The Trevor Project believes that long-term, dynamic corporate partnerships are imperative to its work of providing suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people.
Trevor partners with companies that not only provide the necessary funds to support their programs, but go further to identify how their business can offer other assets (expertise, technology, platforms, etc.) to make a bigger impact. This holistic corporate partnership model has increased Trevor’s corporate revenue by over 500% in just four years with donations from over 1,400 companies.
Trevor works with a variety of sectors ranging from retail, fashion, and gaming, to technology and commercial airlines. For example, Trevor works closely with Puma to increase inclusion for LGBTQ youth in sports, as well as companies like Abercrombie & Fitch and United Airlines, who have strategically partnered with Trevor to demonstrate an authentic commitment to diversity and inclusion both internally and externally.
Other notable partnerships include Trevor’s work with PwC Foundation and Google.org to scale and expand Trevor’s crisis service operations using innovative technologies such as AI and Machine Learning, allowing Trevor to serve a higher volume of young people in crisis. Other significant supporters of The Trevor Project include Procter & Gamble, Williams Sonoma, Macy’s and Harry’s among others.
“It is through our deeply collaborative efforts with corporations that we are able to carry out our work to build a safer, more supportive world for LGBTQ young people,” said Amanda Ryan-Smith, Chief Development Officer of The Trevor Project. “We see tremendous value in seeking out companies that share our vision to build a world where every LGBTQ young person feels safe, affirmed and never alone. We strategically work with partners across a variety of industry sectors to reach more LGBTQ young people, grow our volunteer base, advance our innovative technology efforts and set the standard for other corporations to be more inclusive and accepting of LGBTQ young people. The Trevor Project is honored to accept the 2022 Golden Halo Award (Nonprofit) and we are grateful to our corporate partners that show relentless support of The Trevor Project’s mission.”
The Trevor Project was founded in 1988 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning movie Trevor (1994), a short film about a thirteen-year-old boy who, when rejected by friends because of his sexuality, makes an attempt to take his own life.
Fast forward 23 years and The Trevor Project has since transformed into the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people. Through The Trevor Project’s critical research, the organization estimates that, in the U.S., more than 1.8 million LGBTQ young people between the ages of 13 and 24 consider suicide each year. Every 45 seconds there is an LGBTQ young person attempting suicide in the U.S. As a result, Trevor’s mission is to end suicide among all LGBTQ young people by ensuring they have the support they deserve to feel accepted and affirmed.
In order to make that mission a reality, The Trevor Project:
- Offers free, confidential, 24/7 crisis intervention programs through phone, text and chat (TrevorLifeline, TrevorText and TrevorChat)
- Goes beyond crisis intervention to build a more welcoming and affirming world for LGBTQ young people.
- Provides the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ young people (TrevorSpace)
- Leads impactful advocacy efforts to protect LGBTQ young people from laws that harm them
- Offers an innovative education program for youth-serving adults to create more LGBTQ-affirming spaces
- Conducts groundbreaking research to surface critical data on the experience of diverse LGBTQ young people