LGBTQ+ EQUITY FUND

Foundations, corporations, and individual partners are coming together to ensure the safety, rights, and well-being of our LGBTQ+ family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and classmates in South Florida.

 

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The LGBTQ+ Equity Fund – Support for Schools program will accept applications on a rolling basis. We are currently accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year.

 

As part of the LGBTQ+ Equity Fund, the Support for Schools initiative supports GSA clubs and LGBTQ+ student resource centers in public middle schools, high schools, and institutes of higher education serving LBGTQ+ students in Miami-Dade County for use during the 2024-2025 school year.

ABOUT THE LGBTQ+ EQUITY FUND

The Miami Foundation, in partnership with The LGBTQ Task Force and Our Fund, leverages the LGBTQ+ Equity Fund to respond to the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community and invest in opportunities that promote equity, prosperity and health in South Florida. The goal for this fund is to increase the scale and impact of philanthropic resources dedicated towards enhancing the well-being, safety and resilience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities in South Florida.  

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MEET THE 2024 LGBTQ+ EQUITY FUND
GRANTEES

The Miami Foundation has partnered with the LGBTQ Task Force and Our Fund to support organizations responding to the most pressing needs impacting the LGBTQIA+ community. In response to what was learned in our community, the LGBTQ+ Equity Fund will be leveraged to support the strengthening and expansion of resources that support LGBTQIA+ youth who experience homelessness in Miami-Dade.  

Awards made from the LGBTQIA Equity Fund in 2024 will support youth, specifically those aged 18-24, who need safe and sustainable housing, both temporary and transitional. Organizations identified to receive the award actively support LGBTQIA+ youth with housing opportunities and wrap around programming that is rooted in equity, cultural competency, and best practice.  

 

Camillus House  provides responsive and immediate housing support that includes wrap-around services for LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults in South Florida.  

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

FOO Society provides a growing network of support for LGBTQ+ youth in South Miami-Dade County through volunteer opportunities, counseling, and emergency resources such as housing, mental health services, and employment support.

Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services  is recognized in Miami as the axis of support, Miami Bridge provides immediate housing and culturally appropriate wrap-around support for youth younger than 18 and their families.  

Miami Homes for All, Inc.  is serving as the backbone entity for the HOMY Collective, Miami Homes for All is the preferred partner of Miami-Dade County’s Homeless Trust for the coordination and oversight of best practices of services that impact youth who experience homelessness.  

Rooted in peer-led/adult facilitated youth group model, Pridelines  is one of the first community-based HIV testing sites in Miami-Dade County.  They provide safe space, social support, skills building, leadership development and referrals to mental health, health care and support services for LGBTQ youth and their straight allies throughout South Florida. 

SAVE Foundation’s mission is to promote, protect and defend equality for people in South Florida who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.

Sundari Foundation, The Lotus House is the largest women’s homeless shelter in the United States. Through their Rainbow Lotus Program they provide accommodations and holistic services designed to afford homeless LGBTQIA+ adults and youth a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.  

Recognizing that the entire LGBTQ community has the right to quality care, Sunserve  provides critical life assistance, professional mental health services, life coaching and case management with an emphasis to serve economically disadvantaged, marginalized youth. 

 A safe haven for LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness, the Sunshine Pride House / Sunshine Cathedral  offers shelter, counseling, education and support with life skills to residents who have been displaced after revealing their sexual orientation. They currently operate a six-bedroom duplex accommodating up to 12 LGBTQ+ young adults.  

A Black trans-led organization in South Florida, The McKenzie Project   uplifts individuals aged 14 and above within the Black TGNCNB+ and the LGBTQIA+ community across Miami-Dade and Broward County, with a special emphasis on those experiencing homelessness and/or involved in sex work. 

Advocating for Trans visibility and unity within TLGBTQ+ community, TransSocial, Inc.  currently serve across the states of Florida and Georgia with a goal of empowering Trans lives through advocacy and support services. Services include support with legal assistance, cultural sensitivity training, mental health referrals, among others.

