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Reflections from Board Chair Andrew Lane

By: Andrew Lane, Executive Director, Johnson Family Foundation

... I joined Funders for LGBTQ Issues in 1998 shortly after making my first "gay grant," which means I've been a (small) part of this organization's story for about half of its existence. As we march forward, we must continue to focus tightly and creatively on bringing more funders to the table in order to grow the pie that fuels the engine of justice and change.  ... Click here to read more

Michael Fleming with FLGBTQI Board Member Mitchell Singer
2013 JAG Special Leadership Award Goes to Michael Fleming, Executive Director of the David Bohnett Foundation

On December 5, the Joint Affinity Groups (JAG) awarded Michael Fleming, Executive Director of the David Bohnett Foundation, with the 2013 JAG of Southern California Special Leadership Award. ... click here to continue reading.

Friday, January, 24th (New York, NY & Teleconference):
Funder Briefing on New Voting Rights Funding Collaborative
On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in Shelby County v. Holder that a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was unconstitutional. In response, a group of funders have formed the Shelby Response Fund to support efforts to protect voting rights. .... Learn more here.
Wednesday, January, 29th - Sunday, February, 2nd (Houston, TX):
Funders for LGBTQ Issues at Creating Change
Check out our slate of events at this year's Creating Change.  Hopefully we'll see you in Houston!  .... Learn more here.
Wednesday, March 26th - Friday, March 28th (Philadelphia, PA):
Funding Forward 2014
We're proud to announce that Funding Forward 2014 is coming to Philadelphia March 26 through March 28!  The annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues provides an exciting opportunity for funders to connect with one another, learn from each other, coordinate efforts, and maximize impact. ... Learn more here.
Research, Resources and Updates 
  • "The 2013 National LGBT Movement Report"
    This annual report, published by MAP, examines the financial health of LGBT organizations.  Of note, LGBT organizations' revenue growth slightly outpaced the national nonprofit average (4 percent vs. 3.2 percent). 
  • "Global Philanthropic Support to Address HIV/AIDS in 2012"
    This new report from Funders Concerned About AIDS shows little has changed when it comes to foundation funding for HIV/AIDS.  In 2012, global funding for HIV/AIDS totaled $636 million, an increase of less than one percent from 2011.
  • "For LGBT Donors, Russia Is The New Marriage"
    BuzzFeed World provides a look into the philanthropic efforts coalescing to address anti-LGBT sentiment in Russia, featuring quotes from Arcus's Kevin Jennings and Wellspring's Andrew Park. 
  • "Caring for LGBTQ Children & Youth"
    The HRC Foundation's All Children-All Families project has released a guide for child welfare providers on proper care and support for LGBTQ children and youth in out-of-home care.
  • Deloitte joins the Global Equality Fund
    The Fund is a collaborative effort, led by the U.S. Department of State, to create an environment in which LGBT people can freely and without discrimination. Deloitte joins several major LGBTQ funders, such the Arcus Foundation and the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund, in contributing to the fund.
Requests for Proposals
  • The Other Foundation
    The Other Foundation has announced the launch of its first pilot grantmaking initiative to advance the rights and well-being of LGBTI people in Southern Africa. The deadline is January 20.
  • Trans Justice Funding Project
    The Trans Justice Funding Project is awarding grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to organizations run by and for trans communities with a budget of less than $250,000.  The deadline is February 15.
  • Point Foundation
    The Point Foundation is now accepting applications for 2014 scholarships. Applicants who successfully fill out Part 1 will be notified to proceed to part 2 by January 22.
  • Pride Foundation
    Pride Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships, due January 15.
  • Independent Sector
    Independent Sector has opened nominations for the 2014 John W. Gardner Leadership Award. The deadline is January 31.

Recent Grant Award Announcements

  • Arcus Foundation
    Arcus's latest round of Social Justice Program grants were awarded to 25 different organizations seeking to societal shifts away from discrimination against LGBTQ people in some of the most resistant parts of the world.
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
    The Rockefeller Foundation has awarded $175,000 to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York City in support of LGBTQ youth.
  • Pride Foundation
    The Pride Foundation has announced new grantees.  In 2013, Pride Foundation has awarded $7 million to organizations spread across five states.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Brian Byrnes 

Brian, president and CEO of the Santa Fe Community Foundation, will step down next year to pursue a more contemplative life.  (Read more here.)  Congratulations on this new phase, Brian!

Dave Montez 

Dave, acting president of GLAAD and former program officer for the Gill Foundation, has been named executive director of One Colorado.  (Read more here.)  Congratulations, Dave!
Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Communications Manager 

Public Interest Projects (PIP)

(New York, NY)


Executive Director 

Immigration Equality

(New York, NY)


Program Officer, Just and Fair Schools Fund 

Public Interest Projects (PIP) 

(New York, NY)



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 Andy Lane (Johnson Family Foundation)  Vice Chair Cindy Rizzo (The Arcus Foundation)  Treasurer Jesse King (Fulcrum Advisors)  Secretary Mitchell Singer (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)  Maria Cadenas (Driscoll's)  Rebecca Fox (Wellspring Advisors)  Matthew "Matty" Hart (The Lafayette Practice)  Patricia St. Onge (Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching)  Kristine Stallone (American Jewish World Service)  Nathaniel "Toby" Thompkins (Tides 21st Century) 
Institutional Members

Anonymous  Arcus Foundation  Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice   Boston Foundation  Calamus Foundation  The California Endowment  California Wellness Foundation  Community Foundation Santa Cruz County  Con Alma Health Foundation � Cream City Foundation  Driscoll's Charitable Fund  Dwight Stuart Youth Fund  Equity Foundation  Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund Ford Foundation Foundation for the Carolinas Freeman Foundation  Gill Foundation  Gilmour-Jirgens Foundation  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  Kevin J. Mossier Foundation  Kicking Assets Fund  Laughing Gull Foundation  Levi Strauss Foundation  Liberty Hill Foundation  Marguerite Casey Foundation  Mukti Fund  North Star Fund  Our Fund, Inc. � Overbrook Foundation  The Palette Fund  Philanthrofund Foundation � Paul Rapoport Foundation  Polk Bros. Foundation  Pride Foundation  Proteus Fund, Inc.  Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors  Rosenberg Foundation The Samuel S. Fels Fund � San Diego Human Dignity Foundation  Santa Fe Community Foundation � Small Change Foundation  Stonewall Community Foundation  Vermont Community Foundation � Wells Fargo Bank  Women's Foundation of California

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