OVERVIEW: The Pride Foundation supports organizations that address discrimination, protect gains made, and advocate for equality in LGBTQ communities in the Northwest region of the United States.
IP TAKE: While Pride does support a few national initiatives, it mainly supports local and grassroots LGBTQ organizations.
PROFILE: In 1985, Mary Kay Wright, Tarl Oliason, Allan Tonning, and Dan Block established the Pride Foundation in recognition that the Seattle area lacked the resources to address the needs of its LGBTQ community. The foundation has since expanded its grantmaking, which now encompasses the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Pride supports organizations that share its vision of a “world in which all LGBTQ youth, adults, and families enjoy the freedom to live safely, openly, and genuinely.”
The foundation’s Community Grants Program seeks proposals and projects that address the needs of local LGBTQ communities. When making grants, the foundation supports organizations that:
- Reduce disparities within the LGBTQ community
- Tear down barriers to opportunities
- Address issues that threaten safety, livelihoods, and well-being
While Pride does not have a maximum grant amount, most of its LGBTQ-related awards range between $2,500 and $10,000. Pride accepts unsolicited applications for this grant program until June 30. Submission deadlines are subject to change.
The foundation also has a Rapid Response Fund. This fund awards grants to organizations across the Northwest region of the United States that “counter renewed threats at both the local and national levels” against the LGBTQ community. These grants range from $500 to $5,000. Pride accepts applications throughout the year for this program.
To learn more about the types of organizations Pride supports, explore its searchable grants list.
- Kris Hermanns, CEO
- Gunner Scott, Director of Programs
- Tylene Carnell, Regional Philanthropic Officer, Washington
- Josh Hemsath, Regional Philanthropic Officer, Alaska
- Kim Leighton, Regional Philanthropic Officer, Montana
- Steve Martin, Regional Philanthropic Officer, Idaho
- Kim Sogge, Regional Philanthropic Officer, Oregon