Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues Changes Its Name to ‘Funders for LGBTQ Issues’

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Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues Changes Its Name to ‘Funders for LGBTQ Issues’

By: Andrew Wallace on November 6, 2016

Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues, a national philanthropic group based in New York City, has changed its name to better reflect the diversity of identities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities.

Its new name is: “Funders for LGBTQ Issues.”

“Our staff and board of directors unanimously agree that our new name better reflects the full diversity of LGBTQ communities, while addressing the resource needs of transgender and gender non-conforming people and their organizations,” said Karen Zelermyer, executive director of Funders for LGBTQ Issues.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues has been around for more than 25 years, working with foundations to increase and strengthen their grantmaking to LGBTQ communities.

It produces original research on foundation giving, brings together grantmakers to discuss LGBTQ grantmaking and builds resources for foundations around the U.S.—and the world. Its goal: more dollars for LGBTQ communities, where it’s needed most.

In 2006, Funders for LGBTQ Issues changed its mission to respond to the lingering racial, economic and gender disparities among LGBTQ communities. Its annual research report on LGBTQ grantmaking by U.S. foundations regularly found that few dollars ever reached LGBTQ people of color, poor and low-income people, and transgender and gender non-conforming people.

Additionally, Funders for LGBTQ Issues launched the Racial Equity Campaign, a national, multi-year campaign to foster awareness among foundation about the issues facing LGBTQ communities of color. In early November, Funders for LGBTQ Issues will launch a related online toolkit for grantmakers.

The mission of Funders for LGBTQ Issues is to seek equality and rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and communities by mobilizing philanthropic resources that advance racial, economic and gender justice.

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