APRIL 2020
Between 2017-2018, philanthropic support for economic issues for LGBTQ commnuities totaled nearly $16 million. While support for this issue area has been on a steady rise, it accounted for just 6 percent of all philanthropic support for LGBTQ communities in 2018.  Click here to read more.
In the photo above: T he staff of Funders for LGBTQ Issues are joined by Cyd Nova,, Cecilia Gentili and Christian Appel of T rans Equity Consulting for a gender justice training at our Spring 2020 virtual staff retreat.

  • During this incredibly difficult time, it can be challenging to move work forward and make sense of current conditions. Like many of you, our team at Funders for LGBTQ Issues is adapting to working remotely and rethinking how we can best support our members through this crisis. Now as always, we are committed to supporting this powerful network of funders who will be called upon to support LGBTQ communities in ways even more critical than before.

  • This month the Funders for LGBTQ Issues staff also came together for a Spring 2020 virtual staff retreat. The staff of Trans Equity Consulting joined Funders for LGBTQ Issues for the second part of the retreat to facilitate a gender justice workshop. This capped a retreat that also included organizational planning, program retooling, and birthday celebrations for April (April 27th), Marvin (April 30th), and Lyle (May 1).
As we continue to confront the unprecedented challenges brought on by COVID-19 pandemic, we have compiled a comprehensive COVID-19 Resource Page for LGBTQ Philanthropy . Below is a list of active emergency and rapid response funds available to LGBTQ organizations. For more COVID-19 resources for funders and LGBTQ organizations, please visit our page here.

Lori Villarosa, executive director of Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE) talks about the need for rapid response giving with a racial justice lens in Nonprofit Quarterly.

FCAA’s latest blog post: a conversation with Michael Seltzer, reflects on ways we can learn from the HIV epidemic to help fight COVID-19.

Inside Philanthropy explores the many ways funders are coming together to respond during the pandemic.

This feature in Inside Philanthropy explores recent increases in philanthropic support for LGBTQ communities and issues documented in our latest research.

NBC News highlights the negative social impacts of physical distancing among other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

Cecilia Gentili, founder of Transgender Equity Consulting and the director of Gender Inclusion at CAI Global reflects on the passing of Lorena Borjas on new New York Time s Op-ed.

New Williams Institute series of briefs addresses the impact of COVID-19 on the LGBT community and people with HIV.


Boston Pride announces their 2020 Boston Pride Community Fund grantees.

Arcus Foundation Announces the Spring 2020 grants and their renewed support to longtime and new partners who are advancing LGBTQ rights .

Blue Shield of California Foundation announces $6.8 million in grants to help Californians, including a $100,000 grant for Horizons Foundation to support LGBTQ communities affected by the pandemic.

Horizons Foundation announces that it is giving almost half a million dollars in grants to 53 Bay Area LGBT groups .

The New York Women’s Foundation is launches the 2020 Resilience-NYC: COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to provide organizations funding to solve critical issues facing vulnerable and marginalized communities in New York City.

TPIF awarded $120,000 to 26 organizations to share in our COVID-19 Emergency Fund, supporting the most vulnerable within the LGBTQ community due to the arrival of the Coronavirus.


Akron Community Foundation
Deadline: May 15, 2020

The 49 Fund
Ongoing Application Deadline

Campaign for Southern Equality
Ongoing Application Deadline

Christopher Cuevas
Christopher Cuevas was recently name d Trans Justice Funding Project Fellow. Co ngratulations, Christopher!
Nicole Fernandes
Nicole Fernandes was recently named Trans Justice Funding Project Fellow. Congratulations, Nicole!
Nathaniel Gonzalez
Nathaniel Gonzalez was recently name d Trans Justice Funding Project Fellow. Co ngratulations, Nathaniel!
Kayla Rena Gore
Kayla Rena Gore w as recently named Trans Justice Funding Project Fellow. Congratulations, Kayla!
Isyss Agaiotupu Honnen
Isyss Agaiotupu Honnen was recently name d Trans Justice Funding Project Fellow. Co ngratulations, Isyss!
Emmett Schelling
Emmett Shelling was recently named Trans Justice Funding Project Fellow. Congratulations, Emmett!
Meenakshi Menon
Meenakshi Menon was recently named Chief Development Officer of Groundswell Fund. Congratulations on your new role, Meenakshi!
Alfred Walking Bull
Alfred Walking Bull recently joined the Greater Twin Cities United Way as Creative Strategist, Writer. Con gratulations, Alfred!
Funders Together to End Homelessness
(Remote, United States)

Haas Leadership Initiatives
(San Francisco, California)

Funders for LGBTQ Issues
(New York, NY)

Rickke Mananzala, Chair (Philanthropic Consultant)
Cynthia Renfro, Vice Chair (Civis Consulting, LLC)
Kristine Stallone, 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)
Jason McGill (Philanthropic Consultant)
William (Bill) Smith (Santa Fe Community Foundation)
Beatriz "Bia" Vieira (The Women's Foundation of California)
Judy Yu (Wellspring Philanthropic Fund)
Ben Francisco Maulbeck
Lyle Matthew Kan
Vice President Of Research & Communications
Marvin Webb
Vice President Of Finance & Administration
Kristina Wertz
Vice President Of Engagement & Philanthropic Outreach
Rebecca Wisotsky
National Director Of Philanthropic Outreach
Alexander Lee
Project Director, Grantmakers United For Trans Communities
Chantelle Fisher-borne
Project Director, Out In The South Initiative
Andrew Wallace
Director of Research & Communications
April Bethea
Development & Membership Associate
Nicole Fernandes
Finance and Administrative Associate
Luis Rey Ramirez
Research & Communications Associate
American Jewish World Service
Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund
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 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
Washington Grantmakers AIDS Partnership
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Wild Geese Foundation
William Blair
Women's Foundation of California