Donate. Raise Funds. Volunteer.

How can I help?

a donation with a difference

you can make an immediate impact

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 LGBT 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 LGBT 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. 

Heart of The Flag, The proud producer of Canada’s largest leather kink events, made us their beneficiary for all their charitable efforts in the last three years and have helped many people find safety with their generous contributions.

aVERAGE TRAVEL COST

$5000

CASES WAITING FOR FUNDS

30+

REQUESTS IN THE LAST YEAR

235

CASES FUNDED IN LAST YEAR

29

WAYS TO save

Everyone can help 

Donate

There are many ways you can donate to Rainbow Railroad.  Consider becoming an ongoing supporter with monthly recurring gifts, or make a one-time donation to help save a live.  We also now 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, people host dinner for friends and sports leagues host tournaments in our benefit. 

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 LGBT refugee into life in Canada. If you are interested in starting or joining a group please send an email to info@rainbowrailroad.com

Our supporters

the people & Organizations who make our work possible

All Aboard

Our major donors HELPING CREATE A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR  RAINBOW RAILROAD

Find out more about the leaders in our community who share our vision of equality and fundamental human security for LGBT people around the world.  They've made a commitment to financially support Rainbow Railroad, helping us to build our capacity to develop new routes to safety.

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. 

Take a look at some of the other opportunities we’re looking for help with right now. If you are interested in any of them please submit your resume to info@rainbowrailroad.ca with the volunteer title in the subject line. 

event support
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Time Commitment:# As needed for events

Role

Brand ambassador at Rainbow Railroad events and third party events talking to attendees about the work we do and how they can contribute.
Support at events by working the door, selling raffle tickets, drink tickets or in set-up and take-down activities.  

Qualifications

Interest in the work that we do and a experience dealing with the public

WEB/DIGITAL LEAD
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Time Commitment:# 2-3 hours/week and attend scheduled meetings/conference calls

Role

Collaborate with team on campaign ideas to build awareness, engagement and achieve fundraising goals.
Design and publish content on our site that the communications team develops maintaining continuity of themes and design styles
Implement and manage Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager and establish monthly reporting of key metrics
Analyze data to determine areas for improvement and design plans to address issues and optimize search.
Source opportunities to amplify message with charitable programs from Google Adwords and others like Manhunt
Execute campaigns including testing, monitoring, and revising to create the most reach and report on campaign effectiveness on a monthly basis

Qualifications

Experience in web design, SEO and SEM including direct experience with Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager and Google Adwords
Experience with Webflow design platform and development experience useful but not necessary
Experience in non-profit and optimizing a site for donations an asset

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