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Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy awards $247,900


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The Arizona Community Foundation’s Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy is excited to announce that it has awarded $247,900 in grant funding to 27 nonprofit organizations serving LGBTQ people across Arizona. This is the largest annual grant distribution in the 17-year history of the Kellenberger + Tollefson Center and ACF’s dedicated funds supporting the LGBTQ community. During the Center’s last annual grant cycle in 2019, the total invested in the community was $40,000.

“We are proud to have this opportunity to invest in organizations that are actively engaged in work that supports the Center’s mission to advance justice and opportunity for LGBTQ people and the communities where they live,” said Steve May, Chair of the Kellenberger + Tollefson Center Advisory Council. “Thanks to the generosity of our Leaders Impact Fund and other committed donors who stepped forward to support our communities, the grants we make today will meet significant needs and provide essential resources during a critical time for LGBTQ Arizonans.”

Recipients of 2022 grants from the Kellenberger + Tollefson Center include:

  • Anytown Leadership Program, Inc. (Phoenix)
  • Arizona Trans Youth and Parent Organization (Tempe)
  • Aunt Rita's Foundation (Phoenix)
  • Child Crisis Arizona (Phoenix)
    • Grant made possible by the Obrzut Ling Foundation
  • Creek Valley Health Clinic (Colorado City)
  • Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona (Phoenix)
  • Diverse Ability Incorporated (Phoenix)
  • El Rio Health Center Foundation (Tucson)
  • GLSEN Phoenix (Phoenix)
  • Grand Canyon Council Boy Scouts of America (Scottsdale)
  • LGBTQ Awareness Group of Arizona (Bullhead City)
  • Mariposas Sin Fronteras (Tucson)
  • Mulligan's Manor (Tempe)
    • Grant made possible by the Obrzut Ling Foundation
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights (San Francisco)
  • New Pathways for Youth (Phoenix)
    • Grant made possible by the Obrzut Ling Foundation
  • One.n.ten (Phoenix)
  • Our Family Services (Tucson)
  • The Outlaw Project (Phoenix)
    • Grant made possible by the Sheila Kloefkorn Equality Fund
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation (Phoenix)
  • Phoenix Legal Action Network (Tempe)
  • Pima Council on Aging (Tucson)
  • Planned Parenthood Arizona (Phoenix)
  • Rising Youth Theatre (Phoenix)
  • Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (Tucson)
  • Southern Arizona Gender Alliance (Tucson)
  • Southern Arizona Senior Pride (Tucson)
  • Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS (Phoenix)

“We celebrate these grants made by and for the LGBTQ community and the important work of each recipient organization,” said Barb Broderick, Chair of the Kellenberger + Tollefson Center Grant Committee. “The collective, impactful approach to philanthropy that the Center has adopted allows us to be more responsive to our communities by awarding larger grants to more organizations whose services directly address the needs and aspirations of LGBTQ individuals.”

Each grantee was awarded the requested amount, up to a maximum of $10,000. The projects and programs that were funded respond to the Center’s three priority areas of focus: youth, aging/seniors, and transgender people.

The Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy was established at the Arizona Community Foundation in 2013 and renamed in 2020 for longtime philanthropists and community leaders Marc Kellenberger and Richard Tollefson. Since inception, the Center has awarded nearly $875,000 in grants and scholarships to community organizations and students. Learn more about the Kellenberger + Tollefson Center at