December 2022

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Announcing 2022 Out in the South Fund Grants

The Out in the South Fund is a collaborative fund awarding grants to build and support locally-driven Southern funds. Over the last seven years, the fund distributed over 3 million dollars to catalyze locally-driven Southern funds to deepen support for LGBTQ movement work in the South. The complete list of 2022 grant recipients can be found on our website here.

Welcome, Cleopatra Jach!

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of our team! Cleopatra Jach Acquaye (sir/her) joins Funders as our Director of Programs and possesses over a decade of experience in community organizing, organizational development, and team management. We are grateful for her wealth of knowledge and vibrant leadership for our programs. Welcome, Cleopatra!

Club Q Response Update

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is organizing members to support survivors and the wider LGBTQ community in Colorado Springs following the Club Q attack on November 20, 2022.


Six years ago, in the aftermath of the Pulse massacre in Orlando, Florida, Funders for LGBTQ Issues worked with local activists to develop the Contigo Fund. Contigo now guides a long-term philanthropic response to help empower and heal the Central Florida LGBTQ community after one of its darkest moments. Now, in collaboration with the Contigo Fund and several other LGBTQ funders, we are applying these lessons six years later to help empower the LGBTQ communities of Colorado Springs. 


This month, Chantelle Fisher-Borne, Senior Project Director of our Out in the South Initiative, is traveling to Colorado Springs along with staff and community members from the Contigo Fund for a series of planning meetings with local queer and trans organizations, community members, funders, and activists. These meetings, which will extend into early 2023, are intended to help the local LGBTQ community identify funding strategies aligned with their immediate and long-term needs, particularly local queer and trans communities of color who are often overlooked and under-resourced. We are excited to share more updates with our network in 2023.

Credit: Jessica Tezak for The New York Times

In Appalachia, Margot Miller Leads From a "Place of Courageous Joy"

The New York Times features Margot Miller, Executive Director of Appalachian Community Fund, and former Out in the South grantee, about her philanthropic impact to support racial and environmental justice across Appalachia.

Credit: Ekaterina Pokrovsky/Shutterstock

At 42 and Counting, Horizons Foundation Punches Way Above Its Weight

Inside Philanthropy highlights one of our key partners and members, Horizons Foundation and featured insightful excerpts from our Deputy Director, Alexander Lee.

2022 National Immigrant Inclusion Conference

Funders' President, Saida Agostini Bostic, speaks on how philanthropy can center LGBTQIA+ migrant movements at the 2022 National Immigrant Inclusion Conference.

Watch the video here.

Holiday Office Closure

The Funders for LGBTQ Issues office will be closed from December 19, 2022, through January 2, 2023, to practice self-care and wellness for our team. We are excited to connect with everyone in the new year and wish you a joyful and restful holiday season.

Save the Date: Funders for LGBTQ Issues Reception at Creating Change

Funders for LGBTQ Issues staff will attend the Creating Change conference in San Francisco in February 2023. If you are attending the conference or are a Bay Area local, we hope you’ll plan to join us on Sunday, February 19th, for a networking reception from 6 PM - 8 PM, location to come. If you have any questions or want to be kept in the loop about the event's details, please email April Bethea, Director of Philanthropic Outreach: at

Announcing the 2023 CHANGE Philanthropy Unity Summit

CHANGE Philanthropy’s Unity Summit is set to return in 2023 in Los Angeles, CA, as a hybrid conference! Mark your calendars for October 16-19, 2023. 

The Unity Summit is one of the largest convenings in philanthropy. Over 1000 participants from various communities come together to expand their individual and institutional practice to advance equity with an intersectional lens, with the community at the center of CHANGE’s efforts.

Follow along with Unity Summit updates by subscribing to CHANGE’s Summit mailing list.


Human Rights Funders Network: 2019 Annual Review of Global Foundation Grantmaking 

Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN) and Candid share their new tracking report on the human rights funding landscape: Advancing Human Rights: Annual Review of Global Foundation Grantmaking 2019 Key Findings.

