SPARK LGBTQQ Giving in the South!

Give OUT Day 2Greetings SPARK Community,

Today SPARK will participate in the 2nd Annual Give OUT Day and join more than 500 organizations across the country mobilizing for the fiscal sustainability of our work for social change for LGBTQQ communities.

In 2011, Funders for LGBT Issues found that the U.S. South barely saw 3% of the year’s LGBTQ funding despite the fact that over a third of the U.S. population lives in the 13 states that make up the southern region.  Georgia, for example, received only $526,783 or less than $2 per person that year.

Based in Georgia, SPARK recognizes how essential it is to invest in the leadership and voices of women of color, young parents, and LGBTQQ youth of color in the fight for reproductive justice. Your financial support allows us to ensure that these voices – the ones most impacted by reproductive injustices – can bring their deep understanding of the political conditions of the South to our movements and work. Give OUT Day is your opportunity to demonstrate the power of prioritizing Southern leadership in Southern movements!

SPARK seeks to raise $2,500.00 in our first Give OUT Day campaign to offset the expense of our well-received annual Media Justice Camp for queer and trans youth of color.  This 4th annual 4 day and 3 night program is fully funded by SPARK for youth leaders interested in incorporating the latest in diverse media technologies for their organizing efforts.  Of course, we want to exceed our goal, and this year Give Out Day is ramping up their incentive program with additional funds up to $8000.00 for any organization leading in their drive through the generosity of multiple donors: Bolder Giving/Give OUT Day!

How Can You Help?

  1. Give! You can make your donation RIGHT NOW through our Razoo fundraising page. In order to count towards our goal, all donations must be made between 12AM-11:59PM EST on TODAY, Friday, May 16th!
  2. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay updated on our progress on Give OUT Day. You can use the hashtag #SPARKRJGIVING to follow our posts.
  3. Spread the word! Forward this email to your family, friends, and colleagues along with a personal note as to why YOU support our work and why they should give!

Stand with us TODAY and let’s demonstrate the power of Southern giving!

My best to you,

Malika Redmond, M.A.
Executive Director

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