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Connecting People Who Care with Causes That Matter

Our Fund Foundation is a community partner that creates a better future for all by pursuing the community’s greatest opportunities and addressing its most critical challenges. By inclusively uniting people, institutions and resources from throughout South Florida, Our Fund produces significant, widely shared and lasting results.

Through its grant programs, philanthropy initiatives, and agency and community networking and education efforts, Our Fund stands as a powerful force for good in South Florida and is committed to community leadership as a key strategy for delivering community impact.

Providing much-needed targeted support

Our Fund has determined seven fields of interests that are especially important to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Whether you decide to establish your own fund, contribute to a field of interest fund, or give directly to a specific organization, Our Fund is here to make the connection so that you have the best philanthropic choice.

Youth Fund

Our Fund’s Youth Fund uplifts LGBTQ youth and strives to provide safe and productive home and school environments.  Funds are distributed to South Florida agencies that address the staggering statistics of violence and bullying affecting LGBTQ youth that result in poorer educational and health outcomes versus cisgender heterosexual counterparts, including lower GPAs, less likely planning for higher eduation and more likely experience of self-esteem problems.

Elder's Fund

At a time when LGBTQ older adults should be enjoying their golden years, many  face high rates of economic insecurity and are more likely to be affected by severe health and wellness issues.  Our Fund’s Elders’ Fund supports South Florida agencies that address the unique needs of LGBTQ older adults, including training to provide culturally competent service providers, improving the lives of HIV+ older adults and reducing isolation and its effects that many older LGBTQ adults experience.

Women's Fund

Recognizing that the women’s LBT community is a marginalized class within a minority, Our Fund directs resources to uplift South Florida’s LBT community and combat the historical inequities that are pervasive within the LGBTQ community.

Transgender Fund

Our Fund’s Transgender Fund provides grants to service providers to advance the quality of life for transgender people.  Because programs and services that serve and uplift South Florida’s large transgender community are deeply under-resourced, Our Fund plays an integral role in directing attention and philanthropy to these issues.

HIV/AIDS Fund

Because LGBTQ people are at greater risk for mental and behavioral health challenges and for diseases such as cancer, heart disease and HIV/AIDS, Our Fund’s Health Fund promotes community health by addressing the unique needs and challenges facing the LGBTQ community.  Funds are distributed to South Florida agencies that promote education and address the disparities facing LGBTQ and HIV+ individuals related to access to healthcare, insurance and other barriers affecting the physical well-being of South Florida’s LGBTQ community.

Arts & Culture Fund

Our Fund recognizes the importance of arts and culture to inspire, empower and transform individuals and communities. Grants from this fund promote South Florida artistic expression that amplifies LGBTQ voices and works in the service of preserving, telling and celebrating LGBTQ stories and to promoting LGBTQ equality and social justice.

Health & Wellness Fund

With health equity as a driving force, Our Fund strives for health and wellness outcomes that allow LGBTQ people in South Florida to live full, healthy and happy lives. To this end, Our Fund Foundations Health & Wellness Fund supports initiatives that address the unique issues affecting the health and wellness of LGBTQ people in South Florida and close the health and wellness disparities that LGBTQ people face resulting from social stigma and discrimination

Social Justice Fund

Our Fund’s Social Justice Fund envisions a world in which all LGBTQ people live with dignity, safety, and opportunity. Preference for grants from the Fund is given to agencies, programs and services that increase LGBTQ inclusion and acceptance and expand LGBTQ-affirming protections.

In addition, Our Fund supports four free-standing initiatives in partnership with local and national partners:

SAGE@SoFIA Friendly Visitor Program:

A partnership between Our Fund, SAGE and SoFIA (South Florida Institute on Aging) to match local volunteers with socially isolated LGBTQ elders, forming mutually rewarding relationships that enrich the lives of Broward’s older population.

 

Albert LaMorges Performing Arts Internship Fund:

Provides annual stipends to aspiring LGBTQ students in Music and Theater Arts participating in the organizations and productions of Island City Stage and the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida.

 

Homeless LGBTQ Youth Initiative:

A collaborative effort with Our Fund, SunServe and The Pride Center to provide resources to homeless or at-risk LGBTQ youth and assist them with job employment, education and/or housing support.

Supporting projects in HIV prevention

The South Florida HIV/AIDS Fund at Our Fund Foundation was established to stimulate private philanthropy and initiate grantmaking in HIV prevention within South Florida, addressing priorities and enhancing services within current HIV prevention to ensure communities at the highest risk of the epidemic are reached.

