2015-2016 Global Resources Report Release Webinar for Grantmakers

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
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Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Global Philanthropy Project

Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project are pleased to release The 2015-2016 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic & Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities, the most comprehensive report to date on the state of foundation and government funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) issues. This report captures data on 12,964 grants awarded by 511 foundations, intermediaries, and corporations and by 15 government and multilateral agencies over the two-year period of 2015-2016.

Grantmakers are invited to join Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues for a one-hour webinar to learn more about the newly-released “2015-16 Global Resources Report: Government and Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities.”


Emergency Briefing on Adding Citizenship Question to the 2020 Census

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
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Funders' Committee for Civic Participation (FCCP)

On March 26, at around 9 pm, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced his decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census, in response to a request from the Department of Justice. The Secretary noted that he received more than 50 letters on the subject and he interviewed more than two dozen people. That included a letter from roughly 120 foundations opposing the addition of the citizenship question.

In his memo, Secretary Ross concluded that asking the question will help the government gather currently unavailable data on the population of people who are actually eligible to vote, thereby helping to enforce the Voting Rights Act. He added, “The Department of Commerce is not able to determine definitively how inclusion of a citizenship question on the decennial census will impact responsiveness. However, even if there is some impact on responses, the value of more complete and accurate data derived from surveying the entire population outweighs such concerns.”

The Secretary decided to use a question that is currently asked on the American Community Survey (the equivalent of the census long form).

To understand what happened, the implications of adding the question, and to begin a discussion about how to respond to the new question, there will be an emergency briefing broadcast via the web for funders.

Moderated by Gary Bass, Executive Director, Bauman Foundation


Vanita Gupta, President and CEO, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Arturo Vargas, Executive Director, NALEO Educational Fund
John Yang, President and Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice

To join via web here.

To join via phone: 800-920-7487; passcode: 2242366#

Please note: You do not need to register to join this briefing. Please use the information above to log-in a few minutes before the start of the briefing.


Hosted by Funders Census Initiative, a Working Group of Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation


LGBTQ Funders Social Network

This event is only for grantmakers.

5:15 am – 7:30 am ET
Ragtrader Bar
70 W. 36th Street
New York, NY   10018

Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Philanthropy New York are partnering to support an informal, local group of philanthropic professionals who are LGBTQ and their funder allies. We plan for this to be primarily a social networking group, but also to possibly take up issues that members consider important.

The first gathering is an entirely social affair.  Come gather with colleagues and friends, new and old.  In order for us to plan and have the appropriate budget (Funders for LGBTQ Issues will provide “first drink” tickets to all who RSVP), please be sure to register using the instructions below.

If you are not able to join us on February 22 but would like to receive invitations to future events, please email mremaley@philanthropynewyork.org

This event is designed for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allies who are staff or trustees of private, corporate, family and community foundations or other funding organizations.

5:15 – 5:30 PM  Check-in
5:30 – 7:30 PM  Networking and light reception




PNY Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please visit the PNY website to register online.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues Members (who are not PNY Members): Email register@philanthropynewyork.org with the registrants name, title and organization. (No fee)

Registration is required by February 20.


This event is produced in collaboration with Philanthropy New York.

Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals (DAPP) Survey Webinar

This event is only for grantmakers.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
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Funders for LGBTQ Issues

The Diversity Among Philanthropic Professionals (DAPP) Survey will help funders and the philanthropic community better understand who comprises its workforce and leadership (staff and board). It will establish baseline figures for measuring the philanthropic community’s progress towards diversity and inclusion in the years to come.

Join this webinar to learn more about the study and how your organization can participate.

This study is being undertaken by Funders for LGBTQ Issues and is administered by DataArts (formerly the Cultural Data Project). DAPP is funded by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund.

Solidarity Defense & Action Funder Briefing

2/12/2018 – 2/13/2018
8:30 am – 5:00 pm PT
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Environmental Grantmakers Association
Scottish Rite Center
1547 Lakeside Dr.
Oakland, CA   94612

On behalf of more than 20 affinity partners, we are very excited to open registration for the Solidarity Defense & Action Funder Briefing to be held on February 12 & 13, 2018 in Oakland, CA.

As we begin the New Year, whether you fund democracy, environment, immigration, human rights, LGBTQ or other priorities, this joint gathering offers an opportunity for shared learning across these areas to help us more effectively stand together.

This joint funder briefing is a unique opportunity to break bread and interact with funders across multiple sectors. This day will include Ignite speeches from incredible thought leaders, funders and fellow activists as well as facilitated workshops in order to share strategies to defend and move forward efforts to protect people, place and planet.


A full agenda is available here, where speakers will be updated as they are confirmed.

Affinity groups involved in co-sponsoring this effort to-date are: Biodiversity Funders Group, Blue Sky Funders Forum, CHANGE Philanthropy, EDGE Funders Alliance, Environmental Grantmakers Association,Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Funders Concerned About AIDS, Funders for LGBTQ Issues,Funders for Reproductive Equity, Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmakers in Arts, Health and Environmental Funders Network, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Human Rights Funders Network, Media Impact Funders, Neighborhood Funders Group, Northern California GrantmakersPeace and Security Funders Group, Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, Smart Growth California, and United Philanthropy Forum.

United for All Dreamers: Strategies for Supporting AAPI, Black, and LGBTQ DACA Immigrants

This event is only for grantmakers.

11/28/2017 – 11/28/2017
10:00 am – 12:00 am PT
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This past September, the Trump Administration announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, with all benefits to be revoked by March 2018. DACA provided nearly 800,000 immigrants with the opportunity to live, work, and thrive in their communities without fear of deportation. DACA’s cancellation will deeply disrupt the lives of the DACAmented immigrants and their families and reaches into many diverse communities. Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI), Black, and LGBTQ immigrants are among the least-visible DACAmented individuals, and often lack both access to services and community support. Over 16,000 AAPI immigrants and an estimated 12,000 Black immigrants received protection under DACA before its termination, as did nearly half of the estimated 75,000 eligible LGBTQ undocumented immigrants. The end of DACA will have ripple effects across these immigrant communities nationwide, as a legislative solution such as a DREAM Act has yet to be realized.

We are pleased to co-sponsor this webinar to learn from organizations working closely with the AAPI, Black Diaspora, and LGBTQ immigrant communities as well as from philanthropic leaders with national, state, and local funding strategies and insights for supporting DACAmented immigrants and their families. Participants will:

  • Hear an update on DACA within the context of the larger political climate and immigration context, with a particular focus on the AAPI, Black Diaspora, and LGBTQ community;
  • Understand immediate and long-term needs, challenges, and opportunities related to diverse DACAmented individuals and their families; and
  • Learn about key funding strategies at the local, state, and national level to reach and support AAPI, Black Diaspora, and LGBTQ DACAmented individuals



KEY 2020 CENSUS MILESTONES: Preparing to Invest in a Fair and Accurate Count

This event is only for grantmakers.

11/16/2017 – 11/16/2017
3:00 am – 4:00 am ET
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Funders Committee For Civic Participation (FCCP)

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is pleased to co-sponsor this webinar with the Funders Committee For Civic Participation (FCCP) to share more about important milestones before and during the 2020 Census, and ways your foundation can support “Get Out the Count” activities, including participation in state and local Complete Count Committees.

Join us to learn more about important milestones before and during the 2020 Census, and ways your foundation can support “Get Out the Count” activities, including participation in state and local Complete Count Committees.

Funders will learn about:

  • Important decision-making points as the Census Bureau finalizes the 2020 census operational plan.
  • Key milestones in census preparations and implementation, including when the standards of collection of race and ethnicity data will be released, when local offices will open, and when address canvassing will begin.
  • What is already happening on the ground to ensure a fair and accurate census and how that informs your grantmaking timeline
  • How philanthropy can play a key role as a census partner and catalyst of statewide get-out-the-count activities
  • Effective ways philanthropy can influence the formation of effective and representative complete count committees at the state and local levels

Moderated by Xiomara Corpeno, Groundswell Fund


Steve Choi, New York Immigration Coalition

Terri Ann Lowenthal, Consultant to FCCP Funders Census Initiative

Melina Sanchez, The James Irvine Foundation

Bob Tracy, Minnesota Council of Foundation

Co-sponsored by Environmental Grantmakers Association, Funders Concerned About AIDS, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Funders Together to End Homelessness, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Grantmaker Income Security TaskforceGrantmakers in Health, PEAK Grantmaking, Philanthropy California, Philanthropy Northwest, United Philanthropy Forum

The Pride In Philanthropy Awards: Celebrating 35 Years of Funders for LGBTQ Issues

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET
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Premier Sponsors: Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund | Jim Johnson and Paul Hokemeyer |

Partner Sponsors: Amalgamated Bank | FMA – Fiscal Strength for Nonprofits | Gill Foundation | HRC Foundation | Maurizio Morello & Fulton Vittoria LLP | van Ameringen Foundation


Thursday, November 2nd from 4pm-7pm

(Awards Ceremony to Begin at 4:15pm)

The Flatiron Room
37 W 26th Street
New York, NY 10010



Marco Antonio Quiroga with the Reed Erickson Trailblazing Leadership Award 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.

Laughing Gull Foundation with the Out in the South Leadership Award for its thought leadership and impactful grantmaking bringing more resources to LGBTQ Southern communities.

Henry van Ameringen with the Paul Rapoport Award for Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy 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.

The Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund with the Out for Impact Award for its significant commitment to LGBTQ issues over the course of almost two decades, which was one of the first and most significant investors in the movement for marriage equality and has continued to be a leading funder of LGBTQ rights since the marriage victory.

The Trans Justice Funding Project with the Out for Impact Award 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.

(For more detailed information about the honorees, click here.)

About the Awards & Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ 35th Anniversary

Funders for LGBTQ Issues was founded 35 years ago in 1982 at the annual conference of the National Network of Grantmakers, when a small group of funders met to discuss how philanthropy could better support lesbian and gay issues. Since that pivotal moment, we have come into our own as a fully staffed organization with a committed board of directors and staff, a history of successful initiatives, and an annual convening of grantmakers which has reflected both our growth and the growth of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) philanthropic sector. We are now a network of more than 80 foundations, corporations, and funding institutions that collectively award more than one billion dollars annually, including more than $100 million specifically devoted to LGBTQ issues. Our mission is to increase the scale and impact of philanthropic resources aimed at enhancing the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities, promoting equity, and advancing racial, economic and gender justice.

For our 35th anniversary, we want to celebrate and acknowledge the philanthropic leadership that has brought LGBTQ funding to this moment. We are thrilled to announce our inaugural 2017 Pride in Philanthropy Awards, celebrating 35 years of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and honoring four individuals and institutions that have led the way in funding the advancement of equality, social justice, and better lives for LGBTQ communities.

Host Committee*

J. Bob Alotta, Richard Burns, Jennifer Ching, Karina Claudio Betancourt, Paul Di Donato, Roger Doughty, Rebecca Fox, Carly Hare, Matthew Hart, Kris Hermanns, Surina Khan, Rachel Korberg, Andrew Lane, Rickke Mananzala, Jason McGill, Leticia Peguero, Cindy Rizzo, Michael Seltzer, Mitchell Singer, Kristine Stallone, Alvin Starks, Bia Vieira, Edgar Villanueva, Rye Young

*Still in Formation

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A number of sponsorships are available for this event. For information about sponsorships and program ad sales, click here. To secure a sponsorship or place an ad in the program please contact Rebecca Wisotsky at rebecca@lgbtfunders.org.


Making a Gift in Honor of the Awardees

If you’d like to make a gift to Funders for LGBTQ Issues in honor of one of the honorees, please do so below!


Fighting Anti-Trans State Policies as a Funder

This event is only for grantmakers.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
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Funders for LGBTQ Issues

In the wake of marriage equality, many expected the significant backlash against LGBTQ people that is now occurring.  One strategy opponents of LGBTQ equality have been focusing on is “bathroom bills.”  Ballot initiatives or legislation that specifically target transgender and gender diverse people in places of public accommodation under the guise of safety and protection.

Washington State may be facing a well-funded ballot initiative in this fall.  Massachusetts has an initiative that will be on the ballot in 2018.

While this strategy may seem narrow in scope, the impact for LGBTQ people across the country is potentially profound. If opponents of equality are successful in their anti-trans state-based efforts, we should expect it to embolden opponents of LGBTQ equality to pursue even more extreme efforts to rollback all kinds protections benefiting LGBTQ people.

As a funder, you may have questions about how you can help.

Join us on June 28th to hear from advocates, funders, and researchers about how they are working to shift the public dialogue about transgender people and prevent a rollback of LGBTQ rights.

This attack on LGBTQ people is occurring quietly, but strategically.  These efforts are well-funded by anti-LGBTQ groups. Early efforts to effectively counter attempts to rollback LGBTQ rights will be critical to ensure that significant ground is not lost in the fight for LGBTQ equality.

Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Freedom for All Americans, Pride Foundation, and Transgender Law Center for a webinar to learn more about the “bathroom bills,” the response from the LGBTQ movement, and the role funders can play.

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2017 Unity Summit: Investing in Movements for Equity

9/17/2017 – 9/20/2017
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CHANGE Philanthropy
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans , LA   70130

The CHANGE Philanthropy 2017 Unity Summit: Investing in Movements for Equity will take place September 17 – 20, 2017 at the New Orleans Marriott.  We hope you can join Funders for LGBTQ Issues and our CHANGE Philanthropy partners for another powerful convening.

The UNITY Summit will bring together over 500 partner members and sector allies which represent diverse idealities and lived experiences to explore and examine philanthropic equity strategies. 2017 Unity Summit:  Investing in Movements for Equity will highlight how philanthropy can align its investments along the themes of Resistance, Protection, and Empowerment.


  • To highlight integration of diversity, inclusion, and social justice into philanthropic practice.
  • To amplify equitable philanthropic practices that address structural and institutional change.
  • To magnify community priorities of our partners with an intersectional approach.

Learn more about the Summit and register here.

We also invite you to Join the movement for advancing philanthropic equity by increasing the investment of social and financial resources in policies, practices, and actions that produce access, power, and outcomes for all communities. Learn more about the #Unite4Equity Campaign and consider taking the equity assessment.

Orlando Strong: One Year Later Funders Symposium

6/14/2017 – 6/15/2017
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City of Orlando, Contigo Fund, Central Florida Foundation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Orlando, FL  

Orlando Strong: One Year Later Funders Symposium will bring together national and local philanthropic leaders to share lessons learned from the response to the pulse tragedy on June 12, 2016. Visit the Contigo Fund website for more information and registration information.

