Investing in bold leaders & thriving LGBTQ communities
FORWARD Annual Report
July 1, 2014— June 30, 2015
Investing in bold leaders & thriving LGBTQ communities.
PFund Foundation’s Vision
2012 2015 2013
PFund Foundation’s Mission
PFund Foundation is a catalyst in building communities in Minnesota and the upper Midwest where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are celebrated and live free from discrimination, violence, invisibility and isolation.
PFund Foundation is a vital resource and community builder for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied communities by providing grants and scholarships, developing leaders and inspiring giving.
As the upper Midwest’s regional community foundation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, PFund Foundation’s mission to be a resource for LGBTQ leaders and communities continued to be realized throughout our 2015 fiscal year (July 2014 – June 2015). This year saw the culmination of a multi-year process of conversation, research and discernment – PFund Foundation’s QReach Initiative. In March of 2014, PFund Foundation hosted the first QReach Initiative cohort, bringing together 16 partner organizations from across Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. We recognized the changing landscape of the LGBTQ movement and knew it was an important strategic moment to connect with and assess the presence and strength of resources, relationships and infrastructure of LGBTQ communities throughout the region. What PFund Foundation learned was stirring: for all the strides made toward equality throughout the region, vast portions of our LGBTQ community did not have their basic needs met – indeed, they were in crisis. PFund Foundation was started in 1987 in response to the AIDS crisis; as people in the LGBTQ community experienced isolation, stigma and ignorance, our community came together to provide for itself and ensure such obstacles could be confronted. Throughout our 2015 fiscal year, PFund Foundation felt called again to address and respond to crises through dialogue, knowledge-sharing and relationship building. Because of your work, LGBTQ leaders throughout the upper Midwest are better equipped to guide individuals, groups and organizations forward.
Table of Contents Scholarship: History ........................................................................... 12 Scholars: Bold LGBTQ Leaders ..................................................... 13 Grantmaking ........................................................................................ 14 Grantees: Thriving LGBTQ Communities .................................... 15 PFund Foundation Supporters ................................................. 16-19 Forecast and Strategy ...................................................................... 20 Legacy .................................................................................................. 21 State of the Foundation ................................................................... 22 Looking Forward ............................................................................... 23
Appreciation .......................................................................................... 3 Who We Are: Community .................................................................. 4 Who We Are: Staff & Board of Directors ............................................ 5 Marriage: June 26, 2015 .......................................................................... 6 Housing, Health, Jobs ........................................................................ 7 QReach Initiative ................................................................................. 8 Inspiring Action .................................................................................... 9 Learnings from QReach .................................................................. 10 Our Elevated Priorities ....................................................................... 11 2
Appreciation Let us begin by first saying how grateful we are for your support, your partnership and your investment in PFund Foundation. As the regional LGBTQ foundation in the upper Midwest, we have seen many breakthroughs over the course of the foundation’s 28 year history. Leading PFund Foundation during this exceptional time of change has been tremendous. This past year, PFund Foundation’s staff, board and community partners have engaged in hundreds of open, honest and vulnerable conversations as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied (LGBTQA) stakeholders. We have heard about weddings, new babies and flourishing organizations; we have also heard about LGBTQ people getting fired, evicted and hurt because of who they are and who they love. Our summary of this time period is paradox. Thank you for staying connected this year, a year that boasted both huge gains and devastating losses. The dissonance of these contradictory experiences is often tough to navigate. Marriage equality became the law of the land, we completed our multi-year QReach Initiative and invested in 16 leaders and 16 organizations as they worked to engage deeply in their communities. Yet, transphobia, racism and homophobia continued to foster experiences for LGBTQ people that have grave consequences. For example, 2015 was the year of greatest Trans* visibility, but it was also the year of the largest number of murders of Trans* individuals on record. This reality is very tough to swallow. It is important to celebrate the huge gains made recently. These victories are the result of generations of activists, supporters and loved ones bravely working towards a better life for us all. As a foundation started in 1987 in response to the AIDS crisis, we know we stand on the shoulders of giants, and that when the torch gets passed to us it is imperative that we carry that light forward. We recognize that although some change happens overnight, a movement spans generations because the work must continue – at the local, institutional and familial levels in order to be fully realized. Thank you for everything you have done and continue to do in the continued struggle for stable housing, competent healthcare, access to good jobs and more. As the queer regional community foundation we are called to be a resilient, strategic, generous community of LGBTQ and allied leaders. Your partnership means the world to us. You are why we are able to be a source of strength and hope. Together, as we wrestle to mourn the loss of those taken too soon and work to dream towards a safer, more beautiful future, because we can count on one another we can continue to take important steps forward.
Trina C. Olson
President, Board of Directors
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Who We Are: Community As a community foundation we are by and for the community. Because of the guidance and input from the LGBTQA community, PFund Foundation is best able to live the vision of being a catalyst in the upper Midwest where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people are celebrated and live free from discrimination, violence, invisibility and isolation. As a community foundation committed to a transparent and accountable process, we rely on community-driven grantmaking. Our diverse community consists of a broad cross section of LGBTQA volunteers. Thank you to everyone!
2015 Community Review Committee College Plus Review Committee
High School Review Committee
Grants Review Committee
(Responsible for reviewing applications from current college students.)
(Responsible for reviewing applications from high school seniors preparing to enter college for the first time.)
(Responsible for reviewing applications from organizations throughout the five-state region.)
Khalid Adam, Chair Jen Parshley Connor Wright Awale Osman Justin Martin Angel Benes
Abel Knochel, Chair JP Arcani Eric Highers Michael Grewe Katrina Plotz Kevin Xiong
Coya White Hat-Artichoker, Chair Jason Bucklin Karla Buzick Nathalie Crowley Ruth Harper Patricia Nelson Zach Packineau Patricia Poyer
Executive Director Search Committee
2015 Cabaret Co-Chairs
Alfonso Wenker (co-chair), Claire Wilson (co-chair), Khalid Adam, Lois Carlson, Claire Chang, Dana Nelson, Ani Koch, John Larsen, and Luz Maria Hernandez. Special thanks to Marcia Ballinger and Lars Leafblad at Ballinger | Leafblad.
K. Davis Senseman and Mike Davidovich. Special thank you to Ryan Kroening and Events by Lady K and their entire team for making the night memorable!
QReach Advisory Group The QReach Initiative was driven by PFund Foundation board members, staff as well as community members and funders who represented our five-state region. The advisory group was there to learn along with PFund Foundation and to provide reflection and oversight on the project’s activities. Jennifer Houston Diane Benjamin Monica Bryand Paul Fairchild Bernadine Joselyn Kate Nelson
June Noronha Lorrie Janatopoulos Monica Meyer Donna Red Wing Bo Thao-Urabe
Lawrence Novotny John Quinlan Victor Raymond, Ph.D. Ryan Roemerman Roderic Southall Cheryl Terrance, Ph.D.
