Vision, Mission, and Values


Horizons envisions a world where all LGBTQ people live freely and fully.


The world’s first community foundation of, by, and for LGBTQ people, Horizons invests in LGBTQ nonprofits, strengthens a culture of LGBTQ giving, and builds a permanent endowment to secure our community’s future for generations to come.

Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging at Horizons

At Horizons, we feel the racism and division that continue to poison our world, including within our beloved LGBTQ community. 

While Horizons has fought against homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, and gender inequality in our over 40 years, we have not focused as consistently on racial justice as our values and mission demand. As an organization of, by, and for all LGBTQ people, we need to do more to hear and heal the pain racism has caused, to reckon with and redress our own role in its perpetuation, and help to detoxify our community for good. 

We must kindle hope for a future in which all people are celebrated for who we are, and work tirelessly to bring that flame to life. LGBTQ liberation cannot be unwound from the liberation of all oppressed people. The struggle for racial, economic, gender, and social justice needs to be a shared struggle as humans. As our community’s foundation, with humility and vigor, Horizons must lead.

To that end, we have recommitted to centering equity and inclusion in every aspect of Horizons Foundation: in our grantmaking and programs; in our board and staff; in our policies and practices; in fundraising; in how we invest; and in our public roles. We will hold ourselves accountable to these commitments and expect our LGBTQ community to do likewise for generations to come. 



We fight for social justice – including racial, gender, and economic justice – for all.


We work for a world in which every person has truly equal opportunity to live, love, and thrive.


We take pride in our community and in its vibrant diversity and celebrate our identities, our cultures, our commonalities, and our differences.


We celebrate and nurture our community’s generosity of time, resources, and passions – what underpins all our progress.


We honor our histories and all those who fought for our communities, and we simultaneously create a foundation for future generations of LGBTQ people.


We have the courage to take risks and we invest in ambitious, innovative ideas and leadership, especially those unlikely to find investment elsewhere.


The community we exist to serve deserves excellence and we ensure that excellence extends to every aspect of our work.