Everyone is aware of the current humanitarian plight in Haiti, which has been recently struck by two major earthquakes.
Many organizations are supporting relief efforts to the area. LGBT and allied folks, however, need to be more careful with donations than others. We don't want to support a supposed charity that might provide disaster relief in this situation but then use funds to support antigay initiatives.
Rainbow World Fund is an all-volunteer international humanitarian service agency based in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and friends community. Their mission is to promote LGBT philanthropy in the area of world humanitarian relief.
RWF currently supports projects focusing on global HIV/AIDS, water development, landmine eradication, hunger, education, orphans and disaster relief in Africa, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean, and the United States.
RWF also works to raise awareness of the charitable contributions of the LGBT community, and to establish connections with non-LGBT communities.
The Rainbow World Fund works to provide humanitarian aid to communities in need around the world, to create awareness within the LGBT community of the need for these relief efforts, and to change perceptions of the LGBT community by putting our highest beliefs and values into action demonstrating our compassion and caring for the world.
In many cases, the act of helping someone else helps put our own problems and struggles in perspective. And by helping someone else, we affirm our participation in a larger world and emphasize our commonality over our differences.
In the end, that ultimately helps ourselves and the entire LGBT community.