Rainbow World Fund, an LGBT-headed humanitarian group based in San Francisco, is raising money for survivors of the deadly Typhoon Haiyan, which recently struck the Philippines and killed thousands of people.
The cyclone, also known as Typhoon Yolanda, made landfall Thursday, November 7 and is estimated to have displaced more than 600,000 people.
Rainbow World Fund is encouraging LGBTs to make donations through http://rainbowfund.org/donate and specify “Typhoon.” All of the money donated will go toward aid related to the typhoon.
Donors may also send checks to Rainbow World Fund, 4111 18th Street, Suite 5, San Francisco, California, 94114.
Jeff Cotter, Rainbow World Fund’s executive director, said his organization has raised about $4,000 in the first 24 hours of its effort.
“Rainbow World Fund’s work is about serving humanity, gay and straight alike,” Cotter said in an email. “When a disaster of this magnitude strikes every donation counts. Rainbow World Fund has distributed over $4 million in aid on the behalf of the LGBT community in the last 14 years. The aid that Rainbow World Fund provides saves and improves lives, builds relationships and changes minds. We show the world who we really are and what we care about.”
The money will go to the Philippines fund of the international aid group CARE and will help provide emergency food, safe water, plastic for shelter, blankets, and other aid.