In 2017, a mere 12 foundations invested $5.6 million dollars into securing non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans, a slight dip from the record high of $7.4 million in 2016. Click here to see the top 10 funders.
In the photo above, staff members from AAPIP, ABFE, EPIP, HIP, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Women's Funding Network, NCRP, Philanthropic Racial Equity, Neighborhood Funders Group, and CHANGE Philanthropy at Unity Summit 2019.
In the photo above staff members from left to right: Nicole Fernandes, Ebony Harper, Isyss Honnen, Jeremiah J. Allen, Kiyomi Fujikawa, Rye Young, Flannery McDonnell, and Bré Anne Rivera
In November, Funders for LGBTQ Issues was proud to help organize the 2019 Unity Summit in Seattle with our CHANGE Philanthropy partners. In the lead up to the conference, we convened our GUTC fellows and co-sponsored an intersectional LGBTQ racial justice learning lab with the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity . At the conference, we helped plan two plenaries and organized four concurrent sessions. We also hosted an LGBTQ and allied after party that drew more than 70 attendees!

At the conference, we were also proud to release the 2018 Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals Report: A Tale of Two Sectors in collaboration with the CHANGE Philanthropy and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) .
And these are just the highlights! Stay tuned for more updates from our network in action in the next edition of Q Notes!

According to a new analysis by The Williams Institute of UCLA School of Law reported that over 150,000 transgender adults are enrolled in Medicaid in the U.S.

The 2019 Southern LGBTQ Health Surve y includes responses from more than 5,600 Southern LGBTQ people, one of the largest samples ever of LGBTQ Southerners talking specifically about their health.

Under a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Trump administration has launched yet another attack on the civil rights of millions of Americans.

GLSEN releases their newest research report: A Global School Climate Crisis: Insights on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Students in Latin America .

Movement Advancement Project (MAP) releases new report, Where We Call Home: Transgender People in Rural America , which examines the unique challenges and opportunities of Transgender people of color in rural America.

Donald Trump promised he would fight for LGBTQ people. Instead, his administration has systematically undone recent gains in their rights and protections.

Vanessa Daniel, Executive Director of Groundswell Fund, authored an opinion piece in the New York Times highlighting the work of women of color in advancing social issues funding in philanthropy.


Laughing Gull Foundation awarded nearly $1.7 million in grants to organizations supporting higher education in prison in 2019.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice awarded $290,000 in grants to 38 groups in 31 countries to intersex organizations.

Destination Tomorrow, a grassroots org that provides services to the LGBTQ community, Receives $1,000,000 from Gilead Sciences to Fight for the Health and Safety of the Transgender Community, Including Those Living With HIV.

Horizons' Now and Forever Campaign achieved an unprecedented goal by raising $100 million in future legacy commitments for the LGBTQ community.

Inside Philanthropy takes a closer look the transition moment at The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

Northwest Area Foundation awarded 46 grants totaling more than $5.7 million, including grants to two LGBTQ funds, PFund and the Pride Foundation.

In recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance, The New York Women’s Foundation awarded $180,000 to six transgender, gender nonconforming, and non-binary (TGNCNB) organizations.

The Texas Pride Impact Funds awarded over $100,000 to organizations and projects in smaller cities around the state.


The Community Foundation for Mississippi
Application Deadline is January 15

Trans Club of New England
Application Deadline is January 21

Application Deadline is December 6

Jeremiah J. Allen
Jeremiah J. Allen Joins the Pride Foundation as the new Director of Programs, Congrats in this new role, Jeremiah!

Fredrick Anyanwu
Fredrick Anyanwu was recently appointed Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York, Congratulations on this new role, Fredrick!

Kali Lindsey
Kali Lindsey was recently appointed LGBTQ Portfolio lead at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Congrats on this new role Kali!
Anna Macdonald
Anna Macdonald joins the Elton John AIDS Foundation as the new Grants Support Officer at their London Office, Congratulations on this new role, Anna!
Louise O’Shea
Louise O’Shea was recently appointed Communications Director at the Elton John AIDS Foundation based out of their London office. Congratulations on this new role, Louise!

Carmen Rojas, PhD
Carmen Rojas was recently appointed as the new President and CEO of the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Congratulations on your new role, Carmen!

Foundation for a Just Society
(New York, NY)

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)

Native Americans in Philanthropy
(Los Angeles, CA)

Rickke Mananzala, Chair (Borealis Philanthropy)
Jason McGill, Vice Chair (Arcus Foundation)
Kristine Stallone, Treasurer (American Jewish World Service)
Rebecca Fox, Secretary (Wellspring Philanthropic Fund)
Alfredo Cruz (Foundation for Louisiana)
Beatriz "Bia" Vieira (The Women's Foundation of California)
Kelli King-Jackson (The Simmons Foundation)
Cynthia Renfro (Civis Consulting, LLC)
Rye Young (Independent Consultant)
Ben Francisco Maulbeck
Lyle Matthew Kan
Vice President Of Research & Communications
Marvin Webb
Vice President Of Finance & Administration
Kristina Wertz
Vice President Of Engagement & Philanthropic Outreach
Rebecca Wisotsky
National Director Of Philanthropic Outreach
Alexander Lee
Project Director, Grantmakers United For Trans Communities
Chantelle Fisher-borne
Project Director, Out In The South Initiative
Andrew Wallace
Research & Communications Officer
April Bethea
Development & Membership Associate
Luis Rey Ramirez
Research & Communications Associate
Nicole Fernandes
Executive & Operations Assistant
American Jewish World Service
Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund
Andrus Family Fund
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Arcus Foundation
Arizona Community Foundation
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Baltimore Community Foundation
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Borealis Philanthropy
Boston Foundation
Calamus Foundation
California Wellness Foundation
Civil Rights Defenders
Cleveland Foundation
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Community Foundation of Northeast Florida
Con Alma Health Foundation
Cornerstone Capital Group
Cream City Foundation
David Bohnett Foundation
Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
Edward W. Hazen Foundation
Elton John AIDS Foundation
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Ford Foundation
Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg
Foundation for a Just Society
Foundation for Louisiana
Foundation for the Carolinas
Freeman Foundation
Gay Community Endowment Fund
Gilead Sciences
Gilmour-Jirgens Fund
Groundswell Fund
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Henry van Ameringen Foundation
Horizons Foundation
James Irvine Foundation
Johnson Family Foundation
Kicking Assets Fund
Kresge Foundation
Laughing Gull Foundation
Levi Strauss Foundation
MacArthur Foundation
Marguerite Casey Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Mukti Fund
Nathan Cummings Foundation
NEO Philanthropy
New York Women's Foundation
North Star Fund
Northwest Area Foundation
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
Surdna Foundation
The California Endowment
The Colorado Health Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The Edward W. Hazen Foundation
The Palette Fund
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Third Wave Fund
Tides Foundation
Trans Justice Funding Project
Washington Grantmakers AIDS Partnership
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Wild Geese Foundation
William Blair
Women's Foundation of California