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In 71 countries, it's a crime to be gay; and in 10, it can cost you your life. All Out is a global movement working to build a world where no person will have to sacrifice their family or freedom, safety or dignity, because of who they are or who they love.
By mobilising thousands of people globally and working closely with local organisations and activists, we use creative tactics – online and offline – to draw attention to the push for equality for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people.
When a moment of crisis or opportunity comes up – an anti-gay law going to a vote, a crackdown on a Pride march, a company making a wrong turn for trans rights –, All Out uses technology to give our members inspiring ways to take action.
That's where the power of All Out members shows: from signing a petition to joining a street protest, from sharing content to donating to fund a campaigning tactic, we are thousands of people in every single country on the planet who are always ready to speak up and take a stand for love and equality.
It's easy! You can join the movement and become a member by:
By taking any of these steps, you become an All Out member and will get updates on all future campaigns where your voice can make a difference in the lives of LGBT people.
All Out is an independently governed and financed organisation, registered in the United States as a 501(c)(4) non-proﬁt advocacy organisation.
We also maintain a 501(c)(3) fund, administered by the Tides Foundation, focused on education and changing hearts and minds. Through the Tides Foundation, All Out is able to accept 501(c)(3) contributions from institutions, funds, and individuals who wish to receive tax exempt status for their donation under the United States tax revenue code.
All Out's global team is advised and governed by our Board of Directors. You can find more information about our Board here. All Out's organisational documents and annual reports on Form 990 can be found here.
Actually, All Out doesn't have offices in the traditional sense. We are a very small and efficient team spread in different cities around the world – click here to see our faces and where we are based.
If you want to volunteer with All Out, please send us a message using our Contact Us form.
If possible, tell us where you're based, what kind of support you'd be able to give us and what would be your availability (a few hours a week, one hour a day, etc.).
Areas in which we can use volunteer support include:
Also, please select “Offer to volunteer” as the subject of your message, so we can direct it to the right person on our team.
That's a very important topic for us, and one in which we can definitely use your suggestions and ideas.
In our campaigns, we avoid using the acronym LGBT – or even spelling out the identities covered in the acronym – as much as possible. Instead, most of our messaging (and even our mission statement) talks about “who you are or who you love”, which we believe is a comprehensive way of talking about the complexity of sexual orientation and fluidity of gender identity and expression.
Sometimes we do have to rely on the acronym though – and that's where things get tricky.
For example: in Brazil, you often see the acronym LGBTT, that includes travestis, an identity that is absolutely central in the local movement. In other places, the acronym can't go without the 'I' for intersex people, the 'A' for asexual people, and so on.
Given that All Out has members and runs campaigns around the world, we normally default to 'LGBT' as the most widely accepted and understandable variation of the acronym across languages and national contexts. By doing that, our intention is certainly not to erase or ignore other identities, but rather to provide an acronym that resonates globally.
Having said that, we would definitely welcome any tips and ideas you might have on how to tackle this issue! Please do share your thoughts with us using our Contact Us form.
All Out was originally founded by Jeremy Heimans and Andre Banks, while both worked at Purpose Campaigns LLC (Purpose.com). The concept for All Out was incubated at Purpose Campaigns and shortly thereafter Purpose Campaigns helped to launch All Out as a separate and independent non-profit organisation. Purpose Campaigns continued to provide in-kind support to the movement to help All Out launch and grow.
All Out monitors the news and social media channels to identify situations in which the voices of our members – coming from all over the world – can have a positive impact in the lives of LGBT people.
For issues that affect one specific country or region, we work closely with local organisations and follow their lead in defining our strategies.
If you are part of organisation that could use All Out's help on an issue affecting LGBT people in your country, region or local community reach out to us! Send us a message using our Contact Us form and we'll work out the best way to move forward.
If there is an issue in your country or region where you think All Out could help out, you can let us know by using our Contact Us form.
If there's a situation you think we should be aware of happening in your region or country, please let us know using our Contact Us form.
All Out has a very small team – around 10 of us – and, while we monitor the news and stay in close contact with our partners around the world, we sometimes miss important things happening to LGBT people in certain parts of the planet.
Even when we do know of a certain situation where we could help, there can often be other variables that force us to not move forward with a campaign. That happens, for example, if we are not able to get feedback or coordinate our actions with local organisations. Or if local partners believe an All Out campaign could cause harm or have negative consequences.
All Out members will soon be able to start their own campaigns on our website. Keep an eye out for that!
For now, if you have an idea of a campaign All Out should run, please let us know using our Contact Us form.
If All Out has sent you an email recently, that means you opted onto our email list through an online form: either by signing a petition through our site or one of our partner sites (like Care2 or Change.org), or making a donation to one of our campaigns.
By signing or donating, you automatically become an All Out member and start getting updates from us every time your voice can help push for the rights of LGBT people somewhere in the world.
Don't want to be part of the movement? You can unsubscribe here.
The easiest way to do that is to use our All Out Member Centre. After you log in, go to “Update user information” and enter your new email address.
You can also change your email address by unsubscribing your current email here and re-subscribing with your new email here. Note that, by going this route, you will get a couple of messages welcoming you to All Out – that's normal!
The easiest way to do that is to use our All Out Member Centre. After you log in, go to “Update user information” and select your new language preference.
You can also change your preferred language by unsubscribing your current email here and re-subscribing in the correct language. To get your messages:
Note that, once you sign up, you will get a couple of messages welcoming you to All Out – but now they will be coming in the correct language!
