LGBT Fund: Leadership

LGBT Steering Committee
2016-2017 Steering Committee
Back Row: Jim Gilmore, Jeff Chartrand, Tricia Russell, Glenn Miller, Carl Utter
Middle Row: Kevin Gay, Joseph Barton, Carrie King, Nina Waters, Chad Labenz
Front Row: Nyah Vanterpool, Barbara Drake, Michael Meyers
Not Pictured: Jodie Leach, Dan Morgann

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 works to build a community that welcomes and supports all people by:

  • Cultivating and nurturing collaborative philanthropy,
  • Investing in organizations that benefit Northeast Florida’s LGBT Residents.

Who We Are

The LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida is 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.

Our Values

  • We value the investment of each donor and work to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.
  • We respect the courage and vision of all those who seek to bridge differences and create positive change where they live.
  • We practice research based philanthropy.
  • We honor those individuals and organizations that work collaboratively with us and with each other to accomplish mutual goals.
  • We celebrate communities that treat all people with dignity and recognize the humanity of each individual.

Learn More

Funders for LGBTQ Issues logo

Learn more about Funders for LGBTQ Issues, a network of more than 75 foundations, corporations, and funding institutions that collectively award more than $1 billion annually, including approximately $100 million specifically devoted to LGBTQ issues.

Frieda Saraga

The History Project showcases those who have contributed to LBGT issues in Northeast Florida.

Michael & Glenn Miller

“We look forward to the day that families like ours will have the same legal rights and opportunities as other traditional families in our community currently do.”

– Michael & Glenn Miller

Contact Information

245 Riverside Avenue, Suite 310
Jacksonville, FL 32202

The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida

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