Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues

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        philanthropic resources for the LGBTQ community.
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FLGI and ADAM Queer Youth Initiative Announce 2007 Awardees
[NEW YORK] $90,000 awarded to four LGBTQ community foundations and funds to support LGBTQ youth.

Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues Presents Briefing on International LGBTI Grantmaking at the Open Society Institute
[NEW YORK CITY] OSI hosts briefing on first-ever report on global giving to LGBTI communities in the Global South and East.

$10.5 Million Awarded by Grantmakers Worldwide to LGBTI Organizations Working in the Global South and East
[NEW YORK, NY] Historic study reports that 40 grantmakers supported more than 200 LGBTI groups around the world in 2005, most of which are young and operate with few to no staff members.

Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues Awards Nearly $1 Million to Promote Racial Equity among LGBTQ Communities
[NEW YORK] Eight community and public foundations across the country receive $917,000 to strengthen groups led by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people of color.

Historic Report on LGBTQ People of Color Organizations Reveals a Vibrant Sector of Small, Typically Local, Community-Based Groups
[NEW YORK] Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues releases a first-ever study detailing 84 autonomous lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people of color groups throughout the U.S.

U.S. Foundations Award $66 Million to LGBTQ Issues in 2006—a 24 Percent Increase from 2005
[NEW YORK] Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues releases fifth annual report on U.S. foundation giving to LGBTQ organizations and projects; report includes 67 more foundations than in 2005.

Chronicle of Philanthropy: 'Foundation Grant Making to Gay Causes Increases by 24%, New Report Finds'
[WASHINGTON, DC] Foundation giving to gay causes increased by $65.6 million in 2006, a 24-percent gain over the previous year, according to a new report by Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues.

San Francisco Chronicle: 'Philanthropists ensure gay community's future'
[SAN FRANCISCO] Individual philanthropists and their bequests are supporting LGBTQ foundation giving in the U.S.

The Advocate: Digging for Dollars
[NEW YORK] In 2006 less than 9% of total funding for LGBT issues went to groups that work with blacks, Latinos, and other people of color. Conn Corrigan finds out why -- and what’s being done.

Chronicle of Philanthropy: Racial Equity & Grant Making to Gay Causes
[WASHINGTON, DC] While foundations that support gay causes have significantly increased their giving to charities led by minorities over the last five years, not all such grant makers make racial equity a priority, according to a new report by Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues.

Racial Equity ‘Report Card’ Examines LGBTQ Grantmakers as Part of a Broader Dialogue on Philanthropy and Widespread Equity
[NEW YORK] Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues releases a “report card” detailing how 19 LGBTQ grantmakers integrate racial equity into their grantmaking and internal operations.

FLGI Presents Updated Study on LGBTI Funding in the Global South and East at International Conference for LGBTI Activists
[VIENNA, AUSTRIA] Workshop on global LGBTI grantmaking featured at the International Lesbian and Gay Association’s world conference, attended by more than 80 countries

FLGI Coordinates LGBTQ Panel at the 2008 Facing Race Conference
[OAKLAND, CA] LGBTQ people of color leaders discuss how to improve support for LGBTQ racial equity at the Applied Research Center’s conference attended by more than 900 activists

New Study: LGBTI Funding for Global South and East More than Doubles Between 2005 and 2007
[NEW YORK, NY] Majority of foundation dollars to LGBTI efforts in the Global South and East in 2007 came from 40 funders based in Western Europe and North America.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues Co-Signs Open Letter to the Philanthropic Sector with the Joint Affinity Groups
[NEW YORK, NY] The following letter was published in the February 12, 2009 edition of The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues to Release Research Study on LGBTQ Grantmaking in Minnesota at a Daylong Convening in the Twin Cities
[MINNEAPOLIS, MN] Co-Sponsored by the LGBT Funders Network of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, foundation leaders and nonprofits to discuss LGBTQ capacity throughout the state.

Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues Changes Its Name to ‘Funders for LGBTQ Issues’
[NEW YORK, NY] New name highlights the importance of supporting transgender and gender non-conforming communities in achieving safety, equity and enhanced well-being.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues Launches an Online Toolkit for Foundations Interested in Learning about LGBTQ Communities of Color
[NEW YORK, NY] This evolving, online resource includes a range of original funder tools, perspectives from foundations and nonprofit leaders in the field, a library of publications and more.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Features Funders for LGBTQ Issues in National Blog
[WASHINGTON, DC] At Funders for LGBTQ Issues, a national philanthropic group that studies US foundation giving to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities, a flash bulb in our annual research shed light on a lingering disparity.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues Releases New Reports on Grantmaking
[NEW YORK, NY] Funders for LGBTQ Issues has released two reports on LGBTQ grantmaking. One is "LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2008)," available as a full report and in executive summary form. The other is an update from the Racial Equity Campaign, and highlights "U.S. Foundation Support for LGBTQ Communities of Color."

Please click here to download the LGBTQ Grantmaking Full Report.

Please click here to download the Racial Equity Campaign Update 2008 Report.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues Joins Arizona Boycott
[NEW YORK, NY] In protest of the new Arizona law on immigration, Funders for LGBTQ Issues has pulled its January 2011 funders retreat from Tucson, and will relocate it to another state. For a full statement, click the headline.

2011 Grantmakers Retreat JAN 18th - JAN 20th
Advancing an LGBTQ Justice Movement through Research, Policy, and Community Engagement

Palm Springs, California

Highlights include: Community Building, Conversations, Guest Speakers, Panel Discussions & Entertainment

Please join Funders for LGBTQ Issues for three days of discussion, strategy, and knowledge sharing at our second national retreat for LGBTQ grantmakers in January 2011.

2012 Grantmakers Retreat JAN 11th - JAN 14th

LGBTQ Grantology: It's All In the Mix
  • Cross-Issue Movement Building
  • Grantmaking for Gender Justice
  • Capacity Building for Sustainable & Effective Organizations & Alliances
  • Creating Opportunities for Collective Strategy & Action
The Deauville Beach Resort, Miami Beach, FL

Please join Funders for LGBTQ Issues for four days of discussion, strategizing, and knowledge sharing at our annual retreat for grantmakers working on LGBTQ issues.

Where we Live and Where we Fund: The Highest Funded (LGBTQ) Cities in America
It’s almost Pride Month in the U.S., and dozens of cities will soon host LGBTQ pride marches, parties, and demonstrations that attract millions of people each year. As our urban areas prepare, we thought it would be interesting to look at the top funded cities for LGBTQ issues and contrast it with available data on LGBT populations in metro areas. Take a look at the top funded cities list!

We're Growing! Meet our New Board Members
Funders for LGBTQ Issues welcomed four new leaders within LGBTQ philanthropy to our Board of Directors: Alfredo Cruz (Foundation for Louisiana); Gabriel Foster (Trans Justice Funding Project); Surina Khan (Women’s Foundation of California), and Rye Young (Third Wave Fund). We sat down with them informally to find out more about who they are, what inspires their philanthropy, and why they’re excited to join the Board.

Funding for LGBTQ Issues Reaches Record High, Despite Lack of Support From Majority of 100 of the Largest Foundations
Funders for LGBTQ Issues released The 2014 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2016) today. The thirteen annual edition of the Tracking Report finds that although foundation funding for LGBTQ issues reached a record high of $153.2 million more than 6 in 10 of the 100 largest foundations in the United States provided no funding that specifically focused on LGBTQ communities.

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Past FLGBTQI Events

April 13, 2011
First Do No Harm: Grantee safety for LGBTI and disability rights campaigners and other human rights defenders
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET

A telebriefing that will explore the role funders can and do play in mitigating or aggravating risks and exposure facing their grantees

July 26, 2011
LGBTQ & HIV/AIDS: Beyond a National Strategy, Towards a High Impact Outcome for Our Communities
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET

A telebriefing that will explore the issues and needs of communities most profoundly affected by HIV/AIDS and how funders can support the structural changes necessary to address HIV and AIDS and attendant drivers.

