June 2023

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Funding Forward Registration is Now Open!

The moment we've all been waiting for is finally here - we are excited to announce that registration is now OPEN for Funding Forward 2023!

The event, to be held in Loews Chicago Hotel from November 29th to December 1st, will not only be Funders for LGBTQ Issues' first in-person conference since 2019 but also mark the tenth anniversary of this annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues.

Virtual content will be available for hybrid participation.

Learn more and reserve your spot today!

We want to thank our host Chicago Community Trust and sponsors for their support of this year's conference. Without them Funding Forward would not be possible.

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Celebrating Pride Every Day: Cultivating A Daily Practice of Resistance

This Pride continues to be a space of reclamation and joy, but it is undeniable that we are in a moment of tremendous attack. Our lives and well-being are under a daily assault. For us at Funders for LGBTQ Issues, we are asking ourselves what it means to come from a powerful legacy of movement ancestors and how that legacy informs how we show up in this moment for the people we love. Mariame Kaba, famed abolitionist, and librarian said not too long ago, “Let this radicalize you, rather than lead you to despair”.

This is a moment where we need to fight like hell.

If you missed our full Pride statement earlier this month, we invite you to read it and consider what it means to cultivate a daily practice of resistance. As a sector, we must move beyond celebrating Pride once a year and toward a more rigorous practice of hope and collaboration all year long. Help us shape a new legacy that moves us toward freedom for generations to come.

Resources for Funding LGBTQ Organizing

In the face of the growing anti-trans and gender-expansive backlash nationwide, Funders for LGBTQ Issues has created a resource hub for funders seeking to increase funding for TGNC communities specifically and the LGBTQ community broadly. It also collects resources for organizers seeking support and other information.

Please note that this guide is emergent, and we are adding new resources daily. Please feel free to email our Communications Officer, Noemi Mangual-Rosa, to suggest additional resources and links or to make note of updates.

Farewell to Chantelle Fisher-Borne After Eight Years of Leadership

After eight years of powerful philanthropic organizing to resource Southern LGBTQ movements, Chantelle Fisher-Borne, Senior Director of Out in the South, has completed her tenure at Funders for LGBTQ Issues. We are deeply grateful for her leadership and visionary work. She joined Funders and stewarded Out in the South into the powerhouse it is today. Under her stewardship, the Out in the South Fund has awarded more than $3 million dollars for catalyzing locally-driven Southern funds moving resources to support LGBTQ movement work in the South. 

She has also shared all that she has learned from her philanthropic organizing with others, helping in the development of funds such as the Contigo Fund, the Queer Mobilization Fund, the Southern Power Fund, and the Arkansas LGBTQ+ Project. Her work, stewarding Out in the South and building with local and national partners alike, has left an indelible mark on the sector. We wish her continued success in her next endeavors, and as we prepare to begin the implementation of our new strategic plan, we know her work on the program has ensured its long-term vitality. We look forward to building on her legacy in the program’s continued evolution.

Meet Our Team: Alyssa Lawther

This month, we spotlight Alyssa Lawther, our Senior Research Officer! Alyssa (they/them) developed strong data and analytic skills working at leading research institutions such as the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT before joining Funders in 2021. This year, Alyssa spearheaded the 19th edition of our Resource Tracking Report - we are so inspired by their leadership and look forward to sharing their latest research at the end of this month!

Get to know more about them on our website.

The State of LGBTQ Philanthropy + Tracking Report Launch

Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a hybrid event at Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice on Monday, June 26, from 1:00 - 3:00 pm, to celebrate the release of our 2021 Tracking Report and be in powerful conversation with LGBTQ philanthropic leaders. In a moment where transgender and gender nonconforming communities continue to be utilized as a divisive wedge issue to attack bodily autonomy, philanthropy has a critical role in resourcing intersectional movement building. Streaming will be available for those attending virtually. The tracking report launch is open to funding and philanthropy-serving organizations.

