At a time when many face fear and oppression, we are creating a space where all can feel safe to explore and celebrate their authentic selves, where you can be healed from old wounds, feel more connected to other queers and be inspired to create change.
Help us build it beautiful, accessible, and strong by making a donation and sharing our story.
We need your help to expand our work in 2017, adding new programs, serving more queer people, and improving our facilities. Your donation will be used to help make our facilities more accessible, keep program scholarships plentiful, and launch six new programs.
That’s why we’re asking you to make a substantial donation.
Join the Groundswell Vanguard
All who donate $1000 or more in 2016 will join the first wave of the Groundswell Vanguard, a group investing in our shared space to create a truly sustainable bastion for queer communities. We will be finding different ways to recognize the important contributions of the Vanguard throughout the year, ranging from plaques to celebratory dinners.
What will your donation be building?
More accessible and comfortable retreat center facilities
Improvements will include ADA-compliant bathrooms and cabins, handrails for center camp pathways, new beds and mattresses, weatherproofing, and better lighting.
Scholarships for those who need our programming most
Our scholarship program has already helped over a hundred low income queers attend our programs. Your donations help us maintain this essential and unique program.
New wellness and skill-building programs
We are launching a series of programs that will give LGBTQ people tools to create change and lead healthier lives. A series of winter wellness weekends will feature practiced healers, culminating in a “Self Care is Sexy” retreat in September. We will also be organizing more programs like Lavender and Xrysalis that build the capacities of queer communities and individuals to build a better world.
In our first year alone Groundswell Institute has:
~ Helped almost a thousand LGBTQ people gain skills and knowledge that will lead to healthier, more fulfilled, and more impactful lives through 13 originally designed programs.
~ Given over $20,000 in scholarships to more than 150 people to attend our transformational programs.
~ Gained international acclaim with a feature article in the UK Guardian about Xrysalis, our program by and for queer people of color (shared almost 5,000 times!).
~ Engaged hundreds of volunteers in thousands of hours of volunteer service, developing community engagement and leadership.
~ Improved our facilities massively with: new fireplaces and heater for dining hall, new commercial kitchen floor, new mop sink, new lighting in the dining hall and bathhouse, new pathway lights, new larger pond dock, Tidrik event hall renovation, and a large commercial spa with surrounding deck (to be completed in mere weeks!)
We want to continue this fabulous forward momentum into 2017. Help us build Groundswell stronger, more accessible, and more beautiful than ever by making a donation today.
Groundswell is a registered non-profit (501c3) in California.
Your donation is 100% tax deductible. Tax I.D. #47-4485343
If you’d like to make a donation via check, it can be made out to Groundswell Institute
and sent to 18500 Highway 128 Yorkville, CA 95494