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Funders for LGBTQ Issues at Creating Change

January 29 - February 2, 2014
Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar
Houston, TX 77010

Funders for LGBTQ Issues is gearing up for a busy Creating Change in Houston, TX. We hope to see you there!

Funder Meet and Greet Reception
Friday, January 31st, 8:30PM

Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Arcus Foundation host this funder meet-and-greet at Creating Change. This event will be an opportunity for nonprofit leaders to connect with LGBT funders in a structured yet casual environment. Funders for LGBTQ Issues will facilitate short, rotating meetings where nonprofit leaders and foundation staff will have 10 minutes to learn about each other’s work, explore areas of intersection and build relationships. After 10 minutes, the funders will rotate and the conversations will continue with a new combination of participants. We anticipate having five rounds of structured conversations, allowing both funders and movement leaders to make a number of new connections. We ask that no solicitations be made during the event, so as to create an open space for everyone and so that the conversations can focus on getting to know one another’s work. Before and after the rotating meetings, we will host a reception with appetizers and spirits. We hope that combining a casual reception with structured meeting time will result in new relationships for both funders and movement leaders. We will also briefly tell attendees about the work of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and share some of our recent data on LGBTQ philanthropy.

Increasing LGBT Funding for the U.S. South
A conversation at Creating Change
Friday, January 31st, 10:45AM

Did you know that only 3% of all foundation funding for LGBTQ communities in the United States went to people living in the South? Please join us for a conversation about changing that! Funders for LGBTQ Issues is working to increase grantmaking for queer communities the US South.

For the next phase of this series of conversations, we are hosting a gathering of Southern advocates and organizers working for LGBTQ justice at Creating Change in Houston, TX. We will be sharing our newly released data on the state of Southern LGBTQ funding and having a discussion about Southern funding opportunities. We would love for you to join us. Please take advantage of this chance to share your thoughts on what your communities need with national and Southern funders committed to increasing resources in the South.

If you're interested in attending this conversation please contact Kristina at

Funding Beyond the Coasts and Urban Cores: Resource Investment in Rural, Suburban, and Remote Regions
Saturday, February 1st, 9:00am-10:30am

What is needed for LGBTQ people in rural, remote, and suburban communities and what is like to fund that work? This workshop aims to elevate the importance of funding emerging and existing issues in non-urban communities. A panel of funders will discuss strategies and investments that have been successful in these geographic areas. Organizations will have the opportunity to think about strategies for increasing funding for LGBT communities beyond the coasts and urban centers. Funders and advocates will explore these ideas together to increase their ability to tackle pressing issues in communities where support is most needed.

Presenters: Kris Hermanns, Ben Francisco Maulbeck, Jeff Chartrand, Alfredo Cruz

Only Grantmakers Invited? No

Category(s): Philanthropic Sector, General LGBTQ Community