October 20, 2011
Reducing Health Disparities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans
This telebriefing will highlight recent developments on identifying and reducing health disparities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans; examine some of the opportunities that national health care reform provides to advance knowledge, awareness, and skills to appropriately address LGBT health disparities in all health care settings; and explore some strategies for funders to consider that could leverage the increased attention that are being focused on issues of LBGT health disparities.

November 9, 2011
Transgender Health and Human Rights
Legislative and policy environments directly and indirectly discriminate against transgender individuals which impacts on access to and quality of care, and act as a determinant of health outcomes for many trans people. This call will explore the health and related human rights issues facing transgender communities, and discuss opportunities for how donors could make a difference.

June 7, 2012
40 Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy
Join us as Funders for LGBTQ Issues hosts a telebriefing providing an overview, insight and reflections on our recent publication of Forty Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy: 1970 - 2010, our recent report documenting some of the highlights of the LGBTQ philanthropic movement, glimpses of the grantmakers who've helped shape the first 40 years, and details of the amount and character of U.S. foundation support to LGBTQ communities during that time.

October 23, 2012
WEBINAR: Philanthropy In/Sight: LGBTQ
Join us as Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Foundation Center host a webinar on using our latest online resource, Philanthropy In/Sight: LGBTQ. Dave Clark from the Foundation Center will provide a live overview and demonstration of the tool, providing examples of how to generate useful information, and illustrating how it can assist with strategic grantmaking. There will also be time for questions.

December 3, 2012
Election Day "Firsts": States Advancing Civil Rights and Democracy on the Ballot
November 6th marked several historic election-day "firsts" that will impact civil rights and democracy in states across the country for many years to come. Learn the keys to these successful campaigns from the leaders who helped drive them.

December 12, 2012
Pushing Back Against Push-outs, Pipelines, and Profiling: Grantmaking for Impact among Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer Men & Boys of Color
This briefing will explore issues of policing, safety, profiling, and school discipline policy as they relate to gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (GBTQ) young men and boys of color.

March 13 - 16, 2013
2013 Grantmakers Retreat
Please join Funders for LGBTQ Issues for four days of discussion, strategizing, and knowledge sharing at our annual retreat for grantmakers working on LGBTQ issues.

March 13, 2013
Pre-Meeting: LGBTQ Public Foundations
A meeting before our 2013 Annual Grantmakers Retreat for grantmakers at LGBTQ Public Foundations.

June 10 - 17, 2013
California's Future: Boys and Men of Color Funders Symposium
Join us for one of two funders only symposiums on Asian American, Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) Boys and Men of Color. One will take place in Oakland, CA on Monday, June 10; the other will take place in Los Angeles on Monday, June 17.

July 29 - 30, 2013
The LGBT Southern Funding Project: First Summit
A summit to address the underfunding of LGBT communities in the South.

August 19, 2013
"Beyond Queer, Beyond Undocumented" Luncheon and Discussion
Join us on for a lunch discussion and preview of the upcoming Funders for LGBTQ Issues report, "Beyond Queer, Beyond Undocumented: Intersections of Race, Status, and Sexuality."

September 27, 2013
The Physics of LGBTQ Funding in Oregon
Join us for a funders briefing where Funders for LGBTQ Issues President Ben Francisco Maulbeck will dive into what funding for LGBTQ issues has looked like in the state of Oregon and a panel of community experts will provide an update on the state of the LGBTQ movement in Oregon. The panel will be moderated by Equity Foundation Executive Director Karol Collymore and feature: Jeana Frazzini of Basic Rights Oregon, Thalia Zepatos of Freedom to Marry, and more!

September 27, 2013
LGBTQ Grantmakers Portland Happy Hour
Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a professional happy hour with LGBTQ and allied grantmakers in Portland, Oregon! Come mix and mingle with other local grantmakers and share with us the fantastic things you’ve been up to. Get the inside scoop on what’s happening in LGBTQ philanthropy with a cocktail in hand. Catch up with old friends and make new ones!

