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LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2022

   Jun 03, 2022
In honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month 2022, CharityWatch announces our list of Top-Rated LGBTQ+ charities. We hope that you find this information useful as you consider which charities to support in honor of Pride Month. 

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is a 501(c)(3) public charity based in New York, New York. It works exclusively to advance LGBTQI rights around the world and serves as a feminist social justice hub, working side-by-side with grantee and donor partners to achieve racial, economic, social and gender justice worldwide. It is currently Top-Rated by CharityWatch based on our analysis of its fiscal year ended 6/30/2020 audited financial statements (including notes) and IRS Form 990 (including schedules and attachments) for meeting our governance, transparency, and financial efficiency benchmarks. 


Other names under which this charity solicits or has solicited include:

Astraea Foundation

International Trans Fund

Lesbians Who Tech

Pipeline Project

UHAI: East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative 

With respect to its governance practices, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice reports:

  • Providing a copy of its tax form to all board members prior to filing it with the IRS. 
  • Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
  • Reports at least 5 voting board members
  • 51% or more of its voting board members are reported as being independent
  • Reports documenting minutes of board meetings and board committee meetings 
  • Regularly and consistently monitoring and enforcing compliance with a written conflict of interest policy. 
  • Requiring annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts 
  • Having a written Whistleblower Policy
  • Having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy 


Other Notes

According to the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice audit of June 30, 2020 (Note 13, Fiscal Sponsorship):

"Astraea is the fiscal sponsor of International Trans Fund, Lesbians Who Tech, The Pipeline Project, and The UHAI: East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative. Astraea retains a portion of funds raised toward these sponsored projects to cover its administrative costs. The net assets for these sponsored projects are reflected in the accompanying [audited] financial statements as net assets with donor restrictions."

[CharityWatch's fiscal 2020 rating of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice includes the financial activities of Astraea's sponsored projects listed above in Note 13.]


Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is a 501(c)(3) public charity based in New York, New York. It is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization that seeks to ensure fair, accurate, and inclusive representation that leads to 100% LGBTQ acceptance.  It is currently Top-Rated by CharityWatch based on our analysis of its fiscal year ended 9/30/2020 audited financial statements (including notes) and IRS Form 990 (including schedules and attachments) for meeting our governance, transparency, and financial efficiency benchmarks. 

With respect to its governance practices, GLAAD reports:

  • Providing a copy of its tax form to all board members prior to filing it with the IRS. 
  • Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
  • Reports at least 5 voting board members
  • 51% or more of its voting board members are reported as being independent
  • Reports documenting minutes of board meetings and board committee meetings 
  • Regularly and consistently monitoring and enforcing compliance with a written conflict of interest policy. 
  • Requiring annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts 
  • Having a written Whistleblower Policy
  • Having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy 


Trevor Project is a 501(c)(3) public charity based in West Hollywood, California. Its mission is to end suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and questioning young people. It is currently Top-Rated by CharityWatch based on our analysis of its fiscal year ended 7/31/2019 audited financial statements (including notes) and IRS Form 990 (including schedules and attachments) for meeting our governance, transparency, and financial efficiency benchmarks. NOTE: CharityWatch will update our rating of Trevor Project once its complete audit and IRS Form 990 for its fiscal year ended 7/31/2021 become available. The most current copies of these documents posted on the Trevor Project's website as of 6/3/2022 are for its fiscal year ended 7/31/2020. Based on CharityWatch's analysis of these updated documents once they become available, our rating of the Trevor Project may change. 

Other names under which this charity solicits or has solicited include:

TrevorSpace

With respect to its governance practices, Trevor Project reports:

  • Providing a copy of its tax form to all board members prior to filing it with the IRS. 
  • Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
  • Reports at least 5 voting board members
  • 51% or more of its voting board members are reported as being independent
  • Reports documenting minutes of board meetings and board committee meetings 
  • Regularly and consistently monitoring and enforcing compliance with a written conflict of interest policy. 
  • Requiring annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts 
  • Having a written Whistleblower Policy
  • Having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy 



CharityWatch also rates the following LGBTQ+ organizations which are not currently Top-Rated. Click on the name of each organization for more information:

Gay Men's Health Crisis

Human Rights Campaign

Human Rights Campaign Foundation

Lambda Legal Defense and Education FundThis charity also uses or has used in the past the following names: Lambda; Lambda Legal. 


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