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January 2016
Creating Change 2016 is around the corner! Hundreds of LGBTQ activists are due to arrive in Chicago this week for this annual national conference for LGBTQ leaders. Many funders will join them, including several staff, board members, and members of Funders for LGBTQ Issues.
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Thursday, January 21 - Saturday, January 23 (Chicago, IL)
Creating Change: The National Conference on LGBT Equality
At this year's Creating Change conference, Funders for LGBTQ Issues is leading two sessions.  Fundraising from Foundations: An Update on the Field of LGBTQ Philanthropy and Money for the Midwest?: The State of LGBTQ Funding for Midwestern LGBTQ Communities. Onsite registration is still available for Creating Change!
Thursday, February 4 (funder-only telebriefing)
Funders for LGBTQ Issues and  Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights are pleased to co-sponsor this donor-only telebriefing that will discuss how one funder collaborative is institutionalizing sex education in Texas, West Virginia and beyond. To read about the telebriefing click here.
Wednesday, March 30 - Friday, April 1 (Minneapolis, MN)
Funding Forward 2016 is coming to Minneapolis, Minnesota!  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 and take advantage of the early bird rate!  For more information, click here.
Research, Resources and Updates 
  • National LGBT Movement Report
    The National LGBT Movement Report, published annually by MAP, examines revenue and expenses, fundraising and fundraising efficiency, and other indicators of financial health for LGBT social justice advocacy, issue, legal, research and public education organizations.
  • Discrimination Against Transgender Women Seeking Access to Homeless Shelters
    The Center for American Progress and the Equal Rights Center, or ERC, recently conducted telephone tests on 100 homeless shelters across four states. The tests measured the degree to which transgender homeless women can access shelter in accordance with their gender identity, as well as the types of discrimination and mistreatment they face in the process.
Requests for Proposals
  • The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a program of GLMA, is currently accepting proposals for research on lesbian health. LHF grants range from $500 - $10,000. Many applications are for small projects structured to provide pilot data for subsequent research. The deadline to submit is February 1, 2016.  For more information about the 2015 grants and to apply,  click here.
  • Trans Justice Funding Project (TJFP) is now accepting applications for its 2016 grants. Grants will be anywhere from $1,000-$5,000. The deadline to submit is February 15, 2016.  For more information about the 2016 grants and to apply,  click here.
  • Point Foundation is a national LGBTQ non-profit organization designed to nurture the LGBTQ leaders of the next generation, with the generous support of others. Point empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential-despite the obstacles often put before them-to make a significant impact on society. The deadline to submit Part I of the application is January 19, 2016.  For more information about the 2016 grants and to apply,  click here.
Recent Grant Award Announcements
  • Verizon Funds Youth Organizations
    Washington, D.C. announces two grants from Verizon totaling $45,000 to serve LGBTQ youth in the D.C. metro area. The two recipients are Wanda Alston House and Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy
Ira Hirschfield
Ira led Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund for decades, lending support to marriage equality as early as 2001. Ira will be stepping down from the Fund at the end of 2016. You will be missed, Ira!
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

International Human Rights Funders Group
(New York, NY)

Talent Philanthropy
(New York, NY)

Surdna Foundation
(New York, NY)

Exponent Philanthropy
(Washington, D.C.)

Talent Philanthropy
(New York, NY)
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   ·   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

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