Frequently Asked Questions
How do I update my membership information?
Is my donation to HRC tax-deductible?
All membership donations go to support the political work of the Human Rights Campaign, a 501(c)(4) organization. Since our work includes lobbying Congress, according to federal law, your gift can not be classified as tax deductible. For information about giving to the HRC Foundation through the Federal Club Council Program (Annual Gifts of $5,000 or more), please contact Issac Mason at 202-216-1508.
How do I designate my donation as a tribute in honor or in memory of someone?
There are several options for making a donation with the intention of honoring another individual.
- Gifts can be made to HRC in honor of a couple’s commitment ceremony or anniversary through our wedding registry page.
- We also have a gift membership program--great for birthdays, holidays or other special occasions! To donate on another person’s behalf, please visit our gift membership webpage.
- If you would like to donate in memory of a loved one, please either contact the HRC Office of Estate Planning at 202-216-1563 or [email protected] or visit our memorial gifts webpage.
When will I receive my HRC Member ID Card?
HRC membership cards are distributed at the same time annually to all current HRC members, enabling us to reduce the costs of printing and shipping that item. Please expect to receive your HRC membership card at the next time we distribute this item to all other HRC members, which typically occurs early each calendar year. For additional questions, please contact [email protected].
Can HRC accept a matching gift contribution from my company?
HRC does appreciate the thought of incorporating the Human Rights Campaign into your employer's gift matching program. Unfortunately, HRC is ineligible for these kinds of programs due to our 501(c)(4)non-profit classification.
HRC does have an educational and research "arm," the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF), a 501(c)(3) classification. Donations made to HRCF are tax-deductible and eligible for employer matching gift programs. Though they cannot qualify you for an HRC membership, they are put to efficient and effective use. For additional information on donating to the Foundation, please contact Issac Mason at [email protected] or 202-216-1508.
Does HRC accept donations from individuals living outside of the US?
HRC does have a number of financial supporters that currently reside outside of the United States. The HRC website is not currently capable of accepting international donations online made with foreign accounts; however, if you would like to mail a donation via check or money order, we would be happy to process your donation that way. Additionally, you can contact Member Services at 1-800-727-4723 to make a donation via a U.S. credit card. Please note that HRC is not currently able to mail our membership materials abroad for various reasons stemming from cost-effectiveness.
Does HRC offer planned giving?
The HRC Equality Circle was established to recognize individuals who have created gifts to the Human Rights Campaign or the Human Rights Campaign Foundation through tax-wise planned giving. By making a gift in this way, members demonstrate their long-term commitment to the mission of the Human Rights Campaign and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
For more information, contact the HRC Office of Estate Planning at 202-216-1563 or [email protected].
How do I cancel or change my monthly pledge?
If you wish to increase, decrease or cancel your automatic monthly donations, we ask that you please contact us directly for security purposes. Please be sure to include your full name, mailing address, and reason for canceling.
- Partners ($10 - $99 per month) : [email protected] or 800-498-0382
- Federal Club: [email protected] or 888-256-4647
- Federal Club Council/Major Gifts: [email protected] or 202-216-1508
What educational programs comprise the HRC Foundation?
Through research, educational efforts and outreach, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation encourages lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans to live their lives openly and seeks to change the hearts and minds of Americans to the side of equality.
Where can I find HRC’s Annual Report?
The official HRC Annual Report, which is the most thorough and accurate source for our members to determine how their donations are being utilized in the fight for equality, is available online.
What is the Political Action Committee (PAC)?
HRC makes financial and in-kind contributions to candidates vying for seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives during the election season. HRC’s non-partisan political action committee makes such contributions directly to candidates. Please visit HRC’s Political Action Committee for more detailed information.
Who should I contact if I have questions about my HRC Visa Card?
For questions or concerns regarding your HRC Visa Card, please call 1-800-932-2775.
How do I find HRC address labels or checks?
Personalized checks and address labels are available for purchase online at Message!Products. For additional information, please contact Message!Products directly at PO Box 700, Edgewood, MD 21040-0700; via email at [email protected]; or at 800-243-2565.
What is HRC’s list exchange policy?
HRC does not sell our membership list. HRC exchanges our membership list and occasionally rents portions of the list to other progressive non-profits – including both LGBT and non-LGBT groups. This is a standard industry practice for most membership-based non-profits and enables organizations to engage and activate more individuals in their work thus more effectively implement their missions.
Our members receive notification of this policy following their initial donation to HRC in our membership information packet. Please contact [email protected] to opt out.
When HRC agrees to permit another organization or like-minded business to utilize our list, that use is highly regulated and must meet strict standards. List exchanges occur only through a third party; the company or organization that information is shared with never has direct access to names or addresses. Essentially, each information exchange is only used once. No name is added to the mailing list of any other organizations or companies unless the person directly responds to their offer, i.e. purchasing a magazine subscription or joining that organization.
In an exchange of lists we do not pay or receive any money but simply trade one-time use of a portion of our list. In the occasional instances when we rent our list, an approved renter pays the standard industry rate.
What if I need more help?
Please contact us and we will reply promptly.