Donate. Raise Funds. Volunteer.

How can I help?

a donation with a difference

you can make an immediate impact

Still today there are 71 countries where being LGBTQI is criminalized, and in eight countries the sentence can be the death penalty.We get more than 1200 requests for help every year, so we need your support to help as many people as possible.

donate now and help now

One of the main differences in donating to Rainbow Railroad versus other charities is that you have a tangible and immediate impact.

By donating to Rainbow Railroad, you help us provide information and support to LGBTQI individuals living in fear and isolation due to government and police supported persecution and violence. In many cases we are also able to provide funds to help individuals get to safe or safer countries for LGBTQI people. This can include funds to cover the cost of travel documents, airfare, and basic needs while individuals are in hiding or preparing to leave to a safer country.

It costs $10,000 to help an LGBTQI person find a path to freedom. That includes pre-travel support, direct travel costs, and other support costs.

If you don’t have the money to contribute right now, please tell your friends and family, spread the word on Facebook, and consider becoming a volunteer.

aVERAGE TRAVEL COST

$10,000

CASES WAITING FOR FUNDS

80+

REQUESTS IN THE LAST YEAR

1151

CASES FUNDED IN LAST YEAR

206

Spread the word

Everyone can help 

Donate

There are many ways you can donate to Rainbow Railroad. As you know, we get thousands of requests for help. We need ongoing support. Consider becoming monthly donor, or make a one-time donation to help save a live.  We also accept donations of Aeroplan miles.  Visit our Donate page for all the details.

Donate

Host an event

Your event doesn't have to be big to have a big impact. We've had Queer Straight Alliances do bake sales at schools, top DJs offer the proceeds from their parties, and even couples who tell their wedding guests to make a donation to us instead of gifts. We've also seen groups of friends get together and host dinner parties, or sports leagues host tournaments, fundraising for our benefit. These initiatives are incredible, not only because they are raising much-needed funds to save LGBTQI individuals from persecution, but you are spreading the word about our life-saving work.

Got an idea for a fundraiser? Send us a note to events@rainbowrailroad.ca with the subject line “Event Proposal” and we can provide you with some support material to help make your fundraiser a success. 

sponsor a case

Groups can work together to sponsor a case through the Canadian Government's Group of Five program. Group members agree to raise enough funds to cover the average cost of supporting a refugee in their first year in Canada, which is a minimum of$12,000. Rainbow Railroad provides support through the application process and resources in helping to integrate the LGBTQI refugee into life in Canada. If you are interested in starting or joining a group please send an email to info@rainbowrailroad.com

Volunteer

Rainbow Railroad is primarily a volunteer based organization and as we grow we’ll need more people with specific skills to support our work. We value the time and effort from our volunteers and do our best to match them with a fulfilling role. The most valuable thing you can do if you’d like to contribute immediately is to have an event on Rainbow Railroad’s behalf and raise funds. If you are interested in volunteering please submit your resume to info@rainbowrailroad.ca with the volunteer title in the subject line. Tell us how you want to help.

Our MAJOR supporters

tHE PEOPLE & ORGANIZATIONS WHO  SAVE LIVES

Upside down tree foundation

Grant Supporter

The Winnipeg foundation changed the future of the organization in 2015 with the biggest donation ever of over $400,000. Watch the Shaw TV Winnipeg interview with director Carmyn Aleshka to hear about why they support us. Watch

td bank & AEROPLAN

Grants & Miles

TD Bank has been a supporter since a phenomenal grant as part of World Pride that allowed us to build the capacity of the organization. Aeroplan has joined in their support by together donating millions of miles and hundreds of thousands of dollars to help get LGBTQI people to safety.

ELTON john aids foundation

Grants

Recognizing that many of the people we help are HIV positive, the EJAF has donated over $150,000 to help get at risk LGBT people in the Caribbean  to safety and care

The Points Guy

Fundraising Campaign

Rainbow Railroad has teamed up with The Points Guy to help save lives. Through a dedicated Prizeo campaign, TPG has solicited cash donations from readers — with proceeds directly benefitting Rainbow Railroad's life-saving work. Plus, each donor is entered to win a grand prize of 500,000 points from The Points Guy himself. You can enter now at Prizeo.com/ThePointsGuy

Delta Airlines

Grant Supporter

As part of a longstanding commitment to the global LGBT community, Delta Airlines granted Rainbow Railroad $30,000 in travel vouchers in 2018, the first year of our partnership. These vouchers help us to meet with individuals and organizations worldwide strengthening our international network. Rainbow Railroad and Delta Airlines keep climbing together!

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