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MAY 2015
Where we Live and Where we Fund: The Most Funded (LGBTQ) Cities in America

It's almost Pride Month in the US, where dozens of cities will host LGBTQ pride marches, parties, and demonstrations that attract millions of people each year. As our urban areas prepare, we thought it would be interesting to look at the top funded cities for LGBTQ issues and contrast it with available data on LGBT populations in metro areas ... Take a look at the top funded cities!

Friday, June 5 (Boston, MA)
Donor Meeting on the Rights of LGBTQ Indigenous Peoples

Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues next Friday at the Boston Foundation for International Funders for Indigenous Peoples' first forum on funding for global indigenous LGBTQ issues, disability rights issues,  and climate change. Hear from Indigenous Peoples from Alaska, Bolivia, and Central America as well as some of the leading funders for global LGBTQ indigenous rights. Learn more and register here.

Research, Resources and Updates 
  • Give OUT Day Raises $800,000
    The third annual Give OUT Day raised $800,000. Over 11,000 people donated to 500+ participating LGBTQ organizations. 
  • Paying an Unfair Price 
    The Movement Advancement Project has released a report that paints a stark picture of the added financial burdens faced by LGBT Americans because of anti-LGBT laws.
  • Special Collection: Immigration Strategies
    The Foundation Center has launched a new special collection on Immigration Strategies that provides a collection of evaluations, case studies, and lessons learned and explores the value of effective collaboration, coordinated messaging, ongoing advocacy efforts, and the importance of long-term, flexible funding. 
Requests for Proposals

Recent Grant Award Announcements

  • LGBT Group wins Breast Cancer Prevention Grant
    An Atlanta-based agency for statewide LGBT health advocacy was a recipient of a $26,000 grant from the Susan E. Komen Foundation, one of 17 local organizations that split more than $1.5 million for breast cancer prevention work.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Chris Cormier
Congratulations to Chris for starting a launching the consulting firm, Cornier & Company! Previously, Chris served as the Principal for the Raben group.

Randall Miller
Randall Miller joins the Arcus Foundation as Global Religions Director. Previously, Randall was Senior Program Officer at the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund. Congratulations, Randall!

Ezra Nepon
Congratulations to Ezra for joining the Global Philanthropy Project as their new Associate! Most recently, Ezra served as a Development Coordinator for William Way Community Center and continues as Partner at The Lafayette Practice.
Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont
Congratulations to Esperanza for joining the Groundswell Fund as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives! Previously, Esperanza served as the Executive Director of Oakland Rising.

We'd also like to congratulate Chris Cormier,  Vincent Jones, Andy Lane, and Terrence Meck for their dedication to LGBTQ Issues for their inclusion in Lamda Legal's 40 and Under Liberty Circle!

Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Investment Associate Fellow 

Meyer Memorial Trust

(Portland, OR)


Program Assistant

The California Wellness Foundation

(Woodland Hills, CA)


Portfolio Director, Resilient Social Sector

Meyer Memorial Trust

(Portland, OR)


Regional Philanthropy Fellow

Pride Foundation

(Seattle, WA)


President and CEO

Pacific Community Ventures

(San Francisco, CA)


 HIV/AIDS Fellowship

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(Atlanta, Georgia)  

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 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) ?  Surina Khan (The Women's Foundation of California)  ?  Mitchell Singer (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)  ?  Patricia St. Onge (Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching)  ?   Nathaniel "Toby" Thompkins  (Tides 21st Century) ? 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

Have a content idea for Q Notes?  Contact Naa Hammond at naa@lgbtfunders.org or 212.475.2930.

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