March 2023

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We Will Only Move Forward Together: An Open Call to Philanthropy

On March 10th, Funders for LGBTQ Issues released an open call letter to philanthropy to act to resource our transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) community in this moment of crisis. You can read the complete statement here

We thank the 40 foundations and PSOs who have signed the letter and are standing in solidarity with our statement. If your foundation or PSO would like to sign on, please have them contact April Bethea. We will only move forward together!

Funding Forward Conference 2023: Call for Sessions

The Funding Forward 2023 call for sessions is now open! The planning committee seeks your ideas to make this fall's most engaging convening. 

  • Do you have an exciting idea for a session about an underrepresented issue in LGBTQ philanthropy? 
  • Are you excited about a grantmaking approach that your institution is piloting?
  • Would you like the chance to highlight some of your groundbreaking LGBTQ grantees
  • Or do you want to help facilitate open space for your peers to have honest dialogue around an important topic affecting LGBTQ communities and philanthropy?

Please note: In light of the cruel and draconian legislative attacks on trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) communities we have seen in the last year, and continue to see with increased regularity and severity, we are prioritizing conference sessions focused on trans lives this year. While we will consider all submitted session proposals, in this moment of crisis we strongly encourage our network to adopt an intersectional approach for their broader session proposals and consider how they can center TGNC communities. 

We encourage you to submit your session ideas! Whether your proposal is complete or still in development, we will work with you to create a robust session. Learn more and submit.

ICYMI: 2022 Recap Report

Our 2022 Annual Recap is a testimony to what happens when our membership organizes together for a world where we are all free. We invite you to reflect on our last year of organizing. We celebrated our 40th anniversary, marked Saida Agostini-Bostic’s first year as president, and rooted ourselves in our power to face the challenges ahead for our communities.

Read our recap report.

We Will Only Move Forward Together:

A Funder Briefing on National TGNC Movement Building

Join Funders on March 20th at 3 PM for a funder briefing focused on the far right’s attack on transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) communities across the country. This webinar is geared towards national and state funders and will offer an overview of national and regional efforts to counter these attacks and protect our TGNC community members.

Speakers include:


Raleigh Reception at ABFE's 2023 Harambee Annual Conference

Are you attending ABFE's Harambee Conference in Raleigh, NC? Or, are you a grantmaker in the area committed to or curious about LGBTQ issues? Come out with Funders for LGBTQ Issues on Thursday, April 13, 2023, 6 pm – 8 pm for a reception to meet our president, Saida Agostini-Bostic, along with other Funders’ staff, and learn more about LGBTQ philanthropy! 

All LGBTQ and allied staff of philanthropic organizations are welcome to attend, but an RSVP is required. You do not need to be registered for Harambee to attend. The location is near the Raleigh Convention Center and will be shared with registrants.

Register for the reception.

Northern California Grantmakers: 2023 Annual Conference

Northern California Grantmakers is excited to host their 2023 Annual Conference on May 2nd at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco! Funders staffer, Stephen Switzer, will be in attendance. Spend an engaging day with thought leaders, artists, activists, organizers, and your peers in the field. Learn more.

Gabriel Foster was recognized by the Congressional Equality Caucus’ Resolution celebrating Black LGBTQ leaders. Congratulations, Gabriel!

Glo Ross, Program Officer of Arcus Foundation, joins the Rockwood Leadership Institute’s 2023 Equity in Philanthropy Cohort.

Congratulations, Glo!

Black Trans Fund recently celebrated its third anniversary! The first national fund dedicated to Black Trans organizing has transformed the field of philanthropy to draw funder attention to an incredibly under-resourced part of the LGBTQ community. Congratulations on this milestone!

Astraea Fund Grants

Learn about funding opportunities with several funds at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Applications open for the: U.S. Fund, International Fund, Intersex Human Rights Fund, and Global Arts Fund. Support grants range from $5,000 - $30,000 per year. Applications are accepted through April 15, 2023.

Groundswell's Rapid Response Fund

Groundswell’s Rapid Response Fund (RRF) provides fast funding to grassroots organizations led by women of color, trans people of color, and low-income women and trans people in critical but unexpected fights to protect and advance reproductive and social justice.

Applications are accepted through March 31, 2023.

Transgender Strategy Fund

Transgender Strategy Center seeks to support organizations and informal networks led by and serving transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people. Grant applications for one year gen ops grants of between $25,000 and $75,000 are accepted through March 31, 2023.

Third Wave Fund's Our Own Power Fund

Third Wave Fund opens its Our Own Power Fund for new capacity building project proposals.  U.S.-based (including territories) youth-led reproductive and gender justice organizations with an annual budget of up to $500,000 USD are eligible to apply. Grant applications for two year grants of $25,000 per year are accepted through April 21, 2023.

Submit your featured funding opportunities on our website!


GPP Global Resources Report

Global Philanthropy Project is collecting LGBTI grantmaking data on funds awarded in calendar years 2021 and 2022 to offer funders an accurate understanding of the global LGBTI landscape.Data collection is open from March through September 2023.

Educational Experiences of LGBTQ People of Color

In collaboration with the Point Foundation, researchers from the Williams Institute examine the school experiences and higher education environments of LGBTQ people of color.

Violent Victimization at the Intersections of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Race

Using data from the 2017-2019 National Crime Victimization Survey, this Williams Institute study examines victimization at the intersection of sexual orientation, gender, and race/ethnicity.

LGBTI Victories in the Caribbean and a Turning Point for LGBTI Rights in the Americas

The previous three decades have brought an unprecedented expansion of LGBTI rights in the Americas. This op-ed looks at LGBTI victories in the Caribbean at a time when challenges to LGBTI rights throughout South America have increased.

Get the Facts on Gender-Affirming Care

As attacks on the LGBTQ+ community continue to gain steam, it is essential to get the facts about gender-affirming care. HRC Foundation explains gender-affirming care and why it's imperative for providing safe and inclusive access to life-saving healthcare for LGBTQI people.

Everything That Happened in Anti-Trans Legislation This Week

Trans Formations Project, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to tracking and educating about the anti-trans legislative crisis currently sweeping the United States, shares the most recent legislation developments.

Notable promotions, transitions, and career updates from LGBTQ people

in philanthropy and allies.

Lyle Matthew Kan is transitioning out as the Interim National Director at CHANGE Philanthropy. We wish you the best in your next endeavor, Lyle!


GUTC Project Director

Funders for LGBTQ Issues


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Senior Administrative Assistant

Colorado Health Foundation

Hybrid - Denver, CO

Strategy Director of Federal Policy

Lumina Foundation

Hybrid - Washington, D.C.

Limited Terms Program Assistant | Mission Investing Analyst

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Hybrid - Los Altos, CA

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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 April 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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