The film was a success and those who made it discovered a need much larger than anticipated. They formed an organization dedicated to API families with LGBT children. Today API Family Pride is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) organization with a mission statement, values and beliefs, a website, and a Facebook page. Our programs and activities have but one purpose: We keep together API families with LGBT children.
The Impact of “Giving Circles” on Our Organization
The cost of making a film astounds us: about $1000 per minute of finished product. We will have to raise much more money through foundation grants and corporate philanthropy. But nothing will quite match the fulfillment we experienced when told that the Red Envelope Giving Circle awarded us $2900. They are our friends, they are our community; we go to their events, they come to ours; we call them when we need help, they call us for what we offer. Their gift to start our project is an affirmation of our work by people who were there at our birth. They are “next door,” and they told us that we are still valued partners.