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As part of our commitment to create learning spaces for grantmakers to discuss LGBTQ philanthropy, Funders for LGBTQ Issues hosts occasional briefings (telebriefings, webinars, local convenings) for funders on current LGBTQ issues. Foundation staff members and trustees interested in exploring a given topic are invited to attend via phone, web or in person, during which they hear and engage a panel comprised of some of the leading experts on various issues.

The briefings are recorded and later uploaded to our website when possible. Audio files or links from our most recent briefings are available for download below.

The following are telebriefings that Funders for LGBTQ Issues has previously hosted.


Pushing Back Against Push-outs, Pipelines, and Profiling: Grantmaking for Impact among Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer Men & Boys of Color (December 2012)
A Philanthropy New York Collaborative Program offered in partnership with Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Co-sponsored by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Arcus Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy, The Just and Fair Schools Fund, Native Americans in Philanthropy, North Star Fund, Open Society Foundations' Campaign for Black Male Achievement, New York Foundation, The Paul Rapoport Foundation, and Stonewall Community Foundation

Panelists: Andrea Ritchie, Police misconduct attorney, Coordinator, Streetwise & Safe (SAS); Roz Lee, Senior Program Executive, Arcus Foundation; Azeem Hill, Youth organizer, Philadelphia Student Union Moderated by: Don Cipriani, Director of the Just and Fair Schools Fund, Public Interest Projects

This telebriefing explored 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. A panel of advocates and philanthropic leaders offered sexual orientation/gender identity (SOGI) and racial justice lenses to bear on these issues, and shared stories of successful organizing and advocacy strategies and effective philanthropic partnerships for empowerment of GBTQ men and boys of color.
Download the audio (30.4 MB MP3 file)

Philanthropy In/Sight: LGBTQ (October 2012)
co-sponsored by the Foundation Center

presenters: Bryan E. Glover, Communications Officer, Funders for LGBTQ Issues; Dave Clark, Product Manager, Philanthropy In/Sight, Foundation Center

This webinar provided a live overview and demonstration of Philanthropy In/Sight: LGBTQ, our latest online resource developed in partnership with the Foundation Center. The session provided examples of how to generate useful information, and illustrated its usefulness in assisting with strategic grantmaking.
View the webinar

Moving Beyond Faith as a Wedge (September 2012)
co-sponsored with Women's Foundation of California, Bay Area Justice Funders Network, Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, Groundswell Fund, Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Funders Concered About AIDS, Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health & Rights,General Service Foundation, Gill Foundation, Mary Wohlford Foundation

Welcome & Brief Background: Inger P. Brinck, Women's Foundation of California
Political Context: Sarah Morello, Catholics for Choice
Experiences from California & Colorado - What is happening on the ground?
- Vanessa Aramayo, Executive Director, California Partnership
- Nancy Berlin, Former Executive Director, California Partnership
- Nicole Mosher, Compañeros
- Bobby Clark, Gill Foundation

This webinar highlighted experiences from California and Colorado demonstrating how social justice organizing and advocacy has been disrupted by faith-based funders and how progressive funders and others can be supportive, support risk-taking, and strengthen cross-issue organizing and advocacy. It also featured political context-setting by Catholics for Choice.

40 Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy (June 2012)
Panelists: Karen Zelermyer, President/CEO, Funders for LGBTQ Issues; Surina Khan, Director, Gender Rights and Equality, Ford Foundation; Michael Seltzer, Partner, Philanthropic Services, Rabin Martin Moderated by: Andrew Lane, Executive Director, Johnson Family Foundation and Board Chair, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

This telebriefing provided an overview of our landmark report Forty Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy: 1970 - 2010, which documents the first 40 years of U.S. foundation support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. A slate of panelists who have been deeply involved in the work over the years offered their insights and reflections on this history, their own perspectives on the movement, and a look toward the future of LGBTQ Philanthropy.
Download the audio (37.4 MB MP3 file)


Transgender Health and Human Rights (November 2011)

Co-sponsored by: Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP), Open Society Public Health Program and Grantmakers in Health

Presenters: Justus Eisfeld and Mauro Cabral, Co-directors, Global Action for Trans* Equality; JoAnne Keatley, Director, Center of Excellence for Transgender Health; He-Jin Kim, Development Director, Gender Dynamix, South Africa; and Richard Koehler, Co-chair, Transgender Europe Moderated by: Heather Doyle, Director of the Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP), Open Society Public Health Program

This telebriefing covered how legislative and policy environments directly and indirectly discriminate against transgender individuals, the capacity issues confronting transgender communites, and challenges of transgender health care in the global south, with perspectives offered from Africa, South America and Europe as well as the United States.
Download the audio (37.4 MB MP3 file)

Reducing Health Disparities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans (October 2011)