Who We Are: Staff & Board of Directors Fiscal Year 2015 July 2014-June 30, 2015 Development Committee
Ruth Birkholz, Chair Abel Knochel, Chair Gregory Wildhaber
Claire Wilson, Chair Saby Labor Barbara Satin K. Davis Senseman Robert J. Smith, III Donald Whipple-Fox Gregory Wildhaber
Curtis Brock, Chair Scott Cabalka Susan Emerson Jaron Gill-Roering Tim Kehr Mark Konrad Dawn LaDassor Alan Scott Coya White Hat-Artichoker
PFund Foundation Board of Directors
PFund Foundation Staff
Rev. Rebecca Voelkel
Interim Executive Director
K. Davis Senseman
Development and Events Associate
Ruth Birkholz Khalid Adam Jason Bucklin Lois Carlson Jennifer Houston Jason Howard Abel Knochel Lindsay Kruh Saby Labor Dawn LaDassor Rachel Orville Barbara Satin Robert J. Smith, III Claire Wilson Donald Whipple-Fox Coya White Hat-Artichoker
Eric Highers Regional Fellow
Ho Nguyen Program Officer
Henry Schneiderman Communications Manager
Tom Vance Development Manager
Kayva Yang Director of Programs
Jessica Zimmerman Program Officer
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III child support from marrying. The Court contraception, family relationships, pro- satisfied the basic reasons why marriag Under the Due Process Clause of the again applied this principle in Turner v. creation, and childrearing, all of which at 95–96. The right to marry thus dign Fourteenth Amendment, no State shall Safley, 482 U. S. 78, 95 (1987) , which are protected by the Constitution, deci- selves by their commitment to each othe “deprive any person of life, liberty, or held the right to marry was abridged by sions concerning marriage are among 14). Marriage responds to the universal property, without due process of law.” regulations limiting the privilege of pris- the most intimate that an individual only to find no one there. It offers the hop The fundamental liberties protected by on inmates to marry. Over time and in can make. See Lawrence, supra, at 574. and assurance that while both still live th this Clause include most of the rights other contexts, the Court has reiterated Indeed, the Court has noted it would be As this Court held in Lawrence, sam On June 26, 2016, the Supreme Court of Hailed a watershed moment in the LGBTQ Lead plaintiff James Obergefell, who sought enumerated in the Bill of Rights. See that the right to marry is fundamental contradictory “to recognize a right of opposite-sex couples to enjoy intimate a the United States, in a 5-4 decision in the movement, Obergefell v. Hodges was to put his name on his husband’s Ohio Duncanv. Louisiana, 391 U. S. 145 under the Due Process Clause. See, e.g., privacy with respect to other matters of that made same-sex intimacy a crimina case of Obergefell v. Hodges, ruled for a culmination of six lower-court cases death certificate as surviving spouse, said, –149 (1968). In addition these liber- M. L. B. v. S. L. J., 519 U. S. 102, 116 family life and not with respect to the de- sexuality finds overt expression in intim marriage equality as a fundamental right throughout the U.S., including two cases “Today’s ruling from the Supreme Court ties extend to certain personal choices (1996) ; Cleveland Bd. of Ed. v. LaFleur, cision to enter the relationship that is the conduct can be but one element in a pers under the Due Process and Equal Protection from Kentucky, two cases from Ohio, one affirms what millions across the country central to individual dignity and au- 414 U. S. 632 –640 (1974); Griswold, foundation of the family in our society.” U. S., at 567. But whileLawrence confirm Clauses of the 14th Amendment to the from Michigan and one from Tennessee. already know to be true in our hearts: that tonomy, including intimate choices that supra, at 486;Skinner v. Oklahoma ex Zablocki, supra, at 386. individuals to engage in intimate associ U.S. Constitution. our love is equal.” President Barack Obama define personal identity and beliefs. rel. Williamson, 316 U. S. 535, 541 Choices about marriage shape an not follow that freedom stops there. Out called the decision, “[a] victory for America.” See,e.g., Eisenstadt v. Baird, 405 U. S. (1942) ; Meyerv. Nebraska, 262 U. S. individual’s destiny. As the Supreme but it does not achieve the full promise of 438, 453 (1972) ; Griswold v.Connecti- 390, 399 (1923) . Judicial Court of Massachusetts has exA third basis for protecting the right cut, 381 U. S. 479 –486 (1965). It cannot be denied that this Court’s plained, because “it fulfils yearnings for and families and thus draws meaning f The identification and protection of cases describing the right to marry pre- security, safe haven, and connection that creation, and education. See Pierce v. So fundamental rights is an enduring part sumed a relationship involving oppo- express our common human ity, civil ; Meyer, 262 U. S., at 399. The Court h of the judicial duty to interpret the Con- site-sex partners. The Court, like many marriage is an esteemed institution, scribing the varied rights as a unified w stitution. That responsibility, however, institutions, has made assumptions de- and the decision whether and whom to a home and bring up children’ is a cen “has not been reduced to any formu- fined by the world and time of which it marry is among life’s momentous acts of Due Process Clause.”Zablocki, 434 U. S. la.” Poe v.Ullman, 367 U. S. 497, 542 is a part. This was evident in Baker v. self-definition.” Goodridge, 440 Mass., Under the laws of the several States, som (1961) (Harlan, J., dissenting). Rather, Nelson, 409 U. S. 810 , a one-line sum- at 322, 798 N. E. 2d, at 955. and families are material. But marriage it requires courts to exercise reasoned mary decision issued in 1972, holding The nature of marriage is that, giving recognition and legal structure t judgment in identifying interests of the the exclusion of same-sex couples from through its enduring bond, two persons allows children “to understand the integ person so fundamental that the State marriage did not present a substantial together can find other freedoms, such and its concord with other families in th must accord them its respect. See ibid. federal question. as expression, intimacy, and spirituali- Windsor, supra, at ___ (slip op., at 23). That process is guided by many of the Still, there are other, more instructive ty. This is true for all persons, whatever and stability important to children’s bes same considerations relevant to anal- precedents. This Court’s cases have their sexual orientation. See Windsor, Constitutional Rights of Children as Am ysis of other constitutional provisions expressed constitutional principles of 570 U. S., at ___– ___ (slip op., at As all parties agree, many same-sex that set forth broad principles rather broader reach. In defining the right to 22–23). There is dignity in the bond homes to their children, whether biolog than specific requirements. History marry these cases have identified es- between two men or two women who sands of children are presently being ra and tradition guide and discipline this sential attributes of that right based in seek to marry and in their autonomy to J. Gates as Amicus Curiae 4. Most Sta inquiry but do not set its outer bound- history, tradition, and other constitu- make such profound choices. Cf.Loving, adopt, either as individuals or as couples aries. SeeLawrence, supra, at 572. That tional liberties inherent in this intimate supra, at 12 (“[T]he freedom to marry, have same-sex parents, see id., at 5. Thi method respects our history and learns bond. See, e.g., Lawrence, 539 U. S., at or not marry, a person of another race the law itself that gays and lesbians can from it without allowing the past alone 574;Turner, supra, at 95; Zablocki, su- resides with the individual and cannot Excluding same-sex couples from mar to rule the present. pra, at 384; Loving, supra, at 12;Gris- be infringed by the State”). ise of the right to marry. Without the r The nature of injustice is that we may wold, supra, at 486. And in assessing A second principle in this Court’s marriage offers, their children suffer th not always see it in our own times. The whether the force and rationale of its jurisprudence is that the right to mar- somehow lesser. They also suffer the sig generations that wrote and ratified cases apply to same-sex couples, the ry is fundamental because it supports by unmarried parents, relegated throug the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Court must respect the basic reasons a two-person union unlike any other in cult and uncertain family life. The marr Amendment did not presume to know why the right to marry has been long its importance to the committed individ- humiliate the children of same-sex coupl the extent of freedom in all of its dimen- protected. See,e.g., Eisenstadt, supra, uals. This point was central to Griswold at 23). sions, and so they entrusted to future at 453–454; Poe, supra, at 542–553 v. Connecticut, which held the ConstituThat is not to say the right to marry is generations a charter protecting the (Harlan, J., dissenting). tion protects the right of married couples cannot have children. An ability, desire, right of all persons to enjoy liberty as we This analysis compels the conclusion to use contraception. 