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February 2016
HEADLINES
  
Grantmaking for LGBTQ communities still comes from a small set of dedicated funders. Through their direct grant dollars and philanthropic advocacy efforts, these funders play an important leadership role in advancing the awareness and inclusion of LGBTQ issues in philanthropy and improving LGBTQ people's lives.  While more than 60 percent of the top U.S. foundations made no LGBTQ-specific grants in 2014, 91 foundations increased their grantmaking by 25 percent or more. ... Click here to see the honor roll.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Wednesday, March 2 (webinar)
2015 was a year of major shifts in rights and awareness for LGBTQ communities. How did these legal, cultural and political actions translate to actual investment in the programs and organizations funding change for LGBTQ issues? To find out more about the webinar and to register,  click here.
Wednesday, March 30 - Friday, April 1 (Minneapolis, MN)
Funding Forward 2016 is coming to Minneapolis, Minnesota and so far more than 100 people have registered!  Our annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues is a great opportunity for like minded funders to connect with one another, learn from each other, coordinate efforts, and maximize impact. Register now!  
For more information, click here.
RESOURCES
Research, Resources and Updates 
  • The 2014 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations
    The 2014 Tracking Report explores the scope and character of foundation funding for LGBTQ issues in the calendar year 2014. The report finds that funding reached a record high of $153.2 million however, there are a number of sobering statistics behind the promising headlines. The report provides a new level of analysis on 100 of the top U.S. foundations and  goes behind the numbers to analyze funding trends related to HIV/AIDS, how much money is leaving the field, and where funding may go post-Marriage.
  • We Can't Complete A Puzzle With Missing Pieces
    This Huffington Post article by our very own Director of Research and Communications, Lyle Matthew Kan reviews the LGBTQ funding statistics on 100 of the largest foundations in the U.S., and what this means for LGBTQ issues.
  • Elton John AIDS Foundation Announces Large Grants to Fight HIV/AIDS
    This new series of grants totals more than $5.4 million to support organizations addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in critical and innovative ways. This is the one of the Foundation's largest grant cycles to date, renewing 38 grants and funding 32 new organizations, and brings EJAF's total grant making for 2015 to over $9.8 million, a 40% increase over the Foundation's investments in 2014.
  • How Individual Donors Can Help Build Movements
    Would-be donors should start by developing a deep understanding of their own motivations and goals. By exploring their beliefs about how change happens in the world and developing a deeper understanding of the change they want to see, they can develop a personal giving strategy.
Requests for Proposals
  • The Adam Foundation provides funding with an emphasis on Forsyth County-based LGBT advocacy, education, and social service organizations and programs. Grant applications opened on February 15th For more information about the 2016 grants and to apply,  click here.
  • The Baltimore Corps Fellowship, our flagship program, connects professionals to high-impact roles in nonprofits, social enterprises and government agencies throughout Baltimore City. Fellowships are full-time, one-year, paid commitments, with potential to hire the Fellow full time at the end of the year. Grant applications open on March .  For more information about the 2016 grants and to apply,   click here.
  • Colin Higgins Foundation (CHF) is currently accepting nominations from lesbian, gay, transgender, Two-Spirit, queer, and questioning youth activists through age 20 who have transformed their experiences with discrimination into opportunities to inspire others. research on lesbian health. CHF gifts several $10,000 grants. The deadline to submit is March 2, 2016 at 5pm PST.  For more information about the 2016 grants and to apply,  click here.
  • Groundswell Fund has launched a Rapid Response Fund, a funding vehicle dedicated to moving resources quickly and strategically for unforeseen needs and opportunities. There will be no deadline or formal grant cycle for Rapid Response Fund grants. Grant requests may range from $5,000 -$30,000. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as they are submitted.  For more information about the 2016 grants and to apply,  click here.
  • The Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy works to engage emerging and established members of the philanthropic community to drive social justice work forward. Generous U is a contest which helps promote that goal. Generous U awards a $10,000 Prize (and a runner up prize) to college students who propose ways of increasing philanthropy on their campus. Applications are due March 11, 2016.  For more information about the 2016 grants and to apply,  click here.
Recent Grant Award Announcements
  • Boston Pride Grants Announced
    Boston Pride announced the recipients of the first Boston Pride Community Fund. The fund was established to provide grants to small nonprofits & other groups that support the LGBT community.
  • Brother, Help Thyself Surpasses $3 million in Grants Awarded at 2016 Ceremony
    Brother, Help Thyself (BHT) awarded over $75,000 in grants to 23 organizations at its annual awards ceremony on Saturday, January 30, at Grand Central in Baltimore.
    Now in its 38th year, the ceremony marked a significant milestone for the organization, which provides yearly infusions of grant money to local LGBT and HIV/AIDS nonprofits, as it surpassed the $3 million donation mark.
  • EJAF Announces More Than $5.4 Million in Grants to Fight HIV/AIDS
    This new series of grants totals more than $5.4 million to support organizations addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in critical and innovative ways. This is the one of the Foundation's largest grant cycles to date, renewing 38 grants and funding 32 new organizations, and brings EJAF's total grant making for 2015 to over $9.8 million, a 40% increase over the Foundation's investments in 2014.
  • Local LGBT Funds Dedicate Dollars
    Our LGBT Fund hit a milestone to close out 2015 when it announced its first grant of $20,000 to a collaborative program involving Arbor Circle and the Lesbian Gay Community Network of West Michigan (The Network).
LGBTQ PEOPLE IN PHILANTHROPY
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy
 
Joe Hollendoner
Joe most recently worked as First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health and has a strong track record of innovation at large and complex institutions in HIV/AIDS. Joe has been appointed CEO of San Francisco AIDS Foundation, effective in May. Congratulations, Joe!
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

TCC Group
(New York, NY)

Program Officer
  The Solutions Project
(Washington, DC)
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 Surina Khan (The Women's Foundation of California) · 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) ·  Cindy Rizzo (Arcus Foundation)  ·  Mitchell Singer (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)  · 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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