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.
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.
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.
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.
Charlotte, North Carolina's Wesley Mancini Foundation funds projects that share their goal of "foster[ing] the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals as full participants in the Charlotte community.”
Mancini explains how he got into the giving business in The Philanthropy Journal: in the late 1990s, a local theatrical production of Angels in America caused a "community uproar" in Charlotte.