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MARCH 2013
After Albuquerque, Funders Focus on What's Next
From March 13-16, over 100 people joined us in scenic Albuquerque, New Mexico for the 2013 LGBTQ Grantmaking Retreat. Over the course of four days, this group was privy to thoughtful presentations on funding frameworks, in-depth conversations on pressing issues as well as a multitude of opportunities to catch up with old friends and meet new colleagues. ... read more.
See pictures from this year's retreat on our Facebook page
Our Big Week at the Supreme Court:
Reflecting on the Role Funders Have Played
This week, the Supreme Court heard two cases on marriage equality, keeping LGBT activists and funders glued to cable news networks, online news, and Twitter feeds as history unfolded before us.

The philanthropic community has played an essential role in the movement for the freedom to marry. ... read more.
Sunday, April 7th - Tuesday, April 9th:
Council on Foundations
The Annual Conference: Vision & Action

(Chicago, IL)  This conference tackles today's top issues, assesses philanthropic investment risks, inspires innovation, and teaches the newest practices in creating effective and sustainable impact.  Members of Funders for LGBTQ Issues can register for this conference at the COF membership rate, regardless of membership status, at 


using the pin code: 00002405.

Monday, April 8th: 
Funders for LGBTQ Issues Reception at COF
Funders for LGBTQ Issues invites you to join us for a reception at this year's Council on Foundations conference in Chicago. There will be no formal program - just drinks, food, and a chance to mingle with your fellow LGBT grantmakers and allies in the field. The event will also be a chance to meet Funders staff, including recently appointed President Ben Francisco Maulbeck.  Click here for more details.

Requests for Proposals

People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Rev. Dr. Cheryl Dudley   

Cheryl, formerly of Church World Services (CWS), will begin work shortly as the new Director, Global Religion at the Arcus Foundation. Best of luck, Cheryl!     


Desiree Flores 

Desiree, formerly of the Ms. Foundation, will begin work shortly as the new Director, U.S. Social Justice Program at the Arcus Foundation. Desiree was recently a Project Consultant at Funders for LGBTQ Issues, where she contributed greatly to the success of the 2013 LGBTQ Grantmakers Retreat.  Congratulations, Desiree!    


Laura Hughes

Laura, former Executive Director of the Ruth Ellis Center, has been hired as a Program Officer at The Skillman Foundation.  Best of luck, Laura!    


Dr. Jay Michaelson

Jay, the founder and executive director of Nehirim, a national Jewish LGBT organization, has been appointed Vice President, Social Justice Programs at the Arcus Foundation.  Congratulations, Jay!

Gunner Scott

Gunner, a founding member and executive director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, will be the new Director of Programs at the Pride Foundation.  Best of luck, Gunner!

Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Communications Manager

Horizons Foundation

(San Francisco, CA)


Deputy Director
Open Society Foundations

(New York, NY)


Development Specialist

Grantmakers for Education
(Portland, OR) 


Director of Development

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

(New York, NY)


Director of Grantmaking & Community Initiatives

Horizons Foundation

(San Francisco, CA)


Director of Marketing & Communications

California Community Foundation

(Los Angeles, CA)


Executive Director

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

(Brussels, Belgium)


Manager, Program Administration

The California Endowment

(Los Angeles, CA)



Gill Foundation

(Denver, CO)


Program Officer

California Community Foundation

(Los Angeles, 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.


Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President
Marvin Webb, Director of Operations and Member Services
Desiree Flores, Project Consultant
Lyle Matthew Kan, Strategic Communications Consultant 
Board of Directors: 

Andrew Lane, Chair
Johnson Family Foundation

Cindy Rizzo, Vice Chair
The Arcus Foundation

Jesse King, Treasurer
Fulcrum Advisors

Mitchell Singer, Secretary
Rockefeller Philanthrophy Advisors

Maria Cadenas

Rebecca Fox
Wellspring Advisors

Judy Patrick
Women's Foundation of California

Patricia St. Onge
Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching

Have a content idea for QNotes?  Contact Lyle Matthew Kan at lyle@lgbtfunders.org or 212.475.2930.
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