MEMBER UPDATE / September 2016
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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.

Don't Miss It!

September 27, 2016
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Haskell Building

Approve the 2016 LGBT Community Fund Grants
And hear Special Guest Speaker: Kasey Suffredini

Letter from the President

Dear Members and Supporters,
I hope you have had an enjoyable summer, and we now all dive back into the fall!  You should by now have received an invitation to attend the LGBT Fund’s annual meeting to be held on Tuesday, September 27th at 5:30 at the Haskell Building on Riverside Avenue.  At the meeting we will be asking Members to approve the Steering Committee’s recommendations for 2016 grants.  The work the LGBT Fund supports is continuing to grow and evolve, and we think you will be pleased with some of the new issues being addressed.
We are very excited to announce that the LGBT Fund has received a $50,000 matching grant from Funders for LGBTQ Issues!  You may recall that we discussed the possibility of receiving a matching grant at our annual meeting last fall, and it has happened.  This is the first year that Funders for LGBTQ Issues is making grants, and the grant to the LGBT Fund is the largest awarded.  We will have details at the annual meeting.
In working to achieve full inclusion in our society for LGBT individuals, it is clear that task number one before us is to learn ourselves and then teach others about trans.  The opponents of LGBT inclusiveness are using the trans issue to try to derail LGBT progress generally.  Personally, until the past year I had not had much exposure to trans individuals and issues, and over the last year I set out to learn.  (There is some great information on PFLAG's web site.)  All of us desiring to advance LGBT inclusiveness need to do this, and then pass on what we learn to our families and friends.  This needs to happen not just in northeast Florida, but all around the country, so that we can continue the remarkable progress we have made these past years. 
Thank you for your support of the LGBT Fund, and I look forward to seeing you on September 27th.

Michael R. Meyers
Member Forum
September 27, 2016 5:30 p.m.
Haskell Building
Guest Speaker: Kasey Suffredini

Kasey Suffredini is Chief Program Officer and Director of the Transgender Freedom Project at Freedom for All Americans, the national campaign to win full discrimination protections for all LGBT people nationwide.
Photo by Hurley Event Photography
The LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida is getting regional and national exposure. Click on the images below to read Inside Philanthropy (national blog) and Interchange (Southeastern Council of Foundations newsletter.)

Statewide Exposure

Community foundation members of the Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN) met for their Summer Meeting June 8-9 in Orlando.

Sessions included resources around peer learning exchange, Florida community foundation trends, Florida KIDS COUNT, LGBTQ giving circles and community funds and collective innovation.

Nina Waters, president of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, was invited to participate in an in-depth panel discussion addressing the creation, funding and grantmaking of LGBTQ Giving Circles and Funds at community foundations in Florida.

She was able to share our story in Jacksonville, where in three short years, LGBTQ philanthropy has been seeded, birthed and nurtured, and was also able to share information on Out in the South – a Funders for LGBTQ Issues special report on LGBT funding opportunities in the southeastern United States.

Building Bridges, Creating Community

The 10th Anniversary Building Bridges, Creating Community event was a beautiful and warm event, celebrating the University of North Florida's LGBT Resource Center's first decade. One highlight was a transgender UNF student who shared his inspirational story of overcoming depression and suicide attempts with the life-changing support of the Center. The crowd of both longtime and new supporters learned about the Center’s growth and recognized the contributions of community members, philanthropists, and founding staff members.
The April event was attended by 150 people and raised funds that will support educational and leadership programs, student scholarships, and operational and technology costs for the UNF LGBT Resource Center.
Michael and Glenn Miller were honored with  the "Foundation for the Future" award for their careful guidance, time, and financial support in building future programs at the LGBT Resource Center. Presenting the award is: Dr. Lucy Croft, Dr. Tom Serwatka, and Dr. Mauricio Gonzalez.
Students, parents and UNF team members come together to support the LGBT Resource Center.
Pictured is:  Samuel Reilly Rogers, Haiden Baier, Todd Baier, Fantei Norman, and Justin Savage.

Both photos by Jennifer Grissom.
College Choice is a website designed to offer free online resources to help students in their college search. Earlier this year, College Choice ranked the University of North Florida in the Top 50 Best LGBT Friendly Colleges. UNF ranked 45th on the list of prestigious school--one of only four southern universities to make the list and the other three are private institutions.  Way to go, UNF!

For additional information, please contact Christina Fleck, or (904) 356-4483.

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