Qnotes from Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Celebrating 30 years of mobilizing philanthropic resources for the LGBTQ community.


February 2013      

RETREAT INSIGHT: LGBTQ Health Care: Where Service Meets Advocacy      


Soraya Elcock
An interview with Soraya Elcock offering a sneak peak at one of the conversations at our upcoming grantmakers retreat.   


When thinking of healthcare for underserved LGBTQ communities, the natural synergies between advocacy and service delivery are not always highlighted. As changes in the healthcare landscape continue, and the pace of that change accelerates in light of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and uncertainty around Ryan White Care Act Funding, among other factors, we are hosting a session at our annual retreat this March, which will bring together policy experts, on-the-ground leaders, and funders in a discussion of funding gaps and opportunities. We asked one of our speakers, Soraya Elcock, to answer a few questions about these issues as a prelude to the upcoming session. As Board Vice President of Paul Rapoport Foundation and Vice President For Strategic Initiatives of Harlem United, Soraya has a broad and deep view of LGBTQ health care concerns. For more informationon Soraya and the other session presenters, see our retreat session page here.


What do you see as some of the most urgent health concerns for underserved LGBTQ communities?


Some of the most urgent health issues for LGBTQ communities are among the most insidious as they are so stigmatized that both diagnosis and treatment are seriously complicated. 

Substance abuse, mental illness and alarming rates of HIV and AIDS, along with other sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea and secondary and primary syphilis, are clear indicators of the urgent and chronic health crisis in our communities.

Multiple studies show that, when compared with the general population, LGBTQ individuals are more likely to struggle with mental illness and higher rates of substance abuse. These conditions often go undiagnosed and often occur in conjunction with other issues....


What are some of the broad implications of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act?

Passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in March of 2010 was a watershed moment for this country. Although implementation will unfold over several years, and will vary from state to state, the ACA will undeniably change the healthcare landscape for many Americans.

With the overall goal of enhancing eligibility for health insurance, access to quality care, care coordination and reduction in health care cost, several parts of the legislation--including the establishment of insurance exchanges, and Medicaid expansion-- will have a dramatic impact on the number of individuals able to access healthcare, the quality of that care, and the benefits that will be covered...


What opportunities are there for grantmakers to address the intersection of advocacy and service delivery?

Advocacy and direct service delivery have shared a partnership that has not always been fully recognized or appreciated. While funding is essential in order to provide concrete services that directly impact the lives of LGBTQ individuals, advocacy is a critical component in making that a reality. The HIV/AIDS epidemic provides a clear example, as it is undeniable that policy and advocacy was the foundation on which the movement was built and is directly responsible for the successes we have achieved.

The necessary partnership between advocacy and service delivery is paramount at this juncture. With significant changes to our healthcare landscape, a National AIDS Strategy that is driving changes in interventions and funding streams, pending reauthorization of Ryan White and a significant reduction in resources, LGBTQ funders need to strengthen and focus advocacy efforts to ensure that our communities aren't negatively impacted...  



[Click here to read the full interview with Soraya, including the impact of changes to Ryan White and other federal funding on community based service organizations


Click here to register for the retreat.

2013 Annual Grantmakers Retreat 
March 13 - 16, 2013

FUNDING FORWARD: What's Next for LGBTQ Grantmaking?


 Early bird registration rates until February 15

Hotel discount rates guaranteed until February 25   

Participate in the following engaging conversations:   

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Note:  A pre-retreat meeting for LGBTQ Public Foundations. Click here for more information   
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Pushing Back Against Push-outs, Pipelines, and Profiling: Grantmaking for Impact among Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer Men & Boys of Color   


Audio from our briefing held in collaboration with Philanthropy New York in December exploring issues of policing, safety, profiling, and school discipline policy as they relate to gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (GBTQ) young men and boys of color. Click here to download the audio.   


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At the gathering our GBTQ Men and Boys of Color Symposium this past October, we premiered our series of video portraits of GBTQ men and boys of color from around the country, adding a personal dimension to our work on this marginalized population. Below is the fifth and last in the series of videos we we have been featuring in Qnotes over the past few months.