Our Fund Foundation releases this Request for Proposal (RFP) to fund enhanced HIV prevention services in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Our Fund Foundation seeks grant proposals that reflect promising, best, and/or innovative practices in the prevention of HIV transmission and infection. Grant proposals must demonstrate HIV prevention activities that combine outreach, engagement, education, testing, navigation, and follow-up support. Proposed projects must include a case management component that addresses the contributing factors and root causes associated with risky behavior such as social determinants of health and health promotion. Proposals must target young black and/or latinx men between the ages of 18 to 34 years old in Miami-Dade and/or Broward Counties who have sex with men. Proposed programming must be culturally relevant and designed to overcome existing stigma and trust issues.

SAGE@SoFIA Friendly Visitor Program

Given that LGBTQ older adults are twice as likely to live alone, they are more susceptible to the health disparities created by aging in isolation. With SAGE@SoFIA, Our Fund brings together SAGE, the world’s oldest and largest organization working with and on behalf of LGBTQ older people, and SoFIA (South Florida Institute on Aging), a Broward-based mainstream agency with a 30-year history of service to Broward’s older population. Together, these two agencies match community colunteers with socially isolated, often home-bound LGBTQ elders to form relationships that are mutually rewarding and relieve chronic isolation.

Uniting LGBTQ Leadership

Our Fund Foundation hosts quarterly meetings of executive leaders serving organizations that advance LGBT causes in South Florida. The program serves to unite South Florida’s non-profit community and introduce organizations and leaders to each other with the hopes of identifying areas of interest and potential collaboration.

To learn more about participation in the CEO Leadership Network: please contact David Jobin at DJobin@Our-Fund.org

Agencies who make a difference

South Florida enjoys a wide and diverse network of non-profits that serve to advance LGBTQ causes. Our Fund Foundation is proud to partner with these agencies to create a more livable community for all residents of South Florida. Click here to see list of agencies active in the lives of South Floridians.

If you know of an organization that is not listed, please contact Obed Caballero at OCaballero@our-fund.org as Our Fund Foundation is eager to learn about new agencies and engage them in the programs of Our Fund.

Helping to inform our community

Our Fund Foundation annually presents in the fall a community conversation on topics of national and international importance to the LGBTQ community and its allies. Information on upcoming Fall Forum events will be available on this page as details are finalized.

10th Annual National LGBTQ
Leadership Fall Forum

Hosted by:

Monday, November 16, 2020

Last year the Fall Forum was streamed virtually on Equality Florida’s Facebook page and YouTube Channel.

You can view a recorded version of the stream below:

2022 South Florida LGBTQ Philanthropy Awards

The third annual LGBTQ Philanthropy Awards was held on February 26, 2022.

In its role of promoting LGBT philanthropy in South Florida, Our Fund Foundation launched the South Florida Philanthropy Awards on February 9, 2019 to recognize those individuals who demonstrate a significant philanthropic impact in South Florida’s LGBT community. The generosity and actions of these philanthropists help to make South Florida the most livable community in the country for LGBT people.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

Reception
5:30- 6:30 PM

Award Presentation
6:30 – 7:00 PM

Post-Reception
7:00 – 7:30 PM

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Mary N. Porter Ballroom
201 SW 5th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

2020 LGBTQ Philanthropy Awards

2022 Honorees

Jayne Baron Sherman
Raising the Bar Award

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Designating the Philanthropist of the Year, this year’s Raising the Bar recipient is Jayne Baron Sherman. Jayne’s thoughtful generosity directed at numerous cultural, arts and LGBTQ advocacy agencies increased at the onset of the pandemic at a time these agencies were especially vulnerable. Jayne’s philanthropic impact in South Florida and nationally has helped to sustain arts and cultural institutions beloved by the LGBTQ community. Jayne and her wife Deby Zum were initial investors in Our Fund’s success as First 100 Funders and remain generous annual supporters. Jayne also provides leadership gifts to Our Fund’s grant funds distributed to South Florida agencies.

Doug Ames
Commitment to a Cause Award

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Numerous South Florida LGBTQ agencies have been the beneficiary of Doug’s volunteerism. Doug’s name is synonymous with LGBTQ benefits and galas as Doug and the teams he assembles are the first faces seen at check-in for almost every large event in the region. Doug works tirelessly to gather and relay information to volunteers so that events run smoothly with host agencies’ boards and staff able to concentrate on the event knowing that check-in and guest needs are capably managed by Doug and his crew.

Jonathan Freidin
Next Generation of Philanthropy

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Nominated by SAVE, Jonathan has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of SAVE since 2020 and has served on the Board since 2018. Jonathan also serves on SAVE’s Endorsement Committee, which interviews and endorses political and judicial candidates running for office in South Florida. Recently, Jonathan was appointed by Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber to be the Vice Chair of Art Deco Cultural District Panel. In this role, Jonathan is committed to making Miami Beach safer and more enjoyable for residents and visitors. Jonathan exemplifies how his generation can become engaged and lead bringing vigor and fresh ideas to advance our region’s LGBTQ movement.