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Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy awards $432,750


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The Arizona Community Foundation’s Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy is pleased to announce that it has granted $432,750 to 35 nonprofit organizations serving LGBTQ people across Arizona.

“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 LGBTQ 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.”

This annual grant distribution represents the largest amount in the 18-year history of the Kellenberger + Tollefson Center and ACF’s dedicated funds supporting the LGBTQ community. It also exceeds last year’s record-setting total of $247,900.

The projects and programs that were funded respond to the Center’s three priority areas of focus: youth, aging/seniors, and transgender people. Recipients of the Kellenberger + Tollefson Center 2023 grant cycle include:

  • ACLU
  • Anytown Leadership Program, Inc.
  • Arizona Theatre Company
  • Arizona Town Hall
  • Arizona Trans Youth and Parent Organization
  • Amistades, Inc.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
  • Child Crisis Arizona
    • Grant made possible by the Obrzut Ling Foundation
  • Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.
  • Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Arizona
  • Diverse Ability Incorporated
  • El Rio Health Center Foundation
  • GLSEN Arizona
  • The Launch Pad Teen Center
  • Mariposas Sin Fronteras
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • National Flute Association
  • New Pathways for Youth
    • Grant made possible by the Obrzut Ling Foundation
  • Northern Arizona Book Festival
  • one.n.ten
  • Our Family Services
    • Grant made possible by the Obrzut Ling Foundation
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation
  • Phoenix Legal Action Network
  • Pima Council on Aging
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Primavera Foundation
  • Rising Youth Theatre
  • Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
  • Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
  • Southern Arizona Senior Pride
  • Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS
  • Scottsdale Arts
  • Spotlight Youth Theatre
  • Wasted Ink Zine Distro

“Across Arizona, a network of 35 organizations will increase services to LGBTQ individuals thanks to the grants awarded,” said Kerry Blume, Chair of the Kellenberger + Tollefson Center Grant Committee. “We celebrate the vision and tenacity of the grantees as they respond to the needs and aspirations of LGBTQ people they serve. Thank you to the donors who joined the Kellenberger + Tollefson Center. With their support, we can make a greater impact.”

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 over $1.3 million in grants and scholarships to community organizations and students. Learn more about the Kellenberger + Tollefson Center at