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LGBTQ Community Fund
for Northeast Florida

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The LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida is for philanthropically-minded individuals who choose to 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.

LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida logoAnyone can contribute to the LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida. Grantmaking recommendations are made by an Advisory Board of the Fund’s investors and ratified by The Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The LGBTQ Community Fund has awarded more than $850,000 since it began making grants in 2014—including substantial grants to organizations representing LGBTQ Youth, LGBTQ elders and LGBTQ on-campus services—which were areas identified by research as significant opportunities for assistance. The Fund has also invested $120,000 in local research and convenings to improve the lives of those in the LGBTQ community.

 

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Impact & Dollars 2014–Present

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JASMYN

$275,000 total (2014–2021)
JASMYN serves than 500 LGBTQ youth, ages 13-23, annually.

  • Established a Development Director position (now self-sustaining)
  • Invested in an update of the strategic plan
  • Supported services and research to help LGBTQ homeless youth
  • Documented the history of the local organization's founding leader, Cindy Watson

ElderSource

$174,000 total (2014–2021)
ElderSource is the Area Agency on Aging and the Aging & Disability Resource Center for seven counties in Northeast Florida.

  • Created a LGBT Sensitivity Training program for caregivers to the elderly
  • 850 caregivers have been trained to understand the needs of the LGBT elderly
  • Program has been authenticated and is being marketed nationally
  • Developed an LGBT Elder Friendly Certification for businesses
  • Created virtual presentation on how to prepare to age well as an LGBTQ adult

UNF LGBT Center

$127,000 total (2014–2021)
UNF’s LGBTQ Center provides education and resources for the UNF campus community, with a commitment to advocacy, equality, respect and support for LGBTQ students, faculty and staff.

  • Supported campus wide transgender education and visibility campaign
  • Created collaborative Community Mentoring Program (Club Can-Do)
  • Underwrote nationally recognized speakers for public lectures in Northeast Florida including UNF
  • Provided support for two conferences aimed at higher education and employment
  • Provided support for the Center to assess the work and measure its impact

Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida

$91,000 (2016–2020)
The Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida (NPC) is a membership organization serving to connect, strengthen and advocate for local nonprofit organizations.

  • Created an Employee Resource Group for 61 LGBTQ employees in the nonprofit sector
  • Helped underwrite a speaker from Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • Hosted a workshop for 17 organizations on LGBTQ Inclusion for Your Nonprofit: Internal Best Practices
  • Helped underwrite a reflective practice conference 
  • Created an Emerging Leaders Program

PFLAG

$66,000 (2015–2020)
PFLAG is a volunteer-run membership organization formed to educate the community about the unique needs and experiences of LGBTQ people, provide support to individuals and families, and advocate for policies and practices that promote inclusivity and equality for all.

  • Supported strategic planning to strengthen PFLAG’s capacity
  • Documented the history of the local organization’s pioneering founder, Frieda Saraga
  • Hired a part time staff person to focus on member retention and development
  • Supported community outreach and scholarships

Women's Center of Jacksonville

$48,000 (2017-2021)
Women's Center of Jacksonville offers no cost or affordable mental health couseling; adult and family literacy; breast cancer support and education; and information and referral assistance.

  • Supported mental health counseling for LGBTQ+ women/girls, ages 13 and up, at no charge, and also to increase its outreach efforts to this population.

Youth Crisis Center

$25,0000 (2021)
Youth Crisis Center provides short term crisis care, mental health counseling, skills-based group training, and transitional living services program for children, teens, young adults, and their families.

  • Expanded the House of Hope program—a gender neutral emergency shelter for LGBTQ individuals ages 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness.

Equality Florida

$25,0000 (2021)
Equality Florida is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.

  • Enhanced the Safe and Healthy School program in five NE Florida counties by providing professional development training.

Children's Home Society of Florida

$13,0000 (2021)
Children's Home Society of Florida delivers the right services at the right time to help children and families through the most difficult times of their lives.

  • Supplemented the support groups for LGBTQIA+ youth and allies with a structured mental health curriculum

To learn more about the LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida, download our brochure or call 904.356.4483.

More Ways We Are Making A Difference

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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.

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

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“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

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Jacksonville, FL 32202
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