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March 2016
Next week, Funding Forward - Funders for LGBTQ Issues' annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues - will convene in Minneapolis, MN. So what does funding for LGBTQ issues in Minnesota look like?  ... Click here to see who the top ten funders of LGBTQ issues in Minnesota are and more!
We have an extremely engaging and timely program planned for this year's Funding Forward in Minneapolis, MN. To help you get ready for the conversations at our annual conference of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues, we thought we have once again compiled some of the most useful pre-readings. ... Get all the pre-readings here!
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is pleased to announce a targeted, placed-based effort to increase the dialogue about foundation funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people living in Ohio. This effort will include a funders learning tour and an ongoing Ohio ambassador initiative. ... Click here to read more!
Wednesday, March 30 - Friday, April 1 (Minneapolis, MN)
Funding Forward 2016 is next week in Minneapolis, Minnesota. More than 140 people have registered!  Our annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues is a great opportunity for like minded funders to connect with one another, learn from each other, coordinate efforts, and maximize impact. Register now!  
For more information, click here.
Wednesday, March 30th (Minneapolis, MN)
Join Native Americans in Philanthropy and International Funders for Indigenous Peoples for a pre-Funding Forward meeting that will focus on impact investment in Indigenous communities and youth-driven strategies to invest in Two Spirit programs through cultural reclamation. To find out more and to register,  click here.
Monday, April 4th (webinar)
Please join Gill Foundation and Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a confidential funders-only webinar on the lessons from 5 Municipal Nondiscrimination Campaigns. This presentation by Equality Federation and Freedom for All Americans will focus on two recent reports on lessons learned in local campaigns in Royal Oak, MI; Pocatello, ID; Springfield, MO; Fayetteville, AR; and Houston, TX. To find out more and to register,  click here.
Saturday, April 9th (Baltimore, MD)
Join ABFE and Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a session at the ABFE 2016 Empower Philanthropy Conference. This session is a continuation of ABFE's 2015 3rd Thursday Webinar called, "Black Out: Understanding LGBTQ Advocacy & Black Communities" and will focus on the role of advocacy and allies in finding solutions to the issues facing Black LGBTQ communities.  To find out more about the session,  click here.
Monday, April 11th (Washington, DC)
2016 Out at COF: A Reception for LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS Grantmakers at Council on Foundations
Come out with Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Funders Concerned About AIDS for a fun reception for grantmakers who care about LGBTQ issues and HIV/AIDS.  Catch up with old friends and make some new ones.  Learn about the exciting things happening in LGBTQ and HIV philanthropy! T o register for this event,  click here.
Tuesday, April 26th (New York, NY)
Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) & Funders for LGBTQ Issues invite you to an in-person convening to discuss the state of HIV funding for transgender people Recent reports have heralded increases in philanthropic funding for trans communities.   What is behind these trends? What gaps still remain?  Join us for facilitated conversations between funders, advocates, and key experts on where the philanthropic sector should focus when it comes to HIV and trans communities. To find out more and to register,  click here.
Thursday, September 8th - Friday, September 9th (Ohio) 
Building on the momentum of the Cleveland Foundation's sponsorship of the Gay Games, Funders for LGBTQ Issues invites you to a learning tour on LGBTQ issues in Ohio. This learning tour will foster cross-learning between national LGBTQ funders and local Ohio-based funders, providing a vehicle for engaging and educating new Ohio-based funders around LGBTQ issues while allowing national funders to learn in depth about the needs and opportunities in a specific state. If you are interested, please contact Kristina Wertz at kristina@lgbtfunders.org.
Research, Resources and Updates 
Requests for Proposals
  • The Out in the South Fund has released its first request for proposals from LGBTQ-focused funds based in the U.S. South.  As part of Funders for LGBTQ Issues' ongoing efforts to increase sustainable grantmaking for Southern LGBTQ communities, the Out in the South Fund is a collaborative fund that will provide matching dollars and planning grants for LGBTQ-focused community funds in the South.  Through this partnership, local funds will then be able to provide funding to help build the capacity of community-based organizations working to improve the lives of LGBTQ Southerners through advocacy,  culture change efforts and effective service provision.  For more information and to submit an application, please click here.
  • The Adam Foundation provides funding with an emphasis on Forsyth County-based LGBT advocacy, education, and social service organizations and programs. The deadline for application is April 30th.  For more information and to apply,  click here.
  • The Baltimore Corps Fellowship connects professionals to high-impact roles in nonprofits, social enterprises and government agencies throughout Baltimore City. Fellowships are full-time, one-year, paid commitments, with potential to hire the Fellow full time at the end of the year. The deadline for application is April 15th.  For more information and to apply,  click here.
  • Groundswell Fund has launched a Rapid Response Fund, a funding vehicle dedicated to moving resources quickly and strategically for unforeseen needs and opportunities. There will be no deadline or formal grant cycle for Rapid Response Fund grants. Grant requests may range from $5,000 -$30,000. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are submitted.  For more information about the 2016 grants and to apply,  download the RFP here.
Recent Grant Award Announcements
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Bianca Alston
Bianca joins the Arcus foundation as the Finance & Operations Assistant. Bianca comes to Arcus from ABFE (formerly know as the Association of Black Foundation Executives) where she supported membership, operations, and programs for two years. Welcome Bianca!  

Luis Diaz-Albertini
After more than six years at American Jweish World Service as a Program Officer on the Sexual Health and Rights Team and working to support grassroots organization in Latin America and the Caribbean, Luis is joining the Rockefeller Foundation as a Project Manager for the Strategy Development Team. Many congratulations, Luis!

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks
The Schott Foundation for Public Education recently announced that Sharon Lettman-Hicks has joined their Board of Directors. Sharon is the  Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC). Congratulations, Sharon!

Daniel Maiuri
Daniel joins the Arcus foundation as the  Social Justice Program Administrative Coordinator  after working for nonprofits in Chicago, Cape Town, New Orleans, and New York. His background includes collegiate leadership development, historic preservation, and LGBT health and wellness. Congratulations , Daniel!

Marin Watts
Marin joins Trans Justice Funding Project (TJFP) as the new Director of Operations and Communications!  Prior to TJFP, Marin co-founded Media Masters Alliance-a media arts and mentorship program for LGBTQ and allied youth, and worked on building communications and community outreach strategies at Artstor-a digital library and archive. Many congratulations, Marin!
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
( Manhasset, NY)

Northwest Area Foundation
(St. Paul, MN)

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
(New York, NY)

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation
( Oshkosh, WI)

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
( Palo Alto, CA)

MacArthur Foundation
(Chicago, IL)

TCC Group
(New York, NY)

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
(New York, NY)

Horizons Foundation
(San Francisco, CA)

California Community Foundation 
(Los Angeles, CA)

(San Francisco, CA)

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 Surina Khan (The Women's Foundation of California) · 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) ·  Cindy Rizzo (Arcus Foundation)  ·  Mitchell Singer (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)  · 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 -  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 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. -  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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