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This November, we were thrilled to welcome Alexander Lee to the Funders for LGBTQ Issues team as the inaugural Project Director of our newest initiative, Grantmakers United for Trans Communities or GUTC (pronounced "gutsy")GUTC, an initiative born of the Trans Funding Working Group, aims to inspire a philanthropic culture that is inclusive and supportive of trans people through grantmaking and decision-making  Click here to read more. 
Wednesday, March 14th - Friday, March 16th (New Orleans, LA) 
Funding Forward 2018
We are pleased to announce that Funding Forward 2018 will take place from March 14th - 16th in New Orleans, Louisiana. Our annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues promises to bring together more than 200 of the most influential people in LGBTQ philanthropy, so we hope to see you there!  Click here to learn more. Click here to register.
Research, Resources, and Updates
  • Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) released its 15th annual Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS report, finding that HIV/AIDS philanthropic disbursements increased 2% in 2016, representing the third consecutive year of growth and reaching an all time high of $680 million.
  • HRFN, Foundation Center, Ariadne, and Prospera released the latest research on global human rights funding. The Advancing Human Rights Research Hub breaks funding down by region, issue, population, and strategy supported.
  • As communities around the country honored trans awareness week in November, MAP released a new infographic to explain trans student's standing under Title IX of the Federal Civil Rights Act.
  • MAP is leading the Open to All campaign, a national campaign featuring a broad coalition of LGBT, civil rights, racial justice, and allied organizations, who are all focusing attention on the far-reaching risks of the Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case.
Requests for Proposals
  • PFund 2017-2018 Scholarships for LGBTQ Leaders

    PFund Foundation announces the opening of the 2017-2018 Scholarships for LGBTQ Leaders. Scholarships are awarded to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied individuals for their commitment to leadership within their communities. Applications must be submitted by Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.
  • 2017/2018 Soros Equality Fellowship supports individuals creating innovative projects to advance racial equity in the United States. The fellowship is seeking applicants from a diverse spectrum of disciplines and career paths, including but not limited to; the arts, law, organizing, journalism, etc. Selected individuals will receive an 18-month grant of $100,000 to support their work and will participate in a growing network of fellows through convenings and leadership trainings. Letters of Inquiry (LOI) are due by December 20, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EST)
Recent Grants Awarded
  • Groundswell Fund Announces Birth Justice and Liberation Fund Grants

    Groundswell's Birth Justice Fund announced its 2017 grantees who received nearly $500,000 to support efforts to expand care, including increasing access to culturally competent birthing options provided by midwives, doulas, and other birth workers of color. Additionally, Groundswell announced $1.35 million in grants from the Liberation fund to boost grassroots organizing led by women of color and transgender people of color.
  • Pride Foundation Announces Community Grant Awards

    Pride Foundation announced $507,000 in grants to 81 organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington working to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people and their families can live fully and safely in their home communities. This year's award amount is the highest Community Grants funding total in Pride Foundation history.
  • Southern HIV Impact Fund Announces $2.65 Million In Initial Investments

    The Southern HIV Impact Fund - a collaboration between Gilead Sciences, Ford Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, ViiV Healthcare, and Johnson & Johnson - to stop the persistent and worsening impact of the epidemic on the region announced initial investments of $2.65 million in support of 37 organizations in nine states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy
Brad Clark will become the new President and CEO of the Gill Foundation beginning in January 2018. Congratulations, Brad! We're excited for the next chapter of the foundation under your leadership.  
Read more about Brad's appointment here.  
LaTosha Brown transitioned from her role as Project Director of Grantmakers for Southern Progress (GSP) to expand her philanthropic advisory consulting firm. Congratulations and best of luck on this transition!
mónica enríquez-enríquez will depart the Astraea Foundation for Justice to join Foundation for a Just Society as a Program Officer for Central America. Congratulations and best of luck on this transition! 

John Feather
John Feather, CEO of Grantmakers in Aging, was recognized with the 2017 Ophelia Rinaldi Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Hispanic Council on Aging. Congratulations, John!
Aldo Gallardo 
Aldo Gallardo joined Borealis Philanthropy as a Program Associate for the Fund for Trans Generations. Congratulations on this new role, Aldo!  
Samantha Giusti will step down from her role at DVLF to oversee community affairs across the US market for IKEA. Congratulations and best of luck on these new endeavors!
Maya Harris

Maya Harris will join the Arcus Foundation board of Directors. Congratulations, Maya!  

