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Rainbow Youth Project USA Foundation Inc

Together, we can build a more inclusive world.

Indianapolis, IN

Mission

Rainbow Youth Project USA is an all-volunteer-operated nonprofit that strives to empower and uplift the voices of LGBTQIA+ young people through various platforms, programs, and initiatives while educating the general public to effectuate positive change and a more inclusive world for everyone.

Notes from the nonprofit

Rainbow Youth Project USA Foundation, Inc. ("Foundation")(founded in 2023) is the sister organization of Rainbow Youth Project USA, Inc. ("Project")(founded in 2022). While both organizations are committed to the health, safety, and wellness of LGBTQ+ young people, they operate in different manners. The Foundation operates as a 501(c)(3) while the Project operates pursuant to section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code and focuses on legislative initiatives that support our mission.

Ruling year info

2023

Founder & Executive Director

Lance Preston

President

Steven Howard

Main address

8888 Keystone Xing Ste 1300

Indianapolis, IN 46240 USA

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EIN

93-3961918

NTEE code info

Hot Line, Crisis Intervention (F40)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

With the continuous barrage of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and school policies, our young community is suffering tremendously - especially those in rural areas where resources are all but nonexistent. Currently, LGBTQ+ young people in rural areas across the United States have critically limited and/or restricted access to life-saving resources such as crisis intervention, mental health services, housing instability assistance, and support groups. In many cases, these resources are not available at all, and this lack of support creates serious hardships for these youth which increases their risk of suicide, homelessness, and abuse, which in turn creates an increase in crisis outreach calls to our suicide prevention hotline. To ensure the health, safety, and wellness of these vulnerable and high-risk youth, we need to ensure that they have meaningful access to resources and mental health programs, including peer support groups.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Crisis Intervention & Mental Health Counseling

Rainbow Youth Project operates a 24/7/365 crisis hotline for LGBTQ+ young people under the age of 19 and provides meaningful access to no cost mental health counseling services to those youth across the United States.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people no longer couch surfing or doubling up with others as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Crisis Intervention & Mental Health Counseling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Rainbow Youth Project has assisted over 23,000 LGBTQ+ young people through our crisis and resource hotline since April 2022. (We operated as a 501(c)(4) until October 2023)

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Crisis Intervention & Mental Health Counseling

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2023, Rainbow Youth Project USA provided 831 LGBTQ+ youth, under the age of 19, with free mental health counseling services and answered 12,430 crisis contacts through calls, chats, and texts.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Rainbow Youth Project operated as a 501(c)(4) social welfare nonprofit from March 2022 until receiving our 501(c)(3) determination letter in October 2023. During that time, we have formed partnerships with many local and state nonprofits, agencies, and communities to increase the visibility of our programs - especially suicide prevention and mental health services. In doing so, we were able to reach over 23,000 LGBTQ+ youth through our resource center and crisis hotline over our initial 21 months in operations. 47% of those youth reside in very rural areas.

Rainbow Youth Project's ultimate goal is to build more inclusive spaces for these young people with a full understanding that just one adult ally can reduce their risk of suicide by 40%. By providing these youth with support, resources, we can help them thrive in even the most prejudicial environments.

We aim to foster supportive and inclusive spaces for these youth in an effort to reduce their risk of suicide, homelessness, and isolation, and provide them with the resources necessary to ensure that they are healthy, safe, and mentally well.

Rainbow Youth Project works diligently to increase our outreach through visibility and local partnerships. We will continue to strategically initiate and establish a presence in more rural areas through social media platforms, in-person town halls, and local volunteers. In doing so, we must also place a heavy focus on fund raising. As an all-volunteer organization, fundraising is the key to our existence and to our ability to provide vital resources to these young people.

Rainbow Youth Project has a national reputation for "walking the walk" and providing assistance to LGBTQ+ youth and families in need. With countless national and international media reports about our work, from TIME Magazine to CBS News, we will continue to build on visibility in an effort to increase our outreach.

By working with our organization's Ambassadors, which include prominent social media influencers with a combined following of over 16 million, we are reaching both urban and rural areas, fostering valued and vetted partnerships, and reaching our targeted audience to help ensure our programs are available to those who need them most. This is also very helpful in out fundraising efforts.

Since its inception in March 2022, Rainbow Youth Project has answered just over 23,000 crisis contacts from LGBTQ+ young people across the United States. We have also fielded crisis contacts from the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Uganda, Iraq, Mexico, and Syria.

We have assisted over 2,000 young people in attaining indefinite mental health counseling services across all 50 states. All at no cost to these youth or their families.

We have assisted 304 homeless LGBTQ+ youth, ages 14-19, with transitional housing - getting them off of the streets. Many of those youth were also provided with assistance in obtaining their high school diploma or equivalency and, 26 of them were provided with vocational educational opportunities - CNA, Veterinary Assistance, Welding, Medical Billing, Accounting, and other programs. All at no cost to these youth.

With the help of our supporters and partners, we want to expand our crisis outreach program, increase our call volume capacity and mental health service providers, increase the availability of our virtual peer groups, and work with local LGBTQ+ community centers to ensure that our resources are available to them and their clients.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Rainbow Youth Project USA Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Goldberg

Rebecca Akana

Louis Gutierrez

Greggory Thompson

Jennifer Williams

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/17/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/17/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.