JUNE 2022
Pride Edition
Trans Futures Campaign Makes Urgent Appeal for Funds

The Trans Futures Funding Campaign is an urgent and immediate call for at least $10 million in new funding to invest boldly and deeply in local trans organizations. The campaign, organized by a coalition including the Fund for Trans Generations, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the Third Wave Fund, the Transgender Strategy Center, the Black Trans Fund, and the Trans Justice Funding Project, is already helping to catalyze resources. Earlier this month, the Ford Foundation - a signatory of the GUTC Pledge - announced a bold commitment to defending LGBTQ+ rights, with a specific focus on supporting transgender people. Ford will double its annual investment in trans communities, committing to at least $10 million over the next five years. You can read more about the campaign and the need for action in this recent post from Kris Hayashi.

We Honor the Life and Legacy of Urvashi Vaid

Funders for LGBTQ Issues joined so many in our community to mourn the passing of Urvashi Vaid. An activist, lawyer, and author, Vaid championed an intersectional vision of liberation that profoundly shaped American LGBTQ movement-building spanning decades. Read more about Urvashi’s impact and how her legacy will carry forward in our work.

Thanks to everyone who joined us at Funding Forward 2022! We had so many meaningful conversations over the three days of the conference and enjoyed connecting with so many of our members virtually. On the third day, Saida Agostini Bostic, president of Funders for LGTBQ Issues delivered a moving address to conference attendees in which she offered reflections on her path to working in philanthropy, the weight of the current political moment, and inspiration to carry our work forward to set our communities free. You can find the full address here (video and written remarks).
Hispanics in Philanthropy Conference Recap

Earlier this month, our team joined Hispanics in Philanthropy’s annual conference in Miami. We joined partners in a plenary session on the ways Immigrants and LGBTQ Latinx leaders are using participatory philanthropy to drive long-term change, and our Out in the South Initiative hosted a workshop to share the stories of U.S. Southern LGBTQI+ intermediaries centering the power of Latinx-led organizing. Thanks for a great conference, HiP!

Other Organizational Updates

  • Funders for LGBTQ Issues strategic planning committee is guiding the development of our three to five-year plan that will guide the next chapter of our work.

  • We are excited to announce that we will release the 2019/2020 Tracking Report next week stay tuned!


The report details best practices and key considerations for collecting data on LGBTQI+ populations, while also making recommendations to improve measures for ongoing research projects.
Through new data from the Household Pulse Survey, the fact sheet reveals economic insecurity and labor market gaps by LGBT workers since July 2021.
This parting letter illustrating FCAA Executive Director, John Barnes’, positivity, influence, and leadership gives folks hope to what a more collaborative philanthropic response to HIV could be in the future.
Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues, a proud supporter of this effort as a signatory, and amplify your investment in the fight to protect abortion access and bodily autonomy by joining the Women’s Funding Network pledge.
Under Vaid’s leadership, Michigan benefited from an average distribution of $2.5 million to advance social justice in LGBT rights, racial, and economic justice.
Six years after the Pulse shooting, residents in Florida have conflicting feelings with the museum and memorial erected by the OnePulse Foundation and the newly signed “Don’t Say Gay” law.
A new study has found that LGBTQ people convicted of sex offenses are more likely to be incarcerated in prison and receive longer prison sentences compared to cisgender straight people.
Sex Ed for Social Change released its publication addressing the recent attacks against age-appropriate and medically accurate comprehensive sex education.
As the most comprehensive report to date regarding global funding for LGBTI issues, the latest Global Resources Report states that global LGBTI funding grew by 3% or over $16 million dollars (USD). Additionally, there was a 38% increase in the number of LGBTI grantees.
The Seattle Foundation is modeling how to do philanthropy differently, requiring minimal check-ins from grantees and emphasizing racial equity.
The Ford Foundation details their trajectory towards gender equality where they expand their definition of gender, value the multiple identities community members hold, and have recently committed to double their funding efforts towards trans rights.


