Invest in Tomorrow's Leaders

GSBA supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied students who have the vision and the ability to truly make a difference in the world. With a GSBA scholarship, students are able to focus more wholly on their academic pursuits. With the financial burden lightened, they are able to work one less job, avoid going into student loan debt, and involve themselves in community activities.

This is a community effort. We are giving these students the gift of education, and they are giving us a future full of hope and equality. We encourage you to join us in supporting tomorrow’s leaders today.

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Leadership Matching Fund

The GSBA Leadership Matching Fund (LMF) is an ongoing fund established by the GSBA Board of Directors with their 100% participation and support. The LMF is primarily intended to be used at our annual scholarship fundraiser, EQUALUX: the TASTE of GSBA, during the Fund-a-Scholar portion of the evening. This matching fund helps inspire others to give more by knowing that they are essentially doubling their investment in our future scholar leaders. Contributing to the Leadership Matching Fund is an especially great way for supporters who are unable to attend EQUALUX but who wish to have a positive impact on the fundraising efforts of the evening. Anyone may contribute to the Leadership Matching Fund.

The Ruby Slipper Club

The Ruby Slipper Club is the major donor club of the GSBA Scholarship Fund. Ruby Slipper Club members demonstrate their support for the Scholarship Fund by making a significant gift of $1000 or more per year. The GSBA holds an annual Ruby Slipper Club Reception for major donors as a thank you and to report on the growth of the Fund and it’s programs. Ruby Slipper members also receive a ruby slipper pin that identifies them as a major donor.

The Emerald Jewels of the GSBA Scholarship Fund are those donors who have given a one-time gift or pledge to the Fund of $10,000 or more. This amount represents a significant contribution to our ability to support our future leaders. Emerald Jewels receive an invitation to the annual donor reception and an emerald pin that identifies them as a major donor.

Planned Giving

How will you be remembered? Investing in the future of our community through estate gifts to the GSBA Scholarship Fund allows us to continue what we are doing today well into the future. Many donors have shown their commitment to tomorrow’s LGBTQ and allied leaders through bequests in their wills. 

Creating a legacy through estate planning may be easier than you think. We would love to talk with you about the ways to leave as lasting legacy that both honors your values and supports generations to come. For more information on including GSBA in your will or estate plan, please contact Mark Rosén, VP of Development & External Relations.

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Employee Matching Gifts

Employee Matching Gifts are donations an employer makes to match its employees’ charitable contributions. Usually associated with corporate grantmakers, employee matching gifts often are dollar-for-dollar, but some companies will give double or even triple the original donation. Some may also give matching gifts for employees’ volunteer efforts.

Contact Taylor Briggs, Scholarship Program Manager, to find out more.

Workplace Giving

One of the easiest ways to make a contribution to the GSBA Scholarship Fund is through your workplace giving program. These programs allow you to designate a portion of your salary to be deducted from your paycheck and forwarded directly to the GSBA Scholarship Fund. Your employer's payroll department handles the payroll donations, making this a simple transaction for both the donor and for GSBA Scholarship Fund.

Many businesses offer matching gift programs. It is easy to take advantage of this employee benefit that doubles the impact of your contribution. Check with your Human Resources Department to see if your company provides a matching gift program or contact Mark Rosén, VP of Development & External Relations.

Gifts of Stocks or Securities

GSBA accepts gifts of publicly traded stocks, bonds or mutual funds. Please contact Mark Rosén, VP of Development & External Relations, to learn more.