The Out in the South Pooled Fund will award nearly $700,000 to 12 LGBTQ funds and allied grantmaking organizations throughout the South in 2021. Now in its sixth grantmaking cycle, the Fund has distributed nearly $3 million dollars to catalyze locally-driven Southern funds to move resources in support of LGBTQ movement work in the South. Click here to read more.
Above: Kris Hayashi, Executive Director, Transgender Law Center and Alexander Lee, Project Director, Grantmakers United for Trans Communities, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
In November, Alexander Lee, Project Director of our Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) initiative, and Kris Hayashi, Executive Director, Transgender Law Center talked with Grantmakers In Health (GIH) Program Director Ann McMillan about their hopes for how health funders can further support the transgender community.

In early December, Funders for LGBTQ Issues participated in the #LetsTalkPower Twitter chat. Co-hosted by the Kataly Foundation, Justice Funders, and Solidaire, to discuss the shifting of power in philanthropy.

On December 2nd, Marvin Webb, our Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration at Funders for LGBTQ Issues presented on how organizations can use data to increase equity and employee retention for Nonprofit Quarterly. He provided examples of how demographic information can reveal important workplace trends and allowed the organization to make meaningful changes based directly on staff experience. You can read more about our team’s approach to this work in this recent news post

Funders for LGBTQ Issues will be closed for an extended holiday break starting December 20th. We will look forward to reconnecting when we are back in the new year and wish you a restful and warm holiday season.
Guided by our most recent strategic plan, which was developed in 2018 and covered the years 2019-2021, Funders for LGBTQ Issues has experienced significant growth in membership, revenues, and capacity. To build on these successes we designated 2022 as an assessment and planning year. This will be an opportunity for Funders to assess the prior strategic plan in greater depth, and to develop a new plan for the next 3-5 years. We are currently seeking a consultant (or team of consultants) to facilitate and develop our strategic planning process during 2022. Click here to read more and find the full RFP.

Astraea has provided nearly $2 million in Covid-19 and Emergency Response funding to over 150 partners in 57 countries and 12 U.S. states.

This 19th article exposes how this year has shattered the record of transgender homicides in a year with 47 to date — most of them Black or Latinx.

GLADD releases the findings of its sixth annual Accelerating Acceptance Study, a national survey among U.S. adults. The study measures American attitudes towards, and understanding of, LGBTQ people.

MAP’s new report, The Delta Variant & the Disproportionate Impacts of COVID-19 on LGBTQ Households in the U.S., presents new findings and analysis of a nationally representative survey conducted by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, NPR, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Arcus Foundation's U.S. Social Justice Program Officer Glo Ross hosts a conversation with leaders of organizations working for trans liberation and justice in South Africa and the United States.

In this new GCIR news post, Kris shares his thoughts about building power for trans communities of color, including trans migrants, and gives recommendations for how philanthropy can support and strengthen the work of trans-led movements.

In an article in the Alliance Magazine, Heather Hamilton and Matthew Hart describe how the ‘anti-gender’ movement has reached far beyond the violation of women’s and LGBTI rights and is undermining a range of progressive priorities.

According to a new report from the Williams Institute, more than one in four (28%) LGBT state and local government employees have experienced discrimination or harassment at work because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

New updates include policy changes in the following states that resulted in updates to two LGBTQ Equality Maps: Bans on Transgender Youth Participation in Sports and Identity Document Laws and Policies.

The Holding a Sister Initiative, the first fund dedicated to trans girls who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latina, Asian, Arab, Pacific Islander, and other People of Color nationwide, and to holding space for cis and trans girls of color to build intentional solidarity with one another in efforts to advance racial and gender justice

This Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) guidance was developed to help funders change their approach to philanthropy, and outlines actionable steps funders can take within four areas to increase funding for racial equity and move our community towards racial justice.


The Laughing Gull Foundation (LGF) announces that it has committed over $1.85 million in 2021 to organizations committed to advancing higher education opportunities for individuals who are justice-involved.

