Astraea Co-Hosts Book Party September 20th

Join art historian and founding member of Astraea’s Lesbian Visual Arts Committee, Flavia Rando as she moderates a panel featuring three heralded visual artists discussing and presenting slides of their work.

The Accidental Fundraiser

Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice

Invites You to a BOOK PARTY celebrating the release of…

The Accidental Fundraiser:

A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising
Money for Your Cause

September 20, 2005
6:00 – 8:00 PM

The Accidental Fundraiser book cover

Astraea Offices
116 E 16th Street, Floor 7
(between Park and Irving)
New York, NY 10003
212.529.8021

Meet co-author
Stephanie Roth!

Enjoy this free event
and refreshments

ABOUT The Accidental Fundraiser:
Are you a board member, volunteer or activist with an organization, school, or project that needs to raise money? The Accidental Fundraiser is a how-to resource that guides you through the process of raising money from your community. The book presents eleven proven fundraising strategies that are easy to carry out and don’t require significant funds, large numbers of people, or extensive knowledge of fundraising. The authors, Stephanie Roth and Mimi Ho, show how to choose the right fundraising strategy (from house parties to bowl-a-thons) and include step-by-step instructions for carrying out all of the activities. In addition, The Accidental Fundraiser contains a wealth of worksheets and practical tips.

CO-HOSTED BY
Funding Exchange     Ms. Foundation
New York Foundation North Star Fund
Open Society Institute

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice works for social, racial and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Our grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights.

Astraea Reaches Out to Chicago Lesbians (Windy City Times)

On June 16, Chicago’’s lesbian community welcomed Katherine Acey, executive director of Astraea, the country’’s largest lesbian-focused philanthropic organization.

Click here to read this article on windycitymediagroup.com.

Astraea Reaches Out to Chicago Lesbians
by Marie-Jo Proulx

On June 16, 2005, Chicago’’s lesbian community welcomed Katherine Acey, executive director of Astraea, the country’’s largest lesbian-focused philanthropic organization. The house party, held in Kathy Valdiserri’’s North Side home, brought together more than 50 women to meet Acey and listen to her up-beat presentation. Jessica Halem, executive director of the Lesbian Community Cancer Project ( LCCP ) , and also chair of the event, introduced Acey.

Astraea was created by a small group of independent women in 1977 to support an array of organizations advocating for the awareness, protection, and promotion of LGBT and minority women’s rights. Today, under the name Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, it has a staff of 13, a demographically diverse board of directors, and dedicated volunteers all over the U.S. In 2004, through a system of four different panels, Astraea redistributed $1 million of the $2.5 million it raised to grantees in 24 states and 25 countries.

This year, Affinity Community Services, Beyondmedia, LCCP, and the Literary Exchange were Chicago’s local recipients. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network ( SLDN ) , Disabled Queers In Action ( DQIA ) , Paris Press, and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network ( GLSEN ) were among the many national organizations who obtained Astraea funding. Notable international grantees include Jamaica’s J-FLAG and Thailand’s Youth AIDS Prevention Project. European, Middle Eastern, and South American groups also benefit from Astraea’s financial support.

In a recent trip to India, Acey met up with the women of CREA, a grantee-partner in Delhi that relies entirely on private donations. “”It’’s an institute that really covers the history, the policies, sexuality across the board. In terms of the work being done there, I think that in some ways, India is ahead of us. Both in theoretical framework and on the ground,”” she said, clearly impressed.

Asked to name a couple of organizations of which she is especially proud, Acey, who has been at the helm of Astraea for the past 18 years, first mentioned the Appalachian Women’’s Alliance. The Virginia-based grassroots coalition is made up of low-income and working women organized in “circles” to counter homophobia, economic injustice, and violence against women. “The fact that all the circles ( young women, African American, lesbian ) exist under one umbrella organization and that they are integrating their work is major, especially for a part of the U.S. where there is a lot of poverty,” Acey pointed out. In last year’’s presidential elections, the Appalachian Women’s Alliance sprang into action and got the highest voter turnout for the region. They received a $5,000 grant to continue its outreach to women in isolated areas.