Philanthropy Notes

Fund Helps LGBT Undocumented Young People 
Attain Work Permits

A special fund launched in 2012 has helped nearly 200 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) undocumented young people apply for two-year work permits and reprieves from the threat of deportation. The fund helps LGBT immigrants pay the $465 application fee for a program created by President Obama to support "Dreamers" who came to the United States as children. The fees pose an extremely steep hurdle for most Dreamers because neither they nor their parents are able to obtain lawful employment due to their undocumented status. The LGBT Dreamers Fund is a partnership of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the LA Gay & Lesbian Center, and is housed at the Liberty Hill Fund in Los Angeles. To date, the partners have raised more than $100,000, and the Fund has provided financial assistance to 160 LGBT Dreamers. At least another 40 Dreamers will get help from the Fund.

"Getting this kind of support and help means so much, and it's great to see the gay community stepping in and saying that what I am doing is important," said Jose Mendoza, who received his work permit with the support of the LGBT Dreamers Fund and is studying to become a nurse. Read more about the fund here. Read Jose's story and those of other LGBT Dreamers here.

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International Human Rights Funders Group has partnered with the Foundation Center on a multi-year initiative to map and analyze global human rights grantmaking and track trends in the field over time. Advancing Human Rights is the first publication to emerge from this initiative. Containing an analysis of grants data from a set of over 1400 foundations revealing $1.2 billion dollars supporting human rights work in 2010, the report notes that LGBT population received 10% of human rights grant dollars and 6% of the number of human rights grants. Read more about the report here, and download it here.





Tuesday, February 26, 2013 
11:00 am-12:15 pm EST

Organized by the IHRFG-PSFG Civil Society and Counterterrorism Working Group  

Over the past decade, national security policies around the world have posed numerous challenges for human rights work. The nature of these challenges continues to evolve, with international anti-terrorist financing programs being used to repress human rights defenders, and programs that would counter violent extremism being limited or barred. While the laws themselves have not changed, the attitude of many in government has, creating opportunity for dialogue that can lead to real change. Learn more about the briefing here.   

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Women's Funding Network 
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
April 10-12, 2013 

A global conference that brings together hundreds of leaders in women's philanthropy, including grantmakers, donors, industry experts, and activists, exploring the latest models in collaboration, in giving, and in making an impact. This year's conference will engage women's funds and experts across sectors in new ways, including open dialogues, peer-sharing opportunities and workshops focused on the theme, Investing in Women: New Models of Giving, Impact and Collaboration. Learn more here.

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Arcus Foundation Announces
New Social Justice Strategy

The Arcus Foundation presented its new strategy for social justice grantmaking to more than 100 participants at Creating Change, the largest annual gathering of the LGBTQ movement. The presentation on 25 January at the conference site in the Hilton Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, provided a detailed overview of the new five-year strategy and an in-depth exploration of the rationale behind the Foundation's U.S. program, which is now focused on empowering young people and communities of color to be effective advocates for LGBT equality, as well as addressing the particular challenges facing LGBT youth of color. Read more here.

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Stonewall Quarter Share Cycle Open

Stonewall Quarter Share's 2013 grant cycle is now open. The theme this year is Critical Impact.  A single, non-renewable grant of $15,000 will be made to help an organization or project sustain its operations or expand programming. Download the request for proposals here.

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Philanthropy Highlights from Creating Change: the 25th National Conference on LGBT Equality  

Arcus Briefing - As noted above, the Arcus Foundation announced its new social justice strategy.
Technology to Assist the Grantseeker - Funders for LGBTQ Issues' session on Philanthropy In/Sight: LGBTQ provided attendees with an overview of our new tool and insights on fundraising and philanthropy, with a focus on how the tool can be used to assist with researching prospective funders as well as identifying gaps and unmet needs to help make the case for funding of particular issues, communities, and regions.   

Towards a More Responsive Philanthropy: Grantmaking for Racial Equity and LGBTQ Justice - Funders for LGBTQ Issues' second session, on this critical intersection, provided particpants with insights on developing relationships between foundations and orgnaizations rooted in communities of color. A packed room of nearly 50 attendees discussed the opportunities and challenges of building and sustaining resources for strong nonprofit organizations working in LGBTQ communities of color. See also our report on the issue, Towards a More Responsive Philanthropy: Grantmaking for Racial Equity and LGBTQ Justice (PDF)   

Bisexual Roundtable - For the first time, leaders from local, regional, and national bi organizations convened a meeting to discuss issues important to the bisexual rights movement and set plans to raise the visibility of the bisexual community within the LGBTQ movement. Several staff and board members of Funders for LGBTQ Issues met with  leaders from the Roundtable to learn about the current state of bisexual organizing and to begin discussing opportunities for increasing philanthropic impact in bisexual communities. Read more about the roundtable here.

