July 17, 2023

Meet Our Team: Luna Moreta Avila

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is proud to introduce Luna Moreta Avila (she/her),our new Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) Project Director! We asked Luna some questions to get to know her better. 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 […]
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 […]
June 12, 2023

Meet Our Team: Alyssa Lawther

The last few months, Funders for LGBTQ Issues has been getting caught up with different members of our team. This month, we’re excited to feature Alyssa Lawther (they/them), our Senior Research Officer!  We asked Alyssa a few questions to get to know them better.  What do you do at Funders? I started at Funders in September 2021 as a Research and Communications Officer, and am now Senior Research Officer. The main project that I work on is our Resource Tracking Report, which is an annual report examining trends, gaps, and opportunities in foundation funding for LGBTQ communities and issues. I also provide […]
June 1, 2023

Celebrating Pride Everyday: Cultivating A Daily Practice of Resistance

A Message from Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ President, Saida Agostini-Bostic — This month marks the fifty-fourth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings. As we move into Pride Month, I think back to my favorite Pride several years ago in Baltimore—the year Big Freedia performed in Station North—and the miles of beautiful and multigenerational Black queer and trans folks dancing up and down North Avenue, the love that shined out. We danced on streets that were sometimes brutal to us, where our blood was at risk of being spilled, and we made it completely our own. That’s what Pride has always been […]