Since 1980, Horizons Foundation has awarded thousands of grants to support LGBT organizations, causes, leaders, and campaigns. Ranging from a few hundred dollars to more than $100,000, our grants have been made to nonprofit organizations engaged in every facet of the LGBT movement and the Bay Area LGBT community. All told, Horizons’ grantmaking tops $30 million, with annual totals over $1 million in each of the last 10 years.
The wide range of our grantmaking is deliberate. Though many of our granting programs target specific needs or populations in the LGBT community, we have chosen to funnel our overall grantmaking throughout our entire community.
Horizons Foundation is a community foundation, and our commitment is to the broad diversity of the LGBT movement and the Bay Area LGBT community. Even today, so few other foundations will fund LGBT nonprofits and programs that it’s vital that Horizons be able to support a wide variety of community needs.
Especially through our annual Community Issues grants process, Horizons Foundation invites ideas and proposals from LGBT nonprofits operating on the front lines so that we — and our donors — can benefit from their wisdom about where grants can make the most impact.
Wide range of support
Horizons supports organizations within a wide range of types and sizes, though we’re perhaps best known for our “venture philanthropy” approach to grantmaking. Since our very first grants, we’ve often prioritized supporting smaller, emerging organizations that take on cutting-edge issues and start pioneering programs. We’re proud to have been the first grant funder of dozens of such organizations over the years, including many that have grown into prominent organizations that continue to advocate for and serve our community to this day.
Horizons is also committed to supporting larger community institutions that provide core programs and services to LGBT people. Our grants list reflects that long-standing commitment, with some of the Bay Area’s best known and important institutions appearing on Horizons’ grant list many times over the years.