POCIBLE: People of Color Initiative to Build Leadership and Effectiveness

Horizons Foundation has long recognized – and been committed to addressing – the particular and persistent challenges that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people of color and their organizations face. Not surprisingly, many of these reflect the historical and contemporary racism of US society in general. Beyond those, other challenges include low levels of foundation funding; smaller administrative capacity to support an organization’s work; and fewer opportunities for LGBT leaders of color to network at the professional and social gatherings where information and contacts are exchanged.

To help a core of people of color LGBT (POC/LGBT) organizations and individuals develop the capacity to play sustaining leadership roles in the LGBT community, Horizons has made investing in this area one of our grantmaking priorities, particularly through this new program, POCIBLE: People of Color Initiative to Build Leadership and Effectiveness.

The POCIBLE grants address four major goals:

  • To build the capacity of POC/LGBT organizations to ensure that they are strong, visible, effective, and sustainable.
  • To develop strong, capable, inspired, and supported leaders working actively within the LGBT community, especially but not exclusively in POC/LGBT organizations.
  • To build community, both among POC/LGBT organizations and leaders as well as between POC/LGBT and non-POC/LGBT organizations and leaders.
  • To strengthen the larger LGBT movement.

2011 POCIBLE Grants
Total awarded: $193,800

Funded in part by grants from the Community Leadership Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues.

Support for the BOLD! Gathering

  • The BOLD! Gathering – in which Horizons and many of our POCIBLE grantees participated – brought together LGBT organizers of color to learn skills, build community, and strategize about how to move our collective work forward.
  • PFund – $2,800

2010 POCIBLE Grants
Total Awarded: $221,200

Funded in part by grants from the Community Leadership Project, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and the San Francisco Foundation.

2009 POCIBLE Grants

Horizons Foundation has long recognized — and been committed to addressing — the particular and persistent challenges that LGBT people of color and their organizations face. To help a core of people of color LGBT (POC/LGBT) organizations and individuals develop the capacity to play sustaining leadership roles in the LGBT community, Horizons has made investing in this area one of our grantmaking priorities, particularly through POCIBLE: People of Color Initiative to Build Leadership and Effectiveness.

There are two types of POCIBLE grants, based on the size of an organization’s budget. Organizations of all sizes also had the option to apply for Rickey Williams Fellowships in conjunction with their grants.

Larger Organizations 

Horizons is investing in multi-year capacity building for POC/LGBT organizations with budgets above $50,000 and with at least one paid staff member. These grants are targeted for capacity building, which includes – but is not limited to – strategic or fundraising planning, board governance, staffing, financial infrastructure, marketing, and IT (information technology). These grants include funds to be used specifically for professional coaching for the executive director and/or the chair of the board of the organization.

  • AIDS Project East Bay – $15,000 for capacity building related to the organization’s technological systems (automated accounting system, medical data and billing, and network)
  • Black Coalition on AIDS – $25,000 for BCOA’s Project Build, a multi-faceted approach to developing their donor base, customizing professional fundraising tools, and launching donor campaigns and their redesigned website
  • Gente Latina de Ambiente (GELAAM) – $15,000 for organizational and administrative development, including the creation and implementation of strategic and fundraising plans
  • Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project – $20,000 for leadership transition planning and a Mentorship Project to develop “second-tier” leaders in the organizations
  • TGI Justice Project – $15,000 for planning for a leadership transition, restructuring aspects of the organization, and increasing the involvement and leadership of members

Smaller Organizations

We also makes strategic capacity-building grants to organizations with budgets under $50,000 and with volunteer staff. These grants help organizations that are beginning to build their infrastructure by providing support for specific, short-term projects.

  • Asian & Pacific Islander Family Pride – $3,000 for organizing materials to help with grantwriting, redesigning their wesbite, and upgrading their database
  • Bayard Rustin LGBT Coalition – $3,000 for developing an online presence to help reach new members, publicize events, and fundraise
  • Song That Radio – $3,000 for completing a comprehensive analysis of the organization and its impact, as well as developing fundraising and marketing strategies
  • Trikone – $5,000 for assessing the organization’s mission, goals, structure, and programs, and developing a strategic plan

Phase 2 Grantees 

Thanks to a major grant from the Community Leadership Project, Horizons was able to make additional POCIBLE grants to POC/LGBT organizations with budgets between $25,000 and $2 million. As with the larger organizations above, the grants include funds to be used specifically for professional coaching for the executive director and/or the chair of the board of the organization.

  • Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits – $15,000 for implementing recommendations from an organizational assessment, including a redesign of their website
  • El/La Transgender Latina HIV Prevention Program – $10,000 for expanding the TUYA! Program, which addresses leadership development, social participation, and coalition building for transgender Latinas
  • Gay Asian Pacific Alliance – $15,000 for a community needs assessment and the creation of a strategic plan identifying GAPA’s role in meeting those needs
  • Mangos with Chili – $15,000 for documenting/archiving of the group’s performances, strategic planning, and leadership development
  • Purple Moon Dance Project – $20,000 for leadership transition planning and the development of a strategic plan
  • Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project – $15,000 for leadership transition planning and a Mentorship Project to develop “second-tier” leaders in the organizations
  • TGI Justice Project – $10,000 for planning for a leadership transition, restructuring aspects of the organization, and increasing the involvement and leadership of members
  • Trikone – $10,000 for assessing the organization’s mission, goals, structure, and programs, and developing a strategic plan

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