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Colonel J.N. Pritzker
Colonel J.N. Pritzker
Record-Breaking Grant for Transgender Issues

History was made earlier this summer when it was announced that the Tawani Foundation had awarded a $1.35 million multi-year grant to the Palm Center for their newly launched Transgender Military Initiative. This grant is the largest transgender-focused grant that we know of, single-handedly increasing overall foundation funding of transgender issues by 20 percent over prior years. The grant became all the more historic last week when Tawani Foundation president and founder, Col. Pritzker came out as transgender. ... Click here to read more

LGBT Southern Funding Summit
photo by @WilliamCordery
What's next for the LGBT Southern Funding Project? 

Something special happened in Charlotte, North Carolina at the end of July. The first summit of the LGBT Southern Funding Project not only attracted over 50 funders, representing 39 organizations, from 11 different states and the District of Columbia (8 of those states being Southern States), but it also built some real momentum for strategically increasing funding for LGBTQ communities in the U.S. South.  ... click here to continue reading.

Research, Resources and Updates 
  • "The Physics of LGBTQ Funding: Momentum, Resistance, & Impact" 
    A new report from the Funders for LGBTQ Issues, authored by president Ben Francisco Maulbeck, looks at the movement of LGBTQ funding over time and how LGBTQ grantmaking has interacted with other trends in the philanthropic world and beyond. This new report also offers recommendations for increasing LGBTQ funding in the future.  
  • "Unassisted Living: LGBTQ Seniors & Foundation Funding"
    In honor of Senior Citizens Day, Funders for LGBTQ Issues Director of Communications and Education, Lyle Matthew Kan, authored a piece for Council on Foundations' blog, RE:Philanthropy, exploring philanthropic support for LGBTQ seniors.
  • "LGBT Health: Preview Issue"
    LGBT Health is a new peer-reviewed journal that aims to provide a valuable forum for members of the research, medical, and advocacy communities to present and discuss the latest research findings and critical issues related to all aspects of the health and healthcare of sexual orientation and gender identity minorities.-
  • "Sometimes an organization needs a wakeup call"
    Crain's Chicago Business featured an interview with Funders for LGBTQ Issues President Ben Francisco Maulbeck and Funders for LGBTQ Issues Director of Communications and Education Lyle Matthew Kan on the topic of corporate funders withdrawing support from the Boy Scouts of America as a result of their anti-LGBTQ policies.
Requests for Proposals
  • Gay Community Endowment Fund
    Grant proposals for funding from the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation should be submitted online by 5pm on Friday, September 13.  
  • Native Voices Rising
    Native Voices Rising, a project of the Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy, is accepting letters of inquiry from Native Groups seeking grants.
  • Delaware Valley Legacy Fund The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund is accepting applications for its 2013 LGBTQ Emerging Needs Grants through August 30th.
  • The Pipeline Project
    The Pipeline Project has opened applications for the 21st Century Fellows Program.
  • New York State Health Foundation
    In the wake of new changes brought on by healthcare reform, the New York State Health Foundation is looking to fund outreach and/or enrollment programs targeting certain populations, including the LGBTQ community.

Recent Grant Award Announcements

  • The Colin Higgins Foundation
    The Colin Higgins Foundation announced three new recipients of their Youth Courage Award. All three young people are openly LGBT and undocumented. They will each receive $10,000.
  • New York State Department of Labor
    The New York Department of Labor has awarded $1 million over 18 months to the Ali Forney Center, Hetrick Martin Institute and the NYC LGBT Community Center to provide job training and placement services to LGBT youth with prior involvement in the criminal justice system. This grant was advocated for by the Empire State Pride Agenda and the Campaign for Youth Shelter.
  • U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration 
    The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded $556,000 over three years to Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine to launch the nation's first LGBT-focused clinical psychology track.
  • Richmond Memorial Heath Foundation 
    Richmond Memorial Health Foundation has awarded $97,600 over two years to ROSMY (Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth) for its suicide prevention program. 
  • The Kevin J. Mossier Foundation
    The Kevin J. Mossier Foundation has awarded $198,000 to University of Minnesota Collage of Liberal Arts to provide scholarships for students, regardless of sexual orientation, to take unpaid internships at organizations and small businesses across the state. 
  • San Diego Human Dignity Foundation
    The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation has approved a second-year grant of $25,000 to the San Diego LGBT Community Center for its Senior Services.
People on the Move in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Francisco O. Buchting, PhD

Francisco, former Vice President of the Program Service Division at ETR Associates, is the new Director of Grantmaking and Community Initiatives at Horizon Foundation.  Congratulations, Francisco!