Another source of Acey’s admiration is Patlatonalli, Mexico’s oldest human-rights group advocating for Guadalajara’’s LGBT community. With the recent publication of “Tengo Una Tia Que No Es Monjita” ( I Have an Aunt Who Is Not a Dear Little Nun ) , an illustrated children’’s book about a young girl who has a lesbian aunt, Patlatonalli is striving to educate Mexicans about LGBT issues and relationships. “”They have worked so hard for so many years within the schools and university system. You can go to the library in Guadalajara and you cannot find anything on lesbians or queer folks. So it’’s a huge success to put out this book,”” Acey said. The $10,000 Astraea grant will help Patlatonalli develop a project called All Families Are Sacred.

Astraea prefers the term “member” to “donor” because of the spirit of involvement it implies. “”We really think of the people who give money as having a stake in the organization and in the groups we are supporting,” Acey explained. “Overall in this country, the average for giving is around 2.5, 2.3 percent of income. Also, we know from reports that are taken every year that the people who give the highest percentage of their income are the poorest. And a lot of that goes to religious institutions,” she added.

Acey sees part of Astraea’s mission as educating the overlapping women communities about philanthropy. According to her, it is only by creating momentum and supporting movement building that significant social change can be affected. In the current conservative climate where government funding for social programs and services is under constant threat, Acey said it was her guess that left-leaning people who can give do try to contribute more. But citing the issue of same-sex marriage, she illustrated the gigantic resources gap between the right and the left. While conservatives raised $205 million to fund their campaign against equal marriage, the LGBT community and its allies only managed $21 million. The numbers served as an eloquent closing argument.

After Acey’s talk, UIC scholar and activist Beth Ritchie along with her partner Cathy Cohen announced a leadership circle challenge, promising to match any additional donation of up to $1,000 made on the night. The initiative proved an attractive incentive as many women took out their checkbook and filled out more donor cards on their way out.

For more information on Astraea, see www.astraeafoundation.org

Gay City News Lesbian Powerhouse of Funding

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice borrows its name from the goddess of justice, the last to abandon Earth and head to the stars, to become the constellation Virgo.

Click here to read the article in the May 26 – June 01, 2005 issue of Gay City News.

Astraea Co-hosts Lesbian Visual Artists Panel

Miriam Hernández, Deborah Kass, and Joan Snyder have exhibited at the Whitney, Jewish Museum, MoMA, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and El Museo del Barrio.

Join art historian and founding member of Astraea’s Lesbian Visual Arts Committee, Flavia Rando as she moderates a panel featuring three heralded visual artists discussing and presenting slides of their work.

Miriam Hernández, Deborah Kass, and Joan Snyder have exhibited at the Whitney, Jewish Museum, MoMA, Guggenheim, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, and El Museo del Barrio.

Hosted by the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and the Women’s Studio Center, there will be an opportunity on site to purchase prints from these artists as part of Astraea’s limited edition commissioned print series.

Light refreshments, $5 at the door.

The Center is located at 208 West 13th Street,
(between 7th and 8th) New York, NY 10011.

The Funding Exchange To Honor Katherine Acey

Astraea is delighted to announce that on February 19, 2005, Astraea’s Executive Director, {cms_selflink page=”people” text=”Katherine Acey”}, will be honored at the Funding Exchange’s 25th Anniversary Celebration in New York City.

As many of you know, the Funding Exchange is one of the Progressive Movement’s most beloved organizations, and one of Astraea’s closest colleagues. Their work and vision, their staff and members, make us proud to call them our friends.

To learn more about the Funding Exchange, purchase tickets or receive more information about the event, click here.

Attention Lesbian & Queer Women Filmmakers—Call for Film Submissions

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice seeks feature-length dramatic and documentary films written, directed or produced by lesbian and queer women filmmakers to be considered for a premier screening at the Astraea’s Annual Lynn Campbell Memorial Fund Benefit in New York City. We are currently accepting submissions for the 18th Annual Lynn Campbell event to be held in Fall 2005.

