Campus Pride

Region: National
Grant duration: Four Years
Amount: $75,000

In 2014, Campus Pride received a three year grant for $22,500. In 2017, this grant was renewed for four years in the amount of $75,000. Campus Pride represents the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBTQ students. The mission of Campus Pride is to serve LGBTQ and ally student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to develop, support and give “voice and action” in building future LGBTQ and ally student leaders. 

Campus Pride envisions campuses and a society free of anti-LGBTQ prejudice, bigotry and hate. Campus Pride core services include: Education Outreach, Leadership Trainings, Advocacy & Policy Support, Youth Mentorship and Multicultural/Diversity Strategic Planning for colleges/universities. The organization is a volunteer-driven network and is considered to be a trailblazer for its online resources, grassroots mobilizing efforts and programs for LGBTQ and ally student leaders/campus groups.  

Founded in the Fall of 2001 and launched a year later in October of 2002, Campus Pride started as an online community and resource clearinghouse under the name Campus PrideNet. In 2006, Campus PrideNet became the organization Campus Pride. Our programs include Camp Pride, first held in 2007; the Campus Pride Index of LGBT-friendly colleges, launched in 2008; the LGBTQ-Friendly National College Fair Program, the Stop The Hate Bias & Hate Crime Prevention Program, created by Campus Pride Founder and Executive Director Shane Windmeyer in 2000; and the landmark Lambda 10 Project for LGBT inclusivity in fraternities and sororities, created by Windmeyer and Pamela Freeman in 1995. QRIHE, Campus Pride's Q Research Institute for Higher Education, was founded in 2008 and provides ongoing research and analysis of LGBT issues affecting college campuses, informing each Campus Pride initiative.

The Palette Fund’s support will be used to target monies to assist students without support and funding, allowing access to Camp Pride for students who are unable to pay for camp. The following goals will occur each year of the grant: Increase the level of participation from youth, of color and trans youth and particularly at under-served colleges like HBCUs/TCUs, rural/Southern campuses and two-year colleges and universities. 2. Engage, educate and empower each recipient during the annual Camp Pride. 3. Provide continuing support for up to 120 Camp participants after Camp Pride.