A unique approach to not-for-profit outreach
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to TheRainBowNavy, a new not-for-profit project dedicated to supporting
marginalized LGBTQIA+ communities and allies in Manila and beyond. We are excited to
introduce ourselves and explain how we plan to use donated funds to make
a positive impact on the lives of those who need our help the most.
I'm Malcolm. Where do I begin? I am a retired Teacher of visually
impaired Junior High through High School Students. Being visually
impaired myself I believe I had a bit of a knack for it. I was born and
raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and lived and taught most of my adult
life in the City of New Orleans. Being in the Big Easy and being blind
was not always that easy but my students often made my days seem easier
because their young lives were not always as easy as my younger life. I
made it a habit to travel when I could, to experience as much of the
world as possible. Now that I am retired I get to travel a little
farther and experience cultures for longer periods. Those trips have
presented me with many amazing opportunities to embrace and experience
other cultures. Some of those experiences have been hard-hitting lessons
and more than just subtle reminders, given my few challenges, how
fortunate I truly am.
One such visit was the year I spent with my Partner in Manila. The
Philippines is truly a remarkable chain of islands. The beauty of the
islands and the absolute unrestrained hospitality of the Filipino people
are truly an experience to behold and share. The sea views and mountain
vistas in such proximity were breathtaking no matter what perspective
you held at that moment. Being blind I prefer to walk as much as I can, I
miss many things being confined in a car. My partner and I often would
walk day and night, to take in the sounds and smells, the energy of the
city is palpable. My partner would describe to me the sights to match
the smells and sounds we would experience on our daily strolls. We
learned much on these walks, what the city had to offer, what it still
needed to provide and who were the most at risk and more marginalized.
One of the most marginalized communities is that of the LGBTQ+
I want to return and, in some way, contribute to the hopes of a
better future to those who deserve a chance to live a life they may not
have thought possible. The challenge was how to develop a project that
would not require annual cycles of fundraising and donating only to
repeat the process in the following year. And just like that
TheRainBowNavy was born, a commercial Not-For-Profit enterprise
maximizing the high points of the city's robust entertainment, travel
and tourism market to benefit a segment of the population so often
overlooked. It's not an unproven social outreach or business model. I'm
not trying to reinvent the wheel, just bring a wheel to a new city and
community that could benefit from its presence. This will be a one-time
ask to establish a perpetual income that the local LGBTQ+ community is
the beneficiary of. With a little help from you, we can create something
that will keep on giving.
Thank you for allowing me to share this brief introduction to
TheRainBowNavy, our groundbreaking not-for-profit project that aims to
uplift and strengthen the LGBTQ+ community in Manila, while highlighting
the beauty of the Philippines and its people. We present an exciting
opportunity to support the local LGBTQ+ community by launching a modest
yacht that will serve as a social and entertainment hub. With your help,
we can create a sustainable source of income to address the social,
environmental, and economic challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals on
Raise $475,000 to purchase and refurbish TheRainBowNavy yacht.
Establish an ongoing revenue stream to support the local LGBTQ+ community.
Provide employment and education opportunities to create financial independence for
Strengthen the foundations of the local LGBTQ+ community through
enhanced resources and support.
Maintain our rewards program with our donors and supporters through
discounts on onboard services or nearby local service partners.
Our fundraising sites:
TheRainBowNavy Yacht: Purchase and transform a yacht into a
vibrant social hub that caters to international tourists,
showcasing the best of Filipino hospitality and LGBTQ+ culture.
The yacht will host events, parties, and cultural exchanges,
serving as a safe and inclusive space for all. Our transformation will include the installation of renewable energy components which make our boat completely green, off-grid when docked and employ green fuels when in transit.
Sustainable Tourism: Promote responsible and inclusive tourism by
offering international visitors the chance to engage with the
local LGBTQ+ community and experience the richness of Filipino
culture. The proceeds from tourism activities will be dedicated to
empowering the local LGBTQ+ community.
Empowering the LGBTQ+ Community: Through the revenue generated by
TheRainBowNavy, we will invest in programs and initiatives that
provide support, resources, and opportunities to LGBTQ+
individuals. This includes legal services, educational training,
and employment assistance, fostering greater inclusivity and
economic empowerment through impact grants issued to recipients who will open businesses that directly support the local LGBTQ community.
Education Scholarships: A significant portion of the perpetual
income generated will be allocated towards scholarships for
Filipino youth from the LGBTQ+ community. By supporting up to six students in our first year, we aim to provide them with the opportunity
to attend college and achieve greater financial independence. TheRainBowNavy intends to add six to eight students every year thereafter to broaden our efforts to strengthen the local LGBTQ+ community.
We opted to operate as a Not-For-Profit instead of a non-profit to
retain our rights to support political candidates and initiatives
that advance and protect the LGBTQ+ community and Transgender
Rights. As a Not-For-Profit we cannot offer a tax credit or tax
rebate but with the flexibility of a Not-For-Profit we can reward
donors and supporters with free and discounted onboard products and
services or products and services through our local partners.
Donate to TheRainBowNavy: Your contribution will go directly
towards the purchase and refurbishment of TheRainBowNavy yacht,
ensuring a sustainable source of income for the local LGBTQ+
community. Every donation, no matter the size, will make a
meaningful impact on the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals in Manila.
Spread Awareness: Share our campaign with your network, both
locally and internationally. Help us raise awareness about the
challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community in Manila and the
opportunities for positive change. Together, we can make a difference. Share our campaign link(s) (https://gogetfunding.com/TheRainBowNavyFundraiser/ (https://givebutter.com/BvO6TL: https://gofund.me/9650b909; https://fnd.us/The_RainBow_Navy?ref=sh_cCcVQ6; https://igg.me/at/TheRainBowNavy/x/30175889#/)
Volunteer and Collaborate: Join us in organizing events,
developing programs, and fostering collaborations. Your skills,
expertise, and passion will play a vital role in creating a
vibrant and inclusive space on TheRainBowNavy yacht.
Conclusion: By supporting TheRainBowNavy, you will contribute to the
transformation of lives within the LGBTQ+ community in Manila. Through
sustainable tourism, education scholarships, and community
empowerment, we can build a brighter future, where LGBTQ+ individuals
have the resources, opportunities, and support they deserve. Join us
on this remarkable journey to uplift and strengthen the local LGBTQ+
community, while celebrating the highlights of the Philippines and its
incredible people. Together, we can make a lasting impact and create a
more inclusive society for all.
Where does one find TheRainbowNavy on the internet?