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When Funders for LGBTQ Issues was founded in 1982, we were a working group housed at Neighborhood Funders Group and foundation funding for LGBTQ issues totaled less than $250,000 annually.  As we prepare to celebrate 35 years of Funders for LGBTQ Issues history with the inaugural Pride in Philanthropy Awards later this week, we're taking a moment to reflect on the philanthropic leadership that has brought us to this moment.  Click here to read more.
Tuesday, November 2nd (New York, NY) 
On November 2nd, join Funders for LGBTQ Issues board, staff, and friends to celebrate and acknowledge the philanthropic leadership that has brought LGBTQ funding to this moment. We hope you will join us for this special event!  Click here to learn more and get your tickets today.
Thursday, November 16th
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is pleased to co-sponsor this webinar with the Funders Committee For Civic Participation to discuss important milestones before and during the 2020 Census, and ways your foundation can support "Get Out the Count" activities, including participation in state and local Complete Count Committees.
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 philanthropy, so we hope to see you there!  Click here to learn more. Click here to register.
Research, Resources, and Updates
  • The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) announced new funding initiatives to address HIV in Black gay men and transgender individuals and will launch the Key Populations Fund for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA KP Fund), focused on prevention and treatment of HIV and hepatitis C for individuals most vulnerable to the HIV epidemic in the region.
  • Several "incendiary devices" were thrown at a gay club in Puerto Rico over the weekend. The club was located in the Santurce neighborhood in San Juan.
  • A recent report by Urvashi Vaid and Ashindi Maxton notes that high net worth people of color are largely invisible in discussions of mainstream philanthropy. The People of Color Donor Collaborative is working to change that.
  • DACA has allowed thousands of LGBT immigrants improve their economic security and pursue higher education. The Center for American Progress examines what ending DACA might mean for this community.
Requests for Proposals
  • The American Psychological Foundation's 2018 Wayne F. Placek Grant

    The American Psychological Foundation's (APF) 2018 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. Since 1995, the Placek Fund has granted more than $1 million. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2018.
  • The Campaign for Southern Equality will award grants of up to $2,500 each for innovative projects based in the South that focus on HIV/AIDS in the LGBTQ community. Projects should center the leadership of those most impacted by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the South. Grantees will also be invited to take part in a HIV/AIDS Leadership Cohort, providing a year of intensive support and resources as they implement their projects. The deadline to apply is November 3, 2017.
Recent Grants Awarded
  • Mel Heifetz Gifts $16 Million to the Philadelphia Foundation

    Heifetz announced he will gift 26 of his residential properties to the Philadelphia Foundation, which will in turn sell them and place the proceeds in an endowment. Investment income earned on the endowment each year will go toward LGBT groups.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Sangeeta will be leaving her current role at The Astraea Foundation for Justice to join the NoVo Foundation as the Program Officer for the Local Living Economies Initiative. Congratulations on this transition!

Masen Davis will leave his role as Senior Director of Special Projects at the Gill Foundation to serve as the CEO of Freedom for All Americans. Congratulations on this new role! 

Dana Delpit will join the Foundation for Louisiana as the Chief Financial Officer. Congrats to Dana and FFL on this exciting appointment!

Nancy Vaughan will transition from her role as Executive Director of the Guilford Green Foundation into a volunteer and advocate role with GGF. Best of luck in this new role!

Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

United Philanthropy Forum
(Washington, DC)

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

Global Greengrants Fund
(Boulder, CO)

California Community Foundation 
(Los Angeles, CA)

Groundswell Fund
(Multiple Locations)

California Community Foundation
(Los Angeles, CA)

Knowledge and Grants Manager
The Libra Foundation
(San Francisco, CA)

Group Health Foundation
(Seattle, WA)

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

California Community Foundation
(Los Angeles, CA)

Groundswell Fund
(Multiple Locations)

TCC Group
(New York, NY)

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 (GCIR) ·  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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