January 2023

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Welcome, Ashe!

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of our team! Ashe Helm-Hernández (they/them) is a southern non-binary Black butch artist, organizer, and cultural worker with roots in Louisville, KY. They join Funders as our Senior Fellow of Philanthropic Organizing and have over 20 years of experience in advocacy, leadership development, youth organizing, and mentorship. We are so pleased to have you with us. Welcome, Ashe!

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Welcome, Stephen!

We are pleased to welcome Stephen Switzer, our new Director of Finance! Before Funders, Stephen was with NewSchools Venture Fund as Interim Finance Director. Having spent more than a decade helping non-profits stay successful, Stephen strives to keep operations running smoothly and efficiently.

Welcome, Stephen!

Inside Philanthropy Features Funders for LGBTQ Issues

We are honored to be named by Inside Philanthropy as one of the key players in moving funds for trans communities across the nation. Read more.


As our staff grows, we invite you to meet some of our newest team members, including Cleopatra Jach Acquaye and Noemi Mangual-Rosa, who joined Funders in 2022!

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 next month. 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 at the S&R Lounge at the Hotel Zetta, San Francisco.

Register Here

CHANGE Philanthropy's 2022 DAPP Report

Based on anonymous self-reporting from individuals, the Diversity Amongst Philanthropic Professionals report provides grantmakers with a snapshot of the 2022 philanthropic workforce.

It helps participating foundations accurately assess the culture and climate of their institutions.

Read the report.


Call for Session Ideas for CHANGE Philanthropy's 2023 Unity Summit

The call for sessions is now open through February 10, 2023! This is your opportunity to bring your voices to the Unity Summit; a philanthropic convening exploreing strategies for utilizing power to advance philanthropic equity taking place October 16th-19th, 2023 in Los Angeles, CA, with hybrid elements.

Visit our page to submit funding opportunities!


New Yorkers May Now Choose 'X' on Their Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates

On January 9, 2023, The New York State Department of Health announced the implementation of a non-binary option for birth, marriage, and death certificates for New Yorkers who reside outside New York City, which maintains its vital records.

LGBT Adults Aged 50 and Older in the US During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Using data from the U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey, this report examines the demographics, health, and economic experiences of LGBT adults aged 50–64 and those aged 65 and older during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hate Crimes Against LGBT People

Using hate crime data from the 2017-2019 National Crime Victimization Survey, researchers estimate the prevalence and characteristics of violent hate crime victimization of LGBT people in the United States compared to non-LGBT hate crime victims and LGBT victims of other types of violent crimes.

11 Ways Forward This Lunar New Year

In light of the recent mass shooting in Monterey Park, CA, on January 21, AAPIP shared this article with response resources to support those affected by the tragedy and ways to heal in dialogue with the community.

Impact of HB 1557 (Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill) on LGBTQ+ Parents in Florida

In March 2022, the Florida Legislature passed HB 1557, the Don’t Say Gay bill, prohibiting instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in schools. Using data gathered from 113 LGBTQ+ parents in Florida, this study examines the concerns and perspectives of LGBTQ+ parents regarding the bill.

Notable promotions, transitions, and career updates from LGBTQ people

in philanthropy and allies.

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Shelby Chestnut

Shelby Chestnut joins Transgender Law Center as the Executive Director. Congratulations, Shelby! 

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Alice Y. Hom

CHANGE Philanthropy announces Alice Y. Hom as the next Executive Director. Congratulations, Alice!

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Dylan Hoos

Dylan Hoos joins Johnson Family Foundation as the new Executive Director. Congratulations, Dylan! 

Ronn Richard

President and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation, Ronn Richard, shared his transition message after two decades of leadership. We wish you a happy and healthy retirement, Ronn!


Program Director 

Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

New York, NY

Vice President of Membership Programs


Remote; Candidates near Oakland, CA, preferred

Managing Director of Funding Engagement |

Communications Support Lead



Executive Director

Tzedek Social Justice Fund


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 February 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)

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

Ashe Helm Hernández

Senior Fellow of Philanthropic Organizing

Cleopatra Jach Acquaye

Director of Programs

Alyssa Lawther

Senior Research Officer

Alexander 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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