Rich and J.D often host events at their Palm Springs home:

Rich and J.D. are also supporting Scott Nevins        for Palm Springs City Council District 1

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KEY ​​​​FUND RECIPIENTS:

-  San Diego Chihuahua Rescue

​-  LGBT Community Center of the Desert www.thecenterps.org

-  The Del Shores Foundation www.delshoresfoundation.org
-  Planned Parenthood www.plannedparenthood.org
-  Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter www.psanimalshelter.org
-  NCLR (National Center For Lesbian Rights) www.nclrights.org
-  DAP (Desert Aids Project) Partners For Life Contributors and COVID Triage Center  www.desertaidsproject.org
-  HRC (Human Rights Campaign) Federal Club www.hrc.org 
-  HRC (Human Rights Campaign) HRC "HER" Event Sponsor www.hrc.org 
-  Emily's List (Supporting Progressive Women Candidates) Supporter www.emilyslist.org (not a 501-C3, outside of charitable giving)

-  LGBTQ Victory Fund (Supporting LGBTQ Candidates) Supporter www.victoryfund.org
 Sanctuary Palm Springs www.sanctuarypalmsprings.org

-  Palm Springs Dance Festival Diversity Showcase Sponsor www.palmspringsdancefest.com 

-  Shades and Shadows Underwriter www.shadesandshadows.org

Emily's List (Supporting Progressive Women Candidates) Supporter www.emilyslist.org (not a 501-C3, outside of charitable giving)

-  Animal Samaritans Sponsor www.animalsamaritans.org

-  San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus  www.sfgmc.org

-  Palm Springs Cultural Center (Freedom To Marry event) www.thepalmspringsculturalcenter.org

​-  Freedom To Marry (Freedom To Marry Event) www.freedomtomarry.org

-  ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) www.aclu.org (not a 501-C3 - outside of charitable giving)

-  Human Dignity Coalition Central Oregon www.humandignitycoalition.org

-  American Red Cross  for Hurricane Harvey www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey

-  Unidos Por Puerto Rico (United for Puerto Rico for Hurricane Relief Fund) www.unidosporpuertorico.com/en/

-  Rocket Dog Rescue (Bay Area Dog Rescue group that rescued little Kirby) www.rocketdogrescue.org

-  San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus 2017 Lavender Pen Tour www.sfgmc.org

-  Anti-Defamation League www.adl.org


​​In addition, when the charitable fund began, J.D. donated 100% of his net royalties (paid royalties less agent commission) for all book sales made in the month of September, 2017 to charities that combat the menace who defile our nation with racism, misogyny, homophobia, and hatred of Jews and Muslims and other minorities. His net royalties for September sales were split evenly among the following organizations:


-  Human Rights Campaign www.hrc.org  
-  NAACP www.naacp.org
-  Southern Poverty Law Center www.splcenter.org
-  Lambda Legal www.lambdalegal.org
-  The Trevor Project www.thetrevorproject.org
-  EMILY's List www.emilyslist.org (not a 501-C3, outside of charitable giving)
-  Anti-Defamation League www.adl.org








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RICH AND J.D. ESTABLISH 501-C3 CHARITABLE FUND

FOR CHARITABLE GIVING AND GRANTS:


Inspiration. Activism. Communication. Engagement.


“Don’t accept what is. Instead, design a new paradigm and work to make it happen.”
  - Rich Weissman


"So stand up. Speak out. When hatred shouts, silence constitutes endorsement."

  - J.D. Horn


In fall 2017, Rich and J.D. established a charitable fund. All contributions are and will be exclusively from Rich and J.D. and they are not looking for others to contribute. This vehicle operates as a 501-C3, without overhead. 100% of all funds go directly to the supported organizations and programs.


The focus of The Richard Norris Weissman Charitable Fund is to support organizations and activities that actively empower those groups under attack in the current environment of intolerance, ensuring equal access and human rights for all minorities: LGBTQ people, women, people of color, religious minorities, immigrants and other minority groups, to fight against homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, hatred towards other non-Christian religious minorities, and xenophobia. As an additional component, the fund's charitable giving supports animal rights and rescue, to ensure their safety and humane treatment as part of a civilized society.


In addition to the Richard Norris Weissman Charitable Fund, Rich and J.D. actively support various political groups and candidates who are in alignment with the goals stated above. These political activities and donations are typically outside of the 501-C3 charitable fund, and donations are made personally from Rich and J.D. and not through the fund.


