(Dec. 23, 2013) – PFund Foundation, the only community foundation dedicated to advancing social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities across the Upper Midwest, today announced it has awarded $80,000 for its 2014 annual grantmaking. Sixteen grantee partners were awarded grants of up to $7,000 each to support their work to increase community, equality, safety and social justice for LGBT communities across the Upper Midwest.
PFund makes grants under its three pillars of social justice: creating power through community; ensuring access, safety and security; and achieving equal rights. "PFund’s annual grant review represents the strength of our community coming together – the donors whose gifts make these grants possible, the volunteer grant reviewers who have the hard job of choosing the grantee partners, and the organizations themselves. This year PFund’s community grant reviewers participated in site visits with 24 of the 43 applicant organizations who collectively requested a total of nearly $300,000. The site visits enabled a much deeper understanding of each organization and their work. We are deeply grateful for all of the dollars, time and care focused towards an Upper Midwest where all LGBT people feel safe and celebrated," said Executive Director Susan Raffo.
PFund 2014 grantee partners:
Creating power through community—as a result of organizing, events and the arts.
Bisexual Organizing Project, Minneapolis ($5,000)
One Heartland, Inc., Minneapolis ($5,000)
Proud Theater, Monona, Wis. ($5,000)
Trans Youth Support Network, Minneapolis ($6,000)
Ensuring access, safety and security—in such places as schools, health providers, and housing.
AMAZE, Saint Paul, Minn. ($5,000)
Avenues for Homeless Youth, Minneapolis ($5,000)
Century College Foundation, White Bear Lake, Minn. ($5,000)
Family Partnership, Minneapolis ($4,000)
Family Tree, Inc., Saint Paul, Minn. ($5,000)
LGBT Center for the Seven Rivers Region, La Crosse, Wis. ($5,000)
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, Duluth, Minn. ($6,000)
Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Minneapolis ($6,000)
Siouxland Pride Alliance, Sioux City, Iowa ($3,000)
Wingspan Life Resources, St. Paul, Minn. ($3,000)
Achieving equal rights—through advocacy and civic engagement.
Freedom, Inc., Madison, Wis. ($7,000)
Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools, Madison, Wis. ($5,000)
Grants to organizations are funded by individual contributions and PFund’s endowed funds, such as the Communities of Color Endowment, Chenoweth Human Rights Fund, Steve Endean Fund for Public Policy and Activism and the Dennis Kienitz Memorial Fund for the Arts, among others. As a public foundation committed to community-driven grantmaking, PFund grants are determined by an all-volunteer committee. This diverse committee consists of both PFund board members and community volunteers, reflecting the broad range of the LGBT and allied communities that PFund supports. More information about funded organizations and who served generously with their time, experience and dedication on the grant review committee in this grant round can be found at www.PFundOnline.org/grantees.html.
In addition to the $80,000 already awarded, PFund will be distributing another $75,000 toward its new regional project QReach, totaling nearly $155,000 in grantmaking for 2014. The PFund community is abuzz with excitement about QReach, a project that will energize and connect the Upper Midwest LGBT community in the five-state region of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. PFund was able to launch QReach this year with funding support from the Bush Foundation, the Otto Bremer Foundation and others.
About PFund Foundation
PFund Foundation turns dollars into social change for LGBT communities in the Upper Midwest. PFund develops leaders, provides funding toward systemic change, inspires giving, convenes community dialogue and reports to the wider public on important issues from our communities. Four friends living in Minneapolis established the community foundation Philanthrofund (now known as PFund) in 1987 with $2,000 as a response to the AIDS crisis. PFund now manages nearly $1 million in assets and is supported by thousands of vibrant individuals in dozens of states that create a vital community foundation. PFund is the only regional LGBT foundation in the Upper Midwest, created specifically by and for LGBT people. PFund works for a future where all LGBT people are safe and celebrated; living free from discrimination, violence, invisibility and isolation. More online at www.PFundOnline.org.