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November 6, 2016
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Funders for LGBTQ Issues Launches an Online Toolkit for Foundations Interested in Learning about LGBTQ Communities of Color

To increase philanthropic awareness and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities of color, Funders for LGBTQ Issues has launched an online toolkit that compiles tools, original commentaries and other resources related to these communities. The grantmaking toolkit can be accessed at www.lgbtracialequity.org. “We’re thrilled to draw the spotlight on an underserved population that struggles with a multitude of harsh societal barriers yet continues to receive little institutional support,” said Karen Zelermyer, executive director at Funders for LGBTQ Issues, a national philanthropic group based in New York City. “We hope that this toolkit serves as the beginning […]
November 6, 2016
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Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues Changes Its Name to ‘Funders for LGBTQ Issues’

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 […]
November 6, 2016
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Funders for LGBTQ Issues to Release Research Study on LGBTQ Grantmaking in Minnesota at a Daylong Convening in the Twin Cities

Minnesota foundations awarded more than $1 million to LGBTQ organizations and programs throughout the state in 2007, according to an upcoming report co-produced by Funders for LGBTQ Issues, a national philanthropic group based in New York City, and the LGBT Funders Network of the Minnesota Council on Foundations. “State of Funding: LGBTQ Grantmaking in Minnesota”—which examines foundation giving and organizations addressing LGBTQ communities across the state—will be released September 25 at a daylong convening of Minnesota funders and nonprofits, hosted by the Minnesota Council on Foundations. The report is the culmination of a yearlong research partnership between the Network and […]
November 6, 2016
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Funders for LGBTQ Issues Co-Signs Open Letter to the Philanthropic Sector with the Joint Affinity Groups

The following letter was published in the February 12, 2009 edition of The Chronicle of Philanthropy: AN OPEN LETTER FROM THE JOINT AFFINITY GROUPS (JAG) In 1993, nine identity-based affinity groups , calling themselves JAG (Joint Affinity Groups), came together with the goals of increasing diversity and inclusiveness within the philanthropic sector and increasing resources to marginalized communities. Our decision to work together was grounded in our belief that we had more power to move the field of philanthropy collectively than individually. Over the past 15 years, JAG has been the key philanthropic infrastructure vehicle working to educate grantmakers about […]