For national Give OUT Day, the Matthew Shepard Foundation is asking for your support to help expand and strengthen our outreach in order to Erase Hate.

The recent efforts by residents and city councilors in Laramie, Wyo. to pass a city nondiscrimination ordinance that provides LGBT protections—the first city to do so in all of Wyoming—inspires us to continue making change at the community level.

Every dollar you give directly fuels the Foundation’s hate crimes reporting and education initiatives, allowing us to interact with community leaders who are working to create a safer and more accepting environment for everyone. If 500 people donate just $10, the Foundation is able to reach new cities to educate law enforcement on the importance of understanding and properly reporting hate crimes.

Your donations make it possible for the Foundation to continue its work to Erase Hate. For more than 16 years, the Foundation has been changing hearts and minds to create more understanding, compassionate and accepting communities. Our approach to achieving equality has always been at the community level, whether it’s Judy and Dennis Shepard sharing Matt’s story, using the stage to spark conversations about hate with The Laramie Project, or sustaining our virtual community for LGBTQ+ youth on Matthew’s Place.

Please consider donating to the Matthew Shepard Foundation this Give OUT Day.



With your help we can continue our work to share Matthew's dream of replacing the hate in the world with understanding, compassion, and acceptance.

  • Matthew's Place Bloggers

    Young LGBTQ people share their journeys of erasing hate

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  • What Matters and Love is Love

    Love is Love

    By singer/songwriter, Randi Driscoll.
    100% of the proceeds go to the Matthew Shepard Foundation

  • Stop the Hate Campus Program

    Stop the Hate Campus Program

    Stop The Hate supports colleges and universities in preventing and combating hate on campus as well as