EqualityCard, the credit card that combines shopping with giving, has announced a new partnership with the fundraiser Give OUT Day.
Each May, the Bolder Giving organization hosts Give OUT Day, rallying thousands of individual donors nationwide to donate to their favorite LGBT nonprofits. For the third annual event, which will be held on May 21, 2015, EqualityCard will serve as the Presenting Sponsor of a new initiative: the Give OUT Day Headstart Campaign.
EqualityCard, which describes itself as “an initiative to revolutionize charitable giving,” launched in February 2014. Over the last year 2,000 new cardholders have raised nearly $40,000 for over 60 LGBT non-profit affiliates, all of which was generated from tax-deductible donations equal to 1 percent of purchases with the card—at no cost to the cardholders.
With the Headstart Campaign, LGBT nonprofits will be able to earn proceeds from giving platforms such as EqualityCard, fundraising drives, and other events year-round, giving them a “head start” on donations prior to Give OUT Day.
In a press release shared with 429Magazine, the Founder/CEO of EqualityCard, Nick Lepetsos, said “We’re thrilled to partner with Give OUT Day through its new Headstart Campaign. This relationship with Give OUT Day is a natural fit, as we both have a similar purpose of increasing funding for LGBT non-profits across the movement to help advance equality. Our credit card will allow Give OUT Day donors to generate proceeds throughout the year that can be directed to their favorite non-profit on Give OUT Day. We feel that it is a great way to keep the energy and enthusiasm surrounding Give OUT Day alive all year long.”
The Executive Director of Bolder Giving, Jason Franklin, added that they are “excited about the Headstart Campaign, and our partnership with EqualityCard. We are so encouraged each year by the number of people who support the LGBT movement on Give OUT Day, and we are excited about the opportunity to offer our Give OUT Day participants additional ways to augment their giving through our platform.”
In 2014, the second annual Give OUT Day raised over a million dollars from nearly 13,000 donors. In a press release from that year, the Executive Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force, Rea Carey, is quoted as saying, “One of the best ways to help create long lasting change is to support LGBTQ non-profits for the outstanding work they do in every part of our nation every day…I encourage everyone to give back, regardless of how big or small, to move things forward.”
The official website of Give OUT Day can be found here.