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The LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida works to build a community that welcomes and supports all people by cultivating and nurturing collaborative philanthropy, and investing in organizations that benefit Northeast Florida’s LGBT Residents.

In This Issue

Upcoming Event

Annual Meeting &  Grants Announcement
Tuesday, October 6
5:30 p.m.
The Haskell Building

Keep Up With Us!


LGBT Community Fund Grows!

We now have 51 members and supporters, which will allow us to make grants of $125,000 in 2015! Your 2015 Steering Committee has been busy working to develop goals, focus on membership and consider grant requests. Steering Committee members include: Dr. Joe Barton, Jeff Chartrand, Barbara Drake, Kevin Gay, Chad Labenz, Michael Meyers, Glenn Miller, Michael Miller, Sharon Simmons, Carl Utter, Nina Waters and Evin Willman.

LGBT Community Fund Annual Meeting

Be sure to join us on Tuesday, October 6 at 5:30 for our annual meeting and the public announcement of our next round of grant recipients. The speaker will be Ben Francisco Maulbeck, president of Funders for LGBT Issues—he’ll be talking about the Southern Funding Initiative and the ‘Out In The South’ series. It’s going to be a fun and exciting event, held once again at Haskell Building, 111 Riverside Avenue, 32202. Invitations will be going out shortly.

Current Grants Update

The grants made in October 2014 are well underway. JASMYN (Jacksonville Sexual Minority Youth Network received $40,000 to expand fundraising capacity and to facilitate strategic planning; ElderSource received $30,000 to provide LGBT sensitivity training to professionals serving elders and to reach out to LGBT elders in the community; and UNF’s LGBT Resource Center received $18,000 to support the creation of a campus wide education and visibility campaign. You’ll hear a full update on their progress at the October meeting.

Next Round of Grants

The LGBT Community Fund Steering Committee has been conducting interviews and making site visits as part of negotiating the next round of grants. Grantee agencies invited to submit a proposal will once again include JASMYN, ElderSource and the UNF LGBT Resource Center. PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays), was invited to submit this year.

Candidates for Office

Members will vote for new officers at the October 6 meeting. The proposed 2015 slate includes:

  • Michael Meyers President - 2 year term
  • Dr. Joe Barton Vice President – 2 year term
  • Glenn Miller Secretary – 1 year term
  • Carl Utter Treasurer – 1 year term

Getting the Word Out

The LGBT Community Fund is being promoted on WJCT 89.9, thanks to The Chartrand Foundation, which graciously offered their scheduled airtime to the LGBT Fund. The announcements are running on the local station through August. Also, the LGBT Fund is featured in The Community Foundation’s 2014 Report to the Community which was mailed last week. You can read it online at

National PFLAG Conference

The LGBT Community Fund is sponsoring Gary Bevel’s attendance at the National PFLAG conference in Nashville in October. Gary is on the local PFLAG board and hopes to create a greater connection between the local chapter and the national PFLAG community.  Presumptive LGBT Community Fund President Michael Meyers also plans to attend the conference.


The LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida is a group of philanthropically-minded individuals who pool their charitable gifts in order to have a greater impact on the community. Created in 2014, the Fund focuses on philanthropy that will enhance the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Northeast Florida. The Fund is part of the family of funds at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

Seeing the Bigger Picture

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