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MEMBER UPDATE / February 2017
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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.

Letter from the President

Dear Members and Supporters,
 
We’re kicking off our 2017 fund-raising season, and ask for your continued generous support of our work.  There are three cultivation events scheduled, March 6th, March 8th, and April 4th – details below – and I hope that you attend!  Our fund-raising deadline is April 30, and please remember that this year the LGBT Fund benefits from a matching grant from Funders for LGBTQ Issues – so, for example, a gift of $1000 results in an additional $500 to the Fund. 

This issue I would like to feature the importance of data in the LGBT Fund’s work.  You may recall that prior to the launch of the LGBT Fund, the founding donor commissioned research into four potential areas of investment:  local services for LGBT elders, workplace supports, services for children and youth, and faith community resources.  This research informed the initial grantmaking focus of the LGBT Fund.

Today I am part of a group seeking to obtain better data on the LGBT community in northeast Florida.  Our initial step was to survey the data currently available.  The best recent data comes from the Youth Behavior Risk Survey, a survey of Duval County high school students conducted every other year.  For the 2013 and 2015 cycles, the survey included “LGB” questions. Having data on these young people can help tremendously in determining how to best address their needs and prepare them for successful adulthood, and the Duval County Schools are studying the data carefully.

Our data group is working towards undertaking a comprehensive needs assessment of the LGBT community in Northeast Florida, so that funders and policy-makers can use the resulting data to determine who the LGBT community is and how best to serve their needs.  The LGBT Fund is providing the seed funding for this effort (using funds obtained from the Funders for LGBTQ Issues grant).  We are working in conjunction with The Williams Institute, a think tank housed at the UCLA School of Law that is dedicated to conducting rigorous, independent research on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.  

While we have a long way to go to accomplish the survey, the rewards will be substantial: we will have a detailed look at who we are, how we live, and how we experience Northeast Florida.  With this data the LGBT Fund can confirm or adjust its grantmaking focus, and policymakers in general will be more informed about the LGBT community in Northeast Florida.

We believe in data driven grantmaking!
 
Thank you very much for your support of the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida.

Michael R. Meyers
President
 
UPCOMING EVENTS!
Join us (and bring a friend!)
March 6th at 5:30 p.m.
Home of Mark and Meredith Frisch, co-hosted by Jeff Chartrand
[Atlantic Beach Area]
JASMYN will be the featured grantee
 
March 8th at 6:00 p.m. 
Home of Glenn and Michael Miller
[San Marco/Southside/Mandarin/Lakewood Area/Orange Park]
UNF LGBT Resource Center will be the featured grantee
 
April 4 at 5:30 p.m.
Home of Carrie King and Tina Wirth
[Riverside/Avondale]
ElderSource will be the featured grantee

RSVP to Christina Fleck, cfleck@jaxcf.org or (904) 224-7215. 

 
Don't Forget!
Membership Contributions must be received by April 30 to go into the 2017 Grantmaking pool. 
Make Your Gift Go Further!
The LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida is very pleased to have been awarded a $50,000 matching grant from Funders for LGBTQ Issues, as part of its Out in the South Initiative. Please note: in order to obtain the full grant we need to raise $100,000. This is the perfect opportunity to make your gift go further: your dollars are matched 1:2! So your gift of $1,000 becomes a gift of $1,500 to the LGBT Community Fund for Northeast Florida. Please make your gift today!
Your Grant Dollars At Work -- Check Out This Educational Opportunity
Thursday, February 23, 2017
9:00am - 12:00pm
Registration Here
DESCRIPTION
Culture takes behavior, belief, values, and symbols and merges them together. As our community continues to embrace inclusion, organizations find themselves challenged to handle the complexity of culture through their practices and programming. Join the Nonprofit Center for a training about LGBT Cultural Competency in your internal practices. Learn tools and skills to make your organization free of client and employee discrimination, create staff advocates, and use community expertise to create a safe and thriving culture. 
Elizabeth Schroeder, EdD, MSW will facilitate this workshop.
 
LGBTQ INCLUSION FOR YOUR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION: ADVANCED INTERNAL PRACTICES
Thursday, February 23, 2017
1:00 - 5:00pm
Registration Here
DESCRIPTION
Join the Nonprofit Center for an advanced training about LGBT Cultural Competency in your internal practices. Learn tools and skills to make your organization free of client and employee discrimination, create staff advocates, and use community expertise to create a safe and thriving culture. All attendees of this course must have participated in LGBTQ Introduction to Internal Practices, either in 2016, or during the February 23rd morning session. 
Elizabeth Schroeder, EdD, MSW will facilitate this workshop.

These events are supported by the LGBT Community Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. 
Nina Waters and Dr. Joe Barton will attend the Out in the South grantee convening taking place in Birmingham, AL in early March.  As you remember, Out in the South is an initiative of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, which provided a generous grant to the LGBT Community Fund this year.  Nina & Joe will report back on their trip in the next LGBT newsletter.  
Stay tuned for the latest installment in the LGBT Community Fund's series of biographical profiles of leaders in the LGBT community. Cindy Watson, president of JASMYN--our area's oldest staffed service provider to LGBT individuals--will be the next leader whose oral history will be captured by Mary Kress Littlepage. Last year, Mary featured Frieda Saraga, founder of the local chapter of PFLAG. To read the feature on Frieda, click here.  
The University of North Florida's LGBT Resource Center has announced that Nina Waters will receive the Visionary Award at the 11th Annual Building Bridges, Creating Community event on April 29, 2017.  UNF's LGBT Resource Center gives the award to 'a courageous individual who leads our community boldly in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion.'  Nina is the first external candidate to be selected for this honor. 
For additional information, please contact Christina Fleck, cfleck@jaxcf.org or (904) 356-4483.

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