LGBTQ Compassion in Action

RWF is the world's first a nd only all-volunteer, LGBTQ- based humanitarian aid organization. Our mission is to promote peace, unity and hope by leading the LGBTQ movement in participating in humanitarian relief efforts. RWF has donated over $4.4 million of life saving aid.

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Dear Friends,

In this issue, join us in welcoming Javier Rivera-Rosales to the Board of Directors.

Celebrate LGBTQ Pride in Cuba! We have one space left on our May 9-19 trip. 

Learn how you can help the children of Cuba and the LGBTQ Community.  

SPOTLIGHT: New Board Member  

Javier Rivera-Rosales is a native San Franciscan, born and raised in the Mission. He has over 8 years of experience working within the non-profit sector. Previously the Director of Positive Images, a non-profit serving the needs of LGBTQ+ youth and young adults, in Sonoma County. Program development, community/event organizing, and using love to balance the hate in our communities are a few of his skills. Some of his passions are: social justice through dance and spoken word, connecting with and nurturing mother nature, and providing space for others to be who they truly are. 

Javier Rivera-Rosales joins Board of Directors 
"As a new addition to the Rainbow World Fund board, I am grateful to have the opportunity to learn from others through their narratives and also be a part of the journey in helping to build a more accepting world. Whether it be here in the United States, Nicaragua, or Cuba our communities deserve all the love we have to offer. My work is to nurture trust and integrity on my voyage with the RWF." - Javier Rivera-Rosales   

Join Rainbow World Fund on our seventh annual humanitarian journey to Cuba.
Our trip focuses on Cuba's history, culture, politics, and spirituality. We will learn from the Cubans about the realities of their country. We'll visit projects that serve the Cuban people and meet with members of the LGBTQ community, politicians, artists, scientists, and leaders in many fields.  
Fidel Castro, father of the Cuban Revolution.
We will attend LGBTQ Pride events in Havana and march in solidarity with our Cuban brothers and sisters during the "Conga" - the annual Pride celebration.


We will learned about Cuba's colonial past to its revolutionary present, and how the complex historical relationship between the U.S and Cuba remains ever-changing. See the trip of Facebook. Not on Facebook? Trip info is here.

The rainbow flag at the LGBTQ  Pride parade in Havana.

Every trip is unique. Here are a few of the many highlights from past trips:  
  • Spending time with members of the Cuban LGBTQ community
  • Meet with Mariela Castro and human rights activists
  • Visit schools, medical clinics, and the Institute of Tropical Medicine
  • Snorkel the reefs of Varadero
  • Visit the Bay of Pigs, meet members of the Cuba 5
  • Help deliver medical and educational supplies
  • Meet with members of Parliament and with political dissidents
  • Visit ecological areas and learn about the Cuban organic movement
  • Attend a concert by Bueno Vista Social Club
Che Guevara sculpture at Revolution Square. 

The cost of our 11day/10 night trip is $2,600 and includes a Cuba travel visa (required), all hotels/accommodations, in-country transportation by private van, all meals (except one), all gratuities, translation and guide services, speakers fees, entrance fees to special events. It does not include round trip air transportation from the USA.

RWF volunteers visiting a school in Matanzas.

Please consider joining us on this exciting trip. Learn how to sign up here!


In spite of many social advances in Cuba such as a national health care and a free primary through college education. Most Cubans struggle to make ends meet. The average working Cuban makes between $30-40 a month.

Since 2012, RWF has funded projects that help the people of Cuba.

RWF funds summer camps for Cuban children living with HIV, cancer, and other life threatening illnesses.

The camps teach valuable life skills aimed at fostering a healthy self esteem, independence, and self care.

RWF also funds human rights work to help the Cuban LGBTQ community.  Most recently RWF funded a conference that brought together church leaders and  LGBTQ activists. This was one the first meetings of it's kind in Cuba. At times tense but people were respectful and listened to each other. The dialogue that was started at the conference continues.

RWF funds human rights and medical work in Cuba. 
Your donation will have a huge impact in Cuba! Please help us with a generous 100% tax deductible donation for Cuba. 
In Solidarity,

J eff Cotter,
Executive Director