Give OUT Day - was present in the exhibition hall, spreading the word about the big upcoming day. Learn more here. Visit Give OUT Day on Facebook. 

A CyberCenter reception was hosted by the  David Bohnett
Foundation on January 24th. The Foundation has funded the establishment of 63 David Bohnett CyberCenters nationwide, making leading-edge technology available to underserved LGBTQ communities. Throughout the Creating Change conference, the Foundation offered a CyberCenter Social Media Lounge for all attendees.  

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Funders for LGBTQ Issues was also recently at:

The Outlook of LGBTQ Grantmaking: A Conversation with Ben Francisco Maulbeck

at the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

Funders for LGBTQ Issues president Ben Francisco Maulbeck visited  the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers on February 19th for a conversation about the progress and outlook of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) philanthropy, including data on current trends in LGBTQ grantmaking. A group of local funders discussed opportunities and challenges for LGBTQ communities in Maryland, including the recent success of marriage equality and the current push to add protection from discrimination on the basis of gender identity in the state. 


Equity for All: Stories and Lessons on LGBTQ Grantmaking and Networking

at the Minnesota Council on Foundations

Ben Francisco Maulbeck participated by phone with on location presenters Kayva Yang of PFund Foundation and Alice Y. Hom of Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy in a discussion on funding at the critical intersection of LGBTQ issues and racial equity. Moderated by Alfonso Wenker of the Bush Foundation, participants shared and highlighted experiences about working together for a bigger impact in LGBTQ communities of color.



The Marriage Plot: Inside This Year's Epic Campaign for Gay Equality    

An article in Atlantic Monthly providing an overview of the strategies behind this year's successes for marriage equality. Read the article here. 

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LGBT Percentage Highest in D.C.,  
Lowest in North Dakota
From GALLUP.com: The percentage of U.S. adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender ranges from 1.7% in North Dakota to 5.1% in Hawaii and 10% in the District of Columbia, but generally stays close to the national average of 3.5%. Read more here.

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New Study on HIV Prevalence Among Transgender Women Globally
A new study published in The Lancet has found that transgender women are 50 times more likely to become infected with HIV than the general population, pointing to the need to combat stigma and increase culturally competent service provision for the prevention and treatment of HIV among  transwomen globally. Read more here.

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New Report on Potential Impact of an Executive Order to Prevent Discrimination Against LGBT Workers
The Center for American Progress has released a new report on the potential impact of an Executive Order from President Obama to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Read or download the report here.

People Notes

People on the Move
in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Katie Brisson
Katie, who has sheperded The HOPE Fund for 13 years, has been promoted to Vice President, Program of the Community Foundation
for Southeast Michigan. Congratulations, Katie! And we're glad you will stay involved with The HOPE Fund.

Dave Montez
Dave, formerly of the Gill Foundation, recently began his tenure as Chief of Staff to the president of GLAAD. Congratulations, Dave!

Director of Grantmaking & Community Initiatives - Horizons
Foundation seeks a Director to lead and oversee the foundation's diverse grantmaking, leadership programs, and other community initiatives. Horizons is also seeking a Communications Manager

Temporary Administrative/Program Assistant- The International
Human Rights Funders Group seeks Administrative/Program Assistant to support its three program areas: Education and Convening, Outreach and Communications and Policy and Research.

Education Director - The Bush Foundation seeks and Education Director to provide strategic management of and daily direction for the team working to increase educational achievement and close the achievement gap by assuring the effectiveness of the next generation of teachers.


Resources available at lgbtfunders.org

LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2011)

Towards a More Responsive Philanthropy

Philanthropy In/Sight: LGBTQ

Common Vision Logo

Racial Equity

Have an idea for QNotes? Please contact editor Bryan E. Glover at bryan@lgbtfunders.org

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.