Paul A. Di Donato, Proteus Fund

TITLE: President

FUNDING AREAS: LGBT marriage equality

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PROFILE: Paul Di Donato became head of the Civil Marriage Collaborative (CMC) at the Proteus Fund in November 2007. He has since become the president of the fund. He has been involved in the world of activism, advocacy, and philanthropy for more than 25 years, focusing primarily on HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues, civil rights, and social justice. Prior to joining Proteus, Di Donato spent eight years as executive director of Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA). Before that, he served as public policy director and federal affairs director at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and as executive director and legal director of National Gay Rights Advocates. Since 2000, Di Donato has been a trustee of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the largest HIV grantmaking organizations in the United States. He spent the early part of his career as a litigator, specializing in civil rights law, after earning his JD from Harvard Law School in 1985.

His foundation bio shares: 

Joining Proteus Fund in November 2007, Paul leads and facilitates the work of a highly engaged and diverse funder collaborative, coordinating the group’s work in strategy development, communication with other marriage equality actors, and innovative and responsive grant making geared to advance the freedom to marry for LGBT people in the United States. Paul has also led efforts in evaluating the efficacy of both marriage equality grantmaking and public education efforts for the CMC.

Paul has been an activist, advocate and philanthropic leader in HIV/AIDS, LGBT issues, civil and human rights and social justice for over 25 years. Since 2000, Paul has served as a Trustee for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, one of the largest HIV/AIDS grantmakers in the United States. For over 8 years, Paul was Executive Director of Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) - the philanthropic affinity group for HIV/AIDS grantmakers - leading efforts to maximize the impact of philanthropy in ending the pandemic both nationally and globally. Paul has also served in volunteer leadership positions with the Council on Foundations and the Joint Affinity Group Network for U.S. Philanthropy. 

Paul has also served as Public Policy Director and Federal Affairs Director at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and started the Public Policy program at the AIDS Legal Referral Panel in San Francisco. Paul was also Executive and Legal Director of National Gay Rights Advocates. Earlier in his career, Paul was a litigator in private civil rights practice focusing on prison reform, employment discrimination and voting rights issues and also taught civil rights law. In 1985, Paul became the first man to be apponted as a Revson Women's Law and Public Policy Fellow. Paul is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the University of Pennsylvania.