In its fourth year, Give Out Day (being held on Aug. 2 this year) is the only national day of giving for the LGBT community — a 24-hour online fundraising event that unites the LGBT community from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia — to raise critically needed funds. Throughout the day-long event, thousands of people make gifts to support a vast array of LGBT non-profits across the country, ranging from the arts to social services agencies, advocacy groups to sports leagues, community centers to healthcare non-profits.

To date, more than $2.4 million has been raised and has gone to support more than 500 assorted organizations across the nation.

Here in the Carolinas, a number of local and nationally recognized non-profits are capturing the opportunity to raise awareness of their causes, as well as much-needed funds to support their work.

Those participating are:
Campaign for Southern Equality (
Campus Pride (
Charleston Pride Festival (
Equality North Carolina Foundation (
Freedom Center for Social Justice (
Harriet Hancock LGBT Center (
LGBT Center of Raleigh (
Lowcountry AIDS Services (
Midlands Men’s Chorus (
North Carolina AIDS Action Network (
One World Dragon Boat (
Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services, Inc. (
PFLAG Columbia (
PFLAG Spartanburg (
South Carolina Black Pride Incorporated (
South Carolina Equality (
Takeover Grand Strand (
North Star LGBT Community Center (

There are a plethora of national organizations listed on the “Donate” section of the organizer’s website. Visit the site to learn more and to make contributions to them as well.

Give Out Day is a project of Horizons Foundation. Founded as a community foundation of, by, and for LGBT people, Horizons has been supporting LGBT non-profit organizations, leaders and donors for more than 35 years. To learn more about them either visit them online or email

The initiative was launched in 2013 by Bolder Giving with support from the Kevin J. Mossier Foundation. Give Out Day moved to Horizons Foundation in 2016.


Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.