LGBT Community Fund
for Northeast Florida
|Back row, left to right: Chad Labenz, Sharon Simmons, Michael Meyers, Evin Willman, Michael Miller
Seated, left to right: Barbara Drake, Jeff Chartrand, Glenn Miller, Joe Barton
Not pictured: Kevin Gay, Carl Utter
In 2011, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida was asked to convene a group to learn more about our LGBT neighbors and colleagues, the challenges they face and the ways in which philanthropy might make a difference. The Foundation, with generous funding from the Jeff Chartrand Advised Fund, convened an Exploration Committee which spent nine months learning about the local LGBT community and the laws, policies and practices that affect it.
The committee recommended that The Community Foundation support efforts to identify and cultivate donors with the potential to support an LGBT fund, and assemble a steering committee to articulate the mission and focus of the fund. This recommendation was the genesis of the LGBT Community Fund.
The LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida is a giving circle--a group of philanthropically-minded individuals who pool their charitable gifts in order to have a greater impact on the community. Created in 2014, the Fund focuses on philanthropy that will enhance the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Northeast Florida. The Fund is part of the family of funds at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.
Anyone can contribute to the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida. While there is no minimum gift requirement, only those donors who make annual gifts of $2,500 or more per person are eligible to participate in the grantmaking process. The LGBT Community Fund was able to award $100,000 in its inaugural grantmaking cycle in 2014—including substantial grants to three organizations representing LGBT Youth, LGBT elders and LGBT on-campus services—which were areas identified by research as significant opportunities for assistance.
To learn more about the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida, click here to download our brochure, or go to www.lgbtnefl.org for a full listing of research, members of the steering committee, grants, etc.