Nonprofit organizations serving the LGBT community face formidable challenges. Some of these challenges are similar to those faced by many nonprofits (such as fundraising) and others are specific to our community (such as the struggle for organizations to reach LGBT people in need who aren’t out). There are abundant learning resources for nonprofits and their leaders produced by countless think tanks, technical support groups, universities, and many others. Here are a few that many LGBT nonprofits have found helpful.
Funding resources for nonprofits
Another valuable resource is the Foundation Center, which offers a host of resources for nonprofits, including classes, articles, and a database of grants made for all purposes across the country. Look for Foundation Center resources online, or visit their San Francisco office at 312 Sutter Street, Suite 606.
The Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training | GIFT provides a wide array of fundraising resources for organizations that don’t have black-tie dinners or five- and six-figure donors. GIFT has many practical tips, excellent publications, and a strong commitment to social justice.
Organizational support resources for nonprofits
Oakland-based CompassPoint is a leading provider of technical assistance for nonprofits, on topics from board development and executive director training to fundraising and financial management.