SLO County LGBTQ celebrates national Give Out Day

Give OUT Day, a national day of giving to benefit the LGBTQ community, will be held Tuesday, including in San Luis Obispo County.

The 24-hour online fundraising event aims to raise money for a diverse array of LGBTQ nonprofit groups across the country.

Locally, the effort will be part of the Growing Together Initiative, established by the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County. The initiative will raise funds for SLO County LGBTQ grants to local organizations that focus on the principles of social justice, a civil society and safety for youth.

Since 2002, the Growing Together Initiative has allocated more than $130,000 in grants to organizations and services that promote education, awareness and advocacy for the needs of the LGBTQ community and its allies.

An endowment fund of more than $300,000 supports local efforts focused on community inclusiveness now and in perpetuity.

“It would be hard to find an LGBT person who hasn’t, at one time or another, turned to an LGBTQ nonprofit at some point in our lives,” said Roger Doughty, president of Horizons Foundation, which is coordinating the national fundraiser.

For more information on Give OUT Day, go to www.giveoutday.org/c/GO/a/cfsloco. For more information about the Growing Together Initiative, visit the Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County’s website at www.cfsloco.org or call 805-543-2323.