MEET THE 2021 LGBTQ COMMUNITY FUND GRANTEES

The LGBTQ Community Fund at The Miami Foundation, in partnership with the National LGBTQ Task Force, is proud to support five organizations this year that are working to ensure the LGBTQ community in Greater Miami recovers and rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic. Through these investments, the Fund’s steering committee sought to stand together with local LGBTQ organizations, particularly those that support transgender people and LGBTQ people of color, youth, and immigrants. Meet the grantees:

Arianna’s Center 

Arianna’s Center works to empower and uplift the transgender community of South Florida. Arianna’s Center places a special emphasis on working with people who are the most marginalized in the transgender community including women of color, people living with HIV, those who have experienced incarceration or ICE detention, and immigrants.

 

FOO Society 

Dedicated to serving LGBTQ youth, FOO Society provides a growing network of support for LGBTQ youth in South Miami-Dade County through volunteer opportunities, counseling, and emergency resources such as housing, mental health services, and employment support.

 

Maven Leadership Collective 

Maven Leadership Collective invests in queer and transgender social impact leaders of color to build more resilient communities that thrive even in crisis, transition, and tragedy. Maven is dedicated to centering queer and trans people of color in leadership development and strengthening organizations by using an intersectional approach to capacity building.

 

National Voices for Equality, Education, and Enlightenment (NVEEE) 

NVEEE provides ongoing support and affinity spaces for LGBTQ youth in Miami-Dade County through a robust peer mentoring and community service model. NVEE focuses on providing mental health support for youth in need of counseling and provides financial relief, transportation, food, and temporary shelter for moments of crisis.

 

Survivors’ Pathway Corporation 

Survivors’ Pathway Corporation is a justice and healing center based in Miami-Dade County that specializes in serving Latinx immigrants and LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. Survivors’ Pathway Corporation believes that everyone deserves access to trauma-informed mental health counseling, an approach that is rooted in listening to survivors of violent crimes and empowering and fighting alongside them.

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THE LGBTQ FREEDOM FUND NETWORK (2018), A 2020 GRANTEE

The Miami Foundation and the LGBTQ Community Fund are committed to supporting Greater Miami’s LGBTQ organizations and the vibrant community they serve. While we are incredibly proud of our partners, we know there is much more work left unsupported, particularly after canceled fundraising events prevented a typical open-call grant program in 2021. Going forward, we hope to mobilize additional resources to bolster the strength and power of the local LGBTQ community even further.

 

We invite you to reach out to local LGBTQ organizations to support them directly through your time and talents or consider supporting them during the LGBTQ Power Hour on Give Miami Day.

About the LGBTQ Community Fund

 

For the past 16 years, The Miami Foundation has been grateful to collaborate with the National LGBTQ Task Force to strengthen the local LGBTQ community. Each year, the Task Force donates proceeds from its Miami-based fundraising events and The Miami Foundation collaborates with a steering committee of local LGBTQ residents to effectively donate the funds back to the community. In previous years, the steering committee has opted to donate the funds through the LGBTQ Community Fund, an annual open-call grant program that seeks to improve the quality of life for all LGBTQ residents, particularly our community’s most vulnerable populations.

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 National LGBTQ Task Force events in Miami were cancelled or abbreviated. As a result, the LGBTQ Community Fund was not able to host an open-call grant process either year. Instead, the committee reviewed all of the Fund’s grant partners since 2005 and exercised its responsibility to invest the limited remaining resources according to the Fund’s priorities and current community needs. Small grants were made to a handful of high-impact organizations with LGBTQ-specific missions, particularly supporting the most underserved, to help sustain and rebuild during this challenging time for our community.

 

Previous investments made in 2020 are shared in our announcement here.

 

Future plans for the LGBTQ Community Fund in 2022 are not yet confirmed and we plan to share any additional updates as soon as possible. We look forward to working with you.

The Miami Foundation
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