Promoting a culture of philanthropy
by uniting donors with organizations
supporting the LGBT community
What is Our Fund?
Our Fund's mission statement is to promote a culture of philanthropy by uniting donors with organizations supporting the LGBT community. A tax-exempt community foundation organized to improve the lives of LGBT people with a strategy of providing financial resources to non-profit organizations serving the LGBT community. The Foundation's purpose is to bring together these financial resources from individuals, families, and businesses and support effective non-profits – building one great legacy from many donors while playing a key role in identifying and working on community problems. Our Fund has the capacity to assist donors in designing gift plans that achieve their philanthropic passions, maximize their tax deductions and be part of a charitable network that increases their effectiveness and impact.
Why do we need an LGBT community foundation?
A report released last year by a national non-profit association of LGBTQ funders, found that grantmaking by 383 U.S. based foundations represented approximately $473 billion of which only one quarter of one percent was designated for LGBTQ communities.
According to a 2010 U.S. Census, Florida ranks third in the nation for population growth, trailing only Texas and California. Specific data on LGBT population is often not available or unreliable, but the same census indicated that Florida now has approximately 66,000 same-sex couple households, a 60 percent leap since the 2000 census.
A significant increase in demand from the non-profit sector for services in the LGBT community assumes there is a significant rise in the LGBT population here in South Florida. Types of services that are in high demand range from health issues, youth support, education, senior care to community group services.
The needs of the LGBT community are not significantly different from other communities but, as you can see from these statistics, these services are not supported by over 99% of foundations.
How can I be part of Our Fund?
There are several ways you can participate and help us accomplish our mission:
1. Create a personalized Fund directed by you to accomplish your charitable interest in your name.
2. Designate Our Fund as a beneficiary of your estate, trust or retirement account. The proceeds can be used to create a personalized Fund to carry out your charitable interest in perpetuity.
3. Join our First 100 Funders by pledging an annual gift for three years to help support the operations and initial start-up costs and provide funding to promote philanthropy.
4. Help us with a general operating gift.
5. Become part of our Professional Advisors Network and help us connect donors with the needs of our community.
2011/2012 Annual Report
to our community
We are proud to present our first annual report. Read about the accomplishments during our first full fiscal year - promoting philanthropy to support growing community needs, collaborating with organizations and introducing new donors to the issues we face. All made possible by donors who believe in our mission and supported us during the year. Click here or the image to the left to download your copy.