Group Aims To Get Bigger Slice of Donor Pie For LGBT Organizations

Published: May 29, 2014

A grassroots group concerned about financial giving to LGBTQI organizations has started developing new strategies to help those organizations get a larger slice of the philanthropic pie.

Recently, a panel met on the 14th floor of the Embarcadero Center in the offices of the San Francisco Foundation. The four-person panel of queer individuals with decades of collective experience in LGBTQI community organizing and philanthropy gathered to help kick off a new affinity group called Queer Leaders in Philanthropy.

The panel discussion was called "Out in the System," which engaged the issue of developing better strategies to help LGBTQIs get their share of the $50 billion in annual foundation giving.

"One of the most pressing issues within LGBT philanthropy and giving is that less than .25 percent of all the money given by foundations is given to LGBT organizations," said A. Sparks, the woman who is spearheading the new group. "In my capacity as a member of the Horizons Foundation emerging leaders giving circle, I looked around for an organization that would help those of us in LGBT philanthropy to network and strategize with each other. When I didn’t find that kind of organization, I met with other colleagues in the field and we decided it was time to start one."

Horizons Foundation is a San Francisco-based organization rooted in the LGBT community that works to empower individual donors, maintains an endowment to help meet the future needs of the community, and provides grants to organizations.


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