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LGBTQ+ EQUITY FUND
GRANT PARTNERS – 2023

In 2023, the LGBTQ+ Equity Fund’s goal is to be responsive to the ever-evolving issues that impact the prosperity and health of the LGBTQ community in South Florida. We have awarded $300,000 in general operating support grants to 12 organizations working at the intersection of the areas of highest need in support of our local LGBTQ+ communities. The recipients are leaders in working to expand safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth, ensure continuous access to gender affirming care for trans individuals, and help amplify the voice and power of the LGBTQ+ community. 

A portion of funding is being set aside and will be made available to support local LGBTQ+ coalitions as well as Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) throughout our community. 

Gifts of all sizes matter and we encourage you to join us in supporting them through their direct donation links. We also believe in the power of collaborative giving and encourage you to join the collaborative LGBTQ+ Equity Fund here. 

The Alliance for LGBTQ Youth provides mental health and care coordination services, leadership development, and policy advocacy that centers the lives and experiences of LGBTQ youth in South Florida.

Through education, prevention, research, care and treatment and support services, Care Resource improves upon the health and overall quality of life of our diverse South Florida communities in need.

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

FOO Society provides a growing network of support for LGBTQ+ youth in South Miami-Dade County through volunteer opportunities, counseling, and emergency resources such as housing, mental health services, and employment support.

Uniting people who are LGBTQ+ with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG South Miami, a chapter of the national organization, is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.

Pridelines supports, educates, and empowers South Florida’s LGBTQ youth and community in safe and diverse spaces to promote dialogue, wellness, and to foster social change.

Safe Schools South Florida is missioned to create safer schools so all students can learn and thrive, regardless of the sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression of students or their guardians.

SAVE Foundation’s mission is to promote, protect and defend equality for people in South Florida who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.

The McKenzie Project‘s mission is to live, learn, and participate in building community and centering spaces by and for Black transgender and nonbinary individuals to promote entrepreneurship and innovation in order for us to become self-sufficient and flourish.

Transinclusive Group advocates to protect and defend equality for Transgender and LGBQ+ individuals in South Florida by building trust and relationships with community providers to end discrimination, stigma, and racial disparities in order to address social determinants of health, with a concentrated focus on serving people of color.

TransSOCIAL, Inc. is focused on expanding the safe and affirming resources available to our TLGBQ+ community.

YES Institute‘s mission is to prevent suicide and ensure the healthy development of all youth through powerful communication and education on gender and orientation.

If you have a suggestion for additional organizations for this collaborative to consider, we would love to hear from you and ask that you please reach out to us here.

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LGBTQ+ EQUITY FUND
GRANT PARTNERS – 2022

Last year, the Trevor Project reported that 42% of LGBTQ+ youth seriously contemplated suicide, and 75% experienced discrimination. These numbers are startling and call upon us to step up and care for this important part of our community. Our first round of grants focuses on organizations that provide critical mental health resources, safe spaces, and support for LGBTQ+ youth.

Gifts of all sizes matter and we encourage you to join us in supporting them through their direct donation links. We also believe in the power of collaborative giving and encourage you to join the collaborative LGBTQ+ Equity Fund here.

The Alliance for LGBTQ Youth provides mental health and care coordination services, leadership development, and policy advocacy that centers the lives and experiences of LGBTQ youth in South Florida.

FOO Society provides a growing network of support for LGBTQ+ youth in South Miami-Dade County through volunteer opportunities, counseling, and emergency resources such as housing, mental health services, and employment support.

NVEEE provides mental health support, financial relief, transportation, food, temporary crisis shelter, and ongoing support and affinity spaces for LGBTQ+ youth in Miami-Dade County through a robust peer mentoring and community service model.

Uniting people who are LGBTQ+ with families, friends, and allies, PFLAG South Miami, a chapter of the national organization, is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy.

Pridelines supports, educates, and empowers South Florida’s LGBTQ youth and community in safe and diverse spaces to promote dialogue, wellness, and to foster social change.

