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The Top Ten Funders of LGBTQ Issues in Oregon

Between 2009 and 2011, foundation funding for LGBTQ issues in Oregon exploded, increasing from $920,000 to $3.9 million (that's a nearly 325% increase!). During the same time period, foundation support for LGBTQ issues across the board increased by a more modest 32%. So how is Oregon attracting new funds? Who are these Oregon funders? ... Click here to read more

MacArthur Announces 2013 "Genius" Fellows, Including Gay Playwright Tarell McCraney

This week, the MacArthur Foundation announced its 2013 class of MacArthur Fellows-sometimes referred to as the "Genius Awards". Among this year's fellows is Tarell Alvin McCraney, a gay African American playwright whose work explores the complexities of gay and Black identities and experiences. ... Click here to read more

Funders for LGBTQ Issues Hires New Director of Engagement

Announcement by: President Ben Francisco Maulbeck

I am pleased to announce that Kristina Wertz has joined the staff as our new Director of Engagement. Trained as a lawyer, Kristina brings to Funders for LGBTQ Issues a deep knowledge of the LGBT movement as well as experience building relationships with funders.  ... click here to continue reading.

Friday, September 27th (Portland, OR):
The Physics of LGBTQ Funding Oregon
Join us for a funders briefing where Funders for LGBTQ Issues President Ben Francisco Maulbeck will dive into what funding for LGBTQ issues has looked like in the state of Oregon, and a panel of community experts will provide an update on the state of the LGBTQ movement in Oregon.  The panel will be moderated by Equity Foundation Executive Director Karol Collymore. ... Learn more here.
Friday, September 27th (Portland, OR):
LGBTQ Grantmakers Portland Happy Hour
Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a professional happy hour with LGBTQ and allied grantmakers in the Washington area! Come mix and mingle with other local grantmakers and share with us the fantastic things you've been up to. Get the inside scoop on what's happening in LGBTQ philanthropy with a cocktail in hand. Catch up with old friends and make new ones! ... Learn more here.
Wednesday, October 9th (Washington, DC):
The Raben Group's Policy Breakfast with Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President of Funders for LGBTQ Issues
The Raben Group's policy breakfasts were initiated by respected policy advisor Robert Raben to bring together thought-leaders, decision-makers, and advocates to discuss the pressing issues of the day. ... Learn more here.
Thursday, October 17th (Teleconference):
Philanthropy at the Corner of Latina & LGBT
Celebrate Latina/o Heritage and National Coming Out Month by joining us for a bold conversation with Catherine M. Pino and Ingrid Duran.  Both Catherine and Ingrid will talk about their journey of giving to and building relationships in the Latina/o and LGBT communities to conquer hatred and bigotry. ... Learn more here.
Wednesday, March 26th - Friday, March 28th (Philadelphia, PA):
Funding Forward 2014
We're proud to announce that Funding Forward 2014 is coming to Philadelphia March 26 through March 28!  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.

Community Events:


Wednesday, November 20th - Friday, November 22nd (Jacksonville, MS) - Funders for LGBTQ Issues looks forward to hosting an LGBTQ caucus at the Neighborhood Funders Group 2013 Annual Convening. (click here for more details)

Research, Resources and Updates 
Requests for Proposals
  • Liberty Hill: Queer Youth Fund
    The Queer Youth Fund awards $100,000 grants to innovative and effective work that empowers gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (GLBTQQ) youth (up to 24 years old). The deadline for letters of intent is October 28th.
  • The Bush Foundation
    The Bush Foundation has opened appliactions for 2014 Bush Fellowship Program.
  • Knight Foundation
    The Knight News Challenge accelerates media innovation by funding breakthrough ideas in news and information. Winners receive a share of $5 million in funding and support from Knight's network of influential peers and advisors to help advance their ideas. This year's topic: "How can we harness data and information for the health of communities?"

Recent Grant Award Announcements

  • Aqua Foundation, Miami Foundation, and Our Fund
    Aqua Foundation, Miami Foundation, and Our Fund will each contribute $33,333 to the LGBTQ Youth Homelessness Initiative, a unique coalition of South Florida organizations seeking to identify and reduce the number of LGBTQ youth 24-years-old and younger who are homeless in Miami-Dade County.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Jarrett Lucas

Jarrett, former Deputy Director and Program Manager at Stonewall Community Foundation, has promoted to the role of Executive Director at Stonewall Community Foundation.  Congratulations, Jarrett!


Kristina Wertz   

Kristina, former Director of Policy and Programs at Transgender Law Center, has been hired as the new Director of Engagement at Funders for LGBTQ Issues.  We can't wait to work with you, Kristina!


Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Communications Director

North Star Fund

(New York, NY)


Director of Americas Program 

American Jewish World Service

(New York, NY)


Executive Director

Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families
(Silver Spring, MD)


Executive Director 

The OTHER Foundation



Program Officer

North Star Fund

(New York, NY) 


Valuation Analyst 

California Community Foundation

(Los Angeles, CA)


Vice President for Programs 

Greater New Orleans Foundation

(New Orleans, LA)


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)  Matthew "Matty" Hart (The Lafayette Practice)  Patricia St. Onge (Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching)  Nathaniel "Toby" Thompkins (Tides 21st Century) 
Institutional Members

Anonymous  Arcus Foundation  Astraea Foundation  Blanchford-Cooper Foundation, Inc.  Boston Foundation  The California Endowment  California Wellness 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. Foundation  Foundation for the Carolinas  Ford Foundation  Freeman Foundation  Gill Foundation  Gilmour-Jirgens Foundation  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  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  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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