September 18, 2023

Celebrating Marvin Webb – Transitions at Funders for LGBTQ Issues

It is with pride, along with sadness and excitement, Funders for LGBTQ Issues shares that after thirteen years, Marvin Webb will be transitioning from his role as Chief Financial Officer. He will be leaving at the end of September to become the inaugural executive director of the Nonprofit Financial Commons (NFC). Marvin’s careful and thoughtful stewardship of the organization’s human resources and finances has not only ensured its long term sustainability, but has also offered new innovations and strategies to those in the philanthropic sector seeking to deepen their commitment to equity and justice. Marvin’s vision, counsel and expertise have […]
July 19, 2023

We Are at a Crossroads: A Note to Philanthropy in the Wake of the Recent Supreme Court Decisions

We are at a crossroads. The recent slate of Supreme Court decisions repealing hard won rights in affirmative action and protections for LGBTQ communities speaks to a reality that our movements have warned us about for generations. In the past two years we have seen the far right advance over four hundred ninety one anti-LGBTQ bills in state legislatures, the vast majority of which specifically attack the rights of trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) communities and their families, along with drag performers and artists. These attacks, coupled with far right organizing against Critical Race Theory, reproductive justice, and rights to […]
July 17, 2023

Meet Our Team: Luna Moreta Avila

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is proud to feature Luna Moreta Avila, our Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) Project Director!   What do you do at Funders? I’m the new Director of our Grantmakers United for Trans Communities program! I’ll be working towards shifting the philanthropic sector towards better supporting trans folks both within philanthropy and within our larger communities. I’ll be organizing foundations to sign onto our GUTC Pledge, a commitment towards long-term work towards equity for trans communities. I’ll also be running our GUTC Fellowship, which provides professional development and support for trans people within the philanthropic sector.  […]
June 27, 2023

CHANGE Philanthropy Coalition Members Release Statement on Philanthropic Pluralism

Philanthropy’s Bridge Bends Toward Justice, Not Cooperation   June 2023   America – and the world – is undergoing a fundamental examination of what it means to be a functioning multiracial, multilingual, and multigenerational democracy. Arguing for pluralism in philanthropy without centering impacted communities, at a moment when those with power routinely circumvent and upend democratic norms to consolidate their influence, ignores the political reality in which we are all living. A slew of issues, long rooted in the systematic exploitation of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, threatens our shared prosperity. Yet, the analysis […]