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APRIL 2013
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The Cleveland Foundation Makes LGBT History
with Grant to Gay Games
By: Lyle Matthew Kan
For the first time in its 31-year history, the Gay Games has a presenting sponsor: The Cleveland Foundation. With a $250,000 grant to the Gay Games, the Cleveland Foundation is set to nearly double the investments it has made in LGBT issues over the last 40 years
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Who are the Top 10 Grantmakers Supporting LGBTQ Immigrant Rights?
As Immigration Reform is once again being tackled in Washington, we thought it timely to check out who are the leading funders for LGBTQ immigrants' rights work.
1) Anonymous Funders ($950,000)
2) Arcus Foundation ($790,000)

Thursday, April 25th:
Where are our Girls?: Race and Gender Justice in Education Organizing
Join us for a webinar, presented in partnership with Grantmakers for Education, which explores a new framework for discussing race and gender disparities in education, one that is inclusive of girls and gender non-conforming students. ... Learn more here.

Thursday, May 9th:
Give OUT Day in Minnesota with Brand G Vacations
Funders for LGBTQ Issues President Ben Francisco Maulbeck will be joining Brand G Vacations in Minneapolis to celebrate Give OUT Day! ... Learn more here.

Community Events:


Thursday, May 9th - Don't miss Ford Foundation's special screening of "God Loves Uganda" which explores the role American Evangelicals play in fomenting anti-gay sentiment in Africa. Sponsored by Ford Foundation JustFilms, Philanthropy New York, and Out Practitioners in Philanthropy (OPIP). (click here for more details)



Requests for Proposals

Recent Grant Award Annoucements
Research, Resources and Updates

People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Viviana Bianchi, Jen Bokoff and Robert Yaeger   

Viviana, Jen and Robert are all joining the staff of The Foundation Center!  Viviana, formerly of the Inter American Press Association, will begin work shortly as the new Director of Partnerships.  Jen, formerly of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, has been appointed as the new Director of GrantCraft.  Robert, formerly of Voltari Media, has been named the new Vice President of Finance and Administration. Best of luck to you all!     


Masen Davis, Dru Levasseur  

Masen, a former board member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and Dru, a founder of the Jim Collins Foundation, are both named to the inaugural Trans 100 list, celebrating 100 trans Americans you should know.  See the full list here.

Tim Sweeney  

Tim, long-time president of the Gill Foundation, gets a lovely tribute video.  Tim announced late last year that he will leave his post at Gill before the end of 2013.


Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Open Society Foundations

(New York, NY)


Director of Communications

Pride Foundation

(Seattle, WA)


Director of Development

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

(New York, NY)


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 Director, Ending Cycles of Poverty

Marin Community Foundation

(Novato, CA)


Program Officer

California Community Foundation

(Los Angeles, CA)


Program Officer

Funder's Collaborative on Youth Organizing

(New York, NY)


Web and Communications Outreach Coordinator

Environmental Grantmakers Association

(New York, NY)

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 Andy Lane (Johnson Family Foundation)  Vice Chair Cindy Rizzo (The Arcus Foundation)  Treasurer Jesse King (Fulcrum Advisors)  Secretary Mitchell Singer (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)  Maria Cadenas (Driscoll's)  Rebecca Fox (Wellspring Advisors)  Judy Patrick (Women's Foundation of California)  Patricia St. Onge (Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching)
Institutional Members

Acrus Foundation  Astrea Foundation  Blanchford-Cooper Foundation, Inc.  Boston Foundation  The California Endowment  Community Foundation Santa Cruz County  Cream City Foundation  Driscoll's Charitable Fund  Dwight Stuart Youth Fund  Equity Foundation  Evelyn & Wlater Haas Jr. Foundation  Foundation for the Carolinas  Ford Foundation  Freeman Foundation  Gill Foundation  Gilmour-Jirgens Foundation  Guilford Green Foundation  Henry van Ameringen Foundation  Horizons Foundation � John Larsen Foundation  The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  Johnson Family Foundation  Kevin J. Mossier Foundation  Kicking Assets Fund  Levi Strauss Foundation  Liberty Hill Foundation  Marguerite Casey Foundation  Mukti Fund  North Star Fund  Our Fund, Inc. � Overbrook Foundation  The Palette Fund  Philanthrofund Foundation � Paul Rapoport Foundation  Polk Bros. Foundation  Pride Foundation  Proteus Fund, Inc.  Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors  Rosenberg Foundation  San Diego Human Dignity Foundation  Santa Fe Community Foundation � Small Change Foundation  Stonewall Community Foundation  Vermont Community Foundation � Wells Fargo Bank  Wellspring Advisors  Women's Foundation of California

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