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Two LGBTQ Trailblazers Awarded $1.25 Million
On Wednesday night, the MacArthur Foundation announced the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows - providing a $625,000 no-strings-attached stipend to each fellow to support their creative endeavors. Among the list of 21 exceptional individuals chosen, were two notable leaders in the LGBTQ community: Mary Bonauto and Alison Bechdel ... click here to read more about these two extraordinary LGBTQ leaders!
Back to School: The Top Ten Funders of LGBTQ Education 
September signals the end of summer and the beginning of fall. It also means "back to school" for many people. In 2012, foundations invested nearly $7.7 million in LGBTQ education and safe schools work - which amounted to approximately 8 percent of LGBTQ funding in the United States. ...Click here to see if your foundation made the top ten list!
Monday, September 22nd (New York, NY):
Funders for LGBTQ Issues House Warming Party
We moved!  Come see our new home next Monday and help us celebrate all the exciting things happening in LGBTQ philanthropy. ... RSVP for the party here.
March 18-20, 2015 in Atlanta, GA
Research, Resources and Updates 
  • FCAA: Tracking the Human Rights Funding Response to HIV
    Sarah Hamilton from Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) writes about the importance of tracking and data collection in developing responsive human rights funding strategies, including how Funders for LGBTQ Issues, FCAA and IHRFG are coordinating resource tracking efforts across the intersecting fields of human rights, LGBT rights, sexual and reproductive rights, and HIV/AIDS. Read the article here.
Requests for Proposals
  • The Surdna Foundation has issued a request for proposals to individual artists, culture bearers and nonprofit arts organizations to support projects developed in response to communities' specific challenges and to support artists and organizations whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly "activist." The deadline is November 12.

Recent Grant Award Announcements

  • Social Justice Fund North West
    Social Justice Fund North West's Gender Justice Giving Project has raised $93,739 and awarded 9 new grants to gender justice organizations.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Roz Lee
Roz has been promoted to Director of Social Justice Initiatives at the Arcus Foundation

Many congratulations, Roz!


Alli Jernow
Alli will be the new Program Director of the SOGI Program at Wellspring Advisors. 
Congratulations, Alli!

Will Cordery
Will, Program Officer at the Marguerite Casey Foundation, has been selected for ABFE's Connecting Leadership Fellowship. Congratulations, Will!


Gabriel Foster

Gabriel, former Outreach Director of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, has been named the first 
Director of the Trans Justice Funding Project. To view the announcement please click here. Congratulations, Gabriel!

Mona Chun

Mona, former Deputy Director of International Human Rights Funders Group, has been named the new Executive Director.  To see the full announcement please click here. Congratulations, Mona!
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy



LGBT Health Funding Summit Intern

Funders for LGBTQ Issues

(New York, NY) 


Vice President

Philanthropy Northwest

(Seattle, WA)


 Executive Director

PFund Foundation

(Minneapolis, MN)


Program Officer

Laughing Gull Foundation

(Durham, NC)


  Assistant to the President

National Center for Family Philanthropy

(Washington, DC)


Grants Manager

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

(New York, NY)

Global Philanthropy Project Coordinator

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

(New York, NY)


 Staff Accountant for Nonprofits

Arabella Advisors, LLC

(Washington, DC)


 Associate Director, Consulting Services

Arabella Advisors, LLC

(Washington, DC)

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)  Rohit Burman (M.A.C. AIDS Fund)  Maria Cadenas (Driscoll's)  Matthew "Matty" Hart (The Calamus Foundation, DE)  Andrew Lane (Johnson Family Foundation)  Kristine Stallone (American Jewish World Service)  Nathaniel "Toby" Thompkins (Tides 21st Century) � Beatriz "Bia" Vieira (The Philadelphia Foundation)
Institutional Members

American Jewish World Service  Anonymous  Arcus Foundation  Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice   Blachford-Cooper Foundation  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  Equity Foundation  Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Ford Foundation Foundation for the Carolinas  Foundation for Louisiana  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  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 � 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  San Francisco AIDS Foundation  Santa Fe Community Foundation � Small Change Foundation  Stonewall Community Foundation  Vermont Community Foundation � Wells Fargo Bank  The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation  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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