OVERVIEW: The Palette Fund supports organizations across the United States that are actively breaking down barriers for the LGBTQ community.
IP TAKE: This funder seeks out LGBTQ organizations located in low- and under-resourced communities.
PROFILE: Terrence Meck and Peter Benassi established the Palette Fund in 2008 in honor of Rand Harlan Skolnick. The fund is “dedicated to breaking down barriers and advancing social change in communities that are under-resourced and facing significant challenges.” Overall, the fund supports pancreatic cancer, cultivating future philanthropists, and LGBTQ issues.
Palette's LGBTQ program supports “ground breaking initiatives that increase the pipeline of young people prepared to take on pivotal roles the private and public sectors.” The fund also supports organizations that tackle the barriers faced by the LGBTQ community. Palette gives specific examples of such barriers, which include HIV stigma, substance abuse, lack of family acceptance, mental and emotional well-being, and faith rejection.
While the fund awards grants ranging from $150,000 to $300,000, most grants range from $10,000 to $75,000. Examples of past LGBTQ grantees include the True Colors Fund and LGBT Health. To learn more about Palette grantees and to get a broader sense of the types of organizations it supports, explore its Current Grantees page.
The Palette Fund does not currently accept letters of inquiry or requests for funding.
- Terrence Meck, Cofounder and President
- Peter Benassi, Board Chair