In many respects, the needs of LGBT individuals and their families are no different from the needs of others — equal access to services and resources that enable good health, education, positive development and a high quality of life. But to provide these services and resources, communities need the philanthropic sector. Nonprofit organizations and the philanthropy that supports them provide much of the quality-of-life infrastructure across American communities today — from health care, to arts and culture, education, recreation and community life.
LGBT philanthropy works to ensure that the benefits of a community are available to all its members and that the unique needs of LGBT individuals and families are met. Only a small portion of philanthropic dollars today are focused on LGBT philanthropy:
- According to the Funders for LGBTQ Issues, 0.26%of all philanthropic dollars supported LGBTQ issues in 2011. That is a quarter out of every 100 dollars granted.
- In Florida, specifically, LGBT focused organizations have received $6.5 million in grant dollars since 2003. Compare that with the $1.4 billion given annually by all Florida-based foundations.*
- In Jacksonville, the number of institutional funders that have supported LGBT issues is small enough to be counted on one hand.
- It is incumbent upon the LGBT community and its allies to seed LGBT philanthropy and model the generosity and community investment that it wishes to see from the broader population.
*The Foundation Center; Florida Philanthropic Network
- Growing LGBT Philanthropy in Partnership with Community Foundations
- Out in the South | Part One: Building Resources for LGBTQ Advancement in the U.S. South
- Out in the South | Part Two: LGBTQ Community Assets in the U.S. South
- Out in the South | Part Three: Opportunities for Funding LGBT Communities in the U.S. South
- Funders for LGBTQ Issues
- Building Community Across a Nation Executive Summary
- Forty Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy 1970-2010