Human Rights Campaign

Washington, DC • HRC is the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. We envision a world where LGBTQ people are ensured equality at home, at work & in every community.

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Human Rights Campaign is a nonprofit focused on lesbian and gay rights. Founded in 1987, Human Rights Campaign is headquartered in Washington, DC. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $16.9m.

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The HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION is organized for the charitable and educational purposes of promoting public education and welfare for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Hrc foundation envisions a world where lgbtq people are ensured equality and embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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$9.7m annual program spend • Public policy, education, outreach & training: the HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN FOUNDATION (hrcf) improves the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (lgbtq) people by working to increase understanding and encourage the adoption of lgbtq-inclusive policies and practices. Through public education and research, strategic partnerships, and in-depth programming, the hrcf seeks to fundamentally change the way lgbtq people are treated in their everyday lives.hrcf's children, youth, and families program creates welcoming, affirming, and supportive environments for lgbtq prospective parents, families and youth through the following innovative training programs and through direct consultation with schools, child welfare agencies, and other service providers. The all-children all-families (acaf) program works with adoption and foster care agencies to build lgbtq cultural competence among child welfare professionals and to promote policies and practices that welcome qualified lgbtq foster and adoptive parents. The program significantly expanded its reach into the child welfare field with the creation of numerous new resources in print and online, while the fee-for-service training program continues to grow with intensive trainings in many statewide and countywide child welfare systems across the country. The historically black college and universities (hbcu) program provides training, support, and leadership development to faculty, staff, lgbtq and allied students who wish to improve the lives and experiences of the lgbtq community on their campuses. The program hosted its largest and 12th annual hbcu leadership summit, a leadership development initiative convening over 50 students. The program also hosted a first of its kind "hbcu diversity & inclusion leadership briefing" for hbcu presidents and senior executives.youth and adolescent well-being is the central focus of hrcf's annual time to thrive conference, which provides a comprehensive opportunity for youth-serving professionals to build awareness and cultural competency, learn current and emerging best practices, and gather resources from leading experts and national organizations in the field. Time to thrive brought over 600 youth serving professionals to Orlando for 3 days of programming, and included appearances from leading national figures.the welcoming schools program, which brings anti-bullying materials and training to elementary schools across the country, works to address bias-based bullying, to celebrate family diversity and to develop more gender and lgbtq-inclusive schools. The program doubled the number of educators trained in the fee-for-service facilitator certification program, and the wildly successful "i am jazz" Reading program expanded to more than 400 readings.the youth and campus outreach program is engaged on college campuses with our "coming out" program and related resources, and reached over 65,000 people through conferences, site visits, talks, and social media. Hrc global works alongside brave advocates, organizations, and movements around the world to lift up their voices, expose human rights abuses, and collaborate on efforts to move towards full equality. By putting the spotlight on the spread of anti-lgbtq animus around the globe, sharing best practices with global fellows at our Washington, D.C. office, continuing to lobby the U.S. executive branch to embrace an lgbtq-inclusive foreign policy and through global partnerships with lgbtq organizations and movements around the world, hrc global helps spread the message that lgbtq rights are human rights. Hrc global hosted the 2nd annual global innovative advocacy summit that welcomed 30 innovators from 28 countries, hosted 4 global fellows, launched a global partnerships in innovative advocacy program, sounded the alarm on the anti-lgbtq atrocities in chechnya, and more.hrcf's healthcare equality index (hei) assesses policies and practices of hospitals and healthcare institutions for their lgbtq patients and employees. The 2018 hei had 626 participants, of which 418 received perfect scores and earned the leader in lgbtq healthcare equality designation - making remarkable progress in adopting lgbtq policies and practices. The health and aging program also provided over 70,000 hours of lgbtq care training to healthcare professionals at facilities around the country.hrcf's hiv & health equity project is relentless in its work to combat hiv-related stigma and end the hiv epidemic once and for all. Through a range of guides, videos, publications, and images, the team educated lgbtq people and allies about the current realities of hiv as well as the effects of stigma on the very communities most in need. This year, the team has led campaigns endorsing the use of prep as an effective prevention tool, on the need to end laws criminalizing people living with hiv, and the unique challenges facing gay and bisexual men and transgender women -- especially those of color -- in the south. In its third-year, the hiv-360 fellowship program continued to build capacity among young, nonprofit leaders who are taking their hiv-inclusive organizations and initiatives to the next level. The municipal equality index (mei) and the state equality index (sei), are 2 flagship publications produced annually by the hrcf -- designed to provide lgbtq advocates and city and state leaders with a thorough understanding of the legal landscape for lgbtq people in their regions. The 2017 mei rated 506 cities on 44 different criteria, and a record 68 cities earned perfect scores for advancing lgbtq-inclusive policies and practices -- up from 60 in 2016 and just 11 in 2012. The state equality index (sei) is a comprehensive state by state report that provides a review of statewide laws and policies that affect lgbtq people and their families. This year's sei detailed the onslaught of more than 125 anti-lgbtq laws introduced across 30 states during the 2017 legislative session. Outreach and engagement: the hrc foundation prioritizes actions that support and invest in building relationships with allied organizations. Hrcf has stood in solidarity with key civil rights partners to defend shared values, engaged our supporters on key issues, created engaging digital content that reached millions of users, and leveraged social media platforms to strengthen relationships with a range of allied organizations and educated supporters on a variety of issues, and built ally support for lgbtq equality.hrcf's public education & research program spearheads a wide variety of lgbtq advocacy and outreach campaigns, working to ensure that hrcf's resources and programs are timely, impactful, and inclusive. The team publishes resource guides, information materials, reports, and conducts original quantitative and qualitative research exploring the lived experiences of lgbtq people. Reports published this year included the first ever U.S. lgbtq paid leave survey, "a time to act: fatal violence against transgender people in America in 2017.". Through public education campaigns, the program also lifted up stories of out lgbtq americans at the olympics, worked with academics to debunk anti-lgbtq "junk" science, and more. Hrcf's religion and faith program continues to work to create a world where lgbtq people are welcomed as full members of the faith communities, and where faith leaders have the support they need to speak for truth and justice for lgbtq people. The program works to harness pro-lgbtq faith leaders and lay people to further equality, and for more than a decade has successfully engaged directly with religious leaders and faith communities and urged them to speak out in favor of full lgbtq inclusion. The team also creates resources to support the desires of many lgbtq people to live openly in their faith tradition, in the community in which they were raised, or in a new, more accepting one. Hrcf's workplace equality program continues to advance protections, benefits, and inclusive practices for lgbtq employees through relationships with business leaders and workplaces advocates, and through its annual corporate equality index (cei) - the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer employees. In its 15th year, the 2018 cei saw the 609 businesses earn the cei's top score of 100, up from 517 last year - an 18% increase from last year, with significant increases in adoption of gender identity protections in non-discrimination policies. The workplace equality program also conducts trainings, site-visits, extensive consultation, conference presentations, evaluation of insurance and non-discrimination policies and collaboration with fortune 500 and other major employers to advance lgbtq equality in the workplace.

