Friends of Pride

South Carolina Pride Movement, located in Columbia SC, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the LGBT community and its partners through educational events, entertainment, community outreach, and celebrations of diversity throughout the year. Each summer, Famously Hot SC Pride produces the annual Pride Parade and Festival on South Carolina’s Main Street, the largest LGBT event in SC and currently one of the largest festivals in Columbia and the state. And this year we are adding another festival to celebrate Pride Month— Outfest Columbia!

Your donation, in any amount, will help us pay for world-class entertainment, enhanced activities, educational opportunities, volunteer support, and provide an overall high-value Pride experience for approximately 100,000 of people coming from near and far each year.

About Donations & Sponsorships

Did you know that SC Pride relies totally on sponsorships and donations? Without outside money, we wouldn’t be able to put on anything like what we have been. Local and corporate sponsorships give us the capital to frame our Parade and Festival, and donations (often just in the form of event tickets and Pride Passes) help round it out to put the details to work.
Currently, we have an executive board of five people, all of which are volunteer and donate their time and resources to the cause. Additionally, we have about 10 Action Board members who also donate their time and expertise to bringing all the details together. Every one of our board members has a full time job outside of Pride, and we each work hard to bring you an event worthy of your own pride in the South Carolina LGBT community.
Each of us truly feels that we are giving back to the community that has in one way or another supported us. We work tirelessly to try to bring a Pride Parade & Festival that swells your heart, makes you love your neighbor a little more, and— most importantly— shows the greater community of South Carolina that LGBT people are equal, deserve respect, and are just like them—famously proud to be in South Carolina.
This year we are continuing with a greater Festival than ever, and expanding our Parade to another day, along with a separate street dance and concert. We hope it’s our biggest year ever. We have been amazed at the support the LGBT community has given us over the years.
We work to make every dollar stretch as far as possible, to bring the biggest bang for the buck.
We’ve had a notable handful of individuals reach out to us recently, wanting to help monetarily with Pride. That’s why this year, instead of just listing corporate Sponsors, we will be implementing a Friends of Pride part of our website, so that we can honor those who have given any amount—be it $5, $50, or $500. We want you to know that every dollar you donate to Pride is appreciated. And this year, your donation is tax deductible, as allowed by the IRS.
Leading up to the Parade & Festival, we will be posting reminders that you can donate to SC Pride. But now we are asking: if you wish to help make Pride something of which you can be proud, consider donating by clicking below. You can choose the predetermined amount or choose your own.

Thanks to our 2017 Friends of Pride

Michael Brezicky
Jay Brown
Pat Nicely
Devesh Kumar Padmey
Pat Patterson
Jim Rimer
Jon Robertson and Rob Davis
Tim Sharp
Tony Snell
Alex Dwayne Springs
Bob Williamson