ACF Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy announces $10,000 grant to OneOrlando Fund
In the wake of the June 12 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub, the Arizona Community Foundation has granted $10,000 to the OneOrlando Fund, a joint initiative of the Central Florida Foundation and the City of Orlando to meet the needs of victims, their families, and the communities affected by this tragedy. These funds are a gift of the Arizona Community Foundation’s Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy and its dedicated steering committee of respected LGBTQ leaders and straight allies.
Initially established as the Tapestry Fund in 2005 before being refocused in 2013, ACF’s Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy aims to increase and organize LGBTQ philanthropy to address the next generation of issues and needs in Arizona’s LGBTQ community. The Center connects donors with organizations and programs in need of support, unites LGBTQ individuals and straight allies for community conversations featuring speakers of national renown, and provides education and training to professionals who work with same-sex couples and families in the areas of charitable, financial and estate planning.
“Here in Arizona, we stand in solidarity with Orlando in the wake of this tragedy. Hate-motivated violence is unacceptable in any community in America,” said Steve Seleznow, President & CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation. “An attack on any one group is an attack on our shared American ideals of inclusion, respect, diversity and choice. On behalf of ACF’s Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy and Arizona’s diverse populations, we offer our heartfelt support--both in our hearts and minds, and with this funding to help the victims and their families and to heal the community of Orlando.”
Distribution of the funds will be administered by the Central Florida Foundation, which serves as the region’s community foundation and is home to more than 400 charitable funds. According to organizers, the OneOrlando Fund will support:
- Nonprofits that are supporting the victims and families
- The LGBTQ, Hispanic, faith and other affected communities
- Underlying causes of this tragic event
- Other related needs not yet anticipated
“The steering committee members are deeply saddened by the horrific loss of life and community in Orlando, and are honored to help in this way,” said Sheila Kloefkorn, President & CEO of KEO Marketing and chair of ACF’s Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy. “It’s important for communities across our country to unite in the face of threats and hate.”
GIVE TO THE ONEORLANDO FUND
Tax-deductible donations to the OneOrlando Fund may be made online or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 4990, Orlando, FL 32802-4990.