LGBTQ Philanthropy

The Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy at the Arizona Community Foundation is based on a belief in the power of uniting multiple voices, perspectives and resources to solve problems and build on opportunities.

Unity through diversity

The Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy supports Arizona’s LGBTQ community in addressing relevant and timely needs through collective, impactful philanthropy. Donors can give to a community fund focused on a particular area of interest, or establish their own fund to address causes of personal importance. 

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The Center offers ongoing educational workshops, seminars and special events that unite LGBTQ individuals, allied professionals and nonprofit organizations around topics of shared concern.

Philanthropy from and for the LGBTQ community

The Arizona Community Foundation first demonstrated its commitment to causes for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning communities through a dedicated fund in the early 2000s. The fund supported capacity building for a variety of nonprofits serving the LGBTQ community, including programs for health, tolerance and diversity learning, education, research and the arts.

The Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy was established by the Arizona Community Foundation in 2013, with specific goals to:

  • Inspire and build philanthropy among Arizona’s LGBTQ community.
  • Build awareness of and engagement between LGBTQ community members and the Arizona Community Foundation.
  • Encourage philanthropic investment by the LGBTQ community.
  • Enhance support for LGBTQ-related nonprofit organizations.
  • Build awareness of the philanthropic impact and potential of the LGBTQ community among beneficiary organizations through grantmaking and community forums.
  • Demonstrate to straight allies the potential prominence and impact of supporting LGBTQ community philanthropic causes.

Grantmaking

Growing support

The Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy supports programs that include anti-bullying outreach, crisis hotline funding, business equality indexing, grief support, and capacity building and strategic planning for organizations serving the LGBTQ community. Since 2005, more than $250,000 has been awarded to community organizations from the LGBTQ family of funds at the Arizona Community Foundation.

Additionally, nearly $100,000 in post-secondary education scholarships has been awarded from LGBTQ scholarship funds to youth attending Arizona colleges and universities. These LGBTQ specific scholarships have leveraged $111,000 in non-LGBTQ specific scholarship awards, resulting in a 77% award rate to self-identified LGBTQ youth.

Funds & Scholarships

Choice, flexibility, convenience and impact

In recent years, the LGBTQ community’s philanthropic priorities have shifted, reflecting both progress and continuing challenges. Today, the focus is increasingly on such issues as non-discrimination, anti-bullying efforts in conjunction with other victims support, personal health, wellness and safety, individual success and economic empowerment, leadership development, and successful aging.

There has been steady interest in LGBTQ student scholarships for Arizona community colleges and universities, leadership and mentoring programs for youth and adult professionals, and housing for youth and seniors. In addition, support and infrastructure development for LGBTQ nonprofits, and leadership development for executive and Board leadership of LGBTQ organizations, have been identified as a community need.

Varied philanthropic fund opportunities and grantmaking programs allow donors to customize and optimize their philanthropy, with opportunities through the ACF Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy that include:

  • Field of interest funds
  • Donor advised funds
  • Scholarships
  • Planned giving and legacy funds
  • Collaborative funding opportunities

Steering Committee

Advice and guidance

A group of dedicated individuals serve on the Steering Committee for the ACF Center for LBGTQ Philanthropy, providing insight and recommendations for grants and scholarships awarded by the Arizona Community Foundation. Members of the Advisory Committee are: 

  • Sheila Kloefkorn, Chair
  • Nichole Cassidy
  • Shelley Cohn
  • Kathie Gummere, Esq.
  • Angela Hughey
  • Marc Kellenberger
  • David Martinez III
  • Marcia Mintz
  • George Nunez
  • Michael Remedi
  • Nathan Rhoton
  • Richard Tollefson Jr.
  • Linda Travis, Psy.D.

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