May 2023

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Funding Forward Call for Sessions Extended to May 26th

We're extending our Funding Forward Call for Sessions deadline to May 26th!

We will continue to prioritize conference sessions focused on trans lives this year. While we will consider all submitted session proposals, in this moment of crisis, we strongly encourage our network to adopt an intersectional approach for their broader session proposals and consider how they can center our trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) communities. For more information, head to our website to learn more about the criteria and submit a session today.


Announcing the Funding Forward 2023 Venue

Lowes Chicago Hotel

455 N Park Dr, Chicago, IL, 60611

We’re excited to announce the venue and online registration date for Funding Forward 2023 - The annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues!

Please save the date and join us in Chicago on November 29- December 1!

Registration opens on June 1, 2023.

Click here to learn more about Funding Forward 2023.

Toward Freedom: Fostering Rest, Reflection, & Connection for Transgender and Gender Expansive Individuals in Philanthropy

Funders for LGBTQ Issues invites transgender and gender non-conforming professionals in philanthropy to join us on May 25th, 3:30-5 PM EST, for Toward Freedom: Fostering Rest, Reflection, & Connection for Transgender and Gender Expansive Professionals in Philanthropy.

Facilitated by Matice Moore, GUTC Consultant and Director of the Brown Boi Project, participants will leave this session with new connections and creative tools for thinking about authenticity and care in philanthropic spaces by invoking the revolutionary practice of “freedom dreaming.” Due to demand, registration for the event is currently waitlisted.

Meet Our Team: Ollin Rodriguez-Lopez

This month, we spotlight Ollin Rodriguez-Lopez, Funders' HR & Administrative Associate! Ollin (he/they) has a decade of experience as an organizer and administrator in food justice, LGBTQ liberation, and economic justice movements before joining our team at Funders for LGBTQ Issues in 2022. We’re so grateful for your ongoing thoughtful work and leadership, Ollin. Get to know more about them on our website!

Notes from the Field: State and Local LGBTQ Movement Leaders Speak on Organizing in Response to Anti-LGBTQ Backlash

Funders for LGBTQ Issues, in co-sponsorship with Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP), will host a funder briefing on Tuesday, June 13th, from 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT, that will ​​offer participants an opportunity to hear about the historical context of the far right’s strategy to weaponize TGNC communities in their work to attack bodily autonomy, hear about current work and wins across the field, and identify strategies for philanthropy to deepen their partnership with LGBTQ movements. Open to staff at grantmakers and PSOs. Register here.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues Member Convening

Funders for LGBTQ Issues invites our members to join us on Thursday, June 22nd, 4:00 - 5:30 pm EDT, for a virtual community space with colleagues committed to LGBTQ philanthropy. While we have limited opportunities to gather collectively in person, we strive to create space to gather virtually in the wake of ongoing attacks on transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) communities across the nation. It’s our hope that this virtual community space will offer an opportunity to debrief and share ideas and resources for sustaining long-term movement organizing. We aim to highlight ways Funders for LGBTQ Issues and our member community can support each other’s work and well-being. Register here.

If you are unsure of you or your institution's membership status, email Amara Reese-Hansell.

The State of LGBTQ Philanthropy + 2021 Tracking Report Release

Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a hybrid event at Ford Foundation on Monday, June 26, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, to celebrate the release of our 2021 Tracking Report and be in powerful conversation with LGBTQ philanthropic leaders. In a moment where transgender and gender nonconforming communities continue to be utilized as a divisive wedge issue to attack bodily autonomy, philanthropy has a critical role in resourcing intersectional movement building. Streaming will be available for those attending virtually. 

Speakers will include:

Gabriel Foster, Trans Justice Funding Project

Joy Chia, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Nicky McIntyre, Foundation for a Just Society

Saida Agostini-Bostic, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Registration required for virtual and in-person attendees; reserve your space today.

A same-day reception will follow - details forthcoming.

Minneapolis Reception at the Grantmakers in Health Conference

Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a networking reception on Thursday, June 8th, 7:30-9:30 CDT in Minneapolis, MN, during the Grantmakers in Health (GIH) Conference! We look forward to welcoming you to the North Patio of Brit’s Pub for drinks, bites, conversation, and lawn bowling for those so inclined. All LGBTQ and allied staff of philanthropic organizations are welcome to attend. Register here.

Southern Vision Alliance: Queer Mobilization Fund

Southern Vision Alliance has shared an urgent appeal for funding to support the influx of applications for the Queer Mobilization Fund, a program created to meet the needs of Southern LGBTQ organizing. To meet their goal of supporting 50 grantees for their 2023 grant cycle, Queer Mobilization Fund needs to raise $100,000 by June 5th. Learn more here.

Lane Harwell

Featured in Hyperallergic

Central Florida

Emergency Trans Care Fund

Lane Harwell, Ford Foundation Program Officer and Funders for LGBTQ Issues board member, co-authored Arts Grantmakers Must Change Their Ways, a call to philanthropy to deepen its support of artists in Hyperallergic

Read the full article.

The LGBT+ Center Orlando, in partnership with Contigo Fund and other community organizations, has launched the Central Florida Emergency Trans Care Fund.

This Central Florida effort provides rapid response support directly to the families of transgender youth and adults directly impacted by anti-trans healthcare bans in Florida. Their priority will be those most in need who lack or have inequitable access to care.

Learn more here.

Early Childhood Funders Collaborative

In response to Alabama's decision to ban Pre-K educators from employing nationally recognized standards to promote inclusive and welcoming learning spaces for all children, the Early Childhood Funding Collaborative has issued a statement affirming the need to build classrooms that welcome children of all races and family structures, including LGBTQ communities. Philanthropic partners are invited to sign on here. 

