We are pleased to formally relaunch our search process for the next president of Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Read more about the next phase of our leadership transition in this recent letter from Rickke Mananzala, Board Chair of Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Click here to read more.
Ushering in a New Presidential Administration
The Biden-Harris administration hit the ground running with a spate of orders and actions rolling back harmful policies from the past four years and taking important steps towards realizing LGBTQ equality, addressing racial injustice, and confronting the pandemic. Already, President Biden issued an executive order prohibiting the federal government from discriminating against workers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, took a number of actions to address systemic racism, and reversed a ban on transgender people serving in the military, to name just a few. In this issue of Q Notes, find a special resource section with news out of the White House and highlights of movement response to the incoming administration. Stay tuned for upcoming programming for grantmakers to make sense of the new federal policy landscape and ways for funders to continue to fuel movements for justice in the Biden era. 
February 2, 2021, 2:30 PM ET (Online)
We're pleased to partner with GEO to present this panel on how funders can best support activists and movements at this time.
February 18, 2021, 11 AM ET (Online)
Join us for the next FCAA Connect, the second event in a two-part series focused on transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) communities. Click here to learn more and to RSVP.
(Above) Funders for LGBTQ Issues' staff at the annual holiday party.
  • Funders for LGBTQ Issues staff closed out 2020 with our annual Holiday Party in late December. This year’s virtual event featured astrological readings, drag performances, and stories. 
  • Following the horrific events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, Funders for LGBTQ Issues released a statement calling on philanthropy to refuse to normalize the egregious attack and continue with business as usual. In the days following, we also monitored and amplified statements from our members, movement organizations, and other philanthropic leaders on Twitter using the hashtag #LGBTQFundersRespond.
  • We were thrilled to welcome the 44th GUTC Pledge signatory! Thanks to The National Performance Network (NPN) for making this commitment to trans, GNC, and nonbinary communities!

The Transgender Law Center names eight actions from the Biden administration, calling for a change in the policies that govern this country while urging for a shift in how we treat one another.

This compilation from ABC News highlights the nearly 30 notable Executive Orders and other key actions in the administration's first days in office. 

Lambda Legal’s list of ten priorities includes ending the trans military ban, reversing the racially-divisive executive order that sought to disparage Black Americans in the wake of nationwide demonstrations against racism and police brutality, and much more.

The Network highlights priorities actions the federal government must take to dismantle barriers to social and economic justice for LGBTQ+ people.

The new Movement Advancement Project report outlines how the Equality Act is vital legislation not just for LGBTQ people, but also for women, people of color, and immigrants.

This Center for American Progress resource draws an in-depth road map for the incoming administration to systematically correct the injuries inflicted by the Trump administration.

The People’s First 100 Days is a regional organizing campaign to grow Southern movement power. Conceived at the Southern Movement Assembly, the campaign focuses on connecting mutual-aid efforts and coordinating local advocacy.


Aldita Gallardo, former GUTC fellow (class of 2019), offers advice to Nonprofit Quarterly readers in a recent op-ed.

This Global Philanthropy Project report documents how COVID-19 has exacerbated the existing vulnerabilities of LGBTI people, driving many further into poverty and marginalization.

New Front Line Defenders report reveals a sharp increase in violence against LGBTIQ+ and sex worker rights defenders during COVID-19.

This new research from MAP provides a broad view of the pandemic’s impact on LGBTQI movement organizations in the United States.

This new publication from Grantmakers In Aging (GIA) offers a blueprint for bringing the aging services and HIV services networks closer together and strengthening policy to improve the lives and health of hundreds of thousands of older people living with HIV.

The newly minted Leonard-Litz Foundation supports nonprofits serving the LGBTQ community within the Northeastern United States.

This Native Americans in Philanthropy report examines how this Indigenous community leadership organized quickly to move financial and other resources to those who most needed it.

Lambda Legal’s recent report assesses the damage to courts left by the Trump administration.

The National LGBTQ Anti-Poverty Action Network releases fact sheets on LGBTQ+ Poverty entitled Poverty at the End of the Rainbow.

Horizon Foundation released initial findings from their recent survey of nonprofits, starting with Bay Area LGBTQ organizations.


The latest grants in Arcus’ Social Justice Program focus on supporting the leadership of the people most impacted by injustice and the interconnected movements that are creating safer, more inclusive societies.


