Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues

Celebrating 32 years of mobilizing
        philanthropic resources for the LGBTQ community.
1982 – 2014

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FUNDING FORWARD 2015 Save the date for our annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues - March 18-20, 2015 in Atlanta. Click here for more information. Register here.
The 2012 Tracking Report Our annual tracking report on the scale and character of U.S. foundation giving to LGBTQ communities. Click here to download the report. Click here to see the infographic.
PHILANTHROPY IN/SIGHT: LGBTQ A new resource developed in partnership with the Foundation Center, Philanthropy In/Sight: LGBTQ, is a unique interactive tool designed to provide a visual overview of grantmaking to LGBTQ communities. Learn more.
October 15, 2014
In the Aftermath of Hobby Lobby - Strategies in the States: A phone briefing for Funders
Join us for a funder phone briefing on the aftermath of the Hobby Lobby decision, which undercuts a key purpose of the Affordable Care Act: ensuring contraceptive access to all. Leading law and policy advocates will brief foundations on the impact of Hobby Lobby and share strategies advocates are exploring to protect and advance reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality and gender justice in the aftermath this decision. As Tim Sweeney says, "For the purposes of LGBT equality, these broad religious exemptions can effectively eviscerate hard-won non-discrimination protections". Learn more about this funder briefing and why it's important for LGBT funders to join the conversation.

October 29, 2014
Brown Bag Discussion: A Look at LGBTQ Funding, Nationally & Locally
In 2012, Washington, D.C. received more than $17 million in foundation funding for LGBTQ issues. However, only $500,000 of that targeted the local LGBTQ community. Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is pleased to host this discussion for local grantmakers to hear from Ben Francisco Maulbeck, president of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, as he shares an overview and analysis of the landscape of LGBTQ funding nationally and in the Washington D.C. area.

November 6, 2014
Maximizing Corporate Resources for LGBTQ Communities
We're proud to be co-sponsoring a panel at the 2014 Out and Equal Workplace Summit with Goldman Sachs on how corporate foundations and employees can best engage and enhance the work of LGBTQ nonprofits. This workshop will help answer that question by providing best practices and guidance around maximizing firm resources.
Out in the South, Part Two identifies more than 750 LGBTQ community assets in the U.S. South
[NEW YORK, NY] Funders for LGBTQ Issues has released a new report entitled Out in the South, Part Two: LGBTQ Community Assets in the U.S. South. The report finds that not only is the U.S. South home to more LGBT adults than any other region, it is also home to an impressive array of more than 750 LGBTQ community assets.

Back to School: The Top Ten Funders of LGBTQ Education and Safe Schools Work
September signals the end of summer and the beginning of fall. It also means “back to school” for many people. Between 2011 and 2012, foundations invested nearly $14.8 million in LGBTQ education and safe schools work – which amounted to approximately 8 percent of LGBTQ funding in the United States.

Exciting New Changes for Funders for LGBTQ Issues
It has been a busy summer at Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Naa Hammond has joined the staff as our new Research & Communications Associate, Rohit Burman of the M.A.C. AIDS Fund and Beatriz “Bia” Vieira of the Philadelphia Foundation have joined our Board of Directors, and, on top of all that, we moved offices!

FLGBTQI + ADAM Queer Youth Initiative Recipients Announced
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is thrilled to announce the recipients of the third cycle of FLGBTQI + ADAM Queer Youth Initiative matching grants. The FLGBTQI + ADAM Queer Youth Initiative supports foundations that address the needs of LGBTQ youth and involve youth in grantmaking decisions.

Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues at the JAG Unity Summit and the Council on Foundations Philanthropy Exchange Conference!
Curious about the LGBTQ content at the Unity Summit and Council on Foundations' Philanthropy Exchange?

The Top Ten Asian American and Pacific Islander LGBTQ Funders
In honor of May being Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we're counting down the top ten AAPI LGBTQ funders and taking a closer look at the nearly $2.7 million awarded to AAPI LGBTQ communities between 2011 and 2012.

20 LGBTQ Philanthropoids You Should Follow on Twitter
It's that time of year again ... time for Funders for LGBTQ Issues' second annual list of 20 LGBTQ philanthropoids to follow on twitter!

My Gay Brother's Keeper
It's so important that these philanthropic and public sector leaders are explicitly tackling the unique barriers faced by our young men and boys of color. As they do so, it's also important to consider the specific challenges faced by gay, bisexual, and transgender males of color.

The 7 Best Reads Before Funding Forward 2014
We have an amazing slate of speakers lined up for this year's Funding Forward. To help get you ready for our annual conference of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues, we thought we're compile some of the best pre-reading available.

The Top 10 Funders of African American LGBTQ Communitites
In honor of Black History Month, we thought we’d take a closer look at the $5.9 million awarded specifically for African American LGBTQ communities between 2011-2012.

FLGBTQI + ADAM Queer Youth Initiative Request for Matching Grant Proposals Available
The ADAM Queer Youth Initiative and Funders for LGBTQ Issues are partnering on a matching grants program to support foundations that serve or address the needs of LGBTQ youth and involve youth in grantmaking decisions.

The Philanthropy Track at Creating Change!
Like many LGBTQ leaders, the staff, board members, and members of Funders for LGBTQ Issues are packing their bags and headed to Houston this week for the annual Creating Change conference! A number of sessions at this year's conference focus specifically on philanthropy or fundraising, and even more sessions will provide valuable opportunities for movement leaders and funders to connect, learn from each other, and share strategies for building a stronger LGBT movement. Below is a short guide to the sessions and events related to philanthropy, as well as those that feature Funders for LGBTQ Issues members and partners. Be sure not to miss our new Funder Meet & Greet on Friday evening at 8:30pm!

2012 Tracking Report finds domestic funding for LGBTQ issues exceeds $100 million for the first time
Funders for LGBTQ Issues has released the 2012 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations. This year's report finds that domestic foundation funding for LGBTQ issues exceeded $100 million for the first time while overall LGBTQ funding was largely stable in 2012.

Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday and get on board with #GivingTuesday
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. In recent years, retailers have sought to spur holiday shopping immediately following turkey day with huge retail sales on Friday (Black Friday), small business efforts on Saturday (Small Business Saturday), and big online discounts on Monday (Cyber Monday). But maybe it's time to encourage people to not only shop, but also to give.

Spirit Day: The Top Ten Funders of Education and Safe Schools for LGBTQ communities
In honor of Spirit Day, which we observe to spotlight and support LGBTQ youth who are still bullied on a daily basis, we’re counting down the top ten grantmakers who fund education and safe schools for LGBTQ communities.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues Hires New Director of Engagement
I am pleased to announce that Kristina Wertz has joined the staff as our new Director of Engagement.