Stonewall Community Fund

aka Stonewall Community Foundation   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.stonewallfoundation.org

Mission

Stonewall Community Foundation is the public charity for New York City's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community. Since 1990, the Foundation has invested more than $23 million via our Endowed and Donor-Advised Funds, as well as our annual grantmaking. The Foundation inspires social change through strategic initiatives designed to engage the community, empower our leaders and invest in grassroots LGBTQ organizations across the five boroughs.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Jarrett Lucas

Main address

1270 Broadway Ste 501

New York, NY 10001 USA

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EIN

13-3550688

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

LGBTQ people remain among the most marginalized people in the US. Stigma, family abandonment, religious oppression, bullying, a patchwork of contradictory laws, and other societal pressures, including racism and sexism, amplify mental health challenges, homelessness, identity issues, job security, access to health care, educational unpreparedness and more. Often, LGBTQ individuals participate in the survival economy and need assistance to navigate the formal economy and access the services many people take for granted. Organizations serving LGBTQ Populations receive 28c for every $100 granted by foundations in the US. Lack of funding means more energy needs to be spent on fundraising than programs, that great amounts of need go either unidentified or unmet, and that populations often remain at the mercy of already overextended government programs. We work to fund & build the capacity of LGBTQ-centered organizations and projects focused on remedying intersectional, systemic oppression.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Stonewall Quarter Share

An initiative of the Stonewall Community Foundation, Stonewall Quarter Share (SQS) is a giving circle of like-minded young professionals that combines financial contributions with social interactions, community education and volunteerism.

SQS gives 100% of contributions directly to NYC’s LGBTQ community, with three-quarters supporting the Foundation’s work and the remaining quarter awarded via grants to local nonprofits selected by SQS members.

Population(s) Served

Giving to Stonewall means giving through Stonewall. Coming from an LGBTQ foundation, each grant and scholarship we make carries with it the message that LGBTQ people have an organized and substantial presence in philanthropy. Moreover, as a community foundation, that presence is representative of the diverse identities and perspectives that inform and benefit from our work.

At Stonewall, we consult with local leaders to identify critical needs in the community and collaborate further to develop responsive solutions that align with our mission. In partnership with those directly affected, we then invest in the projects and people that are equipped to make the greatest difference. This approach is rooted in integrity, but also leverages the tremendous wisdom, experience and expertise community members hold.

Population(s) Served

A Donor Advised Fund or Endowment Fund can simplify an individual's or organizations' charitable contributions to the causes important to them.

Stonewall maintains funds for individuals and organizations to ease the philanthropic process, advise donors on worthwhile charitable giving, create grantmaking processes to fund specific causes and programs, or simply provide a vehicle for easy gift and grant-making while offering options for principles to grow through strategic investment.

Population(s) Served

Stonewall seeks to fund creative projects that benefit and inspire the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community by: building leadership capacity and securing rights; affirming and celebrating identity; ensuring safety, wellbeing, and dignified treatment; eliminating discrimination and bias; and meeting otherwise unmet needs.Though strategic funding priorities change and evolve over time, Stonewall does give preference to innovative projects that respond to unmet needs in LGBTQ communities. Additionally, it is important to note that Stonewall has invested greatly in the improvement and/or expansion of ongoing programs and institutions that are of proven value to the community.

For competitive grants, Stonewall issues a Request for Proposals, inviting qualifying organizations to apply for funding. Completed proposals are reviewed by Stonewall’s Grants Advisory Committee, a community-based panel where no less than two-thirds are non-Stonewall directors. Each committee members has a commitment to LGBTQ justice and equity and is knowledgeable about the issues and challenges facing LGBTQ people throughout New York City. After structured deliberation, the committee recommends grant finalists and amounts to the Stonewall Board of Directors.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Stonewall aims to strengthen the LGBTQ movement by making smart, values-driven investments in dynamic organizations, projects and leaders.
We believe philanthropy, while an expression of love and care, is also power wielded. As such, we strive to model equitable leadership and be accountable, transparent, and trustworthy in our work practices, including fundraising, and the advancement of our mission.

We believe in centering people who experience the greatest vulnerability in our communities and prioritizing issues causing the most harm in the lives of LGBTQ people. With that, we are explicitly committed to: lifting up all communities of color and transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people; working to end racism and anti-Blackness; and supporting organizations that serve undocumented immigrants and people involved in survival economies.

We recognize that much of the work of philanthropy supports and expands on the delivery of basic human needs and services, including but not limited to homelessness, poverty, health disparities, and more. We champion the idea that access to art, culture, education and joy are equally as important not only to individuals but the strength of a community, and strive to lift up organizations that support a broad and holistic outlook.

Stonewall has a range of strategies for meeting our goals:

1) Direct Grantmaking. Through a range of funds, Stonewall makes direct cash grants to organizations working in the LGBTQ space and serving the diverse populations encompassed in that. In addition to several ongoing scholarship programs, in the summer of 2020, Stonewall created two funds to serve individuals impacted adversely by the convergence of COVID-19, political strife, and global economic crisis, and hand in hand with the intensifying movement for racial justice.

2) Fund Partner Education. By working one on one with our fund partners—people whose personal philanthropy we facilitate formally—to help direct their own grantmaking, providing informative and inspiring content, inviting them to discussions and roundtables, taking them on site visits, or a wide range of other opportunities, we use our expertise to shift the way resources move in, to and through our community, expanding possibilities for LGBTQ people’s lives.

