Today’s the third annual Giving Tuesday. Where’s your money going?

282013_362013350544044_1638905795_nToday is Giving Tuesday, an international effort encouraging individuals and corporations to donate money to their favorites causes.

The premise is simple. According to the official website: “We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.”

Giving Tuesday began in 2012 in partnership between the United Nations Foundation and 92nd Street Y in New York City. Not only are people encouraged to give but organizations are encouraged to utilize the Internet, social media and other creative means to encourage donations.

In 2013, The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports, organizations raised somewhere between $21-32 million. Analysts anticipate, based on a sampling of current campaigns, organizations could raise “$40 million or more based on the goals of participants and promises of matching gifts.”

According to Funders for LGBTQ Issues, 70 percent of all LGBT nonprofits have a budget of $500,000 or less. Many rely on skeletal staff and volunteers to do their work. “As such, they don’t always have the resources to employ dedicated development staff.” Giving Tuesday also has an outsized impact for these groups:

By mobilizing social media to encourage people to give, efforts like #GivingTuesday can give an important platform to even the smallest of nonprofits to educate a wider audience, one they might not otherwise reach, about the critical work they are doing. So how can you get involved with #GivingTuesday?

I’ve reached to a handful of local LGBT organizations about their progress. While I wait, check out some of the creative partnerships. For instance, shop at the Amon Carter Museum’s store and receive a 20 percent discount when you mention you are with the AIDS Outreach Center. (By the way, the store and museum are open until 5 p.m.)

Not sure where you wanna give? If you’re on Twitter, follow #GivingTuesday to see who’s giving and where.

—  James Russell

GLFD’S NEW FORMAT

WELCOMING MEMBERS  |  Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas kicked off its membership drive Tuesday, Sept. 13, with a party in the Owners’ Lounge at The House in Victory Park, hosted by Ferrell Drum. Former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller made the pitch to supporters to join as members. During the past 10 years, the organization raised more than $1 million for a number of non-profits committed to equality and diversity. Pictured at the event are, from left, Paul Polanco, Keith Nix, Noel Santini and Mark Niermann.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 30, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

YFT-Collin County still looking for a home

Back in July we reported that Collin County’s organization for LGBT youth was looking for a new home, after being forced to move from its meeting space of 18 months in Plano.

Two months later, the organization still hasn’t found anything permanent or even semi-permanent, according to volunteer Jeanne Rubin.

Rubin tells Instant Tea the the group is still meeting on a temporary basis in the offices of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Frisco, where one of its board members works.

“Attendance has been sparse which is probably due to vacations, etc., but also because it isn’t our space,” Rubin says. “This seems to be a common problem for non-profits, all of which are suffering right now. I have gotten a few leads and followed up but so far nothing has worked out.”

Anyone who knows of space available in Collin County can contact Rubin at CollinCounty@YouthFirstTexas.org.

Collin County YFT will hold its regularly weekly meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, before taking a week off for Dallas Pride. The group’s next meeting is at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26. The group has discontinued its Wednesday meetings until further noticed and instead will plan an activity once or twice a month. For more information, visit the website or the Facebook page.

—  John Wright