APRIL 2021
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Image description: Title slide from Marvin Webb's keynote address at the 2021 Nonprofit Finance & Sustainability Conference.


A new report from Third Wave Fund shares findings from their Sex Worker Giving Circle and how the sex workers who lead their grantmaking and fundraising have changed the funding landscape of the U.S. sex worker movement.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) highlights the unequal impact HIV still exerts — with particular consequences for Black women and Latinas.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy spotlights efforts led by The Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund contributed, and the Gill Foundation gave $1 million to secure the passage of the Equality Act in Congress.

16 LGBTQ and social justice advocacy groups, including the Center for American Progress, the Human Rights Campaign, and The Trevor Project, are putting $4 million behind a lobbying and ad campaign to pass the Equality Act.

A new report from the Williams Institute's Generations Study examines how stress, identity, and connectedness with the LGBT community differ among age groups of LGBQ people.

New Center for American Progress (CAP) column explains how key provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act will help LGBTQ people and families.

According to a new report from the Williams Institute, significant proportions of Americans believe that LGBTQ people are treated worse than non-LGBTQ people at work and school.

The latest in a new series of "Diving Deeper” briefs from GPP builds on findings from the Global Resources Report to better understand the role of intermediaries.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice lifts up the power and resilience of trans movements worldwide in honor of 2021 Transgender Day of Visibility (TDoV).

This new report — commissioned by FCAA in partnership with the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF)—highlights lessons learned from private funders’ emergency COVID-19 responses and more.

This Williams Institute report found that transgender people are over four times more likely than cisgender people to experience violent victimization.

The letter is asking for boycotts of major corporations, as well as for sports organizations to pull events from the state.

Kiskadee - the name of the new production - shares the perspectives of female-identified folks and LGBTQI communities and narrates the many impacts of COVID-19 throughout the Americas.

A new partnership between Autostraddle and Transgender Law Center to provide data and reporting on why anti-trans violence occurs.

This directory of more than 350 Southern health service providers that the Campaign for Southern Equality team has confirmed to be trans-friendly and trans-competent.

MAP’s interactive LGBTQ Equality Maps provide a comprehensive look at the current state of laws and policies impacting LGBTQ people across the United States.


The latest grants in Arcus’ Social Justice Program support organizations working to change cultures and policies.

Laughing Gull Foundation launched its Climate & Environment program. This program aims to decrease greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. South.


Pride Foundation
Deadline: May 31, 2021

ViiV Healthcare
Deadline: May 25, 2021

Third Wave Fund
Deadline: May 4, 2021

The Williams Institute
Deadline: Ongoing

Carol Cheney
Carol Cheney was recently named CEO of the Collins Foundation. Congratulations, Carol!
Ivy Suriyopas
Ivy Suriyopas was recently appointed Vice President of Programs as the Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR). Congratulations, Ivy!
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is expanding our team with an exciting position on our Research & Communications team! Learn more about the opportunity here: Research and Communications Officer, Funders for LGBTQ Issues (Remote, United States)

Other Opportunities

Funders for Justice 

W.K. Kellogg Foundation 
Battle Creek, Michigan

Marguerite Casey Foundation
Seattle, WA

Rickke Mananzala, Chair (Philanthropic Consultant)
Cynthia Renfro, Vice-Chair (Civis Consulting, LLC)
Jason McGill, Treasurer (Philanthropic Consultant)
Rye Young, Secretary (Philanthropic Consultant)
Karen Appelbaum (Northwest Area Foundation)
Namita Chad (Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice)
Alfredo Cruz (Philanthropic Consultant)
Paulina Helm-Hernandez (Foundation for Just Society)
Kelli King-Jackson (The Simmons Foundation)
William (Bill) Smith (May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust)
Judy Yu (Wellspring Philanthropic Fund)
April Bethea
Development & Membership Associate
Nicole Fernandes
Finance and Administrative Associate
Chantelle Fisher-borne
Project Director, Out In The South Initiative
Alexander Lee
Project Director, Grantmakers United For Trans Communities
Luis Rey Ramirez
Research & Communications Associate
Andrew Wallace
Vice President of Research & Communications
Marvin Webb
Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration
Kristina Wertz
Interim President
Rebecca Wisotsky
National Director Of Philanthropic Outreach
American Jewish World Service
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Arcus Foundation
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Baltimore Community Foundation
Borealis Philanthropy
Boston Foundation
California Wellness Foundation
Civil Rights Defenders
Cleveland Foundation
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Community Foundation of Northeast Florida
Con Alma Health Foundation
Cornerstone Capital Group
Cream City Foundation
David Bohnett Foundation
Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
Edward W. Hazen Foundation
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Ford Foundation
Foundation for a Just Society
Foundation for the Carolinas
Gay Community Endowment Fund
Gilead Sciences
Gilmour-Jirgens Fund
Groundswell Fund
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Henry van Ameringen Foundation
Horizons Foundation
James Irvine Foundation
Johnson Family Foundation
Kicking Assets Fund
Kresge Foundation
Laughing Gull Foundation
Levi Strauss Foundation
Libra Foundation
MacArthur Foundation
Marguerite Casey Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Mukti Fund
Nathan Cummings Foundation
NEO Philanthropy
New York Women's Foundation
North Star Fund
Northwest Area Foundation
Open Society Foundations
Our Fund, Inc.
Overbrook Foundation
Pacific Foundation Services, LLC
PFund Foundation
Philadelphia Foundation
Polk Bros. Foundation
Pride Foundation
Proteus Fund, Inc.
Richmond Memorial Health Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Rosenberg Foundation
Santa Fe Community Foundation
Simmons Foundation
Small Change Foundation
Southwest Florida Community Foundation
Stonewall Community Foundation
Surdna Foundation
The California Endowment
The Collins Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
The Palette Fund
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Third Wave Fund
Tides Foundation
Trans Justice Funding Project
Tzedek Social Justice Fund
Wallace Foundation
Washington Grantmakers AIDS Partnership
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Wild Geese Foundation
William Blair
Women's Foundation of California