Black Trans Fund:

Community Care Grant

Gill Foundation:

Call for Letters of Interest

Black Trans Fund is accepting Community Care Grant applications for Black, trans-led organizations across the United States. The fund will direct community care funding to mutual aid, wellness and healing, organizing and activism, and more.

Determinations will be made in early July and are based on funding priorities, Black Trans Fund values, and the total funding budget.

The Gill Foundation seeks bold, innovative ideas for new initiatives, campaigns, or projects that (1) immediately confront the policy and narrative attacks targeting transgender Americans, particularly transgender youth, (2) build public familiarity and acceptance of transgender Americans, and/or 3) present and implement a long-term plan to turn the tide and accelerate the advancement of comprehensive, nationwide equality. The priority deadline is June 3, 2023.

Crossroads Fund: 

Critical Response Fund

Founders First CDC:

National Pride Grant

Crossroads Fund is encouraging current grantees to apply for their Critical Response Fund to provide funding to protect, empower, and support Chicago-based grassroots groups and community members during this crisis. Complete applications are due May 22, 2023.

Founders First is offering applications for their National Pride Grant, which provides eligible U.S. based LGBTQIA+ small businesses a chance to receive one of 25 grant packages totaling $25,000. Visit their website to learn more - the deadline to apply is June 6th, 2023.

Submit your featured funding opportunities on our website!

USC Annenberg: Norman Lear Center - Media Impact Project

USC Annenberg provides a summary of insights from 23 narrative change experts about the state of the field and how to think about impact. It also includes guidance for philanthropy on how to resource narrative change work more effectively.

Southern Vision Alliance: Queer Mobilization Fund Annual Report

The Southern Vision Alliance, a North Carolina-based grassroots organization and Funders for LGBTQ Issues Out in the South Fund grantee, released its 2022 Annual Report outlining the growth and accomplishments through supporting their Queer Mobilization Fund grantees.

Tennessee and the Anti-Drag Race

The New York Times published an op-ed featuring the insight of Patrick Grzanka, a professor of psychology at the University of Tennessee and chair of the university's interdisciplinary program in women, gender, and sexuality, on Tennessee's extreme anti-drag law.

Philanthropy and HBCUs: Foundation Funding to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Historically Black colleges have played a central role in developing Black leaders and addressing inequalities in the United States. ABFE and Candid released their latest report on philanthropy and HBCUs.

Washington State Passed a "Shield Law" to Protect Trans People and Abortion Seekers

Washington became the sixth state to pass a "shield law" protecting people from out-of-state bans on gender-affirming care and abortion, prohibiting state authorities from issuing subpoenas based on laws against such care in other states.

TRANSCEND Campaign receives $60,000 in support from Northwest Area Foundation, Saint Paul Foundation, and Cargill Corporation

PFund Foundation announced the receipt of three new grants in support of their TRANSCEND Campaign. Thanks to generous donors, they have raised over $92,000 in funds to assist gender-expansive youth with necessary medical care and safe learning environments.

Congratulations, PFund Foundation!

Notable promotions, transitions, and career updates from LGBTQ people

in philanthropy and allies.

Lillian Kuri has been unanimously elected as The Cleveland Foundation’s 10th President and CEO, effective this August. Congratulations, Lillian!

Dani Martínez announced their departure from Borealis Philanthropy as the Director of Emerging LGBTQ Leaders of Color Fund (ELLC). We wish you the best in your next endeavor, Dani!

Richard Tate was named the next President and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation effective this September. Congratulations, Richard!

Administration and Operations Coordinator

Arabella Advisors - Kiwi Partners

Remote, U.S.

Director of Community Engagement & Communications

Pride Foundation

Remote in AK, ID, MT, OR, or WA, U.S.

Director for Member Engagement

Northern California Grantmakers

Hybrid, San Francisco, CA

Senior Program Officer

Colorado Health Foundation

Hybrid, Denver, CO

Visit our website for more listings on our full Jobs Board.

Q-Notes is a regular newsletter produced by Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Please contact with questions on this edition or submissions for future publishings. The next edition of Q-Notes will be released on June 22nd.


Cynthia Renfro, Chair (Civis Consulting, LLC)

Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Vice-Chair (Foundation for a Just Society)

Jonathan Jayes-Green, Secretary (Philanthropic Consultant)

Karen Appelbaum, Treasurer (Northwest Area Foundation)

Namita Chad (Philanthropic Consultant)

Ana Conner (Third Wave Fund)

Desiree Flores (General Service Foundation)

Aldita Gallardo (Borealis Philanthropy)

Lane Harwell (Ford Foundation)

Kelli King-Jackson (The Simmons Foundation)

Cathy K.K. Kapua (Trans Justice Funding Project)

Bré Rivera (Black Trans Fund)

Glo Ross (Arcus Foundation)

William (Bill) Smith (May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust)

Judy Yu (Wellspring Philanthropic Fund)


Saida Agostini-Bostic


Cleopatra Jach Acquaye

Director of Programs

April Bethea

Director of Philanthropic Outreach 

Chantelle Fisher-Borne

Senior Project Director, Out In The South Initiative

Ashe Helm-Hernández

Senior Fellow of Philanthropic Organizing

Alyssa Lawther

Senior Research Officer

Alexander L. Lee

Deputy Director

Ollin Rodriguez Lopez

Human Resources & Administrative Associate

Noemi Mangual-Rosa

Communications Officer

Amara Reese-Hansell

Membership Engagement Officer

Stephen Switzer

Director of Finance

Marvin Webb

Chief Financial Officer


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Women's Foundation of California

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