What is your mission?
We strengthen the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community by mobilizing and investing resources in dynamic organizations throughout New York City. On the day-to-day, that means working hard to raise money that can be used to celebrate LGBTQ identities and cultural contributions, advance our rights, and secure our freedom. We have more than 50 grant programs, which span a wide range of causes that are important to us and our allies, from ensuring workplace equality to ending homelessness. We are also home to eight scholarship funds, including the largest in the country for undocumented LGBTQ immigrants.
What makes your organization so unique in the non-profit space?
Stonewall is one of the most prolific LGBTQ grantmakers, both in the breadth of our vision and in terms of the number of grants we award, which, last year, was more than 200. We funded in 30+ issue areas and grants ranged in size from $25 to $40,000. Those extremes reflect a well-polished wisdom around how to make strategic impact; and a lot of that has to do with the fact that we bring in people directly affected by our grantmaking, as well as community leaders, grantee partners, and peer funders to help decide where our dollars are most needed and can go the furthest. With community support, we are able to recognize possibilities even for $25, which is unheard of in philanthropy!
What is your organization up to at the moment & how can CUP Members be involved?
We’re recruiting. Next year is our 25th anniversary and, being that so few LGBTQ nonprofits have reached this ripe old age, it’s a pretty big deal. We are thinking more and more about the long-term, what it means to be a foundation for an increasingly visible and diverse community, and with that we see the need to grow the Stonewall team. CUP members who are interested in board service or volunteer projects should get in touch with us, especially people with experience in communications, finance, media, marketing, or philanthropy.