The Amy Mandel and Katina Rodis Fund supports efforts that address root problems to achieving LGBTQ equality and result in systemic change with regards to policy, legal, and cultural reform.
The Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world. Arcus believes that respect for diversity among peoples and in nature is essential to a positive future for our planet and all its inhabitants. We work with experts and advocates for change to ensure that LGBT people and our fellow apes thrive in a world where social and environmental justice are a reality. Arcus has offices in New York City and Cambridge, England.
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (the administrative home for the LGBTQ Racial Justice Fund) is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. We support brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. We work for racial, economic, social, and gender justice, because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity. Astraea is a multi-gendered, multiracial, multi-identity organization that grew from a lesbian feminist vision. Honoring our legacy, we are uncompromising in our vision of rights for all, continuing to uphold strong values such as belief in self-determination, community empowerment, movement building, and building across issues and generations.
In its first two years of grant-making, the Fund has provided more than $2,300,000 to grassroots organizations in the South.
The Calamus Foundation supports LGBT organizations working to promote the formation, growth, and well-being of their communities, with particular emphasis on social justice and civil rights. Calamus also funds non-LGBT organizations that advocate for social, racial and economic justice and that integrate LGBT protections into their work. As a small grantmaker (the majority of Calamus’s grants are $10,000 or less), we aspire to reach those groups who, because of the nature of their mission or because they are newly formed, may not have access to traditional funding sources.
The Ford Foundation challenges inequality around the world. By supporting our partners in the United States, we will help to build a social justice infrastructure that is networked, collaborative, and durable. A core element of this is strengthening the leadership of young people, women, immigrants, and people of color as contributors to problem solving. But our approach will also include supporting movements that are connecting and engaging people across issues and identities—transcending differences in race, gender, political party, class, or citizenship to better reflect the shared hopes and realities of a changing society. Finally, we are in a position to help reimagine the practice of philanthropy, ensuring that our sector adapts to the needs of a changing nation.
Foundation for a Just Society was founded by a group of women committed to advancing the human rights of women, girls, and LGBTI people. We envision a world without discrimination — where people are equally valued regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, economic status, or sexual orientation. We understand that gender-based discrimination intersects with other aspects of a person’s identity and circumstances, and we partner with organizations whose visions of realizing women’s and LGBTI rights cut across multiple issues. FJS seeks to develop a cohort of long-term grantees working on a range of issues within the broad frame of gender justice, and using a diversity of approaches to achieve their goals.
Laughing Gull Foundation
Laughing Gull Foundation is a progressive family foundation rooted in the U.S. South. We envision healthy and sustainable communities where everyone can be their whole selves and live in balance with the earth; a world in which everyone is supported, included, embraced, and protected, especially those who have been pushed to the margins of our human family; and a day when both human rights and human rites of passage include everyone equally and fully. We leverage our resources to transform systems, institutions, and relationships for the benefit of people and the planet. Our mission is to honor our family’s evolving identity while proactively addressing broken systems that have created inequality and harmed our planet. We achieve our mission through grantmaking, donor organizing, and impact investing in support of three priorities: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Equality, Higher Education in Prisons, and Environmental Justice. We typically fund grassroots organizations engaged in direct service, advocacy, and/or culture change work. The Laughing Gull Foundation is based in Durham, North Carolina.
The mission of the UU Veatch Program at Shelter Rock is to “provide support for efforts within the religious and spiritual mission of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock where their purposes are best served by outside agencies acting under the Veatch Program and the Congregation.” Consistent with the mission, with the seven Unitarian Universalist principles, and with their goal of building a movement for social change, the Veatch Program funds organizational infrastructure/capacity building as well as specific program initiatives in thirteen Program Areas.
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund supports the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people. Their work is rooted in respect for the dignity and worth of every human being and is informed by the following beliefs:
- Social institutions and structures should promote the full realization of human rights and human potential, and should be accountable to these ends.
- The rights of all people are advanced when the rights of the most marginalized and vulnerable peoples are protected.
- Social justice movements should employ means that are consistent with their ideals, and should give agency to the people whose interests they seek to advance.