The International Gay Lesbian Travel Association Foundation announced today that it will participate in the second annual Give OUT Day, the national LGBT day of giving, on May 15, 2014. This year, donors who give to the IGLTA Foundation will have their donations matched, up to $15,000, through a high-level marketing partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“Whether it’s through their scholarships for emerging LGBT travel leaders or groundbreaking research in new markets, the IGLTA Foundation’s work helps enable understanding, awareness and commerce to flourish around the globe and we are thrilled to be a part of that," said Nicki E. Grossman, President & CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB.
“The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has had a longstanding partnership with IGLTA and looks forward to helping further promote LGBT travel to the area and build bridges with communities worldwide,” said Richard Gray, LGBT Managing Director of the Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB.
This year IGLTA Foundation scholarships are assisting five travel industry scholars and small business owners from Brazil, Columbia, Curacao, and the United States. Later this year, the Foundation will conduct research into the travel patterns of the LGBT community in China and Brazil to better assist its members in understanding these vital travel markets.
Give OUT Day, based on highly successful giving days around the country, will feature more than 500 U.S.-based nonprofits whose core mission is to improve the lives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. During 2013’s inaugural Give OUT Day, more than 6,000 individuals raised over $600,000 benefitting 429 organizations. The goal in 2014 is to exceed the $1 million mark nationally from more than 10,000 individual donors.
“Giving Day campaigns across the country have been successful at raising millions of dollars for nonprofits. What’s more, this model has proven to bring in new donors and new dollars, complimenting and amplifying nonprofits’ existing fundraising efforts,” said Charlie Rounds, Board Chair of the IGLTA Foundation. “More dollars and new donors is what our Foundation needs today and I believe that Give OUT Day is an important part of that effort.”
Greater Fort Lauderdale is the top LGBT destination in Florida and one of the top LGBT destinations in North America, according to Tom Roth, President, Community Marketing & Insights, the San Francisco-based LGBT market research and communications firm.