Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues

Celebrating 35 years of mobilizing
        philanthropic resources for the LGBTQ community.
1982 – 2017



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Campaigns & Initiatives

As a part of its overall efforts to mobilize and increasing institutional giving to LGBTQ communities, Funders for LGBTQ Issues engages on occasion in specific campaigns or initiatives aimed at highlighting specific issues or populations in LGBTQ philanthropy or LGBTQ communities. Such efforts are designed to provide thought leadership in the sector, and engage funders in strategic thinking around incorporating issues addressed into their grant making practices.

The Out in the South Initiative
The Out in the South Initiative aims to inspire people and philanthropy to strengthen Southern LGBT Communities. The goal is to create a more robust, inclusive conversation among Southerners – individuals, families and funders alike – around issues of community and philanthropy to ultimately empower LGBT Southerners to shape their own lives and futures.

GBTQ Men and Boys of Color Initiative
As part of our ongoing commitment to advancing work at the intersection of racial equity and LGBTQ rights, Funders for LGBTQ Issues launched the GBTQ Men and Boys of Color Initiative in 2012. This initiative has the dual goals of providing funder education about GBTQ men and boys of color constituencies, and advocating for their support within the sector. Made possible by a generous grant from The California Endowment, Funders for LGBTQ Issues will work with philanthropic and community leaders to organize funder convenings, publish resources, and highlight the stories of individuals. Click here for resources from the symposium.

Racial Equity Grantmaking Initiative
As part of the Racial Equity Campaign, the Racial Equity Regranting Initiative supported LGBTQ people of color organizations and projects by investing in community foundations and funds around the country. To ensure long-term support, the Initiative worked enhance the grantmaking practices of community funders that engaged LGBTQ people of color efforts in their communities to award funding and provide capacity building.

Racial Equity Campaign
The Racial Equity Campaign works with grantmakers of all types to support the leadership of LGBTQ people of color and their organizations, strengthen our movements and create healthy grantmaking institutions that embody fairness and inclusiveness. Learn more here

Common Vision
Common Vision was a multi-year initiative that convened a variety of national philanthropic partners, experts in various fields and dedicated grantmakers in two regions of the country – New England and the Midwest – who shared an interest in creating healthy communities with widespread equity. Learn more here

The National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership
The National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership was launched in 1993 as a partnership between the Working Group on Funding Lesbian and Gay Issues (which later became Funders for LGBTQ Issues) and a small group of national foundations, amidst a historical backdrop in which LGBTQ concerns and communities had been addressed by very few philanthropic institutions. Over the last two decades, the Partnership has provided invaluable support to community foundations' key role in helping donors support local LGBT interests and initiatives, and has proved critical to raising the visibility of LGBTQ issues in philanthropy. Learn more here