To learn more about Lynn Campbell, and view a summary and photos of this past year’s event, click here.

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice works for social, racial, and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Our grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights.

The Lynn Campbell Memorial Fund was established in memory of Lynn, a friend and supporter of Astraea. During her brief 28 years, Lynn devoted her immense talents and energies to many social justice issues, including the women’s, labor, and lesbian and gay political movements. Each year, a grant is designated by Astraea’s U.S. Community Funding Panel that reflects Lynn’s activism and commitment to social justice.

Only one film will be selected based on its relevance to lesbians, queer women and LGBTI social justice. The selected film will be shown before an audience of 300 people in NYC, and will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker/s.

Astraea will provide transportation and lodging if the filmmaker is not local to NYC. As a fundraiser all proceeds from the Benefit will go to the Lynn Campbell Memorial Fund of the Astraea Foundation.

We encourage applications from, but not limited to, young women, and women of color.

What we are looking for:

  • Film must be written, directed or produced by a lesbian/queer woman or women.
  • Film subject matter must relate to lesbian/queer women’s identity, community or issues; antiviolence against women/LGBTI people; or social justice and human rights.
  • Film must be feature-length (60-90 minutes).
  • Filmmaker/s must be able/willing to attend the screening in NYC.
  • Screening must be the first large-scale NYC premier, no NYC festival screenings within 3 months.

 

How to submit a film:
Send film synopsis, filmmaker CV, and a cover letter explaining how your film suits the Lynn Campbell Benefit and Astraea’s mission to Candace Hewitt, Astraea Foundation, 116 East 16th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10003 or email Candace@astraeafoundation.org. All materials must be received by March 1, 2005.

PLEASE DO NOT SEND VIDEOTAPES OR DVDS UNLESS WE REQUESTED.

FIERCE

FIERCE! is a community organizing project for Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Queer, and Questioning (TLGBTSQQ) youth of color in New York City.

FIERCE! is a community organizing project for Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Queer, and Questioning (TLGBTSQQ) youth of color in New York City. FIERCE is dedicated to exploring and building power in these communities through a mix of leadership development, artistic and cultural activism, political education, and campaign development. FIERCE challenges the institutions that perpetuate transphobia, homophobia, racism, ethnic conflict, gender bias, economic injustice, ageism, and the spread of HIV, STIs, STDs, and other mental and physical health crises, and organizes against the injustices of the criminal “justice” system, housing, employment, education, and healthcare systems.

Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project

TGIJP was founded in 2004 with the mission to challenge and end human rights abuses against transgender, gender variant and intersex people, especially transgender women, in California prisons and beyond.

TGIJP was founded in 2004 with the mission to challenge and end human rights abuses against transgender, gender variant and intersex people, especially transgender women, in California prisons and beyond. While TGIJP has done some legal work for intersex individuals caught within the prison industrial complex, its leadership team has long wanted to expand its work in this area to fully realize its name and mission. In 2014, an intersex individual joined the TGIJP’s core volunteer team. TGIJP is now working to increase the visibility of intersex issues in their current programming (e.g. publishing information in their newsletter and raising intersex issues with current allies); conducting internal education for staff, core leadership and members; developing collaborative relationships with intersex organizations; and conducting outreach to identify imprisoned intersex people, share information and support their ability to self-advocate and self-organize.

Check out our 2018 International Trans Day of Visibility video featuring an interview with TGIJP’s former Executive Director, Miss Major:

Learn more about the documentary 2015 Global Arts Fund grantee partner Annalise Ophelian made about Miss Major:

17th Annual Lynn Campbell Benefit A Great Success!

Dear Supporters,

The house was sold out on September 27th for the 17th Annual Lynn Campbell Memorial Fund Benefit at the Lighthouse Theater! Special guests included Laughing Matters stars Marga Gomez, Karen Williams, and director Andrea Meyerson, who participated in a riotous Q&A following the film. Plus, comedian Julie Goldman shined in her hilarious performance and political commentary.

