April 29, 2014
With a belief that community members can best determine where funding will have the greatest positive impact, PFund Foundation (an MCF member) has long been committed to community-led grantmaking. In its last round of grantmaking and guided by a strategic direction of increased regional participation, PFund involved community more than ever. A summary of changes PFund made follows.
And, for a more detailed look at how you can incorporate PFund’s learning into your next grants round, check the spring issue of Giving Forum (online and in your mailbox now).
- Expand the table. Historically PFund has engaged community leaders based in the Twin Cities. In its last grants round, it added leaders from Greater Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, and it plans to recruit from Iowa and South Dakota.
- Connect community leaders. In addition to reviewing written grant proposals, during its last grant round, community leaders held 24 site visits – in person and virtual. This connected leaders in new ways.
- Build shared knowledge. To enrich everyone’s understanding of LGBT communities in the Upper Midwest, PFund is convening community leaders.
- Foster mutual commitment. PFund is moving from recruiting volunteers annually to inviting community members to serve 3-year terms on its grant committee.
- Create a playbook. The foundation’s guidelines, approaches, policies and more are now documented in a resource that will be used and updated by the grants committee annually.
Did PFund do something that your organization could build on to increase your level of interaction with and commitment to the communities you serve?
- Susan Stehling, MCF communications associate
October 4, 2012
The LGBT Aging Initiative, a partnership between MCF members Greater Twin Cities United Way and PFund Foundation, just released the 2012 Twin Cities LGBT Aging Needs Assessment Survey Report. It shows that over the past ten years there has been tremendous change, both nationally and regionally regarding LGBT aging, but that significant gaps still exist.
Key findings that they highlighted include:
- Compared to a similar 2002 assessment, participants were nearly twice as likely to believe they would receive sensitive care if their sexual orientation were known. While certainly an improvement, still less than one in five people believe they would receive sensitive care.
- Compared to the general population, LGBT older adults who participated in the study were nearly twice as likely to be a caregiver. However, they were more likely to live alone, less likely to have a caregiver, and less likely to have children. Moreover, LGBT older adults are more at risk for social isolation and nursing home placement.
This report was the first step of the LGBT Aging Initiative. Step two happens this Friday, October 5, when the Initiative will host an LGBT Aging Symposium to present the findings of this new report, along with seminal national research on LGBT aging, to a wide spectrum of aging service providers, LGBT health advocates and other stakeholders.
Finally, the LGBT Aging Initiative will provide a funding opportunity for LGBT aging projects. Grant guidelines will be released later this fall.
Visit PFund’s website for more information about the LGBT Aging Initiative and to download the full report.
July 5, 2012
MCF member PFund Foundation, a community foundation that advances social justice for LGBT communities in the Upper Midwest, has released a new report called Notes from the Road. Foundation representatives spent 18 months traveling across the Upper Midwest to hold 13 “listening sessions” where they heard directly from members of LGBT communities.
What’s on their minds? Some of the report highlights include:
- Creating a regional identity. These communities are cultivating relationships and sharing resources with others in the Midwest. Many suggested a regular regional convening or conference.
- Exploring differences. Some bisexual and transgender participants felt that despite being part of the LGBT label, they are not fully included in their local LGBT communities. Another common thread was racial diversity: how to build relationships across multiple identities, and how white-led LGBT organizations can be accountable to communities of color.
- Isolation. There are challenges to staying connected in rural areas, and too few regularly scheduled meetings to foster a sense of community in these areas.
- Same-sex marriage. Much of the conversation focused on how involvement in politics can be both a unifying and divisive force.
- Infrastructure. There is a strong need to maintain meeting spaces, support paid staff, build comprehensive databases and implement communications strategies. Many LGBT leaders in the region are looking to develop better fundraising skills and seek new ways to raise money.
The report concludes by stressing the importance of Upper Midwest LGBT communities directing money, time and resources to building lasting relationships with each other.
Download and read the full report on the PFund Foundation website. The foundation is also hosting free one-hour informational webinars about the report on July 17 and August 16.
September 29, 2009
Over the past year, Funders for LGBTQ Issues (formerly Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues) partnered with the LGBT Funders Network of the Minnesota Council on Foundations to take a look at foundation giving to Minnesota’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.
The recently released report, “State of Funding: LGBTQ Grantmaking in Minnesota,” provides a benchmark that measures and describes this giving.
Among the key findings:
- In 2007, 29 Minnesota foundations awarded $1.1 million across 88 grants to 33 LGBTQ organizations and programs in Minnesota. In comparison, nationally 293 foundations granted $77.2 million in 3,206 grants.
- Private foundations accounted for 72 percent of Minnesota grantmaking dollars to LGBTQ issues in 2007. The five foundations that awarded the most dollars were: Kevin J. Mossier Foundation; Bush Foundation; The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation; AHS Foundation; Otto Bremer Foundation. The five foundations that awarded the most grants were: PFund Foundation; Kevin J. Mossier Foundation; U.S. Bancorp Foundation; John Larsen Foundation; Headwaters Foundation for Justice.
- The study lists the top five LGBTQ strategies supported by Minnesota grantmakers as: 1) Advocacy; 2) Direct Service; 3) Organizational capacity building; 4) Litigation; 5) Community Organizing.
- The top five issues supported in 2007 were: 1) Community building/empowerment; 2) Civil rights; 3) Philanthropic infrastructure; 4) Strengthening families; 5) Health.
Robert Espinoza, director of research and communications for Funders for LGBTQ Issues, presented the findings at a convening of the LGBT Funders Network on Sept. 25 in Minneapolis. A copy of the full report (pdf) is located on the MCF website. A report on funding trends at the national level is also available at the Funders for LGBTQ Issues website.
- Chris Murakami Noonan, MCF communications associate