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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

Jane Schwartz, Paul Rapoport Foundation
A strategic transformation. For the Paul Rapoport Foundation, a strategic plan shifted both its board make-up and its grantee list. Five years later, it's a role model for LGBTQ people of color grantmaking. Executive Director Jane Schwartz describes this success. 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

Jorge Cestou, Unid@s, The National Latin@ LGBT Human Rights Organization
Diversity in latin@ cultures. A national organization for LGBTQ Latin@’s has formed to address the distinct issues facing a culturally and historically diverse community. Unid@s Board Co-Chair Jorge Cestou describes what a national LGBTQ Latin@ voice can accomplish. Read More

 


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