Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues

Celebrating 36 years of mobilizing
        philanthropic resources for the LGBTQ community.
1982 – 2018

Out in the South Fund

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is pleased to announce our first round of grants from the Out in the South Fund. The Fund aims to strengthen local LGBTQ funds and Southern funding collaboratives as sustainable sources of locally rooted LGBTQ funding that will increase the capacity of local community organizations making a positive impact on the lives of LGBTQ Southerners. The structure of the fund and resulting grant awards are based on the following guiding principles:

  • Funding for the needs and dreams of LGBTQ communities in the South is best led by LGBTQ Southerners;
  • Building and organizing local communities of LGBTQ and allied donors is the most effective way to build sustainable resources for LGBTQ communities in the South; and
  • Advancing social change for LGBTQ communities in the South requires strong locally rooted community-based organizations with the capacity to advance cultural change, advocate for more equitable policies, and deliver effective services to improve the lives of LGBTQ Southerners.

We are proud to announce the follow grantees for our first round of grants:

The Appalachian Community Fund’s GLBTQ Initiative
will partner with community-based organizations to expand an LGBTQ fund serving rural Appalachia (TN, KY, VA, WV) with a focus on engaging young people.

Campaign for Southern Equality’s Southern Equality Fund
will hone its strategy to provide support and capacity building for grassroots LGBTQ work across the South.

Foundation for Louisiana
will bring together Louisiana-based funders and LGBTQ advocates in the state to identify funding strategies that will build the capacity of LGBTQ communities across the state.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s LGBT Fund
, a newly established LGBT fund, will receive a matching grant that will increase resources available to local LGBTQ organizations in New Orleans.

, a long standing LGBTQ fund in Kentucky, will develop a strategy for planned giving to increase support for LGBTQ organizations across the state.

The LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida
will receive a matching grant to build its donor base and increase resources for LGBTQ organizations in Jacksonville.

The LGBTQ Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
will build on a recently completed community needs assessment to develop its donor base and grantmaking strategies to support LGBTQ organizations in the Birmingham area.

The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta’s Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle
, the region’s only giving circle developing Black donors, will receive a matching grant to support the work of LGBTQ organizations in Atlanta.

The OUT Miami Foundation
will increase its capacity to cultivate young people of color as donors and supporters of LGBTQ organizations in Miami.

Southerners On New Ground (SONG)
will explore the most effective structure for a potential new fund to support grassroots LGBTQ people of color organizing in the South.

Texas Pride Impact Funds
, a newly established fund, will conduct a needs assessment to inform the development of its grantmaking priorities aimed at supporting LGBTQ organizations in Texas.

A special thanks for the funding and collaboration of several national and Southern funders, who make the Out in the South Fund Possiple:

  • The Arcus Foundation
  • The Chartrand Family Foundation
  • The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
  • The Freeman Foundation
  • Laughing Gull Foundation
  • The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund
  • The Palette Fund
  • An anonymous donor

For questions about the 2016 grantees or information about upcoming RFPs, please contact Chantelle Fisher-Borne at or (919)260-2189 .