381 U. S., at 485. not been a prerequisite for a valid marr learn its meaning. When new insight that same-sex couples may exercise the Suggesting that marriage is a right protecting the right of a married couple reveals discord between the Constitu- right to marry. The four principles and “older than the Bill of Rights,”Griswold Court or the States have conditioned the tion’s central protections and a received traditions to be discussed demonstrate described marriage this way: mitment to procreate. The constitutiona legal stricture, a claim to liberty must be that the reasons marriage is fundamen“Marriage is a coming together for which childbearing is only one. addressed. tal under the Constitution apply with better or for worse, hopefully enduring, Fourth and finally, this Court’s cases Applying these established tenets, the equal force to same-sex couples. and intimate to the degree of being sa- that marriage is a keystone of our social Court has long held the right to marry A first premise of the Court’s relevant cred. It is an association that promotes this truth on his travels through the Unit is protected by the Constitution. In Lov- precedents is that the right to personal a way of life, not causes; a harmony in “There is certainly no country in the ing v. Virginia, 388 U. S. 1, 12 (1967) choice regarding marriage is inherent living, not political faiths; a bilateral much respected as in America . . . [W]he , which invalidated bans on interracial in the concept of individual autonomy. loyalty, not commercial or social proj- of public life to the bosom of his family, unions, a unanimous Court held mar- This abiding connection between mar- ects. Yet it is an association for as noble peace . . . . [H]e afterwards carries [that riage is “one of the vital personal rights riage and liberty is why Loving inval- a purpose as any involved in our prior Democracy in America 309 (H. Reeve tr essential to the orderly pursuit of happi- idated interracial marriage bans under decisions. ” Id., at 486. In Maynard v. Hill, 125 U. S. 190, 21 ness by free men.” The Court reaffirmed the Due Process Clause. See 388 U. S., at And in Turner, the Court again ac- ville, explaining that marriage is “the f that holding in Zablocki v. Redhail, 434 12; see also Zablocki, supra, at 384 (ob- 6 knowledged the intimate association without which there would be neither ci U. S. 374, 384 (1978) , which held the serving Loving held “the right to marry protected by this right, holding prisoners Maynard Court said, has long been “ ‘ right to marry was burdened by a law is of fundamental importance for all could not be denied the right to marry acter to our whole civil polity.’ ” Id., at 2 prohibiting fathers who were behind on individuals”). Like choices concerning because their committed relationships as the institution has evolved in substan
Marriage: June 26, 2015
“The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality. This is true for all persons, whatever their sexual orientation…There is dignity in the bond between two men or two women who seek to marry and in their autonomy to make such profound choices.”
Justice Anthony Kennedy Obergefell v. Hodges
ge is a fundamental right. See 482 U. S., related to parental consent, gender, and With that knowledge must not from ancient sources alone. They rise, too, nifies couples who “wish to define them- race once thought by many to be essen- come the recognition that laws from a better informed understanding of how er.” Windsor, supra, at ___ (slip op., at tial. See generally N. Cott, Public Vows. excluding same-sex couples constitutional imperatives define a liberty that l fear that a lonely person might call out Marriage remains a building block of from the marriage right impose remains urgent in our own era. Many who deem pe of companionship and understanding our national community. stigma and injury of the kind same-sex marriage to be wrong reach that conhere will be someone to care for the other. For that reason, just as a couple vows to prohibited by our basic charter. clusion based on decent and honorable religious me-sex couples have the same right as support each other, so does society pledge Objecting that this does not re- or philosophical premises, and neither they nor association. Lawrenceinvalidated laws to support the couple, offering symbol- flect an appropriate framing of their beliefs are disparaged here. But when that al act. And it acknowledged that “[w]hen ic recognition and material benefits to the issue, the respondents refer sincere, personal opposition becomes enacted mate conduct with another person, the protect and nourish the union. Indeed, to Washington v. Glucksberg, law and public policy, the necessary consequence sonal bond that is more enduring.” 539 while the States are in general free to 521 U. S. 702, 721 (1997) , is to put the imprimatur of the State itself on an med a dimension of freedom that allows vary the benefits they confer on all mar- which called for a “ ‘careful exclusion that soon demeans or stigmatizes those iation without criminal liability, it does ried couples, they have throughout our description’ ” of fundamental whose own liberty is then denied. Under the tlaw to outcast may be a step forward, history made marriage the basis for an rights. They assert the petition- Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage f liberty. expanding list of governmental rights, ers do not seek to exercise the the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, to marry is that it safeguards children benefits, and responsibilities. These as- right to marry but rather a new and it would disparage their choices and diminfrom related rights of childrearing, pro- pects of marital status include: taxation;Rosenbrahn, and nonexistent “right ish theirfor personhood to deny them this right. Nancy Blackto sameHills Center Equality ociety of Sisters, 268 U. S. 510 (1925) inheritance and property rights; rules of sex marriage.” Brief for ReThe right of same-sex couples to marry that is has recognized these connections by de- intestate succession; spousal privilege spondent in No. 14–556, p. 8. part of the liberty promised by the Fourteenth Investing lesbian, gay, bisexual, andhospital queer access; these issues in solidarity with specialists these whole: “[T]he right toin‘marry, establish in the transgender law of evidence; Glucksberg didand insistwork that liberAmendment is derived,intoo, from that Amend(LGBTQ) people across the lifespan In an authority; era of fields. ntral part of the liberty protected by the medical is imperative. decisionmaking ty under the Due Process Clause ment’s guarantee of the equal protection of the major policy breakthroughs the LGBTQ ., at 384 (quoting Meyer, supra, at 399). for adoption rights; community, the rights andmany benefits must be defined in a most laws. The Due Process Clause and the Equal are still lacking very basic needs. Housing? Because instability me of marriage’s protections forour children of survivors; birth and death certificates; Why circumscribed manner, withhousing Protection Clauseand are homelessconnected in a profound chronic from e also confers more profound benefits. By professional ethics rules; campaign fi- ness centralare reference to problems specific his-in the way,LGBTQ thoughcommunity they set forth independent prinPervasive challenges for LGBTQ people include: housing, time we come out, finding LGBTQ friendly-landlords, andand rights seto their parents’ relationship, marriage nance restrictions; workers’ compensa- the torical practices. Yet while that ciples. Rights implicit in liberty and health more.insurance; Depending assisted facilities where we won’t be forced grity and health closenesscare, of theireconomic own family security tion benefits; andon child accessing approach may have living been apcured by equal protection may rest on different our stage life,daily these issues custody, manifestsupport, a little and differently. we back intofor thethecloset. Without is always hard toco-extensive, stay heir community and inintheir lives.” visitationAsrules. propriate asserted right stable preceptshousing and are itnot yet in to address systemic barriers andfor disparities across healthy or safe. . Marriagework also affords the permanency See Brief United States as race, Amicus employed, there involved (physician-assome instances each may be instructive as to the andfor gender identity, important to have holistic Bar sisted suicide), it is inconsistent meaning and reach of the other. In any particust interests.class, See Brief Scholars of the it is Curiae 6–9; Brief for aAmerican to chronicasneeds require Health? Because healthlar outcomes for LGBTQ people mici Curiaevantage 22–27. point. Responding Association Amicuswill Curiae 8–29. Why with the approach this Court case one Clause may be thought to capture comprehensive solutionsValid across sectors. From suicide to instances of in