Out @ #COFAnnual: The LGBTQ and Ally Reception

This event is only for grantmakers.

4/25/2017 – 4/25/2017
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm CT
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Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Council on Foundations
Dallas , TX  

Whether you are a grantmaker funding or interested in LGBTQ issues, an LGBTQ grantmaker looking for friends, or just a proud ally to LGBTQ communities, Funders for LGBTQ Issues invites you to join them for complimentary drinks and light fare. Come hear about emerging trends in LGBTQ philanthropy and get an update on the pressing issues affecting LGBTQ communities in a post-marriage equality environment. Get caught up with old friends and make new ones!

Bridging Funders and Communities in the Trump Era: CHANGE Partner Briefing

This event is only for grantmakers.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
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Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP)

As a new Administration sets its policy agenda in motion, vulnerable communities across the country are moving to protect themselves from attack and build power across differences. Join a briefing with the coalition partners of CHANGE Philanthropy who help funders build and strengthen bridges with marginalized communities. Hear:

  • Insights and updates on how the current climate is affecting communities of color, LGBTQ communities, women, young people, and a range of social justice issues;
  • Thoughts on how philanthropy is responding and what more is needed; and
  • Guidance on what you can do to support people/communities within your institution and beyond, regardless of how much formal power you have at work.

Are you a member of EPIP or any of the CHANGE Philanthropy Organizations? If so, click here for FREE member registration.

Nonmembers: $10 fee (register below)



Carly Hare, Coalition Catalyst, CHANGE Philanthropy

Carly Hare (Pawnee/Yankton) strives to live a commitment to advancing equity and community engagement through her professional and personal life. Carly serves as the Coalition Catalyst/National Director of CHANGE Philanthropy. Carly lead Native Americans in Philanthropy as its Executive Director from 2010-2015 after five years of membership, and serving on the NAP Board of Directors. Carly held the position of the Director of Development for the Native American Rights Fund from 2009-2010. She served as Director of Programs for The Community Foundation Serving Boulder County for five years.Carly is currently the Board of Trustees Chair of the Common Counsel Foundation and Treasurer of the Highlander Research and Education Center Board of Directors. Carly has served on planning committees and presented at over 30 conferences at the intersection of equity and philanthropy. She is a proud daughter, sister, auntie, ally, friend and equity advocate. Carly’s Pawnee name is <i kita u hoo <i ]a hiks which translates into kind leader of men.

Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Ben Francisco Maulbeck has more than a decade of experience as a leader for LGBT rights, racial equity and social change. He has an exceptional track record of building the capacity of nonprofit organizations and leaders, raising money for underserved communities and developing and implementing innovative grantmaking initiatives.

From 2007 through 2012, Maulbeck worked at Hispanics in Philanthropy (“HIP”) in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently serving as Vice President. During his time at HIP, he played a leadership role in launching several new programs and initiatives, including a national Latino aging initiative and a funding collaborative to strengthen education nonprofits in Puerto Rico. He also oversaw the continued success of the Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities, a multimillion-dollar initiative to build the capacity of Latino-led nonprofits, and spearheaded a roundtable of more than 50 philanthropic leaders on LGBT Latino movement-building.

Prior to his service at HIP, Maulbeck served as the director of programs for the William Way LGBT Community Center and as a program associate at The Philadelphia Foundation. He also has significant experience providing independent consulting services to nonprofits and funders, specializing in grantmaking, fundraising, and organizational development.
Maulbeck earned a bachelor of arts at Swarthmore College and a master of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2004 he organized and co-chaired the Harvard University LGBT policy and law conference, with the theme “Gay Rights as Human Rights,” exploring LGBT rights globally. His volunteer service has included the leadership of the boards of the Gay & Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (“GALAEI”) and the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (“CHAMP”), steering both organizations through periods of executive transition.

In his spare time, Maulbeck writes fiction under the name Ben Francisco, with stories published in Best Gay Stories 2012, Realms of Fantasy and From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction.

Katherine Mancera, Director of Communications, Hispanics in Philanthropy
HIP’s resident storyteller, Katherine writes, edits, and collects stories about social impact throughout Latin America to give voice to underrepresented people and encourage increased philanthropic investment in Latino communities.Before joining HIP, Katherine was a writer, editor, and project manager at an emerging markets risk consultancy in New York City. She also previously worked at the Food Bank for New York City, where she raised awareness about food poverty and advocated for nutrition education programs for low-income students.

In her free time, Katherine loves exploring California’s natural wonders, cooking creative feasts, breathing and stretching in yoga and meditation, and reading books so good she misses her BART stop.



Huong Nguyen-Yap, Membership Program Manager, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Huong joined AAPIP in 2014. As the Membership Program Manager, she is responsible for implementing and maintaining an effective and efficient national individual membership program. She works closely with AAPIP members and the ten regional chapters to support local programming and strategies that work to expand and mobilize resources for AAPI communities to build a more just and equitable society. Prior to her current role at AAPIP, Huong served as the Community Philanthropy Manager, supporting the National Giving Circle Network.Prior to joining AAPIP, Huong worked in community mental health and substance abuse treatment for youth and adults at Asian American Recovery Services: A Program of HealthRIGHT 360. She also has extensive work experience in the field of Positive Youth Development where training and technical assistance to nonprofit and government agencies committed to including youth on their boards.

Huong received her MSW from San Jose State University and her BA in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2012, she became a certified yoga instructor.

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Janay_Richmond.pngJanay Richmond, Manager, Nonprofit Membership and Engagement, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Janay comes to the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) by way of the Midwest. A product of the Chicago Southland, she holds a BS from Bradley University and graduated summa cum laude from Saint Xavier University with a Master of Business Administration. She began her professional career as a small business owner and it was through that company’s community outreach program that her eyes were opened to the various issues that plagued the neighborhoods right in her own backyard. Janay used her graduate studies to delve deeper into the social and economic impact of business practices, as well as leading and managing change. Prior to joining NCRP, Janay coordinated field efforts for one of the top congressional races in the country and for local progressive candidates and organizations. As NCRP’s Manager of NP Membership and Engagement, Janay has continued her quest of creating systemic change while working with philanthropic and nonprofit organizations across the country. She authored “Why We Must Divest from Mass Incarceration,” which was published in NCRP’s journal Responsive Philanthropy.
Tamir Novotny, Executive Director, EPIP (Moderator)

Exploring the LGBT Landscape for 2017

This event is only for grantmakers.

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm PT
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Sponsored by Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Southern California Grantmakers, and David Bohnett Foundation
Intercontinental Hotel, Century City
2151 Avenue of the Stars
Los Angeles, CA   90067

Please join us for a funder conversation with national, regional, and local leaders about the LGBT landscape in 2017.

Moderated by Vincent Jones, Co-Chair of Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy, our panel features a variety of experts in the field:

  • Janaya Kahn, Gender Justice LA
  • Nii-Quartelai Quartey, Senior Advisor & National LGBT Liasion, AARP
  • Brad Sears, Executive Director, Williams Institute
  • Rachel Tiven, CEO, Lambda Legal
  • Geoffrey Winder, Co-Executive Director, Genders & Sexualities Network

Even before the November election, the LGBT landscape was shifting. With marriage equality legal nationwide, some felt that LGBT equality had been achieved, while others noted the reality on the ground told a different story, particularly given the rise in religious freedom bills which allow discrimination against LGBT individuals.

With the incoming Administration’s pledged support for these types of bills and the new Attorney General’s record on LGBT issues, institutional funders and individual philanthropists are seeking clarification about what’s at stake and what is being done to ensure that equity and equality for the LGBT community are protected.

We hope you can join SCG, the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, David Bohnett Foundation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy, the OUT Fund, and The California Endowment for this robust discussion.

Contact programsrsvp@socalgrantmakers.org to register.


General Sponsors: David Bohnett Foundation and Dwight Stuart Youth Fund

Participating Sponsors: SCG, Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, OUT Fund, The California Endowment.

Readying Ourselves: The State of LGBTQ Funding in the Age of Trump

This event is only for grantmakers.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm PT
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Sponsored by Northern California Grantmakers, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Bay Area Justice Funders, and California Criminal Justice Funders
Northern California Grantmakers
160 Spear Street, Suite 360
San Francisco, CA   94105

The election of Donald Trump poses unprecedented challenges for all those funding LGBTQ rights and other social justice issues. The new administration is wasting no time taking action on promises made during a divisive campaign that threaten the safety and livelihoods of many in our communities. As we brace for upcoming action on immigration, healthcare, civil rights issues, and more, it is more critical than ever that grantmakers committed to civil rights and social justice join together in conversation and collaboration.

Northern California Grantmakers, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Bay Area Justice Funders, and California Criminal Justice Funders invite funders to participate in a briefing on the state of LGBTQ funding. Speakers will share updates from the movement, explore national funding trends, and dive into local funding landscapes while considering how funders can respond to attacks on LGBTQ rights. The briefing will touch on issues most pressing in the face of this new administration, including criminalization, immigration, and religious exemptions.



Roger Doughty is President of the Horizons Foundation. He has been an activist and leader in the LGBT movement for more than 25 years, and has led Horizons Foundation since 2002. Prior to joining the foundation, he served as the Executive Director of Horizons Community Services in Chicago, the Midwest’s largest LGBT social service and advocacy organization.

During his tenure, Roger led that organization’s expansion into the Chicago LGBT Community Center, known as the Center on Halsted. Before moving to Chicago, he was the Director of Programs for the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where he oversaw the Center’s 40-plus programs and services. Roger’s San Francisco background includes his tenure in the law firm of Heller Ehrman, where he specialized in refugee, immigration, and asylum cases involving people fleeing from gender and sexual orientation-related discrimination.

Roger also has served as president of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance in Washington, D.C., and was Associate Director of the Coro Foundation. He serves on the boards of Northern California Grantmakers and the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC). Roger holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, a master’s degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law.



Surina Khan is CEO of the Women’s Foundation of California. For more than two decades, Surina has been a leader in the philanthropic and non-profit social justice sector starting with local community-based publishing in New England and then shifting to national and global work on an array of social justice issues including women’s rights, LGBT rights, human rights and more.

Before being appointed CEO in 2014, Surina served as a Director in the Democracy Rights and Justice Program at the Ford Foundation where she shaped more than $30 million in annual grantmaking around the world to expand rights for women, LGBT people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and in the area of strengthening democratic participation and governance.
Before joining Ford in 2011, Surina spent six years at the Women’s Foundation of California, serving as Vice President of Programs and providing strategic direction for grant making, strengthening the organizational effectiveness of social justice organizations and overseeing the Women’s Policy Institute, a policy advocacy training program for community-based leaders.

She previously served as executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, where she worked to advance the human rights of LGBT people and people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Earlier in her career, Surina was a research analyst for Political Research Associates, conducting groundbreaking research on the Right’s attacks on women and LGBT people.

She currently serves on the Boards of Alliance for Justice, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and OutRight Action International (formerly the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission). Surina is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Campaign for College Opportunity, the Ambassador Council for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and a member of the Public Policy Committee for Southern California Grantmakers. She previously served on the boards of directors with numerous organizations including Funders for Population, Reproductive Health and Rights and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Her writing and research have been published widely in print and online publications.



Kristina Wertz joined Funders for LGBTQ Issues as Director of Engagement in 2013. Kristina oversees the organization’s programmatic efforts to increase the scale and impact of funding for LGBTQ communities through convenings and collective action. Kristina has a deep commitment to social justice with over a decade of experience advocating for LGBTQ communities as an attorney and policy advocate. Her track record includes litigating a number of groundbreaking transgender rights cases and expanding legislative protections for transgender and gender nonconforming people. Most recently, as Director of Policy and Programs and Legal Director at the Transgender Law Center, Kristina lead multidisciplinary litigation, advocacy, and movement building programs.

In 2011, Kristina was named on the National LGBT Bar Association’s inaugural list of “Top Lawyers Under 40.” She is a graduate of NYU and Brooklyn Law School. A proud San Francisco native, Kristina is adjusting to country life in upstate New York with her partner and daughter.



Ginna Brelsford is co-executive director of the GSA Network. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Ginna is a highly qualified administrator with progressive leadership experience, who managed GSA Network’s finance and operations as Finance and Administrative Director before becoming Co-Executive Director. Ginna joined GSA Network’s staff in 2011 where she has served as a member of the Executive and Management Teams. A graduate of Smith College, Ginna has over 10 years of nonprofit financial and operations experience having previously been employed at MassEquality, Nonprofit Finance Fund, and Environmental Justice Coalition for Water. In her tenure at GSA Network, Ginna has overseen organizational human resources and operational needs in a rapid expansion of staff and infrastructure, including expansion to another state. Ginna became Co-Executive Director in 2015 and is also an Arcus Foundation Leadership Fellow. When not at GSA Network, Ginna enjoys traveling around California’s wine country with her wife, Jill.


Target Audience

Open to NCG members and members of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Bay Area Justice Funders and CA Criminal Justice Funders. If you are a NCG member, please log in to register. If you are not a NCG member, please email registrar@ncg.org to regsister

Funding Forward 2017

This event is only for grantmakers.

3/29/2017 – 3/31/2017
W Seattle

Moving the South Forward in the New Reality: A Post-Election Funder Briefing

This event is only for grantmakers.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
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Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Grantmakers for Southern Progress, and The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

If you care about Southern communities, we are certain that you’ve been looking for ways to make sense of the election results and find ways to continue to support Southern people and places. Join us for a conference call next week to hear from Southern leaders about the importance of supporting social justice work in the South during this new chapter of our work.

Grantmakers for Southern Progress, the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and Funders for LGBTQ Issues are co-hosting a conference call for funders to explore the impact of this year’s election results in Southern communities.

We have asked leaders and practitioners from throughout the region to offer their perspectives about implications for progressive work in the South. As we know, Southern communities have been navigating challenging political climates for decades. Speakers will offer their insights about the challenges and opportunities of the current national narrative about what happened in the South and what is needed as we move forward.

We’ve invited partners throughout the region to provide a multi-state analysis using election data; explore key learnings from civic engagement efforts in North Carolina and Georgia, and provide an emerging analysis on the impact of the election on social justice efforts that aim to support LGBTQ, people of color and immigrant communities in the South. We will also explore what we know about the impacts of the new administration’s first 100-day agenda on policies essential to health, well-being and human rights in the region.

