Dear SPARK Family, Friends, Allies & Supporters:
On Thursday, November 13th, SPARK will participate in Georgia Gives Day and join hundreds of organizations from across the State of Georgia in mobilizing for the fiscal sustainability of our work for social change in the South.
According to Out In The South – Part Two, a survey assessing the LGBTQ community resources in 14 Southern States (2014), only 3% of LGBTQ funding is distributed to LGBTQ organizations in the South. Of the 76 LGBTQ organizations in the South, about 50% have only one or no full time staff and 55% have budgets of less than $250,000. Strong work is being done in the South with minimal resources by SPARK and others. In order to thrive, we need your help!
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. Georgia Gives Day is your opportunity to demonstrate the power of prioritizing Southern leadership in Southern movements!
SPARK seeks to raise funds in our first Georgia Gives Day campaign to offset the expense of our 2nd IGNITE Queer and Trans Youth of Color Convening (IGNITE). This gathering is fully funded by SPARK for queer and trans youth of color ages 18 – 25 who live in the Southern region. IGNITE will provide an opportunity for LGBTQ youth of color from across the region to engage in dialogue, political education, skill shares, networking, and to begin to organize state level action plans on the issues that most impact their lives. Leaders attending this convening will be able to build unity with other queer and trans youth of color throughout the South while deepening their leadership skills and further preparing them to take action in their local communities!
How Can You Help?
- You can schedule your November 13th donation TODAY through our Georgia Gives fundraising page. Although Georgia Gives Day begins on November 13th at 12.00AM and ends at 11:59 PM all donations scheduled before this date will count towards our goal!
- Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay updated on our progress on Georgia Gives Day and our work moving ahead! You can share why you give using the hashtag #SPARKRJGIVING.
- 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 on November 13th, 2014.
Stand with us on Thursday, November 13th, 2014 and let’s demonstrate the power of Southern giving!