cancer couples provide loving and nurturing marriage under state law is also are has abysmal. used in discussing otherattempts the essence of the right a more accurate and substancerights, abuse,including the minority stress theory thatthe two Clauses gical or adopted. And hundreds of thou- a significant status for over a thousand to fundamental comprehensive way,posits even as Banning discrimination on sexual orientation, heteronormativity, rejection and internalized aised by such couples. See Brief for Gary based provisions of federal law. See gender Windsor, stigma, marriageprejudice, and intimacy. Loving may converge in the identification and definition identity gays and expression work. Enforcing all result in lasting ates have allowed and lesbiansistoa critical 570 U.piece S., at of ___the – ___ (slip op., at 15– homophobia did not ask about a “right to of impacts the right. on See our M. L.mental B., 519and U. S., at 120–121; LGBTQ policies 16). and The teaching s, and many adoptedinclusive and foster children States decision-makers have contributed to the physical interracialhealth. marriage”; Turner id., at 128–129 (KENNEDY, J., concurring in as landlords, teachers, and character hiring managers) how is provides(such powerful confirmation from doctors fundamental of the marriage did not ask about a “right of in- judgment); Bearden v. Georgia, 461 U. S. 660, to interrupt explicit and implicit biasbyis placing a massive Jobs? LGBTQ people n create loving, supportive families. right thatundertaking. institution at the Why mates to marry”;Because and Zablocki 665 (1983)are . Thischronically interrelation of the two princiand poor.our For example, of what freedom rriage thus conflicts with a central prem- center of so many facets of the legal and unemployed, did not ask aboutunderemployed a “right of fa- ples furthers understanding the predictability breakthrough of marriage transgender people are four istimes more likely to live in recognition,Following stability, and social order. equality, experts thers with unpaid child support and must become. agree thattheir there is not ‘nextisissue.‘ Instead, PFund povertyRather, (annualeach incomes $10,000/year). he stigma of knowing families are one There no difference between same- extreme duties to marry.” Theunder Court’s cases touchingData upon the right to Foundation to be part the movement to taking an shows that regardless of educational attainment, because gnificant material costs isof proud being raised andofopposite-sex couples with respect case inquired about the right marry reflect this dynamic. In Loving the Court anti-LGBTQ bias in education, hiring, apay and promotion, gh no faultintersectional of their own to a approach. more diffi- to this principle. Yet by virtue of their of to marry in its comprehensive invalidated prohibition on interracial marindividuals have a hard time getting keeping riage laws at issue here thus harm and exclusion from that institution, same- LGBTQ sense, asking if there was a sufriage under both and the Equal Protection Clause Core indicators quality include: housing stability, good les. See Windsor, supra, at ___of (slip op., of sexlife couples are denied the constellation ficient jobs. justification for exclud- and the Due Process Clause. The Court first decompetent healthcare, andofaccess to good jobs. These benefits that the States have linked to ing the relevant class from the clared the prohibition invalid because of its unissuesfor arethose interrelated; it isThis important to connect s less meaningful who do notstrategically, or marriage. harm results in more right. See also Glucksberg, 521 equal treatment of interracial couples. It stated: , or promise to procreate is not and has than just material burdens. Same-sex U. S., at 752–773 (Souter, J., “There can be no doubt that restricting the freeriage in any State. In light of precedent couples are consigned to an instability concurring in judgment); id., at dom to marry solely because of racial classificae not to procreate, it cannot be said the many opposite-sex couples would deem 789–792 (BREYER, J., concur- tions violates the central meaning of the Equal e right to marry on the capacity or com- intolerable in their own lives. As the ring in judgments). Protection Clause.” 388 U. S., at 12. With this al marriage right has many aspects, of State itself makes marriage all the more That principle applies here. link to equal protection the Court proceeded to precious by the significance it attaches If rights were defined by who hold the prohibition offended central precepts of and the Nation’s traditions make clear to it, exclusion from that status has the exercised them in the past, then liberty: “To deny this fundamental freedom on l order. Alexis de Tocqueville recognized effect of teaching that gays and lesbians received practices could serve so unsupportable a basis as the racial classificaLGBTQ South Dakotans are at the forefront of a regional struggle against ted States almost two centuries ago: are unequal in important respects. It de- as their own continued justifi- tions embodied in these statutes, classifications so discrimination and fighting for equal protection. world where the tie of marriage is so means gays and lesbians for the State to cation and new groups could directly subversive of the principle of equality at en the American retires from the turmoil lock them out of a central institution of not invoke rights once denied. the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely To learn more, visit our YouTube channel! he finds in it the image of order and of the Nation’s society. Same-sex couples, This Court has rejected that ap- to deprive all the State’s citizens of liberty withyoutube.com/user/PFundMoxie t image] with him into public affairs.” 1 too, may aspire to the transcendent pur- proach, both with respect to the out due process of law.” Ibid. The reasons why ransl., rev. ed. 1990). poses of marriage and seek fulfillment in right to marry and the rights of marriage is a fundamental right became more Equalityclear South Lobby Daya full awareness and 11 (1888) , the Court echoed de Tocque- its highest meaning. gays and lesbians. See Loving andDakota compelling from foundation of the family and of society, The limitation of marriage to oppo- 388 U. S., at 12; Lawrence, 539 understanding of the hurt that resulted from ivilization nor progress.” Marriage, the site-sex couples may long have seemed 7 U. S., at 566–567. laws barring interracial unions. ‘a great public institution, giving char- natural and just, but its inconsistency The right to marry is fundaThe synergy between the two protections is 213. This idea has been reiterated even with the central meaning of the funda- mental as a matter of history illustrated further inZablocki. There the Court ntial ways over time, superseding rules mental right to marry is now manifest. and tradition, but rights come invoked the Equal Protection Clause as its basis
Housing, Health, Jobs
“We are the lead plaintiffs in Rosenbrahn vs. South Dakota. Marriage is not the answer, marriage is not the end. Especially in a state like South Dakota where you can lose your housing, you can lose your job for being gay, we don’t have an equal protection.”
They also experienced the way in which PFund’s financial support is often a vital source of grant monies for our partners.
In late 2013, PFund Foundation initiated a field scan of the upper Midwest states in our region (Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin) called the QReach Initiative.
The goal of shaping our programs, grantmaking and fundraising in order to be responsive to community needs through the QReach process was a success. As you’ll see, when coupled with data from national sources, the QReach Initiative guided the work that PFund Foundation does and where it makes it
This year-long, $160,000 initiative was made possibe with the support of the F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Blandin Foundation, Otto Bremer Trust, Bush Foundation and the Headwaters Foundation for Justice. In March 2014, PFund Foundation hosted the first convening of the QReach cohort. This event marked an important step in the QReach process that sought to make a meaningful impact on both PFund Foundation and the upper Midwest LGBTQ community.
PFund Foundation was able to have impor tant discussions with Black Hills Center for Equality, Bisexual Organizing Project, Dakota OutRight, Diverse & Resilient, Equality South Dakota, FORGE, Freedom Inc., Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools, Iowa Pride Network, Lutheran Social Services of MN – Together for Youth, One Iowa Education Fund, Outfront Minnesota Community Services, Ar t and Soul Innovations/ Proud Theater, RECLAIM, Shades of Yellow and Siouxland Pride Alliance.
Following the convening, PFund Foundation staff and board members set off on a tour of the cohort communities throughout the region. While on the road, they saw first-hand the crucial work being done within LGBTQ communities across the upper Midwest.
