Thanks to you, LGBT non-profits won!

February 1, 2011 at 7:05 am 33 comments

Updated: The title has been changed to reflect the multitude of winners

By Adam Bink

Peter Murray with Center for Progressive Leadership, who is coordinated the Progressive Slate contest to win free money from the Pepsi Refresh Everything contest, just dropped me a note to say GLSEN moved into a winning slot to win $250,000 literally in the final hour last night.

So, thanks to you, GLSEN won!

For those of you who don’t know, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network seeks to end anti-LGBT discrimination and bullying in public schools. They are well-known for helping bring Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to schools across the country so LGBT students have a place to turn. There are now thousands of them across America. A worthy cause.

Thanks to all of you who voted. We really did help push them over the top.

Update: GLSEN wasn’t the only group that won. E-mail from the team below:

Voting ended last night at midnight for the January round of the Refresh Everything contest and thanks to your hard work, we won all 10 of the grants we were competing for, including the largest and most competitive grant in the entire contest!

That means we won $575,000 for 10 progressive organizations this month, including $250,000 that will go to GLSEN and their efforts to protect LGBT youth from bullying and harassment.

We’ve now raised $1,625,000 for 35 different progressive nonprofits over the course of three months!

Here are the groups and projects that you helped fund this last month alone and as you read it, remember that they wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for your generosity and effort.

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network ($250,000) – make 10,000 schools safer for LGBT youth
Energy Action Coalition ($50,000) – provide scholarships for young people to go to Power Shift
New Leaders Council ($50,000) – educate and empower future civic leaders
Netroots Nation ($50,000) – help underrepresented communities use new media effectively
Beth Meyer ($50,000) – train civic leaders in Arizona to lead in our communities ($25,000) – teach people innovative ways of donating
EqualityPA ($25,000) – provide leadership training to young LGBTA people in Pennsylvania
Uncommon Good ($25,000) – get the lowest income students in our communities into college
GLAD ($25,000) – help LGBT youth be safe in schools and at home
PROMO Fund ($25,000) – create an LGBT community wellness advocacy group

We were in an incredibly tight race for the $250,000 grant and in the end, it came down to the final 30 minutes of voting. That means that every single vote made a difference this month.

Regardless of when you voted or how often, your votes helped push us over the top.

Thank you.

The contest is going to be taking a break for a few months and then relaunching in April. We’ll be keeping a close eye on what the new version looks like and how that affects our plans. But in the meantime, we’ll keep you updated on the progress of the different projects you’ve helped fund and the impact the money is having on the issues we care so much about.

Courage Campaign will be looking to compete in April, so stay tuned!

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33 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  February 1, 2011 at 7:08 am


  • 2. Peterplumber  |  February 1, 2011 at 7:18 am


    • 3. Ann S.  |  February 1, 2011 at 8:08 am

    • 4. Kathleen  |  February 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

    • 5. RebeccaRGB  |  February 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

      • 6. JonT  |  February 1, 2011 at 10:38 am

  • […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Brian Ellis, Testimony. Testimony said: Thanks to you, GLSEN won!: […]

  • 8. anonygrl  |  February 1, 2011 at 7:37 am

    Yay! Great cause!

  • 9. Rich  |  February 1, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Fabulous news…can’t wait to tell the GSA at our high school.

  • 10. Richard A. Jernigan  |  February 1, 2011 at 8:17 am


  • 11. Sagesse  |  February 1, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Glad to be of service. Happy happy dance for Tuesday.

  • 12. Sagesse  |  February 1, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Democrats choose Charlotte, North Carolina, as host city for 2012 Democratic National Convention

    Report from CNN. Interesting choice of location.

  • 13. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  February 1, 2011 at 8:42 am

    another article about George Bush’s Daughter:,,20462677,00.html

    • 14. AnonyGrl  |  February 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

      Have the Republicans not figured out yet that the younger generation is on our side? When THEIR OWN CHILDREN are the ones being so openly vocal in support of marriage equality? Can they not SEE that this is the way the future is running?

      If they want to keep younger voters, they are going to need to start thinking about that. This is how Obama got elected, by looking to younger voters, and working to get people who felt disenfranchised back into the voter rolls. Come on, Republicans… figure it out! Move with the times! Do what your up and coming voter base wants.

      • 15. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  February 1, 2011 at 9:07 am

        excellent points!

  • 16. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  February 1, 2011 at 8:44 am

    and in Iowa:
    House set to debate same-sex marriage

  • 17. Ronnie  |  February 1, 2011 at 8:59 am


  • 18. AnonyGrl  |  February 1, 2011 at 9:11 am

    If Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal can keep it from even coming up in the Senate, then Iowa should be ok. And if the Republicans in the House know that this is the case, then it is rather a huge waste of time and resources for them even to push it at this point.

    Silly Republicans.

  • 19. karen in kalifornia  |  February 1, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Impressive wins and creative way to fundraise.

  • 20. nightshayde  |  February 1, 2011 at 9:50 am

    I wonder how long it will be before some right-wing whacko group starts a boycott of Pepsi for supporting all of these progressive organizations.

    Heck – I may need to start buying some Pepsi products to encourage them.

    • 21. AnonyGrl  |  February 1, 2011 at 10:35 am

      I am a Coke fan, and I will buy Pepsi to support this.

      • 22. Rhie  |  February 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm

        Same – so I buy the Pepsi throwback and Mountain Dew.

        It’s also so cool to see a place where every single person’s vote really DOES count.

    • 23. Peterplumber  |  February 1, 2011 at 10:55 am

      I thought it would be rather ironic if Chick Fil-A sold Pepsi products…but I looked it up and found the following:

      Chick-fil-A carries Coca-Cola products

  • 24. Straight for Equality  |  February 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

    I didn’t get around to voting until the last day. I needed that extra push from the message here. (I was discouraged by having to sign up, etc.)

    Now I am registered and ready to vote every day when the new contest starts in April.

  • 25. takemusu  |  February 5, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Why wait for April? Could any of the groups write a proposal for this:

    • 26. Richard A. Jernigan  |  February 5, 2011 at 8:26 am

      Our college/university GSA’s could. Otherwise, any groups that are not university students will have to wait for April. But thanks for the link. I know some LGBT groups here in NC I will be passing this along to.

  • 27. takemusu  |  February 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Up for funding right now:

    • 28. Ann S.  |  February 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

      I registered and voted for this.

  • 29. takemusu  |  February 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    but wait, there’s more. This is kinda sweet. Check out these 2 men in a contest for a wedding paid for by Crate and Barrel:

  • 33. takemusu  |  March 13, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Here’s another one for someone here to apply for. You or the nominee have to be over 60:


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