February 2023

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Save the Date! Funding Forward Conference 2023!

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is excited to announce the dates for our 2023 annual conference, Funding Forward. The conference will be a hybrid event this year and we are thrilled to gather with those in our network who are able to attend in person in Chicago after three years of fully virtual conferences.

Funding Forward provides funders from all over the nation the opportunity to connect, learn from each other, coordinate efforts, and maximize their impact on LGBTQ philanthropy. Now more than ever, it is vital for grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues to convene to address the many challenges our communities continue to face. While many details are forthcoming, we hope you can join us this fall.

Meet Our Team: Ashe and Stephen

Last month, we welcomed Ashe Helm-Hernández and Stephen Switzer as the newest members of our team. Learn more about them on our website.

We're hiring!

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is seeking a Project Director for our Grantmakers United for Transgender Communities (GUTC) initiative! This remote role offers a $98,000 salary and an excellent range of benefits. Learn more about the role.

Demystifying Foundation Fundraising: What You Should Know About LGBTQ Philanthropy (at Creating Change 2023)

Sunday, February 19 - 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM PST - Hilton San Francisco Union Square 14

Funders for LGBTQ Issues staff will offer a workshop during this weekend’s Creating Change conference in San Francisco. Our session, Demystifying Foundation Fundraising, will explore trends, gaps, and opportunities in LGBTQ foundation funding, with Funders’ staff providing an overview of the LGBTQ funding landscape and a panel of funders offering advice to grantseekers. Panelists include April Bethea, Alyssa Lawther, and Alexander Lee from Funders for LGBTQ Issues, as well as Glo Ross (Arcus Foundation), Jessica Mowles (Overbrook Foundation), and Neil Aasve (Visibility Impact Fund).

We look forward to meeting those in attendance this Sunday.

Pushing Philanthropic Practice to Support Black Migrants

Join GCIR and movement leaders on Thursday, February 23, from 10 to 11 am PST, for a webinar moderated by Funders’ board secretary, Jonathan Jayes-Green. The webinar will explore the root causes of migration for Black immigrants and refugees, how they work to build power domestically and transnationally, and how funders can support this diverse community.


Contigo Fund Movement and Power Building Grant

The 2023 grant application is open and seeks proposals for efforts based in Orlando and Central Florida (Orange, Seminole, Lake & Osceola). Proposals up to $75,000 are requested from leaders, groups, organizations, and coalitions that grow and sustain capacity and forward movement to empower LGBTQ+ people! The grant portal is open and accepting applications through Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

Borealis Philanthropy’s Fund for Trans Generations Rapid Response Fund

The Fund for Trans Generations has reopened their rapid response fund to support transgender communities and groups responding to urgent needs or unique opportunities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Third Wave Fund’s Mobilize Power Fund (MPF)

MPF is a rapid response fund that resources gender justice organizations to adapt or pivot their work when met with unanticipated, time-sensitive opportunities or threats to their movement-building work and organizing conditions. The next application deadline is Tuesday, March 7, 2023.

Queer Mobilization Fund (QMF) - Next Grant Cycle Starting Soon

QMF works to strengthen the power and presence of queer and trans-BIPOC-led organizations across the US Southeast. Grants are open to groups who have 501c3 status, a fiscal sponsor, or groups without any legal designation, and prioritize organizations with budgets under $300,000 that are: LGBTQ, BIPOC-led, grassroots, community-led, new/emergent, and/or rural organizations doing work in the Southeastern U.S. QMF will open their next grant cycle on March 1, 2023

Submit your featured funding opportunities on our website!


4 Ways Funders Can Build Authentic Partnerships With Trans and Non-Binary Communities

Aldita Gallardo, Program Officer for Fund for Trans Generations (FTG) at Borealis Philanthropy, shares her recent op-ed in Stanford Social Innovation Review on how funders can build authentic relationships with trans and nonbinary communities.

LGBT Poverty in the United States

Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and the U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey, this report examines the poverty rates among LGBT and non-LGBT people during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Utah Bans Gender-Affirming Care for Trans Youth

Utah Governor Spencer Cox signed a bill that bans hormone replacement therapy and gender-affirming surgery for transgender youth, making Utah the first state in 2023 to prohibit such care.

How Gender Differences Show Up (and Don’t) in CEP’s Grantee Perception Report

A new CEP report shows a pattern of differences in which respondents who identify as nonbinary, gender nonconforming, or who select multiple gender identities have less positive experiences with their funders than respondents who identify only as men or women.

LGBTQ Youth and Body Dissatisfaction

The Trevor Project shared a 2023 report on LGBTQ youth with body dissatisfaction who reported twice the odds of attempting suicide in the past year.

Notable promotions, transitions, and career updates from LGBTQ people

in philanthropy and allies.

Neill Coleman is stepping down as Executive Director of Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies to return to his consulting practice, Mission Magnified. We wish you the best in your endeavors, Neill!


Grants Officer

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Menlo Park, CA

Senior Program Officer

The Kresge Foundation

Troy, MI

Policy Director

Equality NC


Senior Financial Analyst

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Hybrid/Los Altos, CA

Major Gifts Officer

The Stonewall Community Foundation

Hybrid/New York, NY

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 March 16th.


Rickke Mananzala, Chair (New York Foundation)

Cynthia Renfro, Vice-Chair (Civis Consulting, LLC)

Jason McGill, Treasurer (Philanthropic Consultant)

Jonathan Jayes-Green, 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)

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


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

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

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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