Shane Goldsmith   

Shane, current Executive Director and former Vice President and Director of Programs at Liberty Hill Foundation, has been promoted to President and CEO effective December 1, 2013.  To read more about announcement, click here.  Best of luck, Shane!


Brenda Henry-Sanchez   

Brenda, former senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will be the new Director of Research for Special Projects at the Foundation Center. Congratulations, Brenda!

Debra Joy Prez
Debra, former interim vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Research and Evaluation Unit, will join the Annie E. Casey Foundation as Vice President of Knowledge Support.  Best of luck, Debra!  Click here to read more.

Jesse Salazar & Vicente Rodriguez

Jesse, former Vice President of the Government Relations and Policy at the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, is the new Vice President of Communications at the Council on Foundations.  Vicente, former Senior Program Planning Advisor at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, is the new Vice President of Member Experience.  To read more about the announcements, click here.  Congratulations, Jesse and Vicente! 


Darren Walker

Darren has been named the new president of the Ford Foundation.  Darren, who will begin his new role in September, is currently the Vice President for Education, Creativity and Free Expression at the Ford Foundation.  To read more about the announcement, click here.  Congratulations, Darren!

Jobs in LGBTQ Philanthropy


Director of Development 

Community Foundation of South Alabama

(Mobile, AL)


Executive Director

Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families
(Silver Spring, MD)


Executive Director 

Rainbow Research, Inc.

(Minneapolis, MN)


Online Communications Manager 

Arcus Foundation

(New York, NY)


Program Manager 

Bolder Giving

(New York, NY)


Valuation Analyst 

California Community Foundation

(Los Angeles, CA)


Vice President for Programs 

Greater New Orleans Foundation

(New Orleans, LA)


Funders for LGBTQ Issues seeks to mobilize philanthropic resources that enhance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, promote equity, and advance racial, economic and gender justice

Board of Directors:

Chair Andy Lane (Johnson Family Foundation)  Vice Chair Cindy Rizzo (The Arcus Foundation)  Treasurer Jesse King (Fulcrum Advisors)  Secretary Mitchell Singer (Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors)  Maria Cadenas (Driscoll's)  Rebecca Fox (Wellspring Advisors)  Matthew "Matty" Hart (The Lafayette Practice)  Patricia St. Onge (Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching)  Nathaniel "Toby" Thompkins (Tides 21st Century) 
Institutional Members

Anonymous  Arcus Foundation  Astraea Foundation  Blanchford-Cooper Foundation, Inc.  Boston Foundation  The California Endowment  California Wellness Foundation  Community Foundation Santa Cruz County  Con Alma Health Foundation � Cream City Foundation  Driscoll's
Charitable Fund  Dwight Stuart Youth Fund  Equity Foundation  Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Foundation  Foundation for the Carolinas  Ford Foundation  Freeman Foundation  Gill Foundation  Gilmour-Jirgens Foundation  Guilford Green Foundation  Henry van Ameringen Foundation  Horizons Foundation �  Jeff Chartrand Advised Fund  John Larsen Foundation  The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  Johnson Family Foundation  Kevin J. Mossier Foundation  Kicking Assets Fund  Levi Strauss Foundation  Liberty Hill Foundation  Marguerite Casey Foundation  Mukti Fund  North Star Fund  Our Fund, Inc. � Overbrook Foundation  The Palette Fund  Philanthrofund Foundation � Paul Rapoport Foundation  Polk Bros. Foundation  Pride Foundation  Proteus Fund, Inc.  Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors  Rosenberg Foundation  San Diego Human Dignity Foundation  Santa Fe Community Foundation � Small Change Foundation  Stonewall Community Foundation  Vermont Community Foundation � Wells Fargo Bank  Women's Foundation of California

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