Inspiring Action Throughout 2014 and 2015, PFund Foundation staff and board members traveled throughout the five-state region and convened meetings with organizations that are at the core of PFund Foundation’s vision and mission. Left: youth performers at Proud Theater in Monona, Wis. Proud Theater is an LGBTQ youth theater troupe designed to foster expression, empowerment, and self-esteem among youth who identify as LGBTQ, who come from same-sex households, or who are allied with the LGBTQ community in support and understanding. Bottom, left: LGBTQ community members in Duluth gathered at Jefferson People’s House. One of PFund Foundation’s grantee organization is Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota’s Together for Youth, an inclusive, supportive and welcoming group for LGBTQ youth. Bottom, right: Participants at PFund Foundation’s convening for Dakota OutRight in Bismarck, N.D. Dakota OutRight’s mission is to serve the LGBTQIA community of central and western North Dakota by increasing visibility, providing resources and information, advocating for equality, and creating safe spaces for connection, support and celebration.
QReach Partners Black Hills Center for Equality Bisexual Organizing Project
Shades of Yellow
Learnings from QReach In late 2013, PFund Foundation initiated a field scan of the upper Midwest (Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin), called QReach. Its purpose was to enrich understanding about the ecology of LGBTQ communities in our region. Through QReach, we supported 16 partner organizations with funding and technical assistance to assess their own communities and shared their findings back to PFund Foundation, as well as connecting with and learning from each other. PFund Foundation wanted to learn about the strides and challenges that organizations faced around infrastructure, networks and social justice. This is a compacted summation of our findings: INFRASTRUCTURE 1. Basic needs gaps There is a common sense that LGBTQ communities in the upper Midwest have insufficient access to needed social services. In general, it is challenging to secure adequate resources to support and sustain important work. 2. Strong assets QReach participants cited numerous assets and strengths of their communities, organizations and environments. NETWORKS 3. Isolation Profound experiences of isolation are prevalent in many communities and are barriers to cultivating leadership. There is a desire to strengthen collaboration, even in an atmosphere of scarce resources. 4. Leadership pipelines Leadership development — both within organizations and in the LGBTQ community — remains a significant focus for many groups. Developing intergenerational leadership is critical to LGBTQ leaders in the upper Midwest. Leaders find generational gaps to be a formidable hurdle but innovative work is being done to bridge them. SOCIAL JUSTICE 5. Contextualizing the movement Documenting community histories is important to contextualize the movement, give it roots and inform future direction. Sharing stories helps affirm individual experience and provides a counter-narrative to combat negative stereotypes. 6. Building intersectional awareness The QReach cohort named the pressing need to build greater awareness and analysis of how power and privilege play out within and around their communities. Lesbian, gay and bisexual elders, youth, transgender individuals and people of color each identify roles and realities differently within the movement.
LGBTQ community members in South Dakota gather at a gathering hosted and sponsored by Black Hills Center for Equality.
Amy Batiste facilitates a session of what QReach looks like for members of the LGBTQ community in the upper Midwest.
Our Elevated Priorities PFund Foundation is committed to investing across LGBTQ communities, recognizing that our communities are not homogenous but intersectional and recognizing that the LGBTQ movement as a whole is under resourced. Firsthand accounts gathered through our upper Midwest field scan, QReach, combined with national data illustrates the unique and varying needs, barriers and biases that impact LGBTQ people’s abilities to live full, healthy and thriving lives. Stark disparities within the LGBTQ community reaffirm that there are communities within our communities with the least access to resources and support networks. PFund Foundation is making an intentional decision to focus on the following LGBTQ communities: indigenous, black, people of color, undocumented, first generation immigrants and New Americans; trans* communities; and LGBTQ North Dakotans and South Dakotans.
PFund Foundation’s elevated priorities are aligned with our grantmaking criteria and vision, “where gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are celebrated and live free from discrimination, violence, invisibility and isolation.”
of transgender people have faced transphobic harassment at work.
Out of the 21 transgender women murdered so far in 2015, 18 were transgender women of color. Violence, discrimination, suicide, and stigma in transgender communities remain at alarming rates. Research and studies show that trans* and gender non-conforming communities are four times more likely to live in extreme poverty – with household incomes of less than $10,000 per year. More than one in four transgender adults have lost at least one job due to anti-trans* bias, and 90% of transgender adults report experiencing workplace discrimination
Trans people face continued discrimination in hiring, promotion and firing practices simply because they are being their authentic selves.
LGBTQ Indigenous, Black, and People of Color; Undocumented, First Generation, Immigrants, and New Americans
LGBTQ people of color are
LGBTQ People of
Color live every day Anti-LGBTQ discrimination coupled with institutionalized racism has resulted in LGBTQ indigenous, black, people of color,
in the crosshairs of undocumented, first generation immigrants, and new Americans experiencing oppression, systemic barriers and some of the
racism, highest disparities within and beyond the LGBTQ community. Disproportionate negative health outcomes include higher
to live in poverty than white LGBTQ people.
homophobia HIV infection rates, limited basic health care, poor education, increased profiling and criminalization.
South Dakota women in same-sex couples earn less than half than those married to different-sex partners.
LGBTQ North Dakotans and South Dakotans North Dakota and South Dakota have extremely discriminatory policies towards LGBTQ people and communities. Legislation does not provide protections against discrimination in employment, housing, healthcare, and adoption based on gender identity or sexual orientation. In a hostile political environment, volunteer-led organizations are working hard to stop anti-LGBTQ attacks.
LGBTQ North Dakotans and South Dakotans shouldn’t have to leave home just to earn a living wage.
Scholarship: History As the upper Midwest’s regional LGBTQ community foundation, PFund Foundation recognizes that dedicated, connected and suppor ted generations of LGBTQ leaders are central to the resilience and health of our communities. Our scholars embody both courage and commitment to advancing change.
$51,700 in 2015
Our scholarship program awards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied individuals for their commitment to leadership within LGBTQ communities.
$1,500 in 1990
Scholarships support bold leaders pursuing: • Post-secondary academic programs • Non-scholastic leadership development opportunities
PFund Foundation’s scholarships range from $2,000 to $10,000. As of 2015, PFund Foundation has awarded over $600,000 to 366 LGBTQ and allied individuals who share the vision of building communities throughout the upper Midwest where LGBTQ people are celebrated and live free from discrimination, violence, invisibility and isolation.
Scholarships Awarded Since 1990 $70,000 $60,000
Preference is given to: • Applicants serving, leading and working for change in LGBTQ communities, recognizing that access to leadership opportunities can vary.
$50,000 $40,000 $30,000
• Applicants with a strong vision for making a social or political impact in LGBTQ communities.
• Applicants of diverse backgrounds, particularly those from traditionally under-represented communities and demographic groups.
$10,000 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
2015 High School Review Committee (left to right): Kevin Xiong, JP Arcani, Kayva Yang (staff), Katrina Plotz, Michael Grewe, Abel Knochel and Eric Highers.
Program Officers Ho Nguyen (left) and Jessica Zimmerman (right) present Xay Yang with the Miriam Weinstein Peace & Justice Education Award at the PFund Foundation scholarship brunch hosted by Dr. Tom Knabel.
