A tax-exempt community foundation, Our Fund's mission is to promote a culture of philanthropy by uniting donors with organizations supporting the LGBTQ community.
Our Fund Foundation has a number of various ways in which you can give to the LGBTQ community - with your current giving or through the planning of your legacy giving after your death.
What organization or cause has had an impact on your life? What do you want to be remembered for? A planned legacy gift can benefit future generations - all in your name.
If you have supported various organizations or causes through the course of your life that are very important to you, Legacy Giving allows you to continue to have that impact after your death. Our Fund encourages individuals to be as purposeful with their giving after they are gone as they are while living. By creating a charitable fund from your estate, you will have a lasting impact for future generations.
For more information on creating your Legacy Fund, please contact Chief Financial Officer Mark Blaylock at 954-565-1090 MBlaylock@Our-Fund.org
Our Fund Foundation's iGive Society is our community of generous donors ($1,500+ annually) who stand with us to support our mission of increasing philanthropy in the South Florida LGBTQ non-profit community.
These members are invited to special events throughout the year and are recognized in our publications and website as key members who stand with us in our mission of supporting a more vital non-profit LGBTQ community in South Florida.
A Donor Advised Fund is a simple yet powerful way to manage all of your charitable giving in one place. You make tax-deductible gifts into your fund and then recommend grants to your chosen charities at any time.
Your fund will allow you to support specific organizations or causes that are important to you - both within and outside the LGBTQ community - through one consolidated account. Setting up your Donor Advised Fund can be completed very easily with only a few decisions to make on your part and then you will be ready to simplify all your giving from one account.
For more information on establishing a Donor Advised Fund, please contact Chief Financial Officer Mark Blaylock at 954-565-1090 MBlaylock@Our-Fund.org
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.
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.
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.
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 LGBT community.
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.
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 wellbeing 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.
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:
Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others? - Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.
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Justin Flippen, Florida Atlantic University’s first openly gay Student President, went on to become Wilton Manors’ Mayor before he died unexpectedly on February 25, 2020 at the age of 41. Justin’s life and career in public service was guided by Thomas Jefferson’s foundational principle, “Governments are the servants, not the masters, of the people.”
This scholarship in his memory is awarded annually to a Political Science major with a record of community service and political activism. Preference will be given to students exhibiting interest in promoting LGBTQ equality.
To learn more about Justin’s accomplishments and life’s work, visit here.
Scholarship Awarded to Florida Atlantic Student on Anniversary of Flippen’s Untimely Passing
Scholarship Recipient Emily Miranda
WILTON MANORS (February 22, 2021) – When Justin Flippen, the beloved late mayor of Wilton Manors, died unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm last year, Our Fund Foundation swiftly launched the Justin Flippen Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor his enduring legacy.
To pay a fitting tribute and offer respects on the one-year anniversary of Flippen’s untimely passing on February 25, 2020 at the age of only 41, Our Fund will award the inaugural scholarship to Emily Miranda, a Political Science major at Florida Atlantic University. As the first recipient to receive the Justin Flippen Memorial Scholarship, Miranda has a proven record of community service and political activism combined with a passion for social justice.
“Our Fund Foundation is honored to administer the Justin Flippen Memorial Fund which will help prepare future generations of leaders follow in the footsteps of Justin ’s thoughtful and passionate public service,” said David Jobin, president and CEO of Our Fund Foundation.
As Florida Atlantic University’s first openly gay Student President, Flippen went on to become Wilton Manors’ Mayor. His life and career in public service were guided by Thomas Jefferson’s foundational principle, “Governments are the servants, not the masters, of the people.”
“Ignorance serves as the fuel for gaps in social justice and equity and the battle against it is lifelong,” said Emily Miranda. “It is my honor to receive this scholarship in the name of Justin Flippen as it allows me to take a step further in learning about, confronting, and promoting equality and justice.”
Scholarships from the Justin Flippen Memorial Fund will be awarded annually and in perpetuity in increments $1,000. Our Fund Foundation will oversee the endowment which was created to provide financial support to Florida students who are aspiring to enter public service and pursuing a degree in political science or a related field. Preference will be given to students exhibiting interest in promoting LGBTQ+ equality.
Flippen’s parents remarked, “The recipient impresses me as she is an honors student in a similar place as Justin was at that time in his life. Justin would feel good about her determination, particularly as a first-generation student,” said Stephanie Flippen Chandler. With Jim Flippen recalling, “Justin always said a school is four walls with a roof and the future inside.”
Our Fund Foundation intends on continuing to raise monies for the Justin Flippen Memorial Fund so the non-profit can increase and expand the number of future scholarships. For more information or to make a donation, click below.