Overlooked, Underserved & Missing

  • Monday, May 03, 2021
  • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Zoom Meeting

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How to Mainstream LGBTQ Funding, Draw New Donors & Increase Impact

Although LGBTQ people comprise 4-5% of Florida’s population, less than half a percent of charitable giving goes to LGBTQ causes. Due to stigma and discrimination, LGBTQ people are more likely to experience poverty, homelessness, illness, suicide, and violence, all without the support and resources philanthropy can provide.

Join us to learn best practices from a panel of funders who have cracked the code on LGBTQ giving, including Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Community Foundation of Broward, and Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

About the Speakers

Trisha Botty, Head of Social Impact and Connectivity
Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Trisha leads, develops, and implements strategy for social impact and connectivity programs. Her professional experience includes 15+ years in government and community relations, social impact and collaboration, philanthropy, communications, organizing, program management, campaigns, organized labor, and advocacy. Trisha graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a Political Science degree. She is a proud mother, wife and changemaker who believes in lifting up people, organizations and communities through authentic relationships and innovative strategies.

Eileen Coogan, President & CEO
Allegany Franciscan Ministries


Eileen Coogan joined Allegany Franciscan Ministries, a non-profit Catholic organization focused on improving individual and community health, in 2005.  At Allegany, Eileen successfully led the board and staff in navigating significant internal and external changes, and was responsible for the launch of major new community-based initiatives. A servant-leader, Eileen has more than 35 years of experience in non-profit management and leadership. She is skilled at engaging board and staff, building powerful relationships, embracing change, designing solutions, and focusing on continuous, mission-driven improvement. Previously, Eileen served as executive VP at United Way of Palm Beach County, Florida; executive director of LynnArts in Lynn Massachusetts; and manager at Project Bread – The Walk for Hunger in Boston. A graduate of Leadership Florida and Leadership Palm Beach County, Eileen is past-president of the Blue Ridge Institute, board member of the Florida Philanthropic Institute, chair of the Florida Health Funders, and serves on many other board and committees. She earned a BA at Mount Holyoke College, an MSW from Boston College, a Certificate in Franciscan Studies from the University of St. Francis, and a Certificate in Post Crisis Leadership from the USF MUMA School of Business.

Daniel Gibson, Regional Vice-President Miami-Dade
Allegany Franciscan Ministries


Daniel joined the Allegany Franciscan Ministries team in 2016 to oversee the ministry in Miami-Dade County. He is a passionate community leader and advocate for social justice, with deep experience in philanthropy, community development, public speaking, as well as program design, implementation and evaluation.

Prior to joining the Allegany team, Daniel was Chief Program Officer for The Lord’s Place, a nonprofit in Palm Beach County Florida serving those who are homeless. There, he oversaw a $7.5 million program budget with 14 programs and 50+ staff, including leadership on jail reform policies and re-entry services.

Daniel has undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Theatre from Yale University, and an MSW from Barry University in Miami. Daniel is proud to be completing his third and final year as a Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Fellow, joining some of the country’s top thought leaders around health, equity, diversity and inclusion.


Nadine Smith, Executive Director
Equality Florida Institute


Nadine Smith is the Executive Director of Equality Florida, the state's largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

An award-winning journalist turned organizer, Nadine was one of four national co-chairs of the 1993 March on Washington. She was part of the historic meeting between then - President Clinton - the first Oval Office meeting between a sitting President and gay community leaders. She served on the founding board of the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization.

She is a Florida Chamber Foundation Trustee and served on President Obama's National Finance Committee. Nadine has been named one of the state's "Most Powerful and Influential Women" by the Florida Diversity Council. She has received the League of Women Voters’ Woman of Distinction Award and in 2018 was named one of the 100 Most Influential Floridians by Influence Magazine. She currently serves as chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Florida Advisory Committee.

Aimee Coley, Grants Manager
Equality Florida Institute


Aimee joined the Equality Florida staff in 2019 as Grants Manager, after working with the organization as a contract Grant Writer since 2015. Aimee began her career writing grants at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast in 2011. Since then, she has helped to raise approximately $7.5 million in grant funding for nonprofit organizations. She also worked as Director of Collective Impact for United Way of Charlotte County, where she was responsible for implementing and overseeing a collaborative grants program for local nonprofit agencies. Prior to her work with nonprofits, she taught writing in the First-Year Composition Program and Writing Center at University of South Florida.

Aimee holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from New College of Florida, a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, and a Master’s degree in English Literature from University of South Florida.

Angelica Rosas, Strategic Grants Manger
Community Foundation of Broward


Angelica joined the Community Foundation of Broward in 2015. Prior to joining the Foundation, Angelica spent more than eleven years with local nonprofit agencies such as United Community Options of South Florida, Children’s Home Society of Florida, and the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund in different development positions. Angelica is a graduate of St. Thomas University and lives in Hollywood, FL.


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