PFund Foundation is a community foundation that advances social justice for LGBT communities in the Upper Midwest. It assists organizations in being successful, funds systems change work, develops leaders, inspires giving, and convenes & reports on issues of importance for our communities.
Racial Equity Initiative
The Racial Equity Initiative has two pieces:
first to increase funding to stand alone LGBT organizations
of color and second, to support and develop leaders in these
Racial Equity Initiative Grantmaking:
In fiscal year 2008 and 2009 PFund awarded $20,000 in grants to LGBT communities of color organizations.
Two-Spirit Press Room $5,000
Color CoordiNATION $7,500
Shades of Yellow $7,500
PFund continues to work with these organizations to build their capacity to strengthen LGBT communities of color.
Racial Equity Initiative Leadership Program:
During the fall and winter of 2007 – 2008, PFund collaborated with Marnita’s Table, a non-profit that ignites enduring cross-cultural connections through intentional social interaction, to convene leaders from LGBT and allied communities of color three times.
Out of these conversations grew the Leadership Program. In its first year of the program, PFund collaborated with Family & Children’s Service and Pillsbury United Communities to develop and implement a two-track leadership program; one track focused on board leadership and the other on community organizing. During the six month cohort (Sept. 2008 – Feb. 2009)14 participants built on existing leadership skills, explored identities as queer leaders of color, created a community with their cohorts and used learned and expanded skills to enhance local communities and inform their circles of influence.