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The Equality Fund

For the community; for the future

The Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation was established in 2012 with two primary goals: making high-impact grants today to the most innovative nonprofits serving the diverse members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community; and building a permanent endowment that will benefit the LGBTQ community of Greater Boston forever.

Equality Fund

The Fund is guided by an Advisory Committee made up of members of the LGBTQ community and allies who possess a breadth of understanding about the most pressing issues affecting our community today.

This unique fund is already having an impact on the LGBTQ community of Greater Boston, with a focus on innovative programming aimed at pressing and emerging issues. To date, some 54 grants ranging in size from $3,500 to $15,000 have been made to 34 different LGBTQ organizations and organizations with a focus on LGBTQ programming.

Grant Making in 2018

In 2018, the Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation anticipates supporting a variety of projects ranging in size from $2,500 to $25,000 based on several considerations such as needs of the LGBTQ communities, type of project, total project budget, percentage of request compared to total project budget, etc. The Fund anticipates the average grant size will be approximately $5,000-$7,500. As part of this application, you will have to complete: 

  • The Online Form
  • The Equality Fund RFP Narrative Questions (Document located at link above)
  • The Project Budget Form (Document located at link above)

The deadline for this round of grants was Friday, January 12, 2018.

Read a press release about the 2018 grantees.

Read a full listing of grants made in previous years.

The Equality Fund has exceeded its goal of raising $500,000 by 2017. The Boston Foundation has pledged $250,000 in challenge grants for the Fund, as a 2:1 challenge in an effort to strengthen the Fund’s endowment as it begins its grant making. The Foundation thanks Eastern Bank, BNY Mellon and Northern Trust, as well as individual donors, for their commitment of funds in support of the Equality Fund and its grant making. The Equality Fund has already documented over $8,000,000 in testamentary gifts, which will ensure that the fund is a robust resource for the LGBTQ community over the coming decades.

Any individual, family or organization can contribute to the Equality Fund in a variety of ways:

  • Planned Gifts – The Boston Foundation offers a full range of planned and legacy giving options. Planned gifts may be made to the Equality Fund through bequests, retirement plan and life insurance gifts. In addition, the Boston Foundation offers charitable remainder trusts, and charitable lead trusts, all of which may benefit the Equality Fund.
  • Outright Contributions – The Boston Foundation can accept all types of gifts into the fund including cash, publicly traded securities, restricted stock, real estate, and more.

The Equality Fund Advisory Committee

David Aronstein, Program DirectorBoston Alliance for Community Health

Elyse CherryCEOBoston Community Capital

Catherine D'Amato, President and CEO, The Greater Boston Food Bank

Diane Felicio, Chief Operating Officer, Community Catalyst

Dean Hara, Director of Client Relations, Flagship Harbor Advisors

Esmond Harmsworth, Managing Partner, Aevitas

Billy Lagor, SVP & GM, Global eCommerce, Hasbro

Andrea Light, Director of Marketing, Johnson & Johnson

Alexandra Schuman, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Alexion

Amy-Lee Simon, Global Publisher Team Lead, Sales Mastery, Google

Scott E. Squillace, Esq., Principal & Founder, Squillace & Associates, P.C.

Ellen Wade, Partner, Wade, Horowitz, LaPointe LLC

Charles Walsh III, Managing Director, Pathstone Federal Street