The Leonard-Litz Foundation announces its Q3 grant recipients along with a plan to collaborate with organizations on an even larger scale.


Third Wave Fund
Deadline: December 31, 2021

International Trans Fund
Deadline: December 31, 2021

Notable promotions, transitions, and career updates from LGBTQ people
in philanthropy and allies.
Bri Barnett
Bri Barnett recently joined the Ms. Foundation for Women as their new Director of Institutional Partnerships. Congratulations, Bri!

Kanan Gole
Kenan Gole recently joined CHANGE Philanthropy as their new Communications Specialist. Congratulations, Kenan!

Monserrat Padilla
Monserrat Padilla recently joined Satterberg Foundation as their new Program Officer. Congratulations, Monserrat!

Women’s Foundation California 
Oakland, CA

Philanthropy New York 
New York City, NY

Grantmakers for Girls of Color 

Rickke Mananzala, Chair (New York Foundation)
Cynthia Renfro, Vice-Chair (Civis Consulting, LLC)
Jason McGill, Treasurer (Philanthropic Consultant)
Rye Young, Secretary (Philanthropic Consultant)
Karen Appelbaum (Northwest Area Foundation)
Namita Chad (Philanthropic Consultant)
Paulina Helm-Hernandez (Foundation for Just Society)
Kelli King-Jackson (The Simmons Foundation)
William (Bill) Smith (May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust)
Judy Yu (Wellspring Philanthropic Fund)
Saida Agostini-Bostic
April Bethea
Development & Membership Officer
Nicole Fernandes
Finance and Administrative Associate
Chantelle Fisher-borne
Project Director, Out In The South Initiative
Alyssa Lawther
Research & Communications Officer
Alexander Lee
Project Director, Grantmakers United For Trans Communities
Luis Rey Ramirez
Research & Communications Associate
Andrew Wallace
Vice President of Research & Communications
Marvin Webb
Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration
Kristina Wertz
Senior Vice President of Engagement and Philanthropic Outreach
Rebecca Wisotsky
National Director Of Philanthropic Outreach
American Jewish World Service
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Arcus Foundation
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice Baltimore Community Foundation
Borealis Philanthropy
Boston Foundation
California Wellness Foundation
Civil Rights Defenders
Cleveland Foundation
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Community Foundation of Northeast Florida Con Alma Health Foundation
David Bohnett Foundation
Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
Edward W. Hazen Foundation
Excelerate Foundation
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Ford Foundation
Foundation for a Just Society
Foundation for the Carolinas
Foundation for Louisiana
Gilead Sciences
Gill Foundation
Gilmour-Jirgens Fund
Groundswell Fund
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Henry van Ameringen Foundation
Horizons Foundation
James Irvine Foundation
Johnson Family Foundation
JP Morgan Chase & Co. 
Kicking Assets Fund
Kresge Foundation
Laughing Gull Foundation
Levi Strauss Foundation
The Leonard-Litz LGBTQ+ Foundation
Libra Foundation
MacArthur Foundation
Marguerite Casey Foundation
Masto Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Ms. Foundation For Women
Mukti Fund
Nathan Cummings Foundation
NEO Philanthropy
New York Women's Foundation
North Star Fund
Northwest Area Foundation
Open Society Foundations
Our Fund, Inc.
Overbrook Foundation
Pacific Foundation Services, LLC
PFund Foundation
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
Simmons Foundation
Small Change Foundation
Southwest Florida Community Foundation
Stonewall Community Foundation
Stupski Foundation
Surdna Foundation
The California Endowment
The Collins Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The Palette Fund
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Third Wave Fund
Tides Foundation
Trans Justice Funding Project
Transgender Strategy Center
Tzedek Social Justice Fund
Wallace Foundation
Washington Grantmakers AIDS Partnership
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Wild Geese Foundation
Women's Foundation of California