In countries all over the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBT) people still live in basic fear for their freedom, their safety and their lives. They often have nowhere to turn because their government and police not only tolerate but encourage this brutality. Rainbow Railroad exists to help these people get out of danger to somewhere safe. In the spirit of the Underground Railroad, the mission of Rainbow Railroad is to help LGBT people as they seek a safe-haven from state-enabled violence, murder or persecution. Through donations from people like you, American Friends of Rainbow Railroad, Inc. provides funds to help Rainbow Railroad provide information and financial support to help LGBT individuals travel to places where they can live their lives in safety.
A donation to American Friends of Rainbow Railroad, Inc. has a tangible and immediate impact that will help save someone's life.
The individuals we support through Rainbow Railroad are are in crisis. They fear violence from their families, their community, and their own governments. Rainbow Railroad helps them develop a plan to get to safety and helps cover their travel costs. 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.
All American Friends of Rainbow Railroad donors will receive a US tax receipt as long as you provide your full mailing address at the time of donation.
You can make a one-time donation via credit card or from your bank account. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org now
Canadian donors can donate directly to Rainbow Railroad to receive a Canadian tax receipt. Click on the flag for more details.
Michael is a marketing professional experienced at leading brand transformation projects for start-ups and multi-nationals around the world. Michael is Director of Marketing at Avenue Road, a luxury design brand, and works in Toronto and New York. Michael is a graduate of the Honours Business Administration program from the Ivey School of Business at Western University and the Hochschule St. Gallen business school in Switzerland.
A co-founder of the Group of Five in Toronto, Michael has personally helped to privately sponsor a number of LGBTQ refugees in coming to a safer life in Canada. A board member of Rainbow Railroad since 2013, he's helped drive development from a five to nearly seven figure total and enabled the organization to go from helping a handful of LGBTQ people a year to dozens.
Anthony has a finance and accounting background with experience in global markets and small businesses. His most recent position has been as CFO/CSO of a boutique, family logistics business based in New York where he has lead the opening of 4 domestic branches and in the process of launching 3 global joint-ventures. As an undergraduate of the New York University School of Business Anthony maintains a very close connection to his school by living in the community and involved in alumni activities.
As a new member of American Friends of Rainbow Railroad Anthony hopes to champion growth by creating strongholds in major US cities and creating a strong foundation for what will be a bigly effort to bring more refugees to safety.
David is a practicing lawyer specializing in corporate transactions, called to the bar in Ontario and New York. David works at Borealis, the infrastructure investing arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension plans. Prior to joining Borealis, David worked at Shearman & Sterling in New York. David holds a joint Common and Civil Law degree from McGill University, and Bachelor of Commerce degrees from the John Molson School of Business (Concordia University) and the University of Western Sydney in Australia.
David's volunteer experience with the LGBTQ community began with David representing LGBTQ asylum applicants in the US on a pro bono basis. Since moving to Toronto, David has been a volunteer with Rainbow Railroad, working with the case committee and private sponsorship teams.