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.
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.
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 deadline for this round of grants was Friday, January 12, 2018.
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:
David Aronstein, Program Director, Boston Alliance for Community Health
Elyse Cherry, CEO, Boston 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