You may have noticed that I’m a big fan of the Pride Foundation.
I’d like to explain why.
When I was growing up in Montana in the 70′s, there were no resources for kids like me- no gay role models, no resources, no way for me to combat the prevalent message that I was deformed, debilitated or disordered. I just assumed that I was. It’s a painful way to live. In fact, it was so painful I attempted suicide.
Some of our kids haven’t.
When I moved back to Montana as a reasonably well-adjusted gay man, I made myself a promise: I would do everything in my power to make sure that kids growing up here would have role models and support and resources to stand against the messages of hate and bigotry that still find a place in our culture.
Pride Foundation is a big part of that for me.
When I worked at Seattle Counseling Service, Pride Foundation was a major supporter of our mental health and substance abuse work with LGBTIQ and HIV-infected people. They are proud partners in creating community health. That makes Pride Foundation a natural partner for my life goals as a gay man in Montana. Pride Foundation has made it a point to create a culture of giving and support for organizations and individuals to create safe and sustaining places for LGBTIQ people- and our allies- in Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Oregon and Washington. Creating better and more inclusive communities for all.
Since 1985, Pride Foundation has given more than $39 million dollars to thousands of organizations and scholars across the Pacific Northwest.
If you’ve been looking for a way to be involved, here’s your chance. Volunteers serve on grant and scholarship review teams, work at local events and provide important input for our mission in every state across the region.
And, if you’re looking to get an amazing return on your philanthropic dollar, I hope you’ll consider a gift that will keep on giving for decades to come.
I currently serve- with Shelley Hayes from Billings- as one of Montana’s Pride Foundation Board Members. I’m also the Pride Foundation Montana Leadership Action Team Chair, and I’m doing everything in my power to ensure that Pride Foundation’s generous culture of philanthropy and stewardship continues to benefit Montanans and LGBTIQ persons in the Pacific Northwest for years to come.
I’d like you to join me.
Here’s the Pride Foundation donor link. It’s very easy. Ken and I give $50 every month- and it’s simply taken from our debit card. Plus, for every dollar you give to Pride Foundation over $3.00 comes back to Montana! That’s unheard of in this day and age.
- All donations from Montanans stay in Montana supporting grants and scholarships here.
- For every $1 raised in MT last year, $3.80 came back to the state.
- Caitlin has driven over 10,000 miles since being hired as the first staff on the ground two years ago.
- We’ve given away nearly $500,000 in Montana total, including nearly $50,000 this past year.
We plan to award even more this next year thanks to our supporters- people just like you.
Whatever you can offer is deeply appreciated. We appreciate your time as well as your resources. Seriously. We treat all of our donors and volunteers as part of our family.
Thanks in advance for helping make the future brighter for LGBTIQ people under the Big Sky!
- Pride Foundation Scholar Helps Draft Montana Civil Unions Bill (dgsmith.org)
- Having an LGBTQ Community Event? There’s Money Available! (dgsmith.org)
- Tim Sweeney, Kris Hermanns to Attend Billings Pride Foundation Benefit (dgsmith.org)
- Pride Foundation Executive Director On SCOTUS Rulings (dgsmith.org)
- Alaska Scholarship Recipients Honored (alaskapride.wordpress.com)
- Welcome, Kim! (dgsmith.org)