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Summer Edition 2017
In the wake of recent events in which racially motivated hatred and bigotry have been on full display, many funders and leaders in the public sector have been wondering how to fight this latest wave of racist and white supremacist activity. We want to acknowledge those grantmakers who have made a significant commitment to address racial inequality through their grantmaking for LGBTQ communities.  Click here to read more.      
When Funders for LGBTQ Issues was founded in 1982, less than $250,000 was awarded to LGBTQ issues annually. In 2015 foundations and corporations awarded more than $160 million to support LGBTQ communities. The Pride in Philanthropy Awards will celebrate and acknowledge the philanthropic leadership that has brought LGBTQ funding to this moment.  Click here to read more.      
September 17th - Friday, September 20th (New Orleans, LA) 
The UNITY Summit will bring together over 500 partner members and sector allies to examine philanthropic equity strategies. 2017 Unity Summit:  Investing in Movements for Equity will highlight how philanthropy can align its investments along the themes of ResistanceProtection, and EmpowermentClick here to learn more and register.
Tuesday, November 2nd (New York, NY) 
On November 2nd, join Funders for LGBTQ Issues board, staff, and friends to celebrate and acknowledge the philanthropic leadership that has brought LGBTQ funding to this moment. We hope you will join us for this special event!  Click here to learn more and get your tickets today.
Wednesday, March 14th - Friday, March 16th (New Orleans, LA) 
Funding Forward 2018
We are pleased to announce that Funding Forward 2018 will take place from March 14th - 16th in New Orleans, Louisiana. Our annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues promises to bring together more than 200 of the most influential people in LGBTQ philanthropy, so we hope to see you there!  Click here to learn more. Click here to register.
Research, Resources, and Updates 
  • Movement Advancement Project released an updated report examining the serious harms of practicing conversion therapy on minors. 27% of LGBT people now live in a state or district that bans conversion therapy, but almost three-quarters of LGBT people lack these protections.
Requests for Proposals
  • Borealis Philanthropy recently announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Fund for Trans Generations' (FTG) next round of grantmaking. Borealis Philanthropy will be holding a webinar on provide detailed information and answer questions about the FTG grantmaking process on Thursday, September 7th and proposals will be due by September 18th.
  • The Other Foundation is accepting applications for grants from any individual or organization in thirteen eligible southern African countries to support work that focuses on combating discrimination, social exclusion, and violence against lesbian women and transgender people. Eligible countries include Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The closing date for submission of grant concept proposals is Friday, 15 September 2017.
  • The Radical Hope Fund Fund seeks to support bold and imaginative efforts, focused on building the movements we need, with efforts that will springboard us forward in this moment of both crisis and opportunity. More information about available funding and criteria available here. Letters of Interest should be submitted by 12:00pm Eastern time on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.
  • Southern Equality Fund announced a new round of grants to support grassroots efforts to get folks registered to vote and to the polls. #QueertheVote grants will award grants of up to $500 and anyone in North Carolina who receives a grant is eligible to receive training from Democracy NC. Applications will be accepted through September 1st.
Recent Grants Awarded
  • Defending the Dream Fund Announces First Round of Grants

    The Defending the Dream Fund (DDF) announced its first round of 19 grants to organizations advancing justice. The total investment of $193,000 seeks to resource the new and urgent work that grassroots organizations are engaging in as vulnerable communities throughout the country face a rollback of civil rights and quality of life and a climate of intensifying hate and discrimination.
  • Let Us Breathe Fund Announces Third Round of Grantees

    The North Star Fund announced in July the third round of Let Us Breathe grantmaking with $68,000 invested in organizing for police accountability, innovative approaches to community healing, and advancing leadership of Black women and girls, and LGBTQ and immigrant community members.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Bia Vieira, member of the board of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, recently joined Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) as the new California Program Director. Congratulations on this new position! 

Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Arabella Advisors
(Washington, DC)

Arabella Advisors
(Washington, DC)

Meyer Memorial Trust
(Portland, OR)

Group Health Community Foundation
(Seattle, WA)

Foundation for a Just Society
(New York, NY)

Foundation for a Just Society
(New York, NY)

   Program Manager
  Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP)
(Los Angeles, CA)

The Collins Foundation
(Portland, OR)

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 Brandie Balken (Gill Foundation) · Treasurer Kristine Stallone (American Jewish World Service) · Secretary Beatriz "Bia" Vieira (GCIR) ·  Karina Claudio Betancourt  (Open Society Foundations)
·  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)  ·  Rickke Manazala (Borealis Philanthropy)  · Jason McGill (Arcus) · Rye Young (Third Wave Fund)
Institutional Members

11th Hour Project -  American Jewish World Service -  Andrus Family Foundation -  Anonymous -  Arcus Foundation -  Arizona Community Foundation -  Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice -  The David Bohnett Foundation -  Borealis Philanthropy Boston Foundation -  The Calamus Foundation (Delaware) -  The California Endowment -  The California Wellness Foundation -  Jeff Chartrand Advised Fund - Civil Rights Defenders -  The Cleveland Foundation - Community  Foundation for Northeast Florida - Community  Foundation Santa Cruz County -  Con Alma Health Foundation -  Cream City Foundation -  Elton John AIDS Foundation -  Equity Foundation -  Ford Foundation -  Foundation For The Carolinas - Foundation for a Just Society -  Foundation for Louisiana -  Freeman Foundation -  Gilead Sciences -  Gill Foundation -  Gilmour-Jirgens Foundation -  Groundswell Fund -  Guilford Green Foundation -  Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund -  The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation -  Horizons Foundation -  Johnson Family Foundation -  Kicking Assets Fund -  John Larsen Foundation -  Laughing Gull Foundation -  Levi Strauss Foundation -  M.A.C. AIDS Fund -  The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation -  Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund -  Marguerite Casey Foundation -  Mukti Fund -  New Venture Fund -  New York Women's Foundation -  North Star Fund -  Northwest Area Foundation -  Our Fund, Inc. -  Overbrook Foundation -  The Palette Fund -  Pfund Foundation -  Polk Bros. Foundation -  Pride Foundation -  Proteus Fund, Inc. - Richmond Memorial Health Foundation -  Robert Wood Johnson Foundation -  Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors -  Rosenberg Foundation -  San Diego Human Dignity Foundation -  San Francisco AIDS Foundation -  Santa Fe Community Foundation -  Small Change Foundation -  Stonewall Community Foundation -  Dwight Stuart Youth Fund -  H. van Ameringen Foundation -  Vermont Community Foundation -  Washington AIDS Partnership -  Wells Fargo Bank -  Wild Geese Foundation -  Third Wave Fund -  Tides Foundation -  Trans Justice Funding Project -  Women's Foundation of California

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