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The big point: we've got new monthly donor clubs to give you presents in return for your support. And we're giving you the opportunity to get in on the ground floor for supporting our vital new work.

Just $5 a month will make us REALLY HAPPY!

(Though if you want to give more than that, that's cool, too.)

Scroll down to the donation buttons if you're already interested in contributing.

If you need convincing, consider the following.

In Garden State Equality's first ten years, we led, with community partners, efforts to:

  • ensure nondiscrimination for transgender and gender nonconforming people in NJ,
  • pass the most comprehensive anti-bullying law in the country,
  • end sexual orientation and gender identity/expression change efforts in NJ (sometimes called conversion therapy),
  • and bring marriage equality to the Garden State.    

In the last few months, you've seen us take action to:

In the next few months, we'll outline plans for statewide campaigns, which will: 

  • guarantee the safety of LGBT people in senior housing programs;
  • end health insurance discrimination against transgender people;
  • map and expand health care and direct services that are sensitive and responsive to LGBT community needs;
  • and widen the reach of our anti-bullying efforts.

As in the first ten years, as in the next ten years, #GSEGotYrBack. We've always innovated and fought for justice. But really, we're just getting started. 

We're looking to hire new staff, and increase our ability to travel throughout the state. To do that most effectively, we need predictable, monthly donations.

For a suggested donation of $5 a month, you can join our introductory donation level, the Sustainers, where you'll get special access to our future plans, have us immortalize you on our website, and get a throwback GSE sticker from our archives. For $100 a month, you can join Team Glitter, where we'll put your name in our Board Room, and our Executive Director will record a YouTube music video playing your favorite song by a Jersey-native musician. At higher levels, we'll name parts of the office for you.

Check out our fuller list of donor levels at the very bottom of the page, and donate what works best for you. #GSEGotYrBack, but only with a strong donor base. So take this opportunity to join this amazing thing we're building.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All donations made through this page go to our Action Fund, and these donations are not tax deductible. If you want to make a tax deductible donation, click here.

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 MORE INFORMATION ON DONOR LEVELS (and not any sort of creepy text you have to read).

