David Geffen Foundation: Grants for LGBTQ

OVERVIEW: The David Geffen Foundation supports equal rights and nondiscrimination advocacy and policymaking for LGBTQ populations.

IP TAKE: Somewhat surprisingly, this funder maintains a low public profile, does not operate a website, and does not employ a formal staff.

PROFILE: Founded by music executive and film producer David Geffen in 1986, the David Geffen Foundation focuses its grantmaking on people affected by HIV/AIDS, civil liberties, the arts, Jewish causes, and health care.

Although LGBT issues are not a named grantmaking priority for the foundation, David Geffen himself has been a vocal proponent of LGBTQ causes such as his major contributions to the campaign against California’s Proposition 8 and support of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. The Geffen Foundation’s grantmaking reflects much of its founder’s interests. According to its latest tax filings, Geffen supports to a number of LGBTQ focused organizations across the country. For example, the Gill Foundation, Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians & Gays, and the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Film Festival are all past Geffen Foundation grantees.

Grant amounts can range anywhere from $1,000 to $15 million. Most awards, however, fall in the $5,000 to $50,000 range. While Geffen support LGBTQ organizations across the country, those based in California tend to receive the largest number of grants each year.  

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


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The David Geffen Foundation

12011 San Vincente Blvd. Suite 606

Los Angeles, California 90049

(310) 581-5900