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The Top Ten Funders of Education and Safe Schools for LGBTQ Communities

In honor of Spirit Day, which we observe to spotlight and support LGBTQ youth who are still bullied on a daily basis, we're counting down the top ten grantmakers who fund education and safe schools for LGBTQ communities.. ... Click here to read more

Our Members Commit to "Philanthropy's Promise" 

Funders for LGBTQ Issues applauds our members who have demonstrated their commitment to supporting underserved communities and promoting social justice by signing on to Philanthropy's Promise. Philanthropy's Promise is an initiative by NCRP celebrating foundations that intentionally seek to benefit marginalized communities and invest in advocacy and community organizing. ... click here to continue reading.

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.
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.
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:


Wednesday, November 20th - Friday, November 22nd (Jacksonville, MS) - Funders for LGBTQ Issues looks forward to hosting an LGBTQ caucus at the Neighborhood Funders Group 2013 Annual Convening. (click here for more details)

Research, Resources and Updates 
  • "Key Facts on U.S. Foundations"
    The Foundation Center has published its key findings on U.S. foundation giving in 2011, complete with excellent infographics.  
  • "Foundations to support groups denied Catholic Campaign funding"
    The Crossroads Fund, Alphawood Foundation, Chicago Foundation for Women, Gill Foundation and the Pierce Family Foundation have created a new fund, the Solidarity Fund, to support immigration advocacy groups that lost funding from the the Catholic Campaign for Human Dignity because of their support for marriage equality in Illinois.    
Requests for Proposals
  • Community First Foundation
    Community First Foundation will be awarding up to $25,000 to improve health care access and quality for LGBT Coloradans and their families via education and training.  Proposals are due Thursday, November 7th. 
  • Arcus Foundation
    The Arcus Foundation has launched the Arcus Forum,  and as such, Arcus is seeking proposals that promote dialogue on the topic of LGBT rights and ape conservation.  The first deadline is December 1st.  
  • Neighborhood Funders Group
    NFG has issued a call for nominations, seeking people to serve on their board of directors.  Nominations are due November 5th. 

Recent Grant Award Announcements

  • Arcus Foundation
    The Arcus Foundation has announced its fall 2013 social justice grantees, awarding grants to 25 organizations, nine of whom are new grantees, spread across multiple countries working to advance LGBT acceptance. 
  • The Williams Institute
    The Williams Institute has announced its 2013-2014 small research grant recipients.   
  • Nike
    Nike has awarded the LGBT Sports Coalition $200,000 to fund projects of coalition members.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Amber French 

Amber, former Director of Partnerships at Proteus Fund the home of the Civil Marriage Collaborative, is the new Senior Director of Engagement and Partnerships with Media Democracy Fund.  Best of luck, Amber!


Evelynn M. Hammond 

Evelynn, a renowned professor and former dean at Harvard, has joined the board of directors of the Arcus Foundation.  Click here to read more.  Congratulations, Evelynn!


Edward M. Jones

Edward, former Director of Conference Programming at Council on Foundations, is the new Program Director at ABFE.  Best of luck Edward!


Jason McGill 

Jason, current Vice President of Member Services at Philanthropy New York, has been hired as the new Vice President, Social Justice Program at the Arcus Foundation.  Click here to read more.  Best of luck, Jason!


Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Communications Director 

North Star Fund

(New York, NY)


Communications Manager 

Arcus Foundation
(New York, NY) 


Director of Communications 

Council on Foundations 

(Arlington, VA) 



Program Director, Ending Cycles of Poverty Program 

Marin Community Foundation 

(Novato, CA)


Vice President of Finance and Operations 

Arcus Foundation

(New York, NY) 


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)  Nathaniel "Toby" Thompkins (Tides 21st Century) 
Institutional Members

Anonymous  Arcus Foundation  Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice   Boston 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  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

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