The Community Foundation of Broward and Our Fund Foundation are teaming up to boost LGBTQ+ support and prioritize innovative opportunities to foster social and racial equity for LGBTQ+ residents and BIPOC (Black and Indigenous People of Color).
This new grantmaking collaboration, linking two philanthropy leaders dedicated to supporting Broward’s LGBTQ+ community, will target critical resources where they are needed most to create the greatest positive impact for LGBTQ+ residents.
Our Fund Foundation and the Community Foundation of Broward jointly launched the LGBTQ+ Social Justice & Equity Funders Collaborative Request for Proposals which seeks to fund innovative ways which support the aspirations of Broward’s LGBTQ+ community. Nonprofits can begin the grant application process now, and the first grants will be awarded in 2022.
Pooling the expertise and philanthropic resources of theCommunity Foundation of Broward and Our Fund Foundation will: reveal and address discrimination as a cause of disparities in health care, education, economic independence and other essentials to the quality of life for LGBTQ+ residents, amplify the voice of the LGBTQ+ community and champion the rights of all LGBTQ+ residents, and create a lasting impact for the LGBTQ+ community that transcends lifespans and breaks through community divisions.
In addition, this strategic partnership will enable the Community Foundation of Broward and Our Fund Foundation to optimize their use of time and resources, maximizing the support available to members of the LGBTQ+ community. The collaboration will simplify the grant application process for partner nonprofit groups and organize a dedicated team to review grant applications.
As longtime champions of LGBTQ+ residents, Community Foundation of Broward and Our Fund Foundation are natural partners, both supported by generous donors who prioritize inclusion and equity in Broward County and beyond.
Since its creation in 2011, Our Fund Foundation has grown into the nation’s third-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 $1.5 million in grants deployed each year in the areas of Social Justice, Health & Wellness and Arts & Culture, Our Fund Foundation improves the quality of life for the local LGBTQ+ population through responsive, relevant, and impactful philanthropy.
“Our Fund Foundation is focused on creating a better and safer world for future generations,” said David Jobin, Our Fund Foundation President and CEO. “We are pleased to partner with the Community Foundation of Broward on our Social Justice granting to create a greater investment in a stronger, healthier and happier LGBTQ+ community.”
For more than three decades, 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. The Community Foundation since 2003 has awarded more than $8 million in grants to support the LGBTQ+ community on a wide range of issues, including education, outreach, the arts and more. Last year, a report for a national support network called Funders of LGBTQ+ Issues found that the Community Foundation of Broward’s LGBTQ+ support ranked among the top 10 community foundations across the country.
“We can and must do more to break through systemic barriers, foster inclusion and create more opportunities for LGBTQ+ residents to succeed,” said Community Foundation President/CEO Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D. “Collaborating with Our Fund Foundation is a great way to streamline our grantmaking process with a shared goal of making life better for everyone who calls Broward home.”