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August 22, 2017

The Top Funders of LGBTQ Communities of Color

In the wake of recent events in which racially motivated hatred and bigotry have been on full display, many funders and leaders in the public sector have been wondering how to fight this latest wave of racist and white supremacist activity. With this list of the top ten foundations supporting LGBTQ communities of color in the United States, we want to acknowledge those grantmakers who have made a significant commitment to address racial inequality through their grantmaking for LGBTQ communities. Between 2014 and 2015, $39.4 million in philanthropic funding was directed towards LGBTQ people of color in the United States. […]
August 16, 2017

Funders for LGBTQ Issues Celebrates 35th Anniversary By Honoring Leaders in LGBTQ Philanthropy

When Funders for LGBTQ Issues was founded in 1982, less than $250,000 was awarded to LGBTQ issues annually. In 2015, the last year for which data is available, foundations and corporations awarded more than $160 million to support LGBTQ communities. The Pride in Philanthropy Awards celebrate and acknowledge the philanthropic leadership that has brought LGBTQ funding to this moment. Our inaugural honorees have led the way in funding the advancement of equity, social justice, and a better lived experience for diverse LGBTQ communities. The Reed Erickson Trailblazing Leadership Award The inaugural Reed Erickson Award for Trailblazing Leadership will be presented […]
August 14, 2017
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Statement on This Weekend’s Events in Charlottesville

  Funders for LGBTQ Issues stands in solidarity with those who resisted the forces of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend — and with the countless individuals who everyday resist bigotry and prejudice. We are grateful for all of the activists and community-based organizations that have been organizing in recent months in response to white nationalist efforts targeting Charlottesville. Our hearts go out to the families of those whose lives were taken and those who were injured. We recognize that this is not an isolated incident, but rather this weekend’s violence represents a disturbing trend of increased activity on the […]
July 26, 2017
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Trump’s Anti-Trans Statements & The Philanthropic Community

This morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that, at his direction as Commander in Chief, the United States will no longer “accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.” Funders for LGBTQ Issues strongly condemns this discriminatory and ill-informed statement as a baseless attack on transgender people. While the implications and legality of his statement remain unclear, if enacted it would make our country less safe. It is wrong and cruel for the president to single out transgender people for differential treatment – just as it has been wrong and cruel for him to target immigrants, […]