This year, the World Bank will allow employees to make charitable contributions to the Reedville, Va.-based Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays as a part of the Bank's annual Community Connections Campaign. But the Bank won't contribute to PFOX itself, the CCC said in an internal memo.
Each year, the World Bank's CCC encourages employees to contribute funds to 250 local and international charities, then matches those donations from 50 to 100 percent of the employees' contribution. But following pressure from LGBT staffers and outside organizations, CCC announced that it won't be matching charitable contributions to the ex-gay organization . . . this year.
A World Bank employee forwarded on the Community Connections Campaign's internal announcement:
For this year's Community Connections Campaign, Bank-matching funds will be provided to those organizations that have, through prior participation, established a track record of support with staff. Organizations that have come on the list this year will not be offered matching funds in this year's campaign, though the Bank will match any contribution that has been made to this latter group prior to today, November 15 2010. We will review the new organizations after one year, to see if they have the staff and community support to warrant a match in the FY12 campaign.
PFOX is one organization that will be participating in the CCC for the first time this year; it's unclear how many other charitable organizations on the list fit that description. Come next year, expect another dust-up over whether PFOX has mustered the "staff and community support" to merit a match.