In the week since Donald Trump’s election, there’s been a dramatic surge in donations to major LGBT-rights organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign and Lambda Legal, as well as to the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club and other progressive organizations which have pledged to resist any moves by the new administration that would undercut their causes.
Sarah McBride, national press secretary for HRC, told LGBTQ Nation her group was grateful for the flood of donations since November 8. “Like a lot of advocacy organizations, we have seen an uptick in donations which has heartened and encouraged us to continue our fight for the issues we are passionate about.”
Lambda Legal said it received support from more than 1,000 first-time donors in the four days following the election.
The ACLU unleashed feisty fundraising appeals within hours after the election was called, including one warning that if Trump implemented certain campaign promises, “We’ll see him in court.”
Should President-elect Donald Trump attempt to implement his unconstitutional campaign promises, we'll see him in court.
— ACLU (@ACLU) November 9, 2016
The result, according to the ACLU, has been the largest surge of support in its 94-year history, including roughly 120,000 donations totaling more than $7.2 million.
“We’ll need to build up the most powerful legal organization mankind has ever known to fight for us over the next four years,” wrote HIV/AIDS and gay-rights activist Peter Staley, who pledged on his Facebook page to become a monthly ACLU donor.
The ACLU’s executive director, Anthony Romero, said the infusion of new funds would help in addressing several urgent priorities, including resisting possible mass deportation efforts, protecting the civil rights of transgender Americans, and preventing “stop-and-frisk” police policies from being adopted nationwide..
Among Trump’s many promises is to halt federal funding for Planned Parenthood because of its role as the largest abortion provider in the U.S.
Since the election, Planned Parenthood has reported an unprecedented outpouring of support, with more than 128,000 people making donations. The organization said at least 20,000 of the donations made reference to Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who as a congressman and governor of Indiana has been an advocate of tough anti-abortion restrictions.
“We will never back down, and we will never stop providing the care our patients need,” said Planned Parenthood’s president, Cecile Richards.