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.
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.
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