Stonewall Community Foundation: Working Towards a Better Future Since 1990
By Benjamin Solomon
18 Jun 2014
As Part of Playbill.com's 30 Days of Pride, Stonewall Community Foundation shares its dedication to meeting the needs of the LGBTQ community in New York.
The needs of New York City's LGBT community are so vast and varied, it is hard for any one person to try and support them all. Yet that is exactly what Stonewall Community Foundation is trying to help people do.
As the only public foundation focused on the needs of New York City's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, Stonewall Community Foundation (or SCF) has been raising and directing funds towards a diverse array of causes since 1990. Through philanthropic efforts like monthly giving circles and donor-advised funds, SCF awards grants and scholarships to hundreds of local organizations who each fight to bring equality to their small corner of our ever-changing community.
"New York's LGBTQ community is the largest in the country, so calling ourselves a community is easy. Functioning as one is really hard, especially when you consider that we probably have more differences than we have things in common," said Stonewall Community Foundation executive director Jarrett Lucas.
Because SCF is so knowledgeable about the needs facing the city's LGBTQ population today, it can effectively grant money from its fundraising efforts to both established causes, like homeless youth; and new grassroots campaigns, like the fight for transgender healthcare. Along the way, SCF also helps introduce the community to lifelong philanthropy, through giving circles like Stonewall Quarter Share, and trains next-generation community leaders, through programs like Out in Front.
"Gay people need to begin thinking about gay issues as community issues and become vocal in framing them as such, marriage equality included," said Lucas. "The vision Stonewall holds of a thriving LGBTQ New York is within reach, but only if philanthropy is in the hands of everyday people."