October 9, 2013
The Raben Group's Policy Breakfast with Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President of Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Join us for the Raben Group’s policy breakfast with Funders for LGBTQ Issues President Ben Francisco Maulbeck on Wednesday, October 9th at 8:30 a.m. Ben will highlight the primary factors driving increased foundation funding for LGBTQ issues, explore the numbers to demonstrate why despite growing funding LGBTQ issues continue to be underfunded, and offer up possible interventions to ensure the philanthropic resources available to LGBTQ communities are commensurate with the challenges they face. Ben will also answer any questions the audience may have.

October 9, 2013
LGBTQ Grantmakers Washington, DC Happy Hour
Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a professional happy hour with LGBTQ and allied grantmakers in Washington, DC! Come mix and mingle with other local grantmakers and share with us the fantastic things you’ve been up to. Get the inside scoop on what’s happening in LGBTQ philanthropy with a cocktail in hand. Catch up with old friends and make new ones!

October 17, 2013
A Bold Conversation with Catherine M. Pino & Ingrid Duran
In celebration of Latina/o Heritage & National Coming Out Month, please join Catherine & Ingrid for “Philanthropy at the Corner of Latina & LGBT” as they talk about their journey of giving to and building relationships in the Latina/o and LGBT communities to conquer hatred and bigotry.

December 2, 2013
The Mid-terms and You: Navigating Nonpartisan Election-year Grantmaking
Want to feel informed and confident about your 2014 funding? This session—for both private and public foundations—will cover the essential dos and don’ts of funding election-related activities by 501(c)(3) organizations including voter engagement and registration work, issue advocacy, and ballot measures.

December 5, 2013
Joint Affinity Group (JAG) of Southern California Annual Leadership Recognition and Holiday Reception
Please join Southern California’s Joint Affinity Group (JAG) to celebrate the season and recognize the 2013 Special Leadership Award Recipient: Michael Fleming, Executive Director of the David Bohnett Foundation.

December 5, 2013
Bay Area Philanthropy Holiday Party
The Bay Area philanthropic community is coming together once again this year for an annual Holiday Party.

December 10, 2013
AIDS Philanthropy Summit: LGBTQ Caucus Lunch
Join us for an LGBTQ breakout lunch at the AIDS Philanthropy Summit! Come be a part of the conversation and help us navigate new ways for LGBTQ and HIV funders work together!

January 6, 2014
The Midterms and You: What’s at Stake in 2014?
Much is at stake in the 2014 midterm elections. Hear from a researcher and pollster, and ballot measure experts who will provide a big-picture, nonpartisan analysis of the midterm elections, including the races and issues that will be in play and their impact on voter turnout and constituencies.

January 24, 2014
Funder Briefing on New Voting Rights Funding Collaborative
On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled in Shelby County v. Holder that a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was unconstitutional. In response, a group of funders have formed the Shelby Response Fund to support efforts to protect voting rights in the states previously covered by the provision struck down by the Supreme Court. At this informational meeting, members of Funders for LGBTQ Issues will have the opportunity to hear from some of the leading funders participating in this this new funder collaborative, to learn about emerging funding strategies to protect voting rights, and to discuss how these issues affect LGBT communities.

January 29 - February 2, 2014
Funders for LGBTQ Issues at Creating Change
Check out our slate of events at this year's Creating Change!

February 3, 2014
The Mid-term Elections and You: Voter Suppression Threats in the South and Beyond
The 2014 mid-term elections will be the first major elections with national offices on the ballot since the Supreme Court’s decision in the Shelby County, AL v. Holder case. One known impact of that decision is that voter suppression efforts have intensified in Southern states including Texas, North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, and others that previously enjoyed Voting Rights Act protections.

March 4, 2014
Rising Tide Lifts LGBTQ Issues
We invite you to the second Rising Tide conversation, which will explore the people, the stories, the issues, and the programs that comprise the landscape of the Ohio LGBTQ community. Whether you are interested in youth, families, aging, health, employment, or social justice, come learn what’s happening related to LGBTQ programming—and the support of that programming—from a wealth of local experts.

