Over the years, we’ve supported thousands of individuals, couples, and families around their giving. Helping donors is a core part of Horizons’ mission, so we’ve selected resources that can support you in thinking about your own giving. These resources will be updated periodically to bring new resources to donors’ attention.
Horizons Q Series
Every year, Horizons offers a series of outstanding programs that bring noted experts and leaders to talk with LGBTQ donors. Many sessions deal with key current issues affecting our community and our movement. Other sessions provide donors with insight on the financial planning and philanthropic questions that many donors have. The result is a unique series of high-level, sophisticated programs that regularly draw between 40 and 120 attendees.
The 2016 Q Series, Creating Connections in the LGBTQ Community:
LGBTQ Organizations Directory
The LGBTQ community is richly diverse in a multitude of ways, and there are a large number of LGBTQ nonprofits that advocate for and address the needs of many different parts of our community. While many fulfill vital roles, it can be overwhelming for a donor. Figuring out where to give can be complicated. For example, you may care deeply about conditions for LGBTQ young people in schools, but that doesn’t mean you know which organizations are working to support that population.
Our LGBTQ Organizations Directory is designed to help donors — as well as policymakers and other leaders — understand who is doing what and where. Whether you browse the entire guide or use the search function to zero in on what you’re passionate about, this directory can be an important resource for your own giving strategy and decisions.
Since the goal of the LGBTQ Organizations Directory is to provide information, not to evaluate nonprofit organizations, all information in the guide is gathered directly from the listed organizations themselves.
National Nonprofit Databases
There are a number of national databases that contain information about thousands of nonprofits, including many that serve and advocate for LGBTQ people. Two of the most well-known are GuideStar and Charity Navigator. Among other things, GuideStar connects you to the financial records of nonprofits, including official forms filed with the IRS. Charity Navigator offers ratings for nonprofits as well. Put together, these two websites provide valuable baseline information about many of the nonprofits LGBTQ donors may wish to support. At the same time, there are important limitations to the usefulness of these tools. (See, for example, Charity Raters Part I: Charting the Bad and the Bad, a report put together by Blue Avocado.) In fact, even the leaders of these well-known watchdogs recognize some of the limitations of the tools created as guides for charitable giving.
Horizons’ Donor-Advised Fund program
Our Donor-Advised Fund Program can help you sort through your many giving options and significantly simplify your giving.
Planning Your Legacy
Although it can be tempting to avoid thinking about our estate plans, this planning is a profound opportunity to create the kind of legacy you want to have. We work with many donors every year to develop estate plans that reflect their passions and their values. Throughout the entire process, you’re in charge, and we’re here to help you.
Horizons has also produced a one-of-a-kind Guide to Gift Planning for LGBTQ Donors, which covers everything from which assets to give as legacy gifts to how you can make those gifts most easily. The guide also includes useful tools for thinking through how to design your legacy.