17th Annual Lynn Campbell Benefit A Great Success!

Gay City News Hails Lynn Campbell Benefit:
Laughing For a Good Cause


Congratulations to Laura Goldstein, winner of the Vacation Getaway to the Dinah Shore Weekend in Palm Springs, March 2005, provided by Women on a Roll!

We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did. It will be a night to remember for quite a long time. If you weren’t able to join us, check out this article by Gay City News, “Laughing for a Good Cause” and read more about Astraea’s lessons in laughter.

See you next year!
Candace Hewitt


Astraea acknowledges our generous sponsors of the 17th Annual Lynn Campbell Memorial Fund Benefit:

Sponsors

Katherine Acey
Carol Alpert & Sarina Scialabba
Ellen Alpert & Janice Sears
Marion Banzhaf & Eve Rosahn
Jill Campbell & Langdon Hammer
Warren Campbell & Mary Campbell
Connie Cohrt & Amy Reichman
Jennifer L. Costley & Judith E. Turkel
Cara Donaldson
Double Platinum—Stephanie K. Blackwood & Arthur R. Korant
Bernice Fisher & Linda Marks
Julie Goldscheid & Penny Damaskos
Go NYC Magazine
Jean Hardisty
Nan Hunter
Jennifer Knight & Chiqui Cartagena
Frances Kunreuther
Terry Lawler
Mary Ann Lunetta
Nancy Meyer & Marc Weiss
OUTmedia
Polyprint
Jo Anne Ralt
Michael Seltzer & Ralph Tachuk
Cosette R. Simon
Joyce Warshow & Dorothy Sander
Philippa Weismann & Sarah Oakes
West Broadway Chiropractic—Dr. Vittoria Repetto
Karen Zelermyer

Host Committee

April Adams
African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change
Susan Sellier Allee
Linda Lee Alter
Nancy Azara & Darla Bjork
Julia Bruno & Sandra Delzotti
Julia R. Cohen & Randi Solomon
Dyke TV
Stacey Foiles
Keecha Gardner
Ellen Geiger
GLSEN—Kevin Jennings
Frances Goldin
Hugh Graham & Gordon Clark
Ellen Gurzinsky
Leigh Hallingby
Karla Jay
Antoinette Kent & Janessa Rick
Karen Kerner
Mai Kiang
Trevor King & George Dellinger
Denise N. Kleis & Mary Beth Salerno
Susan Lee
Deborah Ann Light
June Makela
Annette Miller
Huriyyah Muhammad
Mildred Murphy
Cheri Pies
Charlotte Poldolsky
Diane Ries & Michela Griffo
SAGE—Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders
Todd G. Sears
Dixie Sheridan
Sonya Shields
Linda Stein
Judith Stelboum
Sandy Warshaw
Caroline Garcia
Gloria Weiner
April E. Wilson


September 27, 2004 Lighthouse Conference Center, NYC
Monday, September 27th, 2004
6:30-9:30pm
The Lighthouse Theater
111 East 59th Street
between Lexington & Park Avenue
Take the N/R/W/4/5/6 Trains to Lexington Ave/59th Street

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
& All Out Films
Present a benefit screening of

Laughing Matters

A feature length festival favorite starring 4 of our favorite lesbian comic divas—Kate Clinton, Marga Gomez, Suzanne Westenhoefer, and Karen Williams. The film features hilarious performances, unscripted backstage footage and revealing in-depth interviews.

Plus, joining us for the evening
Kate Clinton, Marga Gomez, Karen Willia

Affinity Community Services

Affinity is a social justice organization that works with and on behalf of Black LGBTQ communities, queer youth, and allies.

Affinity 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. Affinity works in three intersecting areas: access to wellness, community engagement, and leadership development. Their Building Bridges initiative brings the gifts of Black LGBTQ Americans into the immigration reform movement and builds long-term solidarity with other communities of color in Chicago. They aim to increase the knowledge of constituents and allies about public policy, increase participation in advocacy and community organizing, and increase multi-identity collaborations in Chicago.

This organization is supported through the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, which is housed at Astraea.