March 13, 2014
The Mid-term Elections and You: An Environmental Outlook
Please join us for a webinar that will delve into a real-time analysis of environmental issues in the upcoming midterm elections, learn what groups throughout the country are doing to motivate key constituencies, and identify how environmental issues can be advanced in today's political climate. Speakers will explore how environmental causes can be an effective organizing tool for expanding the electorate and getting voters to the polls.

April 30, 2014
The Dynamics of LGBTQ Funding in Pennsylvania
Please join Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia and Funders for LGBTQ Issues for this important conversation on grantmaking for LGBTQ communities in Pennsylvania.

May 15, 2014
This telebriefing will explore the nuances of supporting civil society and SOGI-inclusive human rights advocacy in Uganda and other restrictive environments.

June 6 - 8, 2014
The Joint Affinity Groups Unity Summit
This summer JAG will bring together a national network of more than 2,500 members and more than 20,000 philanthropic, nonprofit, and corporate professionals of all ages: AAPI, Black, Latino, Native, women, men, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities to work together to eliminate disparities across race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.

June 18, 2014
LGBT Rights in Russia: Where Do We Go From Here?
This telebriefing will explore the nuances of supporting civil society and SOGI-inclusive human rights advocacy in Russia and other restrictive environments.

June 25, 2014
The Power of Two: Funding at the Nexus of LGBT Rights and Repro Rights/Repro Justice
The LGBT and reproductive rights/justice movements work principally on separate tracks, while sharing core values and common adversaries. How can the power at the intersection of the two be leveraged for the greatest effect? How can funders, often constrained by institutional structures that favor discrete issues, support intersectional alliances?

September 22, 2014
Funders for LGBTQ Issues House Warming Party!
We've moved! Come see our new home and help us celebrate all the exciting things happening in LGBTQ philanthropy.

October 15, 2014
In the Aftermath of Hobby Lobby - Strategies in the States: A phone briefing for Funders
Join us for a funder phone briefing on the aftermath of the Hobby Lobby decision, which undercuts a key purpose of the Affordable Care Act: ensuring contraceptive access to all. Leading law and policy advocates will brief foundations on the impact of Hobby Lobby and share strategies advocates are exploring to protect and advance reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality and gender justice in the aftermath this decision. As Tim Sweeney says, "For the purposes of LGBT equality, these broad religious exemptions can effectively eviscerate hard-won non-discrimination protections". Learn more about this funder briefing and why it's important for LGBT funders to join the conversation.

October 29, 2014
Brown Bag Discussion: A Look at LGBTQ Funding, Nationally & Locally
In 2012, Washington, D.C. received more than $17 million in foundation funding for LGBTQ issues. However, only $500,000 of that targeted the local LGBTQ community. Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers is pleased to host this discussion for local grantmakers to hear from Ben Francisco Maulbeck, president of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, as he shares an overview and analysis of the landscape of LGBTQ funding nationally and in the Washington D.C. area.

November 6, 2014
Maximizing Corporate Resources for LGBTQ Communities
We're proud to be co-sponsoring a panel at the 2014 Out and Equal Workplace Summit with Goldman Sachs on how corporate foundations and employees can best engage and enhance the work of LGBTQ nonprofits. This workshop will focus on how employees can advocate to maximize firm resources for LGBTQ communities.

November 13, 2014
LGBT Southern Funding Project Cocktail Reception
Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues in the French Quarter for a festive cocktail reception New Orleans style to celebrate exciting new developments for the LGBT Southern Funding Project.

January 28, 2015
The LGBT Health Funding Summit
Despite our best efforts, we were unable to control the weather and we have adjusted the schedule for the LGBT Health Funding Summit in light of the incoming blizzard. Everyone's safety is our foremost priority.

The LGBT Health Funding Summit is a historic event co-sponsored by Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA),Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and Grantmakers In Health. The Summit, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, will bring together funders in the fields of health, HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ rights to interact with experts from the field, build relationships with like-minded funders, and develop funding strategies for increased impact in LGBT health.