Justin Maxson, Executive Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, will moderate the conversation and offer context for working in Southern communities.

Speakers will include:

  • Chris Kromm, Executive Director, Institute for Southern Studies
  • Page Gleason, Executive Director, Pro-Georgia
  • Erin Byrd, Executive Director, Blueprint NC
  • Paulina Helm-Hernandez, Co-Director, Southerners on New Ground (SONG)
  • Monica Hernandez, Executive Director, Southeast Immigrant Rights Network

Northern California Grantmaker 2016 Bay Area Holiday Party

This event is only for grantmakers.

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm PT
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111 Minna Gallery
111 Minna Street
San Francisco, CA  

Join Us!

Join your philanthropy crew at the 111 Minna Gallery for the most fun to be had this side of Mardi Gras at our annual holiday party. Get down and celebrate the year’s accomplishments with art, music, a photo booth, hors d’oeuvres and drinks.

Who’s Invited

Northern California Grantmaker members and philanthropy peers who love a good party.

Raise a Toast with our Holiday Cheer Hosts:

Pamela David, Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Sara Davis*, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Roger Doughty*, Horizons Foundation
Jeff Malloy*, Heising-Simons Foundation
Sandra Nathan*, AIDS Emergency Fund
Diane Parnes*, Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2)
Lateefah Simon, Akonadi Foundation
Brenda Solorzano*, Blue Shield of California Foundation
Bob Uyeki, Y&H Soda Foundation

*NCG Board Member

Thank you to our co-sponsors:

NCG is coming together again with Asian American Pacific Islanders in PhilanthropyAsset Funders NetworkBay Area Blacks in PhilanthropyBay Area Justice Funders NetworkEmerging Practitioners in PhilanthropyFunders for LGBTQ IssuesGrantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and RefugeesHispanics in Philanthropy, Native Americans in Philanthropy and Neighborhood Funders Group.


ABFE Special Webinar: Gender Norms & Black Youth: Reconnecting Race, Class AND Gender

This event is only for grantmakers.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET
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ABFE, True Child, Frontline Solutions, Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Rigid gender norms have immense raced and classed impacts on youth of color. In fact, gender affects almost every problem funders address. Yet, while some funders are solidly grounded in racial and economic justice, few do innovative work or challenge their grantees to do so when it comes to gender. Studies clearly show that young Black men and women who internalized rigid ideals for masculinity and femininity have lower life outcomes in areas like health and education. On the flip side, those who don’t conform to gender norms – who are gay or trans –face their own adverse life impacts from rigid gender expectations.

This session 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.

The recent, critically acclaimed movie, Moonlight, tells a powerful narrative of some Black males becoming men. It has struck a chord with many of those who have seen it. If you can, see the film, before the webinar, as it’s in theaters now.

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Know and understand basic gender associated terminology
  • Understand the basic concepts of gender transformative giving
  • Know how gender norms impact Black and other youth of color, and how to integrate this into an intersectional approach to gender

Funding LGBTQ Issues in the Trump Era

This event is only for grantmakers.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET
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Funders for LGBTQ Issues

The election of Donald Trump creates a challenging context for all those funding LGBTQ rights and other issues of social justice. President-elect Trump has promised to reverse many of President Obama’s executive orders that protected the rights of LGBTQ people and to appoint conservative Supreme Court Justices who would roll back progress on LGBTQ rights and reproductive justice. His Vice President, Mike Pence, implemented one of the nation’s most anti-LGBTQ laws, using religious freedom as a smokescreen to allow people and businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people. Trump’s likely top appointees are a Who’s Who of politicians who have taken stark stances against LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, and civil liberties. The ascendance of such an extreme regime at the federal level may also have ripple effects, such as another wave of extreme anti-LGBTQ bills at the state level and a rise in violence against LGBTQ communities.

Join other funders to learn about how the Trump Era is likely to impact LGBTQ issues and to share strategies for funding LGBTQ rights and other social justice issues in this challenging new context. E-mail our Director of Engagement, Kristina Wertz (kristina@lgbtfunders.org) if you have questions or suggestions for the call.

Confidential and members-only.

National Teleconference for Funders: Supporting Communities Impacted by the Orlando Massacre

11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET

Join us for our second teleconference in a series of calls focused on the Orlando massacre. Our first call focused on the various philanthropic responses in the wake of the tragedy. (A recording of that call can be found here.)

This second call will focus on the impact of the massacre on communities in central Florida and beyond. It will also help funders understand how they can support efforts led by local LGBTQ and Latino communities in the wake of the tragedy. This call will highlight both the current response on the ground in Orlando as well as long and short term needs that remain related to services, community building, healing, and advocacy.

This call will be co-moderated by Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Stacy Carlson, President & CEO of the Florida Philanthropic Network. Speakers on the call will include:

  • Zoe Colon, Director of Florida & Southeast Operations for the Hispanic Federation;
  • Joel Morales, Lead HIV Tester at The Orlando LGBTQ Center;
  • Marco Antonio Quiroga, Director of Public Policy at True Colors Fund; and
  • Nadine Smith, CEO at Equality Florida

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National Teleconference for Funders: The Response to the Orlando Shooting

11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

Only a few days have passed since the mass shooting in Orlando that left 49 people dead and more than 50 injured, nearly all LGBTQ, Latino/a, and young. For funders concerned about this tragedy 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. On the call we’ll get the latest updates from Florida’s philanthropic community to:

  • learn about the current needs, how local philanthropy is responding, and the type of help that is needed now and in future;
  • share some lessons learned by funders from other mass shootings; and
  • explore how philanthropy can play a role right now and down the road.

Speakers will include:

  • Mark Brewer, President & CEO of the Central Florida Foundation
  • Stacy Carlson, President & CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network
  • Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President of Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • Nancy Gidusko, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Walt Disney World Resort
  • Anne Kubisch, President, The Ford Family Foundation
  • Joyce White, Executive Director of GRANTMAKERS of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

This will be the first of three teleconferences we plan to offer in the coming weeks. In a second teleconference we’ll hear from community groups working on the front lines in Orlando and in a third teleconference we’ll focus on longer-terms needs and responses.

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How TRANSformational Is Your Work?

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm ET
NCRP & Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Have you wondered how to best support transgender communities? Do you have questions you want to ask, but havenÍt known where to turn? This webinar is designed for you. Transgender peopleÍs lives intersect with every issue _ on education, health, poverty, civil rights, and beyond, transgender leaders have long fought for innovative solutions across the country. Yet few grant dollars support their efforts, to everyoneÍs detriment. In this interactive webinar, youÍll learn more about transgender communities, their needs and how to better support diverse trans leaders on the frontlines of change. 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 IssuesÍ Trans Funding Working Group. RSVP here.

Global Resources Report Launch Webinar

10:00 am – 11:00 am ET
Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project

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. This first-of-its-kind report is a collaborative effort between Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project. The report is a comprehensive research survey on the state of government, multilateral, and foundation funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities worldwide. On May 24th, representatives from both Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project will review the major findings from the 2013-2014 Global Resources Report and answer any questions you might have.

Click Here to RSVP for the Launch Webinar

What Can Funders do to Respond to Anti-LGBTQ Bills Moving Through the South?

11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET
Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Grantmakers for Southern Progress

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. From Mississippi’s far reaching “religious liberty” bill to North Carolina’s anti-LGBTQ and local preemption bill, Tennessee’s Anti-LGBTQ Counseling Bill, and South Carolina’s Anti-LGBTQ “Bathroom Bill” – southern legislatures are targeting LGBTQ southerners and their families in response to recent gains made toward LGBTQ rights and as part of familiar election year political strategies. Amidst these terrible bills, we are also seeing rays of hope! Recently both Georgia’s and Louisiana’s governors made positive steps in response to these harmful bills. And folks throughout the South and the nation continue to respond in powerful ways through boycotts, direct action and other forms of resistance. The Out in the South Initiative and Grantmakers for Southern Progress would like to invite you to join us for a conference call on Wednesday, May 4th 11-12:30pm EST to hear what’s happening on the ground in southern states facing these bills. We will hear from funders and movement leaders working regionally to discuss ways that funders can respond in the coming weeks and months. Speakers for the call will include:

  • Tim Sweeney from the Freeman Foundation
  • Paulina Helm-Hernandez from SONG
  • Jasmine Beach Ferrara from Campaign for Southern Equality; and
  • Amanda Snipes from Equality Federation

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2016 OUT @ COF

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm ET
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Funders for LGBTQ Issues & Funders Concerned About AIDS
Le Mirch
1736 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC   20009

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!

Black Out Part II – Why Advocacy & Allies Matter

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Lord Baltimore Hotel
Baltimore, MD  

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. We are in an increasingly polarized political season. Today, the nation is divided (even subdivided), with reality T.V.-like antics replacing our collective reality and challenging the political process. Evident is that some political wins for some can mean political losses for others–especially those who are often ignored, demonized or marginalized in legislative policy and practice. #BlackLivesMatter, Movement for Black Lives and others have mounted a call to action movement to unite against anti-Black hatred (gay, trans, straight, rich, poor, etc.). Likely and unlikely allegiances have been formed to challenge the egregious affronts to Black lives of all ages, genders and orientations. How will we keep our voices and our issues in the spotlight, no matter who wins in November? In this session, meet some key voices, who will discuss issues and solutions that we cannot afford to have ignored by our elected officials or the rest of society. This is a continuation of ABFE’s 2015 3rd Thursday Webinar called, “Black Out: Understanding LGBTQ Advocacy & Black Communities” – www.tinyurl.com/zltwu2h. To learn more and to register for the Empower Philanthropy conference, click here: www.empowerphilanthropy.org.

LGBTQ Ohio Funders Learning Tour

9/8/2016 – 9/9/2016
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Cleveland, Ohio  

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.

The Out in Ohio Tour:
An Immersion in Cleveland’s LGBTQ Community
When: September 8th-9th
Where: Cleveland, Ohio
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This is not a conference! This is an opportunity for national funders to immerse in local culture and gain an understanding of the lived experience of LGBTQ people in places like Cleveland. We’ll uncover creative ways funders and nonprofits are working together to build a strong LGBTQ infrastructure, collect ideas that can be replicated in other regions, and connect directly with place-based funders. Topics and experiences will include:

  • Sparking local investment in LGBTQ issues – We’ll explore how place-based funders can dramatically increase support for local LGBTQ communities with the Cleveland Foundation as a case study. The Cleveland Foundation went from nearly zero to the 4th largest funder of LGBTQ issues in the Midwest in the span of just a few years.
  • Arts, social justice, and LGBTQ issues – Did you know a small neighborhood-based art gallery in Cleveland hosted a nationally-cultivated exhibit of trans* themed works by trans* artists? Did you know it was grant-supported? Or that it gave Equality Ohio a critical opportunity to reach a new audience to talk about the ordinance efforts impacting the trans* community?
  • Queering the neighborhood – Learn how one neighborhood in Cleveland is using local grant dollars to cultivate a queer neighborhood that’s consciously inclusive along the dimensions of class, race, gender, age, and identity.
  • Coming out of the margins – When your state has no housing protections for LGBTQ people, how do you make the case that protections are needed? When popular media depicts LGBTQ people as affluent, highly-educated individuals with socio-economic mobility, how do you spark meaningful local discourse about the reality of disproportionate disparities among LGBTQ communities? Dive into a case example of how to leverage the relationships, reputation, and resources of place-based funders to pry open doors previously closed off to LGBTQ issues.

And so much more! We’re going to explore everything from the potential of small family foundations, to cultivation of leadership at the local level, to a messaging/branding deep dive. Expand your understanding of place-based funders and LGBTQ lived experiences while interacting with local leaders, visiting local spots, eating in local restaurants, and painting the town rainbow! We have small room blocks at the following hotels:

  • Wyndham Cleveland at Playhouse Square
    • Call 216-615-7500
    • Click here to book a room; click ñcorporate/group codesî and enter 0907142FU for the group rate
    • Very reasonable price, central walkable location in the Playhouse Square district
    • $149 a night
  • Metropolitan at The 9
    • Call 855-696-4735
    • Click here to book a room
    • Historic renovation turned into one of ClevelandÍs hottest hotels, vibrant bustling location in the heart of downtown
    • $199 a night
  • The Kimpton Schofield Hotel
    • Call 877-363-2377
    • Click here to book a room
    • Brand new, historical Cleveland building, vibrant bustling location in the heart of downtown
    • $199 a night

More details, including a full agenda and suggested hotels will follow. See you in the CLE Sept 8-9!

Lessons from 5 Municipal Nondiscrimination Campaigns.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ET
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Gill Foundation and Funders for LGBTQ Issues

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 ñHouston, we have a problemî: An Evaluation of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) Campaign from Freedom for All Americans. These reports will focus on lessons learned in local campaigns in Royal Oak, MI; Pocatello, ID; Springfield, MO; Fayetteville, AR; and Houston, TX. Equality Federation staff will do an overview based on all 5 cities, and then Thalia Zepatos, a consultant with Freedom for All Americans will do a deeper dive into the evaluation of last yearÍs campaign in Houston. Presentations will be followed by time for discussion. We are excited to host this special opportunity for funders who are supporting, or are considering supporting nondiscrimination public education work in the states. This webinar is confidential and for a selected audience, as it contains important strategic information which will help frame the work moving forward. Please click on the link to register for the webinar. Our hope is to learn from the past, so we can win in the future. Please join us.

Putting the ñTî in LGBT HIV Funding: Matching Funder Response to Community Needs

9:00 am – 3:00 pm ET
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Funders Concerned About AIDS, Global Philanthropy Project, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Ford Foundation
320 East 43rd Street
New York, NY   10017

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. What is behind these trends? What gaps still remain? Join us to engage in facilitated conversations between private funders, advocates, and key experts on where the philanthropic sector should focus when it comes to HIV and trans populations.

  • Learn the latest funding data
  • Find out why and how funders have created trans funding priorities
  • Hear directly from advocates and grantees on the ground about funding needs and barriers to accessing foundation funding
  • Discover strategies to be a more effective funder of trans work

Speaker and agenda details to be shared soon.

The Out in the South Fund Informational Call

Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Conference 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. We will be hosting two informational calls for potential applicants on Monday, March 21st. One at 2PM ET and and the other at 7PM ET. Click here to join us on the 21st at 2PM and click here to join us at 7PM on the 21st. Click here to view the full RFP.

