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GIVE  |  CONNECT April 2022
Letter from the Chair
Dear Supporters of the LGBTQ Fund,

I hope your 2022 is off to a fantastic start! I am honored and excited to lead the LGBTQ Community Fund's Advisory Board as incoming chair. Dr. Joe Barton did a tremendous job leading our efforts for the last three years and I look forward to continuing our successes together with our outstanding team.

I am extremely passionate about the fund's role in our community. The work we achieve together has considerable impact for greater Jacksonville and we have already been quite busy this year! We have made grants in support of Stonewall Sports Jax's first anniversary kickball tournament and the Jacksonville Film Festival's opening night block of LGBTQ short films. Both events serve to strengthen our mission to build an inclusive and welcoming Jacksonville while celebrating our LGBTQ community!

April is the end of our annual fundraising cycle (giving us the funds for next year's grants). If you have not yet made your gift to the fund I encourage you to do so. Here is a link to our donation page:

Our new grants chair, Heather Gupte, recently held a Grantee Roundtable to convene previous and current grant recipients, learn about the work that their nonprofits are doing, and understand the future needs of their constituents. This exercise proved extremely helpful as we move to open the fund’s next grant cycle! See the summary below.

You can learn more about all our important work in this newsletter. Thank you for your ongoing support and contribution. Our work would not be possible without your generosity. I look forward to the continued growth of the fund so we may assist all the LGBTQ residents in our community. I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve.

In partnership,

Meet our new Chair
Get to know Glenn Miller, chair of the LGBTQ Community Fund's Advisory Board

The LGBTQ Community Fund has grown and changed since the early days, and you've been involved since the beginning. What are your thoughts about where the Fund is now?

It has been extremely gratifying to watch the fund grow and evolve since the early days. It was a privilege to serve as a founding board member for such an innovative endeavor. We have truly made a difference in a diverse array of areas throughout the city. We are able to touch every aspect of the LGBTQ community through our work, from youth to elder care and everything in between, through our grantmaking process. We've also managed to change and adapt with the world around us and meet new needs as they present themselves in our community. Our work is even more critical today than when we started.

You've worked so hard on the LGBTQ grantmaking—what has been the most fulfilling aspect?

The diversity of services provided has been extremely fulfilling. I was honored to serve as grants chair for several years. During this time, we streamlined and transformed into a competitive grantmaking process based on a 2017 survey by The Williams Institute (UCLA School of Law) that showed it was time to adjust our approach. We also realized that part of our work has to be to represent the LGBTQ experience in Jacksonville. This led to the birth of the Many Sides of Pride Film Festival, which launched in 2020, and served to bring greater understanding to our community through the arts.

What are your goals for the LGBTQ Community Fund?

We have accepted the challenge to grow the fund's endowment to $3,000,000 from its current (approximately) $1.5M during my term as chair. This will allow our grantmaking process to exist in perpetuity and continue to meet the growing needs of the essential organizations that have come to rely on our funding and support. We are grateful to The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida for their continue partnership in this area!

When you meet someone who you think might be interested in the Fund, how do you approach them about getting involved?

The fund's many achievements certainly speak for themselves! Anyone who supports the LGBTQ community can find a way to connect with our work. Just like we are here to support every age and stage of LGBTQ life, we also have a variety of opportunities to engage with our work depending on what you’re looking for. All are welcome!
Supporting Stonewall Sports
The LGBTQ Community Fund seeks to build an inclusive community. We believe inclusiveness has two elements: within the LGBTQ community, and between the LGBTQ community and the broader Northeast Florida community.

As a continuation of this effort, we are excited to be sponsoring Stonewall Sports Jacksonville in 2022. Stonewall Sports is a national organization that promotes healthy exercise for the LGBTQ and ally communities in an organized and non-threatening sports environment. Stonewall Sports Jacksonville's mission is to provide an inclusive, low-cost, and fun sports league. It believes that everyone should have the ability to feel comfortable being oneself while playing organized sports. It values each player for who they are and what one brings to the league's community. Stonewall Sports Jacksonville completed its first full year in 2021 with its kickball league. It began 2022 with a Remix kickball tournament in January, comprised of eight teams and 120 participants. Its official Spring kickball season, which plays on Sunday mornings at Willowbranch Park in Riverside, has begun with 20 teams and over 400 players. All are welcome to come out and cheer for your favorite team!

In 2022, Stonewall Sports looks to expand into additional sports, including yoga, bowling, dodgeball, and volleyball. The Fund's sponsorship includes field banners throughout the year and other marketing materials, including social media recognition. All players receive a team t-shirt, with the LGBTQ Fund logo included. We are very excited to sponsor Stonewall Sports of Jacksonville and look forward to being a part of the TEAM this year. 

Learn More:
Opening night of the Jacksonville Film Festival, sponsored by the LGBTQ Community Fund and featuring 'All of the Colors—LGBTQ+ short documentary and narrative films'.

Pictured left to right: Carter Elliott, LGBTQ Advisory Board member; Joe Porter; Nina Waters, president, The Community Foundation; Glenn Miller, chair, LGBTQ Advisory Board; and Joe Barton, immediate past chair, LGBTQ Advisory Board.
We asked—and we listened!
On February 8, 2022, Heather Gupte, Grantmaking Chair for the LGBTQ Community Fund Advisory Board, and Kathleen Shaw, Vice President of Programs for The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida met with a group of 13 people representing 10 nonprofit organizations that are either past or current grant recipients from the Fund. The grantees provided us with feedback on our grantmaking focus and priorities in the community, updated us on new work in the community and led discussions about new populations the Fund is not yet touching. The convening also gave grantees an opportunity to network with one another. The convening was held in advance of the LGBTQ Community Fund's first grants committee meeting of the year so that suggestions could be incorporated into the process.
Grants Applications are OPEN!
Grants open
It's grant season! The LGBTQ Community Fund will award individual grants, up to $25,000, to Northeast Florida-area 501(c)(3) organizations to build greater togetherness within our LGBTQ communities and to support Northeast Florida welcoming and celebrating its LGBTQ population. If you are an eligible organization in the six-county area, be sure to explore all the opportunities for support to make a difference in our community. The deadline for pre-applications is May 5, 2022. Learn more and apply here.
Welcome Michele Katz!
Michele Katz
Jacksonville native Michele Katz has joined the LGBTQ Community Fund's Advisory Board. Michele has been with Ackerman Cancer Center (ACC) for ten years and is currently the Healthcare Data Analyst for ACC as well as Clinical Research Coordinator, overseeing all aspects of the practice's involvement in two national studies. Michele graduated University of Florida with a BS in Journalism, specializing in photojournalism and worked as a journalist/photojournalist for many years. She has volunteered to work on the LGBTQ Community Fund's Communications committee.
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