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April 2017
Once again this spring we are taking stock of our Twitter feed to compile a list of inspiring LGBTQ philanthropoids. From insights into the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to dispatches from the frontlines of the Trump resistance, these philanthropoids manage to say a lot with 140 characters. Check out our 5th annual list of #LGBTQ philanthropoids to follow on Twitter! Who are you following? Click here to read more.       
We join our community in mourning the passing of Joan Garner, a former board member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and tireless advocate for LGBT people and people with HIV in Georgia and beyond. Garner passed away Tuesday, April 18th at the age of 65 after a lengthy battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her partner Jane Morrison.  Click here to read more about Joan's rich life and many contributions to our movement. 
Wednesday, June 14th - Thursday, June 15th (Orlando, FL) 
In collaboration with The Central Florida Foundation and The Contigo Fund, Funders for LGBTQ Issues invites you to join us for this upcoming symposium on the ongoing philanthropic response to the Pulse tragedy. Join local and national funders to honor the lives lost, reflect on lessons learned, and discuss emerging best practices for effective grantmaking in response to tragedies targeting marginalized communities. Click here to register.
Monday, Sep. 18th - Friday, Sep. 22nd (New Orleans, LA) 
The UNITY Summit will bring together over 500 partner members and sector allies to explore and examine philanthropic equity strategies. The summit will highlight how philanthropy can align its investments along the themes of ResistanceProtection, and EmpowermentClick here to learn more. Click here to register.
Wednesday, March 14th - Friday, March 16th (New Orleans, LA) 
Funding Forward 2018
We are pleased to announce that Funding Forward 2018 will take place from March 14th - 16th in New Orleans, Louisiana. Our annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues promises to bring together more than 200 of the most influential people in LGBTQ people, so we hope to see you there!  Click here to learn more. Click here to register.
Research, Resources, and Updates 
  • We had a great FF2017, thanks in no small part to all who attended and participated. Gloris Estrella, Program Manager at Philanthropy Northwest, offered reflections on her experience at this year's Funding Forward conference in Seattle.
  • The National LGBTQ Task Force in partnership with the LGBT Freedom and Asylum Network (LGBT-FAN) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) introduced a new report to provide crucial advice and guidance to service providers working with LGBT asylum seekers coming to the United States in search of better, safer lives.  
  • Organized by GCIR and held on the third Thursday of every month, Funders for LGBTQ Issues is pleased to co-sponsor these calls to provide the latest updates on timely policy issues affecting immigrants and refugees and explore issues that are particularly relevant or pressing for philanthropy.  
  • This report, released in partnership with the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the National Education Association (NEA), shows how excluding transgender students from school facilities that match their gender is not only unnecessary, but profoundly harmful.
Requests for Proposals
  • Defending the Dream Fund 

    The Hill-Snowdon Foundation, in partnership with the General Service Foundation, is launching the Defending the Dream Fund to provide expedited resources to grassroots organizing groups that are working to protect targeted communities in the Trump era and defend the core principles of equity and justice. The Fund will make grants of up to $10,000 and will accept requests for funding during two time periods this year: from March 31st to May 1st and from July 31st to September 1st. Requests will be reviewed within 5-7 weeks of each deadline.
  • GAPA Foundation is accepting applications for the 2017 Scholarship and Grant cycles. Scholarships provide financial assistance to API LGBTQ students who are in the process of applying or are currently attending a post-secondary institution. GAPA Foundation is also seeking proposals for their Community Grants, which provide core funding to under-resourced and/or underrepresented local community organizations and projects. Both applications are due by June 30th.
  • The Gay Community Endowment Fund at The Akron Community Foundation is accepting scholarship applications from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and allied students who have positively impacted the LGBT community. Applications are due each year by April 30.
  • Listen for Good (L4G) invites nonprofits and funders to join in exploring a simple but systematic and rigorous way of getting feedback from the people at the heart of our work. 2017 grantees of L4G will receive $45,000 over two years ($30,000 from Fund for Shared Insight and $15,000 from a nominating co-funder), as well as access to technical assistance to guide their implementation efforts. Proposals from funder-nominated nonprofits will be accepted until Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.
  • Pride Foundation Community Grants Program seeks to fund proposed ideas, projects, and strategies from community organizations that work to enhance the lives of and address the needs of LGBTQ youth, adults, and families that are positively impacting local communities in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and/or Washington. The Foundation is hosting several 30-minute Q & A sessions about the application and process. The application cycle opens  May 1, 2017.
  • Stonewall Community Foundation is accepting proposals to fund organizations in the New York area that are struggling to respond to the demand for advocacy, support, and services in the face of shifting political realities. One-year grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in July 2017. An informational call will be held on Wednesday, April 26th at 2:00 p.m. EST to answer questions related to this Request for Proposals. Completed proposals must be received by noon on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017.
  • The Elton John AIDS Foundation will open a call for proposals for non-profit organizations working on the stated priority areas of the Foundation. More information regarding application requirements and deadlines will be available on May 1st.
Recent Grant Announcements
  • Grant Announcements from California Wellness Foundation
    The California Wellness Foundation announced an initial round of more than $6 million in grants as part of a focused response to threats to the well-being of Californians in the nation's rapidly changing political and social landscape, including awards to the Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network and the Transgender Law Center.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Nicky McIntyre 
Nicky McIntyre will lead Foundation for a Just Society as the new chief executive officer. Congrats Nicky and FJS on this great news! 

Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

California Community Foundation
(Los Angeles, CA)

California Community Foundation
(Los Angeles, CA)

Groundswell Fund 
(West Coast preferred)

California Community Foundation
(Los Angeles, CA)

Groundswell Fund
(New York Preferred)

Philanthropy Northwest 
(Seattle, WA)

Groundswell Fund
(New York Preferred)

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 (Philanthropic Consultant) ·  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

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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