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JUNE 2014
16 Moments of Pride for LGBTQ Philanthropy
by: Lyle Matthew Kan
Pride Month is a great opportunity for the LGBTQ community to reflect on just how far we've come in a relatively short period of time.  Over the past four decades, foundations have invested more than a billion dollars to advance legal equality and improve the lives of LGBTQ people.  But what are some of the most memorable moments? ... click here to read "16 Moments of Pride for LGBTQ Philanthropy"!
Monday, July 14th (New York, NY):
Progress and Backlash in LGBTI Rights Globally: What's a Funder To Do?
The Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues are sponsoring a special IHRFG pre-conference institute on hot topics in LGBTI rights, including how to mitigate backlash against rights gains and the possibilities and pitfalls of international advocacy. ... Learn more here.
March 18-20, 2015 in Atlanta, GA
Research, Resources and Updates 
  • "Funding for Sex Worker Rights"
    The Red Umbrella Fund, Mama Cash, and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP) has released an infographic on funding for sex worker rights ahead of a report they expect to release in the coming month.
  • Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender Heritage Initiative
    The United States Department of Interior has announced a new theme study to identify places and events associated with the story of LGBT Americans for inclusion in the parks and programs of the National Park Service.  This project is being supported by the Gill Foundation.
Requests for Proposals
  • American Psychological Foundation
    The Roy Scrivner Research Grants provide graduate student grants of $12,000 for empirical or applied research that encourages the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) family psychology and LGBT family therapy.  The deadline is November 1.

Recent Grant Award Announcements

  • The LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund
    The LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund has announced $780,000 inaugural grants supporting efforts in the Southeast United States. Fund partners include the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the Ford Foundation, the Arcus Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
  • Elton John AIDS Foundation
    The Elton John AIDS Foundation has announced the first round of its 2014 grants, awarding $525,000 to 3 organizations. 
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Patricia Eng

Patricia, former Program Director at Bolder Giving, is the new Vice President of Programs at the New York Women's Foundation.  Best of luck, Patricia!

Brenna Ragghianti

Brenna, former Development and Donor Relations Manager at the Women's Foundation for a Greater Memphis, has been named the new executive director of the Guilford Green Foundation.  Congratulations, Brenna!

Rev. Dr. Rebecca Voelkel

Rebecca, former Faith Work Director for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, will be taking over as Interim Executive Director of PFund.  Congratulations, Rebecca!

Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Associate Director

Resource Generation

(Oakland, CA or New York, NY)


Director of Finance and Administration

Gill Foundation

(Denver, CO)


Director of Finance and Administration

National Center for Family Philanthropy

(Washington, DC)


Donor Resources Officer

Gill Foundation

(Denver, CO)


HR External Client Services Leader

Arabella Advisors, LLC

(Chicago, IL or Washington, DC)


Program Manager for Learning and Outreach, Center for Healthy Communities

The California Endowment

(Los Angeles, CA)


Network Manager, Minnesota

Council on Foundations



Senior Communications Assistant

The California Endowment

(Sacramento, CA)

Funders for LGBTQ Issues seeks to mobilize philanthropic resources that enhance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, promote equity, and advance racial, economic and gender justice

Board of Directors:

Chair Cindy Rizzo (The Arcus Foundation)  Vice Chair Rebecca Fox (Wellspring Advisors)  Treasurer Mitchell Singer (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)  Secretary Patricia St. Onge (Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching)  Maria Cadenas (Driscoll's)  Matthew "Matty" Hart (The Calamus Foundation, DE)  Andrew Lane (Johnson Family Foundation)  Kristine Stallone (American Jewish World Service)  Nathaniel "Toby" Thompkins (Tides 21st Century) 
Institutional Members

American Jewish World Service  Anonymous  Arcus Foundation  Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice   Blachford-Cooper Foundation  Boston Foundation  The Calamus Foundation, DE  The California Endowment  California Wellness Foundation  The Cleveland Foundation  Community Foundation Santa Cruz County  Con Alma Health Foundation � Cream City Foundation  The David Bohnett Foundation  Driscoll's Charitable Fund  Dwight Stuart Youth Fund  Equity Foundation  Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Ford Foundation Foundation for the Carolinas  Foundation for Louisiana  Freeman Foundation  Gill Foundation  Gilmour-Jirgens Foundation  Groundswell Fund  Guilford Green Foundation  Henry van Ameringen Foundation  Horizons Foundation �  Jeff Chartrand Advised Fund  John Larsen Foundation  The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  Johnson Family Foundation  Kevin J. Mossier Foundation  Kicking Assets Fund  Laughing Gull Foundation  Levi Strauss Foundation  Liberty Hill Foundation  Marguerite Casey Foundation  Mukti Fund  New York Women's Foundation  North Star Fund  Our Fund, Inc. � Overbrook Foundation  The Palette Fund  Philanthrofund Foundation � Paul Rapoport Foundation  Polk Bros. Foundation  Pride Foundation  Proteus Fund, Inc.  Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors  Rosenberg Foundation The Samuel S. Fels Fund � San Diego Human Dignity Foundation  San Francisco AIDS Foundation  Santa Fe Community Foundation � Small Change Foundation  Stonewall Community Foundation  Vermont Community Foundation � Wells Fargo Bank  The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation  Women's Foundation of California

Have a content idea for QNotes?  Contact Lyle Matthew Kan at lyle@lgbtfunders.org or 212.475.2930.

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