  • Sustainer: less than $120 a year ($5 a month suggested donation)
    • We will list you as a Sustainer on our website for the next year. 
    • Invited to an invitation-only “policy brief” held by staff every six months.
    • Get a GSE throwback sticker from our archives (while supplies last).
  • Super-Sustainer: starts at $10 a month (between $120 and $299.99 a year)
    • We will list you as a Super-Sustainer on our website, other literature, and events for the next year.
    • You’ll get a “Growing the Garden” booklet, printed once a year (in-between Annual Reports) where we talk about where we think our work and the wider movement is going, given the last six months (written by the Executive Director, with the help of staff).
    • Will be invited to an Annual Report release party.
    • Invited to an invitation-only “policy brief” held by staff every six months.
    • Super-sustainers will receive discounted ticket prices for any GSE ticketed events held that year.
    • Get a GSE throwback sticker from our archives (while supplies last).
  • Ultra-Sustainer: starts at $25 a month (between $300 and $599.99 a year)
    • Executive Director Andrea Bowen will record a “Team Sparkle” theme song and video for our YouTube page, and thank you by name (or whomever you want to honor with a donation) in the video
    • You’ll get a “Growing the Garden” booklet, printed once a year (in-between Annual Reports) where we talk about where we think our work and the wider movement is going, given the last six months (written by the Executive Director, with the help of staff).
    • We will do a LGBT cultural competence training (specialized as per your instructions) for you, your organization, or an organization you have a connection to, and free consultation on LGBT cultural competence issues for the next year.. We will also provide free consultation on LGBT cultural competence issues for the next year.
    • Whomever donates this amount of money will be listed as an Ultra Sustainer on our website, other literature, and events for the next two years.
    • Will be invited to an Annual Report release party.
    • A thank you call from the Executive Director, and a check-in call at least every three months.
    • Invited to an invitation-only “policy brief” held by staff every six months.
    • Get a GSE throwback sticker from our archives (while supplies last).
  • Team Sparkle: starts at $50 a month (between $600 and $1199.99 a year)
    • Executive Director Andrea Bowen will record a “Team Sparkle” theme song and video for our YouTube page, and offer you the ability to star in the video, and/or have your name (or whomever you want to honor with a donation) listed in the video prominently.
    • You’ll get a “Growing the Garden” booklet, printed once a year (in-between Annual Reports) where we talk about where we think our work and the wider movement is going, given the last six months (written by the Executive Director, with the help of staff).
    • We will do a free LGBT cultural competence training (specialized as per your instructions) for you, your organization, or an organization you have a connection to. We will also provide free consultation on LGBT cultural competence issues for the next year.
    • Whomever donates this amount of money will be listed as a member of “Team Sparkle” on our website, other literature, and events for the next two years.
    • A thank you call from the Executive Director, and a check-in call at least every three months.
    • Will be invited to an Annual Report release party.
    • Invited to an invitation-only “policy brief” held by staff every six months
    • Get a GSE t-shirt (while supplies last).
  • Team Glitter: starts at $100 a month (between $1200 and $5,999.99 a year)
    • We’ll make a Team Glitter display in our Board Room, and we will place an engraved nameplate for you (or whomever you dedicate the donation to) on the Team Glitter display.
    • We will do a free LGBT cultural competence training (specialized as per your instructions) for you or your organization, or an organization you have a connection to. We will also provide free consultation on LGBT cultural competence issues for the next year.
    • You’ll get a “Growing the Garden” booklet, printed once a year (in-between Annual Reports) where we talk about where we think our work and the wider movement is going, given the last six months (written by the Executive Director, with the help of staff).
    • Executive Director Andrea Bowen will record a cover of your favorite song by your favorite New Jersey musician, and make a video of it for our YouTube page.
    • Whomever donates this amount of money will be listed as a member of “Team Glitter” on our website, other literature, and events for the next two years.
    • You will have VIP level tickets to GSE events for the next two years.
    • A thank you call from the Executive Director, and a check-in call at least every three months.
    • Will be invited to an Annual Report release party.
    • Invited to an invitation-only “policy brief” held by staff every six months
    • Get a GSE t-shirt (while supplies last).
  • Team Rainbow: starts at $500 a month (between $6,000 and $11,999.99 a year)
    • We will dedicate a chair in our Board Room to you, with an engraved nameplate on the chair.
    • We will do up three free LGBT cultural competence trainings (specialized as per your instructions) for whomever donates this amount of money, or whomever said donor wants us to train/consult with, for the next year. We will also provide free consultation on LGBT cultural competence issues for the next year.
    • You’ll get a “Growing the Garden” booklet, printed once a year (in-between Annual Reports) where we talk about where we think our work and the wider movement is going, given the last six months (written by the Executive Director, with the help of staff).
    • Whomever donates this amount of money will be listed as a member of “Team Rainbow” on our website, other literature, and events for the next two years.
    • You will have VIP level tickets to GSE events for the next two years.
    • A thank you call from the Executive Director, and a check-in call at least every three months.
    • Will be invited to an Annual Report release party.
    • Invited to an invitation-only “policy brief” held by staff every six months
    • Get a GSE t-shirt (while supplies last).

  • Team Equality: starts at $1000 a month (between $12,000 and $49,999.99 a year)
    • We will dedicate our Board Room table to you for the next two years, with an engraved nameplate on the table. (If multiple people donate at this level, we’ll have multiple nameplates.)
    • We will do up three free trainings for whomever donates this amount of money, or whomever said donor wants us to train/consult with, for the next year. We will also provide free consultation on LGBT cultural competence issues for the next year.
    • You’ll get a “Growing the Garden” booklet, printed once a year (in-between Annual Reports) where we talk about where we think our work and the wider movement is going, given the last six months (written by the Executive Director, with the help of staff).
    • Whomever donates this amount of money will be listed as one of our “Team Equality Members” on our website, other literature, and events for the next two years
    • A thank you call from the Executive Director, and a check-in call at least every three months.
    • You will have VIP level tickets to all GSE events for the next two years.
    • Will be invited to an Annual Report release party.
    • Invited to an invitation-only “policy brief” held by staff every six months
    • Get a GSE t-shirt (while supplies last).

If you're interested in donating above the listed levels, contact bowen [at] gardenstateequality [dot] org, or call (973) 298-1295, for details about the gifts (which include office naming opportunities).

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