Roger Doughty, Horizons Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: LGBT rights and marriage equality

CONTACT: rdoughty@horizonsfoundation.org, 415-398-2333

IP TAKE: Doughty's tenure at Horizons has been marked by an openness to all kinds of grantseekers. Local or relatively unknown community groups working on LGBT issues should not hesitate to appeal to him for funds.

PROFILE: Roger Doughty has been involved in the LGBT movement for more than 25 years, and his professional career has taken him across the country and back. As a lawyer in San Francisco, he tried cases involving LGBT citizens who faced various types of persecution related to immigration, refuge, and asylum. He later became director of program administration for the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.

Before returning to San Francisco and becoming executive director at the Horizons Foundation, Doughty was executive director at Horizons Community Services in Chicago, the largest LGBT advocacy group in the Midwest. He also has been president of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance in Washington, D.C., and associate director of the Coro Foundation, and he currently serves on the board of the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Doughty earned a bachelor's degee from Williams College, a master's in public policy from U.C. Berkeley, and a JD from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law.

Despite being a well-known player in the LGBT movement, with a slew of articles on Huffington Post and plenty of speeches and interviews doled out over the years, Doughty is not the kind of executive who insists on dealing only with big names and major organizations. To be sure, he has devoted considerable attention and resources to the high-profile LGBT issues that have national resonance, such as the struggle for marriage equality and the legal battle over DOMA. But a consistent feature of Doughty's tenure at Horizons has been an emphasis on community and the funding of practical LGBT activism at the local, grassroots level.

Since Doughty became executive director, Horizons Foundation has, year after year, provided many small, unrestricted grants to local groups whose objectives align with those of the foundation. Grants have been awarded to a wide range of organizations doing LGBT-related work in senior issues, health care, education, HIV/AIDS, the arts, and many other areas.

In fact, smaller LGBT grantseekers may actually have an easier time getting Doughty's attention than the major organizations that typically seek large grants. Although Doughty's record has included larger grants to universities and some LGBT groups with name recognition, it is mostly characterized by a strategy of spreading funds around quite broadly to anyone who is advancing the LGBT movement in a meaningful way. This record suggests that cold calls to Doughty from grantseekers with whom he is not familiar, from across the spectrum of LGBT-related work, are often successful.

Doughty's focus is not restricted to domestic LGBT causes, either. He devoted a May 2013 piece for the official Horizons Foundation blog to highlighting the grave challenges facing LGBTs around the world, making specific mention of Georgia, Russia, Indonesia, and several other countries. Grantseekers with an international focus should not hesitate to appeal to Doughty's stated belief that the LGBT movement knows no borders and demands worldwide solidarity. Funding for international LGBT efforts has exploded in recent years, and it's a safe bet that Doughty will want to get in on the action.

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