We Will Not Betray Each Other: Message from Saida Agostini-Bostic

Last week Saida Agostini-Bostic, President of Funders for LGTBQ Issues, released a statement addressing the Supreme Court’s apparent willingness to deprive millions of people access to abortion, a reality that our movements have been warning us of for years. Click here to read the full statement and learn about opportunities for funders to respond.

This year's virtual Funding Forward will be a grantmaker retreat with a focus on building the practical tools funders need to meet the pressing needs of LGBTQ communities.

We’ve announced our conference plenaries and will share more exciting updates later this week. Visit our conference website for all your Funding Forward updates!

Don't wait! Register now to reserve your spot at Funding Forward 2022! Click here to register today!

Looking for an opportunity to work and advance LGBTQ philanthropy and social justice grantmaking? We are currently recruiting to grow our team with a talented communications professional! In addition to maintaining and strengthening our communications infrastructure, this new role will develop impactful communications strategies to amplify our work to our members and beyond. Read more about this opportunity and find instructions to apply here. 

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is pleased to announce the newest members of our Board of Directors: Ana Conner, Desiree Flores, Aldita Gallardo, Jonathan Jayes-Green, Cathay K. K. Kapua, and Bré Rivera. The new class represents perspectives from a range of philanthropic institutions and funding strategies, but each new member shares a deep commitment and practice of working within and outside of philanthropy to support LGBTQ communities. Click here to read more about our new board members and their inspirational trajectories!


The Prison Policy Initiative recently analyzed the experiences of transgender respondents to their 2016 Survey of Prison Inmates (released in 2020). Their new report provides critical data on this often-overlooked population, providing insight into how funders can better support trans communities.

A recent report conducted by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute found that certain groups were more likely to financially support racial justice organizations, including single women, Black, LGBTQ+, and younger households.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau on the Household Pulse Survey, LGBT adults reported having more food insufficiency during the pandemic and LGBT people of color were 3 times more likely to face food insufficiency. 

The Human Rights Campaign publishes a healthcare equality index resource guide to help organizations implement best practices in equitable and inclusive care for LGBTQ patients.

This fact sheet provides an overview of data across multiple studies highlighting the disproportional impact the foster care and incarceration systems LBQ women of color. 

This article offers several recommendations for the Biden-Harris administration to uplift LGBTQI+ workers by creating good jobs, advocating anti-discrimination protections, and better data collection on their economic well-being.  

The MAP’s Policy Spotlight examines curriculum censorship and hostile school climate bills across the U.S. Key takeaways and implications include youth reporting their mental health being negatively impacted. 

Due to recent policies, states are penalizing parents who facilitate their children’s access to gender-affirming care and barring insurance providers from offering coverage for gender-affirming care.

Benefiting Ariana Grande’s Protect & Defend Trans Youth Fund, the pioneering filmmakers will sell off props and ephemera from their iconic films to support transgender groups in a range of Southern states. The live online auction begins on May 12th.

The Trans Justice Funding Project celebrates 10 years of groundbreaking community-driven grantmaking to transgender groups across the U.S. with the launch of a new $1 million fundraising campaign.

The Movement Advancement Project reports updates of the current state of LGBTQ states laws and policies in the U.S. including LGBTQ school censorship and bans on best-practice medical care for Trans youth.


During the first quarter of 2022, Arcus awarded grants to organizations that advance international social justice and ape conservation.

At the start of 2022, The Leonard-Litz LGBTQ Foundation made a pledge to award $1 million dollars in grants and have already awarded $250K in grants during the first quarter.

Since its inception in 2018, Third Wave Funds’ Sex Worker Giving Circle has continued to grow, making it the first of its kind where institutional philanthropy foundations are openly supporting sex work.


California Department of Public Health, Gender Equity Unit
Deadline: May 13th, 2022

New York Foundation
Deadline: July 1st, 2022

Third Wave Fund
Deadline: May 18th, 2022

Notable promotions, transitions, and career updates from LGBTQ people
in philanthropy and allies.
Candace Lopez
Candace Lopez joined Horizons Foundation as their Chief Philanthropy Officer. Congratulations, Candace!
Henry Pacheco
Henry Pacheco recently joined Horizons Foundation as their Director of Philanthropic Services. Congratulations, Henry! 
Angie Aguirre
Angie Aguirre joined Horizons Foundation as their Senior Manager of Events and Corporate Giving. Congratulations, Angie!
Taeko Franklin
Taeko Franklin recently joined Horizons Foundation as their Development Operations and Support Specialist. Congratulations, Taeko!
Funders for LGBTQ Issues

True Colors United
New York, NY

Wave Fundraising

Human Rights Campaign
Washington, DC

The Arcus Foundation 
New York, NY

The California Wellness Foundation 
Los Angeles, CA

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)
Ana Conner (Third Wave Fund)
Desiree Flores (General Service Foundation)
Aldita Gallardo (Borealis Philanthropy)
Paulina Helm-Hernandez (Foundation for Just Society)
Jonathan Jayes-Green (Philanthropic Strategist)
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
Ollin Rodriguez Lopez
Human Resources & Administrative Associate
Chantelle Fisher-borne
Project Director, Out In The South Initiative
Alyssa Lawther
Research & Communications Officer
Alexander Lee
Interim Vice President, Programs
Andrew Wallace
Vice President of Research & Communications
Marvin Webb
Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration
Rebecca Wisotsky
Interim Vice President, Philanthropic Strategy
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