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Causes: Lesbian & Gay Rights

Funders for LGBTQ Issuesworks 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.

We seek to accomplish our mission by:

Serving as a resource for grant makers and community groups to increase and strengthen institutional giving to LGBTQ communities. For 30 years, we have studied, shaped and strengthened LGBTQ grantmaking by convening and educating funders, providing reliable research on institutional funding patterns, and disseminating information on issues relevant to our communities.

Providing regular and reliable research on philanthropy about - and to - LGBTQ communities. Our comprehensive research efforts allow us to track foundation giving in the US, ensuring that LGBTQ funders remain attuned to their constituencies and that their giving reaches diverse populations and the issues they prioritize.

Bringing together and broadening the base of LGBTQ funders to improve grant making and organizational capacity for LGBTQ rights, including racial, economic and gender justice. Since our inception, we have ensured that grantmakers have an organized space to discuss LGBTQ grantmaking, learn about each other and the field, share resources and ideas, and hold one another accountable to increasing foundation giving to our communities.

Programs: Convening and training: funders for lgbtq issues provides conferences, briefings, and trainings to educate funders about the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. These programs include the annual funding forward conference, a three-day series of workshops and interactive sessions to help funders maximize the impact of their grantmaking in lgbt communities. Funding forward 2017 was held in march in seattle and was attended by more than 215 people. During 2017, funders for lgbtq issues also provided webinars, convenings, and trainings on lgbtq issues for more than 1,000 foundation staff and trustees.

research: funders for lgbtq issues conducts research to monitor the character of lgbtq funding and identify trends, gaps, and opportunities for funders seeking to improve the lives of lgbtq communities. The organization released three reports and infographics in 2017. These reports included its 2015 tracking report: lesbian, gay, biseuxal, transgender, and queer grantmaking by u. S. Foundations, the oranization's annual report on overall trends in lgbtq funding. Funders also released two special infographics: lgbtq criminalization and criminal justice reform and the state of lgbtq philanthropy in the northwest.

out in the south: the out in the south initiative seeks to increase the scale and impact of foundation funding for lgbtq communities in the u. S. South. The initiative raises awareness about the unique needs and assets of southern lgbtq communities and provides support for lgbtq philanthropic funds based in the south. In 2017, the initiative awarded its second round of grants, providing $445,000 in planning grants and matching grants to help strengthen 11 lgbtq funds across the region.

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