Philadelphia Foundation
Deadline: September 10, 2021

Trans Justice Funding Project
Deadline: February 15, 2021

Deadline: February 14, 2021

Notable promotions, transitions, and career updates from LGBTQ people
in philanthropy and allies.
Lucas Codognolla
Lucas Codognolla recently joined the Nellie Mae Education Foundation as their new Senior Manager of Partnerships and Advocacy. Congratulations, Lucas!
Daniel Lee
After 17 successful years at the Levi Strauss Foundation, Daniel Lee will be transitioning out to focus on new endeavors. Thank you for your bold leadership, Daniel!
Roz Lee
Roz Lee will be transitioning from her role as Vice President of Strategy and Programs at The Ms. Foundation. Thank you for your leadership, Roz!
Candace Lopez
Candace Lopez was named Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Horizons Foundation. Congratulations, Candace!
Amoretta Morris
Amoretta Morris was recently named President of Borealis Philanthropy. Congratulations, Amoretta!
Leticia Peguero
Leticia Peguero will be transitioning from her role as Vice President of Programs at The Nathan Cummings Foundation to consulting work. Thank you for your leadership, Leticia!

The Kresge Foundation
(Troy, MI)

Con Alma Health Foundation
(Santa Fe, NM)

United Philanthropy Forum
(Washington, D.C.)

Rickke Mananzala, Chair (Philanthropic Consultant)
Cynthia Renfro, Vice-Chair (Civis Consulting, LLC)
Jason McGill, Treasurer (Philanthropic Consultant)
Rye Young, Secretary (Philanthropic Consultant)
Karen Appelbaum (Northwest Area Foundation)
Namita Chad (Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice)
Alfredo Cruz (Philanthropic Consultant)
Paulina Helm-Hernandez (Foundation for Just Society)
Kelli King-Jackson (The Simmons Foundation)
William (Bill) Smith (May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust)
Judy Yu (Wellspring Philanthropic Fund)
April Bethea
Development & Membership Associate
Nicole Fernandes
Finance and Administrative Associate
Chantelle Fisher-borne
Project Director, Out In The South Initiative
Alexander Lee
Project Director, Grantmakers United For Trans Communities
Luis Rey Ramirez
Research & Communications Associate
Andrew Wallace
Acting Vice President of Research & Communications
Marvin Webb
Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration
Kristina Wertz
Interim President
Rebecca Wisotsky
National Director Of Philanthropic Outreach
American Jewish World Service
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Arcus Foundation
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Baltimore Community Foundation
Borealis Philanthropy
Boston Foundation
California Wellness Foundation
Civil Rights Defenders
Cleveland Foundation
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Community Foundation of Northeast Florida
Con Alma Health Foundation
Cornerstone Capital Group
Cream City Foundation
David Bohnett Foundation
Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
Edward W. Hazen Foundation
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Ford Foundation
Foundation for a Just Society
Foundation for the Carolinas
Gay Community Endowment Fund
Gilead Sciences
Gilmour-Jirgens Fund
Groundswell Fund
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Henry van Ameringen Foundation
Horizons Foundation
James Irvine Foundation
Johnson Family Foundation
Kicking Assets Fund
Kresge Foundation
Laughing Gull Foundation
Levi Strauss Foundation
Libra Foundation
MacArthur Foundation
Marguerite Casey Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Mukti Fund
Nathan Cummings Foundation
NEO Philanthropy
New York Women's Foundation
North Star Fund
Northwest Area Foundation
Open Society Foundations
Our Fund, Inc.
Overbrook Foundation
Pacific Foundation Services, LLC
PFund Foundation
Philadelphia Foundation
Polk Bros. Foundation
Pride Foundation
Proteus Fund, Inc.
Richmond Memorial Health Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Rosenberg Foundation
Santa Fe Community Foundation
Simmons Foundation
Small Change Foundation
Southwest Florida Community Foundation
Stonewall Community Foundation
Surdna Foundation
The California Endowment
The Collins Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The Palette Fund
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Third Wave Fund
Tides Foundation
Trans Justice Funding Project
Tzedek Social Justice Fund
Wallace Foundation
Washington Grantmakers AIDS Partnership
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Wild Geese Foundation
William Blair
Women's Foundation of California