We are pleased to welcome Shaena Johnson, who will p
lay a leading role in bringing Funding Forward 2021 to life and supporting programs through the spring. Shaena (she/her) is a former GUTC Fellow and brings years of experience in philanthropy and LGBTQ movements, particularly in the U.S. South. Click here to read more.
Standing Against Anti-Asian Violence
Last week we witnessed yet another horrific act of violence towards Asian American Communities. Eight people - six of whom were Asian American women - were shot dead at multiple massage parlors in Atlanta. What we witnessed on Tuesday, March 16th was not an isolated incident involving one bad man. These acts emerge out of the rising tide of white nationalist violence targeting Asian American communities and Asian American women in particular. According to Stop AAPI Hate, more than 3,800 incidents of anti-Asian hate have been documented since March 2020, and with increased lethality. Despite these troubling facts, according to our latest research, AAPI LGBTQ people received a mere 1 percent of domestic foundation funding for LGBTQ communities.
We are grateful to our partners at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy - AAPIP and Native Americans in Philanthropy for leading our sector to address the rising tide of hate and address the invisibility of AAPI people in our communities. In a recent post published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, we are called to take decisive steps, including repudiating violence against Asian American communities, disrupting harmful racist tropes, and do more to move resources to AAPI organizations as part of a holistic racial-equity funding strategy. Joining the voices rising to demand action to action against white supremacy, systemic racism, and gender-based violence targeting the AAPI community, Funders for LGTBQ Issues proudly signed this powerful collective statement from Asian Americans Demanding Justice - Atlanta as well as this letter organized by Red Canary Song voicing support and solidarity for Asian sex workers, massage workers, and survivors.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues staff member Nicole Fernandes shared reflections from a recent virtual event that brought together activists and philanthropic practitioners for an honest conversation about best practices for funding the movement for trans justice with an intersectional lens. Read Nicole's insightful analysis on the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) Perspectives blog
WATCHING THE EQUALITY ACT
16 LGBTQ and social justice groups launch the Freedom and Opportunity For All - a coalition of civil rights organizations, health care advocates, educators, and faith leaders working to pass the Equality Act.
Lambda Legal's latest report spotlights the urgent need for comprehensive federal anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people.
MAP’s interactive Equality Maps provide a comprehensive look at the current state of laws and policies impacting LGBTQ people across the country.
RESEARCH, RESOURCES, AND UPDATES
This 19th* News piece sheds light on a new coalition of national anti-LGBTQ+ organizations delivering “model legislation” to policymakers, providing bill language designed to keep trans youth from accessing medical care and participating in athletics.
This NBC News article sheds light on the recent spike in Trans murders and how advocates are asking the government to take action.
The Williams Institute report examines data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, this report examines the number, percentage, and characteristics of LGBT asylum seekers in the U.S.
Neighborhood Funders Group shares a new report from Funders for a Just Economy and the Amplify Fund on the critical Black women-led organizing redefining Nashville, Tennessee.
The Human Rights Watch summarizes important global trends in LGBT rights during the last year since the COVID-19 pandemic started.
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice honored women leading for liberation as we celebrated International Women’s Day.
Williams Institute report provides estimates of the number of LGBT undocumented and documented immigrants in the U.S.
The 2017-2018 Global Resources Report - produced by the Global Philanthropy Project in partnership with Funders for LGBTQ Issues - was published in Spanish and French.
RECENT GRANTS AWARDED
The Visibility Impact Fund announces the recipients their March 2021 grants: FreeState Justice, Still Bisexual, and thINKingDANCE.
FEATURED REQUESTS FOR PROPOSALS
Campaign for Southern Equality
Deadline: March 31, 2021
Deadline: April 22, 2021
Third Wave Fund
Deadline: April 30, 2021
FEATURED JOBS IN LGBTQ PHILANTHROPY
Rickke Mananzala, Chair (Philanthropic Consultant)
Cynthia Renfro, Vice-Chair (Civis Consulting, LLC)
Jason McGill, Treasurer (Philanthropic Consultant)
Rye Young, Secretary (Philanthropic Consultant)
Karen Appelbaum (Northwest Area Foundation)
Namita Chad (Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice)
Alfredo Cruz (Philanthropic Consultant)
Paulina Helm-Hernandez (Foundation for Just Society)
Kelli King-Jackson (The Simmons Foundation)
William (Bill) Smith (May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust)
Judy Yu (Wellspring Philanthropic Fund)
Development & Membership Associate
Finance and Administrative Associate
Project Director, Out In The South Initiative
Project Director, Grantmakers United For Trans Communities
Luis Rey Ramirez
Research & Communications Associate
Vice President of Research & Communications
Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration
National Director Of Philanthropic Outreach
American Jewish World Service
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Baltimore Community Foundation
California Wellness Foundation
Civil Rights Defenders
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
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Foundation for a Just Society
Foundation for the Carolinas
Gay Community Endowment Fund
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Henry van Ameringen Foundation
James Irvine Foundation
Johnson Family Foundation
Kicking Assets Fund
Laughing Gull Foundation
Levi Strauss Foundation
Marguerite Casey Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Nathan Cummings Foundation
New York Women's Foundation
North Star Fund
Northwest Area Foundation
Open Society Foundations
Our Fund, Inc.
Pacific Foundation Services, LLC
Polk Bros. Foundation
Proteus Fund, Inc.
Richmond Memorial Health Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Santa Fe Community Foundation
Small Change Foundation
Southwest Florida Community Foundation
Stonewall Community 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
Trans Justice Funding Project
Tzedek Social Justice Fund
Washington Grantmakers AIDS Partnership
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Wild Geese Foundation
Women's Foundation of California