Philanthropic Advocacy

Funding Queerly Giving Circle

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

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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 fundingqueerly@astraeafoundation.org.

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

THIRD ROUND OF GRANTS ANNOUNCED!

The Funding Queerly Giving Circle's third grant cycle in 2016 awarded $185,000 in grants to 21 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.

allgo (Austin, TX) allgo celebrates and nurtures vibrant queer people of color communities in Texas and beyond through cultural arts, wellness, and social justice programming by: supporting artists and artistic expression within our diverse communities; promoting health within a wellness model; and mobilizing and building coalitions among groups marginalized by race/ethnicity, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation/sexual identity in order to enact change.

API-Equality Northern California (San Francisco, CA) builds LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander power to amplify their voices and increase visibility of their communities. They inspire and train leaders, establish intergenerational connections, and document and disseminate their histories. 

AZ-QUIP and Arcoiris Liberation Team (Phoenix, Arizona) The Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP) is an advocacy group for those who identify themselves as both undocumented and gay and/or trans. T he AZ­QUIP, Arizona’s QUIP, is committed to organize and empower LGBTQ­identified undocumented people, LGBTQ immigrant youth and allies through grassroots organizing, leadership development, education and advocacy and to build bridges between LGBTQ and the immigrant rights movements in order to bring equality to both fronts. 

Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (San Francisco, CA) exists to restore and recover the role of Two­Spirit people within the American Indian/First Nations community by creating a forum for the spiritual, cultural and artistic expression of Two­Spirit people. They produce an annual powwow, a Native American cultural gathering that features traditional dancing and drumming. They are proud to produce the only public Two Spirit Powwow in the world; their powwow, unlike mainstream powwows, celebrates the gifts that Two­Spirit and LGBT people have to offer the community. 

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

Black Transmen Incorporated (Dallas, TX) takes great pride in its role as the first national nonprofit organization with a direct focus on an often voiceless, underserved, and extremely marginalized population segment: black transgender men and women. 

Detroit REPRESENT! (Detroit, MI) is a youth­led collective designed to equip LGBTQ youth of color in the city of Detroit with the skills, tools, and support they need to address systemic racism, homophobia, and transphobia in their communities while growing as young activists. 

Familia TQLM (Los Angeles, CA) is a national LGBTQ Latina/o racial justice organization. Familia: TQLM works at the national and local level to achieve the collective liberation of Latina/os by leading an intergenerational movement through grassroots community organizing, advocacy, and education. 

Garden of Peace (Pittsburgh, PA) was created to uplift, uphold, and empower the narratives and lived experiences of LGBTQIA+ individuals and to address the lack of education, employment, healthcare, and housing, and the violence that impacts all LGBTQIA+ individuals. 

Gender Justice LA (Los Angeles, CA) is a member­based, grassroots organization that works towards a safe and just society for all transgender, intersex and gender non­conforming people. 

Green Mountain Crossroads(Brattleboro, VT) connects rural LGBTQ people to build community, visibility, knowledge and power. Our programming falls into four main categories: Movement Building, Leadership Development, Education, and Community Building. GMC’s work is guided by these values: Rural can be Queer, Intersections, Celebrating Resistance, Connections, Anti­racism, and Joy. 

Hearts on a Wire (Philadelphia, PA) is a Philadelphia­ based collective of transgender and gender variant (“T/GV”) people building a movement for gender self­determination, racial and economic justice, and an end to the policing and imprisoning of our communities. 

Immigrant Youth Coalition is an undocumented and queer/trans youth led organization that mobilizes youth, families and incarcerated people to end the criminalization of immigrants and people of color. 

Invisible 2 Invincible (Chicago, IL) is an emerging community­based organization that celebrates and affirms Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Queer (LGBTQ) in the Chicago area. i2i was founded in 2005 as a multi­gender, multi­ethnic group where people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, immigration & adoptee identities, and multiracial & multiethnic backgrounds would be welcome. 

Missouri GSA Network (St. Louis, MO) works to train young trans and queer leaders in Missouri as organizers, activists, healers and community builders. Their programs center why each individual comes to liberation work for folks systematically oppressed. They then use those reasons to train young people in schools and to envision how to do liberatory work well. 

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. 

New Mexico Trans Women of Color Collective's (Albequerque, NM) slogan is “WE SPEAK FOR US, BY US!” NMTWOCC unites to create safety, resources, and holistic health for our communities. Rooted in ending the violence and injustices against Trans Women of Color, they are committed to being vigilant in addressing all the co­factors that affect trans women and families. 

Providence Youth Student Movement (Providence, RI) has, for the past fourteen years, provided Southeast Asian American youth with the tools they need to design and run campaigns aimed at shifting oppressive systems through concrete policy change. 

QTPOC Birthwerq Project (Atlanta, GA & Seattle, WA) started in 2014 to create more access to birth education for two­spirit/ed, transgender and queer people of color. Birth education is largely inaccessible not only due to tuition rates, but also because it is often highly gendered and dominated by white, cisgendered, upper­class, heterosexual women. There are many more kinds of pregnant people than are represented in the licensed/certified U.S. birthworker demographic. 

Shades of Yellow (St. Paul, MN)’s mission is to cultivate a community of empowered HAPI LGBTQI (Hmong and Asian Pacific Islander, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) and allies to challenge what we've been told about API and LGBTQI communities, and ignite positive cultural and social change.

Somos Familia (San Francisco, CA)'s mission is to build intergenerational leadership to create environments where Latina/o lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning youth and their families are supported, nurtured, and celebrated. Somos Familia conducts its work in a Latina/o cultural context. 

Youth Organizing Institute (Durham, NC) is a popular education leadership development program that is committed to training lifelong organizers. We support organizing and actions that address systems of oppression, and we work to develop solutions that challenge existing power relationships.