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December 2015
This past year, two of the largest gifts were made to LGBTQ public foundations. We asked both foundations, how did these gifts come about and what will each foundation do with these funds?
Click here to find out what the recipients of these generous gifts had to say!
Thursday, January 21 - Saturday, January 23 (Chicago, IL)
Creating Change: The National Conference on LGBT Equality
At this year's Creating Change conference, Funders for LGBTQ Issues is leading two sessions.  Fundraising from Foundations: An Update on the Field of LGBTQ Philanthropy and Money for the Midwest?: The State of LGBTQ Funding for Midwestern LGBTQ Communities. It's not too late to register for Creating Change!
Wednesday, March 30 - Friday, April 1 (Minneapolis, MN)
Funding Forward 2016 is coming to Minneapolis, Minnesota!  Our annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues is a great opportunity for like minded funders to connect with one another, learn from each other, coordinate efforts, and maximize impact. Register now and take advantage of the early bird rate!  For more information, click here.
Research, Resources and Updates 
  • LGBT Inclusion in Sports
    The Center for American Progress undertook a study to explore the public's beliefs about professional sports teams that support LGBT issues, which are often perceived as controversial.
  • Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS in 2014
    Funders Concerned About AIDS' latest report revealed that global private funding for HIV totaled US$ 618 million, an 8% increase (US$46 million) from 2013. The 2014 increase was driven by significant increases from the top two funders, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Requests for Proposals
  • The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a program of GLMA, is currently accepting proposals for research on lesbian health. LHF grants range from $500 - $10,000. Many applications are for small projects structured to provide pilot data for subsequent research. The deadline to submit is February 1, 2016.  For more information about the 2015 grants and to apply,  click here.
  • Point Foundation is a national LGBTQ non-profit organization designed to nurture the LGBTQ leaders of the next generation, with the generous support of others. Point empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential-despite the obstacles often put before them-to make a significant impact on society. The deadline to submit Part I of the application is January 19, 2016.  For more information about the 2016 grants and to apply,  click here.
Recent Grant Award Announcements
  • Our Sarasota Fund Helps LGBT Nonprofits
    Two years ago, a group of LGBT and allied donors created a special fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County (CFSC) called Our Sarasota Fund. By gathering donors who want to contribute to LGBT causes, Our Sarasota Fund has partnered with existing resources provided by CFSC and is entering its third year of providing support to local nonprofits.
  • Pride Foundation Invests to Support LGBTQ People in 2015
    Pride Foundation announced that it has invested over $7.5 million this year to expand opportunities and advance full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and families throughout the Northwest. They have announced 66 Northwest organizations receiving community grants.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy
Paul DiDonato
Paul has served as the Director of the Civil Marriage Collaborative since 2007. He has now been appointed interim President and CEO of Proteus Fund. Congratulations, Paul!

Albert Ruesga
Albert Ruesga, President & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF), will be leaving GNOF at the end of June 2016 to return to consulting for foundations and nonprofits. Albert has been with GNOF for seven years. Best wishes to both Albert and GNOF on the transition!
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Horizons Foundation
(San Francisco, CA)

Communications Associate
Foundation for a Just Society
(New York, NY)

Groundswell Fund
(Oakland, CA)

Leeway Foundation
(Philadelphia, PA)

Guilford Green Foundation
(Greensboro, NC)

Talent Philanthropy
(New York, NY)

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
(New York, NY)
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

Board of Directors:

Chair  Cindy Rizzo (The Arcus Foundation)  · Vice Chair Rebecca Fox (Wellspring Advisors) · Treasurer Kristine Stallone (American Jewish World Service) · Secretary Beatriz "Bia" Vieira (Philanthropic Consultant) ·  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) ·  Surina Khan (The Women's Foundation of California)  ·  Mitchell Singer (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)  ·  Patricia St. Onge (Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching)  ·   Nathaniel "Toby" Thompkins  (Tides 21st Century) · Rye Young (Third Wave Fund)
Institutional Members

11th Hour Project   ·   American Jewish World Service   ·   Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund   ·  Anonymous · Arcus Foundation · Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice  · Boston Foundation · The Calamus Foundation, DE · The California Endowment · California Wellness Foundation · The Cleveland Foundation · Community Foundation for Northeast Florida · Community Foundation Santa Cruz County · Con Alma Health Foundation · Cream City Foundation · The David Bohnett Foundation · Driscoll's Charitable Fund · Dwight Stuart Youth Fund · Elton John AIDS Foundation · Equity Foundation · Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund · Ford Foundation · Foundation for the Carolinas · Foundation for Louisiana · Freeman Foundation · GE Foundation · Gill Foundation · Gilmour-Jirgens Fund · Groundswell Fund · Guilford Green Foundation · Henry van Ameringen Foundation · Horizons Foundation · Jeff Chartrand Advised Fund · John Larsen Foundation · The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation · Johnson Family Foundation · Kicking Assets Fund · Laughing Gull Foundation · Levi Strauss Foundation · M.A.C. AIDS Fund · Marguerite Casey Foundation · Mukti Fund · New York Women's Foundation · North Star Fund · Our Fund, Inc. · Overbrook Foundation · The Palette Fund · Philanthrofund Foundation · Polk Bros. Foundation · Pride Foundation · Proteus Fund, Inc. · Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors · Rosenberg Foundation · Tides 21st Century · The Samuel S. Fels Fund · San Diego Human Dignity Foundation · San Francisco AIDS Foundation · Santa Fe Community Foundation · Small Change Foundation · Stonewall Community Foundation · Vermont Community Foundation · Wells Fargo · Wild Geese Foundation · The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation · Women's Foundation of California

Have a content idea for Q Notes?  Contact Naa Hammond at naa@lgbtfunders.org or 212.475.2930.

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