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What a summer of growth! We're delighted to have recently welcomed two new staff to Funders for LGBTQ Issues: Chantelle Fisher-Borne, our new Project Director for the Out in the South Initiative, and Rebecca Wisotsky, our first Executive Associate & Philanthropic Outreach Coordinator. Learn more about these amazing new staff members... Click here to read about them!

Friday, August 7 (Chicago, IL)

Race and racial justice is at the fore of many people's minds in the United States. This funder conversation will feature a panel of funders and organizations exploring the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and the lived experiences of LGBT people of color, including a presentation on the funding landscape for LGBT communities of color... Learn more here.

  • Arcus Foundation
    Arcus released  statement in response to the United States Supreme Court's historic decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.
  • Civil Marriage Collaborative
    Paul Di Donato, Director of the Civil Marriage Collaborative (CMC) issued a statement after the historic ruling showing the impact of the CMC funders who collectively have awarded $20 million to marriage equality.

  • Ford Foundation
    Ford Foundation issued a post-victory statement by Luna Yasui, Program Officer, Advancing LGBT Rights. 

  • Funders for LGBTQ Issues
    Funders for LGBTQ Issues President, Ben Francisco Maulbeck, released a statement on the SCOTUS marriage decision and philanthropy's role in the marriage equality fight.
  • Gill Foundation
    Tim Gill, founder and co-chair of the Gill Foundation, released a statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.
  • The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
    Matt Foreman, S enior Program Director of the Haas, Jr. Fund released a statement celebrating the historic moment. Additionally, Haas, Jr. Fund published an online Marriage Equality Timeline on their website.
Research, Resources and Updates 
  • Acceptance of LGBTQ people is slowly on the rise in Nigeria
    GLAAD is working closely with the Bisi Alimi Foundation and the initiative for Equal Rights in Nigeria. A new poll finds that will the majority of Nigerians still oppose same-sex marriage, up to 30% believe that LGBT people should have access to healthcare, housing, and education.
  • Anti-LGBT Legislation in Nigeria
    Pen American Center has released a detailed report regarding recent legislation that has greatly reduced freedom of expression from LGBTQI communities in Nigeria. 
  • The Importance of Disaggregating Complex Data
    Sarah Gunther, Director of Programs at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, has written a blog post that explains why disaggregating data pertaining to LGBTQI communities is helpful in understanding trends, gaps, and funding opportunities. 
  • Launch of Communities for Just Schools Fund
    The Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF) is a new national donor collaborative that supports constituency-led organizing efforts to create positive and supportive school climates, which affirm and foster the success of all students. 
Requests for Proposals

Recent Grant Award Announcements

  • Andreessens Gives $250,000 to LGBT Groups
    Venture capitalist  Marc Andreessen  and philanthropist  Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen  have given $250,000 to Trans*H4CK, a nonprofit that puts on hackathons to develop new tech products for the trans and gender non-conforming communities, and Lesbians Who Tech, a national organization that supports and connects gay women in tech by holding gatherings.
  • Calamus Foundation Awards $1 million
    The Calamus Foundation (NYC) has issued a $1 million grant to SAGE to support expansion of the nonprofit's nationwide housing program for LGBT seniors.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Ruth Baldacchino
Ruth Baldacchino  will lead the first-ever Intersex Fund's grantmaking, capacity building and philanthropic advocacy to support and amplify intersex activism globally. Ruth brings strong expertise and commitment to Astraea, having worked with the international intersex movement for many years. Congratulations, Ruth!

Richard Burns
Richard Burns joins the board of the Proteus Fund. He is a non-profit management consultant who has served as Interim Executive Director for several different foundations and organizations. Many congratulations, Richard!

Sharon Stapel
Sharon Stapel has been selected as the President and Executive Director of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York (NPCC). She is currently the Executive Director of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-violence Project (AVP), the nation's largest LGBTQ and HIV-affected anti-violence program. Congratulations, Sharon!
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Program Officer

Andrus Family Fund and Andrus Family Philanthropy Program

(New York, NY)


Digital Communications Manager

Women's Foundation of California

(Oakland, CA)

Funders for LGBTQ Issues seeks to mobilize philanthropic resources that enhance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, promote equity, and advance racial, economic and gender justice

Board of Directors:

Chair  Cindy Rizzo (The Arcus Foundation)  · Vice Chair Rebecca Fox (Wellspring Advisors) · Treasurer Kristine Stallone (American Jewish World Service) · Secretary Beatriz "Bia" Vieira (Philanthropic Consultant) ·  Rohit Burman (M.A.C. AIDS Fund) ·  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)  ·  Mitchell Singer (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)  ·  Patricia St. Onge (Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching)  ·   Nathaniel "Toby" Thompkins  (Tides 21st Century) · Rye Young (Third Wave Fund)
Institutional Members

11th Hour Project   ·   American Jewish World Service   ·   Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund   ·  Anonymous · Arcus Foundation · Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice  · Boston Foundation · The Calamus Foundation, DE · The California Endowment · California Wellness Foundation · The Cleveland Foundation · Community Foundation for Northeast Florida · Community Foundation Santa Cruz County · Con Alma Health Foundation · Cream City Foundation · The David Bohnett Foundation · Driscoll's Charitable Fund · Dwight Stuart Youth Fund · Elton John AIDS Foundation · Equity Foundation · Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund · Ford Foundation · Foundation for the Carolinas · Foundation for Louisiana · Freeman Foundation · GE Foundation · Gill Foundation · Gilmour-Jirgens Fund · Groundswell Fund · Guilford Green Foundation · Henry van Ameringen Foundation · Horizons Foundation · Jeff Chartrand Advised Fund · John Larsen Foundation · The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation · Johnson Family Foundation · Kicking Assets Fund · Laughing Gull Foundation · Levi Strauss Foundation · M.A.C. AIDS Fund · Marguerite Casey Foundation · Mukti Fund · New York Women's Foundation · North Star Fund · Our Fund, Inc. · Overbrook Foundation · The Palette Fund · Philanthrofund Foundation · Polk Bros. Foundation · Pride Foundation · Proteus Fund, Inc. · Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors · Rosenberg Foundation · Tides 21st Century · The Samuel S. Fels Fund · San Diego Human Dignity Foundation · San Francisco AIDS Foundation · Santa Fe Community Foundation · Small Change Foundation · Stonewall Community Foundation · Vermont Community Foundation · Wells Fargo · Wild Geese Foundation · The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation · Women's Foundation of California

Have a content idea for Q Notes?  Contact Naa Hammond at naa@lgbtfunders.org or 212.475.2930.

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