One of the things I talked about in my BTMI keynote speech was that organizations such as BTMI/BTWI, TPOCC and the NBJC not only need you show up at their events like OUT on the Hill (and I've cleared my schedule for that September 18-22 weekend) but they also need for you to break them off some cash every now and then.
It costs money to keep the lights on, pay salaries and get people to DC for congressional hearings, et cetera. Grants alone aren't enough. If you value these organizations like NBJC and think the work they do in terms of being the voice for Black LGBT America is valuable, then drop them some money in their Early Bird Campaign in advance of Give OUT Day. .
But I'll let NBJC tell you what they've been up to in their 10th Anniversary year, especially with this Emerging Leaders Campaign.
The National Black Justice Coalition is also one of the many organizations joining the Give OUT Day on May 9. It is a nationwide effort to mobilize individuals to give to LGBT nonprofit orgs on a single day of the year.
So for those of you who would like to ensure that your donation dollars go to local organizations that do the grassroots work, here's your opportunity to give to an LGBT non-profit org that will plow your dollars back into the work they do.
Proceeds from NBJC's Give OUT Day campaign will go towards their Black LGBT Emerging Leaders Initiative. This program is purposed with identifying young, rising stars (ages 18-30) in the Black LGBT movement as well as providing a platform and a space for standout leaders to use their voice, build networks, and take action in their communities.
So please consider donating some of your cash to NBJC on Give OUT Day or if it's burning a hole in your pocket, do so right now.