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.
Every nonprofit needs to raise funds. The organization Funders for LGBTQ Issues publishes an annual report on all foundation grants made to nonprofits serving LGBT people. Their tracking report lists every grant made — and therefore every funder — and analyzes the findings to explore what is and isn’t getting funded.
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
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.
Resources for boards
BoardSource is a national resource with excellent information for building an effective nonprofit board of directors. Horizons Foundation’s annual leadership training series for leaders of LGBT boards is another source of both skills training and networking with board members from other nonprofits serving our community.
Great materials on a shoestring budget
Well-designed marketing and communications materials are important for organizations to spread the word about their work, yet most LGBT nonprofits have little to no budget for developing such materials. Horizons created a guide, Great Materials on a Shoestring Budget to help LGBT organizations do more with less.