OVERVIEW: The David Bohnett Foundation invests in LGBTQ grantmaking that improves LGBTQ equality and access to technology. The foundation also invests in the arts (particularly in the Los Angeles area), gun violence, animal language, and municipal leadership.
IP TAKE: Bohnett's grantmaking is prolific and supports local, state-based, and national organizations.
PROFILE: Founded in 1999 by West Coast tech entrepreneur and philanthropist David Bohnett, the Beverly Hills-based David Bohnnett Foundation broadly seeks to "improve society through social activism." The foundation invests in the LGBT community, Los Angeles, gun violence prevention, animal language, CyberCenters, and municipal leadership.
Bohnett conducts LGBTQ grantmaking through its LGBT community program, which Executive Director Michael Fleming has elsewhere referred to as "the most important work" the foundation conducts. The program supports "groups and organizations that strive to provide equal rights and protections for all LGBT people."
Grants range from as little as $500 to nearly $200,000. The Bohnett Foundation widely distributes its grantmaking across local, state-based, and national organizations. The foundation often invests between $1 million to $1.5 million in LGBTQ-related grantmaking. A list of Bohnett's LGBT Community Grant recipients can be found here. Bohnett also conducts LGBTQ-related grantmaking through its CyberCenters program, which offers free computer and internet access to LGBTQ individuals.
The grant process at Bohnett involves three steps, which are outlined in more detail on the grant application page of the foundation's web site.