Why the name?
Rainbow Street is named after the street of the same name in Amman, Jordan. Rainbow Street is the vein of Amman's most liberal neighborhood, resting on a steep hill overlooking the traditional souq and Al-Hussein mosque. Home to the few establishments in town that celebrate all types of sexual and gender identities, Rainbow Street is a crucial gathering space for progressive thinkers, travelers, and social misfits looking to unwind and simply be themselves.
Who does Rainbow Street serve?
Rainbow Street strives to serve all Arabs who experience discrimination as a result of their sexual orientation or gender expression. Our operations are based in Berkeley, California and Amman, Jordan. As we build our network of support, we will continue to establish ties in other cities and countries in the region.
How do you identify and verify need?
Rainbow Street has various channels that individuals can use to connect with us. Our main instruments are our website, social media, and good old fashioned word-of-mouth. Occasionally, Rainbow Street will reach out to an individual who has been referred to us by a concerned friend.
Our Care Coordinators live in-country and are trained to verify and assess the needs of potential beneficiaries. This process starts with a detailed personal interview in which the Care Coordinator learns as much as possible about the personal background of the individual, including the risks they face, their needs, and their long-term goals.
How do you protect the privacy of beneficiaries?
Rainbow Street beneficiaries live in environments hostile to sexual and gender nonconformity, possibly under regimes that control information by monitoring and censoring communication. For our beneficiaries, privacy is safety. We work with each beneficiary individually to understand the risks that are affecting them, and take measures to reduce those risks. Each beneficiary has the option to choose an alias that Rainbow Street can use in our public communications. We do not share any information about our beneficiaries unless we have specifically gained their consent, which remains revocable at any time.
Is it legal to send financial assistance to individuals overseas?
Yes. Supporting individuals overseas is legal and in compliance with IRS regulation provided such distributions are made on a truly charitable basis that furthers an organization's charitable work. Rainbow Street takes care to stay in full compliance with the relevant IRS regulations by keeping the necessary records and case histories. We also carefully vet each of our beneficiaries with the help of our in-country Care Coordinators.
Are my donations tax deductible?
Yes. Rainbow Street is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. All donations are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
All online payments are securely processed through a third-party nonprofit donation processor, Flipcause. If you have any issue with your payment, please contact us immediately and we will follow up as soon as possible. Payments can also be made by check and mailed to our headquarters:
3244 California Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
How can I get involved?
The most immediate way to help Rainbow Street is to donate. Raise awareness by interacting with Rainbow Street via Facebook and Twitter. You can also get involved by leading a fundraiser in your local community or by contributing your talents to our growing team. Visit our Support page or get in touch for more information.