EPIP Webinar: The Power of Advocacy for LGBTQ Communities from All Levels of Philanthropy

3:00 pm ET
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy

2015 was a year of major shifts in rights and awareness for LGBTQ communities. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of same sex marriage. Trans issues receive an unprecedented awareness. Politicians made major commitments toward the end of AIDS. How did these legal, cultural and political actions translate to actual investment in the programs and organizations funding change for LGBTQ issues? Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ 2014 Tracking Report analyzes the trends, gaps, and opportunities related to LGBTQ grantmaking. Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues staff and young grantmakers with experience advocating internally at their organizations for increased LGBTQ funding for an important conversation. You will leave with a better understanding of the current state of LGBTQ philanthropy and tools to help your institution better support LGBTQ communities. Speakers:

  • Naa Hammond, Research & Communications Associate, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • Kristi Andrasik, Program Officer, The Cleveland Foundation
  • Luis Vivaldi, Program Associate, Foundation for a Just Society

To RSVP please register here.

The Role of Philanthropy in Supporting the LGBTQ Community in North Carolina

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET
Downtown Marriott Hotel (the Bethabara Room )
425 North Cherry Street
The Bethabara Room, NC   27101

Did you know that over one third of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Americans live in the South? Did you know that a disproportionate number of LGBTQ people live in poverty and are people of color? At first glance, the possibility of funding ñLGBTQ issuesî 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. Participants will have the chance to:

  • Hear from North Carolina-based funders focused on education, health, advocacy and homelessness who are making a positive impact on the lives of LGBTQ North Carolinians;
  • Discuss funding recommendations from the Out in the South InitiativeÍs Funding Opportunities Report; and
  • Explore connections between your current grantmaking priorities and the needs of the LGBTQ community in North Carolina.

Click here to RSVP!
To learn more about the briefing or the Out in the South Initiative, go to www.outinthesouth.org or contact Chantelle Fisher-Borne at chantelle@lgbtfunders.org or 919-260-2189.

Flipping the Script on Sex Ed: How one funder collaborative is institutionalizing sex education in Texas, West Virginia and beyond

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights and Funders for LGBTQ Issues

A telebriefing for donors featuring:

Rebekah Saul Butler, The Grove Foundation
Hector Campos, Cardea Austin
Carrie-Meghan Quick Blanco, West Virginia Free

Since 2009, Working to Institutionalize Sex Ed (WISE) has supported schools in implementing quality, sex education programming. WISE partners in 13 states have worked directly with local districts to create sustainable sex education programming that meets the needs of the schools and the students they serve. The first phase of the WISE Initiative (2009 _ 2011) funded projects in seven locations (California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, New York, Oregon, and Washington State). During the initiativeÍs second and third phases, beginning in the fall of 2011 and 2014, respectively, partners in Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas and West Virginia joined WISE.

The WISE Initiative is supported by a collaboration of regional and national funders, currently including Funder Network members the Grove Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Leland Fikes Foundation, The Oak Hill Fund, and The Mary Wohlford Foundation. This webinar will discuss that 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.

To RSVP and receive call-in information, email narada@fundersnet.org.

This webinar is convened by the Youth Leadership and Engagement Working Group of the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights.

Money for the Midwest?: The State of LGBTQ Funding for Midwestern LGBTQ Communities

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm ET
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Hilton Chicago
Chicago, IL   60605

Funders for LGBTQ Issues will reveal where funding is coming from, what itÍs supporting, and where there might be opportunities to increase support for Midwestern LGBTQ communities. Following the presentation of data, two Midwesterners familiar with the local philanthropic landscape will respond with their thoughts on how best to bridge funding gaps and take advantage of emerging opportunities. A long Q&A will ensure participants get all their questions answered and leave feeling informed and empowered.

Fundraising from Foundations: An Update on the Field of LGBTQ Philanthropy

10:00 am – 1:15 pm ET
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Creating Change
Hilton Chicago
Chicago, IL   60605

Presenters from Funders for LGBTQ Issues will share data on the state of foundation funding benefiting LGBTQ communities and analyze trends in funding for trans communities, health, religious exemptions, and funding in the Midwest and the South. Additionally, a panel of funders will share perspectives on gaps and opportunities in LGBT philanthropy. Finally, participants will have small group discussions with funders to explore opportunities particular to their work.

Out in the South Initiative Conference Call

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Join us for the Out in the South Initiative network conference call to hear about happenings around the South related to LGBTQ funding and movement work. Gabriel Foster, Co-Founder and Director of the Trans Justice Funding Project, and Rye Young, Executive Director at the Third Wave Fund, will share their perspectives and offer insights about how grantmakers can make a positive impact on the lives of trans people living and loving in the South. Click here to register!

Out in the South @ SECF

11/12/2015 – 11/13/2015
Asheville, North Carolina  

Our Second Annual Out in the South Reception
Thursday, November 12th, 6PM
Vanderbilt Gallery/Vanderbilt Wing Join us at the reception to connect with other network members and get a copy – hot off the press – of our third “Out in the South” report, which is a series of short four-pagers outlining how LGBTQ communities are connected to various issues and priorities that funders care about – including education, health, poverty, youth development, social justice, HIV/AIDS, policy change and the arts.
The Out in the South Network Lunch
Friday, November 13th, 12:30pm
Eisenhower Room The Network Lunch on Friday will be a time for you to learn from colleagues throughout the region who are engaged in building community-driven funding initiatives and honing their grantmaking strategies to make a positive impact on the lives of LGBTQ Southerners. There is no need to RSVP for the reception on the 12th, but please let Chantelle Fisher-Bourne know if you will be joining us for lunch on the 13th.

‘Black Out: Understanding LGBT Advocacy and Black Communities

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET
ABFE, Third Wave Fund, and Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Black LGBT communities have always been at the intersection of racial justice and LGBT activism, although their continued invisibility within these movements have marginalized their voices due to homophobia and racism. Although pioneers such as James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Audre Lorde and Bayard Rustin used activism to advance racial justice and LGBT issues, there is still more work to be done. LGBT Black communities experience a unique form of discrimination at home and within faith institutions, schools, workplaces, health facilities and communities. This session, co-sponsored by Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Third Wave Fund, will examine how leaders and organizations connect racial and LGBT identity to secure social justice for LGBT people. Panelists:

  • Ernest Hopkins, San Francisco AIDS Foundation
  • Gabriel Foster, Trans Justice Funding Project
  • Naa Hammond, Funders for LGBT Issues
  • Roz Lee, Arcus Foundation

Moderator: Alvin Starks, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Host: Edward Jones, Director of Programs, ABFE

Winning Ingredients: What Philanthropy Can Learn from the Marriage Equality Movement

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Civil Marriage Collaborative, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Overbrook, Philanthropy NY, Proteus Fund
Philanthropy New York
1500 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY   10036

On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued an historic ruling holding that denying the freedom to marry to same-sex couples violates the U.S. Constitution. For years, the Civil Marriage Collaborative (CMC), acting collectively, and other philanthropic actors, worked diligently to support a wide array of efforts to change hearts and minds and significantly move public opinion on marriage equality. The CMC, coupled with its member institutions, provided a combined $120 million in total to support 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. Click Here To Register! This grantmaker event will include a set of discussions with key philanthropic leaders and advocates who worked to achieve the freedom to marry. We will probe the role philanthropy played in shaping and helping to execute key components of the comprehensive strategy to win marriage equality. We will explore lessons learned at all levels„funder collaborative structure and approach, philanthropic strategy and tactics, and grantmaker collaboration and coordination within philanthropy, as well as with advocates at the state and national levels. HIGHLIGHTS

  • Premier of a video highlighting and documenting the role that philanthropy and the CMC played in the fight for marriage equality.
  • Release and discussion of a publication on philanthropy, the CMC and the incredible freedom to marry campaign. Attendees will be the first to receive copies of the publication.
  • Panels with key marriage equality philanthropists as well as leading advocates and strategists who helped drive this remarkable social justice victory. Panels will explore all of the issues noted above, as well as challenges, missteps, and the limitations of foundation support for such work.


  • Steve Foster, President & CEO, The Overbrook Foundation
  • Meg Gage, President & Executive Director, Proteus Fund


  • Paul Di Donato, Civil Marriage Collaborative Director, Proteus Fund
  • Rebecca Fox, Program Officer, Wellspring Advisors
  • Jason Franklin, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Community Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University
  • Jeana Frazzini, Co-Director, Basic Rights Education Fund
  • Kate Kendell, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Tim Sweeney, Philanthropic Advisor

We deeply value the work of our partners and allies across the fields of civil/human rights and social justice philanthropy and hope you will join us in New York for these conversations intended to inform and hopefully further maximize the impact of grantmakers on social justice objectives and goals. Please contact Kyrstin Thorson (kthorson@proteusfund.org) with any questions.

What Now? The Future of LGBTQ Philanthropy

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT
Donors Forum, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Gill Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
Donors Forum, Large Conference Room
208 S. LaSalle, Suite 1535
Chicago, IL   60604

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. We will hear about major initiatives underway across the nation, and what donors are prioritizing today to make sure that this policy win improves the lived experience of all LGBTQ communities. And finally, we will discuss how other movements can learn from this victory, and what the LGBTQ community can learn from other movements.

Speakers will include:

  • Brad Clark, Vice President of Partnerships, Gill Foundation
  • Lyle Matthew Kan, Director of Research and Communications, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • Jeanne Kracher, Executive Director, Crossroads Fund

The panel will be moderated by Jon R. Quinn, Philanthropic Advisor at Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors.

If youÍd like to participate, please log on to the Donors Forum website to register. If you are not a member of Donor Forum, please email registration@donorsforum.org to RSVP. NOTE: This event is for grantmakers only.

The Future of LGBTQ Philanthropy What’s Next?

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm PT
Funders for LGBTQ Issues/Gill Foundation/Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors/Southern CA Grantmakers
California Community Foundation
281 S. Figueroa St, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA   90012

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. After the monumental win for marriage equality, philanthropists and foundations interested in LGBTQ issues are at an inflection point. In this interactive conversation, we’ll discuss a variety of issues related to the impact of this win on the greater movement, and how donors can continue to support its work. Moderated by Mitch Singer, Director at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, this panel will feature national leaders and thinkers in philanthropy:

  • Brad Clark, Vice President of Partnerships, Gill Foundation
  • Ange-Marie Hancock, CEO, RISIST (Research Institute for the Study of Intersectionality & Social Transformation) and Associate Professor of Political Science & Gender Studies, USC
  • Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President, Funders for LGBTQ Issues We will hear about major initiatives underway across the nation and what donors are prioritizing today to make sure that this policy win improves the lived experience of all LGBTQ communities.

And finally, we will discuss how other movements can learn from this victory, and what the LGBTQ community can learn from other movements. This event is for grantmakers only. Click here to register through Southern California Grantmakers!

LGBT Health Funding Summit

Funders for LGBTQ Issues, FCAA, Grantmakers In Health, & Northern California Grantmakers
Jame Irvine Foundation
One Bush Street, Suite 800
San Francisco, CA   94104

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is convening the LGBT Health Funding Summit with the generous support of The California Wellness Foundation and co-sponsorship of Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA), Grantmakers In Health, and Northern California Grantmakers (NCG). The Summit will bring together a diverse array of funders committed to improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities to interact with experts from the field, build relationships with like-minded funders, and develop funding strategies for increased impact in LGBT health. Click here to register for the LGBT Health Funding Summit. 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. Looking at case studies and lessons learned from California and across the country, we will explore funding opportunities and challenges related to:

  • Criminalization and violence prevention
  • Education and school climate
  • Housing and homelessness

Funders interested in improving the health outcomes and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities are welcome to attend. Please note that this event is funder only and by invitation only. Click here to register. LGBT Health Funding Summit Agenda 9:00-9:30am: Registration & Continental Breakfast 9:30 _ 10:45am: Funding for Impact on LGBTQ Health: A Dialogue of Philanthropic Leaders Increasingly, grantmakers concerned about health and well-being are working not only to improve medical services and health insurance coverage, but to address the larger social determinants of health. This focus on social determinants is particularly apt in the case of LGBTQ communities, which are disproportionately affected by social determinants such as discrimination, school climate, homelessness, criminalization, and violence. Our summit will begin with some of the countryÍs leading philanthropic executives discussing the gaps, opportunities, and strategies they see for funding for impact on LGBTQ health, with a focus on the larger social context that shapes the lived experience of LGBTQ people.


  • Fatima Angeles, Vice President of Programs, The California Wellness Foundation
  • Roger Doughty, Executive Director, Horizons Foundation
  • Surina Khan, CEO, WomenÍs Foundation of California
  • Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • Dr. Robert Ross, President and CEO, The California Endowment


  • Ellen LaPointe, President and CEO, Northern California Grantmakers

11:00-12:15pm: Education and School Climate Eighteen and a half percent of gay and lesbian high school students and 15.5 percent of bisexual students report having been threatened or injured with a weapon on school property, compared to 6.1 percent of heterosexual students. These experiences of bullying and violence contribute to short-term and long-term challenges with academic achievement, economic opportunity, mental health, and overall well-being. In this session, researchers and advocates will discuss the cutting edge of efforts to improve school climate and educational outcomes for LGBTQ young people through policy reform, grassroots movement-building, and innovative programs and services in both secondary and post-secondary education.


  • Geoffrey Winder, Co-Director, GSA Network
  • Taryn Ishida, Executive Director, Californians for Justice


  • Edgar Villanueva, Vice President of Programs and Advocacy, Schott Foundation for Public Education

12:30 _ 1:30pm: Networking Lunch 1:45 _ 3:00pm: Criminalization and Violence Prevention LGBT communities, particularly people of color, are overrepresented across all parts of the criminal justice system, from policing to incarceration. Five percent of LGBT people report having spent time in jail or prison, compared to three percent of the overall adult population. In this session, we will discuss the most recent research and data on the criminalization of LGBTQ communities, grassroots organizing efforts to end the criminalization of trans women of color, and policy efforts to repeal laws that criminalize HIV/AIDS.


  • Janetta Johnson, Program Director, TGI Justice Project
  • Angela Irvine, Vice President, Impact Justice
  • Robert Suttle, Associate Director, Sero Project HIV Criminalization


  • Timothy P. Silard, CEO, Rosenberg Foundation

3:15 _ 4:30pm Housing and Homelessness Many LGBT community members face issues of stigma and discrimination around housing. It is reported that 30 percent of housing program participants, 43 percent of drop-in center clients, and 30 percent of street outreach recipients are LGBT. It is estimated that 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBTQ, nearly two-thirds of whom are LGBTQ people of color. In this session, speakers that will discuss local and statewide reform efforts to make housing systems more inclusive, the lived experience of LGBTQ homeless people, and models for providing housing for LGBTQ seniors.


