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MEMBER UPDATE / March 2020
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In This Issue:
Letter from the Chair
$85,000+ in Grants Announced
Grantee Focus
LGBTQ Fund Outreach
Black History Month
Upcoming Events
 
The LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida works to build a community that welcomes and supports all people by cultivating and nurturing collaborative philanthropy, and investing in organizations that benefit Northeast Florida's LGBTQ residents.
 
Letter from the Chair

For many organizations and individuals, the tag line for the year is "A Clear Vision for 2020". The LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida is living up to that. The Williams Institute study gave us a clear vision of the needs of LGBTQ people in Northeast Florida.

Joe Barton

The study is a real eye opener (pardon the vision pun) into the attitudes, challenges and successes that are happening around us every day. It is also a reminder that though life does get busy, and sometimes we are in survival mode just trying to keep our heads above water, it is important to keep an eye on what is happening around us in our community, and to those whose struggles may be greater than our own.

The advisory board of the LGBTQ Community Fund is committed to keeping you informed of what is happening, what the needs are, and how your resources are being put to good use to make a difference. This years' sponsorships and grants are a good example of the diversity and outreach your feedback has challenged us to achieve.

It is becoming more and more important to stay focused on giving back to our community as local organizations are relying on private donations more than ever to continue to operate.

We are very excited about this year's grants and the visibility and impact they will have for Northeast Florida. Glenn Miller (Grants Chair) prepared a summary of this year's grants that is included in this newsletter and we will keep you updated throughout the year.

Thank you for your continued support and your belief in the LGBTQ Community Fund for what we have and continue to achieve.

My Best,

Joe

I am the Many Sides of Pride.

 
More than $85,000 in Grants Announced
Grant Announcement

Hurley, a film about famed sports-car racing driver Hurley Haywood (pictured here at the announcement) will be featured at The Many Sides of Pride Film Festival.

Last month, the LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida announced their 2019 Grantees at a lovely event at MOCA Jacksonville. The Fund will underwrite $36,700 to support Jacksonville's The Many Sides of Pride LGBTQ Film Festival in downtown Jacksonville at MOCA Jacksonville June 11-14, 2020. Over the course of the festival, eight feature films, including documentaries and shorts, will highlight diverse LGBTQ topics and will include presentations from filmmakers and panel discussions. Be sure to mark your calendars to attend!

The Fund also made three additional grants:

  • $25,000 to OneJax Institute, an interfaith organization, to design and implement OUTLook, a leadership development program for LGBTQ youth ages 14-19;
  • $20,000 to the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida to research and launch the LGBTQIA+ Emerging Leaders Program to invest in and develop the next generation of nonprofit leaders; and
  • $4,000 to PFLAG for continued administrative support for their local chapter work and community outreach as a bridge grant.
 
Grantee Focus: The Women's Center
Women's Center of Jacksonville logo

Our 2019 grant to the Women's Center met and exceeded two LGBTQ Fund goals:

  • Increasing the availability of free mental health counseling services for LBTQ+ women and girls (ages 12+) at the Women's Center.
  • And supporting increased outreach about the availability of these services for LBTQ+ women and girls.

As a result of the successes at the Women's Center, a staff counselor became certified in providing mental health counseling for LGBTQ individuals, and the training and certification process enhanced the in-house skills of all the counselors at the Center.

Prior to receiving LGBTQ grant funds, transgender mental health services were not yet available. Last year's funding allowed the Women's Center team to benefit from the pioneering work of Dr. Kristie Overstreet, a renowned specialist in transgender counseling. Dr. Kristie's training and education enhanced the counseling team's work in areas of trans mental health by including trans mental health in clinical meetings and increasing competency around the needs and experiences of trans individuals.


Two years of grantmaking from the Fund has also produced a significant uptick in the number of volunteers at the Women's Center as a result of increased awareness of the Women's Center's important role in advancing LGBTQ mental health and wellbeing.

 
LGBTQ Fund Outreach
Williams Institute Report Cover
At the LGBTQ Fund, we have gone through a multi-step process to best respond to the opportunities for strengthening wellbeing and connection for the LGBTQ community in Jacksonville. We used the Williams Institute survey results to identify key categories and areas of attention. The recommendations from that process were to fund projects that support
  • building greater togetherness within our LGBTQ community; and
  • Jacksonville welcoming and celebrating its LGBTQ population

We also identified priority populations to focus: youth, aging adults, gender minorities, and African-Americans to focus future grants.

 
Black History Month

Black History Month is a perfect opportunity to remember that the work we do to lift LGBTQ voices and experiences includes intersecting identities like race and ethnicity. We are proud of the opportunities we have had to learn from and build community with African-American citizens and leaders in northeast Florida. The contributions of African-Americans to the LGBTQ Fund have been numerous, necessary, and include:

  • fund advising & development;
  • providing grants to support Black Pride events;
  • expanded outreach to African-American serving groups and organizations;
  • voice and inclusion in community forums; and
  • advisory board participation.

Still, we know even this is not enough. Through our giving and support, we are committed to the ongoing work of dismantling the ways racism harms ALL our communities, and especially those of us who identify as LGBTQ+. And we welcome opportunities like Black History Month to emphasize our appreciation and celebration of the ways African-American culture, traditions and societal contributions have made all our lives and communities better now and throughout history.

Special thanks to Garry Bevel for contributing this article during February/Black History Month.

 
Upcoming Events
  • Strides for Pride: April 25th, 2020
  • Fernandina Pride: June 6th, 2020
  • The Many Sides of Pride Film Festival: June 11-14th, 2020
  • PFLAG Banquet: August 8th, 2020
  • River City Pride: October 2020
  • Black Pride Jacksonville: Weekend of August 7, 2020
 
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