After Gaga performed at a benefit concert last night, the Robin Hood Foundation announced that the SCO Family of Services, a non-profit group that shelters homeless gay kids, got the most Facebook votes in Gaga’s social media competition, thus taking home the biggest chunk ($500,000) of the monster million dollar donation.
SCO is the most efficient non-profit of the five in the running (using the ratio between dollars raised and dollars that actually go to helping kids). 93 cents of every Gaga dollar will go towards setting up family-style living situations for homeless youth and working to bring together biological families that have been severed by rejecting LGBT children.
With state and national funding for LGBT organizations shrinking faster than Gaga’s theological credibility, affecting both rural areas as well as more affluent urban metros, we want to remind the monied sorts that there are plenty of worthwhile gay youth groups in the hinterlands that lack access to black-tie galas and benefit concerts.
Here are a few that could use some serious funds:
- The Memphis Gay & Lesbian Center, serving the community since 1989, has begun asking for donations to stay afloat. According to the executive editor, Will Batts, the center needs to $45,000 by the end of May. That’s less than five percent the money Gaga donated.
- The North County LGBT Coalition in San Diego hopes to open its own center and get 4,000 disenfranchised queers involved in strong communities. The group has already raised $7,400 towards the $10,000 project.
- Based in Washington, the National Youth Advocacy Coalition just announced that it will cease operating May 13. We called the executive director, Asha Leong, to ask how much money the non-profit would need to stay afloat. We will update you as soon as we hear back.
Know of any local LGBT non-profits in dire needs of funds?