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Community foundations play a vital role in supporting LGBTQ organizations by increasing local investment in and awareness of LGBTQ issues. For quite some time now, community foundations have steadily accounted for 5 percent of all LGBTQ funding, however, there are strong indications that community foundations may be steadily increasing their investments in LGBTQ communities. ...  Click here to see the top ten list.
Monday, November 2 (New York, NY)
Join the Civil Marriage Collaborative and leaders of key partner organizations for presentations and conversations with a wide array of social justice funders about the role of the CMC and philanthropy in achieving victory on marriage equality; how this level of impact was crafted; and what can or cannot be learned from it to inform, shape and drive strategy development...  Learn more here.
Monday, November 9 (Los Angeles, CA)
Please join Southern California Grantmakers, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Gill Foundation, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors for a timely conversation about LGBTQ philanthropy and how donors can continue to contribute to the movement.  Learn more here.
Wednesday, November 11 (Chicago, IL)
After the monumental win for marriage equality, philanthropists and foundations interested in LGBTQ issues are at an inflection point. This panel of leaders and thinkers in philanthropy will discuss a variety of issues related to the impact of this win on the greater movement, and how donors can continue to support its ongoing work...  Learn more here.
Thursday, November 12-Friday, November 13 (Asheville, NC)
Out in the South @ SCEF
Attending SECF's annual meeting this year? Join us members of the Out in the South Network for a fun social reception and networking lunch!... Learn more here.
Thursday, November 19 (webinar)
Black LGBT communities have always been at the intersection of racial justice and LGBT activism although they experience continued invisibility within movements. Join ABFE for a webinar, co-sponsored by Funders for LGBTQ Issues and The Third Wave Fund, that will examine how leaders and organizations connect racial and LGBT identity to secure social justice... Learn more here.
Friday, November 20 (San Francisco, CA)
The Summit builds on our historic LGBT Health Funding Summit in New York this past January and will bring together a diverse array of funders committed to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities to interact with experts from the field, build relationships with like-minded funders, and develop funding strategies for increased impact in LGBT health. ...   Learn more here.
Wednesday, March 30 - Friday, April 1 (Minneapolis, MN)
Funding Forward 2016 is coming to Minneapolis, Minnesota!  Our annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues is a great opportunity for like minded funders to connect with one another, learn from each other, coordinate efforts, and maximize impact. Register now and take advantage of the early bird rate!  For more information, click here.
Research, Resources and Updates 
  • Astraea Launches the World's First Intersex Human Rights Fund
    The first of its kind, the Intersex Human Rights Fund supports organizations, projects and campaigns led by intersex activists working to ensure the human rights, bodily autonomy, physical integrity and self-determination of intersex people worldwide.
  • Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Youth
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report shows that conversion therapy is not appropriate for minors and offers methods to support LGBTQ and gender non-conforming children. This important new resource makes it clear that conversion therapy is not an appropriate therapeutic approach based on the evidence, and explores alternative ways to discuss sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression with young people.
Requests for Proposals
  • GCEM provides post-secondary scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied students who live or attend school in the geographic area served by the Gay Community Endowment Fund (Summit, Medina, Portage, Stark and Wayne counties). Students should have participated in organizations or initiatives that positively impact LGBTQ communities. 
    For more information,  contact Pat Rubin.
  • The Other Foundation invites applications for grants from lesbian women and transgender people or organizations in thirteen eligible southern African countries to support work that addresses discrimination against lesbian women or transgender people. The closing date for submission of grant concept proposals is Wednesday, 18 November 2015For more information, click here. To apply, click hereA selection panel will review all applications and make decisions about the appointment of peer reviewers. All peer reviewers must be available for a two-day regional workshop that will be held in Johannesburg on November 24th-25th, 2015.
Recent Grant Award Announcements
  • Arizona LGBTQ Nonprofit Receives Generous Grant
    One-n-Ten has announced a $500K grant from The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation over the course of two years. The grant will provide at-risk LGBTQ youth with safe, supportive housing and support the implementation of a development director and part-time program coordinator.
  • 2015 MacArthur "Genius Grant" Winners
    Openly lesbian artist, Nicole Eisenman, and gay puppeteer, Basil Twist, are two of the twenty-four recipients of this year's $625K MacArthur winners.
  • LGBT Community Fund Awards over $280,000 to Local Groups
    The LGBT Fund at the Chicago Community Trust has released their current grant recipients, making grants from $10,000 to $25,000 to several local organizations with a strong focus on LGBTQ youth and seniors in the community.
  • New Federal Funding to Serve Homeless LGBTQ Youth in NYC
    Combined, the more than $1 million in federal grants will provide critical resources to Ali Forney Center, which works with LGBTQ homeless youth on a range of issues, including domestic and sexual violence, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services
  • Pomroy Foundation Announces Grants for Newton Groups
    Pomroy Foundation has selected Camp Lightbulb as an LGBT grant recipient. Camp Lightbulb provides LGBT female teenagers in the Newton community with a summer camp experience in a safe, supportive and welcoming environment.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy
Kristi Andrasik
Kristi, program officer at the Cleveland Foundation, was awarded Philanthropy Ohio's inaugural Michael G. Shinn Award for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Philanthropy.   Read the full announcement here.  Way to go, Kristi!

