Collaboration Delivers New Support for LGBTQ Community

June 1, 2024
Representatives from The Our Fund Foundation and the Community Foundation of Broward celebrate with donors and 2024 grant recipients at The Our Fund Foundation office in Wilton Manors.

The Community Foundation of Broward and The Our Fund Foundation are teaming up to provide $300,000 in new support during 2024 for innovative opportunities to tackle discrimination and disparities faced by the LGBTQ community in Broward County.

This is the third year of a grantmaking collaboration between the two respected local foundations, combing their critical philanthropic resources and expertise for the benefit of the LGBTQ community and all residents of Broward.

Ten local nonprofits will receive grants this year to champion the LGBTQ community through education, youth mentoring, museum exhibits, outreach, advocacy and more.

“The LGBTQ+ community is in an extremely vulnerable position with continual attacks and political and social forces attempting to revive discriminatory policies,” said David Jobin, president and CEO of The Our Fund Foundation. “The LGBTQ+ Social Justice & Equity Fund is one of many ways we’re attempting to meet the moment thanks to the backing of supporters who understand the need for a meaningful philanthropic response at this critical time.”

Each of the 2024 nonprofit grantees was thoroughly vetted by a joint selection committee and will receive between $29,000 – $50,000.

“We are proud to partner with The Our Fund Foundation to make a real difference in the LGBTQ+ community,” said Jennifer O'Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., President/CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward. “Many thanks to our amazing volunteers who poured over the grant applications and chose projects with the potential to change lives. These grants are a bold step forward in our longstanding mission to ensure everyone in Broward’s LGBTQ+ community is treated with equity, dignity and respect. It's a powerful reminder of the incredible things we can achieve when we work together.”

The 2024 grantees include:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward – BIG Pride: The BIG Pride mentoring program connects LGBTQ+ youth to a caring adult, community resources, events & activities to help build a support network.
  • Black LGBTQ+ Liberation – BLINC (Black LGBTQ+ Liberation, Inc.): Operational support to more effectively fulfill their mission to help LGBTQ+ Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) in South Florida lead happier and healthier lives.
  • Equality Florida Institute – Preserving Progress for LGBTQ+ Youth in Broward County Public Schools: Equality Florida will continue to claw back lost progress for LGBTQ+ youth in Broward County Public Schools.
  • Fort Lauderdale Historical Society – PRIDE Month exhibit: FLHS will create, install and market a PRIDE month exhibit celebrating the South Florida LGBTQ+ community.
  • Keshet – Keshet-Broward County LGBTQ+ Inclusion and Belonging: Educate and train Jewish institutional leaders to build communities of LGBTQ+ belonging in Broward County.
  • Museum of Discovery & Science – MODS Inclusivity Initiative: Building Paths to LGBTQ+ Inclusion & Acceptance: MODS will provide inclusive training and community engagement that builds bridges to understanding and acceptance of Broward’s LGBTQ+ community.
  • PRISM FL – PRISM Student Ambassador Program: The PRISM Student Ambassador Program (P-SAP) is a network of GSAs and other LGBTQ+ student organizations empowering the next generation of leaders.
  • SAVE Foundation – Be Election Ready (BER): The BER Project recruits and trains LGBTQ+ people to have meaningful conversations with Broward residents to ensure they're ready to vote in the 2024.
  • Stonewall National Museum & Archives – Stonewall: A Community’s Legacy for Today, & Tomorrow: Recreate Stonewall Inn/uprising June 29, 1969 that launched the LGBTQ+ movement inspiring new generations to accept the reins and fight for equality.
  • Thinking Cap Theatre – Creatively Nurturing Community & Improving Visibility for South Florida’s LGBTQ+ Women: An eight-month creative and educational arts project designed to unite, enrich, and empower a historically marginalized LGBTQ+ demographic – women.

The Bill Beaton & Ted Emery Charitable Fund and The Paul Fasana Charitable Fund at The Our Fund Foundation sponsored the 2024 LGBTQ Social Justice & Equity Fund.

The Richard Frisby & Edward Burkhart Fund, Charles L. Ross Fund, Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund and the LGBTQ+ Community Impact Fund at the Community Foundation of Broward sponsored the 2024 LGBTQ+ Social Justice & Equity Fund.

Dynamic Collaboration

The Our Fund Foundation: Since its creation in 2011, The Our Fund Foundation has grown into one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ foundation, awarding more than $13 million in grants to support LGBTQ+ initiatives in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. With more than $2 million in grants deployed each year in the areas of Social Justice, Health & Wellness and Arts & Culture, The Our Fund Foundation improves the quality of life for the local LGBTQ+ population through responsive, relevant, and impactful philanthropy. To contact The Our Fund Foundation, email or call 954-565-1090.

The Community Foundation of Broward: For 40 years, the Community Foundation of Broward has advocated for Broward’s LGBTQ community. In 1986, the Community Foundation became the first non-government funder in Broward to lead the charge for education and understanding of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Since its founding, the Community Foundation has awarded nearly $10 million in grants - including $500,000 during 2023 - to support the LGBTQ community on a wide range of issues, including education, outreach, the arts and more. To contact the Community Foundation, email or call 954-761-9503.

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