Donate. Raise Funds. Volunteer.

How can I help?

Spread the word

Everyone can help 


By making a one-time or monthly donation to Rainbow Railroad, you help us provide information, resources and financial support to LGBTQI individuals living in fear and isolation due to government and police supported persecution and violence. We provide funds to help individuals travel to a new country to seek asylum or, when possible, to move in-country to a safer location. Travel-related support can include funds to cover airfare, local travel costs, short-term accommodation while in transit and in their destination city, fees for passports and other travel documentation, and for basic needs such as clean clothes and luggage. 

It costs approximately $10,000 to help an LGBTQI person find safety.


Host an event

Your event doesn't have to be big to have a big impact. We've had Queer Straight Alliances do bake sales at schools, top DJs offer the proceeds from their parties, and even couples who tell their wedding guests to make a donation to us instead of gifts. We've also seen groups of friends get together and host dinner parties, or sports leagues host tournaments, fundraising for our benefit. These initiatives are incredible, not only because they are raising much-needed funds to save LGBTQI individuals from persecution, but you are spreading the word about our life-saving work.

Got an idea for a fundraiser? Send us a note to with the subject line “Event Proposal” and we can provide you with some support material to help make your fundraiser a success. 

sponsor a case

A Newcomer lives on an annual budget of roughly $23,000 for their first year in Canada. The government of Canada provides three to six months of income support, depending on the program. The remaining funds (between $12 and $16,000) is raised by Sponsorship Teams with support from Rainbow Railroad.

Rainbow Railroad provides support through the application process and resources in helping to integrate the LGBTQI refugee into life in Canada. If you are interested in starting or joining a group please send an email to


Rainbow Railroad could not do the work we do without the generous support of dedicated volunteers. As we grow, we’ll need more people with specific skills to support our mission. Please fill in the application form and we will be in touch if an opportunity comes up that matches your interests and skill set.