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2016 Holiday Edition

This fall, Funders for LGBTQ Issues collaborated with local partners in seven  cities to advance philanthropy for LGBTQ communities. Events ranged from panel discussions to immersion tours, but at each one we explored the most urgent needs facing LGBTQ communities. Across the country, local funders are stepping up their leadership for LGBTQ communities and exploring innovative models.  Click here to read more.

Have you visited www.lgbtfunders.org recently? Our website has been completely redesigned with you in mind. The long overdue makeover aims to make our website more like our reports and infographics - inuitively laying out important information related to LGBTQ philanthropy. Check it out and let us know what you think! 

Wednesday, March 29th - Friday, March 31st (Seattle, WA) 
Funding Forward 2017
Now more than ever, it seems important for grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues to come together in community to address the many challenges we continue face - some of which we have painfully been reminded of this summer.  While many of the details will be forthcoming, we hope you'll join us in Seattle for Funding Forward 2017. Click here for more details.  Click here to register.
Research, Resources and Updates 
  • According to a new report by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP), leading LGBT social justice organizations reported an increase in revenue of 8% overall, including 5% growth in individual donor revenue from 2014 to 2015. Cumulatively, the 36 participating organizations had combined 2016 budgets of $188.8 million, a 14% increase from their 2015 actual combined expenses. Read the full report here.
  • With nearly 28,000 respondents, this recently released report from the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) highlights key findings from the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people. 
  • Nancy Chan and Pamela Fischer of Arabella Advisors offer resources to support funders integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles into their grantmaking in this article recently published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. A full checklist of practical recommendations is available here.
  • The grantmaking, scholarships, and advised funds of Equity Foundation are now part of Pride Foundation's investments and leadership in Oregon. By joining together, the organizations hope to be better able to connect communities, spark new efforts, and amplify ideas.  
  • Data obtained recently by the Center for American Progress through a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that the Department of Homeland Security elected to detain a higher percentage of LGBT immigrants who were not subject to mandatory detention in fiscal year 2015 than the year before.  
  • The Transgender Law Center releases a new guide addressing the question of what the election might mean for identity documents, along with a quick-guide version of the ID Please resource that outlines specific instructions for changing name and gender on federal documents like a passport, Social Security Administration documents, and immigration documents.
  • Transgender men and gender non-conforming people commonly delay or never seek preventive health care, Susan G. Komen Puget Sound announced in a release of findings from its research on LGBTQ experiences with providers. Based on the findings, Komen Puget Sound and a coalition of partners have begun to develop an LGBTQ breast health toolkit for health care providers and the LGBTQ community.
  • This new report from the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) examines the problematic basis for HIV criminalization laws and their detriment to public health and the justice system. Ignoring modern medical knowledge, these laws carry harsh penalties such as 35-year prison terms and registration as a sex offender for behaviors now known to carry no risk of transmission.
  • Sweeney, the former president and CEO of the Gill Foundation, reflects on the recent election and proposes paths forward in this time of crisis. "Like Mother Jones taught us, first you mourn, then you organize," he said.
  • Funders Concerned About AIDS released their comprehensive report, capturing data on more than 7,000 grants, awarded by 482 foundations in 10 countries, in an effort to identify gaps, trends, and opportunities in HIV-related philanthropy.
Requests for Proposals
  • The Wayne F. Placek Grant encourages research to increase the general public's understanding of homosexuality and sexual orientation, and to alleviate the stress that lesbian women, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men, and transgender individuals experience in this and future civilizations.  The deadline for applications is March 1, 2017. Additional information  is available here.  
  • The APF Visionary Grants seek to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas: Understanding and fostering the connection between behavior and physical health to ensure well-being. One-year grants are available in amounts of up to $20,000.  Additional information  is available here
  • The Arcus Foundation has announced limited funding that will help grantees address specific, short-term needs and pressures they are experiencing in light of new external realities at the U.S. federal level. These one-time, non-renewable awards will be considered on a first come, first served basis. The application can be found here Application deadline is January 20, 2017.
  • The Campaign for Southern Equality is funding these post-election rapid-response grants through the Southern Equality Fund, which supports grassroots LGBTQ Southern leaders with direct funding, training and leadership development. More information about this funding opportunity is available here
  • The Groundswell Rapid Response Fund provides funding to support organizations to respond to unexpected attacks on reproductive justice and to seize urgent opportunities to advance reproductive justice. Organizations can learn more and apply here.
  • This rapid-response initiative of the Open Society Foundations aims to support, protect, and empower those who are targets of hateful acts and rhetoric. The initiative is designed to bolster communities' ability to resist the spread of hate and strengthen protections for their most vulnerable neighbors. Prospective applicants are invited to participate in informational conference calls scheduled for December 7 and December 15. Application details available here
  • The Fund for Trans Generations is offering two funding opportunities for trans-led projects and organizations. Rapid Response funding to support timely and strategic opportunities facing trans communities will be offered on an ongoing basis. Additionally, the fund will offer g eneral operating support funding  for trans-led organizing and movement building. Request for Letters of Inquiry were made available in early November. More information on both funding opportunities is available here

