LGBTQ Fund: Leadership

2020 LGBTQ Community Fund Advisory Board

LGBTQ Community Fund Advisory Board. Back row, left to right: Barbara Drake; Ellen Thrower; Nina Waters, president, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida; Glenn Miller, chair, LGBTQ Community Fund Advisory Board; Mario DeCunto. Front Row: Dr. Joe Barton, immediate past chair, LGBTQ Community Fund Advisory Board; Jesse Kraker; Michael Meyers; Carter Elliott; Jake Wolfburg. Not pictured: Andrew Austin, Heather Gupte, Abel Hernandez, Randy Kammer, Michele Katz, Carrie King, Gonzalo Mejia, Sharón Simmons, Richmond Wynn.

In 2011, The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida was asked to convene a group to learn more about our LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ fund, and assemble a steering committee to articulate the mission and focus of the fund. This recommendation was the genesis of the LGBTQ Community Fund.


The LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ Residents.

Who We Are

The LGBTQ 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.

More Ways We Are Making A Difference

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.

Barbara Drake

The History Project showcases those who have contributed to LGBTQ 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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