How the J. Paul Getty Trust is Putting LGBT History on the Map

For over a decade, the J. Paul Getty Trust has been supporting SurveyLA, a citywide survey program created to identify and document historic resources representing significant themes in the city's history. Now, SurveyLA is turning its attention to Los Angeles' LGBT community, as it attempts to document LGBT life and history within the city limits.
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Astraea Finds Another Niche: LGBT Immigrants

As both LGBT equality and immigrant rights have become extremely high-profile policy issues at the local, state, and national levels, it's only natural that the intersection between these two groups would be increasingly explored by funders and advocacy groups. Astraea is, unsurprisingly, ahead of the curve.
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How LGBT Foundations Fight Discrimination in the Workplace

Freedom to Work has been leading the charge on behalf of ENDA, the federal legislation banning discrimination in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Among Freedom to Work's most prominent donors for this cause are the David Bohnett Foundation and the Gill Foundation.

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Here's How This Trust Became a Key LGBT Community Ally

The New York Community Trust (NYCT) Trust doesn't get involved in high-profile, nationalized LGBT issues, such as the struggle for marriage equality. Instead, the Trust funds local grassroots organizations and programs that are providing practical, often desperately needed help to LGBT's and their families.
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Meet One of the Top New Leaders in the LGBT Funding World

After a transfer of power over a year in the making, Courtney Cuff has officially taken over as President and CEO of the Denver-based Gill Foundation (see Gill Foundation: Grants for LGBT). Cuff replaces Tim Sweeney, an enormously popular figure at Gill who steered the ship for more than six years.
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PFund Takes on Challenges Facing LGBT Seniors

Started in 1987 with an original grant-giving fund of $2,000, the Philanthrofund Foundation (or PFund for short) has grown into a valuable resource for the LGBT community in the Upper Midwest. One of the fund's major initiatives for the 2012-2013 funding cycle is the LGBT Aging Initiative. The initiative aims to address the special concerns facing LGBT seniors in Minnesota as they age.

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The Arcus Foundation Focuses on Outreach to Faith Communities

We've been following the Arcus Foundation's implementation of its new Social Justice Initiative for a few weeks now. The new initiative, announced in January, is to guide the foundation’s grant-making decisions for the next five to ten years. We have already seen the new personnel brought on to oversee the initiative. Now let's take a look at the first wave of grants under the new initiative.

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The Marriage Equality Moment the Haas Fund Has Worked For

Next week comes the moment so many LGBT philanthropists have worked for: arguments before the United States Supreme Court on the question of gay marriage. In two separate cases, the Court will consider first California's Prop 8 and then the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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The Pride Foundation's Scholarship Program Turns 20

Since 1985, the Pride Foundation has provided over $38 million in grants to LGBT efforts in the Northwest, becoming a big player in LGBT philanthropy in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. The foundation is currently reviewing its grant guidelines, with plans to announce new guidelines later this spring, though they don't expect any major changes. They plan to accept grant applications next in June 2013.

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The Rainbow World Fund: Advancing LGBT Acceptance One Good Deed at a Time

LGBT philanthropy isn't just about funding LGBT issues. Since 2000, The Rainbow World Fund and its all-volunteer staff has advanced the cause of LGBT acceptance and civil rights by gathering members of the LGBT community and their allies to provide humanitarian relief throughout the world. The fund, based in San Francisco, takes the approach that by being a positive force in communities that need humanitarian aid, LGBT people can build bridges and build acceptance.

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LGBT Dreamers Fund

Both the Pride Foundation and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund are publicizing their efforts to support the LGBT Dreamers Fund. Last year, President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The idea is to assist undocumented individuals who were brought to the United States as children in becoming legal residents and eventually citizens. These young people are commonly called "Dreamers," a reference to the Dream Act.

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