HIV-Related Philanthropy and the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. Initiative

The Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) is a ten-year federal initiative that focuses on communities most affected by HIV by supplying resources and expertise to 50 local areas that account for more than half of new HIV diagnoses and seven states with a substantial rural burden to expand HIV prevention and treatment efforts.

Giving Big: The Impact of Large, Unrestricted Gifts on Nonprofits

The Center for Effective Philanthropy's new report shares data from the most comprehensive study to date of the impacts of MacKenzie Scott’s giving and details that the recipients of Scott’s gifts report using them to expand their core work, shore up financial stability, address operational capacity, and support work that can be hard to fund, such as equity and justice-oriented work.

Biden Signs Respect for Marriage Act

President Biden signed into law Tuesday a bipartisan bill that codifies same-sex and interracial marriages. A crowd of thousands gathered to celebrate the federal protections secured in the Respect for Marriage Act.

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality Healthcare Directory

Collaborating with the Tegan and Sara Foundation and Cigna to bring you the new and improved LGBTQ+ Healthcare Directory. It is a free, searchable database of doctors, medical professionals, and healthcare providers who truly understand the unique health needs of LGBTQ+ people in the United States and Canada.

UCLA: Mental Health Among Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Incarcerated in Juvenile Corrections

Using data from the Minnesota Student Survey, a statewide population survey of youth, researchers from UCLA, Vanderbilt, Brown, and Yale examined the mental health experiences of LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ youth in juvenile correctional facilities and public schools. 


Submit Grants Data for FCAA's Annual Resource Tracking Project

Visit our website to submit and see more funding opportunities!

Notable promotions, transitions, and career updates from LGBTQ people

in philanthropy and allies.

Dominique Morgan

Dominique Morgan joins Borealis Philanthropy as Program Director of The Fund for Trans Generations. Congratulations, Dominique! 

Marsha Davis

Executive Director of Tzedek Foundation, Marsha Davis shared her 2023 role transition message to the community after five years of leadership. We wish you success in your next endeavor, Marsha!

Stephen A. Foster

President and CEO of Overbrook Foundation, Stephen Foster, shared his transition message to the community after twenty years of leadership. We wish you a happy and healthy retirement, Stephen!

Yamani Yansá Hernandez

Yamani Yansá Hernandez joins Groundswell Fund as the new Interim Executive Director. Congratulations, Yamani! 


Program Director, U.S. Social Justice 

Arcus Foundation

New York, NY

Grants Management Associate

Kresge Foundation

Hybrid, Troy, MI

Senior Treasury and Fund Accountant

Arabella Advisors

Washington, DC

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 with questions or submissions for future publishings. The next edition of Q Notes will be released on January 15th, each month mid-month starting in January 2023.

Rickke Mananzala, Chair (New York Foundation)
Cynthia Renfro, Vice-Chair (Civis Consulting, LLC)
Jason McGill, Treasurer (Philanthropic Consultant)
Rye Young, Secretary (Philanthropic Consultant)
Karen Appelbaum (Northwest Area Foundation)
Namita Chad (Philanthropic Consultant)
Ana Conner (Third Wave Fund)

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

Desiree Flores (General Service Foundation)

Aldita Gallardo (Borealis Philanthropy)

Jonathan Jayes-Green (Philanthropic Strategist)

Bré Rivera (Black Trans Fund)

Paulina Helm-Hernandez (Foundation for a Just Society)

Kelli King-Jackson (The Simmons Foundation)

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

Judy Yu (Wellspring Philanthropic Fund)


Saida Agostini-Bostic


April Bethea

Director of Philanthropic Outreach 

Chantelle Fisher-Borne

Senior Project Director, Out In The South Initiative

Cleopatra Jach Acquaye

Director of Programs

Alyssa Lawther

Research Officer

Alexander Lee

Deputy Director

Ollin Rodriguez Lopez

Human Resources & Administrative Associate

Noemi Mangual-Rosa

Communications Officer

Andrew Wallace

Senior Advisor

Marvin Webb

Chief Financial Officer


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