The Hispanic Federation, through the Advanced Change Together (ACT) Initiative, announced a $1 million dollar pledge in Orlando to help LGBTQ+ nonprofit organizations for the next 2 years.
Human Rights Campaigns’ Global Small Grants Program supports 20 initiatives to advance LGBTQ+ equality in 20 countries with each recipient receiving up to $5000 to focus on trans rights and build allies among businesses.


Borealis Philanthropy
Deadline: June 30th, 2022

Dyson Foundation
Deadline: Rolling Basis

Emergent Fund
Deadline: Rolling Basis

New York Foundation 
Deadline: July 1st, 2022

Grassroots Fund
Deadline: Rolling Basis

The Williams Institute and Women’s Sports Foundation
Deadline: July 10th, 2022

Notable promotions, transitions, and career updates from LGBTQ people
in philanthropy and allies.
Cathy Kapua
Funders for LGBTQ Issues Board Member, Cathy Kapua, was recently given the Empowering ‘Ōiwi Leadership Award. For more information, click here. Congratulations, Cathy!
Saida Agostini-Bostic
Funders for LGBTQ Issues President, Saida Agostini-Bostic, was recognized as a leading figure in New York’s LGBTQ community. To read more, click here. Congratulations, Saida!
Masen Davis
Masen Davis named as the next Executive Director for Funders Concerned About AIDS. Congratulations, Masen!
Pride Foundation
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington, USA

James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
Portland, OR

The California Wellness Foundation
Los Angeles or Sacramento or Oakland, USA

Wave Fundraising
Asheville, NC

Grantmakers in Health
Washington, DC

Yellow Chair Foundation 
Palo Alto, CA & San Francisco, CA

The California Wellness Foundation 
Los Angeles, CA

Rickke Mananzala, Chair (New York Foundation)
Cynthia Renfro, Vice-Chair (Civis Consulting, LLC)
Jason McGill, Treasurer (Philanthropic Consultant)
Rye Young, Secretary (Philanthropic Consultant)
Karen Appelbaum (Northwest Area Foundation)
Namita Chad (Philanthropic Consultant)
Ana Conner (Third Wave Fund)
Desiree Flores (General Service Foundation)
Aldita Gallardo (Borealis Philanthropy)
Paulina Helm-Hernandez (Foundation for Just Society)
Jonathan Jayes-Green (Philanthropic Strategist)
Kelli King-Jackson (The Simmons Foundation)
William (Bill) Smith (May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust)
Judy Yu (Wellspring Philanthropic Fund)
Saida Agostini-Bostic
April Bethea
Development & Membership Officer
Ollin Rodriguez Lopez
Human Resources & Administrative Associate
Chantelle Fisher-borne
Project Director, Out In The South Initiative
Alyssa Lawther
Research & Communications Officer
Alexander Lee
Interim Vice President, Programs
Andrew Wallace
Vice President of Research & Communications
Marvin Webb
Senior Vice President of Finance & Administration
Rebecca Wisotsky
Interim Vice President, Philanthropic Strategy
American Jewish World Service
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
David Bohnett Foundation
Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
Edward W. Hazen Foundation
Excelerate Foundation
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Ford Foundation
Foundation for a Just Society
Foundation for the Carolinas
Foundation for Louisiana
Gilead Sciences
Gill Foundation
Gilmour-Jirgens Fund
Groundswell Fund
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Henry van Ameringen Foundation
Horizons Foundation
James Irvine Foundation
Johnson Family Foundation
JP Morgan Chase & Co. 
Kicking Assets Fund
Kresge Foundation
Laughing Gull Foundation
Levi Strauss Foundation
The Leonard-Litz LGBTQ+ Foundation
Libra Foundation
MacArthur Foundation
Marguerite Casey Foundation
Masto Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Ms. Foundation For Women
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
Stupski Foundation
Surdna Foundation
The California Endowment
The Collins Foundation
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
Transgender Strategy Center
Tzedek Social Justice Fund
Wallace Foundation
Washington Grantmakers AIDS Partnership
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Wild Geese Foundation
Women's Foundation of California