OVERVIEW: The foundation's LGBT grantmaking prioritizes New York City. LGBTQ grantmaking spans advocacy and policy, health and more.
IP TAKE: The foundation keeps a low public profile, and does not accept unsolicited proposals. Instead, applicants must first submit a one-page letter of introduction requesting the grant application procedure.
PROFILE: The Ted Snowden Foundation is the philanthropic vehicle of Tony-award winning Edward ("Ted") W. Snowdon Jr.. He received his B.S. in speech and drama from Syracuse University and his M.F.A. in directing from Catholic University. He has produced several Broadway plays and musicals, such as the Tony Award winning "The Elephant Man" and "Spring Awakening." Snowdon recently married his partner in New York, an indication that this grantmaking area is important to the foundation. The foundation invests in LGBTQI issues that affect advocacy and policy, health and more.
Tax filings reveal a strong interest in LGBTQI causes. Indeed, the foundation seeks to "provide financial aid and assistance to organizations attending principally to the concerns and needs of the lesbian and gay community." Past advocacy and policy grantees include Lambda Legal Defense Education Fund, "a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work"; Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation; the Hetrick-Martin Institute, which provides services which includes counseling and legal assistance to LGBT youth; and Truth Wins Out, a "nonprofit organization that counters antigay propaganda, exposes the “ex-gay” myth and educates the public about gay life." Snowdon has also steadily supported the Astrea Foundation for Justice. Furthermore, the foundation also invests in marriage equality and has supported Freedom to Marry.
On the health front, grantees include Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Grantmaking has also considered elderly and LGBT individuals of color. Consider Snowdon's support of Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), and TrueChild, which "helps donors, policy-makers and practitioners reconnect race, class and gender through "gender transformative" approaches that challenge rigid gender norms and inequities."
The Ted Snowdon Foundation has two annual granting periods, one in the spring and another in the fall. Organizations may apply only once in a calendar year.
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The Ted Snowdon Foundation
50 Riverside Dr., No. 15-C
New York City, NY 10024
Tel./Fax: (212) 787-2413