For decades, southern based efforts working to support LGBTQ communities have been under-resourced and under valued by funders. In recent years, we have seen a promising increase in support for LGBTQ work in the South.
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.
This past week we have witnessed distinguished resiliency and unity unfold in the wake of the Orlando shooting early Sunday morning.
FPN community foundations members met for the Community Foundations of Florida Summer Meeting June 8-9, 2016 in Orlando, FL. Sessions included resources around peer learning exchange, Florida community foundation trends, Florida KIDS COUNT, LGBTQ giving circles and community funds and collective innovation.
People across the country continue to grieve over the tremendous loss of life that occurred on June 12, when a gunman attacked an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, leaving 49 dead and more than 50 injured, nearly all LGBTQ, Latinx, and young. This was a violent attack against the LGBTQ community, the Latinx/Hispanic community, the Orlando community and our nation.
Funders concerned about this tragedy and how to best respond joined a national teleconference on June 22, 11 am-noon ET. The teleconference was co-hosted by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Change Philanthropy, AAPIP, ABFE, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, GCIR, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Native Americans in Philanthropy, and Women's Funding Network. Click on the link below to listen to the the recording for 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.
n 2004, a group of foundations came together to create a funder collaborative in support of Freedom to Marry’s state-by-state strategy to win marriage equality. Over the following 11 years, this unique collaborative and its funding partners invested a total of $153 million to support a wide range of activities across the country to change hearts and minds on a massive scale — and ultimately to deliver a historic win for equality and love.
Following the Pulse tragedy, the Central Florida Foundation launched The 49 Fund, an annual scholarship award for local LGBT students, as a partnership between the LGBT Center and local attorney Barry L. Miller.
This year the Fund will award up to ten local LGBT students up to $4,900 each to help them pay for college tuition.
At a series of public meetings beginning Friday, the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida will release preliminary findings from a recent survey of area lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex residents.
The survey, which launched in August and closed in November, gauged the needs of those populations. The early results will be presented at four meetings, said Michael Meyers, fund president.
While one of the meetings will be about issues affecting the local LGBTI community as a whole, the other three will focus on specific populations within the LGBTI community — the elderly, African-Americans and transgender.
Public feedback from the sessions will be incorporated into the final report, which is due in May.
LGBT members of the Jacksonville community are invited to take part in an anonymous survey. The goal is to learn more about LGBT people, especially subsets like African-Americans and transgender people.
The survey is being funded by the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida, an initiative of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. The survey is being conducted by The Williams Institute at UCLA.
The Our Sarasota Fund and the McCauley-Brown Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County have awarded Embracing Our Differences a $2,750 grant in recognition of the organization's outstanding work promoting diversity and LGBTQ+ issues.