  • Shahera Hyatt, Director, California Homeless Youth Project
  • Zander McRae, Seattle, WA
  • Marcy Adelman, Co-founder of Openhouse, Advisory Council Member to SF Dept. of Aging and Adult Services


  • Kris Hermanns, Executive Director, Pride Foundation

4:30-4:45pm Closing Please note, the LGBT Health Funding Summit will begin with an Evening Welcome Reception on Thursday, November 19th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Mission Room, Parq 55 Hilton, 55 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. We hope you’ll join us for drinks and good company! To rsvp for this reception and the summit, please click here.

We hope to see you in San Francisco!

Making a Difference in Addressing the Graying of HIV and AIDS

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
SAGE, Grantmakers in Aging, FCAA, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Grantmakers In Health

Join SAGE, Grantmakers in Aging, Funders Concerned about AIDS (FCAA), Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Grantmakers In Health for this 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. Explore how funders and their community partners are already making a difference in this space, including what interventions have been most effective in addressing health disparities and what additional strategies are needed to improve outcomes for older people affected by HIV. This webinar will provide 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. The webinar will also delve into how these issues play out at the federal policy level, tying policy change back to the lived experiences of older people and the most effective ñon the groundî interventions in communities across the country. Presenters: John Barnes, Executive Director, Funders Concerned about AIDS; Michael Adams, Executive Director, Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE); and Kristina Gray, Program Director, Grantmakers in Health (GIH). Moderator: John Feather, CEO, Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) For more information and to register for the webinar, please click here.

Funder Salon on Intersectional Funding and Happy Hour

3:30 pm – 7:30 pm ET
Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Arcus Foundation, and Wellspring Advisors

EVENT UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS REACHED FULL CAPACITY Thank you for your interest in this important conversation! We received an overwhelming positive response about this conversation and the event has now reached full capacity. If you would still like to attend, please email Rebecca Wisotsky at rebecca@lgbtfunders.org to be added to the wait list. We will let you know as soon as space becomes available. We hope you will still join us for the Happy Hour from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Madison Square Tavern. (There is no wait list for the Happy Hour): When: Tuesday, October 13th from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Where: Madison Square Tavern, 150 West 30th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), New York, NY 10001 To RSVP for the Happy Hour, please email Rebecca Wisotsky at rebecca@lgbtfunders.org to be added to the wait list. Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Arcus Foundation, and Wellspring Advisors would like to thank you for your interest in this important conversation. ———————————————————————————————————— 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. This salon will build on a funder briefing of the same topic many of us attended at this year’s Creating Change in Denver. The Arcus Foundation and Wellspring Advisors recently commissioned a report called The New Now: Working Together for Social Change. Researched and written by the Building Movement Project, The New Now examines how two states, Ohio and New Mexico, are building power needed to win policies and protections by using a cross-issue agenda with LGBTQ leadership and concerns authentically centered. Using The New Now as our starting point, this funder salon will be an honest conversation about how funders can work creatively to support intersectional efforts within the parameters of your foundation’s priorities. If you are a funder currently supporting or interested in supporting powerful work being done across race, immigration status, gender and class, this is the conversation for you. Come share your ideas, your fears, your hopes and your dreams with your community of funders committed to LGBTQ communities. (Space is limited to please RSVP soon) Please note, we originally mistakenly scheduled this event for the evening of Yom Kippur, a Jewish high holiday. To respect this very important holiday for Jewish people, we decided to reschedule the date and location of the Intersectional Funding salon to Tuesday, October 13th from 3:30-5:00pm. *A happy hour will follow at the Madison Square Tavern, conveniently located only a few blocks away. This is just the first in a new series of funder salons and happy hours that we hope will foster learning and community among LGBTQ funders.

Philanthropy Series, ñLGBT Life Outside the Bay Area Bubbleî

Horizons Foundation
Merrill Lynch 8th Floor Conference Room
555 California Street
San Francisco, CA   94104

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. So, how bad is it? With the help of two national experts, weÍll take a look at places where LGBT rights and equality generally lag, and how we can help advance equality across the country. We hope you will join us. PANELISTS:

  • Ineke Mushovic, Executive Director, Movement Advancement Project (MAP) Ineke directs the Movement Advancement Project, including MAPÍs strategic analyses, LGBT movement analyses, and all inquiries into issues of LGBT movement communications. She is a former McKinsey & Company consultant with 20 years of strategy experience, including a successful stint as Vice President of Strategy for a dot-com start-up and as Chief Strategist for an advertising agency. InekeÍs nonprofit strategy work includes the YWCA, the United Way, and Impact on Education. She has consulted on LGBT issues since early 2005.
  • Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President, Funders for LGBTQ Issues Ben Francisco Maulbeck is the president of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the national network of foundations and other donors committed to increasing equality and well-being for LGBTQ communities. He is a long-time leader, advocate and grant maker for LGBTQ equality, racial justice and other social change issues. His previous work includes positions at Hispanics in Philanthropy, the William Way LGBT Community Center and The Philadelphia Foundation. His volunteer service has included the leadership of the boards of the Gay & Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (GALAEI) and the Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project (CHAMP)

Click here to Register

A Gathering of Northeast Regional Donors for Indigenous Issues

8:30 am – 7:00 am ET
The Boston Foundation
75 Arlington St # 1000
Boston, MA   2116

Join International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP), Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and New England International Donors on Friday, June 5th at the Boston Foundation for IFIP’s first forum on funding for global LGBTQ indigenous issues, indigenous disability rights issues, and climate change. Hear from Indigenous Peoples from Alaska, Bolivia and Central America. Donors from Disability Rights Fund and American Jewish World Service will present on their support for indigenous disability rights and LGBTQ indigenous rights, respectively. Convened By: International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, New England International Donors & Funders for LGBTQ Issues Hosted By: New England International Donors Sessions include free breakfast, lunch and reception. We will share complimentary copies of the Grantmakers Guide & UNDRIP Toolkit Please RSVP Online: http://goo.gl/forms/MtThi6Y69J Agenda 8:30 _ 1:30pm: Indigenous Wisdom and Adapting to Climate Change: Moving Towards Resilience
Noon _ 5:00pm: Indigenous Rights Funding at the Margins: Advancing the Rights of Indigenous Persons with Disabilities and Indigenous LGBTQ Communities
5:30 _ 7:00pm: Join us for a reception to meet and greet with donors and foundations that support Indigenous communities globally. Sponsored by Boston Common Asset Management Sponsored by: New England Biolabs Foundation, Boston Common Asset Management, Disability Rights Fund, Oak Foundation, NEID and an anonymous donor.

Out @ COF

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm PT
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Rickhouse (The Keeper's Share Room)
246 Kearny St.
San Francisco, CA   94108

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! When: Monday, April 27th from 5pm-8pm Where: Rickhouse (The Keeper’s Share Room)
(246 Kearny Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 – a quick 9 minute mark from the SF Marriot Marquis)
Click here to RSVP!

Progressive Religious Responses to Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Funder Briefing

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights

Burwell v. Hobby Lobby permits closely held corporations to exempt themselves from anti-discrimination laws and deny their employees legally-mandated benefits simply by presenting religious objections. To date, Burwell has inspired more than 100 lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care ActÍs contraception mandate, with greater than two dozen exemptions already granted. Meanwhile, more than a dozen states have sought to create or strengthen legislation codifying Burwell much more expansively than the narrow decision suggests.

Judicial and legislative strategies to counter the effects of Burwell face a long-term, uphill battle. Alternative strategies are needed now to link issues across constituencies, move public opinion and educate policymakers. People of faith across the country are raising their voices to oppose the expansion of legal protections allowing employers to discriminate and deny women access to basic healthcare and LGBT individuals and families fairness in the workplace and community. Join us for a telebriefing spotlighting efforts by religious leaders 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.

To RSVP and receive call-in information, email narada@fundersnet.org

This telebriefing is jointly convened by the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights and Funders for LGBTQ Issues.

LGBT Southern Funding Project Cocktail Reception

Foundation for Louisiana; Funders for LGBTQ Issues; Greater New Orleans Foundation
House of Blues (Big MamaÍs Lounge)
225 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA   70130

RSVP here!

The LGBT Health Funding Summit

9:00 am – 7:00 pm ET
Funders Concerned About AIDS, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, & Grantmakers In Health
W New York - Union Square
201 Park Avenue South
New York, NY   10003

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

We have cancelled the scheduled programming for Tuesday, January 27th.

We have adjusted the schedule on Wednesday, January 28th to cover as much of the planned content as possible. The schedule is below.

Thank you in advance for your flexibility and patience. We are doing our best to maximize everyone’s safety, while also respecting the time and investment of those who have already traveled here. We are also exploring ways to continue the conversation beyond this week, so that those unable to join us Wednesday will have other chances to participate.

We are very much looking forward to this conversation. 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. Our diverse planning committee of funders is working hard to shape important conversations around critical topics, including:

  • Building LGBT Nonprofit Health Capacity
  • Expanding Health Coverage and Access for LGBT Communities
  • Increasing Cultural Competence of Healthcare Systems
  • Building Healthy Environments for an LGBT Culture of Health

Wednesday, January 28th – Snow Agenda
9:00am-9:30am: Registration & Continental Breakfast 9:30am-9:45am: ñThe Current Landscapeî

    This opening session will draw on emerging national data and provide an overview of the current state of LGBT health disparities as well as HIV incidence and prevalence in LGBT communities. We will also discuss the current scale and scope of funding for LGBTQ health and HIV/AIDS. Speakers:

  • Ben Francisco Maulbeck, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • John Barnes, Funders Concerned About AIDS

9:45am-11:15am: ñBuilding LGBT Nonprofit Health Capacityî

    LGBT nonprofit leaders will assess the current state of LGBT health nonprofits and discuss strategies for strengthening capacity. The discussion will include LGBT health centers, community centers, policy advocacy organizations, and HIV/AIDS service organizations. In particular, panelists will examine the issue of dependence on federal funding sources such as Ryan White and look at funding models for sustainable delivery of LGBT health services. Moderator:

  • Francisco O. Buchting, Horizons Foundation Speakers:
  • Cecilia Chung, Transgender Law Center and Global Network of People Living with HIV
  • June Gipson, My BrotherÍs Keeper
  • David Ernesto Munar, Howard Brown Health Center

11:15pm _ 11:30am: Break 11:30am-1:00pm: ñIncreasing Cultural and Clinical Competence of Healthcare Systemsî

    Leading practitioners and experts will explore models for increasing the cultural and clinical competence of health care providers and institutions to respond to the unique needs of LGBT communities. In particular, we will hear from experts working in hospitals, community clinics, and mental health settings. Moderator:

  • Samantha Franklin, Johnson Family Foundation Speakers:
  • Hector Vargas, GLMA
  • Barbara Warren, Mount Sinai Health System
  • Christian Huygen, Rainbow Heights Club

1:00pm-2:00pm: Lunch 2:00pm-3:00pm: ñExpanding Coverage and Accessî

    Experts on health coverage, including the Affordable Care Act and Ryan White, will share information on coverage in LGBT communities and the unique opportunities presented by the ACA for expanding coverage, access, and affordability of healthcare for LGBT people _ particularly transgender people and low-income LGB people. Experts will also discuss insurance plan design and monitoring to ensure coverage of transition related health care and HIV care. Introduction:

  • Douglas Brooks, Director, Office of National AIDS Policy Moderator:
  • Rebecca Fox, Wellspring Advisors Speaker:
  • Kellan Baker, Center for American Progress

3:00pm-4:30pm: ñBuilding Healthy Environments: an LGBTQ Culture of Healthî

    This session will examine the social determinants of health unique to LGBT people. We will discuss the effects of stigma and discrimination on our communities broadly. We will also take an in-depth look at youth and families, violence and criminalization, and aging in three concurrent discussions. Moderator:

  • David Adler, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Speakers:
  • Scout, LGBT HealthLink at CenterLink On youth and families:
  • Caitlin Ryan, Family Acceptance Project
  • Mustafa Sullivan, GSA Network On violence and criminalization:
  • VerÑnica Bayetti Flores, Streetwise and Safe
  • Chai Jindasurat, Anti-Violence Project On aging:
  • Michael Adams, SAGE

4:30pm-5:15pm: ñMaking the Caseî (funder only discussion)

    Funders will discuss strategies for encouraging support for healthier LGBT communities internally at your foundation and in the broader funding community.

5:30pm-7:00pm: Cocktail Reception Click here for the Program Book If you are interested in attending or want more information, please contact project lead and Funders for LGBTQ Issues Director of Engagement Kristina Wertz at kristina@lgbtfunders.org. Click here to register if you have already been invited To book a room at the W New York – Union Square for this event, click here.

Maximizing Corporate Resources for LGBTQ Communities

10:00 am – 11:30 am ET
Funders for LGBTQ Issues & Goldman Sachs
Out & Equal Workplace Summit
San Francisco, CA  

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. Our session will take place on Thursday, November 6th from 10:00am-11:30am. To learn more or register for the 2014 Out and Equal Workplace Summit, click here.

Brown Bag Discussion: A Look at LGBTQ Funding, Nationally & Locally

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

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. In the same year, New York City received over $10 million for local LGBTQ services and advocacy while San Francisco received $4 million.

Please join us 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 our region. He 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 (especially in our area), and offer up possible interventions to ensure the philanthropic resources available to LGBTQ communities are commensurate with the challenges they face. To RSVP please email Rebekah Seder or call 202-939-3435. Members of Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers can also register by logging into their website.

In the Aftermath of Hobby Lobby – Strategies in the States: A phone briefing for Funders

2:00 pm ET
Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights and Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights for the first in a series of funder phone briefings 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 Janet Chung from Legal Voice in Seattle and Jill Gaulding from Gender Justice in Minneapolis 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 of the infamous Hobby Lobby decision. This conversation is especially important for LGBTQ funders to join: As Tim Sweeney notes:

Wining broad religious exemptions across the country is the singular priority of the religious right. For the purposes of LGBT equality, broad religious exemptions can effectively eviscerate hard-won non-discrimination protections in housing, employment, and public accommodations, as well as protections for kids from bullying in schools and dangerous and fraudulent “therapy” techniques. In addition, as the LGBT movement is gaining significant traction on the freedom to marry, our opponents are supporting religious exemptions in the law that would allow them to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages in a variety of contexts. The threat is far from being limited to LGBT people. Religious exemptions can and are being used to undermine choice, access to contraception, laws relating to domestic violence and child welfare and to the public education system. The Hobby Lobby decision has exacerbated the problem tremendously. Opponents of LGBT equality are gearing up for broad new exemptions in the 30 states that do not have any religious exemption/freedom statutes and expanding the religious exemptions in the 20 states that have such laws.

