News release from Our Fund:
Fort Lauderdale, FL (June 19, 2012) - At a recent reception for Our Fund supporters, CEO/President Anthony Timiraos announced a major collaborative effort between the organization's Donor Advised Funds and other donors that resulted in eight $10,000 grants to organizations serving the LGBT community in the tri-county region. The grants support specific projects that improve and enhance the organizations' ability to achieve their missions and sustain themselves over time.
"A major philanthropic impact is achieved when our Fundholders and a group of our donors named the First 100 Funders work together to make positive change happen in our community. This is a perfect example of what can be achieved with a coordinated effort." explained Timiraos. This recent grant distribution brings Our Fund's total dollars to non-profits serving the LGBT community to just over $270,000 during the past twelve months.
The wide variety of projects that are being supported include:
- Resources for the Women with Pride project at the Pride Center which will increase the empowerment, comfort, connection and safety of LBT women locally.
- Funding for an electronic health record system at Care Resource giving patients the ability to access and send secure information to providers through the internet.
- Sponsorship of an educational US Holocaust Memorial Museum traveling exhibit "Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933-1945" to be displayed at Lake Worth's LGBT Community Center, Compass.
- Funding for the "Equality Means Business" project by Equality Florida that will increase major corporation support in South Florida towards LGBT equality.
- Support for the establishment of a central office facility and fundraising capacity for the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida.
- Awareness and counseling to be provided by Gilda's Club of South Florida on cancer issues within the LBT community with a stronger focus on the transgender community.
- Support for an upcoming symposium with school districts across the US to develop a framework for the first-of-its-kind K-12 LGBTQ curriculum organized by the Stonewall National Museum and Archives.
- SunServe will expand services to gender variant individuals by mental health professionals and give transgender clients a safe place for them and their families.
Additional projects that may be supported by other donors will be posted on Our Fund's website later this month.
For more information about Our Fund and donor advised Funds go to www.our-fund.org.