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September 2017
In 2014, Funders for LGBTQ Issues explored funding for LGBTQ immigrants and refugees in our report Pathways Forward. Immigration issues have evolved significantly since the release of that report and in this environment of extreme hostility towards immigrants, we're highlighting some of the work being done by grantmakers to advance the rights and improve the well-being of LGBTQ immigrants, refugees, and asylees . Click here to read more.      
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 
  • This September we celebrated Bi-Week, recognizing and celebrating the lives of bisexual people. MAP shared these compiled resources offering an overview of the lives of bisexual Americans.
Requests for Proposals
  • Defending the Dream Fund

    The Hill-Snowdon Foundation, General Service Foundation, Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, the Whitman Institute and other partners are seeking proposals for the 2nd round of the Defending the Dream Fund. The Defending the Dream Fund supports organizing to address deleterious policies and institutional practices that are either the direct result of or that have been emboldened, aided and abetted by the policies and positions of the new federal administration. Priority will be given to grassroots community based organizations with budgets under $1 million as well as work that is focused on under-resourced regions of the country. The deadline to submit proposals for the 2nd Round is Monday October 9th.
  • The NAP #GenIndigenous Response Fund provides grants up to $5,000 to youth organizing groups responding to current moments in ways that build long-term power for Native youth. The fund provides grants to organizations playing leadership roles in their local communities while considering efforts to support the long term engagement of youth leaders in advocacy efforts. The submission deadline for the second round of grants is October 20, 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.
  • AIDS United, in partnership with Funders Concerned About AIDS, and support from Gilead Sciences, Ford Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, and ViiV Healthcare, is seeking proposals for funding from the Southern HIV Impact Fund. The fund focuses on the needs of individuals and communities affected by HIV in three primary areas: prevention; care and support; and policy, advocacy and movement building. Written applications are due no later than 5:00 pm Eastern Time on September 29, 2017. A $1 million rapid-response fund to help HIV organizations impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria was also recently announced. Applications for rapid-response funding will be accepted on a rolling basis from organizations serving people living and affected by HIV in the affected regions. More information is available here.
Recent Grants Awarded
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Bianca Alston will transition from her current role at the Arcus Foundation to join the New York Women's Foundation as a Program Officer. Congratulations, Bianca!

Meg Coward will begin a gradual transition from President of the foundation to become the foundation's Board President. Hez Norton will join Laughing Gull Foundation as Interim Executive Director for two years. Congratulations to Meg and Hez on this new chapter at the Laughing Gull Foundation!

Barbara-Jean Davis joined Astraea Foundation as Director of Development. Most recently Barbara-Jean was the Director of Development at Hetrick-Martin Institute. Congratulations on this new role!

Kristin Gardner joined the Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice as Associate Director of Major Gifts. Congratulations, Kristin!

Storme Grey will join Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) as the new Program Director. Congratulations on this exciting transition, Storme!

Sarah Gunther has transitioned her role as Director of Programs to a new role, Director of Philanthropic Partnerships at the Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice. Congratulations, Sarah, and best of luck on the transition!

Eduardo Moreno was promoted to the role of Community Engagement officer at the Northwest Health Foundation. Congratulations, Eduardo!

Cara Page joins Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice as the new Director of Programs. Cara most recently served as the Executive Director of Astraea grantee partner Audre Lorde Project. Congratulations, Cara!

Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

(Boston, MA)

EDGE Funders Alliance
(New York, NY)

William T. Grant Foundation
(New York, NY)

The Boston Foundation 
(Boston, MA)

TCC Group
(New York, NY)

Arabella Advisors
(Washington, DC)

   President and CEO
Baltimore Community Foundation
(Baltimore, MD)

(Boston, MA)

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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