Safe Schools South Florida is missioned to create safer schools so all students can learn and thrive, regardless of the sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression of students or their guardians.

S.O.U.L Sisters Leadership Collective provides a powerful community of mentors, organizers, activists, educators, and healers to support youth blossoming into leaders with political and self-awareness, creative problem-solving skills, and strong ethics.

SunServe provides critical life assistance to economically disadvantaged LGBTQ individuals in South Florida, including mental health services, support groups, case management, and leadership development for youth.

YES Institute‘s mission is to prevent suicide and ensure the healthy development of all youth through powerful communication and education on gender and orientation.

If you have a suggestion for additional organizations for this collaborative to consider, we would love to hear from you and ask that you please reach out to us here.

LGBTQ+ Community Organizations

In addition to the grant partners above, there are numerous nonprofits strengthening the LGBTQ+ community in South Florida. We look forward to continued investment in these organizations and encourage you to consider supporting them as well. The list of LGBTQ+ organizations that raised funds on Give Miami Day can be found here.

If you have a suggestion for additional organizations for this collaborative to consider, we would love to hear from you and ask that you please reach out to us here.

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LGBTQ+ EQUITY FUND COLLABORATORS

The LGBTQ+ Equity Fund is a philanthropic collaboration led by Our Fund Foundation, the National LGBTQ Task Force, The Miami Foundation, in partnership with numerous other allies, champions, and supporters without whom this initiative would not have been possible.

Our Fund Foundation promotes a culture of responsible philanthropy by uniting donors with organizations supporting the LGBT community to make South Florida the most livable community in the country for LGBT people.

The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice, and equality for LGBTQ people and is building a future where everyone can be free to be their entire selves in every aspect of their lives.

The Miami Foundation builds the philanthropic, civic, and leadership backbone for a stronger, more equitable, more resilient Greater Miami. They have been a strong supporter of the diverse communities that make South Florida the vibrant region it is, including the LGBTQ+ community through a decades-long and growing collaboration with the National LGBTQ Task Force, and more.

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Ken O'Keefe
Tom Healy and Fred P. Hochberg / HEYDAY FUND
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Rebekah Monson
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The Howard Greenfield Charitable Foundation / Mikel Rhodes
Logo for Michael Sporn
Logo for Richard Schwarz & Tom Massey
Anthony Timiraos & Arthur Crispino Charitable Fund
Chris Ambs & Scott Clearwater Charitable Trust
John Pritchard's Make Change Matter Fund
Milstein/Hankin Family Fund Logo
Woodham-Ellis Charitable Trust
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HISTORY OF THE LGBTQ+ EQUITY FUND

For the past 16 years, The Miami Foundation has been grateful to collaborate with the National LGBTQ Task Force to strengthen the local LGBTQ community. Each year, the Task Force donates proceeds from its Miami-based fundraising events and The Miami Foundation collaborates with a steering committee of local LGBTQ residents to effectively donate the funds back to the community to improve the quality of life for all LGBTQ residents, particularly our community’s most vulnerable populations.  

In 2022, The Miami Foundation is proud to welcome Our Fund as a partner in this effort in response to the increase of threats to the safety and personal liberties of the LGBTQIA+ community to expand the availability of resources in Miami and support organizations advocating on behalf of the community. Today, the collaborative supports the LGBTQ Equity Fund, in partnership with The Miami Foundation, to inform strategy and provide recommendations for community investment.  

Since its inception in 2005, the LGBTQ Fund has invested over than $500,000 in unrestricted support to organizations that advocate for the needs of the LGBTQIA+ Community, provide critical health resources, and create safe spaces for youth who identify as LGBTQIA+. In 2024 The Miami Foundation engaged in several listening sessions to deepen our understanding of the community’s most pressing needs.   

If you have any questions or press inquiries for the LGBTQ+ Equity Fund, please reach out here. If you are interested in helping support this effort or are an organization working on this issue area, please reach out here.

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