April 2023

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Welcoming Change - A New Season of Board Leadership

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is pleased to announce the newest members of its board and a historic shift in board leadership. Long-standing Executive Committee members Rickke Mananzala, Rye Young, and Jason McGill concluded their tenures this month. We are incredibly grateful for their stewardship and wish them the best in their next chapters.

Read about our departing board and learn more about our new board and Executive Committee members.

Welcome, Amara!

Funders for LGBTQ Issues welcomes Amara Reese-Hansell as our new Membership Engagement Officer! Amara (she/her) joins Funders from the Alliance for Youth Action with a passion for empowering young leaders, a collaborative spirit, and optimism for our future. She is inspired by the countless bright, relentless activists she’s partnered with along the way to empower her work in philanthropy. We are so excited to have her join us.

Get to know more about Amara on our website!

Funding Foward Call for Sessions

The Funding Forward 2023 Call for Sessions is open through May 16th! Funding Forward provides an exciting opportunity for funders to connect, learn, coordinate efforts, and maximize philanthropic impact for LGBTQ communities and issues.

With the increased regularity and severity of legislative attacks on trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) communities across the nation, we are prioritizing conference sessions focused on trans lives this year and strongly encourage our network to adopt an intersectional approach for their broader session proposals and consider how they can center TGNC communities. 

Visit our website to learn more about session criteria and details.

Funders Staff Retreat

Late last month, Funders for LGBTQ Issues gathered for its first staff retreat of the year in beautiful Stevenson, Washington! As we continue to grow as an organization, we are committed to ensuring that our team is able to connect and build in person. Sending immense gratitude to our amazing facilitator, Jess Solomon, who thoughtfully and intentionally guided our team-building activities and reflections to help sustain our work and deepen our capacity for the road ahead.

Bré Rivera: Black Trans Fund

Congratulations, Bré Rivera, Founder and Director of Black Trans Fund and Funders for LGBTQ Issues board member, who was recently honored by BET's Black + Iconic Gala! Thank you for your remarkable leadership and unwavering commitment to rooting Black Trans Fund in joy and liberation. Watch the clip here.

Imara Jones: Translash Media

Time Magazine reveals that Imara Jones, Founder of Translash Media, is among those honored in this year’s Time 100, which honors influential figures, for her history in journalism and LGBTQ+ activism. Congratulations, Imara!

Yield Giving Open Call

Lever for Change recently launched the Yield Giving Open Call inviting community-led nonprofit organizations from across the United States and U.S. Territories to apply and share their impact on the abilities of individuals and families in their communities. Each awardee will receive an unrestricted operating gift of $1 million. Interested organizations must have an annual operating budget of at least $1 million and no more than $5 million for at least two of the last four fiscal years to be eligible. Register to apply by May 5, 2023. Complete applications are due by June 12, 2023.

Black Trans Fund Community Care Grant

Black Trans Fund is accepting Community Care Grant applications for Black, trans-led organizations across the United States. The fund will direct community care funding to mutual aid, wellness and healing, organizing and activism, and more. Determinations will be made in early July and are based on funding priorities, Black Trans Fund values, and the total funding budget.

Submit your featured funding opportunities on our website!


KFF/The Washington Post Trans Survey

KFF and the Washington Post’s latest partnership survey provides readers with the unique insights of 515 trans and gender nonconforming individuals from diverse backgrounds living in the United States who are experiencing stigma and systemic inequality in many aspects of their lives.

Prohibiting Gender Affirming Care for Youth

The UCLA Williams Institute published a study that details that more than 144,000 transgender youth lost or remain at risk of losing access to gender-affirming care due to legislative bans in the U.S.

Highlighting Online Resources for Trans Communities and Allies 

Arcus Foundation compiled a collection of resources in solidarity with those working to advance human rights for trans and gender-nonconforming people to support movement members and allies. 

FCAA Resource Tracking Report

Funders Concerned About AIDS’ resource tracking report, based on the calendar year 2020 grantmaking, captures the award data of 5,000 grants awarded by 323 foundations in 10 countries to identify the gaps, trends, and opportunities in HIV-related philanthropy.

How Nonprofits Can Stand Up to Anti-Trans Legislation

Bolder Advocacy shares ways nonprofits can leverage their power and resources to defend trans lives living in America whose freedoms are threatened by cruel legislation.

The South is Queer and Trans, Our Funding Must Be Too

Grantmakers for Southern Progress addresses the needed investments philanthropy must act on to uplift LGBTQ communities and movements in the South.

Companies are Failing Trans Employees

Harvard Business Review surveyed 2,230 transgender and gender nonconforming employees in eight countries. The authors present strategies for creating safe, inclusive workspaces for TGNC staff.

Notable promotions, transitions, and career updates from LGBTQ people

in philanthropy and allies.

David Biemesderfer announced their retirement as President and CEO of United Philanthropy Forum after 7+ years of leadership. We wish you the best in this new chapter, David!

Angie Chen announced their departure from Libra Foundation as Director of Programs. We wish you the best in your next endeavor, Angie!

Ryan Li Dahlstrom announced their departure from Borealis Philanthropy as Director of Programs. We wish you the best in your next endeavor, Ryan!

Megan Murphy Wolf shared her retirement as Chief Operating Officer of Women’s Funding Network. We wish you the best in this new chapter, Megan! 

Phuong Quach announced their departure from Northern California Grantmakers after 10 years of leadership as Vice-President of Member Engagement. We wish you the best in your next endeavor, Phuong!


Program Associate

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Hybrid, Menlo Park, CA

Director of Partnerships

Urgent Action Fund

Remote, U.S.

Co-Executive Director

Third Wave Fund

Remote, U.S.

Program Officer, Economic Justice

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Hybrid, New York/Washington D.C.

Visit our website for more listings on our full Jobs Board.

Q Notes is a regular newsletter produced by Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Please contact communications@lgbtfunders.org with questions or submissions for future publishings. The next edition of Q Notes will be released on May 18th.


Cynthia Renfro, Chair (Civis Consulting, LLC)

Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Vice-Chair (Foundation for a Just Society)

Jonathan Jayes-Green, Secretary (Philanthropic Consultant)

Karen Appelbaum, Treasurer (Northwest Area Foundation)

Namita Chad (Philanthropic Consultant)

Ana Conner (Third Wave Fund)

Desiree Flores (General Service Foundation)

Aldita Gallardo (Borealis Philanthropy)

Lane Harwell (Ford Foundation)

Kelli King-Jackson (The Simmons Foundation)

Cathy K.K. Kapua (Trans Justice Funding Project)

Bré Rivera (Black Trans Fund)

Glo Ross (Arcus Foundation)

William (Bill) Smith (May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust)

Judy Yu (Wellspring Philanthropic Fund)


Saida Agostini-Bostic


Cleopatra Jach Acquaye

Director of Programs

April Bethea

Director of Philanthropic Outreach 

Chantelle Fisher-Borne

Senior Project Director, Out In The South Initiative

Ashe Helm-Hernández

Senior Fellow of Philanthropic Organizing

Alyssa Lawther

Senior Research Officer

Alexander L. Lee

Deputy Director

Ollin Rodriguez Lopez

Human Resources & Administrative Associate

Noemi Mangual-Rosa

Communications Officer

Amara Reese-Hansell

Membership Engagement Officer

Stephen Switzer

Director of Finance

Marvin Webb

Chief Financial Officer


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

General Services Foundation

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

McKnight 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

Paul G. Allen Foundation

Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation

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

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