Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues

Celebrating 35 years of mobilizing
        philanthropic resources for the LGBTQ community.
1982 – 2017






Frequently Asked Questions

What is Funding Forward?

Funding Forward is the annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues organized by the affinity group Funders for LGBTQ Issues.

Why should I attend Funding Forward?

Funding Forward provides an exciting opportunity for funders to

  • connect with one another
  • learn from each other
  • coordinate efforts
  • and maximize impact

Click here to register today!
Click here to see this year's schedule.

Will there be time to network with other LGBTQ focused funders?

Yes! This year's program promises to be filled with dynamic, engaging and interactive sessions, however, there will also be ample time set aside for networking with Funding Forward attendees who are committed to LGBTQ issues.

What is Funders for LGBTQ Issues?

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is a network of foundations and corporations working to increase funding for LGBTQ communities. We provide three key services for the field, as we:

  1. Connect and create spaces for LGBTQ funders to coordinate their efforts, learn from each other, and maximize their impact
  2. Expand the scale and reach philanthropic resources for LGBTQ communities and social justice by building relationships with a wide range of foundations, corporations, and other partners
  3. Provide up-to-the-minute information, research, and resources on LGBTQ grantmaking for the benefit of funders and the broader LGBTQ movement

Who can attend Funding Forward?

Registration is open to representatives from any grantmaking entity or philanthropic infrastructure organization (i.e., board members, staff, grant advisory committee members, etc.). If you have a specific question about your own eligibility please contact Marvin Webb, Director of Operations and Member Services at marvin@lgbtfunders.org.

When and where will Funding Forward 2016 take place?

Funding Forward 2016 will take place in Minneapolis, March 30-April 1. The majority of Funding Forward conversations, events and meetings will take place at the Radisson Blu (35 South 7th Street Minneapolis, MN 55402). To book a room at a discounted rate, click here.

What is the registration fee and what does it cover?

The registration fee for Funding Forward is as follows:

Early Bird (before Sat. 1/31/15) Regular (after Sat. 1/31/15)
Member's Rate: $600 $700
Nonmember's Rate: $750 $850

The registration fee covers admission to Funding Forward conversations and several meals. Hotel accommodation is not included. To book a room at a discounted rate, click here.

Does Funders for LGBTQ Issues offer Funding Forward Scholarships?

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is a social justice organization committed to making Funding Forward accessible to all eligible and interested parties regardless of their economic means. While we currently have no formal scholarship program, if you would like to attend but financial circumstances make your attendance difficult please email us and we'll see what we can do.