Communications and Media

$1.2m annual program spend • Hrcf works to build understanding and awareness of the lgbtq community by telling our stories to the American public through the mainstream press. Hrcf also maintains presence in the lgbtq media to help educate, inform, and engage our community. Hrcf worked to share our stories through our website, our publications, and a variety of online outlets, email and social media.

Federal and State Advocacy

$1.3m annual program spend • Hrcf conducted activity on issues of importance to the lgbtq community, including making a grant to the Human Rights Campaign to conduct lobbying.

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In their words

The Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide. As the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer civil rights organization, HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured of their basic equal rights, and can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 3 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC's vision a reality.

HRC envisions a world where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

Our History

The Human Rights Campaign Fund was founded by Steve Endean in 1980 as one of the first gay and lesbian political action committee in the United States. The Fund’s mission was to provide financial support on behalf of the gay and lesbian community to political candidates who supported gay civil rights legislation. Vic Basile served as the Fund’s first executive director.

The Fund quickly rose to prominence – after its first election cycle in 1982, the Fund was the 17th largest independent political action committee in the United States.

In 1995, under Executive Director Elizabeth Birch, the organization dropped “Fund” from its name and expanded its reach far beyond political lobbying work. Programs such as the Workplace Project and the Family Project became part of the newly created educational arm, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. All of HRC’s research, communications, marketing and public relations functions were greatly expanded. It was a key transformation that paved the way for the powerful organization that it is today.

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Grants made

These are some of the grants Human Rights Campaign has made in recent years to other charities.


Resource Impact

Washington, DCResource Impact is a nonprofit focused on education. Founded in 2016, Resource Impact is headquartered in Washington, DC.
1 grant(s) totaling $90k


Casa Ruby

Washington, DCCasa Ruby is a nonprofit focused on services to promote the independence of specific populations. With $3.1m in revenue and 79 employees, it is a mid-sized organization.
1 grant(s) totaling $20k


ACA #CounselorsHelp

Alexandria, VAACA #CounselorsHelp is a nonprofit. With $13.3m in revenue and 65 employees, it is a relatively large organization.
2 grant(s) totaling $30k


Out & Equal

Oakland, CAThe world’s premier nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer workplace equality.
2 grant(s) totaling $20k


The Public Education Foundation

Las Vegas, NVThe Public Education Foundation's mission is to provide the best possible education for students and resources for their teachers.
1 grant(s) totaling $147k


New Venture Fund

Washington, DCNVF was established in 2006 in response to demand from leading philanthropists for an efficient, cost-effective, and time-saving platform to launch and operate charitable projects.
1 grant(s) totaling $40k


National Center for Transgender Equality

Washington, DCThe National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation's leading social justice advocacy organization winning lifesaving change for transgender people.
3 grant(s) totaling $69k

Religious Organization

Muslims for Progressive Values

Los Angeles, CAMuslims for Progressive Values is a religious organization focused on islamic-related topics. With $337k in revenue and 2 employees, it is a relatively small organization.
2 grant(s) totaling $55k


Voter Participation Center

Washington, DCThe Voter Participation Center is a leading innovator in registering & mobilizing the Rising American Electorate.
1 grant(s) totaling $125k


Christopher Street West Association

W Hollywood, CAFor over 40 years, LA Pride has been a champion for equality, diversity, and inclusion in the LA community and beyond. Join the thousands who proudly support the LA Pride each year!
1 grant(s) totaling $25k

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