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LGBTQ Community Fund

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The LGBTQ Community Fund supports nonprofit organizations that support the LGBTQ community in Northeast Florida.

The Many Sides of Pride Film Festival, via MOCA Jacksonville

Celebrating 10 Years

Created in 2014, the LGBTQ Community Fund brings together individuals focused on building an inclusive and welcoming environment, while celebrating and supporting Northeast Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Through collective giving, research and strategic grantmaking, the Fund changes and adapts with the world around us, to meet new needs as they are presented in our community.

A Welcoming & Inclusive Community

The LGBTQ Community Fund has awarded more than $1 million in funding to date, making substantial grants to organizations representing LGBTQ youth, LGBTQ elders and LGBTQ on-campus services. The Fund has also invested $168,000 in local research and convenings to improve the lives of those in the LGBTQ community. Explore the research about the needs of the local LGBTQ community here.

House of Hope

Funding for House of Hope, a collaboration between Youth Crisis Center, Changing Homelessness and JASMYN, effectively expanded the gender-neutral emergency shelter to help bring LGBTQ individuals ages 18-24 out of homelessness.

Elder Care

With the Fund’s help, ElderSource was able to successfully launch a national LGBTQ Sensitivity Training Program, resulting in training for 850 caregivers, and creating an LGBTQ Elder Friendly Certification for businesses.

Nonprofit Inclusion

A multi-year investment in the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida led to the development of an Employee Resource Group, Emerging Leaders Program, conference and other vital resources to promote LGBTQ inclusion in the nonprofit sector.

Grantmaking since 2014

The LGBTQ Community Fund has made 68 grants to 22 organizations totaling$1,033,000.

Celebrating LGBTQ in the Arts

In 2021, the LGBTQ Community Fund underwrote The Many Sides of Pride Film Festival in conjunction with MOCA Jacksonville, showcasing the best in LGBTQ film and films by LGBTQ directors, to celebrate their diverse impact on the world of cinema. In 2022 and again in 2023, the LGBTQ Community Fund sponsored the LGBTQ film block of the Jacksonville Film Festival.

The Many Sides of Pride Film Festival, via MOCA Jacksonville

Three Ways to Support the LGBTQ Community

The LGBTQ Community Fund makes grants annually to agencies like JASMYN, UNF LGBT Center and PFLAG, thanks to generous donors who contribute each year to the LGBTQ Community Fund for Northeast Florida. Donations by check, credit card, or shares of appreciated stock in a publicly-traded company or bonds can all go to work immediately as part of the annual grantmaking process.

In addition, our LGBTQ community needs a more stable form of long-term funding. That’s why the LGBTQ Community Fund Endowment has been established. An endowment protects the invested principal and only distributes grants from the earnings, thereby ensuring the fund’s existence in perpetuity. The Chartrand Family and Delores Barr Weaver have seeded the LGBTQ Community Fund Endowment with substantial gifts, and we now have an opportunity to build an enduring financial resource. Your gift to the Endowment is a promise to support the LGBTQ community—forever.

Gifts to Annual Grantmaking

Gifts to annual grantmaking can be made once or as a multi-year commitment.

  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Stocks & Bonds
  • Real Estate

Gifts to the Endowment

Gifts to the endowment can be made as a one-time gift or as a multi-year commitment.

  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Stocks & Bonds
  • Real Estate

Planned Gifts to the Endowment

Planned gifts to the endowment can be as simple as naming the LGBTQ Endowment, a Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, as a beneficiary in your estate plan.

  • Wills & Bequests
  • IRAs & Life Insurance
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Charitable Lead Trusts & Gift Annuities

The History Project: Profiles of Leadership

Our Team is here to help! We’re just a phone call (904) 356-4483 or email away.

John Zell

John Zell, CAP®

Senior Vice President, Development


Wanda Willis, MA

Vice President, Civic Leadership


Janet Allen

Program Director