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2018 Summer Edition
In 2016, 115 U.S.-based foundations awarded nearly $17 million dollars to trans communities in the United States, representing a record high mark in funding for trans communities.While much work remains to be done - for every $100 dollars awarded by foundations less than 3 cents benefits trans communities - we are pleased to highlight those foundations that increased their funding of trans issues by 25 percent or more in 2016. Click here to read more!    
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is pleased to release our 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Out in the South Fund, which supports locally driven Southern philanthropy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities. The Fund provides matching dollars and planning grants for LGBTQ-focused community funds in the     
Wednesday, March 20th-Friday, March 22nd, 2019 (Tucson, AZ.)
Funding Forward 2019
Our annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues will take place March 20th-22nd, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona! We are already planning another great gathering and hope you will consider joining us!
Monday, August 13th, 2018 - 7:00 PM ET   
To assist potential applicants and answer any questions about the Out in the South Fund, Funders for LGBTQ Issues will host an informational call for interested applicants. The first will take place on August 9th at 7PM ET and second on August 13th at 4PM ET. Click here to register for the August 13th call.
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 9:00am - 11:00am (New York)
Philanthropy New York will host a discussion about TGNC rights and justice and connections to broader movements for justice.
Panelists will address issues including education, workforce development, health, and more. 
Research, Resources, and Updates
  • The 2018 LGBT Community Center Survey Report from MAP and CenterLink shows the critical role LGBT community centers play in the lives of LGBT people and their families, serving more than 40,000 people each week and providing targeted referrals to nearly 5,500 people.
  • This summer the LGBTQ Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham released a report that summarizes the results of the Living LGBTQ in Central Alabama survey.
  • As summarized this summer by Nonprofit Quarterly, a new report released by the First Nations Development Institute finds that foundation giving to organizations serving Native Americans declined by almost a third over an eight-year period.
  • The Center for Effective Philanthropy surveyed 205 leaders of nonprofit organizations to provide insignt on topics such as how diversity relates to the work of nonprofits and what demographic information nonprofits and funders alike are collecting in their latest report, Nonprofit Diversity Efforts: Current Practices and the Role of Foundations.
  • A recent report from HRC outlines how, in many jurisdictions, loopholes allow employees to be discriminated against if their harasser or employer has targeted them based on an incorrect assumption about their race, religion or other characteristic.
Requests for Proposals
  • The Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy have announced the 2018 Native Voices Rising (NVR) call for submissions for both donors and potential grantees. NVR is now accepting grant applications from all Native-led groups that have a membership base in the community, work to develop leadership, and take collective action to win progressive, social change. The application deadline is August 3, 2018.
Recent Grants Awarded
  • LGBT&S Alliance Fund Announces Latest Grants

    The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Straight (LGBT&S) Alliance Fund, which supports innovative programs and initiatives that benefit the LGBT&S community in Southern Arizona, announced today grants for $63,000 to 16 regional nonprofit agencies. Since its inception, the Fund has awarded 182 grants to more than 64 different organizations totaling $809,597.
  • Racial Equity in Philanthropy (REP) Fund

    The Racial Equity in Philanthropy (REP) Fund, a collaborative funding effort based at Borealis Philanthropy that currently includes the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Ford Foundation, announced its first round of grants totaling $14 million over three years to support 19 philanthropy-serving organizations committed to advancing racial equity within the sector and beyond. Funders for LGBTQ Issues is a proud recipient if REP funding along with many partners in the CHANGE Philanthropy Network.
  • Communities of Opportunity Expands Investments in King County (WA)

    Communities of Opportunity (COO) is expanding efforts to help neighborhoods and cultural communities build partnerships that contribute to better health, safe and affordable housing, economic opportunity and stronger community connections for residents and will provide $3.1 million to six efforts that tap into the collaborative power of residents to improve health and well-being. Grantees in the latest round of funding include The Transgender Economic Empowerment Coalition.
  • North Star Fund Announces Latest Grants in the Hudson Valley (NY)

    This summer the North Star Fund announced awards totaling $250,000 to 18 organizations in the Hudson Valley, including the Newburgh LGBTQ+ Center, a people-of-color led community hub for LGBTQ+ organizing, education and advocacy that's currently fighting a recently-passed law that punishes low-income tenants for landlord negligence.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy
Frank Baiocchi has joined Johnson Family Foundation as the new executive director. Congratulations, Frank!

The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) recently announced the appointment of Juan Franco as the organizations next executive director. Congratulations, Juan!

Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Arabella Advisors
(Washington, DC)

Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity
(Remote Locations)

Meyer Memorial Trust
(Portland, OR)

The Kresge Foundation
(Troy, MI)

Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice
(New York, NY)

Trinity Wall Street
(New York, NY)

Neighborhood Funders Group
(Oakland, CA)

Visit our Jobs Board for more listings!
Funders for LGBTQ Issues works to increase the scale and impact of philanthropic resources aimed at enhancing the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, promoting equity, and advancing racial, economic and gender justice

Board of Directors:

Chair  Rebecca Fox (Wellspring Advisors)  · Vice Chair Brandie Balken (Gill Foundation) · Treasurer Kristine Stallone (American Jewish World Service) · Secretary Beatriz "Bia" Vieira (GCIR) ·  Karina Claudio Betancourt  (Open Society Foundations)
·  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)  ·  Rickke Manazala (Borealis Philanthropy)  · Jason McGill (Arcus) · Rye Young (Third Wave Fund)
Institutional Members

AIDS United - American Jewish World Service -  Andrus Family Foundation -  Anonymous -  Arcus Foundation -  Arizona Community Foundation -  Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice -  The David Bohnett Foundation - Baltimore Community Foundation - Borealis Philanthropy - Boston Foundation -  The Calamus Foundation (Delaware) -  The California Endowment -  The California Wellness Foundation -  Civil Rights Defenders -  The Cleveland Foundation - Community  Foundation for Northeast Florida - Community  Foundation Santa Cruz County - Community Foundation for Southern Arizona -  Con Alma Health Foundation -  Cream City Foundation -  Elton John AIDS Foundation -  Ford Foundation -  Foundation For The Carolinas - Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg - Foundation for a Just Society -  Foundation for Louisiana -  Freeman Foundation - FSG - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation -  Gilead Sciences -  Gill Foundation -  Gilmour-Jirgens Foundation -  Groundswell Fund -  Guilford Green Foundation -  Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund - Hartford Foundation for Public Giving -  The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation -  Horizons Foundation -  Johnson Family Foundation -  Kicking Assets Fund - LA 84 Foundation -  Laughing Gull Foundation -  Levi Strauss Foundation -  M.A.C. AIDS Fund -  The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation -  Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund -  Marguerite Casey Foundation - Masto Foundation -  Mukti Fund -  New Venture Fund -  New York Women's Foundation -  North Star Fund -  Northwest Area Foundation -  Our Fund, Inc. -  Overbrook Foundation -  The Palette Fund -  Pfund Foundation - The Philadelphia Foundation -  Polk Bros. Foundation -  Pride Foundation -  Proteus Fund, Inc. - Richmond Memorial Health Foundation -  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -  Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors -  Rosenberg Foundation -  Santa Fe Community Foundation -  Small Change Foundation -  Stonewall Community Foundation - Dwight Stuart Youth Fund - Surdna Foundation -  H. van Ameringen Foundation -  Vermont Community Foundation -  Washington AIDS Partnership - Washington Area Women's Foundation -  Wild Geese Foundation -  Third Wave Fund -  Tides Foundation -  Trans Justice Funding Project - Women's Foundation of California


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