Robert Bank
Robert has been named the next President of American Jewish World Service, where he currently serves as Executive Vice President.  Robert will succeed Ruth Messinger as the next president of AJWS on July 1, 2016.   Read more here.  Congratulations, Robert!

Danilo Machado
Danilo has received Triangle Community Center's (TCC) largest scholarship in its 25-year history. Danilo was previously an intern at Funders for LGBTQ Issues. The award was made in recognition of his service to the LGBTQ community and for his many years' worth of work for everyday equality. Congratulations, Danilo!

Tamir Novotny
After nine years at Living Cities and serving as an active member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) since 2013, Tamir Novotny has been named as EPIP's new Executive Director. Way to go, Tamir!

Jacob Tobia
Jacob has joined the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice as a new executive assistant. Congratulations, Jacob!
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Inner City Advisors
(Oakland, CA)

North Star Fund
(New York, NY)

California Community Foundation
(Los Angeles, CA)

Horizons Foundation
(San Francisco, CA)

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
(New York, NY)

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
(Atlanta, Georgia)

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 Kristine Stallone (American Jewish World Service) · Secretary Beatriz "Bia" Vieira (Philanthropic Consultant) ·  Rohit Burman (M.A.C. AIDS Fund) ·  Alfredo Cruz (Foundation for Louisiana)  ·  Gabriel Foster  (Trans Justice Funding Project)  ·  Matthew "Matty" Hart (Global Philanthropy Project and The Calamus Foundation, DE) ·  Surina Khan (The Women's Foundation of California)  ·  Mitchell Singer (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)  ·  Patricia St. Onge (Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching)  ·   Nathaniel "Toby" Thompkins  (Tides 21st Century) · Rye Young (Third Wave Fund)
Institutional Members

11th Hour Project   ·   American Jewish World Service   ·   Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund   ·  Anonymous · Arcus Foundation · Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice  · Boston Foundation · The Calamus Foundation, DE · The California Endowment · California Wellness Foundation · The Cleveland Foundation · Community Foundation for Northeast Florida · Community Foundation Santa Cruz County · Con Alma Health Foundation · Cream City Foundation · The David Bohnett Foundation · Driscoll's Charitable Fund · Dwight Stuart Youth Fund · Elton John AIDS Foundation · Equity Foundation · Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund · Ford Foundation · Foundation for the Carolinas · Foundation for Louisiana · Freeman Foundation · GE Foundation · Gill Foundation · Gilmour-Jirgens Fund · 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 · Kicking Assets Fund · Laughing Gull Foundation · Levi Strauss Foundation · M.A.C. AIDS Fund · Marguerite Casey Foundation · Mukti Fund · New York Women's Foundation · North Star Fund · Our Fund, Inc. · Overbrook Foundation · The Palette Fund · Philanthrofund Foundation · Polk Bros. Foundation · Pride Foundation · Proteus Fund, Inc. · Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors · Rosenberg Foundation · Tides 21st Century · The Samuel S. Fels Fund · San Diego Human Dignity Foundation · San Francisco AIDS Foundation · Santa Fe Community Foundation · Small Change Foundation · Stonewall Community Foundation · Vermont Community Foundation · Wells Fargo · Wild Geese Foundation · The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation · Women's Foundation of California

Have a content idea for Q Notes?  Contact Naa Hammond at naa@lgbtfunders.org or 212.475.2930.

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