(Dec. 17, 2012) "“ PFund Foundation, the Minnesota-based foundation dedicated exclusively to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality, today announced it has awarded $79,700 in the first round of its 2013 grant cycle. Out of 67 organizations, 13 grantee partners were selected to receive grants of up to $10,000 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: achieving equal rights; ensuring access, safety and security; and creating power through community. "PFund looks for opportunities to maximize impact by providing seed money to emerging organizations, building capacity in growing organizations, and amplifying the advocacy of organizations working at the intersection of multiple communities," said Kayva Yang, Program Officer. "We are really looking forward to deepening our collaborations with this year's grantees."
2013 grantee partners:
Creating power through community"”as a result of organizing, events and the arts.
20 % Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Minn. ($5,000)
Bisexual Organizing Project, Minneapolis, Minn. ($5,000)
Minnesota Two Spirit Society, Minneapolis, Minn. ($5,000)
Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis, Minn. ($4,000)
Shades of Yellow, St. Paul, Minn. ($8,000)
Ensuring access, safety and security"”in such places as schools, health providers, and housing.
AMAZE, Minneapolis, Minn. ($5,000)
Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, Minneapolis, Minn. ($8,000)
Proud Theater, Monona, W.I. ($5,000)
RECLAIM, Minneapolis, Minn. ($6,700)
Siouxland Pride Alliance, Sioux City, I.A. ($3,000)
Trans Youth Support Network, Minneapolis, Minn. ($10,000)
Achieving equal rights"”through advocacy and civic engagement.
Freedom, Inc., Madison, W.I. ($10,000)
Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools, Madison, W.I. ($5,000)
In addition to the nearly $80,000 already awarded, PFund will be distributing another $25,000 in program and project funding to respond to LGBT aging priorities in Minnesota this spring, totaling nearly $105,000 in grantmaking for 2013. "In a year when PFund is celebrating its 25th anniversary, we are excited to be granting both the ongoing work that makes the LGBT community strong and to be supporting the first and second generation of LGBT leaders as they age," remarked Susan Raffo, Executive Director. To view PFund's Aging Grant Request for Proposals, please visit PFundOnline.org/Aging.
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 foundation committed to community-based philanthropy, PFund grants are determined by a committee made up of the broad range of the LGBT and allied communities it supports. This year's diverse committee consisted of both PFund board members and community members.
More information about funded organizations can be found at www.PFundOnline.org/grantees.html.
PFund Foundation is a community foundation that advances social justice for LGBT communities in the Upper Midwest by providing hands on assistance to organizations, funding systems change work, developing leaders, inspiring giving, and convening & reporting on issues of importance for our communities. Established in 1987 as Philanthrofund Foundation in Minneapolis when four friends pooled $2,000, PFund is now supported by thousands of individuals in dozens of states who have created a vibrant and vital community foundation that celebrates and strengthens our communities. PFund is one of only a handful of foundations in the nation created specifically by and for LGBT communities. PFund envisions a time when LGBT people are celebrated and live free from discrimination, violence, invisibility and isolation. Today, PFund manages nearly $1 million in assets, enjoying the support of committed donors and dedicated volunteers from LGBT and allied communities. More at PFundOnline.org.