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November 2015
In 2013, foundations invested more than $55 million in local and statewide groups working to improve the lives of LGBTQ people. Do you know who the top LGBTQ funder was in your hometown state or in the state you currently call home? ...  Click here to find out who is the top LGBTQ funder in your state!
Friday, November 20 (San Francisco, CA)
The Summit builds on our historic LGBT Health Funding Summit in New York this past January and will bring together a diverse array of funders committed to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities to interact with experts from the field, build relationships with like-minded funders, and develop funding strategies for increased impact in LGBT health. ...   Learn more here.
Thursday, December 10 (conference call)
Join us for an informative session focused on the current dynamics of funding trans communities in the South. We'll hear how funders are responding in partnership with trans communities to recent trends of increases in both visibility of and violence against trans people... Learn more here.
Wednesday, March 30 - Friday, April 1 (Minneapolis, MN)
Funding Forward 2016 is coming to Minneapolis, Minnesota!  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 and take advantage of the early bird rate!  For more information, click here.
Research, Resources and Updates 
  • LGBT Policy Spotlight: Identity Documents Laws and Policies
    Movement Advancement Project has released a new report examining the state laws and policies that regarding how transgender people can correct the name and gender marker on their identity documents so that those documents match the gender the person lives every day. 
  • The Source Codes of Foundation Culture
    Grantmakers for Effective Organziations (GEO) has released a report on the culture of foundations that examines the importance of creating and nurturing an organizational culture that enables grantmakers to be most effective. 
  • Will Munro fund to help queer Ontarians with Cancer
    In Toronto, a new fund has been established at the 519, Toronto's LGBT Community Centre, to honor Will Munro - a local artist, restauranteur, DJ, youth counsellor, and party promoter - and provide short-term emergency relief for LGBT people in Ontario fighting cancer.
Requests for Proposals
  • The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a program of GLMA, is currently accepting proposals for research on lesbian health. LHF grants range from $500 - $10,000. Many applications are for small projects structured to provide pilot data for subsequent research. The deadline to submit is February 1, 2016.  For more information about the 2015 grants and to apply,  click here.
  • The Hill-Snowdon Foundation has created a three year grantmaking and strategic co-funding initiative that seeks to maximize this historic moment to begin building long term institutional and political power for Black social change and racial justice. To learn more about the MBLM initiative, click here. To complete the Request for Information Survey, click hereSurveys must be completed  by November 23rd, 2015. 
  • The LGBT Community Fund is asking for RFLOIs. This Request for Letters of Inquiry specifies areas of focus and the types of grants that will be made, requirements for proposals that will be submitted, and an initial set of grant application procedures. Completed Letters of Inquiry applications must be received by 11:59PM CST on December 16, 2015 on the Chicago Community Trust Grant Central system. For more information, click here.
Recent Grant Award Announcements
  • Perceptions Receives Arts Grant
    Midland Area Community Foundation has given a grant of $10K to Perceptions to help fund the creation of an inclusive and diverse choir.
  • 2015 Social Justice Grants
    The Next Generation Giving Project and the Portland Social Justice Project have collectively raised over $200K for social justice organizations, including two LGBT organizations, NCBI Missoula and PFLAG Portland Black Chapter.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy
David Biemesderfer
David has been appointed the CEO of Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers. David currently serves as the President and CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network and has been involved with the work of regional association of grantmakers (RAs) for the past 20 years. Way to go, David!

Nicholas Faggella
Funders for LGBTQ Issues' Research and Communications Fellow has also joined Johnson Family Foundation as their new Grants and Program Associate. Congratulations, Nick!

Joy Messinger
Joy Messinger is excited to be joining Third Wave Fund and its work to build and support youth-led gender justice activism across the country. Most recently Joy was an independent nonprofit consultant and sexuality educator, adjunct instructor on social work practice with LGBTQ communities, freelance writer on transnational adoption and adoptee issues, and Deputy Director at the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health. Way to go, Joy!
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy

Inner City Advisors
(Oakland, CA)

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
(New York, NY)

Proteus Fund
(Amherst, MA)

California Community Foundation
(Los Angeles, CA)

Horizons Foundation
(San Francisco, CA)

The Crimsonbridge Foundation
Chevy Chase, MD

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade
(New York, NY)

Neighborhood Funders Group
(Oakland, CA)

Neighborhood Funders Group
(Oakland, CA)

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
(Atlanta, Georgia)

Funders for LGBTQ Issues seeks to mobilize philanthropic resources that enhance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, promote equity, and advance racial, economic and gender justice

Board of Directors:

Chair  Cindy Rizzo (The Arcus Foundation)  · Vice Chair Rebecca Fox (Wellspring Advisors) · 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) ·  Surina Khan (The Women's Foundation of California)  ·  Mitchell Singer (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)  ·  Patricia St. Onge (Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching)  ·   Nathaniel "Toby" Thompkins  (Tides 21st Century) · 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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