By: April on March 16, 2023
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is proud to announce that Funding Forward 2023 is coming to Chicago from November 29-December 1, 2023! The annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues provides an exciting opportunity for funders to connect, learn, coordinate efforts, and maximize impact.
We are currently accepting session ideas from funders and philanthropic organizations who are members of Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Proposals will be reviewed by our planning committee. Member foundations and affinity groups are strongly encouraged to partner with one another to pool creativity and expertise and share the financial responsibilities of session sponsorship. The Call for Submissions deadline is Tuesday, May 16, EOD.
Please Note: In light of the cruel and draconian legislative attacks on trans and gender nonconforming (TGNC) communities we have seen in the last year, and continue to see with increased regularity and severity, we are prioritizing conference sessions focused on trans lives this year. While we will consider all submitted session proposals, in this moment of crisis we strongly encourage our network to adopt an intersectional approach for their broader session proposals and consider how they can center TGNC communities.
Proposals are your opportunity to suggest a topic, format, and presenters for an engaging session. Priority will be given to ideas that:
Funding Forward seeks to balance informative panels, multimedia presentations, and interactive conversations. We encourage proposals that offer alternatives to the traditional panel structure. Note that plenary sessions will be 1 hour and breakout sessions will be 1.5 hours. All sessions must include a funder speaker. Below are sample session structures. Feel free to propose your own creative structure, whether it be for a plenary or a concurrent breakout session.
Goal: To inform your colleagues, showcase different approaches to resourcing issues or communities, and generate creative thinking among participants.
Structure: These 1-hour sessions typically consist of no more than three dynamic speakers framing issues, sharing stories of their work, showing multimedia clips, and/or dialoguing with each other. We strongly encourage creative structures and ways to generate audience participation. All plenaries must be moderated by a funder.
Goal: To share experiences and make peer connections.
Structure: These 1.5 hour concurrent sessions create space for facilitated discussion on issues, strategies, or challenges identified by participants. We suggest that 2-3 presenters frame the topic very briefly and pose generative questions to the group. At least one speaker must be a funder.
Goal: To provide participants with new skills or tools that can be applied to their work.
Structure: These 1.5 hour concurrent sessions are built around small-group discussions or hands-on exercises involving problem solving, role playing, or simulations. Participants leave with practical skills or tools. At least one presenter must be a funder.
✔ Engaging and interactive, limiting formal presentations, and creatively using alternative formats.
✔ Includes multi-disciplinary perspectives from a mix of presenters who are grantmakers, activists, people working in the field, researchers, and others.
✔ Amplifies the voices of people of color, people from the Midwest, and trans, intersex, bisexual people, and/or sex workers.
✔ Provides practical tools for grantmakers navigating the inherent challenges of philanthropy to better serve our diverse LGBTQ communities.
All members of Funders for LGBTQ Issues are eligible to submit proposals. Session sponsors are responsible for covering the financial costs of the session and for collaborating with Funders for LGBTQ Issues to plan the session.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues staff are available to discuss proposal ideas. We encourage you to contact Program Director, Cleopatra Jach (Sir, Her), at [email protected] to talk through your session proposal before submission. Once a proposal is accepted, staff and planning committee members will work with you to approve speakers and ensure the session fits well with the entire program.