Scholars: Bold LGBTQ Leaders
VALERIE KRAMIN Holland-Federhart Outstanding Arts Award All God’s Children Award
OLIVIA ELIZABETH ROGERS
Wellness Award Atheists for Human Rights Award
James T. Lerold Memorial Award
Linde-Ostrander Building Bridges Award
Meuwissen-Werb Leadership Award
Lyle Rossman Memorial Fund
SARA CLIFTON Nancy T. Kelly Female Writer Award
Lutheran Student Award
Southeast Minnesota Award
Manahan-Bohan Rural Lesbian Award Corey Mayer Memorial Award
Kerstin & Winn Wyman Memorial Award
Gilligan-Pospisil Homelessness Award
Dr. Tom Knabel Academic Achievement Award
Howard Liebhaber Human Rights Award Marjorie D. Grevious and Lisa R. Robinson Leadership Award 13
Quinn Liberal Arts Award All God’s Children Award
Miriam Weinstein Peace & Justice Education Award
Grantmaking PFund Foundation’s grant program supports emerging and established groups and organizations that are committed to building and advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities to thrive. We partner with local leaders in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin who combat homophobia and transphobia, discrimination, violence and isolation through:
Policy change • Culture change • Grassroots strategies • Holistic health and wellbeing We award grants annually to LGBTQ and allied organizations and groups whose efforts align with our core pillars and strategic priorities. We provide funding for general operations, programs and projects. In addition to the elevated priorities, PFund Foundation’s grants go to groups who work in one or more of the three pillars of social justice: 1. Achieving equal rights. Vision: LGBTQ people’s human rights and dignity are unquestioned, and individuals live free from discrimination. 2. Ensuring access, safety, and security. Vision: LGBTQ people experience the world as a safe place, and institutions, policymakers, the media, and our families reject any form of anti-LGBTQ violence. 3. Creating power through community. Vision: LGBTQ people are celebrated, visible, and find power in working together to advance equity and justice.
Grants Awarded Since 1990
Since four gay friends pooled $2,000 in 1987 to respond to the AIDS crisis, PFund Foundation has given $1,445,942 to organizations throughout Minnesota, Iowa, Nor th Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
In 2015, PFund Foundation awarded 16 LGBTQ organizations throughout the five-state region over $50,000.
Our volunteer-led Community Review Committee is responsible for the selection of organizations that are doing important work, advance our values of social justice and demonstrate the greatest need for funding in our five-state region.
$20,000 $10,000 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Review committee members Rosanna Hudgins (left), Claire Wilson (center) and Mike Pittman (right).
Gregory Wildhaber (left) and Michael Grewe (right).
Grantees: Thriving LGBTQ Communities 2015 Grantee Partners
Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Black Hills Center for Equality
Equality South Dakota
The Family Partnership
Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools
Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
Training to Serve
University of Minnesota GLBTA Programs Office
Iowa Safe Schools
PFund Foundation Supporters The support of our donors makes our work possible. Thank you for your generosity. 2015 PFund Foundation donors for fiscal year 2015 | July 2014 - June 2015 $15,000 or more Sue C. Guesnard Nancy Manahan & Becky Bohan Robert Owens Blandin Foundation Bush Foundation F.R. Bigelow Foundation Greater Twin Cities United Way Saint Paul Foundation $10,000 to $14,999 Lois E. Carlson & Janet Kroupa Kenneth L. Eppich Fund for the GLBT Community of the Minneapolis Foundation Dr. Ronald Linde & Rob Ostrander Elizabeth Scott & James Houston $5,000 to $9,999 Jeff Hlavacek & Brian VanderWaal Dr. Tom Knabel & Kent Allin Lindsay Kruh Dawn LaDassor & Dr. Michele LeClaire Kristine Maritz Target Corporation Steven W. Walker Gregory E. Wildhaber Ralph Wyman Funders for LGBTQ Issues $2,000 to $4,999 Richard Allendorf & Paul Markwardt Eric Anderson & Roger Beck Ruth Birkholz N. Jeanne Burns & Elizabeth A. Oppenheimer Scott Clugston David B. Cruz-Wiechmann & David A. Wiechmann David Drinkwater Maggie Shannon George & Rev. Dr. Rebecca Mary Mackenzie Voelkel
Joan Higinbotham Jason Howard Sharon Liebhaber & Rabbi Alan Iser Lutherans Concerned Sharon F. McDonald Craig Peifer & Larry Lozano Marcus R. Waterbury Miriam Weinstein Barbra Wiener
Paul Tuchman & Thomas Evers Velma Wagner Danielle Wenker & Joseph Wenker Edward J. Zapp Jr. Beth Zemsky All God’s Children Metropolitan Community Church Unity Church-Unitarian of St. Paul
$1,000 to $1,999 Anonymous (2) Dana Badgerow & Kathy Barclay Jack Barber & Mitchell Flattum Gregory L. Baskin John M. Brentnall Curtis Brock & Bob Ruff Robert H. Carlson Jr. & Gregg S. Larson Douglas Federhart & Stuart Holland Jaron Gil-Roering & Juan Gil-Roering Marjorie D. Grevious & Lisa R. Robinson Paul Hogrefe & James Sauder Ambassador James Hormel & Ray Mulliner Lorrie Janatopoulos & Sharon Chadwick Alexis & Jacqui Kantor Evan Kelley Margaret Kelly & Chris Krumm Kyle Kossol & Thomas Becker Terese LaLomia & Paula Delap Dr. Jane Levin & Dr. Judith Reisman Jeffrey J. Merkel Ronald Mittan & Terry Garrett Dr. Margaret O’Connor & Linda Ridlehuber Becky Saltzman Alan Scott & Keith Timmons Richard Scott & Dale Vanden Houten K. Davis Senseman & Sarah Senseman
$500 to $999 Anonymous (1) Adam Alsleben & Christy Alsleben Richard W. Bartosh Linda Brodzik & Rev. Dr. Sue Coller Chad A. Brown Scott Kevin Cabalka Claire Chang & Dave Kippen Susan Cogger-Williams & Terry Williams Mark Konrad Dan Covich Carol Cummins & Suzanne Born James L. Denton Daniel Morgan Duty, III Kimberly D. Edson & Angela K. Joyce Susan Emerson Events By Lady K Cynthia Fay & Katherine Gay Hadley Joseph Gibbons & John Cullen Teresa Hanratty & Luz Maria Hernandez Ruth E. Harper Daniel Hawkins & Michael Welter Marjean Hoeft & Lisa Vecoli Lousene M. Hoppe & Alicia R. Schwarz Jennifer Houston Daniel D. Jacobson Justin L. Jones Van S. Keszler Abel Knochel & Rebekah Pratt 16
John Knudsen & Brian Austin Laura Beth Landy & Michael Israel Kate Lehmann Rev. Dr. George Martin & Caroline Martin Michael J. Maurer & Joel Graf Yvonne M. Morman Jeffrey Myers M.D. & Randy Bye Nicholas Naumann & Joe Chadwick Jane R. Newman & Amy S. Lange Jeff O’Hern & Scott Mulert Rachel Orville Mary Ann Rafferty Kristen Rose & Stephen Rose Timothy Schultz & Peter O’Toole Gary Taruscio & Michael Larson David Waterbury & Ruth Harkison Waterbury Claire Wilson & Maria Kaefer Robert W. Winters Louise Ziegler Atheists For Human Rights First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester Rebecca Lawrence Photography $250 to $499 Anonymous (1) Craig Anderson & Kile Martz Linley Bizik & Charles Tombarge Steven Bolduc Dean Borghorst Joseph Braman Burton T. Brown Catherine & Kevin Cameron Michael Davidovich Gary & Kathy Diamond Sally M. Ehlers & Ann Adams Sarah L. Emery & Amy E. Elverum Brian Erickson Lois J. Epstein David B. Littlefield Tom Gorsuch & Ann Hopkins Max Gries & Tyler VanVierzen
