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The following commentators represent a broad range of nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, academics and pundits who have led—and continue to shape—the discourse on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues. Through their activism, grantmaking and writing, they offer valuable insights into the multiple ways that most grantmakers can support LGBTQ communities of color. We'll continue to build this library of perspectives and welcome suggestions for future commentators.

Katie Brisson, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Everyone learns along the way. For the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, launching an initiative to better support local LGBTQ people of color organizations sparked learning among everyone involved: staff members, trustees and ultimately, the entire community. Senior Program Officer Katie Brisson discusses this initiative. Read More

Greg Grinley, PFund Foundation
From listening to leadership. Over the last decade, the Minneapolis-based PFund Foundation recognized the need and value of addressing the diversity of LGBTQ populations. It now leads the way in the state in supporting LGBTQ people of color organizations and leaders. Executive Director Greg Grinley tells their story. Read More

Jessica Bearman, Anna-Nanine S. Pond, Mary Ellen Capek, Diversity in Philanthropy Project
The benefits of multiple perspectives. More and more foundations, at the CEO and trustee level, are recognizing that enhanced diversity and inclusion can improve grantmaking and help address complex, entrenched societal issues. The Diversity in Philanthropy Project discusses how grantmakers can support LGBTQ communities of color by first engaging them in conversation. Read More

Ron Rowell, Native Americans in Philanthropy
The importance of native histories. Learning the various histories and crushing societal conditions of Native people in our country—including Two-Spirit communities—is crucial for grantmakers. Native Americans in Philanthropy Board Chair Ron Rowell shares some insights. Read More

Roger Doughty & Jewelle Gomez, Horizons Foundation
Investing in leadership. Horizons Foundation has supported numerous leading LGBTQ organizations across the Bay Area since 1980—today it's helping diversify the leadership of LGBTQ organizations. Roger Doughty, Executive Director, and Jewelle Gomez, Director of Grants and Community Initiatives, discuss their foundation's successes. Read More

Audrey Haberman, Pride Foundation
Heightened isolation. The Seattle-based Pride Foundation has helped address the heightened isolation, vulnerability and marginalization among LGBTQ communities of color in the Pacific Northwest—a region with many predominantly white, largely rural, areas. Executive Director Audrey Haberman shares their story. Read More

 


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