Equality Fund

An endowment serving Boston's LGBTQ community

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The Equality Fund announces its 2019 grant recipients

The Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation is pleased to announce 26 nonprofits will receive over $160,000 in grants in the Fund's 2019 round of grantmaking. In addition, the Fund welcomes a new co-chair, Elyse Cherry, who is succeeding TBF Director Scott Squillace in the role.

Meet the grantees
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"The Equality Fund is visionary. It is about the future and whatever it may bring for LGBTQ individuals, communities and families. Having a permanent, dedicated pool of funds to invest in our well-being is a stunning accomplishment."

- Diane M. Felicio, COO, Community Catalyst; Member, Equality Fund Advisory Committee

The Equality Fund made its first grants in June 2013 and has continued an annual grant-making cycle. This unique fund is already having an impact on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community of Greater Boston, with a focus on innovative approaches to pressing and emerging issues. To date, some 69 grants ranging in size from $3,500 to $15,000 have been made to LGBTQ organizations and organizations with a focus on LGBTQ programming. From health, elder services, education, housing and other support services, the Equality Fund is dedicated to serving both the long-term and current needs of the community.

The Equality Fund is stewarded by the Boston Foundation, but its grant-making priorities and growth strategies are guided by an Equality Fund Advisory Committee including members of the community, donors and professional advisors in law, real estate, financial planning, philanthropy and related fields.

Grantees are selected by the Equality Fund advisory committee and approved by the Boston Foundation Board of Directors. Grants are typically announced and celebrated during Boston’s PRIDE events.  

Download the Equality Fund brochure.

Giving to the Equality Fund

Are you a donor who wants the flexibility of supporting a broad range of organizations and initiatives and are also interested in meeting the future needs of the LGBTQ community? You can support current grant making through gifts by check, credit card, distributions from Donor Advised Funds or gifts of appreciated stock or other assets. You can also provide future support by naming the Quality Fund as a beneficiary of your retirement plan or as a successor to a Donor Advised Fund or by including it in your estate plan.

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