ABOUT THE LGBTQ+ EQUITY FUND

The Miami Foundation, in partnership with The LGBTQ Task Force and Our Fund, leverages the LGBTQ+ Equity Fund to respond to the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community and invest in opportunities that promote equity, prosperity and health in South Florida. The goal for this fund is to increase the scale and impact of philanthropic resources dedicated towards enhancing the well-being, safety and resilience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities in South Florida.  

HISTORY OF THE LGBTQ+ EQUITY 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 to improve the quality of life for all LGBTQ residents, particularly our community’s most vulnerable populations.  

 

In 2022, The Miami Foundation is proud to welcome Our Fund as a partner in this effort in response to the increase of threats to the safety and personal liberties of the LGBTQIA+ community to expand the availability of resources in Miami and support organizations advocating on behalf of the community. Today, the collaborative supports the LGBTQ Equity Fund, in partnership with The Miami Foundation, to inform strategy and provide recommendations for community investment.  

 

Since its inception in 2005, the LGBTQ Fund has invested over than $500,000 in unrestricted support to organizations that advocate for the needs of the LGBTQIA+ Community, provide critical health resources, and create safe spaces for youth who identify as LGBTQIA+. In 2024 The Miami Foundation engaged in several listening sessions to deepen our understanding of the community’s most pressing needs.   

MEET THE 2024 LGBTQ+ EQUITY FUND GRANTEES

The Miami Foundation has partnered with the LGBTQ Task Force and Our Fund to support organizations responding to the most pressing needs impacting the LGBTQIA+ community. In response to what was learned in our community, the LGBTQ+ Equity Fund will be leveraged to support the strengthening and expansion of resources that support LGBTQIA+ youth who experience homelessness in Miami-Dade.  

 

Awards made from the LGBTQIA Equity Fund in 2024 will support youth, specifically those aged 18-24, who need safe and sustainable housing, both temporary and transitional. Organizations identified to receive the award actively support LGBTQIA+ youth with housing opportunities and wrap around programming that is rooted in equity, cultural competency, and best practice.  

Camillus House  

Provides responsive and immediate housing support that includes wrap-around services for LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults in South Florida.  

 

Equality Florida  

The largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s LGBTQIA+ community through grassroots organizing, advocacy, education and coalition building.  

 

Foo Society  

Serving the LGBTQIA+ community in the lower southwest areas of Miami-Dade County Foos provides dedicated services that respond to the immediate needs of youth and local family members.  

 

Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services  

Recognized in Miami as the axis of support, Miami Bridge provides immediate housing and culturally appropriate wrap-around support for youth younger than 18 and their families.  

 

Miami Homes for All, Inc.  

Serving as the backbone entity for the HOMY Collective, Miami Homes for All is the preferred partner of Miami-Dade County’s Homeless Trust for the coordination and oversight of best practices of services that impact youth who experience homelessness.  

 

Pridelines  

Rooted in peer-led/adult facilitated youth group model, Pridelines is one of the first community-based HIV testing sites in Miami-Dade County. More than 40 years later, they continue to provide safe space, social support, skills building, leadership development and referrals to mental health, health care and support services for LGBTQ youth and their straight allies throughout South Florida.  

 

SAVE  

SAVE is South Florida’s longest serving organization dedicated to protecting people who identify as LGBTQ+ against discrimination. They advocate for equal rights for persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities through; political advocacy, community outreach, candidate endorsements to promote, protect and defend equality for people in South Florida who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.  

 

Sundari Foundation, The Lotus House  

The Lotus House is the largest women’s homeless shelter in the United States. Through their Rainbow Lotus Program they provide accommodations and holistic services designed to afford homeless LGBTQIA+ adults and youth a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.  

 

Sunserve  

Recognizing that the entire LGBTQ community has the right to quality care, Sunserve provides critical life assistance, professional mental health services, life coaching and case management with an emphasis to serve economically disadvantaged, marginalized youth. They also host a Youth Leadership Council to ensure programming remains culturally relevant and rooted in best practice.  

 

Sunshine Pride House / Sunshine Cathedral  

A safe haven for LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing homelessness, the Sunshine Pride House offers shelter, counseling, education and support with life skills to residents who have been displaced after revealing their sexual orientation. They currently operate a six-bedroom, four-bathroom, 2,854-square-foot duplex accommodating up to 12 LGBTQ+ young adults.  

 

The McKenzie Project  

A Black trans-led organization in South Florida, the McKenzie Project uplifts individuals aged 14 and above within the Black TGNCNB+ and the LGBTQIA+ community across Miami-Dade and Broward County, with a special emphasis on those experiencing homelessness and/or involved in sex work. They advocate for HIV awareness and empower change by promoting entrepreneurship studies to address economic disparities that impact the community.  

 

TransSocial, Inc.  

Advocating for Trans visibility and unity within TLGBTQ+ community, they currently serve across the states of Florida and Georgia with a goal of empowering Trans lives through advocacy and support services. Their services include support with name changes, legal assistance, cultural sensitivity training, mental health referrals, and social gatherings for community building and mutual support.  

LGBTQ+ community members, nonprofits, and allies come together at Miami Beach Pride
THE ALLIANCE FOR GLBTQ+ YOUTH

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