MARCH 2020
Dear Community Partners and Friends,

This is an incredibly difficult time for our community. We are all struggling to move work forward and make sense of these current conditions. Like many of you, our team at Funders for LGBTQ Issues is adapting to working remotely and rethinking how we can best support our members through this crisis. Now as always, we are committed to supporting this powerful network of funders who will be called upon to support LGBTQ communities in ways even more critical than before.

In this issue of QNotes, you will find a new COVID-19 LGBTQ funding resource page, which we will be frequently updating to share timely information and guidance with funders and movement leaders alike. You will also find information about three webinars planned for this week to bring you timely content that we had originally planned to offer in person at Funding Forward. This series will begin with a particularly important conversation on the role of queer philanthropy in a time of COVID-19 .

Thank you all for your resilience in these challenging times.

In solidarity,
Ben Francisco Maulbeck
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
We created a resource hub to share timely information for funders seeking to address the unique needs of LGBTQ communities in the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be updating it frequently as the situation evolves. Click here to read more.
Last month we made two internal promotions! Please join us in celebrating Nicole Fernandes and Andrew Wallace on their new roles. Click here to read more about them.
We are moving forward with our search for the next President of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and have released a leadership profile. Click here to read more and share with your networks!
After making the difficult but necessary decision not move forward with our annual gathering of grantmakers this week in Chicago, we adapted key content to present timely content via webinar. Our virtual Funding Forward will kick off with a plenary webinar of trailblazing LGBTQ movement leaders and funders working to adapt and respond quickly to our communities’ needs in the time of COVID-19. Click here to read more or register at the links below.
In the photo above, #GCIR2020 closing plenary panelists from left to right: ; Estrella Sanchez, Community Estrella; Maria Alegria Rodriguez, Florida Immigrant Coalition; Jerry Gonzalez, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials; Everton Blair Jr., Gwinnett County Board of Education; B en Francisco Maulbeck, Funders for LGBTQ Issues.

  • Earlier this month, Funders for LGBTQ Issues' president Ben Francisco Maulbeck moderated the closing plenary from #GCIR2020 National Convening. Speakers discussed how COVID-19 is affecting their communities, their organizations, the 2020 census, and the upcoming election, and how they are responding in real-time.

  • Lyle Matthew Kan, Vice President of Research and Communications and Andrew Wallace, Director of Research and Communications at Funders for LGBTQ Issues attended the PolicyWorks Institute and Foundations on the Hill. Lyle joined Claudia Y.W. Herrold of Philanthropy Ohio and Maggie Gunther Osborn of United Philanthropy Forum in a Public Comments Workshop to share how we are mobilizing our members to take speak out on critical policy proposals. Lyle and Andrew also met with a number of members and legislators in the DC area.  
And these are just the highlights! Stay tuned for more updates from our network in action in the next edition of Q Notes!

Visit our new resource page for the latest information for funders seeking to address the unique needs of LGBTQ communities in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Autostraddle shares four ways the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the LGBTQ+ community.

GLSEN Research Institute released a series of four reports entitled Erasure and Resilience: The Experiences of LGBTQ Students of Color . The series of reports focus on school climate for different racial/ethnic groups of LGBTQ students of color.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues and a number of Philanthropy Serving Organizations put out a joint statement in response to the COVID-19.

Aaron Dorfman, President and CEO of National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) shares his favorite funders COVID-19 responses on his latest blog entry.

This new report demonstrates how hate groups have been exploiting the tax code to raise money through philanthropic organizations, particularly by using Donor-Advised Funds, and offers solutions for the sector. offers ways to support those most vulnerable in our communities, from sharing crowdsourced fundraising opportunities to donating to local and national nonprofits.


Horizons Foundation funding program supports the LGBTQ community in all nine counties of the SF Bay Area across broad funding areas.

North Star awarded $300,000 to support leaders, including students, shelter residents, immigrants, domestic workers, LGBTQ youth, tenants, and public school parents.


The Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice
Deadline: March 27, 2020

The 49 Fund
Ongoing Application Deadline

Campaign for Southern Equality
Ongoing Application Deadline

Richard Burns
Richard Burns was recently elected to serve as Interim Executive Director at the Drug Policy Alliance. Congratulations on your new role, Richard!
Nicole Fernandes
Nicole Fernandes was recently promoted to Finance and Administrative Associate at Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Congratulations on your promotion, Nicole!
Storme Gray
Storme Gray was recently named Executive Director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). Congratulations on your new role, Storme!
Andrew Wallace
Andrew Wallace was recently promoted to Research and Communications Director at Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Congratulations on your promotion, Andrew!
Foundation for a Just Society
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Funders for LGBTQ Issues
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Rickke Mananzala, Chair (Borealis Philanthropy)
Cynthia Renfro, Vice Chair (Civis Consulting, LLC)
Kristine Stallone, 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)
Jason McGill (Philanthropic Consultant)
William (Bill) Smith (Santa Fe Community Foundation)
Beatriz "Bia" Vieira (The Women's Foundation of California)
Judy Yu (Wellspring Philanthropic Fund)
Ben Francisco Maulbeck
Lyle Matthew Kan
Vice President Of Research & Communications
Marvin Webb
Vice President Of Finance & Administration
Kristina Wertz
Vice President Of Engagement & Philanthropic Outreach
Rebecca Wisotsky
National Director Of Philanthropic Outreach
Alexander Lee
Project Director, Grantmakers United For Trans Communities
Chantelle Fisher-borne
Project Director, Out In The South Initiative
Andrew Wallace
Director of Research & Communications
April Bethea
Development & Membership Associate
Nicole Fernandes
Finance and Administrative Associate
Luis Rey Ramirez
Research & Communications Associate
American Jewish World Service
Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund
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 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
Washington Grantmakers AIDS Partnership
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Wild Geese Foundation
William Blair
Women's Foundation of California