Rich and J.D. are actively supporting 2022 Will Rollins for Congress campaign. With the new redistricting in the Palm Springs area (CA-41), we now have the opportunity to defeat current Congressperson Ken Calvert, a right-wing Trumpian Republican who needs to be removed. Will is an openly gay, young DOJ prosecutor who helped prosecute January 6th insurrectionists. Will's background is in anti-terrorism, focused more recently on domestic hate groups. 



 











Rich and J.D. donated significant contributions to the following campaigns and organizations:


- Ritchie Torres for U.S. Congress

- Mondair Jones for U.S. Congress

- Malcolm Kenyatta for U.S. Senate

- Pete Buttigieg for President (Primary) 2020 - Palm Springs for Pete; San Francisco for Pete 

- Joe Biden/Kamala Harris for President/Vice President 2020 (General)

- Entrepreneurs for Democracy effort for bringing together CEO's to work on progressive issues, efforts and candidates.

- Pete Buttigieg's "Win the Era" effort for supporting young progressive candidates and the youth vote.

- Voter Participation Center effort for increasing voter registration and voter engagement.

- Focus 2020/2022 for increasing voter engagement in black areas in Philadelphia to ensure a Biden win in Pennsylvania. 

- Stacey Abrams' "Fair Fight" effort for supporting efforts to fight voter suppression.

- Emily's List effort for supporting progressive women candidates and the women's vote.

- HRC's (Human Rights Campaign) "Get Out The Vote" effort for supporting LGBTQ candidates and the LGBTQ/allies' vote.

- Black Voters Matter effort for supporting the black vote and to fight voter suppression.

- NAACP's "Mobilize Black Voters" effort for supporting the black vote and to fight voter suppression. 

- VoteVets effort for supporting progressive veteran candidates and the veteran vote.

- ACLU effort for fighting voter suppression.

- ADL (Anti-Defamation League) effort for supporting the Jewish vote and to fight voter suppression.


And, Rich and J.D. donated to each of the following 2020 Democratic U.S. Senate races against Republican incumbents in states where there was the greatest possibility to flip, so as to obtain a majority Democratic U.S. Senate:


- Arizona Special - Mark Kelly 
- Colorado - John Hickenlooper 
- Iowa - Theresa Greenfield 
- Maine - Sara Gideon 
- Montana - Steve Bullock 
- North Carolina - Cal Cunningham 
- Alabama - Doug Jones
- Alaska - Al Gross
- Georgia Special - Jon Ossoff 
- Georgia Special - Raphael Warnock 
- Kansas - Barbara Bollier 
- Kentucky - Amy McGrath 
- South Carolina - Jamie Harrison
- Texas - MJ Hegar 

For the 2020 U.S. House, Rich and J.D. also donated to:

 

- Mondaire Jones, Westchester/Rockland NY

- Ritchie Torres, Bronx NY

- Jon Hoadley, Southwest Michigan

- Eugene De Pasquale, York County Pennsylvania 


On a local level in Palm Springs, Rich and J.D. donated to:


- Lisa Middleton, Palm Springs City Council

- Christy Holstege, Palm Springs City Council

- Erin Teran, Indio City Council

- Les Zendle, Desert Healthcare District Board


NEWS: RICH JOINS THE CENTER FOR NEW DATA AS VOLUNTEER DATA SCIENTIST:

​​Rich now works in a volunteer position in database analytics at The Center for New Data. They are a relatively new, not-for-profit organization, with a very small number of paid professionals, and consisting predominantly of volunteer teams of professional data scientists whose roles are to create database analytic tools and research to allow decision-makers and influencers access to quality information, specifically on voter suppression through the organization’s “Observing Democracy” initiative. It is an area of in-depth and highly sophisticate data analytics to measure and report on voter misinformation, voter registration, access to polling locations, wait times, and other barriers that suppress voter engagement.

Analytics from the Center have already been used in court cases, legislation and other activities relative to voter suppression. In addition, they will be analyzing districting and gerrymandering as a part of this initiative. Rich's role will be providing expertise in database management, data sets, and statistical models/algorithms. The organization works with voter rights organizations (Stacy Abram’s Fair Fight, NAACP, etc.), with attorneys who are litigating against voter suppression, legislators, the media, and the public. The organization is small and relatively new, with a passion for quality data analytics to measure inequality in elections. For info on the organization, visit:
 https://www.newdata.org/


​​PHOTOS OF EVENTS HOSTED/CO-HOSTED BY RICH AND J.D.:






















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Various events at Rich and J.D.'s San Francisco home: