Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues

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







Where Can I Start?

Both national and Southern funders are invited to initiate (or increase) direct grantmaking that positively impacts LGBT Southerners in ways that align with your mission. Here's how:

  • For First-Time Funders to LGBT Issues Commit to make your first grant to an organization that primarily serves LGBT Southerners. Make a deliberate effort to learn about LGBT organizations in your community and reach out to learn more about their work. Distribute requests for proposals (RFPs) to LGBT organizations that may align with your funding priorities.

  • For Current Funders to LGBT Issues Commit to increase your annual grantmaking budget for Southern LGBT communities. Make a deliberate effort to learn about Southern LGBT organizations and reach out to learn more about their work. Distribute RFPs to a broader group of Southern LGBT organizations that align with your funding priorities. Consider expanding your grantmaking to include the Out in the South Fund.

  • For everyone: Become an Ambassador Help to deepen our engagement with a broader cross-section of people and organizations, including national and Southern funders, business and civic leaders, corporate executives, and community leaders. As an Ambassador, you can be instrumental to our efforts by lending your name, opening doors, and starting conversations with your peers.