Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Region: Out in The South Initiative
Grant duration: One year
Over the course of two years, Funders for LGBTQ Issues conducted research and facilitated a series of conversations with funders and movement leaders to better understand the needs and opportunities for funding LGBT communities in the region. This process was driven and led by the LGBT Southern Funding Project Steering Committee, a diverse group of national and Southern funders. Their research and discussions identified several critical needs and opportunities: (1) the need to strengthen Southern LGBT nonprofits, particularly in the areas of policy advocacy, coalition-building, and fundraising; (2) the importance of building sustainable funding streams for LGBT issues in the South; and (3) the unique value of long-term relationship-building among both funders and nonprofit leaders.
With these needs and opportunities in mind, the committee developed a three-pronged strategy for increasing the scale and impact of funding for LGBT communities in the South. This bold five-year Out in the South Initiative is being launched in 2015 by Funders for LGBTQ Issues with the support and partnership of several national and regional funders.
A grant to Funders for LGBTQ Issues has been approved in the amount of $25,000 used for general operating support for the Out in the South Initiative.