3) Technical Assistance and Capacity Building. Stonewall’s staff coach and consult with our grantee partners to help lift them toward their goals, sustain them at challenging moments and ascertain what their needs – and those of the people they directly serve – might be in changing and challenging times. We subsidize and organize regular trainings and learning opportunities, including scholarships to national conferences, that equip nonprofit leaders with the tools to define and pursue success not only for their organizations, but also for themselves. Subjects we’ve offered include board development and recruitment, strategic communications, grassroots fundraising, city- and state-level advocacy, and more. Some of these relationships continue for years, others are on an as needed basis.

4) Community activism and participation. Members of our own team serve the community on other boards of directors, regularly attend community learnings, conferences and panels as both attendees and presenters. We work to understand and drive the local and national conversation and help communicate from the micro to the macro where needs, challenges and opportunities exist.

Against the tragic backdrop of the 1980s AIDS crisis, the tapestry of LGBTQ nonprofits was becoming more vibrant. In New York City, dozens of groups sprang up to address emergent issues and, with that, there was a growing need for resourcing. Our founders had a solution: creating a foundation, for us and by us, where loss could inspire legacy and the power of individual giving could be amplified.

Stonewall came to life in 1990 as a collection of donor funds, and as the local landscape evolved, so did our identity. We embraced a focus on small, grassroots nonprofits and populations experiencing the greatest vulnerability; we ramped up both our fundraising and grantmaking; and community participation was carefully threaded throughout our work.

Today, Stonewall is led by Jarrett Lucas, who joined the team as Program Manager in 2010 and has served as Executive Director since 2013. Jarrett is a BoardSource certified Governance Trainer, served as the Vice Chair of the Board of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and currently serves as the Policy Committee Chair of Nonprofit New York. Our small, but extraordinarily effective staff has decades of experience working within New York City’s LGBTQ community and have a range of passions and skills when it comes to helping guide our fund partners toward amplifying their impact. We manage more than 100 volunteers every year who support everything from agenda setting to grant deliberation, from educational programming to fundraising, and who amplify our team’s ability to reach a greater breadth and depth of community thought and leadership. Our board of directors is a team of two dozen committed professionals who represent a wide range of professional and personal experiences. They provide strategic oversight and tactical work through committees on development, partnerships, fiscal management and volunteer recruitment.

Critical to our work is the ongoing cultivation of donors, fund partners and giving circles which not only help us in raising the financial resources, but also in keeping in tune with the community. A vibrant and open flow of communication helps our small team stay flexible and allows us to understand and meet changing needs.
Stonewall has more than three dozen active fund programs, and our fund partners step up to meet the needs of the community, are reliable and extraordinarily generous: by May 2020, following a call to action, our fund partners had made more grants than in all of 2019.

We make grants to over 100 organizations every year, and our network of grantee partners is strong, resilient and creative.

Stonewall has a reputation built on its track record of connecting donors with organizations and projects, and has been recognized for its leadership in the field of LGBTQ philanthropy. Today, we are sought out by individuals, corporate and future fund partners based on that reputation.

Stonewall Community Foundation has made more than $20 million in grants since its founding to over 600 unique grantees.

We fund more than 100 organizations each year and provide more than 500 hours of free consulting and technical assistance to not only our grantee partners, but also organizations that we have not funded with cash grants.

Stonewall is a Top 10 funder in the US on issues of LGBTQ housing and homelessness.

59% of all competitive grants focus on the trans community; 33% of all grants support groups serving LGBTQ youth.

In the first five months of 2020, Stonewall’s grantmaking programs exceeded total giving for 2019, with fund partners and emergency response donors rising to the triple challenges of COVID-19, the economic crisis and the racial justice movement following the murder of George Floyd. Additionally, 2020 saw the creation of our first funds to provide emergency relief to individuals by direct cash transfer.

Moving forward, Stonewall will continue to serve organizations and individuals at the intersection of LGBTQ+ equality and racial justice, continuing to center people who experience the greatest vulnerability in our communities and prioritizing issues that cause the most harm in the lives of LGBTQ people. We are explicitly committed to lifting up all communities of color and transgender, gender non-conforming, and non-binary people; working to end racism and anti-Blackness; and supporting organizations that serve undocumented immigrants and people involved in survival economies.

We will stay flexible and resilient in our work to address these issues while working to increase our capacity for grantmaking through our fund partner program, discretionary funds and fundraising programs, including those endowed funds which will provide long term capital and security. We will endeavor to increase the engagement of LGBTQ people in the work benefitting our community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Nonprofit leaders and their organizations, fund partners, grant seekers, students seeking scholarships, individuals seeking microgrants.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We reframed the language in our grant agreements to take some of the burden off the organizations we serve, lessen reporting requirements, simplify application processes and lower the barriers to applying for and receiving grant funding.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We work to be inclusive, to engage community partners in our process and to frame our relationships in ways that decentralize power and work to make access to philanthropy broaders. We are a grantmaking organization, which will always have an apparent power dynamic, but we take our mission very seriously and work to ensure that social justice and economic equity take center stage.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Stonewall Community Fund

Board of directors
as of 08/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rachel Korberg

The Families and Workers Fund

Neill Coleman

Daniel Padnos

Michael Hamill Remaley

Yvette Miley

Rachel Korberg

Jimmy Johnson

Isaac Jean-Francios

Derek Fordjour

Cymone Fuller

Cecilia Gentili

Nicholas Hodges

Chris Mahdik

Gabriel Morales

Javier Morgado

Melissa Madzel

Suman Chakraborty

Byron Pacheco

Mira Patel

Otis Rolley

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/2/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Non-binary
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/01/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.