February 19, 2015
Progressive Religious Responses to Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Funder Briefing
Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights for a telebriefing on "Progressive Religious Responses to Burwell v. Hobby Lobby". This telebriefing will spotlight efforts by religious leaders and people of faith to organize and advocate in support of reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and to reclaim the mantle of religious liberty from those who would use it to deny others these rights.

April 27, 2015
Out @ COF
Are you attending Council on Foundation's Philanthropy Exchange in San Francisco? Are you a Bay Area grantmaker committed to LGBTQ issues?

Come out with Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a fun reception for LGBTQ and allied grantmakers! Catch up with old friends, mingle with local LGBTQ movement leaders, and make some new connections. Learn about the exciting things happening in LGBTQ philanthropy!

June 5, 2015
A Gathering of Northeast Regional Donors for Indigenous Issues
Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues on Friday, June 5th at the Boston Foundation for International Funders for Indigenous Peoples' first forum on funding for global indigenous LGBTQ issues, disability rights issues, and climate change. Hear from Indigenous Peoples from Alaska, Bolivia and Central America and hear from some of the leading funders for global LGBTQ indigenous rights.

July 14, 2015
Philanthropy Series, “LGBT Life Outside the Bay Area Bubble”
While the LGBT community is making progress on many fronts – including a potential victory in the Supreme Court any day now – LGBT people living outside of progressive communities face a far different reality than many of us here in California. While same-sex marriage may soon be legal in every state, in 29 of those states, LGBT have no protections against discrimination in employment or housing, and their families are often not protected under the law.

September 21, 2015
Making a Difference in Addressing the Graying of HIV and AIDS
Join SAGE, Grantmakers in Aging, Funders Concerned about AIDS (FCAA), Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Grantmakers In Health for an informative webinar on HIV and aging. Get an overview of the changing face of HIV and aging, including how HIV manifests among older adults, with a particular emphasis on its impact on diverse racial, ethnic, and geographical communities across the country. We hope you can join us for this important conversation.

October 13, 2015
Funder Salon on Intersectional Funding and Happy Hour
Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the Arcus Foundation, and Wellspring Advisors are pleased to invite you to a funder salon on intersectional funding. Join us for a frank discussion about the many opportunities and challenges involved in funding LGBTQ progress via a cross-issue approach, followed by a happy hour at Madison Square Tavern (5:30 - 7:30pm). PLEASE NOTE: This event has been rescheduled from September 22nd to Tuesday, October 13th.

November 2, 2015
Winning Ingredients: What Philanthropy Can Learn from the Marriage Equality Movement
Join the Civil Marriage Collaborative and leaders of key partner organizations for presentations and conversations with a wide array of social justice funders about the role of the CMC and philanthropy in achieving victory on marriage equality; how this level of impact was crafted; and what can or cannot be learned from it to inform, shape and drive strategy development, messaging, organizing, coalition- building, and other elements of effective campaigns on urgent rights and justice issues.

November 9, 2015
The Future of LGBTQ Philanthropy What's Next?
Please join Southern California Grantmakers, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Gill Foundation, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors for a timely conversation about LGBTQ philanthropy and how donors can continue to contribute to the movement.

November 11, 2015
What Now? The Future of LGBTQ Philanthropy
After the monumental win for marriage equality, philanthropists and foundations interested in LGBTQ issues are at an inflection point. This panel of leaders and thinkers in philanthropy will discuss a variety of issues related to the impact of this win on the greater movement, and how donors can continue to support its ongoing work.

November 12 - 13, 2015
Out in the South @ SECF
Attending SECF's annual meeting this year? Join us for a social reception and network lunch!

November 19, 2015
'Black Out: Understanding LGBT Advocacy and Black Communities
Black LGBT communities have always been at the intersection of racial justice and LGBT activism although they experience continued invisibility within movements. Join ABFE for a webinar, co-sponsored by Funders for LGBTQ Issues and The Third Wave Fund, that will examine how leaders and organizations connect racial and LGBT identity to secure social justice for LGBT people.

