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2022 Health & Wellness Fund Grantees

Our Fund / 2022 Health & Wellness Fund Grantees

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Our Fund Foundation Awards More than $317,000 In LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Fund Grants

12 South Florida LGBTQ+ specific programs and initiatives receive financial support

Wilton Manors (October 5, 2022) – Our Fund Foundation, South Florida’s only LGBTQ community foundation, announced its LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Fund awarded a total of $317,000 in grants in support of innovative LGBTQ+-specific programs and initiatives in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

Our Fund’s 2022 LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Fund earmarked grants ranging from $7,000 to $50,000, among 12 deserving South Florida nonprofits which provide targeted LGBTQ Youth, HIV/AIDS Services & Prevention, LBT Women and Transgender programs.

“Our Fund seeks to improve the quality of life for the local LGBTQ+ population through responsive, relevant, and impactful philanthropy and grantmaking,” said David Jobin, president & CEO of Our Fund Foundation. “We are fortunate to support these non-profits and provide much-needed financial assistance which addresses unique LGBTQ+ health risks and disparities.

The following agencies and programs were awarded grants in Our Fund Foundation’s LGBTQ Health & Wellness Fund grant allocation.

LGBTQ Youth

Humanity Project

Beyond Don’t Say Gay

Beyond Don’t Say Gay will retool the acclaimed Antibullying Through The Arts & Humanity Club programs to specifically address sexual orientation and gender identity with cleverly designed in-school instruction that circumvents the Florida ban, even as our programs continue to prevent bullying.

National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment

AFFIRM

AFFIRM supports South Florida’s diverse LGBTQIA+ youth through leadership and life skills development, mentorship, resources and family education.

YES Institute

Youth & Family Resilience Initiative

Direct service initiatives support youth acceptance and adjustment along with parents struggling with LGBTQ identity to prevent suicide and ensure healthy development.

EduPride

Health and Wellness Outreach – Mind, Body and Heart

This project seeks to connect LGBTQIA+ school employees to mindfulness techniques, local health resources and ongoing peer support activities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward

BIG Pride

BIG Pride is a one-on-one supervised mentoring program for LGBTQ youth, connecting young people to resources and activities while building trusted support networks.

HIV/AIDS Services & Prevention

World AIDS Museum

Accessible HIV Testing

This project is designed to make HIV testing more readily accessible to Black and Brown trans women in South Florida.

Arianna's Center

Transgender Mental Health Access

Expansion of affordable, culturally sensitive therapy for transgender youth.

LBT Women

Gilda's Club South Florida

LBT Cancer Collaborative

GCSFL will expand outreach to raise awareness for cancer prevention and cancer support services to LBT individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Transgender

TransInclusive Group

U-Matter Project 2022

The U-Matter project will address the HIV epidemic and the interrelated health problems and social determinants that impact the lives of people who embark on the trans experience.

TransSOCIAL

Trans Mental Health Program

The Trans Mental Health Program will remove systemic barriers to accessing gender-affirming, trauma-informed mental health services for TGNC clients.

Community Programs

Chainless Change

Peers Optimistically Working to End Recidivism (POWER)

Chainless Change’s LGBTQ peer support specialists will provide reentry planning and resources for justice-involved LGBTQ individuals with behavioral health conditions.

Maven Leadership Collective

Maven QTPOC Wellbeing Initiative

Maven provides free in-person and digital heart health activities and resources to improve health outcomes in queer and trans communities of color.

Grants from the 2022 LGBTQ Health & Wellness Fund were made possible by generous support from the following individuals, donor advised, and legacy funds at Our Fund Foundation: G Foundation, The Tuesday’s Angels Fund, The John D. Green & Jeffrey I. Sacks Charitable Fund, Dick Schwarz & Tom Massey, Michael H. Sporn, Scott L. Bennett, Doll/McNally Fund, John Pritchard’s Make Change Matter Fund, Steven W. Thornton and Bradley E. Coomer Charitable Fund, The Woodham-Ellis Charitable Fund, The Sherzum Fund and from Our Fund’s Endowment: Bill Beaton and Ted Emery Charitable Fund, Jim Laird’s Hamish’s Fund, Kay Maunsbach Charitable Fund, The Jack W. Huizenga Fund, The Fasana Education Fund, Stanley Roller Charitable Fund.

Established in 2011, Our Fund Foundation has grown into the third largest LGBT foundation in the nation. As South Florida’s only LGBT community foundation, Our Fund promotes a culture of philanthropy by uniting donors with organizations advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties and supporting causes within the LGBT community. For more information on Our Fund Foundation visit our-fund.org or call 954-565-1090.