If that doesn't work, please let us know using our Contact Us form.
The easiest way to do that is to use our All Out Member Centre. After you log in, go to “Update user information” and enter your name.
You can also change your name by unsubscribing here and re-subscribing with your correct name here. Note that, once you sign up, you will get a couple of messages welcoming you to All Out – but now with your correct name!
If you are part of an organisation that would like to partner with All Out on an issue affecting LGBT people in your country, region or local community, reach out to us! Our work would not be possible without our important partnerships with LGBT organisations from around the globe. Send us a message using our Contact Us form and we'll work out the best way to move forward.
We're going to miss you!
But, if you really don't want to be part of the movement, you can unsubscribe from All Out emails by clicking here (and if you change your mind, we'll be glad to have you back!).
You can donate by credit card or via PayPal by clicking here. We take your security very seriously and can assure you that our donation page is a secure form.
If you're in the United States, you can also send a check to the below address – unfortunately, we currently can't accept donations by check from other countries. Please note that gifts made online and via check are not tax-deductible under US tax revenue code.
All Out Action Fund
115 Fifth Avenue, Floor 6
New York, NY – 10003
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation under the United States tax revenue code, please send a check to our fiscal sponsor, the Tides Foundation, via the below address – please see the following question for further information.
In order to process a United States tax exempt donation to All Out, please send checks payable to the Tides Foundation, with All Out Action Fund in the memo line of the check.
For postal mail:
P.O. Box 29903
San Francisco, CA – 94129
For FedEx or UPS deliveries:
1014 Torney Avenue
San Francisco, CA – 94129
Tides will provide you with a receipt and proof of donation for your federal charitable income tax deductions and your records. Contributions to Tides funds are exempt from federal and state gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Tides provides receipts for contributions equal to or above $250.
Please don't hesitate to contact us with further questions using our Contact Us form.
While All Out is a global organisation that runs campaigns all over the world, we are legally registered in New York, as a 501(c)(4) charitable organisation. Our 501(c)(4) status allows us to engage in political campaigning and advocacy, therefore restricting us from accepting tax-deductible donations.
In order to accept 501(c)(3) contributions from institutions, funds, and individuals who wish receive tax exempt status for their donation, we maintain a 501(c)(3) fund with the Tides Foundation – a leading fiscal sponsor in the United States.
The Tides Foundation is a nonprofit organisation that works at the heart of today's most critical issues, supporting grantees and programmes that are core to nonprofit infrastructure and social service delivery. Tides provides fiscal sponsorship for over 230 groups across the United States, operates and supports green nonprofit centers, and grants millions each year to charitable organisations across the globe.
The easiest way to cancel a recurring donation is to use our All Out Member Centre. After you log in, go to “Update recurring donations” and select “Cancel donation.” Alternatively, you can use our Contact Us form to request a cancellation.
If you would like to make changes to a one-time gift to All Out, please use our Contact Us form selecting the option “Donation problem” in the dropdown menu. Make sure to include your full name, email address, current donation amount and method of payment (for example, credit card or PayPal).
The easiest way to update a recurring donation made with a credit card is to use our All Out Member Centre. After you log in, go to “Update recurring donations” where you can update the card information or gift amount.
If you would like to update a recurring donation made through PayPal, please login to your PayPal account and make the necessary change. If you have any trouble, please don't hesitate to contact us using our Contact Us form to request the changes. Make sure to select the option “Donation problem” in the dropdown menu.
Unfortunately, text alerts are only available for United States numbers.
If you're in the US, you can sign up by adding your mobile number when you sign one of our petitions.
If All Out has sent you a text message recently, that means you signed a petition through our site and opted in to receiving SMS updates by adding your mobile number.
Getting SMS updates about our campaigns is an easy way to find out whenever your voice can help push for the rights of LGBT people somewhere in the world.
Don’t want to get our SMS alerts anymore? Just text STOP in response to any text message you get from us and you will be unsubscribed.
If you want to stop receiving SMS alerts from All Out, text STOP in response to our most recent message and you will be unsubscribed.
Grassroots Giving is a groundbreaking fundraising program connecting All Out's large global audience to LGBT+ grassroots groups. Through this program, thousands of All Out members make small donations online, with the goal of funding projects for groups working to end inequality, discrimination, and injustices against LGBT people, or otherwise help or empower local LGBT communities.
Grassroots organisations can submit a proposal to All Out for a US$7,000 to US$15,000 (and in exceptional cases up to US$20,000) grant to be used to fund a specific project (i.e. Pride march, tv advert, legal fees) or to help fund a specific program (i.e. providing safe shelter for homeless LGBT youth, relocating LGBT refugees, providing emergency support for LGBT activists). You can find examples of past fundraisers here and here.
Because All Out is a small non-profit of highly skilled digital activists, we're able to execute these fundraisers very quickly. The demands of larger grantmakers often make it impossible for smaller organisations to apply for funding rapidly and with minimum bureaucracy. The Grassroots Giving Fund can help fill this gap.
If you are interested in learning more, you can download an information sheet here.
To apply for a grant through Grassroots Giving, submit an application here.
While fundraisers will vary greatly, there are basic criteria for funding proposals we encourage groups to meet:
While it is not a requirement to submit a grant proposal in a specific language, we can only run fundraising campaigns in English and French.
If project proposals meet these requirements, organisations can apply for a grant by completing the form here.
Please send us a message using our Contact Us form. Make sure to select 'Grassroots Giving' in the 'My message is about…' field.