute

    Focus area: Social support

    Overall score and rating: 82.09

    Financial score: 75.97

    Accountability and transparency score: 92

    Mission: The Hetrick-Martin Institute believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 12 and 24, and their families. Through a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals, Hetrick-Martin seeks to foster healthy youth development. Hetrick-Martin's staff promotes excellence in the delivery of youth services and uses its expertise to create innovative programs that other organizations may use as models.

  • #29. Gay Men's Health Crisis

    Focus area: Health

    Overall score and rating: 82.49

    Financial score: 76.57

    Accountability and transparency score: 92

    Mission: Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) is a volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight to end AIDS. We provide prevention and care services to more than 12,000 men, women, and families that are living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS in New York City, and advocate for scientific, evidence-based public health solutions for hundreds of thousands worldwide. In 2017, GMHC was recognized as a Gold Prize winner of the Nonprofit Excellence Award, created by the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York to teach, recognize, and encourage outstanding management practices among New York's large and diverse nonprofit community.

  • #28. GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

    Focus area: Legal services

    Overall score and rating: 83.58

    Financial score: 77.14

    Accountability and transparency score: 96

    Mission: Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.

  • #27. Affirmations

    Focus area: Social support

    Overall score and rating: 84.31

    Financial score: 83.65

    Accountability and transparency score: 85

    Mission: Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center was founded on the philosophy that gay is good and that you are not alone. This philosophy has expanded to include bisexual and transgender individuals in addition to lesbians and gay men. Affirmations strives to create an atmosphere of safety and acceptance for all people. Our focus is on helping lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals find and develop community where we value and respect ourselves and others. Affirmations philosophy promotes the principle of empowerment and educates volunteers to utilize strength-based and holistic approaches. Through training in the basic operations of the center, listening, communication, empathy, problem solving, facilitation, and other appropriate skills, interested and dedicated individuals can successfully volunteer at Affirmations.

  • #26. Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network

    Focus area: Advocacy

    Overall score and rating: 84.93

    Financial score: 81.76

    Accountability and transparency score: 89

    Mission: Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network (GSA Network) is a next-generation LGBTQ racial and gender justice organization that empowers and trains queer, trans, and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities. Our overall strategy for fighting for educational justice is to work with grassroots, youth-led groups, empowering them to educate their schools and communities, advocate for just policies that protect LGBTQ youth from harassment and violence, and organize in coalition with other youth groups across identity lines to address broader issues of oppression. All of our work with students focuses on leadership development and activism that prioritizes building alliances not only across sexual orientation and gender identity lines, but also across race, ethnicity, and class lines, and our resources and trainings are designed to facilitate coalition building.

  • #25. Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado

    Focus area: Social support

    Overall score and rating: 85.39

    Financial score: 79.34

    Accountability and transparency score: 100

    Mission: The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado (the Center) opened in 1976 and over the years has grown to become the largest community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado's LGBT community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination. Today, we are focused on fulfilling our mission—to engage, empower, enrich, and advance the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community of Colorado—by ensuring that every member of the LGBT community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.

  • #24. GLSEN

    Focus area: Advocacy

    Overall score and rating: 85.76

    Financial score: 80.10

    Accountability and transparency score: 97

    Mission: Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, or GLSEN (pronounced "glisten"), is the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students. Founded in 1990, GLSEN envisions a world in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. GLSEN seeks to develop school climates where difference is valued for the positive contribution it makes to creating a more vibrant and diverse community. GLSEN offers research, educational resources, public policy advocacy, student organizing programs and educator training initiatives.

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