This funder briefing will be the first in a two-part series on the aftermath of the Hobby Lobby decision. The second (date and time to be announced) will address responses by progressive religious organizations and individuals to the notion set forth by the decision, that religious convictions allow individuals and corporations to excuse themselves from otherwise binding obligations. Please RSVP to narada@fundersnet.org to participate. Time: 2pm ET/ 1pm CT/ 11am PT for one hour This briefing is co-sponsored by Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues House Warming Party!

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm ET
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
104 West 29th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY   10001

We’ve moved! Come see our new home and help us celebrate all the exciting things happening in LGBTQ philanthropy.

RSVP here!

LGBT Rights in Russia: Where Do We Go From Here?

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET
Funders Concerned About AIDS, Funders for LGBTQ Issues,the Global Philanthropy Project, & IHRFG

RussiaÍs ban on the promotion of homosexuality to minors, signed into law last June, has had serious implications for the local LGBT community and may be credited with emboldening other regimes to pass similarly discriminatory legislation. The new law broadly defines promotion of homosexuality and, combined with legislation requiring non-governmental organizations to register as ñforeign agents,î threatens civil liberties, public health efforts, public safety, and human rights. What is the path forward for LGBT activism in Russia? This telebriefing will explore the nuances of supporting civil society and SOGI-inclusive human rights advocacy in Russia and other restrictive environments. Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the historical and contemporary context of LGBT rights in Russia
  • Discuss the role international and local grantmakers can play supporting civil society in Russia
  • Explore successes, failures, and lessons-learned in funding SOGI-inclusive rights in Russia and other restrictive contexts


  • Adrian Coman, International Human Rights Program Director, Arcus Foundation
  • Gregory Czarnecki, LGBTI Program Officer, Open Society Foundations
  • Julie Dorf, Senior Advisor, Council for Global Equality

Click here to register. This call is a part of the “Policy Telebriefing Series on Funding in Restrictive Contexts.” Telebriefings in the series explore the challenges to funding in specific countries as well as mitigating strategies that allow grantmakers to continue to work effectively in those contexts. Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the Global Philanthropy Project, and IHRFG will hold a telebriefing on funding LGBTI rights in Uganda as part of this series on May 15. Click here for more details. This telebriefing is open only to grantmakers.


11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the Global Philanthropy Project & International Human Rights Funders Group

UgandaÍs anti-homosexuality bill, signed into law this February, carries dangerous consequences for the local LGBTI community, their allies, and LGBTI rights activists. The new law imposes harsh penalties _ including life imprisonment _ for homosexual acts (including ñpromotion of homosexualityî) and broadly threatens civil liberties, public health efforts, and human rights. What is the path forward for LGBTI activism in Uganda?

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

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the historical and contemporary context of LGBTI rights in Uganda
  • Discuss the role international and local grantmakers can play supporting civil society in Uganda
  • Explore successes, failures, and lessons-learned in funding SOGI-inclusive rights in Uganda and other restrictive contexts


  • Mukami Marete, UHAI _ East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative
  • Gitta Zomorodi, American Jewish World Service
  • Addison Smith, Wellspring Advisors (moderator)

Click here to register. This call is a part of the “Policy Telebriefing Series on Funding in Restrictive Contexts.” Telebriefings in the series explore the challenges to funding in specific countries as well as mitigating strategies that allow grantmakers to continue to work effectively in those contexts. Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the Global Philanthropy Project, and IHRFG will hold a telebriefing on funding LGBTI rights in Russia as part of this series in June. Stay tuned for more details! This telebriefing is open only to grantmakers.

The Mid-term Elections and You: An Environmental Outlook

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm ET

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. Please note that the subject matter of this briefing is strictly limited to nonpartisan discussion as outlined in the agenda.

Register Here!

About the 2014 Elections Funder Call Series:This is the third in a series of briefings on issues relevant to the 2014 midterm elections co-sponsored by Environmental Grantmakers Association, FundersÍ Committee for Civic Participation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Health & Environmental Funders Network, Neighborhood Funders Group, and Women Donors Network. These calls will give us the opportunity to both prepare for the 2014 election and learn from one another.

Rising Tide Lifts LGBTQ Issues

8:30 am – 12:00 pm ET
Register Here!
Idea Center
1375 Euclid Ave. (Westfield Theater, Ground Level)
Cleveland, OH   44115

Presented by: We think a rising tide of philanthropic support and social innovation can solve entrenched problems and address community challenges head on. Change is already underway. We invite you to get involved by attending the second of our Rising Tide series of conversations, which showcase new ways of solving old problems by lifting up social innovators who are changing our region. Come to listen, meet new people, and leave inspired! The year 2013 saw many notable headlines related to LGBTQ issues: eight states added marriage equality, the U.S. Supreme Court made rulings in two marriage equality cases, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act found support in the U.S. Senate, and a federal judge ordered Ohio authorities to recognize same-sex marriages on death certificates. While these headlines are important to the LGBTQ community, they do not tell the whole story. At Rising Tide, we will explore the people, the stories, the issues, and the programs that comprise the landscape of our local LGBTQ community. Whether you are interested in youth, families, aging, health, employment, or social justice, come learn whatÍs happening related to LGBTQ programming _ and the support of that programming _ from a wealth of local experts.

Register Here!


  • Light Breakfast at 8:10 am
  • Opening and introduction
  • Story telling: Painting the picture
  • Statistics: What has Philanthropy done thus far with funding LGBTQ issues (Nation
  • Wide/Ohio)
  • Lightening Talks: What can we do
  • Optional Networking after the event

Introduction by: David Holmes, The Foundation Center Cleveland and Robert E. Eckardt, The Cleveland Foundation Moderated by: Kristi Andrasik, Program Officer, The Cleveland Foundation Storytellers: Phyllis Harris, The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland, Elyzabeth Holford, Equality Ohio, Max Rivers, high school student. Statistics: Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President, Funders for LGBTQ Issues Lightning Talks: Dr. Henry Ng, MetroHealth Pride Clinic, John F. Garofalo, Akron Community Foundation, Mary Zaller, 2014 Gay Games and Valda Lewis, The SAGE Program

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 CourtÍs 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. Barriers including onerous voter identification requirements, limits on the opportunities to vote, and other burdensome election administration measures affecting women, students, people with disabilities, people of color, and the elderly will disproportionately discourage these vulnerable populations from voting. This conversation will explore the important challenges and opportunities to defend and expand voting rights in the upcoming mid-term elections. We will apply a special lens to Southern states and discuss how the national landscape will be impacted by what happens in the South. Moderator: Jerry Gonzalez, Trustee, Sapelo Foundation Speakers:

Please note that the subject matter of this briefing is strictly limited to nonpartisan discussion as outlined in the agenda.

Register Here!

About the 2014 Elections Funder Call Series:This is the second in a series of briefings on issues relevant to the 2014 midterm elections co-sponsored by Environmental Grantmakers Association, FundersÍ Committee for Civic Participation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Health & Environmental Funders Network, Neighborhood Funders Group, and Women Donors Network. These calls will give us the opportunity to both prepare for the 2014 election and learn from one another. This briefing is also sponsored by Grantmakers for Southern Progress.

The Joint Affinity Groups Unity Summit

6/6/2014 – 6/8/2014
AAPIP, ABFE, EPIP, NAP, WFN, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Washington, DC  

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.

Space is limited, click here to register now!

(Early Bird Rate Ends Friday April 18th)

To take advantage of our special group rate at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown, please call the hotel directly at 202.898.9000 or click here to make your room reservation. To guarantee the special group rate of $169 per night plus applicable taxes, you must make your reservation no later than May 12, 2014. Please identify yourself as a Joint Affinity Group (JAG) Summit attendee.

The Power of Two: Funding at the Nexus of LGBT Rights and Repro Rights/Repro Justice

9:00 am – 5:00 pm ET
Ford Foundation
320 E 43rd St.
New York, NY   10017

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? This day-long dialogue will examine ways in which the cross sectional work has already borne fruit and begin strategic thinking about concrete opportunities to advance the agendas of both movements.


This event is sponsored by the Arcus Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Moriah Fund and convened by Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights


Please arrive at the Ford Foundation at 8:45, in time to pass through security and find a seat in the conference room. We will start promptly at 9:00.

  • 9:00-9:30 Welcome and introductions
  • 9:45-10:30 Causes in Common
    Making the most of our common causes is a great idea, but it is not a new one. In 2003, the LGBT Community Center in New York created a groundbreaking national organizing alliance between LGBT activists and those fighting for reproductive justice. What did they learn?

    Richard Burns, Interim Executive Director, The Funding Exchange,
    Former Executive Director of the Lesbian,Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, 1986 _ 2009
    Miriam Yeung, Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, formerly with the LGBT Community Center
    Moderator: Stephen Foster, Overbrook Foundation

  • 10:30-10:45 Break
  • 10:45-12:00 Power building: Exploiting the potential of two movements
    What does it mean to work across these two areas? What can be gained and what are the challenges? What, in particular, should a funder know?

    Rea Carey, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
    Kris Hayashi, Transgender Law Center
    Kierra Johnson, Choice USA
    Moderator: Desiree Flores, Arcus Foundation

  • 11:2-1:00 Lunch
  • 1:00-3:10 Front lines: Working at the nexus and making the nexus work
    What does cross-issue work look like in practice? In a marketplace setting, hear from advocates and activists doing work at the intersection of LGBTQ and reproductive rights and justice on the ground. After framing remarks by Frances Kunreuther, Building Movement Project, choose four of the following speakers for 20-minute cycles.

    Heather Cronk, GetEQUAL
    GetEQUAL works in one of the nation’s most hostile environments for LGBTQ and reproductive rights: the state of Texas. The LGBTQ organization takes action with reproductive justice partners.

    June Gipson, My Brother’s Keeper
    Established as an entity dedicated to the prevention, care and treatment of persons with HIV, My Brother’s Keeper is a community based organization working to eliminate health disparities among vulnerable populations. Its Open Arms Healthcare Center serves underinsured and underrepresented populations with a particular understanding of the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

    Malika Redmond, SPARK
    In SPARK’s own words, “the South is ground zero for dangerous and restrictive legislative policies, but is also home to a number of fierce communities that intersect gender justice and LGBTQI sexual and health rights with racial justice and immigrantsÍ rights. We know what it means to build with community; the voices of the most marginalized and underrepresented.”

    Amanda Wake, Forward Together
    Forward Together’s vision of reproductive justice embraces a wide range of issues. Wake’s work as an organizer provides an up-close look at cross-sectoral work in communities across the country.

    Sarah Lipton-Lubet, National Partnership for Women and Families
    Whether religiously affiliated business or for-profit companies have a right to refuse to follow the law based on owners’ religious beliefs has implications for both LGBTQ and reproductive rights. Lipton-Lubet’s previous job was as Policy Counsel at the ACLU, where she was an expert on religious refusals.

    Elana Redfield, Sylvia Rivera Law Project
    Both LGBTQ and reproductive justice advocates are concerned with expanding and protecting the freedom to self-determine gender identity and expression. What does this work involve?

    David Mattingly, Fund for Global Human Rights
    The struggles for LGBTQ and reproductive rights and justice are global. Mattingly provides a glimpse of the intersections in the international human rights arena.

  • 3:10-3:30 Break
  • 3:30 – 5:00 Funder only discussion


The Dynamics of LGBTQ Funding in Pennsylvania

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm ET
Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia and Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Wells Fargo Foundation
123 South Broad Street, 5th Floor Board Room
Philadelphia, PA   19109

Pennsylvania has a vibrant lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and the state has become a key front in achieving LGBTQ equality.

Please join Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia and Funders for LGBTQ Issues for this important conversation on grantmaking for LGBTQ communities.

Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President of Funders for LGBTQ Issues will share an overview and analysis of the landscape of LGBTQ funding nationally and in Pennsylvania. Local service providers and leading funders of LGBTQ issues will share their perspectives on the state of the LGBTQ moment in Pennsylvania and how to best address key challenges facing LGBTQ communities, including homeless youth, transgender individuals, and senior populations. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore how they already integrate support for the LGBTQ community into their current work and how they can ensure they are addressing the unique needs of LGBTQ communities going forward.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Richard Burns, Consultant, Arcus LGBT Leadership Initiative
  • Annette Duranso, President, Valley Youth House
  • Ron Powers, Director of Programs, Mazzoni Center
  • Bia Vieira, Vice President for Philanthropic Services, The Philadelphia Foundation
  • Heshie Zinman, Chair, LGBT Elder Initiative

Please RSVP directly to Theresa Jackson at theresa@philanthropynetwork.org or 215-790-9700 x14.

Special thanks to the Wells Fargo Foundation for hosting this event!

The Midterms and You: WhatÍs at Stake in 2014?

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm ET

Much is at stake in the 2014 midterm elections. One-third of all U.S. Senate seats, all U.S. House of Representatives seats, thirty-six governor races and scores of other statewide and local offices will be on the ballot. At least twenty states may be voting on ballot measures and referendum covering a broad range of issues and impacting a number of key constituencies. WeÍll 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. You are invited to bring your questions and share your thoughts on the upcoming election season. We hope you can join us! Moderator: Guillermo Quinteros, Solidago Foundation Speakers:

Please note that the subject matter of this briefing is strictly limited to nonpartisan discussion as outlined in the agenda.

Register Here!

About the 2014 Elections Funder Call Series:This is the second in a series of briefings on issues relevant to the 2014 midterm elections co-sponsored by Environmental Grantmakers Association, FundersÍ Committee for Civic Participation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Health & Environmental Funders Network, Neighborhood Funders Group, and Women Donors Network. These calls will give us the opportunity to both prepare for the 2014 election and learn from one another.

Funder Briefing on New Voting Rights Funding Collaborative

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Ford Foundation
320 E. 43rd St.
New York, NY   10017

Teleconference will also be available

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. Immediately after the Supreme CourtÍs decision in Shelby, Texas announced plans to reinstate restrictive voter ID requirements that that the Department of Justice had blocked prior to the Supreme CourtÍs decision. North Carolina also announced plans to implement its voter ID requirements, as well as a reduction of early voting, elimination of same-day registration, and an expansion in the number of ways voters can be turned away and ballots rejected. Alabama and Mississippi also plan to move ahead in implementing their voter ID laws.