November 20, 2015
LGBT Health Funding Summit
The LGBT Health Funding Summit will bring together a diverse array of funders committed to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities. This summit builds on our historic LGBT Health Funding Summit in New York this past January. In San Francisco, we will hone our focus in on social determinants of health for LGBTQ communities.

December 10, 2015
Out in the South Initiative Conference Call
Join us for an informative session focused on the current dynamics of funding trans communities in the South. We’ll hear how funders are responding in partnership with trans communities to recent trends of increases in both visibility of and violence against trans people.

January 21, 2016
Fundraising from Foundations: An Update on the Field of LGBTQ Philanthropy
This session will dive deep into trends, gaps, and opportunities in LGBTQ foundation funding.

January 23, 2016
Money for the Midwest?: The State of LGBTQ Funding for Midwestern LGBTQ Communities
This session will explore the scope and character of foundation funding for LGBTQ issues in the Midwest.

February 4, 2016
Flipping the Script on Sex Ed: How one funder collaborative is institutionalizing sex education in Texas, West Virginia and beyond
Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights and Funders for LGBTQ Issues are pleased to co-sponsor this donor-only telebriefing that will discuss how one funder collaborative is institutionalizing sex education in Texas, West Virginia and beyond. This webinar will review the funding partnership, dive into the impact of WISE on sex ed programs in Texas and West Virginia and consider the future of the partnership as well as the outlook for the work being done across the country.

February 25, 2016
The Role of Philanthropy in Supporting the LGBTQ Community in North Carolina
At first glance, the possibility of funding “LGBTQ issues” may seem far afield from the current priorities of many funders in North Carolina. However, the critical issues facing communities in our state – such as access to health care, education, poverty, HIV/AIDS and youth development – impact LGBTQ North Carolinians and their families in unique ways. And even though LGBTQ Americans have made significant strides toward legal equality in recent years, these victories have not yet translated to improved quality of life for all LGBTQ people, particularly those living in communities here in North Carolina.

Join us for an informative and interactive session to learn about the efforts of the Out in the South Initiative, which aims to increase philanthropic support for LGBTQ communities throughout the South.

March 2, 2016
EPIP Webinar: The Power of Advocacy for LGBTQ Communities from All Levels of Philanthropy
2015 was a year of major shifts in rights and awareness for LGBTQ communities. Funders for LGBTQ Issues' Annual Tracking Report analyzes the trends, gaps, and opportunities related to LGBTQ grantmaking. Join EPIP, Funders for LGBTQ Issues staff, and young grantmakers with experience advocating internally at their organizations for increased LGBTQ funding for an important conversation.

March 21, 2016
The Out in the South Fund Informational Call
Potential applicants to the Out in the South Fund are invited to join us for an informational call to learn more about the fund, how to apply, selection criteria, and more.

April 4, 2016
Lessons from 5 Municipal Nondiscrimination Campaigns.
Please join us for a webinar especially for LGBTQ funders: Lessons from 5 Municipal Nondiscrimination Campaigns. The Gill Foundation and Funders for LGBTQ Issues will be hosting this presentation by Equality Federation and Freedom for All Americans. Two recent reports, both funded by the Gill Foundation, will be discussed: Municipal Matters: Lessons for Local Nondiscrimination Campaigns from Equality Federation Institute, and “Houston, we have a problem”: An Evaluation of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) Campaign from Freedom for All Americans.

April 9, 2016
Black Out Part II - Why Advocacy & Allies Matter
Join ABFE and Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a session at the ABFE 2016 Empower Philanthropy Conference. This session is a continuation of ABFE's 2015 3rd Thursday Webinar called, "Black Out: Understanding LGBTQ Advocacy & Black Communities" and will focus on the role of advocacy and allies in finding solutions to the issues facing Black LGBTQ communities.

April 11, 2016
2016 OUT @ COF
Come out with Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Funders Concerned About AIDS for a fun reception for grantmakers who care about LGBTQ issues and HIV/AIDS. Catch up with old friends and make some new ones. Learn about the exciting things happening in LGBTQ and HIV philanthropy!