Co-sponsored by: Grantmakers in Health

Presenters: Kellan Baker, MPH, MPP, Health Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress; Judith Bradford, PhD, Director, Center for Population Research in LGBT Health, Fenway Health; Daniel Gould, LCSW, Deputy Director, California LGBT Health and Human Services Network; Irfan Hasan, Program Officer, Health & People with Special Needs, The New York Community Trust Moderated by: Ignatius Bau, Health Policy Consultant

This telebriefing highlighted recent developments on identifying and reducing health disparities for LGBT Americans, examined 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 explored some strategies for funders to consider that could leverage the increased attention that are being focused on issues of LBGT health disparities. Included are overviews of federal/national policy initiatives and an Institute of Medicine Report, and a state perspective on coalition building and policy issues/opportunities.
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LGBTQ & HIV/ AIDS: Beyond a National Strategy, Towards a High Impact Outcome for Our Communities (July 2011)

Co-sponsored with: Funders Concerned About AIDS

Presenters: Ernest Hopkins, Director of Federal Affairs, San Francisco AIDS Foundation; Celia C. Chung, Commissioner, San Francisco Human Rights Commission; Ron Simmons, PhD, President/CEO,Us Helping Us, People Into Living, Inc. Moderated by: Terry M. McGovern, Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation

This telebriefing explored the issues and needs of two of the communities most profoundly affected by HIV and AIDS: men who have sex with men (particularly African Americans) and transgender people. Panelists examined some of the structural drivers facing these communities and discussed issues about which funders should be aware if they want to more fully engage with these issues/organizations.
Download the audio (10.5 MB MP3 file)

First Do No Harm: Grantee safety for LGBTI and disability rights campaigners and other human rights defenders (April 2011)

Co-sponsored with: The International Human Rights Funders Group and The Disability Funders Network.

Presenters: Annie Hillar, Director of Programmes, Mama Cash | Fund for Women; Nguru Karugu, Executive Director, Public Health Innovations; Diana Samarasan, Director, Disability Rights Fund. Moderated by: Dulce Reyes, Program Officer, International Fund for Sexual Minorities, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

This telebriefing explored the role funders can and do play in mitigating or aggravating risks and exposure facing their grantees (particularly human rights defenders). Presenters examined the distinct security issues faced by LGBTI and disability activists and discussed the specific considerations for funders working with them.
Download the audio (84.6 MB MP3 file)


Rural LGBTQ organizing issues (October 2010)
Presenters: David Herrera, Montana Two Spirit Society, Montana Gay Men's Task Force, Western Montana Gay & Lesbian Community Center; Alfonso Wenker, PFund Foundation. Moderated by: Carly Hare, Native Americans in Philanthropy.
Download the audio (94.3 MB MP3 file)

LGBTQ Issues in Education (August 2010)
Presenters: Nalleli Luna and Sam Finkelstein, Gender JUST, Dr. Eliza Byard, Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Dr. Cindy Cruz, Education Department, University of California at Santa Cruz. Moderated by: Andrew Lane, Johnson Family Foundation.
Download the audio (74.8 MB MP3 file)

Beyond the Uniting American Families Act: LGBTQ Issues in Immigration (July 2010)
Presenters: Pooja Gehi, Sylvia Rivera Law Project; Trishala Deb, Arcus Foundation; Eric Berndt, National Asylum Partnership on Sexual Minorities, National Immigrant Justice Center. Moderated by: Nancy Ordover, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Download the audio (78.5 MB MP3 file)


The Impact of LGBTQ Issues and Participation in the 2008 Elections (September 2008)
Moderated by: Ron Rowell, The San Francisco Foundation
Download the audio (30 MB MP3 file)

Looking Ahead: Health Issues Affecting LGBTQ Communities (January 2008)
Co-Hosted with Grantmakers in Health


A Global Gaze: LGBTI Grantmaking in the Global South & East
Moderated by: Luz Guerra, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

The Think Tank Era: Research, Advocacy, and Strategy for LGBTQ Social Change
Moderated by: John Kowal, Open Society Institute

LGBTQ Families: Securing Rights and Recognition
Moderated by: Surina Khan, Women’s Foundation of California


LGBTQ Out of Home Youth. Co-sponsored by: Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families
Moderated by: Ann Segal and Andrew Park, Wellspring Advisors.

Hidden in Plain View: Funding Transgender Community Needs
Moderated by: Nathan Levitt, Third Wave Foundation.

Immigration & LGBTQ: Connections and Intersections
Co-sponsored by: Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants & Refugees. Moderated by: Tim Sweeney, Evelyn & Walter Haas Jr. Fund.

LGBTI issues and the United Nations Human Rights Committee
Cosponsored by: the International Human Rights Funders Group.
Moderated by: Andrew Park, Wellspring Advisors & IHRFG.

A Pre-Election Marriage Update
Moderated by: Carolyn Gabel-Brett, Proteus Fund.

After the Finish Line: An LGBTQ-focused Election Analysis
Co-sponsored by: The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and Leadership Initiative. Moderated by: Chuck Wolfe, Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.