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Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman
Piper Kerman confirmed as first Funding Forward 2014 Keynote
Funding Forward 2014 is shaping up to be the best gathering of grantmakers commited to LGBTQ issues yet! Our planning committee is deeply engaged, our members submitted a high volume of thoughtful and innovative session proposals and the local community in Philadelphia is going out of their way to welcome us. Funding Forward 2014 is bound to be a huge success. ... click here to continue reading.  Click here to register today! (Early bird rates end February 14th)
Cindy Rizzo, Board Chair
You Are Cordially Invited to Help Point the Way Forward

By: Cindy Rizzo, Vice President of Impact & Learning, Arcus Foundation

... There's a lot of excitement on the horizon, including our upcoming Funding Forward conference in Philadelphia and our partnership with foundations in the U.S. South to expand philanthropic resources in a long-neglected and under-funded region. We have also strengthened our efforts to reach "mainstream philanthropy" in order to ensure that LGBT organizations can access a wider range of foundation funders and that large foundations can better understand the broad scope of issues that confront our communities. ... Click here to read more


The Philanthropy Track at Creating Change!
A number of sessions at this year's conference focus specifically on philanthropy or fundraising, and even more sessions will provide valuable opportunities for movement leaders and funders to connect, learn from each other, and share strategies for building a stronger LGBT movement. Click the link below for a short guide to the sessions and events related to philanthropy, as well as those that feature Funders for LGBTQ Issues members and partners. ...Click here to read more


Wednesday, January, 29th - Sunday, February, 2nd (Houston, TX):
Funders for LGBTQ Issues at Creating Change
Check out our slate of events at this year's Creating Change.  Hopefully we'll see you in Houston!  .... Learn more here.
Monday, February 3rd (Webinar):
The Mid-term Elections and You: Voter Suppression in the South and Beyond
The 2014 mid-term elections will be the first major elections with national offices on the ballot since the Supreme Court's decision in the Shelby County, AL v. Holder case. One known impact of that decision is that voter suppression efforts have intensified in Southern states including Texas, North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, and others that previously enjoyed Voting Rights Act protections.  .... Learn more here.
Friday, February 14th (New York, NY):
The Power of Two: Funding at the Nexus of LGBT Rights and Repro Rights/Repro Justice
These two movements work principally on separate tracks, while sharing core values and common adversaries. How can the power at this intersection be leveraged for the greatest effect? How can funders, often constrained by institutional structures that favor discrete issues, support intersectional alliances?  ... Learn more here.
Wednesday, March 26th - Friday, March 28th (Philadelphia, PA):
Funding Forward 2014
It's time to register for Funding Forward 2014!  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. ... Register here!
Friday, June 6th - Sunday, June 8th (Washington, DC):
Joint Affinity Groups Unity Summit
This summer JAG will bring together a national network of more than 2,500 members and more than 20,000 philanthropic, nonprofit, and corporate professionals of all ages: AAPI, Black, Latino, Native, women, men, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities to work together to eliminate disparities across race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. ... Learn more here.
Research, Resources and Updates 
Requests for Proposals
  • The Other Foundation
    The Other Foundation has announced the launch of its first pilot grantmaking initiative to advance the rights and well-being of LGBTI people in Southern Africa. The deadline has been extended to February 10.
  • Trans Justice Funding Project
    The Trans Justice Funding Project is awarding grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to organizations run by and for trans communities with a budget of less than $250,000.  The deadline is February 15.
  • National Committe for Responsive Philanthropy
    NCRP is accepting nominations for its 2014 NCRP Impact Awards, which celebrate foundations of all shapes and sizes that have shown leadership, innovation and commitment to solving the countries toughtest problems. The deadline is March 1.

Recent Grant Award Announcements

  • Human Rights Campaign
    HRC has awarded $100,000 to the Russia Freedom Fund.  The fund, which is housed at Arcus Foundation, seeks to foster a safer environment for LGBT people in Russia by supporting local organizations that have been effective at combating discrimination and violence.  
  • Stoli Vodka
    To demonstrate that Stoli shares the same desire for justice and equality as the LGBT community, Stoli has awarded $300,000 to the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Thomas W. Nicholas

Tom, former CFO and Vice President for Finance and Administration at the Heinz Center, joins Arcus Foundation as the new Vice President of Finance and Operations.  (Read more here.)  Congratulations, Tom!

Alfonso Wenker 

Alfonso,formerly of the Bush Foundation, is now the new Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Minnesota Council on Foundations.  (Read more here.)  Best of luck, Alfonso!
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Charities Bureau - Bureau Chief

The Office of the New York State Attorney General

(New York, NY)


Communications Manager 

Horizons Foundation

(San Francisco, CA)


Community Philanthropy Manager

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)

(San Francisco, CA)


Director of Communication

Meyer Memorial Trust

(Portland, OR)


Director of Human Resources

Meyer Memorial Trust

(Portland, OR)


Executive Director 

Immigration Equality

(New York, NY)


Investment and Financial Analyst 

California Community Foundation 

(Los Angeles, CA)


Membership Engagement Director

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP)

(San Francisco, 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 Lafayette Practice)  Andrew Lane (Johnson Family Foundation)  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  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  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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