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.

Presenters will include:

  • Laleh Ispahani, Director, Democracy Fund, Open Society Foundations
  • Vivek Malhotra, Director, Civil and Human Rights, Ford Foundation
  • Geri Mannion, Program Director, U.S. Democracy and Special Opportunities Fund, Carnegie Corporation
  • Karen Narasaki, Consultant to Shelby Response Fund, Public Interest Projects


This event is open to members of Funders for LGBTQ Issues only.

Funders for LGBTQ Issues at Creating Change

1/29/2014 – 2/2/2014
Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar
Houston, TX   77010

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is gearing up for a busy Creating Change in Houston, TX. We hope to see you there!

Funder Meet and Greet Reception
Friday, January 31st, 8:30PM

Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Arcus Foundation host this funder meet-and-greet at Creating Change. This event will be an opportunity for nonprofit leaders to connect with LGBT funders in a structured yet casual environment. Funders for LGBTQ Issues will facilitate short, rotating meetings where nonprofit leaders and foundation staff will have 10 minutes to learn about each otherÍs work, explore areas of intersection and build relationships. After 10 minutes, the funders will rotate and the conversations will continue with a new combination of participants. We anticipate having five rounds of structured conversations, allowing both funders and movement leaders to make a number of new connections. We ask that no solicitations be made during the event, so as to create an open space for everyone and so that the conversations can focus on getting to know one anotherÍs work. Before and after the rotating meetings, we will host a reception with appetizers and spirits. We hope that combining a casual reception with structured meeting time will result in new relationships for both funders and movement leaders. We will also briefly tell attendees about the work of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and share some of our recent data on LGBTQ philanthropy.

Increasing LGBT Funding for the U.S. South
A conversation at Creating Change
Friday, January 31st, 10:45AM

Did you know that only 3% of all foundation funding for LGBTQ communities in the United States went to people living in the South? Please join us for a conversation about changing that! Funders for LGBTQ Issues is working to increase grantmaking for queer communities the US South.

For the next phase of this series of conversations, we are hosting a gathering of Southern advocates and organizers working for LGBTQ justice at Creating Change in Houston, TX. We will be sharing our newly released data on the state of Southern LGBTQ funding and having a discussion about Southern funding opportunities. We would love for you to join us. Please take advantage of this chance to share your thoughts on what your communities need with national and Southern funders committed to increasing resources in the South.

If you’re interested in attending this conversation please contact Kristina at kristina@lgbtfunders.org.

Funding Beyond the Coasts and Urban Cores: Resource Investment in Rural, Suburban, and Remote Regions
Saturday, February 1st, 9:00am-10:30am

What is needed for LGBTQ people in rural, remote, and suburban communities and what is like to fund that work? This workshop aims to elevate the importance of funding emerging and existing issues in non-urban communities. A panel of funders will discuss strategies and investments that have been successful in these geographic areas. Organizations will have the opportunity to think about strategies for increasing funding for LGBT communities beyond the coasts and urban centers. Funders and advocates will explore these ideas together to increase their ability to tackle pressing issues in communities where support is most needed.

Presenters: Kris Hermanns, Ben Francisco Maulbeck, Jeff Chartrand, Alfredo Cruz

Joint Affinity Group (JAG) of Southern California Annual Leadership Recognition and Holiday Reception

5:00 pm – 7:30 pm PT
The California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA   90012

Please join Southern CaliforniaÍs 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. This event is open to all current members of SCG and current JAG members. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER JAG is comprised of members of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Hispanics in Philanthropy and Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy. *Please note that this event has a no solicitation policy in order to allow candid peer discussions among philanthropic professionals.

The Mid-terms and You: Navigating Nonpartisan Election-year Grantmaking

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm ET

Want to feel informed and confident about your 2014 funding? Bring your questions and join us for this 75-minute interactive webinar. This session„for both private and public foundations„will cover the essential dos and donÍts of funding election-related activities by 501(c)(3) organizations including voter engagement and registration work, issue advocacy, and ballot measures. After discussing the basics, weÍll explore when and how foundations can engage with social welfare and labor organizations. Join an expert from the Alliance for Justice to review the election activities that 501(c)(3) organizations can engage in, and hear from colleagues about their recent on-the-ground experiences. Speakers:

  • Amy Dominguez-Arms, The James Irvine Foundation [bio]
  • Abby Levine, Alliance for Justice [bio]

REGISTER HERE About the 2014 Elections Funder Call Series: This is the first of five briefings co-sponsored by Environmental Grantmakers Association, FundersÍ Committee for Civic Participation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Health & Environmental Funders Network, Neighborhood Funders Group, and Women Donors Network. The calls will cover an array of topics relevant to our collective membership for the 2014 election, giving everyone the opportunity to both prepare for the 2014 election and learn from one another. The remaining calls in the series will be announced shortly. Please note that the subject matter of this briefing is strictly limited to nonpartisan discussion as outlined in the agenda.

Bay Area Philanthropy Holiday Party

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm PT
APIP, BABIP, BAJFN, Confluence Philanthropy, EPIP, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, GCIR, HIP, NAP and NCG
Bechtel Conference Center @ the Public Policy Inst
500 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA   94111

The Bay Area philanthropic community is coming together once again this year for an annual Holiday Party. Please join your fellow grantmaking peers for a fun evening, celebrating the holiday season and end-of-year accomplishments. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. RSVP with NCG here. This program is free an open to members of: Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy
Bay Area Justice Funders Network
Confluence Philanthropy
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
Hispanics in Philanthropy
Native Americans in Philanthropy
Northern California Grantmakers

AIDS Philanthropy Summit: LGBTQ Caucus Lunch

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm ET
Funders Concerned About AIDS & Funders for LGBTQ Issues
FHI 360
1825 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC   20009

Join us for an LGBTQ breakout lunch at the AIDS Philanthropy Summit! Funders for LGBTQ Issues is working with Funders concerned about AIDS to facilitate a lunchtime conversation that will both examine the intersections between HIV and LGBTQ grantmaking and explore ways to expand collaborative work. Other breakout lunches will be convened around reproductive justice and human rights. After the lunch, all breakout sessions will come together in a large group session about HIV funding and intentionality. Come be a part of the conversation and help us navigate new ways for LGBTQ and HIV funders work together! For more information on both the conference and this lunch, visit the AIDS Philanthropy Summit website.

LGBTQ Grantmakers Washington, DC Happy Hour

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Beacon Rooftop Sky Bar
1615 Rhode Island Avenue NW
Washington, DC   20036

A Bold Conversation with Catherine M. Pino & Ingrid Duran

12:00 pm ET
Bolder Giving, in partnership with Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Hispanics In Philanthropy, & OutGiving

Philanthropy comes in many forms. For Catherine M. Pino and Ingrid Duran, their giving is informed by their roots in New Mexico and East LA, respectively. Catherine started giving as a child through her church and Ingrid became active by growing up in the Chicano movement attending farmworker rallies and never forgetting where she came. And when you combine the two, the impact is positively explosive. Together, Catherine and Ingrid co-created D & P Creative Strategies in 2004, a company that increases the role of corporate, legislative and philanthropic efforts in addressing the concerns of Latinos, women, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) communities. They fuel their giving to social justice causes within the LGBTQ and Latina/o communities through the profits of their business. Among their many accomplishments, they co-founded PODER PAC, a political action committee by and for Latinas; produced The Latino List 1 & 2; and the OUT List, two experience-based documentaries featured on HBO. In celebration of Latina/o Heritage & National Coming Out Month, please join Catherine & Ingrid for ñPhilanthropy at the Corner of Latina & LGBTî as they talk about their journey of giving to and building relationships in the Latina/o and LGBT communities to conquer hatred and bigotry. Click here to RSVP.

The Raben Group’s Policy Breakfast with Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President of Funders for LGBTQ Issues

8:30 am – 9:30 am ET
The Raben Group, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
The Home of Robert Raben
213 E Street NE
Washington, DC   20002

LGBTQ Grantmakers Portland Happy Hour

4:30 pm – 6:30 pm PT
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Raven & Rose
1331 SW Broadway
Portland, OR   97201

The Physics of LGBTQ Funding in Oregon

11:30 am – 1:30 pm PT
Equity Foundation/FCCP/Funders for LGBTQ Issues/Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington/ ...
Northwest Health Foundation - Conference Room
221 NW Avenue
Portland, OR   97209

“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.” This report seeks to unpack the complexities of the queer undocumented experience, looking at immigration, education, and health. It examines the state of LGBTQ immigration funding, activism, and nonprofits, highlighting both gaps and opportunities for funders beyond the current legislative debate on comprehensive immigration reform. This luncheon will hopefully provide us with unique perspectives on this intersection and help to shape the final report, which will be released this fall. This event is invite only. If you’re interested in attending, please contact Immigrant Rights Intern Danilo Machado at danilo@lgbtfunders.org.

The LGBT Southern Funding Project: First Summit

7/29/2013 – 7/30/2013
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Charlotte, NC  

In partnership with several LGBT and Southern funders, on July 29th and July 30th, we will convene a summit of foundations and other donors. The purpose of this summit will be to assess assets, gaps, and opportunities for funding LGBTQ issues in the Southeast. We will also discuss possible strategies and next steps for strengthening LGBTQ communities in the South.

If you are interested in being a part of the LGBT Southern Funding Project, please contact project lead and Funders for LGBTQ Issues President Ben Francisco Maulbeck at ben@lgbtfunders.org.

California’s Future: Boys and Men of Color Funders Symposium

6/10/2013 – 6/17/2013
AAPIP, The California Endowment, the Association of Black Foundation Executives, Funders for LGBTQ I

Join us for two funders only symposiums on Asian American, Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) Boys and Men of Color to coincide with the release of AAPIP’s report, Widening the Lens on Boys and Men of Color: California AAPI and AMEMSA Perspectives. Each daylong symposium„one in Oakland and the other in Los Angeles„will provide funders with an opportunity to engage, learn, and share with each other on various strategies and issues including Immigration, Criminal Justice, and Education that affect boys and men of color in California. Participants will also learn more about AAPI Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer communities within the broader framework of Boys and Men of Color initiatives. The report and symposium is made possible by The California Endowment and is co-sponsored by the Association of Black Foundation Executives, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Native Americans in Philanthropy, and the WomenÍs Funding Network. To attend the Oakland, CA Symposium on 6/10 – REGISTER HERE To attend the Los Angeles, CA Symposium on 6/17 – REGISTER HERE

Election Day “Firsts”: States Advancing Civil Rights and Democracy on the Ballot

3:00 am – 4:00 am ET
(12:00 - 1:00pm PT)

Co-sponsored by Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and Funders for LGBTQ Issues 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. The electorate rejected an anti-democracy voter-ID proposal in Minnesota; advanced marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington; reformed drug policies by legalizing marijuana in Washington state and Colorado; and upheld immigrants’ rights by supporting the state Dream Act in Maryland. Come learn the keys to these successful campaigns from the leaders who helped drive them and glean their battle-tested insights on perennial civic engagement challenges such as building diverse alliances, developing winning messages and getting people to the polls.


Click here to registeræ

Pushing Back Against Push-outs, Pipelines, and Profiling: Grantmaking for Impact among Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer Men & Boys of Color

9:00 am – 11:00 am ET
Philanthropy New York
79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor
New York, New York  

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
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. How do zero-tolerance policies place queer youth in jeopardy? How is homophobia deployed against all men of color by the police? Which experiences and common concerns are the shared by queer youth and youth of color with regard to surveillance and punishment and which are unique to GBTQ young men and boys of color? How are GBTQ men and boys of color profiled in multiple ways: as men of color, as young men, as homeless people, as sexual outsiders. This panel of advocates and philanthropic leaders will bring sexual orientation/gender identity (SOGI) and racial justice lenses to bear on these questions; share stories of successful organizing and advocacy strategies and effective philanthropic partnerships for empowerment of GBTQ men and boys of color. Explore: æ

  • Challenges and opportunities for grantmaking for improved outcomes among gay, bisexual, and transgender men and boys of color
  • Insights from practitioners who have built effective coalitions and led successful campaigns for policies that address discrimination faced by GBTQ men and boys of color
  • Lessons learned from seasoned grantmakers and advocates seeking to advance empowerment of GBTQ males of color.æææ


Pre-Meeting: LGBTQ Public Foundations


A meeting before our Annual Grantmakers Retreat for grantmakers at LGBTQ Public Foundations.


Tuesday, March 12th
7:00 _ 9:00pm ´ Dinner

Wednesday, March 13th
9:15 _ 11:30am ´ Information and knowledge sharing
12:00 _ 2:00pm ´ Future of LGBTQ Public Foundations
2:30 _ 4:30pm ´ LGBTQ Public Foundations and planned giving

Program planning co-chaired by:

Roger Doughty, Horizons Foundation
Kris Hermanns, Pride Foundation
Susan Raffo, PFund Foundation More details to be announced soon. Meanwhile, click here for more information on the 2013 Annual Grantmakers Retreat.

2013 Grantmakers Retreat

3/13/2013 – 3/16/2013

FUNDING FORWARD: What’s Next for LGBTQ Philanthropy?

Hotel Andaluz

Hotel Andaluz

Albuquerque, New Mexico

PLEASE NOTE: Due to a global boycott of Hyatt hotels, we have of relocated our event to this historic boutique hotel in downtown Albuquerque. See below for more info.