April 26, 2016
Putting the “T” in LGBT HIV Funding: Matching Funder Response to Community Needs
Recent reports have heralded increases in philanthropic funding for trans populations; for example, due to a new grants-level analysis, FCAA's annual resource tracking project reported a more than $3 million increase in HIV-related funding for trans populations. Related, multiple funding organizations - ViiV Healthcare, Arcus Foundation, Third Wave Fund - have announced new priorities, portfolios, or funds focused on addressing the needs of trans populations.

May 4, 2016
What Can Funders do to Respond to Anti-LGBTQ Bills Moving Through the South?
In recent weeks and months, we have seen sweeping anti-LGBTQ bills moving through state legislatures with a large majority of these bills being introduced in southern states. The Out in the South Initiative and Grantmakers for Southern Progress would like to invite you to join us for a conference call to hear what's happening on the ground in southern states facing these bills.

May 24, 2016
Global Resources Report Launch Webinar
Please join us for a webinar to officially launch the 2013-2014 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic and Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities.

June 21, 2016
How TRANSformational Is Your Work?
Join NCRP and Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a conversation with Rye Young, Executive Director of Third Wave Fund; Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center; Nakisha Lewis, Senior Strategist for Safety at Ms. Foundation for Women; and Ryan Li Dahlstrom, consultant with Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ Trans Funding Working Group.

June 22, 2016
National Teleconference for Funders: The Response to the Orlando Shooting
For funders concerned about the tragedy in Orlando and how to best respond, please join Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Change Philanthropy, AAPIP, ABFE, GCIR, and Hispanics in Philanthropy for a national teleconference on June 22, 11 am-noon ET.

July 28, 2016
National Teleconference for Funders: Supporting Communities Impacted by the Orlando Massacre
Join us for our second teleconference in a series of calls focused on the Orlando massacre.

September 8 - 9, 2016
The Out in Ohio Tour: An Immersion in Cleveland's LGBTQ Community
There's a lot going on in Cleveland! After hosting the 2014 Gay Games, which was presented by the Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland experienced a dramatic increase in philanthropic investment in its LGBTQ community. Still, Ohio's GDQ (grant dollars per queer) is below the national average and the Midwest as a whole has the second lowest GDQ just cents above the South. Just last year, Ohio's Obergefell case brought marriage equality to the nation; yet this state remains without non-discrimination protections. Cleveland has enacted municipal-level protections and just this summer the city passed a an ordinance ensuring that transgender people can use restrooms consistent with their gender identities.

At Funders for LGBTQ Issues we are dedicated to strengthening placed-based philanthropy in support of LGBTQ communities. Place-based philanthropy is essential to building sustainable funding for local nonprofits, which are uniquely positioned to respond to the day-to-day needs of LGBTQ communities. We invite you to join Funders for LGBTQ Issues and our new Ohio Ambassadors, Kristi Andrasik of the Cleveland Foundation and Brian Schultz of the Foundation Center's Midwest Office, on September 8-9 for a deep dive into the LGBTQ landscape in Cleveland, OH.

September 30, 2016
LGBTQ Philanthropy in the Northwest: The Grantmaking Trends, Gaps, and Opportunities
Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues and a diverse group of funders committed to and curious about improving the well-being of LGBTQ communities for an important conversation about the national and regional landscape of LGBTQ funding and how your foundation can support LGBTQ people within your current funding priorities.

November 29, 2016
ABFE Special Webinar: Gender Norms & Black Youth: Reconnecting Race, Class AND Gender
Funders for LGBTQ Issues is proud to co-sponsor this webinar with ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities. ABFE Special Webinar: Gender Norms & Black Youth: Reconnecting Race, Class AND Gender will help participants reconnect race, class, and gender. Participants will learn how gender norms have specific impacts on life outcomes among youth of color. Concrete examples will be provided on integrating a gender lens into "intersectional" giving. No prior knowledge necessary, but reports will be shared to provide context.

December 1, 2016
Funding LGBTQ Issues in the Trump Era
Join other funders to learn about how the Trump Era will is likely to impact LGBTQ issues and to share strategies for funding LGBTQ rights and other social justice issues in this challenging new context.

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