David H. Gustafson Yajaira Guzman-Carrero Christopher M. Haley & Jason M. Berke Robert C. Harding Dr. Thomas Harkcom & Tony Brenny Rev. Ashley Harness-Jimenez & Angela Jimenez Jay Hudson & Susan Burton Gary Istad William Lampe Daniel Lontkowski & Jack Avery Heather & Sam Miller-Shiell Margaret M. Molinari & Ann M. Seha Roya Moltaji & Maryrose Dolezal Bradley H. Momsen Michael L. Muehlbach & Kim Johnson Monica J. Neal & Jane Farrell Ho Nguyen Connie Nyman & Joann Usher Trina & EJ Olson Out 4 Good Minneapolis Public Schools Zachary Packineau Luciano Patiño Cheryl J. Paullin & Dorothy J. Coffey Jack Peltier Print Craft, Inc. Barbara Satin Carl Seagren Patrick T. Skelly John Skogmo & Thomas Morin Robert J. Smith III Smitten Kitten Allison & Seth Steffenhagen William S. Sternberg & Timothy B. Zuel Ron Traxinger Thomas E. Trisko & John E. Rittman Patty & Ron Tushie-Lessard Aleta Wegner & Pamela Thoreson Daniel Wellik & Julian Alvarez Alfonso T. Wenker Coya White Hat-Artichoker Brandon Witzel Belle & Harry Yaffe Cory Zanin & Tom Buchberger Bjorn Zellner & Emily Zellner
Roger O. Mattson Grant Merrill Anna Min & Tina Cho Chong Moua Kelly Neff Origin Eight Steven J. Pearthree Joseph P. Plante & Eric J. Neumann Craig C. Pratt Ryan Prins Margaret Purcell & Mary Henry Denis Richardson Matt Stenerson & Sandra Stenerson Dr. Wallace Swan Dr. Carlton Thomas & Donald Epstein Jack Thompson & Brian Forney Thomson Reuters Charlaine Tolkien & Karen Hawley Raymond & Leola Schreurs Carol Stoddart & Karl Groth Dr. Allan Valgemae & Robert Harding Andrea Wenker Gary Williams & Jerry Tapp Elizabeth Wright & Anne Graham Paul Yechout & Rob Bedeaux
$100 to $249 Vincent C. Anderson Automatic Data Processing Inc Byron Baune & Richard Montgomery James J. Biederman & Ryan D. Ballbach Barbara & John Bottger Henry Bromelkamp & Jeff Nelson Stanley Brown Steven Cutri Eugene P. Danilenko Jon Derleth Gale R. Eichhorst Sheryl Erickson Thomas S. Freeman Nancy L. Fulton Leah Gordon James Grace & Thomas Grund Joel Greenwald & Carol Grabowski Rick Groger & Don Yager Gwen Hanlon David Hanson & Ivars Edens Tricia Hendren & Elizabeth Henderson Shreve Peter & Carolyn Hendrixson Paul Forrest Hickman & Owain Per-Lee Rodney R. Higgins Malcolm Himschoot & Mariah Hayden James Hoppe Jason C. Jackson Gerald T. Johnson Thomas Kapfhamer & William Thompson Brian Kelley Katherine Kilian Ann M. Kools & Sarah M. Gutknecht Barbara & Paul Krause Ryan Kroening Janet & Robert Kruh
Up to $100 Anonymous (10) MJ Anderson Eileen Anderson Gary S. Anderson Robert K. Anderson & John D. Schmidt Lawrence Archbold David Aron Joan Bach Darla Baker & Roger Youngs Davina Baldwin Bob Barnes
Beth Bassett Kathleen Berlin Scott Beutel David Bjork & Jeff Bengtson Timothy M. Bonham Jerald Bonstrom George Boody & Ann Risch Beverly & Russ Boogren Aleta A. Borrud & Jim Y. Findlay Harriet Broin Wendy Brovold Scott T. Brown Mikel Bruce Steven Buche David Bucher & William Cooper Janet Bystrom & Amy Micek Michael Cahill Kathleen Campisano & Sarah Reece Pierce D. Canser & Graham Lindvall Daniel & Barbara Carlson Pamela M. Carlson James Chadwick Michael C. Chatt Ellen K. Cleary Julie R. Cohen Laura D. Cooper Alicia Cordes-Mayo & Mo Cordes-Mayo June Courteau & Teresa Dahlem Roderick Cox Brian Cross & Danny Mann Michael D. Cummins Susanne Dahlen & Julie Fredlund Blythe Davis & Claire Avitabile Mary K. Dew Sen. D. Scott Dibble & Richard Leyva Michelle Dibblee Mark Dietz & Tom Segal Maureen Dolan Geraldine A. Dougherty Marta Drury & Kerry Lobel
PFund Foundation donor Alfonso Wenker talks about his experience with scholarship awardees, connecting resources and knowledge throughout our five-state region and our long view of supporting LGBTQ leaders and communities. To learn more, visit our YouTube channel! youtube.com/user/PFundMoxie My number one giving priority
PFund Foundation Supporters The support of our donors makes our work possible. Thank you for your generosity. Tara C. Durney Julie Eckenwalder Mary Ellison Michael Elyanow Pamela A. Endean & Colleen M. Carey Carl J. Erickson Christina Erickson Dooglas Escobar-Moran & Grant Amadio Robert A. Frame James Clinton Francis T. Clinton Francis, Jr. & Lorelei Francis Mark Frederickson & Kathy S. Sullivan Kathryn S. French Jane B. Galbraith Robert L. Gamble Robert J. Gamoke Judith Gavin Pierre Girard & Miguel Morales Lindsi Gish Kathy Graves Darolyn Gray Clark Scott Griesbach & Tom Ellis Jan Griffith Douglas Green Richard Greene & Samuel Brungardt Christian Haberstroh & Alissa Light Melanie Haddox Nora Nell Hamburge & Joan Khoo Marjory A. Hamersly Martha A. Hamlin & Catherine A. Bosworth Megan Hanlon Glenn Hanna Kevin Hansen Brady Hanson Paul David Hanson Michael Harradence Mel Harrington David J. Harris Kathryn Hart Harry A. Hartigan Kathy Hayden Thomas & Nicole Hayes Mary & Daniel Healy
James Helget Steven Hemmer Stephen R. Henderson Cynthia Henning Katrina Hesterman Arthur Higinbotham Katharine Hill & Chris Matthews Greg Holmbeck Rosanna L. Hudgins Worth L. Hudspeth Elisha Huse Elliot Landon James Carla Januska & Jennifer Manion Andrea D. Jenkins Kim William Jeppesen & Jeffrey L. Strand Charles M. Johnson Denise Johnson Katherine & Diane Johnson Walter A. Johnson Tim Kehr Christiana Kinnamon Karen L. Kleinspehn Michelle Knoben & Dr. Ranji Varghese Diane M. Knust Ani R. Koch & Shawn Mason Diana Konopka Shelley Koski Mark & Sarah Kronholm Nancy D. Kruh Ronald J. Kummer Saby Labor & Alejandra Tobar Alatriz Julie & Maury Landsman John Larsen & Michael Stewart Duncan Lasley Jana D. LeClaire Eric Lenz Sandra Levine & Carolyn Belle Ann Leviton Steven Levy Tony Lipari Elizabeth Loeb Margaret Lorayne & Mari Waters Catherine Lundoff Ronald & Cathy Lutz
Bill Lyons Karen Mackey Amy Mahnke William D. Manahan Bill Manning & Ruth Mickelsen Owen H. Marciano Kelsey Matula Jacob Maxon Ann Marie Mello Brian G. Mierow Claire Miller Peggy Miller & Catharine Van Nostrand Jeffrey C. Masco Darin McDonald & Joseph Joa Martha Ann McDonell Monica Meyer Juventino Meza David E. Moen Vanessa & Graeme Monahan-Rial Nettie Monroe Kay C. Mortenson Zon Moua Laura & Jay Muehlbach Lisa & Laurie Mueller Sarah Myers Danielle Nelson Jim Nepp Jon Newman & Brooks Christensen Richard & Joan Niemiec Elizabeth A. Nilles Nancy Ann Ninteman & Robin Dale Henry Hilja P. Njoes Raul A. Noguera-McElroy Lawrence C. Novotny Jennifer & Ethan O’Brien Linda N. Oakes Kendra Ogdon Leslie J. Opatz Julie Ann Owen & Diane Holland Kimberlee Palmer Elizabeth Patton Beverly J. Pehkonen Mame Pelletier Peter & Lora Pesheck Susan Peters & Lisa DuRose 18
