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Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday and get on board with #GivingTuesday

Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  In recent years, retailers have sought to spur holiday shopping immediately following turkey day with huge retail sales on Friday (Black Friday), small business efforts on Saturday (Small Business Saturday), and big online discounts on Monday (Cyber Monday).  But maybe it's time to encourage people to not only shop, but also to give. ... Click here to read more

Our Board Gets a Little Bigger

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is excited to introduce our community to our three newest board members: Matty Hart, Kristine Stallone, and Nathaniel (Toby) Thompkins. All three promise to add a unique and valued perspective to our work going forward. ... click here to continue reading.

Monday, December 2th (webinar):
The Mid-terms and You: Navigating Nonpartisan Election-year Grantmaking
Want to feel informed and confident about your 2014 funding? This session-for both private and public foundations-will cover the essential dos and don'ts of funding election-related activities by 501(c)(3) organizations including voter engagement and registration work, issue advocacy, and ballot measures. ... Learn more here.
Thursday, December 5th (Los Angeles, CA):
JAG of Southern California Annual Leadership Recognition and Holiday Reception
Please join Southern California's Joint Affinity Group (JAG)to celebrate the season and recognize the 2013 Special Leadership Award Recipient: Michael Fleming, Executive Director of the David Bohnett Foundation. ... Learn more here.
Thursday, December 5th (San Francisco, CA):
Bay Area Philanthropy Holiday Party
The Bay Area philanthropic community is coming together once again this year for an annual Holiday Party.  Please join your fellow grantmaking peers for a fun evening, celebrating the holiday season and end-of-year accomplishments. Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served. ... Learn more here.
Tuesday, December 10th (Washington, DC):
AIDS Philanthropy Summit: LGBTQ Caucus Lunch
Join us for an LGBTQ breakout lunch at the AIDS Philanthropy Summit!  Funders for LGBTQ Issues is working with Funders concerned about AIDS to facilitate a lunchtime conversation that will both examine the intersections between HIV and LGBTQ grantmaking and explore ways to expand collaborative work. ... Learn more here.
Wednesday, March 26th - Friday, March 28th (Philadelphia, PA):
Funding Forward 2014
We're proud to announce that Funding Forward 2014 is coming to Philadelphia March 26 through March 28!  The annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues provides an exciting opportunity for funders to connect with one another, learn from each other, coordinate efforts, and maximize impact. ... Learn more here.

Community Events:


Queer Leaders in Philanthropy Gathering

Wednesday, December 4th (San Francisco, CA) - Bay Area Queer Leaders in Philanthropy is hosting a gathering of LGBT leaders in philanthropy for networking; strengthening, sustaining and promoting LGBT philanthropic leadership; and building community and solidarity amongst LGBT philanthropic professionals. (click here for more details)

Research, Resources and Updates 
  • "An Impossible Choice: LGBT Workers and Family Leave Laws"
    MAP, Center for American Progress, and HRC have a new report out that explores the ways in which discriminatory laws and unequal access to family and medical leave forces LGBTQ people to make difficult choices between managing personal crises and retaining their job for their livelihood.  
  • "A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color"
    MAP, Center for American Progress, HRC, Freedom to Work, FIRE, and the National Black Justice Coalition have released a new report on the unique challenges LGBT workers of color face related to their race and ethnicity and their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.  
  • "Growth in Foundation Support for Media in the United States"
    This new report by the Foundation Center, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Wyncote Foundation, in collaboration with Media Impact Funders, Guidestar and the Ford Foundation, aims to give a fuller picture of media-related grantmaking by U.S. Foundations.
Requests for Proposals
  • Point Foundation
    The Point Foundation is now accepting applications for 2014 scholarships. Applicants who successfully fill out Part 1 will be notified to proceed to part 2 by January 22.
  • Pride Foundation
    Pride Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships due January 15.
  • Independent Sector
    Independent Sector has opened nominations for the 2014 John W. Gardner Leadership Award. The deadline is January 31.

Recent Grant Award Announcements

  • Nike
    Nike is entering the marriage equality fight in the company's home state of Oregon. Nike has set up the Nike Equality PAC with seed funding of $280,000 ($100,000 from the company and $180,000 from a pool of top executives).
  • The LGBT Fund of Greater Rochester Giving Circle
    The LGBT Fund of Greater Rochester Giving Circle has awarded $18,000 in grants to 11 nonprofits. This is the group's second year of grantmaking, and they more than doubled both the amount granted and the number of grantees.
  • The Staples Foundation
    The Staples Foundation has awarded $5,000 to the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition in Boston. This grant is made possible by the 2 Million and Change program, under the direction of Staples, Inc. associates. The grant will fund a New Leaders Institute and LGBTQ mentorship program.
  • The Jewish Fund
    The Jewish Fund awarded a $158,630 three-year grant to Affirmations, a community center for LGBT people and allies located outside of Detriot. The grant will support and expand health and wellness programming.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Ronald White 

Ron, current Interim Executive Director of the Southern Partners Fund, has been named the new Executive Director of Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families.  Best of luck, Ron!
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Communications Manager 

Public Interest Projects (PIP)

(New York, NY)


Director of Programs & Public Policy 

Southern California Grantmakers

(Los Angeles, CA)


Program Officer, Just and Fair Schools Fund 

Public Interest Projects (PIP) 

(New York, NY)


Project Manager 

Social Justice Fund NW

(Seattle, WA) 


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

Anonymous  Arcus Foundation  Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice   Boston Foundation  Calamus Foundation  The California Endowment  California Wellness Foundation  Community Foundation Santa Cruz County  Con Alma Health Foundation � Cream City Foundation  Driscoll's Charitable Fund  Dwight Stuart Youth Fund  Equity Foundation  Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Ford Foundation Foundation for the Carolinas Freeman Foundation  Gill Foundation  Gilmour-Jirgens Foundation  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  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  Santa Fe Community Foundation � Small Change Foundation  Stonewall Community Foundation  Vermont Community Foundation � Wells Fargo Bank  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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