Speakers include:

Gabriel Foster, Trans Justice Funding Project

Joy Chia, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Nicky McIntyre, Foundation for a Just Society

Saida Agostini-Bostic, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Registration is required for virtual and in-person attendees; reserve your space today.

New York City Pride Reception

Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues after our State of LGBTQ Philanthropy event for a continued celebration of the latest edition of our Tracking Report and Pride! We look forward to welcoming you at Bar Calico (in the Flatiron) for drinks, bites, and conversation.

All LGBTQ-identified and allied staff of philanthropic organizations are welcome to attend. Come connect with NYC-based colleagues and peers!

Attendance at the State of LGBTQ Philanthropy event is not required to attend the reception.


Funders for LGBTQ Issues: Member Convening

Funders for LGBTQ Issues invites members to join us on Wednesday, June 21st,

4 - 5:30 pm EDT for a virtual Member Convening with colleagues in LGBTQ philanthropy. Starting this virtual community space will offer an opportunity to debrief and share ideas and resources for sustaining long-term movement organizing. We aim to highlight ways Funders for LGBTQ Issues and our member community can support each other's work and well-being. Register here.

Donors of Color Network: Member Led Webinar

Join Donors of Color Network on June 28th at 7 pm ET for If They Take You In The Morning, They Will Be Coming For Us That Night, a critical discussion featuring Funders for LGBTQ Issues Deputy Director Alex Lee and Shelby Chestnut, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center, to talk about the efforts to protect and uplift the trans community. Register here.

FCAA: Responding to Anti-LGBTQ Policies

Join FCAA on June 22nd at 11 am EDT, for presentations from civil society leaders and experts on the genesis and impact of anti-LGBTQ policies taking place in East Africa and the United States, followed by a funder discussion about the implications and recommendations for HIV & AIDS, human rights, and health funders. Registration is limited to representatives of funding and philanthropy-serving organizations. 

Grantmakers for Education

Join Grantmakers for Education on June 27th at 3 pm EDT, for Intermediaries & Philanthropy: Seeding Community Work at the Grassroots, a webinar that will offer attendees insights on how intermediaries play a unique role in philanthropy and bring together leaders of intermediary organizations serving under-resourced communities for a conversation about the challenges they face and the opportunities philanthropic support can facilitate. This event is intended for members, other education grantmakers, and their partners.

Register here.

Freedom Dreams in Philanthropy

Join Freedom Dreams in Philanthropy on June 28th at 1 pm EDT/10 am PDT, for its first virtual event series launch that will define freedom dreaming, discuss its historical significance in the Black radical imagination, and explore what a liberatory practice of dreaming in philanthropy could be. The event will also share insights gathered from their extensive research and interviews conducted throughout last year.

Register here.

The Onslaught of Anti-Trans Legislation Demands a Crisis Response From Philanthropy


The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently published a new article co-authored by Funders for LGBTQ Issues' Saida Agostini-Bostic and Womens Funding Network's Elizabeth Barajas-Román, addressing the intersectional role of women's funds in the rise of anti-transgender authoritarianism as rampant LGBTQ legislative assaults continue throughout the country.

Read the full article.

Central Florida Emergency Trans Care Fund

The LGBT+ Center Orlando, in partnership with Contigo Fund and other community organizations, has launched the Central Florida Emergency Trans Care Fund.

This Central Florida effort provides rapid response support directly to the families of transgender youth and adults directly impacted by anti-trans healthcare bans in Florida. Their priority will be those most in need who lack or have inequitable access to care. Learn more here.

William T. Grant Foundation’s Youth Service Capacity Building Grants Program (YSCG) is now accepting applications. The grants will provide general operating support for small New York-based nonprofits with operating budgets between $250,000 and $1 million. Awards are $60,000 each and provide funds over a three-year term.

Proposals are due by September 20, 2023, 3:00 PM ET, for decisions in March 2024.

