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The Myer Foundation joins in the Spirit of ‘Giveout Day’ for LGBTIQ+ Communities

September 25th, 2020

The Myer Foundation has awarded a grant of $10,000 to national LGBTIQ+ organisation, Equality Australia, in celebration of GiveOUT Day 2020 – a national day to raise funds and aareness for LGBTIQ+ communities and organisations.

“Granting this $10,000 as part of GiveOUT Day 2020 is a great way for The Myer Foundation to showcase, profile and highlight the needs and opportunities to work with Australia’s LGBTIQ+ community,” says Neil Pharaoh, Managing Director of GiveOUT and GiveOUT Day.

Recognising the heightened needs of the LGBTIQ+ community, The Myer Foundation grant will support Equality Australia in its work to ensure that our laws protect all of us, equally.

Both historically and today, people identifying as LGBTIQ+ suffer higher rates of discrimination, and face greater inequality in healthcare, housing, and social justice issues than the broader community. Despite the desperate need for funding support, LGBTIQ+ communities and organisations typically receive only a fraction of annual funding from governments and philanthropic sources as compared to other sectors and communities. A recent report by GiveOUT and Our Community highlighted that only 0.23% of annual philanthropic funding in Australia was specifically allocated to LGBTIQ+ causes across 2013 to 2018.

“The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund are proud supporters of a range of initiatives supporting and celebrating the LGBTIQ+ community. In making a grant to Equality Australia as part of GiveOUT Day 2020, we’re able to multiply the benefits, helping to address the substantial philanthropic underfunding of the LGBTIQ+ community, while also helping to raise awareness of the needs of the broader LGBTIQ+ community”, says Leonard Vary, CEO of The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund.

GiveOUT is an Australian organisation focused on increasing philanthropy in the LGBTIQ+ space. Its second ever GiveOUT Day, to be held on Friday 16 October, is a national day of giving to LGBTIQ+ projects, community groups and not-for-profit organisations.

“With renewed threats against LGBTIQ+ Australians, we are grateful to have the support of The Myer Foundation and GiveOUT Day so we can continue to work to create an Australia where all of us are free and equal,” says Anna Brown, CEO of Equality Australia.

“2020 has been a difficult year for our community – from the emergence of new regressive and harmful proposed ‘religious freedom’ laws to COVID-19 exacerbating inequalities amongst LGBTIQ+ people in employment, housing, and healthcare. This support will allow us to continue to work for and support LGBTIQ+ people across the country in the struggle for equality.”

The inaugural GiveOUT Day in April 2019 raised $85,000 for 39 different LGBTIQ+ organisations nationwide, in just 24 hours. This year, the goal is to raise at least $100,000. Already, 36 LGBTIQ+ organisations from around the country have signed up to the platform.

“The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund have again proven their leadership in strategic and impactful philanthropy by addressing genuine areas of need. Whether it be homelessness, health, education, or legal rights, the LGBTIQ+ community is disproportionality represented – increased philanthropy in this space results in the biggest impact,” says Neil Pharaoh.

GiveOUT Day not only provides grassroots LGBTIQ+ organisations with a platform to raise vital funds, but also raisesthe profile of their work, and provides an opportunity to expand their networks and meet new audiences. Applications to participate are currently open to any Australian organisation or project that celebrates or benefits LGBTIQ+ communities.
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