RAINBOW WORLD FUND

The LGBTQ Community Responding to World Need

aka RWF and Rainbow Fund   |   San Francisco, CA   |  www.rainbowfund.org

Mission

Rainbow World Fund (RWF) is an all-volunteer international humanitarian service agency based in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) and friends community. RWF’s mission is to promote LGBTQ+ philanthropy in the area of world humanitarian relief. Founded in 2000, RWF works to help people who suffer from hunger, poverty, disease, oppression and war by raising awareness and funds to support relief efforts around the world. RWF works in the LGBTQ+ and friends community educating people about world need. Along with raising our community’s consciousness, RWF raises funds to support humanitarian relief projects. RWF provides a united voice, a visible presence, and a structure to deliver charitable assistance from the LGBTQ+ community to the larger world community.

Ruling year info

2013

President of Board

Jeff Cotter

Board Secretary

Karen Kai

Main address

4111 - 18th Street #5

San Francisco, CA 94114 USA

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EIN

94-3372560

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (Q12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

RWF's mission is to promote peace, unity and hope by leading the LGBT movement in participating in humanitarian relief efforts.

RWF accomplishes this by helping people in need while increasing positive visibility of the LGBT movement. RWF serves those most in need, regardless of race, religion, political belief or sexual orientation.

Our programs

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RWF works to educate LGBT people about world need through our website, written materials and lectures. Along with raising our consciousness we raise funds to support our partnerships and projects with existing relief agencies working in communities around the world.

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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RWF is the world's first and only all-volunteer, international LGBT-based humanitarian aid organization. RWF's work enables individuals and organizations to participate in the global community by donating and volunteering to help both LGBT and non-LGBT people affected by natural disasters, hunger, poverty, disease, oppression and war. RWF activities increase positive LGBT visibility by demonstrating the LGBT community's compassion, concern and leadership by building bridges with the international LGBT and world communities.

Simply, RWF helps people who suffer from hunger, poverty, disease, oppression and war by raising awareness and funds to support relief efforts around the world. RWF works in the LGBTQ and friends community educating people about world need. Along with raising our community's consciousness, RWF raises funds to support humanitarian relief projects. RWF provides a united voice, a visible presence, and a structure to deliver charitable assistance from the LGBTQ community to the larger world community. 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, the Middle East, and the United States. RWF also works to raise awareness of the charitable contributions of the LGBTQ community, and to establish connections with non-LGBTQ communities. RWF programs strengthen our community by increasing LGBTQ visibility, serving as a platform for our community's compassion and concern and changing how the world sees LGBTQ people by building bridges with the larger world community.

RWF is an all volunteer based organization. We are working to expand our board of directors and volunteer base.

Since we started to fund raise in 2004, RWF has distributed over 4.4 million dollars in humanitarian aid (supplies and grants). Examples of our work include: Food aid for Hurricane evacuees (including funding 1 million pounds of food aid for Hurricane Katrina survivors); emergency supplies for survivors of the South East Asia tsunami, distributing over 20K pounds of medical supplies and financial aid to various projects in Guatemala; multiple water projects throughout Central America providing safe drink water to hundreds; distributing thousands of pounds of medicine, medical supplies, and school supplies to communities in Cuba, Mexico, Zimbabwe, and India; funding landmine eradication projects in Cambodia; funding safe housing for persecuted LGBTQ Ugandans, funding the safe passage of dozens of LGBTQ refugees from Iraq and Syria to safer countries. A partial list of our completed and ongoing project is at: http://www.rainbowfund.org/humanitarian-aid/

RWF was recognized for its humanitarian aid by the California State Assembly following the South East Asia tsunami and for helping Haiti recover from Hurricane Jeanne. RWF's founder, Jeff Cotter, was named one of the most intriguing people in the OUT 100 List. RWF was honored as an Organizational Grand Marshal of the San Francisco Pride Parade. California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, have also recognized RWF's work.

Financials

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RAINBOW WORLD FUND

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2022
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Board co-chair

Jeffrey Cotter

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Board co-chair

Karen Kai

Mike Gray

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Lisa Capaldini

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Jeff Cotter

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Karen Kai

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Jeannine Gramick

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Joe Trummer

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes

Organizational demographics

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