In a giving mood? Every cent counts when you make a charitable gift
Whether it’s Giving Tuesday, the holiday season, a donation in someone’s honor, or you’re just feeling in the spirit of giving, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite charities and organizations that can benefit from your help. Donating does not just mean sending money. Never forget that time is also valuable. If you are interested in supporting your favorite charity but don’t have the funds, check their website to see if they can use your skills, your time, or donations of used items from around your home.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU works to defend the rights and liberties that are guaranteed to individuals through United States laws and the Constitution. Fighting for rights as early as the 1925 Scopes trial, which fought for the right to teach evolution in schools, all the way up through the immigrant rights and online privacy challenges of today, the ACLU is committed to justice. You can donate here or take action and sign their current petitions.
George Equality works to create fairness, safety and opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community. Made up of two organizations, Georgia Equality focuses on passing equality legislation and electing equality-minded individuals and the Equality Foundation of Georgia works on registering and educating voters. Equally Wed is a Georgia-founded company. Donate to Georgia Equality with a one-time or monthly monetary donation, volunteer your time, or add Georgia Equality as a beneficiary.
GLAAD aims to shape the media narrative around the LGBTQ+ community by providing resources to creators and working with media outlets, television shows and more to create accurate portrayals of LGBTQ+ people in the media. Take a stand against discrimination and donate here.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
The Human Rights Campaign is committed to creating a world where LGBTQ+ people are ensured basic human rights and safety. Become a member, a student member, a one time donor, a monthly donor, volunteer your time or even donate your car. A donation of $5 or more receives a free HRC sticker with their iconic blue and yellow equality logo.
Looking to buy gifts for loved ones? Shop the HRC store for items for everyone you know, and “100% of your purchase fuels the fight of LGBTQ equality.” You might recognize their adorable mugs from our Equally Wed 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.
The Trevor Project
Centered on crisis intervention, The Trevor Project provides suicide prevention resources and offers a 24/7 help hotline at 1 -866-488-7386. Every dollar helps to keep the hotline open and provide crisis assistance to LGBTQ+ youth.
Wish Upon a Wedding
It’s no secret we love weddings. Everyone deserves to have the wedding of their dreams, but that can’t always be the case for every couple. Wish Upon a Wedding works to provide weddings for those facing serious illness or life-altering circumstances. If you’re married, remember the memories and happiness shared on your big day and think of the Wish Upon a Wedding mantra, “Make a donation today, create memories that last forever.” Learn more about how to help, whether you donate, host a fundraiser or volunteer (wedding professionals, this is for you) and make fairytale weddings come true for couples like Jennifer and Susanne, featured above.