Recent Grant Announcements
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Jaime Bayo
Miami Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will honor Jaime Bayo, Executive Director of the OUT Miami Foundation for his tireless efforts to advance and diversify philanthropy in Miami. Specifically, Jaime will receive the Joyce Gala AFP Scholarship awarded annually by a committee of nonprofit executives to a young professional who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the nonprofit. Congratulations, Jaime!

Masen Davis 
Longtime transgender movement leader Masen Davis will  join The Gill Foundation as Senior Director of Special Projects.  Davis brings over twenty years of advocacy and nonprofit leadership to his work at the Gill Foundation. He most recently served as co-director of Global Action for Trans Equality and Executive Director of Transgender Law Center. Congratulations Masen!

Matthew Hart 
Funders for LGBTQ Issues board member Matthew Hart has been promoted to Director of the Global Philanthropy Project (GPP). Congratulations on this expanded role

Iimay Ho
Iimay Ho will become Resource Generation's next Executive Director. Iimay, who has served as RG's Associate Director for the past two years, will begin her new leadership role on January 17th. Congratulations  Imay!

Ezra Nepon
Ezra Nepon has also assumed a larger role at Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) with a promotion to Program Officer.  Congratulations on your new title and expanded role!
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

TCC Group 
(New York, NY)

TCC Group 
(New York, NY)

New York Women's Foundation 
(New York, NY)

The California Community Foundation
(Los Angeles, CA)

California Community Foundation
(Los Angeles, CA)

The Kresge Foundation 
(Detroit, MI)

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 Surina Khan (The Women's Foundation of California) · Treasurer Kristine Stallone (American Jewish World Service) · Secretary Beatriz "Bia" Vieira (Philanthropic Consultant) ·  Brandie Balken  (Gill Foundation) 
· Rohit Burman 
(M.A.C. AIDS Fund) ·  Alfredo Cruz (Foundation for Louisiana)  ·  Gabriel Foster  (Trans Justice Funding Project)  ·  Matthew "Matty" Hart (Global Philanthropy Project and The Calamus Foundation, DE) ·  Cindy Rizzo (Arcus Foundation)  ·  Mitchell Singer (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)  · Rye Young (Third Wave Fund)
Institutional Members

11th Hour Project -  American Jewish World Service -  Andrus Family Foundation -  Anonymous -  Arcus Foundation -  Arizona Community Foundation -  Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice -  The David Bohnett Foundation -  Borealis Philanthropy Boston Foundation -  The Calamus Foundation (Delaware) -  The California Endowment -  The California Wellness Foundation -  Jeff Chartrand Advised Fund - Civil Rights Defenders -  The Cleveland Foundation - Community  Foundation for Northeast Florida - Community  Foundation Santa Cruz County -  Con Alma Health Foundation -  Cream City Foundation -  Elton John AIDS Foundation -  Equity Foundation -  Ford Foundation -  Foundation For The Carolinas - Foundation for a Just Society -  Foundation for Louisiana -  Freeman Foundation -  Gilead Sciences -  Gill Foundation -  Gilmour-Jirgens Foundation -  Groundswell Fund -  Guilford Green Foundation -  Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund -  The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation -  Horizons Foundation -  Johnson Family Foundation -  Kicking Assets Fund -  John Larsen 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 -  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 -  Polk Bros. Foundation -  Pride Foundation -  Proteus Fund, Inc. - Richmond Memorial Health Foundation -  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -  Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors -  Rosenberg Foundation -  San Diego Human Dignity Foundation -  San Francisco AIDS Foundation -  Santa Fe Community Foundation -  Small Change Foundation -  Stonewall Community Foundation -  Dwight Stuart Youth Fund -  H. van Ameringen Foundation -  Vermont Community Foundation -  Washington AIDS Partnership -  Wells Fargo Bank -  Wild Geese Foundation -  Third Wave Fund -  Tides Foundation -  Trans Justice Funding Project -  Women's Foundation of California

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