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FALL 2018
Tragically, it seems we are bombarded with news of violent, hate-fueled acts all too frequently, and the scourge of gun violence plaguing this country leaves no one safe. In this article we take a look at leading funders addressing the violence, homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia that often drives the hate filled attacks against our community. Click here to read more.  
Tuesday December 4th, 2018(Atlanta, GA.)
Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) 2018 Southern Funder Lab
The Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) is pleased to invite you to join peer grantmakers and a faculty of racial justice experts to deepen your foundation's efforts in combating structural racism and advancing equity through your grantmaking.
Tuesday December 11th, 2018 (Oakland, CA)
GUTC Funder Forum
Recent news has added even more urgency to the need for philanthropy to better support transgender communities. Join GUTC - an initiative of Funders for LGBTQ Issues - for a historic gathering of funders to gain new insight and concrete tools to help ignite a new movement in philanthropy to sustain trans communities in these crucial times. Click here to register. 
March 20th - March 22nd, 2019 (Tucson, AZ.)
Funding Forward 2019
Our annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues will take place March 20th-22nd, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona! We are already planning another great gathering and hope you will consider joining us!
Research, Resources, and Updates
  • GLSEN released The "2017 National School Climate Survey: Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth in Our Nation's Schools". The tenth installment of the survey examines the unique experiences facing LGBTQ students in U.S. middle and high schools.
  • A new brief from MAP, the ACLU, and Lambda Legal examines the existing federal, state, and local laws and court rulings that offer protections to LGBT workers as well as the gaps that leave workers vulnerable to discrimination.
  • The Washington Blade reports on the LGBTI+ migrants that have arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, waiting to cross the U.S. border. Dozens of people left the caravan of at least 5,000 Central Americans to avoid harassment from their fellow travelers.
  • MAP and the National Center for Transgender Equality release a new report examining the expansion of the ability of colleges and universities to claim a religious exemption from federal nondiscrimination laws can have a profoundly negative impact on LGBTQ students.
Requests for Proposals
  • The Gay Community Endowment Fund will award grants starting at $10,000 to local LGBTQ programs, prioritizing initiatives that focus on the health and wellbeing of Akron's LGBT community. The foundation will give preference to grant proposals supporting suicide prevention and mental-health programs, combating phobias about the community and creating safer environments for LGBT youth. The deadline to apply for an impact grant is December 15th, 2018.
  • Arch Community Fund makes grants to support transformative organizing for systemic change. The Fund seeks to support grassroots strategies that meet immediate needs and are part of a strategy for long-term structural change. Grantmaking focuses on general operating support for small grassroots nonprofit organizations, including fiscally sponsored projects. In 2018, grants are expected to range from $10,000 - $25,000. Applications are due by midnight, November 30th, 2018.
  • Pride Foundation and The Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) award scholarships to build leadership and promote diversity in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally communities. Scholarships may be used for any post-secondary education including nontraditional degrees, trade or technical programs, community colleges, four-year public and private universities, and accredited certificate programs. The application will close on January 11th, 2019.
  • The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Mama Cash have launched the global donor survey on the State of Funding for LBQ Movements. The survey invites all private, public, and community foundations, charities, women's funds, intermediaries and re-granting organizations that provide funds for LGBTQI rights, women's rights, and human rights issues broadly to participate. The deadline to complete the survey is November 16th, 2018.
Recent Grants Awarded
  • Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice Announces 2018 Intersex Human Rights Fund Grants

    Earlier this month, on Intersex Awareness Day, the Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice announced the fourth cycle of the Intersex Human Rights Fund grantee partners. This year the fund awarded $275,000 in grants to 41 grantee partners across 33 countries. Additionally, Astraea's International Fund awarded $1,746,900 in 111 grants, to 89 grantee partners, in 49 countries.
  • Texas Pride Impact Funds Awards Inaugural Grants

    Texas Pride Impact Funds announced their first round of grants, totaling $120,000 to fifteen Texas organizations. Grants are being made to LGBTQ youth, community-building, transgender health competency, and healthcare initiatives. The programs and projects are located in Beaumont, El Paso, Harlingen, Galveston and Midland as well as the large urban centers of Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, and Houston where LGBTQ supportive organizations serve multi-county regions.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy
Richard Burns, who served interim ED of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and most recently as interim ED of Johnson Family Foundation, will serve as the interim CEO of Lambda Legal. Congratulations, Richard!
Nicole Cozier, former board member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, will join Human Rights Campaign as the Senior Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Congratulations, Nicole!
Third Wave Fund recently announced its new Co-Executive Directors, Ana Conner and Kiyomi Fujikawa! Congratulations to you both!
Andy departs her role at the Arcus Foundation to lead the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) as the new Executive Director. Congratulations, Andy!
Dan Werner will depart his role at the Arcus Foundation to join INvolve. Congrats, Dan, and good luck!

Recent Publications
Ise Bosch, Claudia Bollwinkel andJustus Eisfeld co-wrote a new book titled Transformative Philanthropy - Giving with Trust. Learn more about the book here.
Edgar Villanueva, longtime member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, published Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance. Learn more about the book here.
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Arabella Advisors
(Washington, DC)

Borealis Philanthropy

Executive and Operations Assistant
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
(New York, NY)

Northwest Area Foundation
(St. Paul, MN)

Oregon Community Foundation
(Medford, OR)

Gill Foundation
(Denver, CO)

Visit our Jobs Board for more listings!
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 (The Women's Foundation of California) ·  Karina Claudio Betancourt  (Open Society Foundations)
·  Alfredo Cruz (Foundation for Louisiana)   ·  Matthew "Matty" Hart (Global Philanthropy Project and The Calamus Foundation, DE) · Rickke Manazala (Borealis Philanthropy)  · Jason McGill (Arcus) · Rye Young (Third Wave Fund)
Institutional Members

AIDS United - American Jewish World Service -  Andrus Family Foundation -  Anonymous -  Arcus Foundation -  Arizona Community Foundation -  Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice -  The David Bohnett Foundation - Baltimore Community Foundation - Borealis Philanthropy - Boston Foundation -  The Calamus Foundation (Delaware) -  The California Endowment -  The California Wellness Foundation -  Civil Rights Defenders -  The Cleveland Foundation - Community  Foundation for Northeast Florida - Community  Foundation Santa Cruz County - Community Foundation for Southern Arizona -  Con Alma Health Foundation -  Cream City Foundation -  Elton John AIDS Foundation -  Ford Foundation -  Foundation For The Carolinas - Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg - Foundation for a Just Society -  Foundation for Louisiana -  Freeman Foundation - FSG - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation -  Gilead Sciences -  Gill Foundation -  Gilmour-Jirgens Foundation -  Groundswell Fund -  Guilford Green Foundation -  Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund - Hartford Foundation for Public Giving -  The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation -  Horizons Foundation -  Johnson Family Foundation -  Kicking Assets Fund - LA 84 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 - Masto 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 - The 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 -  Small Change Foundation -  Stonewall Community Foundation - Dwight Stuart Youth Fund - Surdna Foundation -  H. van Ameringen Foundation -  Vermont Community Foundation -  Washington AIDS Partnership - Washington Area Women's Foundation -  Wild Geese Foundation -  Third Wave Fund -  Tides Foundation -  Trans Justice Funding Project - Women's Foundation of California


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