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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Human Services, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ

Mission: Pride Foundation is a community based foundation working to strengthen our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied community today and build an endowment for tomorrow.

Results: Pride Foundation has invested more than $8 million in nonprofits and students who are building the LGBT community. Every year we support hundreds of organizations, large and small, who are critical to the Northwest LGBT community.

Target demographics: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and nonprofits serving the LGBT community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350

Geographic areas served: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon & Washington

Programs: Education & outreach: provided training and technical assistance on fundraising, grant-making, leadership development, etc. To 350 non-profits and 900 individuals in alaska, idaho, montana, oregon and washington. In each pride foundation community there is a steering committee made up of a core group of volunteers with visionary ideas who support their regional lgbtq and allied community. The volunteers work to raise funds, support one another in leadership development, strengthen community relationships and respond to the needs of the local community.

granting program: awarded cash grants to 230 non-profit organizations. Pride foundation funds organizations, small and large, as they strengthen and serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Often we hear that our grant is the first an organization ever received. Other times we are funding more established organizations, which are starting to serve the lgbt community. Either way, we are honored to put our community's resources to work supporting organizations we know are making a difference for lgbt equality.

scholarship program: awarded scholarships to 105 students for post-secondary education, with funds paid directly to the institution of learning. Pride foundation scholarships support education and leadership development to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and straight-ally students of any age or sexual orientation from alaska, idaho, montana, oregon, and washington who are pursuing any post-secondary education (including community college, public or private colleges & universities, trade apprenticeships, or certificate programs)! Lgbtq students often do not have access to traditional means of support from families making it more compelling for organizations like ours to exist to support the educational endeavors of these students. Our scholarships have the power to make a huge financial and emotional impact on their lives.

fellowship program: pride foundation fellowship program seeks to cultivate leaders and strengthen the pacific northwest lgbtq community. This fellowship experience will provide an opportunity for professional development as well as an introduction to the work of community leadership organizations by matching 8 exceptional pride foundation scholarship recipients and other lgbtq and ally students with pride foundation grantees and other organizations committed to lgbtq equality.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The Pride Foundation is wasteful and dishonest. First, it wrongly categorizes what should be development/fundraising expenses as program expenses. Further, and more important, it has a history of stealing endowments and not giving first priority to donors' intentions. In one example, it has stolen $500,000+ of an organization's endowment.

The Pride Foundation markets itself as an efficient re-granter. However, it is not. Donors should NOT give to Pride, believing it will be a good pass-through organization for their gifts. Instead, give to an organization directly--the organization will get more of your money, and you won't be paying for the management and administration of an intermediary.

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PrideFoundation 02/25/2011

Pride Foundation is always open to answering questions from donors or potential donors, and are happy to share our annual financial audit and IRS Form 990. We are committed to achieving full LGBTQ equality by working with our valued donors and other stakeholders to reach their philanthropic goals. To learn more about our work and our mission please visit www.pridefoundation.org or call 1.800.735.7287.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Pride Foundation truly lives up to its mission of inspiring a culture of generosity that connects and strengthens Northwest organizations, leaders, and students who are creating LGBTQ equality.