Federal employee fund drive admits first LGBT federation

Monday, July 27, 2015

SALEM, MA – For the first time ever, a federation of LGBT-focused nonprofits will enter the Combined Federal Campaign this September.  The CFC is the world’s largest fund drive and the only organized solicitation allowed in federal workplaces – civilian, military and postal. The new federation, called LGBT Community Charities, will bring greater visibility among U.S. federal workers for LGBT issues and organizations.

“This is a landmark event, and we are very excited,” said David Reiffel, director of LGBT Community Charities. “It is the first time in the half-century history of the CFC that causes supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have been spotlighted in this way.”

A federation in the CFC is a group of eligible nonprofits that enter the campaign together and are listed in a special section of the printed catalog under the federation’s name. Topical federations such as LGBT Community Charities make it easier for donors to identify organizations focused on the kinds of efforts that particular donors may wish to support.

Every fall, the CFC invites the entire federal work force, numbering in the millions, to pledge to one or more organizations that appear on a list of eligible nonprofits. An organization gets on the list by submitting an application showing that the group is 501(c)(3) tax exempt and meets standards of governance and financial accountability required for campaign participation. Thousands of nonprofits participate in the CFC every year.

“The recent Supreme Court decision on gay marriage is a victory to be celebrated. But much work remains to achieve equal access to human rights and opportunities in this country, and this program will help support that work, “ said Marshall Strauss, president of the Workplace Giving Alliance. WGA, a consortium of CFC federations serving more than 500 charities across the United States, sponsored the launch of LGBT Community Charities – the fifteenth federation to affiliate with WGA.

LGBT Community Charities currently has 20 member organizations (listed below), most in the New York City area. The federation plans to expand in 2016. Applications for the 2016 CFC will be prepared in the fall and winter of 2015. More detailed information may be found on the federation website, lgbtcommunitycharities.org.

Members of LGBT Charities

Ali Forney Center, aliforneycenter.org

Boom!Health (Bronx Aids Services), boomhealth.org

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center (Community Health Project), callen-lorde.org

Destination Tomorrow, destinationtomorrow.org

Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Historical Society, glbthistory.org

Gay Men’s Health Crisis, gmhc.org

Griot Circle, griotcircle.org

Hetrick-Martin Institute, hmi.org

Hollaback, ihollaback.org

Horizons Foundation, horizonsfoundation.org

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center), gaycenter.org

Media for the Public Good, mfpg.org

National LGBT Cancer Network, cancer-network.org

New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, avp.org

North Shore Alliance of Gay & Lesbian Youth, nagly.org

North Shore Pride, northshorepride.org

Rainbow Heights Club (Heights Hill Mental Health Service South Beach Psychiatric Center), rainbowheights.org

Red Umbrella Project, redumbrellaproject.org

San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center,www.sfcenter.org

Staten Island LGBT Community Center (Community Health Action of Staten Island), www.chasiny.org

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