MARCH 2022

We are deeply concerned by the intensification of harmful policies playing out in states across the country, including Texas and Florida. This week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the controversial Senate Bill 1834, known as the “Don’t Say Gay or Trans” bill, and other harmful policies are advancing in states across the country. These tactics demand an intersectional approach that recognizes that whether fighting racist policies banning Critical Race Theory or legislation seeking to deny access to reproductive healthcare, our freedom is bound up in each other. Earlier this month, Saida Agostini-Bostic published a statement in response to the weaponization of child welfare systems to separate LGBTQ families playing out in TexasClick here to read more.

This year's virtual Funding Forward will be a grantmaker retreat with a focus on building the practical tools funders need to meet the pressing needs of LGBTQ communities. Click here to register today!

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep us on our toes, our 2022 conference will be fully virtual. However, we are holding out hope for opportunities to gather safely in person later in the year.

After nearly a decade of supporting LGBTQ philanthropy, Kristina Wertz will depart Funders for LGBTQ Issues to become the Vice President of External Affairs at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. We are excited for Kristina's continued leadership in the sector and proud to introduce our Interim Vice Presidents, Alexander Lee and Rebecca Wisotsky. Click here to read more about recent staffing changes.


These past few weeks have been particularly hard with the ongoing news and travesty in Ukraine. The following list of resources offer opportunities for investment and rapid response:


The Black Migrant Power Fund seeks an investment of $10 million dollars for the distribution of Black-led and Black migrant grassroots organizations. 

After 21 years, the Haas Jr. Fund will conclude the LGBT Equality Grant program over the next two years. In the meantime, the fund will aid current LGBT grantee partners with transitional support and alternative funding options. The announcement has been met with criticism from observers in the field. 

The Williams Institute shared research examining healthcare disparities among LGBT populations in California, including delayed healthcare access.

The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) publishes democracy maps tracking election laws and policies to promote civic engagement including voter registration, representation and participation, and election security, independence, and integrity.

A groundbreaking report by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) recommends standardizing sexual orientation and gender identity survey questions, as it will improve LGBTQI data collection and quality on federal surveys. 

In response to the recent state-sanctioned violence against trans youth, this call to action demands funders to listen, trust, and invest in trans leadership and trans-led organizations.

Researchers from Rutgers School of Public Health recently found that structural racism and anti-LGBTQ policies were associated with high suicide risk among young Black sexual minority men.

The Trevor Project published new findings that conversion therapy, and the harms associated, annually places a $9.23 billion burden on the U.S. economy.

The Movement Advancement Project's 2021 National LGBTQI Movement Report provides a comprehensive snapshot of the financial health of a variety of LGBTQI social justice organizations. 


Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies announced $375,000 in grants awarded to three organizations to help homeless LGBTQ+ youth in New York City. 

Through the Community Issues Program, the Horizons Foundation released their latest 31 grantee partners receiving up to $400,000 for their innovative grassroots efforts serving the LGBTQ+ community in the Bay Area.

Together Rising invested $100,000 in 4 organizations providing gender-affirming care, emotional support, and resources to Transgender and LGBTQIA2S+ youth in Texas and across the United States.


Campaign for Southern Equity
Deadline: Rolling Basis

North Star Fund
Deadline: April 18th

Notable promotions, transitions, and career updates from LGBTQ people
in philanthropy and allies.
Carly Hare
Carly Hare joined Cultural Surge as their inaugural Executive Director. Congratulations, Carly!
Dr. LaTonya Penny
Dr. LaTonya Penny recently joined Laughing Gull Foundation as their Executive Director. Congratulations, Dr. LaTonya Penny!
Desiree Flores joined the General Service Foundation (GSF) as their Deputy Director. Congratulations, Desiree!
The Gill Foundation
Denver, CO

OutRight Action International
New York, NY

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Washington, DC

Chicago Foundation for Women
Chicago, IL

Bush Foundation 

Johnson Family Foundation 
New York, NY

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)
Paulina Helm-Hernandez (Foundation for Just Society)
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