It’s been not quite a week since we got the news our next President would be Donald Trump. And while — hopefully — it won’t mean apocalypse, it does mean that a whole lot of non-profit organizations are going to have to help pick up the slack. That goes double if Pence gets his way and rolls back a lot of the protections for LGBTQ citizens. But there’s a lot of organizations out there — who should get your money? We’ve done a bit of research, and we like these five charities. They’re not the only five charities you should donate to if you have the resources, but they’ll get you started.
Since the election, there’s been an increase in calls to LGBTQ hotlines — and with good reason. On the campaign trail, Trump said he’d undo protections, and Mike Pence was behind Indiana’s idiotic Religious Freedom Restoration Act and has been an outspoken supporter of conversion therapy. But it’s been particularly hard on the trans community. In the 24 hours after election night, Trans Lifeline received over 350 calls. They need your help now more than ever… but that’s pretty much the case for all the charities on our list.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has been protecting people’s rights since 1971. They’ve fought against white supremacy for decades — they’ve sued individual groups like the United Klans of America out of existence. Currently, they’ve got a petition against Trump’s plan to appoint Breitbart editor and white nationalist Steve Bannon his Chief Strategist. Considering that Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway has threatened that Trump’s critics should “be very careful” about what they say, the SPLC will have its hands full over the next four years.
Two groups that need your help in Trump’s America are people of color and women. Thankfully, the Black Women’s Defense League is here to save the day. Founded in August 2015, the BWDL has offices in Dallas and Philadelphia, with an Atlanta office coming soon. The BWDL works with community outreach and has programs including battered women rescue, urban defense programs and education. Not only that, but they’re preparing a mental health program to provide group and one-on-one counselling with Black therapists.
Of course, given that Trump believes climate change is a Chinese hoax, and that he picked Myron Ebell to head the Environmental Protection Agency, the environment needs lots of help too. The Sierra Club, however, is here to help. They’ve been fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline alongside Native American groups, and are prepared to fight whatever Ebell tries to throw our way. Considering that we’re on track to have the global temperature rise by 7 degrees Celsius by 2100, we’ll need all the help we can get to keep us from going all Mad Max.
It’s important to play the long game, too. The Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute is all about getting LGBTQ people into political office and other leadership positions. If we can see more diversity in politics, we’ll see more legislation to help protect minority communities. And that’s always a good thing. If we can get a more diverse pool of candidates, maybe next time we won’t have the two most unpopular candidates in history running for the highest office in the land.