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.
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.
April 30, 2014
The Dynamics of LGBTQ Funding in Pennsylvania
Please join Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia and Funders for LGBTQ Issues for this important conversation on grantmaking for LGBTQ communities in Pennsylvania.

May 15, 2014
This telebriefing will explore the nuances of supporting civil society and SOGI-inclusive human rights advocacy in Uganda and other restrictive environments.

June 6 - 8, 2014
The Joint Affinity Groups Unity Summit
This summer JAG will bring together a national network of more than 2,500 members and more than 20,000 philanthropic, nonprofit, and corporate professionals of all ages: AAPI, Black, Latino, Native, women, men, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities to work together to eliminate disparities across race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.

June 25, 2014
The Power of Two: Funding at the Nexus of LGBT Rights and Repro Rights/Repro Justice
The LGBT and reproductive rights/justice movements work principally on separate tracks, while sharing core values and common adversaries. How can the power at the intersection of the two be leveraged for the greatest effect? How can funders, often constrained by institutional structures that favor discrete issues, support intersectional alliances?
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.