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Funders for LGBTQ Issues is pleased to announced the recipients of the 2019 OUT for Impact Award and the The Reed Erickson Award for Trailblazing Leadership, recognizing two outstanding leaders in our field. The awards will be presented at our 9th annual Funding Forward conference in Tucson, AZ on March 21st, 2019. Click here to read more!  
The Funders Census Initiative is pleased to continue this briefing series on census messaging testing results. Last year, national field partners were funded to conduct get-out-the-count messaging research to identify messages that resonate with hard-to-count communities. Click here to register. 
March 20th - March 22nd, 2019 (Tucson, AZ.)
Funding Forward 2019
Our annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues will take place March 20th-22nd, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona! We are already planning another great gathering and hope you will consider joining us!
Research, Resources, and Updates
  • MAP has released the latest version of the National Movement Report, a comprehensive and standardized look at the finances for the LGBT movement across approximately 40 major LGBT advocacy organizations.
  • A new study from the Family Acceptance Project (FAP) finds that LGBTQ young people who experience sexual orientation change efforts during adolescence report that parents often act as gatekeepers to conversion therapy interventions.
  • Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) released a new report, Religious Conservatism on the Global Stage: Threats and Challenges for LGBTI Rights, documenting the main conservative strategies, discourses, funding sources, and actors opposing SOGI rights globally.
  • The Philanthropic Closet, a new report by Funders for LGBTQ Issues that highlights the findings on sexual orientation and gender identity from the inaugural Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals (DAPP) Survey, was recently featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Requests for Proposals
  • The Soros Equality Fellowship aims to support emerging mid-career professionals who will become long-term innovative leaders influencing the racial justice field. The fellowship award provides individuals with a grant of $100,000 to support production of an innovative racial justice project over the course of 18 months. Proposals are due by January 10th, 2019.
  • The Arcus Foundation announced a Request for Concepts, part of a new streamlined process for organizations to apply for LGBTQ social justice funding. Funding will be available for work focused on the Southern United States, East and Southern Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico. The deadline for responses is January 22, 2019.
  • The Open Society Public Health Program invites concept notes from civil society organizations and coalitions to advocate for sex workers' health and human rights in connection to litigation efforts to challenge the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) and the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA). This call offers unrestricted, organizational support. Funding will be for a period of up to two years, and total funding will be between $50,000-$100,000. Concept notes are due January 31, 2019.
  • The Technical Assistance (TA) Fund at the Crossroads Fund supports specific technical assistance needs of smaller organizations. This grants program focuses on projects that reach beyond a group's regular, ongoing work to build the organization's internal capacity. The maximum grant in this program is $3,000. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2019.
  • The newly established All For NC Fellowship is a 12-month program designed to provide funding, coaching and mentoring to young people who have a vision and plan that could contribute to a better life for North Carolina's people and communities. Fellowships will begin in Summer/Fall 2019 and end in Summer/Fall 2020. Up to five Fellows will be selected for each cohort. Applications are due January 25th, 2019.
Recent Grants Awarded
  • Additional Mobilize Power Fund Grants Announced

    The Mobilize Power Fund, a rapid response fund at Third Wave Fund, recently announced grants from the September - October grants cycle. Grantees ranged from Black Love Resists in the Rust to support a grassroots campaign to combat police violence in Buffalo, NY - to Momma's Village supporting community response to Hurricane Florence. Learn more about recent grantees and upcoming application deadlines at The Third Wave Fund.
  • Defending the Dream Fund (DDF) Announces Third Round of Grants

    The Defending Freedom Fund at the Hill-Snowdon Foundation announced its third round of grants totaling $525,000 to 35 organizations advancing justice, including Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement and Women With a Vision. These grants support innovative and urgent efforts by diverse grassroots organizations across the country working to protect communities under attack by the current Administration.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy
Alice Y. Hom joined Northern California Grantmakers as the Equity and Social Justice Director. Congrats on this new role, Alice!
Rajasvini (Vini) Bhansali was recently appointed as the Executive Director of the Solidair Network. Congratulations on your new role!
After nearly 14 years leading Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) in the U.S., Scott Campbell will depart the foundation to pursue other opportunities. Thank you for your leadership, Scott, and best of luck on your next adventure!
This fall we made some exciting staffing changes. Andrew Wallace was promoted to an expanded role of Research and Communications Officer. Luis R. Ramirez was promoted to his new role of Research and Communications Associate. Congrats to you both! 
We are also pleased to welcome Karen Imbert, who joined us as a Temporary Executive and Operations Assistant.
Stay tuned for a more in-depth update on these staffing changes in early 2019! 
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Philanthropy Southwest
(Multiple within the United States )

Philanthropy Southwest
(Dallas, Texas)

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
(New York, New York)

Borealis Philanthropy
(Anywhere, United States )

The California Wellness Foundation
(Oakland, California)

Foundation for a Just Society
(New York, United States)

CHANGE Philanthropy

The California Endowment
(Los Angeles, CA)

Visit our Jobs Board for more listings!
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 (The Women's Foundation of California) ·   Alfredo Cruz (Foundation for Louisiana)   ·  Matthew "Matty" Hart (Global Philanthropy Project and The Calamus Foundation, DE) · Rickke Manazala (Borealis Philanthropy)  · Jason McGill (Arcus) · Rye Young (Third Wave Fund)
Institutional Members

AIDS United - American Jewish World Service -  Andrus Family Foundation -  Anonymous -  Arcus Foundation -  Arizona Community Foundation -  Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice -  The David Bohnett Foundation - Baltimore Community Foundation - Borealis Philanthropy - Boston Foundation -  The Calamus Foundation (Delaware) -  The California Endowment -  The California Wellness Foundation -  Civil Rights Defenders -  The Cleveland Foundation - Community  Foundation for Northeast Florida - Community  Foundation Santa Cruz County - Community Foundation for Southern Arizona -  Con Alma Health Foundation -  Cream City Foundation -  Elton John AIDS Foundation -  Ford Foundation -  Foundation For The Carolinas - Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg - Foundation for a Just Society -  Foundation for Louisiana -  Freeman Foundation - FSG - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation -  Gilead Sciences -  Gill Foundation -  Gilmour-Jirgens Foundation -  Groundswell Fund -  Guilford Green Foundation -  Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund - Hartford Foundation for Public Giving -  The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation -  Horizons Foundation -  Johnson Family Foundation -  Kicking Assets Fund - LA 84 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 - Masto 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 - The 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 -  Small Change Foundation -  Stonewall Community Foundation - Dwight Stuart Youth Fund - Surdna Foundation -  H. van Ameringen Foundation -  Vermont Community Foundation -  Washington AIDS Partnership - Washington Area Women's Foundation -  Wild Geese Foundation -  Third Wave Fund -  Tides Foundation -  Trans Justice Funding Project - Women's Foundation of California


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