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Our Work

The future is ours to create.

Grantmaking and Nonprofit Support

Since its founding in 1980 as the world’s first community foundation of, by, and for LGBTQ people, Horizons has made grants supporting the entire LGBTQ community. Our support is intentionally broad, because the needs of our community are so many and run so deep. At the same time, our venture philanthropy approach looks favorably toward innovative, grassroots solutions to our community's emerging needs, especially those of the most under-resourced segments of our community.

Our flagship funding program, Community Issues, supports LGBTQ organizations in all nine counties of the SF Bay Area across broad funding areas.

Though we have made great strides, our 2018 LGBTQ Community Needs Assessment makes clear that LGBTQ people in the SF Bay Area still have widespread unmet needs. To meet the needs of our diverse community, our flagship funding program, Community Issues, supports LGBTQ organizations in all nine counties of the SF Bay Area across broad funding areas.

Horizons' grants support organizations across the country and globe. Our over 150 donor-advised funds make grants to wide-ranging nonprofits across the U.S., and our Global Faith and Equality Fund works to stem the exportation of religious-based homophobia from the United States to Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. 

Beyond grantmaking, Horizons invests in LGBTQ organizations by organizing Give OUT Day, the only national day of giving for the LGBTQ community, which has enabled hundreds of LGBTQ nonprofits across all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico to raise millions of dollars. Horizons also provides fundraising resources and research, hosts programs for the leaders of LGBTQ nonprofits, and is home to scholarship funds that invest in future LGBTQ leaders.

$4.8+ Million


awarded in grants in 2018


$40+ Million


awarded in grants since 1980

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Top 10 Funder in the history of the LGBTQ Movement, having granted $40+ million


The future is ours to give.

DONOR SERVICES AND ENGAGEMENT

A world where all LGBTQ people live freely and fully requires generosity of time, resources, and spirit, which has been at the core of our community since the very beginning. To strengthen this culture today, Horizons provides philanthropic advising for LGBTQ donors. From four decades of experience and relationships with our community’s changemakers, Horizons is an expert on LGBTQ issues in the SF Bay Area and the premier resource to help inform charitable giving in our community.

Horizons is an expert on LGBTQ issues in the SF Bay Area and the premier resource to help inform charitable giving in our community.

Horizons strengthens LGBTQ giving as one of the only donor-advised fund providers that is of, by, and for LGBTQ people. We also host giving circles, like Horizons Young Professionals for Equality, a collective of young LGBTQ donors who each contribute small monthly gifts and together make grants to grassroots LGBTQ organizations.

To further support donors, we are home to the Professional Advisors Circle, a network of financial planners, attorneys, tax preparers, insurance agents, and real estate agents who serve the LGBTQ community. The Professional Advisors Circle holds networking events and organizes LGBTQ Financial Planning Day, where LGBTQ people receive pro bono advice to increase their financial well-being and capacity to give.

Our Professional Advisors Circle is a network of financial planners, attorneys, tax preparers, insurance agents, and real estate agents who serve the LGBTQ community. 


The future is ours forever.

LEGACY GIVING AND ENDOWMENT

The future we envision — where all LGBTQ people live freely and fully — is only possible if we have a strategy for the long term. That’s why we promote legacy giving. Recognizing that bequests hold the highest philanthropic potential for our community, Horizons identified over $100 million in future legacy gifts through our groundbreaking Now and Forever Campaign, and we continue to identify these gifts today.

Many of these gifts support our LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund, a source of permanent resources for our community. We will be there to meet our community's needs that we can't begin to imagine today — for generations, forever.

The power of legacy giving goes far beyond our own foundation. Based on national data on the transfer of wealth, we estimate that $270 billion will be dispersed from the estates of LGBTQ people in the next decade alone. That’s why we have led the work of the National Task Force on LGBTQ Planned Giving, which creates resources for other LGBTQ organizations to realize the potential of legacy giving across the country.

We will be there to meet our community's needs that we can't begin to imagine today — for generations, forever.