Pride Month is here, and it is a great time to give to organizations that support, organize, and serve LGTBQ New Yorkers. Our donors often ask us for ideas and inspiration on giving strategically, and for help identifying groups that may not be on their radars but are doing important work.
From improving healthcare and training young advocates to providing housing and community to homeless teens forced to leave their homes, the following organizations are on the frontlines of change and can put your contribution to work. They have been vetted and have recently won competitive grants from The Trust. To get more philanthropic advice, contact us.
Help Young People Thrive
The Hetrick-Martin Institute is the country’s oldest organization supporting LGBTQ young people through advocacy programs, healthcare and mental health support, academic assistance, and collaboration with city agencies to inform educational policies.
A large percentage of the city’s young homeless population is LGBTQ. Trinity Community Connection aims to provide them with safe spaces, giving them shelter alongside health services, recreational activities, and access to employment opportunities.
The Audre Lorde Project is a community organizing center for LGBTQ people of color that works for social and economic justice through mobilizing, education, and capacity building.
With a mission to end all forms of oppression, FIERCE provides advocacy and leadership training to LGBTQ youth of color to help them become the next generation of social justice leaders.
Focusing on the civil rights of the LGBTQ community, the New Pride Agenda aims to raise awareness through civic engagement and public policy advocacy.
Strengthen Community and Provide Services
From young people to older adults, Brooklyn Community Pride Center offers a range of support services to LGBTQ people, including health services, immigration services, and employment programs.
The Center is the largest LGBTQ multiservice agency on the East Coast. It fosters a welcoming environment where everyone is celebrated for who they are. It offers the LGBTQ communities of NYC advocacy and health and wellness programs; arts, entertainment, and cultural events; and recovery, parenthood, and family support services.
The New York State LGBT Health & Human Services Network is a coalition of 71 nonprofits throughout the state dedicated to LGBT New Yorkers and their families. Member organizations support and learn from each other, helping to build capacity to foster a safer and more supportive state for all LGBT people, and to improve the quality of resources and care that each organization can offer.
Expand Access to Healthcare
Ali Forney Center was founded in 2002 in honor of Ali Forney, a transgender teen who was murdered on the streets. The Center helps homeless LGBTQ young people through services including a drop-in center and food pantry, transitional housing, HIV prevention, and health care referrals.
A global leader in LGBTQ healthcare, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center provides comprehensive services to the city’s LGBTQ communities, regardless of their ability to pay, and advocates for LGBTQ health issues.
Support Older LGBTQ New Yorkers
A community-based organization, GRIOT Circle, supports LGBTQ elders of color through health and wellness programs, social activities to reduce isolation, and hot lunch programs.
A national organization, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), gives support to LGBT elders through advocacy and social services, including housing developments for the formerly homeless.
Shine a Spotlight on LGBTQ History
Alice Austen House on Staten Island is a historic house museum and the family home of pioneering lesbian photographer Alice Austen, whose images reveal turn-of-the-century gay and lesbian life.
The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project documents city sites that show the cultural and historical contributions of LGBT New Yorkers.
Starting off as an organization dedicated to commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the Stonewall 50 Consortium has blossomed into a collective of over 200 nonprofits and organizations dedicated to sharing LGBTQ history and culture.
Helping LGBTQ Immigrants
Immigration Equality has a longstanding and well-respected asylum practice and is the nation’s only organization that focuses exclusively on the rights of LGBTQ immigrants.
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