Philanthropic Advocacy

Funding Queerly Giving Circle

Mobilizing financial resources in support of organizing work by and for marginalized LGBTQI communities.

October 26, 2015: The Funding Queerly Giving Circle is accepting applications for funding. Applications, available here, are due via email to by the end of the business day on December 11, 2015. Decisions will be made in March 2016. 

The Funding Queerly Giving Circle is a group of young donors (under 40) who came together at Making Money Make Change in 2012. In partnership with the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the Circle mobilizes financial resources for small LGBTQI community organizing groups across the United States to address the root causes of injustice facing LGBTQI people. The Circle particularly supports the leadership and organizing by and for communities of color, indigenous communities, low-income communities, and/or rural communities.

Help the Circle increase its giving by donating now

Help the Circle increase its giving by donating now To inquire about joining Funding Queerly as a progressive donor, email Naomi and Miabi at

FUNDING QUEERLY 2015-2016 GIVING CIRCLE MEMBERS: Rebecca Balter, Isaac Block, Jason Franklin, Devney Hamilton Bex Kolins, Shreya Shah, Naomi Sobel, & A. Sparks

FUNDING QUEERLY ALUMNI: Katherine D'Amato, Courtney Frantz, Sha Grogan-Brown, Mijo Lee, Sam Tabet & Shana Weaver


The Funding Queerly Giving Circle's second grant cycle in 2015 awarded $180,000 in grants to 20 innovative groups for general support, enabling these grantee partners to pursue their own visions and social change agendas. The Circle and Astraea are thrilled to support this constellation of grantee partners working across issue area and geography to make sustainable change in their communities.

Affinity (Chicago, IL) is a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth, and allies to identify needs, create safe spaces, develop leaders, and bridge communities through collective analysis and action for social justice, freedom, and human rights.
Allgo (Austin, TX) is a 28-year-old organization that works toward its vision of a just and equitable society that celebrates and nurtures vibrant people of color queer cultures.
AZ-QUIP (Phoenix, AZ) is a local LGBTQ immigrant group striving to meet the needs of the undocumented, queer community.

API Equality-LA (Los Angeles, CA) is a grassroots coalition in the Greater Los Angeles Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities working to advance civil rights through organizing, public education and advocacy. 

Black and Pink (Dorchester, MA) is an open family of LGBTQ prisoners and free world allies who support each other. Their work is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people, and their goal is to abolish the prison industrial complex. 

Black Transmen Incorporated (Dallas, TX) is proud to be the first national organization for black trans men and women. 

Casa Ruby (Washington, DC) is a bilingual multicultural LGBTQ organization serving LGBTQ people (particularly TGNC people and LGBTQ immigrants) in the DC area. 

Detroit REPRESENT! (Detroit, MI) is a collective of LGBTQ youth of color from Detroit with the mission to inspire and support media organizing, in order to resist erasure, transform oppression, and create authentic portrayals of their communities, their lives, and themselves.

Gender Expansion Project (Missoula, MT) works to increase access to care, treatment, and acceptance of transgender, transsexual, intersex, and gender diverse individuals in Montana and beyond.
Gender Justice LA (Los Angeles, CA) works towards a safe and just society for all transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming people.

Green Mountain Crossroads (Brattleboro, VT) works to build strong, healthy, and visible rural LGBTQ communities throughout Northern New England.
Missouri GSA Network (St. Louis, MO) is dedicated to students being the driving force behind developing strong queer youth leaders and promoting racial and economic justice in Missouri.

Montana Two-Spirit Society (Missoula, MT) advocates, educates and builds community among Native and Indigenous peoples, including LGBTI and allied communities, by sharing their two spirit histories and cultural traditions. 

Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (Washington, DC) works to support, empower, and connect LGBTQ Muslims, while challenging root causes of oppression, misogyny, and xenophobia.

Portland PFLAG Black Chapter (Portland, OR) promotes the health and well-being of Black LGBTQ persons, their families and friends through support, education, organizing and advocacy.

Providence Youth Student Movement (Providence, RI) organizes Southeast Asian youth to lead campaigns to confront and end state, street, and interpersonal violence affecting their communities. 

Stonewall Youth (Olympia, Washington) is an organization of youth, activists, and allies that empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth to speak for themselves, educate their communities, and support each other. 

Trans(forming) (East Point, Georgia) is an Atlanta membership-based organization led by people of color and focusing on the needs of trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming people assigned female at birth. 

The LGBTQ* Youth Kickback at the People’s Arts Collective of New Haven (New Haven, CT) is a community of artists, educators and organizers whose mission is to animate and advance social, racial, economic, environmental, and cultural justice in New Haven through art-making and art-making-processes.

Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (Oakland, CA) was formed in 2004 to support the growing movement of transgender, gender variant and intersex (TGI) people of color making their way into the broader prisoners' rights movement while pushing to expand the movement to include the voices of TGI people.