Made possible by the support and partnership of these members:


Tim SweeneyWilliam Bell
Jennifer KatesDaniel Zingale
  • M. V. Lee Badgett, Director, Center for Public Policy & Administration, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Research Director, The Williams Institute
  • William C. Bell, President/CEO, Casey Family Programs
  • Kellan Baker, Associate Director of the LGBT Research and Communications Project, Center for American Progress
  • Sangeeta Budhiraja, Director of Programs, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
  • Brian T. Byrnes, President & CEO, Sante Fe Community Foundation
  • Denicia Cadena, Interim Director, Young Women United
  • Jacob Candelaria, State Senator, New Mexico Legislature (invited)
  • ChloÔ Cooney, Director of Global Advocacy, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Soraya Elcock, Board Vice President, Paul Rapoport Foundation and Vice President For Strategic Initiatives, Harlem United
  • James Esseks, Litigation Director, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Vicki Gaubeca, Director, Regional Center for Border Rights, ACLU-NM
  • Elisa Gerontianos, Senior Program Executive, Arcus Foundation
  • Laura A. Hughes, Consultant and former Executive Director, Ruth Ellis Center
  • Jennifer Kates, Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation
  • Kate Kendell, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Andrew Lane, Executive Director, Johnson Family Foundation and Board Chair, FLGBTQI
  • Adrien Lawyer, Executive Director, Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico
  • Andrew Park, Program Director, Wellspring Advisors
  • Lourdes Rivera, Program Officer, Ford Foundation
  • Therese R. Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer, APICHA Community Health Center
  • Dr. Anita Radix, Senior Director of Research and Education, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
  • Amber Royster, Executive Director, Equality New Mexico
  • Michelle Sue Sherman, Fellow, Native Youth Leadership Alliance
  • Peter G. Simonson, Executive Director, ACLU-NM
  • Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez, National Field Director, GetEQUAL.org
  • Sally Steenland, Director, Faith & Progressive Policy Initiative, Center for American Progress
  • Robert Sturm, Program Director, New Mexico Community AIDS Partnership
  • K. Sujata, President/CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women
  • Tim Sweeney, President/CEO, Gill Foundation
  • Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President, The California Endowment

Schedule subject to change

Wednesday, March 13th
2:00-6:00pm ´ Retreat Registration Table Open
6:00-7:30pm ´ Opening Dinner – The New Mexico Landscape: Local Voices (click here for details)

Thursday, March 14th
9:00am ´ Breakfast available
9:30am-12:30pm ´ Conversation 1: The Lived Experience of LGBTQ People: A Framework for Funding (click here for details)
12:30-1:15m ´ Lunch
1:15-5:00pm ´ Conversation 2: LGBTQ Health Care: Where Service Meets Advocacy (click here for details)
6:00-7:30pm ´ Dinner
7:45-8:30pm ´ Cultural Program: Nacha Mendez (click here for details)

Friday, March 15th
9:30am ´ Breakfast available
10:00am – 10:45am ´ Policy Briefing – The View From Here: Immigrant Justice and Marriage Equality in New Mexico (click here for details)
11:00am-1:00pm ´ Conversation 3: Taking Liberties: The Impact of Religious Exemptions on the LGBTQ Community (click here for details)
1:00-2:30pm ´ Lunch Presentation: The Physics of LGBTQ Funding: Momentum, Resistance, and Impact (click here for details)
2:30-5:30pm ´ Open Space & Caucuses (click here for details)
6:00-8:00pm ´ Reception
Dinner on your own

Saturday, March 16th
9:00 ´ Breakfast available
9:30-12:00pm ´ Conversation 4: Funding Strategies for a U.S. of Diverse Youth and Families (click here for details)
12:00pm ´ Boxed Lunches to go


  • Rod Boren, Santa Fe Community Foundation
  • Tony Bowen, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Sangeeta Budhiraja, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
  • Maria Cadenas, Driscoll’s, FLGBTQI board
  • Alexandra DelValle, Groundswell Fund
  • Carrie Eberhardy, Santa Fe Community Foundation
  • Jennifer Faibanks, Native Americans in Philanthropy
  • John Feather, Grantmakers in Aging
  • Patrick Flaherty, Gill Foundation
  • Rebecca Fox, Wellspring Advisors, FLGBTQI Board
  • Samantha Franklin, Johnson Family Foundation
  • Kaying Hang, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
  • Jason McGill, Philanthropy New York
  • Jon Quinn, Santa Fe Community Foundation
  • Susan Raffo, Pfund Foundation
  • Cindy T. Rizzo, Arcus Foundation, FLGBTQI Board
  • Patricia St. Onge, Seven Generations Consulting and Coaching, FLGBTQI Board

Registration is open to representatives from any grantmaking entity or philanthropic infrastructure organization (e.g., board members, staff, grant advisory committee members, etc.).

Opening Reception at 7pm Wednesday March 13th
Closing Session Ends at 12pm Saturday March 16th

Hotel Andaluz
125 2nd Street, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Reservations 505-242-9090
www.hotelandaluz.com Funders for LGBTQ Issues has secured discounted room rates at the hotel. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their rooms and for securing their own reservations. You may reserve your room by either calling the hotel or using their online reservation site:

  • You may call the Hotel Andaluz at 505-242-9090 and mention “Funders for LGBTQ Issues” to qualify for the discounted per night room rates.
  • You may also book reservations online by going to this link.
  • The discounted room rate is $149.
  • These reduced rates are not guaranteed after Monday, February 25th 2013.
  • The Hotel will offer the same rates (3) days prior and (3) days after the event, depending upon availability. If you wish to take advantage of the discounted rate for these days, please call the hotel directly, as these dates depend upon availability. You will not be able to reserve the pre or post retreat dates using the online link shared above.

THE HOTEL ANDALUZ IS SOLD OUT! Please see below for our overflow hotel! Where (OVERFLOW HOTEL):
DoubleTree by Hilton
201 Marquette Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Reservations 800-584-5058
www.doubletreeabq.com Funders for LGBTQ Issues has secured discounted room rates at the DoubleTree by Hilton as we are sold out of rooms at the Hotel Andaluz. Attendees are responsible for the cost of their rooms and for securing their own reservations. Please call the hotel to reserve a room:

  • You may call the DoubleTree by Hiltonat 800-584-5058 and mention “LGBTQ Funders” to qualify for the discounted per night room rates.
  • The discounted room rate is $119.
  • These reduced rates are not guaranteed after Wednesday, March 6th, 2013.
  • There is a complimentary shuttle to/from the Airport.
  • This hotel is 5 minutes walking distance from the Hotel Andaluz.

NOTE: In support of the global boycott of Hyatt hotels, we have relocated our event to a this historic boutique hotel in downtown Albuquerque. We apologize for any inconvenience.

These airlines serve the Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ): American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Great Lakes Airlines, New Mexico Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, & US Airways.


  • $600 early bird registration for members
  • $700 early bird registration for non-members
  • $680 after Friday, February 15th (5pm ET) for members
  • $780 after Friday, February 15th (5pm ET) for non-members

Early bird registration ended Friday, February 15th

Note: Registration fees are not refundable after Tuesday, February 19, 2013 (5pm ET).

Click here to register.

WEBINAR: Philanthropy In/Sight: LGBTQ

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET

Co-sponsored by: The Foundation Center During this webinar, Dave Clark from the Foundation Center will provide a live overview and demonstration of Philanthropy In/Sight: LGBTQ. Developed in partnership with the Foundation Center, our newest online resource is a special, custom edition of the Foundation Center’s Philanthropy In/Sight¬ data visualization platform that focuses on the field of LGBTQ issues. With this unique, dynamic tool, you can create maps that visualize the scope and reach of LGBTQ focused philanthropy – from local communities to countries around the globe. Combining the last ten years of data collected by both Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Foundation Center, it will allow users to plot the location of grantmaking on world maps, drill down for details about organizations and grants, explore emerging trends by viewing maps with aggregated grantmaker and grant data, and more. By providing grantmakers with a sector-wide overview, Philanthropy In/Sight: LGBTQ will prove helpful to grantmakers in numerous ways, such as learning about trends in grantmaking, identifying gaps in funding, or finding possible funding partners. Dave will provide illustrative examples of how to generate useful information from the tool, and discuss how it can assist with strategic grantmaking. There will also be time for questions. Click here to register.

40 Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET

On the occasion of our 30th anniversary, Funders for LGBTQ Issues published Forty Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy: 1970 – 2010, a report documenting the first 40 years of U.S. foundation support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. This unique and seminal work details how LGBTQ grantmaking has played a significant role in the fight for LGBTQ rights and equity across four decades. It documents 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. Join us as we host a telebriefing which will provide an overview of the report. We will present a slate of panelists who have been deeply involved in this work over the years who will offer their insights and reflections on this history, their own perspectives on the movement, and a look toward the future of LGBTQ Philanthropy.

Moderated by: Andrew Lane, Executive Director, Johnson Family Foundation and Board Chair, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Karen Zelermyer, President/CEO, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Surina Khan, Director, Gender Rights and Equality, Ford Foundation
Michael Seltzer, Partner, Philanthropic Services, Rabin Martin
Email Marvin Webb at marvin@lgbtfunders.org to register.

Ending Demand to End Sex Trafficking: Does it Work?

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET
Register Here!
Open Society Foundations in collaboration with Women and the Law Program at The American University
OSF Offices
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY   10019

For the past decade, the U.S. government has devoted a great deal of attention and resources to combating human trafficking, particularly into the sex sector. Now, policymakers are taking a new look at campaigns to end the demand for sexual services as a way to curtail trafficking. But are such approaches successful? The Open Society Foundations and the Women and Law Program at the American Unviersity Washington College of Law will host an expert panel discussion to explore the available evidence. Are prohibition policies on sex work effective, and what is the impact on marginalized populations? Moderator: Gara LaMarche, former President and CEO, Atlantic Philanthropies Panelists: Pye Jakobsson, Expert Consultant, Harm Reduction International, and founder of Rose Alliance Lisa Kelly, S.J.D. candidate, Harvard Law School Andrea Ritchie, Director, Streetwise & Safe, and former Director, Sex Workers Project, Urban Justice Center Noy Thrupkaew, journalist and Open Society Fellow Please RSVP at the link below

Transgender Health and Human Rights

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm ET

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

**Please RSVP to Marvin Webb at marvin@lgbtfunders.org to register.** (note: please include the country from which you will be dialing so that we can send you the correct dial-in information)
The scant evidence available points to huge gaps in access to and availability of quality health services for transgender communities. 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. As a result, transgender individuals suffer poorer health across global and economic settings, including higher rates of HIV infection, mental health issues, drug and alcohol dependency, and sexual violence. Health related issues are often prioritized by transgender groups as the most pressing concerns facing their communities. There are tremendous opportunities for donors to make investments that would change legal and policy environments in order to immediately effect improvements in the access to and quality of care available to transgender communities. This call will explore the health and related human rights issues facing transgender communities, and discuss opportunities for how donors could make a difference. Presenters: Justus Eisfeld and Mauro Cabral, Co-directors, Global Action for Trans* Equality JoAnne Keatley, Director, Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, San Francisco, USA He-Jin Kim, Development Director, Gender Dynamix, South Africa Richard Koehler, Co-chair, Transgender Europe Moderator: Heather Doyle, Director of the Sexual Health and Rights Project (SHARP), Open Society Public Health Program, New York City, USA

Reducing Health Disparities for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET

Co-sponsored by: Grantmakers in Health to register, send e-mail to president@gih.org This telebriefing will highlight recent developments on identifying and reducing health disparities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. For example, in April 2010, the President issued a Memorandum directing the Department of Health and Human Services to issue regulations ensuring equal hospital visitation and advance directives policies for LGBT patients and their families. Last DecemberÍs launch of Healthy People 2020 explicitly included the LGBT population as a disparities population. The Institute of MedicineÍs groundbreaking report on gaps and opportunities in LGBT health research, commissioned by the National Institutes of Health, was issued in March 2011. And in April 2011, the Secretary of Health and Human Services outlined new and existing LGBT-focused initiatives across a broad range of the departmentÍs activities, and the continuation of a senior level department work group on LGBT issues. Despite these recent reports and activities on LGBT health issues, the Institute of Medicine emphasizes how many fundamental areas of knowledge about LGBT health remain unexplored, especially for bisexual and transgender populations, for LGBT individuals who are also members of racial and ethnic minorities or of other groups affected by health disparities, and for LGBT individuals across the life course. The telebriefing also will 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. These opportunities include ensuring equal access to the new health insurance products offered through state health insurance exchanges, standardized data collection and analyses regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, support for LGBT patient and community engagement, cultural competency training on LGBT issues for all health care providers, recruitment of LGBT health professions students, and support for LGBT health care providers and researchers. Finally, the telebriefing will explore some strategies for funders to consider that could leverage the increased attention that are being focused on issues of LBGT health disparities. 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 MODERATOR: Ignatius Bau, Health Policy Consultant

LGBTQ & HIV/AIDS: Beyond a National Strategy, Towards a High Impact Outcome for Our Communities

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET
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Co-sponsored by: Funders Concerned About AIDS This call will explore the issues and needs of communities most profoundly affected by HIV and AIDS: Men Who Have Sex with Men [MSM] – particularly MSM of color — who constitute over half of new US infections each year; African Americans who represent 46% of People Living with HIV/AIDS [PLWHA] in the US; and transgender people who by some accounts face an HIV infection rate four times the national average. It is timed to be equidistant between the Obama Administration’s July 2010 release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (which calls for an emphasis on communities taking the hardest hit) and the International AIDS Conference scheduled to take place in Washington DC in the summer of 2012. What is the link between LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS? How can funders support the structural changes necessary to address HIV and AIDS and attendant drivers (e.g., barriers to housing and care, employment discrimination, criminalization), specifically with regard to communities experiencing the hardest impact? Presenters: Ernest Hopkins, Director of Federal Affairs, San Francisco AIDS Foundation Celia C. Chung, Commissioner, San Francisco Human rights Commission Ron Simmons, Executive Director, Us Helping Us Moderator: Terry M. McGovern, Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation Please RSVP to Marvin Webb at marvin@lgbtfunders.org for dial-in information.

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

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm ET
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Co-sponsored by: Funders for LGBTQ Issues, The International Human Rights Funders Group and The Disability Funders Network. This telebriefing will explore the role funders can and do play in mitigating or aggravating risks and exposure facing their grantees (particularly human rights defenders). The murders and ongoing persecution of LGBTI activists in Uganda, Honduras, Kenya, and the growing threats faced by disability rights campaigners in Uganda and Ukraine remind us yet again that attention must be paid to both the concerns/risks that all human rights organizations and defenders share and those that are identity- or issue-specific. Presenters on this call will offer both a “grantee safety 101” and an examination of the distinct security issues faced by LGBTI and disability activists – two particularly vulnerable and marginalized groups of human rights defenders – and discuss the specific considerations for funders working with them. What are some general best practices that funders can implement to avoid harm? What practical steps are there for funders working with marginalized groups? PRESENTERS:
Terry Greenblatt, Executive Director and CEO, Urgent Action Fund
Nguru Karugu, Executive Director, Public Health Innovations
Diana Samarasan, Director, Disability Rights Fund.

Dulce Reyes, Program Officer, International Fund for Sexual Minorities, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Please RSVP to Marvin Webb at marvin@lgbtfunders.org for dial-in information.