About

The Pride in Philanthropy Awards are a biannual celebration of institutions and individuals who have had a transformative impact on LGBTQ philanthropy. We first gathered for the Pride in Philanthropy Awards in 2017 in celebration of our 35th anniversary. In 2024, we are overjoyed to reconvene to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of LGBTQ philanthropy, which has grown from less than $250,000 a year at our founding in 1982 to over $250 million annually today. 

In a moment of crisis, we look forward to gathering for an evening of celebration and joy.

Join us for the 2024 Awards

The 2024 Pride in Philanthropy Awards will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2024, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at The Rooftop at the Edison Ballroom in New York City.


If you are unable to attend in-person but would like to stream the awards ceremony, you can purchase a livestream ticket at link above. 

2024 Award Recipients

Paul Rapoport Award for Lifetime Achievement in LGBTQ Philanthropy

For a philanthropic professional who has made a difference in the lives of LGBTQ communities over the course of their career.

Katherine Acey

Reed Erickson Award for Trailblazing Philanthropic Leadership

For a philanthropic professional who has demonstrated trailblazing leadership for LGBTQ philanthropy.

Rickke Manazala

Out for Impact Award

For a philanthropic institution that has been a trailblazer in impactful grantmaking addressing urgent needs in LGBTQ communities and bold strategies to advance social change in LGBTQ communities.

Out in the South Award

(Jointly Awarded)

For a philanthropic institution that has demonstrated significant leadership in grantmaking for LGBTQ communities in the U.S. South.

Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) Leadership Award

For a philanthropic institution that has demonstrated significant leadership in grantmaking for trans communities.

Host Committee*

Ana Oliveira


President & CEO at New York Women’s Foundation

Ben Francisco Maulbeck


Philanthropic Consultant

Carly Machado


Special Assistant, Office of the President at Ford Foundation

Danny Maiuri


Program Officer at Arcus Foundation

Jonathan Jayes Green


Philanthropic Consultant

Joy Chia


Executive Director at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Luc Athayde-Rizzaro


Grantmaking Effectiveness Officer at Ford Foundation

Maitri Morarji


Vice President of Programs and Strategy at Foundation for a Just Society

Melanie R. Brown


Deputy Director, Global Policy & Advocacy, North America at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Miabi Chatterji


Grants Manager at Howard Gilman Foundation

Paul Di Donato


President & CEO at Proteus Fund

Robert Smith III


Senior Program Officer at Surdna Foundation

Sojourner Rivers


Senior Program Officer, Safety, Healing & Reproductive Justice at New York Women’s Foundation

*still in formation

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Archive of Past Award Ceremonies

Celebrating our 35th Anniversary by Honoring Others

Our inaugural honorees for the Pride in Philanthropy Awards were:

  • Reed Erickson Trailblazing Leadership Award:
    Marco Antonio Quiroga honored for his work at the Contigo Fund, leading a philanthropic response to the Pulse massacre that is driven by – and builds – the leadership of LGBTQ Latinx communities and other communities of color.
  • Out in the South Leadership Award:
    Laughing Gull Foundation honored for its thought leadership and impactful grantmaking bringing more resources to LGBTQ Southern communities.
  • Paul Rapoport Award for Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy:
    Henry van Ameringen honored for his decades of philanthropic giving to LGBTQ communities, including early leadership responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and long history of funding for LGBTQ communities of color.
  • Out for Impact Award:
    The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund honored for its significant commitment to LGBTQ issues over the course of almost two decades, and for being one of the first and most significant investors in the movement for marriage equality that has continued to be a leading funder of LGBTQ rights since the marriage victory.
  • Out for Impact Award:
    The Trans Justice Funding Project honored for its leadership supporting grassroots trans-led groups across the country, empowering transgender leaders in community-based organizations and in philanthropy, and transforming the conversation around impactful grantmaking in trans communities.

2019 OUT for Impact Award and The Reed Erickson Award for Trailblazing Leadership were presented at our 9th annual Funding Forward conference in Tucson, AZ on March 21st, 2019.

  • The OUT for Impact Award
    The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice has been a trailblazer for impactful grantmaking addressing urgent needs in LGBTQ communities and for bold strategies to advance social change.
  • Reed Erickson Award for Trailblazing Leadership
    Cindy Rizzo
    honored for a philanthropic professional who has demonstrated notable leadership for LGBTQ philanthropy. Cindy Rizzo is the Evaluation & Strategy Senior Advisor at the Arcus Foundation in New York City and is being recognized for her decades of work in service to LGBTQ philanthropy and innumerable contributions to the broader movement for LGBTQ justice.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues congratulates the recipients of the 2022 Pride in Philanthropy Awards.
  • Urvashi Vaid was presented posthumously with the Paul Rapoport Award for Lifetime Achievement in LGBTQ Philanthropy to honor her profound legacy within the philanthropic sector. Urvashi’s thought leadership and deep commitment to centering  the diverse intersections of LGBTQ people’s lives continues to transform our sector.
  • Tzedek Social Justice Fund was recognized with the Out in the South Leadership Award for its legacy of thoughtful leadership and impactful grantmaking in LGBTQ Southern communities.
  • Kiyomi Fujikawa received the Reed Erickson Award for Trailblazing Philanthropic Leadership in honor of her leadership in furthering trans issues and grantmaking in philanthropy, including supporting the launch of the Fund for Trans Generations at Borealis Philanthropy.
  • Foundation for a Just Society was recognized with the Out for Impact Award for its significant commitment to LGBTQ Issues as a non-LGBTQ funder.
  • Black Trans Fund was honored with the Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) Leadership Award.  The first national fund dedicated to Black Trans organizing, the Black Trans Fund has transformed the field of philanthropy to draw funder attention to an incredibly under-resourced part of the LGBTQ community.