2013 q notes header
The Top 10 Funders of African American LGBTQ Communities
In honor of Black History Month, we thought we'd take a closer look at the $5.9 million awarded specifically to African American LGBTQ communities between 2011-2012. ... click here to see the top 10 list and read more about funding for African American LGBTQ communities.
Tuesday, March 4th (Cleveland, OH):
Rising Tides Lifts LGBTQ Issues
Come explore the people, the stories, the issues, and the programs that comprise the landscape of the Ohio LGBTQ community. Whether you are interested in youth, families, aging, health, employment, or social justice, come learn what's happening related to LGBTQ programming-and the support of that programming-from a wealth of local experts. ... Learn more here.
Wednesday, March 26th - Friday, March 28th (Philadelphia, PA):
Funding Forward 2014
It's time to register for Funding Forward 2014!  The annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues provides an exciting opportunity for funders to connect with one another, learn from each other, coordinate efforts, and maximize impact. ... Learn more here. ... Register here!
Friday, June 6th - Sunday, June 8th (Washington, DC):
Joint Affinity Groups Unity Summit
This summer JAG will bring together a national network of more than 2,500 members and more than 20,000 philanthropic, nonprofit, and corporate professionals of all ages: AAPI, Black, Latino, Native, women, men, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities to work together to eliminate disparities across race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. ... Learn more here.
Research, Resources and Updates 
  • "Discussion Paper on Transgender Health & Human Rights"
    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has released a new paper that aims to foster greater understanding of the health and human rights issues that impact trans people and consequently influence their social marginalization.
  • "LGB Individuals Living in Anti-Gay Communities Die Early"
    Researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health find that LGB individuals in communities with high levels of anti-gay prejudice have a shorter life expectancy of 12 years on average compared to peers in the least prejudiced communities.
  • "Croatia Joins Global Equality Fund to Promote LGBT Rights"
    Croatia joins nine other like-minded governments (including the U.S.), three private foundations and two corporations in a multi-stakeholder initiative which aims to protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons globally.
Requests for Proposals
  • FLGBTQI + ADAM Queer Youth Initiative
    The ADAM Queer Youth Initiative and Funders for LGBTQ Issues are once again partnering on a matching grants program to support LGBTQ public foundations and community foundations with active LGBTQ field of interest funds that serve or address the needs of LGBTQ youth and involve youth in grantmaking decisions. Proposals are due April 14.
  • LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund
    A collaborative philanthropic initiative of the Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice, the Arcus Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and an anonymous donor, this new fund will support efforts to drive structural, policy and cultural change that ensure core public institutions are welcoming and capable of serving diverse LGBTQ populations. LOIs are due March 3.
  • The Adam Foundation
    The Adam Foundation will start accepting grant applications for its 2014 grants cycle on February 28.  AF is looking for projects both big and small that will impact the Triad LGBTQ community.  The deadline for submitting is April 30.
  • Social Justice Fund Northwest
    The Social Justice Fund Northwest ias accepting proposals for its various 2014 grant cycles. The first deadline is March 17.
  • National Committe for Responsive Philanthropy
    NCRP is accepting nominations for its 2014 NCRP Impact Awards, which celebrate foundations of all shapes and sizes that have shown leadership, innovation and commitment to solving the countries toughtest problems. The deadline is March 1.

Recent Grant Award Announcements

  • The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation
    The Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation has awarded seven grants totaling $25,725 for projects supporting the 2014 Gay Games presented by the Cleveland Foundation.  Last October, the Gay Community Endowment announced a $100,000 commitment to the 2014 Gay Games.
  • Brother, Help Thyself
    Brother, Help Thyself has awarded $75,000 to 31 organizations in the D.C. area doing LGBT and HIV/AIDS work. 
  • Frameline Completion Fund
    The Frameline Completion Fund has awarded over $25,000 in funding to seven independent LGBTQ films.
  • Anonymous Bequest
    Affirmations Community Center in Ferndale, MI has received an anonymous bequest of nearly $800,000.  It is the largest gift to the LGBT community center in its 25 year history, and will help the center retire its remaining mortgage.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Kerry Ashforth

Kerry, former Grants Management Associate at the Arcus Foundation, is joining the U.S. State Department as a Program Officer dedicated to funding transgender projects and organizations internationally. Congratulations, Kerry!


Andy Marra

Andy, former Public Relations Manager for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), has joined the Arcus Foundation as Communications Manager. Best of luck, Andy!


David Ernesto Munar 

David, long-time President and CEO of the AIDS Foundation for Chicago, has been named the new President and CEO of the Howard Brown Health Center. Congratulations, David!


Andrew Park 

Andrew, long-time Program Director at Wellspring Advisors, will join the Williams Institute as International Program Director in April. Best of luck, Andrew! 


Michael Remaley

Michael has received a title promotion and is now the Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Communications at Philanthropy New York. Congratulations, Michael!


Marvin Webb

Our very own Marvin, Director of Operations and Member Services at Funders for LGBTQ Issues, has joined the Centerlink Board of Directors. Best of luck, Marvin! 


Rye Young 

Rye, who served on the staff of Third Wave for five years,  has been named the new Director of the Third Wave Fund.  (Read more here.)  Congratulations, Rye!
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Charities Bureau - Bureau Chief

The Office of the New York State Attorney General

(New York, NY)


Chief Investment Officer

Meyer Memorial Trust
(Portland, OR)


Communications Director 

Gill Foundation

(Denver, CO)


Communications Manager

Horizons Foundation

(San Francisco, CA)


Director, Design and Innovation

Thrive Foundation for Youth

(Menlo Park, CA)


Director, Portfolio Management

Thrive Foundation for Youth

(Menlo Park, CA)


Executive Assistant to the Executive VP & COO 

California Community Foundation
(Los Angeles, CA)


Office and Programs Administrator 

Equity Foundation

(Portland, OR)


President & CEO 

Community Initiatives 

(San Francisco, CA)


Program Director

Wellspring Advisors

(New York, NY)


Vice President, Programs

The New York Women's Foundation
(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 Cindy Rizzo (The Arcus Foundation)  Vice Chair Rebecca Fox (Wellspring Advisors)  Treasurer Mitchell Singer (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)  Secretary Patricia St. Onge (Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching)  Maria Cadenas (Driscoll's)  Matthew "Matty" Hart (The Lafayette Practice)  Andrew Lane (Johnson Family Foundation)  Kristine Stallone (American Jewish World Service)  Nathaniel "Toby" Thompkins (Tides 21st Century) 
Institutional Members

American Jewish World Service  Anonymous  Arcus Foundation  Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice   Blachford-Cooper Foundation  Boston Foundation  Calamus Foundation  The California Endowment  California Wellness Foundation  Cleveland Foundation  Community Foundation Santa Cruz County  Con Alma Health Foundation � Cream City Foundation  Driscoll's Charitable Fund  Dwight Stuart Youth Fund  Equity Foundation  Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Ford Foundation Foundation for the Carolinas  Foundation for Louisiana  Freeman Foundation  Gill Foundation  Gilmour-Jirgens Foundation  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  Kevin J. Mossier Foundation  Kicking Assets Fund  Laughing Gull Foundation  Levi Strauss Foundation  Liberty Hill Foundation  Marguerite Casey Foundation  Mukti Fund  New York Women's Foundation  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 The Samuel S. Fels Fund � San Diego Human Dignity Foundation  Santa Fe Community Foundation � Small Change Foundation  Stonewall Community Foundation  Vermont Community Foundation � Wells Fargo Bank  Women's Foundation of California

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

Join Our Mailing List