Although no longer active, our past programs demonstrate the depth and breadth of our commitment to the LGBTQ community in the SF Bay Area and beyond. These are a sampling of Horizons' past programs in recent years.
THE COMING HOME FUND
This fund supported organizations and projects that serve LGBTQ elders in San Francisco over a period of four years. Grants were awarded to provide direct services, support staffing, and educate providers of elder services about LGBTQ issues.
LGBTQ COVID-19 Response Fund
At the start of the pandemic, Horizons awarded $1 million in emergency grants to Bay Area LGBTQ nonprofits. Later, recognizing the ongoing need, we launched the LGBTQ Resilience and Recovery Fund to provide more targeted support. Learn more.
HIV/AIDS Community Grants
In a decade-long partnership with the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, we made grants to organizations working to ensure access to AIDS treatment, stop the spread of HIV, and offer critically needed housing assistance and other services. The program is now an in-house program of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
Intentional change fund
During the Great Recession, we made grants to organizations exploring ways to reduce costs and strengthen programs through mergers, acquisitions, the sharing of back-office functions, and other means.
LGBTQ Wise: Working to Improve Services to Elders
A partnership with The California Wellness Foundation, this program served to promote healthy aging among LGBTQ elders in the SF Bay Area while building capacity to better meet this community's needs. Over the period of five years, grantee partners received more than $1 million in funding, as well as technical assistance and a forum for peer support.
POCCE: PEOPLE OF COLOR CREATING EQUALITY
This program supported POC organizations working to increase understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and strategies to build bridges and support for marriage equality in communities of color across the state.
POCIBLE: People of Color Initiative to Build Leadership and Effectiveness
This program awarded $500,000 in grants to SF Bay Area organizations based in and focused on LGBTQ communities of color. The program also included the Rickey Williams Fellowships, which recognized and supported emerging LGBTQ leaders from communities of color.
Field of Interest Funds
CIVIL MARRIAGE GIVING CIRCLE
Grants from this giving circle supported the national Civil Marriage Funding Collaborative, which had extraordinary impact on the national movement for marriage equality. Donors had the opportunity to learn about and discuss marriage strategy with movement leaders.
Gwen Araujo Memorial Fund for Transgender Education
This fund was created on the first anniversary of Gwen Araujo’s brutal murder in Newark, CA, to reduce the ignorance and hatred that caused this terrible hate crime. The fund supported school-based programs in the SF Bay Area that promoted understanding of transgender people and issues.
Horizons Young Professionals for Equality (HYPE)
HYPE began as a giving circle of queer people interested in pooling resources to increase their impact on the Bay Area LGBTQ community. In total, HYPE donated $144,000 to 19 different organizations. Learn more at hypecommunity.org.
The LGBT Film Giving Circle
This fund brought together donors interested in funding LGBTQ film. Donors met to learn about new projects, discuss their merits, and find a community of donors with similar interests.
Programs for Leaders
Board Leadership Program
This program supported the leaders of boards of directors of LGBTQ organizations by offering networking opportunities and providing training on board skills. Participants were also able to learn more about the community and its issues, needs, and organizations.
Strategic Partnership Program
Because nonprofit leaders often face isolation and burnout, this decade-long program served to provide mutual support, individual coaching, and skills building for LGBTQ leaders in the SF Bay Area.