LGBT Community Fund
Supporting Chicago’s LGBT Community through Philanthropy
In 2010, civic leaders joined in a commitment to addressing a broad range of needs within the LGBT community, through strategic support to nonprofit organizations that serve it. Through an operating grant from The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust and funding support from The Chicago Community Trust, this fund serves as a tool to educate the region about LGBT issues and promote effective philanthropy to achieve strategic change. The LGBT Community Fund envisions a region where Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender residents live responsibly in harmony with all communities, enjoying the same freedoms and quality of life, and with the same opportunity to make the region a better and safer place for all to live.
The LGBT Community Fund is an endowed fund, which will dedicate its endowment income to providing strategic grant support for nonprofit agencies. With this permanent resource, the most pressing needs of Chicago’s LGBT community can be met in perpetuity—no matter what challenges emerge in years ahead.
How You Can Give
The LGBT Community Fund will grow through your direct personal support. Gifts can be made online using a credit card, by check or by a gift of securities, or you can consider including the Fund in your estate planning. The LGBT Community Fund can also expand its impact through leverage you may have with corporations and private or family foundations. Please contact the Trust to explore these and other giving options.
The LGBT Community Fund is now accepting proposals that advance the health and well-being of the LGBT community in Cook County. Grants ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 will be awarded for projects in the following priority areas:
- LGBTQ young adults, age 24 and younger
- Older adults, age 55 and over
- General healthcare
- Community safety
Proposals must be submitted no later than December 28, 2018. You can find complete details about eligible organizations and projects in the Impact Grant RFP, then begin your online application in GrantCentral.
In their first round of funding, the LGBT Community Fund awarded $282,500 to 14 organizations in August 2015. These IMPACT Grants provided funding for capacity building and for seed money for new products/organizations, or those in their infancy.
The second round of funding supported innovative, replicable projects that reach traditionally underserved populations. Three projects, each representing a collaboration between two organizations, received $350,000 in Transformational Grants in spring 2016.
A third round of funding, for projects addressing urgent and underserved needs—healthcare, safety, and services to youth and seniors—awarded $315,000 in Community Grants in spring 2017.
2011 Needs Assessment
In October 2011, the Fund launched the LGBT Community Needs Assessment. Over 2,000 Chicagoans representing a wide variety of sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, races, socioeconomic backgrounds and residential areas shared their insight into the assets, needs and challenges of the region’s LGBT community. Data from the survey were used to shape the Fund’s first round of grant making, and will continue to inform the Fund’s philanthropic strategy in future. View the report
In October 2018, the Fund launched a second Needs Assessment. Read more
Prudence R. Beidler
Raymond Crossman, Ph.D.
Denise C. Foy
Alan G. Harder
We honor the following contributors who have made gifts to the Ignite: Unite Campaign as of October 22, 2014.
Unite — $100,000 and Above
The Chicago Community Trust
Elissa Efroymson and Adnaan Hamid
The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust
Ignite — $50,000 to $99,999
BMO Harris Bank
Richard P. and Susan R. Kiphart
Flash — $25,000 to $49,999
Frank and Prue Beidler
Grosvenor Capital Management
US Bank Foundation
Spark — $5,000 to $24,999
James L. Alexander
Sid and Sondra Epstein/Polk Bros. Foundation
Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust
Jim and Kay Mabie
Patrick Sheahan/Woods Fund of Chicago
Kindle — up to $5,000
Ramesh Ariyanayakam and Edward Gisiger
Christopher Jowett and Tuan Do
T. J. Houlihan/Robert McCormick Foundation
Jack and Sandy Guthman/Polk Bros. Foundation