Submit your featured funding opportunities on our website!

Human Rights Campaign Declares First-Ever State of Emergency for LGBTQ+ Americans

The Human Rights Campaign officially declared a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people in the United States with the continuation of dangerous spikes in anti-LGBTQ legislation nationwide. HRC includes a downloadable guidebook with health and safety resources designed to support LGBTQ travelers.

LGBTQ+ Nonprofits Get Less Than 1 Percent of All Charitable Giving

The findings from Equitable Giving Lab, a research project of Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, track the 2015-2019 funding landscape of charitable organizations in the U.S. serving the LGBTQ+ community.

AG James Leads Multistate Coalition For Protections For Transgender Athletes

New York Attorney General Leticia James and New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin co-led a coalition of 12 attorneys supporting robust anti-discrimination protections for transgender students.

2023 HIV and LGBTQ+ Legislative Trends

Equality Federation shared a presentation created by Mike Webb, detailing the evolving HIV policy landscape in the United States.

TLDEF Sues Tennessee For Denying Transgender-Inclusive Health Coverage to Employees

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) filed a federal lawsuit against Tennessee officials for discrimination in state employee healthcare, which explicitly excludes and denies coverage for trans-related healthcare.

Federal Judge Blocks DeSantis Ban on Gender-Affirming Care for Florida Trans Youth: ’Gender Identity is Real’

A ruling from a U.S. District Court judge will block a law signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, that prevents families with trans children from accessing care - including puberty blockers and hormone therapy. 

Uganda’s Harsh Anti-Gay Bill Is Now Law

On May 26th, a cruel anti-gay bill became law In Uganda, which endangers and criminalizes LGBTQ-identifying individuals to be subjected to blackmail, life imprisonment, the denial of healthcare access, and death.

Trans Justice Funding Project: Announcing the 2023 TJFP Grantees

Trans Justice Funding Project’s 2023 grantmaking team recently awarded $1,850,000 in grants to 258 trans-led grassroots groups throughout the United States and the U.S. Territories.

Borealis Philanthropy CTPF Grants $4 Million to 30 Grassroots Organizations

Borealis Philanthropy’s participatory grantmaking committee of the Communities Transforming Policing Fund (CTPF), announced its newest grantee partners, including 26 grassroots organizations that will receive $3.9 million in multi-year grants and four additional groups that received learning opportunity grants totaling $100,000.

Notable promotions, transitions, and career updates from LGBTQ people

in philanthropy and allies.

April Bethea was named the Director of External Affairs at Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Congratulations, April!

Desiree Flores was named as Executive Director of General Service Foundation. Congratulations, Desiree!

Torre Garrison was named the inaugural Reparations Project Director for the Reparations Stakeholder Authority of Asheville (RSAA). Congratulations, Torre!

Siri May joins Wellspring Philanthropic Fund as the Director of the Sexual Orientation Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Program. Congratulations, Siri!

Ollin Rodriguez Lopez was promoted to Director of Human Resources and Administration at Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Congratulations, Ollin!

Bia Vieira was named CEO of Women’s Foundation California, effective this September. Congratulations, Bia!

Director of Foundation Relations

The LGBT Community Center

Hybrid, New York, NY

Chief Development Officer

Groundswell Fund

Remote, San Francisco, CA

Executive Assistant

Flamboyan Foundation

Hybrid, Washington, D.C.

Digital Strategist

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Hybrid, Los Altos, CA

Senior Officer for Public Opinion

The Colorado Health Foundation

Hybrid, Denver, CO

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 [email protected] with questions on this edition or submissions for future publishings. The next edition of Q-Notes will be released on July 20th.


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 External Affairs

Ashe Helm-Hernández

Senior Fellow of Philanthropic Organizing

Alyssa Lawther

Senior Research Officer

Alexander L. Lee

Deputy Director

Ollin Rodriguez Lopez

Director of Human Resources & Administration

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

Lloyd A. Fry 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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