Trina Olson will be leaving her position as PFund Foundation's Executive Director to pursue independent consulting. Thank you for your contributions to the field and best of luck in your future endeavors!
Marco Antonio Quiroga 

Marco Antonio Quiroga, Program Director at the Contigo Fund, was recognized by Watermark Online as one of Central Florida's most remarkable people in 2017. Congratulations on this honor, Marco!  
Rafael Torres 

Rafael Torres will be leaving his role at the Schott Foundation for Public Education to join the OnePulse Foundation in Orlando, FL. Best of luck on this transition, Rafael! 
Alfonso Wenker

Alfonso Wenker left his role at the Minnesota Council of Foundations to pursue independent consulting. Best of luck on this transition, Alfonso!

Congratulations to Paul Di Donato, Becky Rafter, and Sherece West-Scantlebury who were recently selected as 2017-2018 National Leading From The Inside Out yearlong fellows at the Rockwood Institute.
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Fairfield County's Community Foundation
(Norwalk, CT)

San Diego Human Dignity Foundation
(San Diego, CA)

Global Greengrants Fund
(Boulder, CO)

 Johnson Family Foundation
(Multiple Locations) 

Solidaire Network
(Multiple Locations)

California Community Foundation
(Los Angeles, CA)

Manager, Research Initiatives
Human Rights Funders Network
(New York, NY)

Program Associate
Global Philanthropy Project
(New York, NY)

Visit our Jobs Board for more listings!
Funders for LGBTQ Issues works to increase the scale and impact of philanthropic resources aimed at enhancing the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, promoting equity, and advancing racial, economic and gender justice

Board of Directors:

Chair  Rebecca Fox (Wellspring Advisors)  · Vice Chair Brandie Balken (Gill Foundation) · Treasurer Kristine Stallone (American Jewish World Service) · Secretary Beatriz "Bia" Vieira (GCIR) ·  Karina Claudio Betancourt  (Open Society Foundations)
·  Alfredo Cruz (Foundation for Louisiana)  ·  Gabriel Foster  (Trans Justice Funding Project)  ·  Matthew "Matty" Hart (Global Philanthropy Project and The Calamus Foundation, DE) ·  Surina Khan (The Women's Foundation of California)  ·  Rickke Manazala (Borealis Philanthropy)  · Jason McGill (Arcus) · Rye Young (Third Wave Fund)
Institutional Members

11th Hour Project -  American Jewish World Service -  Andrus Family Foundation -  Anonymous -  Arcus Foundation -  Arizona Community Foundation -  Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice -  The David Bohnett Foundation -  Borealis Philanthropy Boston Foundation -  The Calamus Foundation (Delaware) -  The California Endowment -  The California Wellness Foundation -  Jeff Chartrand Advised Fund - Civil Rights Defenders -  The Cleveland Foundation - Community  Foundation for Northeast Florida - Community  Foundation Santa Cruz County -  Con Alma Health Foundation -  Cream City Foundation -  Elton John AIDS Foundation -  Equity Foundation -  Ford Foundation -  Foundation For The Carolinas - Foundation for a Just Society -  Foundation for Louisiana -  Freeman Foundation -  Gilead Sciences -  Gill Foundation -  Gilmour-Jirgens Foundation -  Groundswell Fund -  Guilford Green Foundation -  Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund -  The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation -  Horizons Foundation -  Johnson Family Foundation -  Kicking Assets Fund -  John Larsen Foundation -  Laughing Gull Foundation -  Levi Strauss Foundation -  M.A.C. AIDS Fund -  The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation -  Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund -  Marguerite Casey Foundation -  Mukti Fund -  New Venture Fund -  New York Women's Foundation -  North Star Fund -  Northwest Area Foundation -  Our Fund, Inc. -  Overbrook Foundation -  The Palette Fund -  Pfund Foundation -  Polk Bros. Foundation -  Pride Foundation -  Proteus Fund, Inc. - Richmond Memorial Health Foundation -  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -  Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors -  Rosenberg Foundation -  San Diego Human Dignity Foundation -  San Francisco AIDS Foundation -  Santa Fe Community Foundation -  Small Change Foundation -  Stonewall Community Foundation -  Dwight Stuart Youth Fund -  H. van Ameringen Foundation -  Vermont Community Foundation -  Washington AIDS Partnership -  Wells Fargo Bank -  Wild Geese Foundation -  Third Wave Fund -  Tides Foundation -  Trans Justice Funding Project -  Women's Foundation of California

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