600 Nonprofits Participating from all 50 U.S. States

FORT LAUDERDALE (17 April 2018)—The IGLTA Foundation, which supports the mission of IGLTA and its members through education, research and leadership development that benefits the global LGBTQ+ tourism industry, is excited to participate in Give OUT Day, the only national day of giving for the LGBTQ+ community. The 24-hour online fundraising event unites the LGBTQ+ community from all 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. Give OUT Day 2018 takes place on Thursday, 19 April from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm Eastern. Last year, Give OUT Day raised over US$750,000 to support LGBTQ+ nonprofits.

Throughout the daylong event, thousands of people make gifts to support a diverse array of LGBTQ+ nonprofits across the country, ranging from the arts to social services agencies, advocacy groups to sports leagues, and community centers to health care nonprofits.

“We are honored to participate in this focused day of fundraising to benefit the LGBTQ+ community,” said IGLTA Foundation Board Chair Gary Murakami, CMP, CMM. “IGLTAF supports initiatives for industry organizations, leaders and communities to advance LGBTQ+ travel around the world and we hope that our community will rise to the challenge.”

“This year, in these continued challenging political and cultural times, local services and advocacy are needed now more than ever,” said Roger Doughty, president of Horizons Foundation, the executor of the event. “Give OUT Day will raise funds and visibility for hundreds of participating organizations.”

“Few would have predicted the challenging climate we now find ourselves in, after several years of rapid progress on LGBTQ+ equality and increased visibility and public education,” continued Doughty. “This year on Give OUT Day, we hope to reach thousands of LGBTQ+ individuals and our allies to engage in supporting the organizations at the front lines of pride, dignity, justice, and joy.”

For more information on Give OUT Day and to make a donation to the IGLTA Foundation go to: https://www.giveoutday.org/c/GO/a/iglta/

About IGLTA & The IGLTA Foundation: IGLTA, the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association is the leading member-based global organization dedicated to LGBTQ+ tourism and a proud Affiliate Member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The IGLTA Foundation supports the mission of IGLTA and its membership with a focus on education, research and developing future leaders in LGBTQ+ tourism. IGLTA membership includes LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ-friendly accommodations, destinations, service providers, travel agents, tour operators, events and travel media in more than 75 countries. For more information: iglta.org or iglta.org/foundation and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @iglta.

About Give OUT Day and Horizons Foundation: Give OUT Day has provided vital unrestricted operating funds to organizations since its inception in 2013. Over 33,000 individual donors have contributed more than $4 million and supported more than 600 different organizations in every part of the country. Give OUT Day is a project of Horizons Foundation. Founded as a community foundation of, by, and for LGBTQ+ people, Horizons has been supporting LGBTQ+ nonprofit organizations, leaders, and donors for nearly 40 years. For more information about Horizons Foundation, go to www.horizonsfoundation.org