Rocking Moon Foundation: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The Rocking Moon Foundation focuses its LGBTQ funding on organizations working with at-risk gay, lesbian and transgender youth.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to prioritize organizations located along the eastern coast of the United States. The foundation lacks transparency restricting information about its interests and strategies.

PROFILE: The Higdon family founded the Rocking Moon Foundation in 2003. The foundation maintains a low public profile and does not operate a website or employ a formal staff. Joseph Higdon, who currently serves as the foundation’s president, has been heavily involved in micro-lending and educational initiatives in the Philippines. He also sits on the board of multiple youth mentoring organizations across the United States. According to tax filings, the foundation supports organizations working in the fields of youth education, equal rights and at-risk gay, lesbian, and transgender youth.

Rocking Moon grants typically range from $20,000 to $70,000. Although Rocking Moon does not award many grants each year—generally fewer than 20—it supports plenty of local and grassroots groups through its grantmaking. Past grantees include Advocates for Youth, which received funding for its Muslim youth and international LGBTQ initiatives and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which received support for its LGBT project.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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Rocking Moon Foundation

5630 Wisconsin Avenue, Apt. 120

Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815