Dear PFLAG Supporter,

It's the season of generosity! Year-end giving season can foster a sense of community and encourage individuals to come together to support causes they care about.

By actively participating in ready made events like Giving Tuesday, nonprofits can organize events, share compelling stories, and create interactive campaigns that encourage community involvement. This engagement not only strengthens the bond between your chapter and its supporters but also helps to build a network of passionate advocates who can champion the cause throughout the year.

Here are some helpful tips, ideas, and resources to help in your planning: 

  • Get Back to Basics. PFLAG Academy Online offers sessions to support chapter leaders in all areas of chapter development, including fundraising and community partnerships. This list of key sessions—especially for chapter leaders—is available on the member portal.
  • Think about your story! Giving Tuesday and end of year giving are a prime opportunity for chapters to highlight their accomplishments from the past year. Sharing those stories (along with an ask to donate!) reminds folks of the work you do year round. This can also be an opportunity to share stories from members about the impact and importance of PFLAG in their lives. The more heartfelt and personal, the better! 
  • Host an event. Use this year-end giving season to host brunch, a potluck, or coffee in a local community space like a library or community center–being visible in unexpected spaces while highlighting your chapter’s mission and work in limited edition style. 
  • Parties are more fun with friends. Reach out to organizations you’ve worked with over the past year to invite offer to support their fundraising efforts in return for elevating yours in-kind. Don’t forget to make spaces to celebrate with everyone’s members and supporters, offering times that work for all parties and amenities that make the most sense for the audience.

Whether you’re participating in Giving Tuesday, writing an annual appeal, hosting a holiday party, or participating in community-based fundraisers,  building your plans for year-end fundraising with a strong focus on community connections allows for greater success.

Branding/Media and Messaging Office Hours for November and December

Given how busy chapters are with end-of-year fundraising and activities, the PFLAG National Communications Team is going to host only one session each month for November and December. Drop in during the times below to get help with talking to the media or get questions answered about branding, Canva, and more! 

Branding Office Hours

Saturday, November 18th: 1-2pm ET/10-11am PT

Wednesday, December 13th: 7-8pm ET/4-5pm PT

Media and Messaging Office Hours

Thursday, November 9th - 2-3pm ET/11am-12pm PT

Saturday, Dec. 9th - 12-1pm ET/ 9-10am PT

Rural Think Tank Alert!

Join us on November 8th for our next Rural Think Tank session, focused on strategies for serving expansive geographic regions! Whether you're successfully supporting a PFLAG presence across a broad area or are seeking innovative ways to amplify your chapter's reach, this collaborative space is for you! Join us to collaborate with chapter leaders serving rural areas from 5pm-6:30pm PT/8pm-9:30pm ET.

Annual Chapter Responsibilities

The new fiscal year has started, and Angel Kearns, our Chapter Services Coordinator, has laid out all the information needed for this year's Chapter Responsibilities season, including helpful links to ensure your chapter remains in good standing. Don’t forget that this year's deadline is February 15, 2024!

Angel Kearns, our Chapter Engagement Coordinator, is here to provide support or answer any questions you might have. She’ll also hold upcoming drop-in office hours throughout the annual responsibilities season, dedicated to addressing any questions or concerns you might have, helping you with the required reports for your Annual Responsibilities, and tackling any hiccups with the Member Portal. 

Sign up to join her next office hours below!

November 18, 2023: 11:30 am ET / 8:30 am PT

December 2, 2023: 11:30 am ET / 8:30 am PT

Please reach out to Angel ( if you need support or have additional questions.

Regional Roundup

As you work on gathering and sharing stories of your chapter’s accomplishments and impact, consider sharing those stories with me or your Regional Director. Whether it’s an account of how PFLAG has been there for you, your family, or one of your members, PFLAG National would love to share inspiring stories not just in service of year-end fundraising but also on the story section of our website.

Stay safe,

Eddy Funkhouser (they/he)

Eddy Funkhouser  |  Chapter Engagement Coordinator
Western Region: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Pronouns: they/he
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