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.
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.
AFFIRM supports South Florida’s diverse LGBTQIA+ youth through leadership and life skills development, mentorship, resources and family education.
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.
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 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
Accessible HIV Testing
This project is designed to make HIV testing more readily accessible to Black and Brown trans women in South Florida.
Transgender Mental Health Access
Expansion of affordable, culturally sensitive therapy for transgender youth.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.