Press Release: LGBT&S Alliance Fund Awards more than $60,000 to Regional Organizations Supporting the LGBTQ

LGBT&S Alliance Fund Announces Grant Recipients

Awards for $63,000 to Regional Organizations Supporting the LGBTQ Community

TUCSON, Ariz., (June 26, 2018) – The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Straight (LGBT&S) Alliance Fund, which supports innovative programs and initiatives that benefit the LGBT&S community in Southern Arizona, announced today grants for $63,000 to 16 regional nonprofit agencies. Since its inception, the LGBT&S Alliance Fund has awarded 182 grants to more than 64 different organizations totaling $809,597.

“The donors to the LBGT&S Alliance Fund continually show such a deep commitment to LGBTQ-serving nonprofits and grassroots organizations in Southern Arizona,” stated Dr. Sally Dodds, Chairperson of the LGBT&S Alliance Fund. “This year, their investments were the highest ever, 20% more than last year, and let us provide grants for much-needed programs and services.”

The LGBT&S Alliance Fund was created in 1999 by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona in partnership with the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership.  The Fund addresses a chronic pattern of underfunding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender programs and supports efforts to focus on these issues through philanthropy and endowment building.

“Once again, CFSA is proud to partner with the LGBTQ&S Alliance Fund to award grants to nonprofit organizations that provide needed services and support to the LGBTQ&S community,” said Sandra Nathan, Senior VP of Philanthropic Services and Community Investments at CFSA. “This year’s grantees truly reflect both emerging and longstanding needs of the LGBTQ&S community, addressing issues from emergency housing for youth to support for detained immigrants, transgender individuals and seniors. We are thrilled that our generous donors so consistently step up every year and demonstrate what a caring and diverse community we live in.”

Grants in this round of funding range from $1,600 to $5,000, for organizations serving needs from LGBTQ community building and collaborations, transgender issues, youth and elder issues and general operating support. This year’s grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Camp Born This Way (SAAF Fiscal Agent)
Bicycle Inter-community Art and Salvage (BICAS)
Casa Libre en la Solana
Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project
Foundation for Creative Broadcasting – KXCI
IAMME Project (PPEP Fiscal Agent)
Mariposas Sin Fronteras (Borderlinks Fiscal Agent)
Our Family Services
Pima Council on Aging
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
Southern Arizona Senior Pride (SAAF Fiscal Agent)
Spoken Futures (Southwest Institute for Learning Fiscal Agent)
Tucson Jewish Community Center
UA Museum of Art (UA Foundation Fiscal Agent)

To learn more about the LGBT&S Alliance Fund, please visit alliancefund.org.

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About the LGBT&S Alliance Fund
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Straight (LGBT&S) Alliance Fund is a fund held at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA). The Alliance Fund’s mission is through philanthropy to engage the community to support innovative LGBTQ programs in Southern Arizona. Created in 1999 in partnership with the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership, the Fund addresses the chronic pattern of underfunding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender programs and supports efforts to address these issues through philanthropy and endowment building. The Alliance Fund connects donors with projects that benefit the LGBTQ community through annual competitive grant rounds.  For more information, visit www.alliancefund.org.