Be an Ambassador of Joy!

Your gift to the Band helps us further our message of visibility, inclusivity, and love.

Why Support the Band?

Your gift to the Band helps us further our message of visibility, inclusivity, and love. Since we debuted as the world’s first openly gay musical organization over 40 years ago in 1978, we have tirelessly marched forward with our mission of fostering understanding of the LGBTQ+ community through musical performance.

In the words of our founder Jon Sims, “Our Message is Music.” With your generous support, we can amplify this message for generations to come.

We could not do all that we strive to do without your help! The support of our community ensures that the Band can continue to build bridges through the universal language of music – music that can put a known face on coming out and where it wouldn’t matter whether you were queer or not. Your generous gifts help us to expand our programs to larger audiences, provide our members with strong musical development, and enable us to represent San Francisco and the Bay Area as our community’s “Ambassadors of Joy.”

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Make a Donation of Stocks/Bonds

A gift of appreciated stocks and/or bonds is a simple and tax-effective way to support the band. For appreciated securities held longer than one year you can deduct the full fair market value of a stock or bond donation. The band has a Fidelity account for accepting donated securities. For questions, please contact us.

Jon Sims Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts (JSEF)

The SFLGFB is affiliated with the Jon Sims Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts (JSEF). Its endowed funds have been given to this 501(c)(3) organization for investment purposes. The JSEF exists to provide financial support for LGBTQ+ performing arts organizations. To carry on the dreams of founder Jon Sims, the JSEF attracts funds and bequests, invests the contributions, and distributes grants to qualified groups. If you are interested in making a lasting donation or bequest to benefit the SFLGFB, please contact the JSEF.

Support Our Sponsors

The donations made by our sponsors touch every aspect of our organization. Help us continue our mission by supporting these sponsors.

OurTownSF

OurTownSF is your guide to nonprofits, community, arts & athletic groups benefiting the San Francisco LGBTQ+ Community. Here you’ll find all band events listed, plus hundreds of other events of interest.

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Shop at Cole Hardware

Cole Hardware gives the band 10% of purchases every day of the year! Just ask the cashier to post your purchase to the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (account #585). It’s that simple!

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Community Thrift Store

Donate goods to the Community Thrift Store, a non-profit resale organization that recycles and distributes donated household items, furniture, and clothing throughout the Bay Area. Mention the SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (account #41) when donating goods.

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Shop Amazon Smile

The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band is an AmazonSmile program partner! When you shop at smile.amazon.com, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price back to the band. Bookmark the link above and support us every time you shop!

A heartfelt thanks to the sponsors below who have continued to support the Band for many years and in some cases, decades. Click on each logo to find out more about the respective organization.

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Volunteer

You don’t need to play an instrument to get involved! The Band is seeking enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers and leaders. Your efforts will help make our concerts and events better for our fans and members.

We welcome volunteers in the following areas:

  • Parades - carry a flag or banner, join the hydration team
  • Concerts - usher, collect tickets, sell merchandise, and provide other support
  • Lend us your skills - fundraising, graphic design, social networking, photography, storytelling, prop building, flash mob planning, bookkeeping, event planning, catering
  • Leadership - join the band's Board of Directors; you do not need to be a performer or musician to join the Board of Directors