Rosenberg Foundation: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The Rosenberg Foundation seeks organizations that address low-income communities and communities of color in the areas of criminal justice reform, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, and public safety.

IP TAKE: This funder offers both project specific and general operating support grants.

PROFILE: California businessman Max Rosenberg established the Rosenberg Foundation in 1935 “to change the odds so that all Californians can thrive in our democracy and economy.” By initially supporting Japanese families returning from internment camps, the foundation has maintained and expanded its work since to include “[e]nding over-incarceration and undoing the impacts of the broken criminal justice system  on our communities, transforming inhumane and destructive immigration policies, stopping the exploitation of low-wage and immigrant workers.”

Rosenberg’s grantmaking programs—Leading Edge Fund, Justice & Public Safety, Immigrant Rights & Workers’ Rights, and Civil Rights & Civic Engagement—do not necessarily address LGBTQ concerns directly. The foundation however, has an established history of broadly supporting LGBTQ-related causes and organizations. Rosenberg’s grantmaking priorities also align with many of the issues the LGBTQ community faces in not only California, but the United States as well.

Grants generally range from $5,000 to $75,000. The foundation has awarded past LGBT grants to organizations such as the Dolores C. Huerta Foundation and Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Click here to learn more about the types of organizations Rosenberg supports and at what level.

The Rosenberg Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry (LOIs) but warns that it is only to fund a few of those requests. Grantseekers should submit LOIs to the foundation’s grants manager, Linda Moll at


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