Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues

Celebrating 35 years of mobilizing
        philanthropic resources for the LGBTQ community.
1982 – 2017



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Join Funders for LGBTQ Issues at the JAG Unity Summit and the Council on Foundations Philanthropy Exchange Conference!

JAG UNITY Summit

The JAG Unity Summit will bring together over 400 progressive grantmakers from all different backgrounds to work on eliminating disparities across race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability. A strong slate of intersectional sessions have been organized for this conference. Below is the explicitly LGBTQ oriented content.(Click here to find out more and register.)


Friday, June 6

  • Advancing Equitable Outcomes: It’s More than Marriage Equality
    3:00-5:00 pm

    A discussion of equitable outcomes for Black LGBTQ communities hosted by ABFE - A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities.

  • Funders for LGBTQ Issues Happy Hour
    5:00-6:00 pm


  • JAG Welcome Reception
    6:00-8:00 pm

    Saturday, June 7

  • New Majority: The Future of LGBTQ Communities
    9:30-10:20 am

    LGBTQ communities are inherently diverse in terms of sexual orientation, gender identity, race/ethnicity, immigration status, income and age. It’s well known that Millennials – and the generations to follow them – are more likely to be of color, but they are also more likely to be queer – and are coming out at even younger ages. How are organizations and leaders mobilizing around these natural intersections to create change?
    Organized by AAPIP, ABFE, Arcus Foundation, Astraea Foundation, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and Tides

    Moderator: Toby Thompkins, Vice President, Tides Foundation

    Presenters: Namita Chad, Program Officer, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice; Ben de Guzman, Co-Director, National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA); Paulina Hernandez, Co-Director, Southerns on New Ground (SONG)

  • Funding at the Intersections of Gender Identity
    10:30-11:20 am

    The issues facing transgender communities are at the crux of the intersections between racial, economic and gender justice. Transgender communities face incredibly high rates of poverty, and the combination of gender identity discrimination and racism creates a bleak reality for transgender people of color. In fact, 34% of black transgender people make less than $10,000 per year. Transgender and gender nonconforming people are disproportionately incarcerated and are 13 times more likely to be sexually assaulted in prison. Still, there are vibrant transgender communities all over the country organizing a strong movement for trans justice, educating the public, and achieving policy change. National and local advocates and funders will discuss the issues facing transgender communities and how they overlap with funding priorities such as criminal justice reform, economic development, and health care access.

    Presenters: Gabriel Foster, Co-Organizer, Trans Justice Funding Project; Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality; Debbie McMillan, Harm Reduction Services Manager, HIPS; Rye Young, Director, Third Wave Fund.

  • Luncheon Plenary: How Immigrants, LGBTQ People, People of Color, & Youth are Fighting the Culture of Criminalization
    Noon-1:30 pm

    Immigrants, people of color, and LGBT youth all face unfair criminalization, disproportionate detention rates and are falling through the cracks of multiple harmful institutions – often with little to no support from schools, law enforcement officials, and other institutions that are intended to serve them. As a consequence, we are losing a key part of our next generation to pipelines that lead prison, poverty and further disparities within the general youth population. This session will look at how communities are mobilizing within and across various identities to resist a culture that criminalizes them and to advocate for policies and systems that empower and serve all of our youth and young people.

    Speakers will include Andrea Ritchie, Streetwise and Safe; and Rashad Robinson, Color of Change.

  • Got Data?
    2:00-2:50

    Who works in philanthropy and in nonprofits? Where do philanthropic dollars go? In our era of big data and in a field that recognizes the importance of data, why is the collection and sharing of demographic data in philanthropy so elusive? We need data to understand the communities in which we invest, and to advocate for equity. This sessionwill spotlight work underway in the field and introduce a template—which has been in development for years—for data collection that participants will be encouraged to take back to their organizations and colleagues to inform their data collection practices and to build a field-wide commitment to data collection standards that are necessary to inform philanthropy’s strategies, and necessary to advance equity work.

    Organized by D5, the Foundation Center, and JAG

    Presenters: Kelly Brown, D5; Ben Francisco Maulbeck, Funders for LGBTQ Issues; Larry McGill, Foundation Center

    Council on Foundations Philanthropy Exchange Conference

    Philanthropy Exchange is the rebranded Council on Foundations Annual Conference. Philanthropy Exchange promises enhanced networking opportunities, an inclusive perspective on the shared values of the field, and a focus on the issues that matter to grantmakers.


  • Moving Against the Tide, Until You Turn It: A Historic Year for LGBTQ Equality
    Monday, June 9 - 3:15-4:30

    The movements for LGBTQ equality and advancement have created a fundamental shift in thinking and social attitudes in a remarkably short period of time. Many high-profile successes in 2013 have secured a place in history for one of the country’s most notable and effective civil rights efforts. This important moment provides an opportunity to reflect on the role that organized philanthropy has played in fostering efforts to advance LGBTQ people and their allies.

    This session will open with a presentation on current levels of philanthropic funding for LGBTQ related issues. Leading national figures will then discuss various aspects of how certain groups built support for important issues, like the freedom to marry, broader understandings of gender, and corporate philanthropy.

    Sponsored by Arcus Foundation

    Presenters: Deena Fidas, Director, Workplace Project, Human Rights Campaign; Gabriel Foster, Co-Organizer, Trans Justice Funding Project; Kevin Jennings, Executive Director, Arcus Foundation; Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President, Funders for LGBTQ Issues; Evan Wolfson, Executive Director, Freedom To Marry



    Category(s): Philanthropic Sector