Denise & Tamara Peterson Larry Peterson Maureen A. Phillips & John J. P. Horan Richard Phillips Elliott Powell D’Ann Prior Tim Quiring & Frank Downing David Rasche David G. Rask Sarah Reece Anna Reed Gary A. Reetz Derek Reise Jacob Reilly Moses W. L. Renault-Moses & Roger Jules Pare Ray & Susan Ricketts Jessica Rochester & Renae Youngs Amanda Rondeau Nathan Rossman Jamieson K. Rossow Benjamin Rue Greg Sauve Yvonne E. Schneider Sara Schoen & Liz Aram Thomas Schuster Richard Senese Joyce R. Sharer Bradley Shark & Don Sommers Alan Shilepsky Marjorie Sigel & Dick Van Deusen Laurie Rose Simon Jon D. Sipe Carla J. Smith Michelle Smith Rebecca Stibbe Rob Strusinski Kristin & Andy Sullivan Sara Schwermer Sween & Adam Sween Polly Talen John M. Terr Carmen J. Teskey Bruce Thao Deborah A. Thorp & Kathleen Mary Murphy Alice Tibbetts Elizabeth Tocher
Dr. Susan J. Torkelson & Karyn H. Torkelson Travis Trautman Lorenzo Tunesi Dr. David Vagneur & Scott Remmel Tom P. Vance Sue Vang James & Matthew Vela-McConnell
James P. Barnett Ramona & Benedict Welter Robert Werner & Joseph Nix Amelious Whyte Jean Wildhaber Kathleen Wildhaber Klarita Wildhaber Julie B. Williams Ronald Wilson & Arthur Stoeberl
Dr. Phillip Voight Karen M. Voss Eleanor R. Wagner Mr. Kim W. Waldof Mary W. Wallace Greg Wallin Linda A. Walther Dale Watson Kathleen D. Ward Dr. Gregory A. Weber &
Zong Yang Katherine & Larry Youngblood Carol & Jerome Zetah, Ph.D. Harvey Zuckman & Phil Oxman Judy Zuel Barbara Jo Zurn & Susan Arnold Michael Zweber
Gifts given in Memory of: Gary Fuller
Floyd and Stella Hanna
Gifts given in Honor of: Lark Endean Nierenberg Trina C. Olson Barbara Satin Jamie Schwartz & David Broomell Peter Scott & Ron Zweber Davis Senseman William Sternberg & Timothy Zuel The Rainbow Support Group Undocumented Queer Youth Upper Midwest QIPOC Conference Darrel Waters Alfonso Wenker Kayva Yang
Henry Bromelkamp & Jeff Nelson Lois E. Carlson James C. Francis Jacques Albert Jimenez Denise Johnson Abel Knochel Amy Knopke-Mooney Lindsay Kruh Karen Lansing & Kathy Lee Rebecca Lawrence Kelly Lewis LGBT Aging Initiative Megan Morman Michael Muehlbach & Kim Johnson
EMPLOYER MATCHING PROGRAMS Many employers match charitable donations — find out if yours will match your giving. Ameriprise Financial California Wellness Foundation First Data Foundation General Mills Foundation Green Tree Servicing, LLC
Itasca Consulting Group, Inc. John S. & James L. Knight Foundation Macy’s Foundation Medtronic Foundation Millennium Pharmaceuticals
Prudential Foundation Seward Co-op Thomson Reuters U.S. Bancorp Foundation Xcel Energy
It is with profound gratitude that we thank all the donors who are committed to PFund Foundation’s mission and ongoing work. 19
Forecast and Strategy PFund Foundation’s financial position illustrates, in many ways, a planned response to the needs of the LGBTQ community in the upper Midwest. This was a time of transition for the LGBTQ movement, and also for PFund Foundation. A large part of the foundation’s giving was designed to engage, collaborate and cast a vision for the future in the hopes that, as community needs shift, so can our response.
“Without your scholarship help, I may not have graduated.” Heather Digolo, PFund Foundation scholar
PFund Foundation has supported leaders and communities that are vanguards. Their leadership and vision, whether policy change, dismantling disparities or creating paradigm shifts in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied communities, have always been at the heart of PFund Foundation’s vision and mission.
With all those factors in play, the one understandable variable is and will always be the market in which, PFund Foundation invests. While our endowment withstood the same fluctuations that were less kind to other institutions, we also began a forward-thinking strategy.
16-16-16 Along with the culmination of the QReach Initiative, which included 16 organizations throughout our five-state region, 16 individual leaders and 16 organizations were also awarded grants to support their work improving the lives, health and policies designed to protect and support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Midwesterners.
Foresight As an integral part of that strategy, PFund Foundation hired executive director Trina Olson after a professional nationwide search. As an expert in fundraising and leadership development, Trina hit the ground running.
Continued Focus The Supreme Court declared marriage equality for the nation just days before the end of this fiscal year. As national attention focused on the fight for marriage, PFund Foundation made note of and worked through the planned decreases in institutional funding as our own QReach Initiative process came to completion. When the success of the national marriage efforts came within reach, institutional and individual giving shifted and PFund Foundation responded by awarding $400,000 through the QReach Initiative.
As we engaged the 16 organizations involved in the QReach Initiative, the 16 individual leaders we supported and the 16 grantee partners, our understanding of the short and longterm value of each of these investments grew as well. For some individual and organizational grantees, the awarding of a grant or scholarship ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 often meant the difference between success or continued struggle for LGBTQ leaders and communities. We remain mindful that beyond financial support, our vision of building community to combat and address isolation, discrimination and invisibility creates both a unique and imperative vantage point, calling on us to bring our LGBTQ and allied voices to important conversations happening in the broader field of philanthropy.
PFund Foundation prioritized this investment because we understood the continued need to support often misunderstood and underfunded LGBTQ focused advocacy and community building work throughout the region. As the upper Midwest’s regional LGBTQ community foundation, we understand our role as a vital resource, a community builder and mindful stewards of our community’s investment. This role is crucial to meet basic needs and strive for prosperity of LGBTQ people in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. With that charge foremost in our minds, PFund Foundation made the strategic decision to draw on a line of credit this fiscal year in order to support ongoing operations while in the middle of a transition. We did this while continuing to successfully fundraise and build and deepen relationships with stakeholders who care a lot about our vision, mission and future.
The co-founder and co-organizer of the Upper Midwest Queer Indigenous People of Color Conference discusses why funding for LGBTQ People of Color is important. To learn more, visit our YouTube channel! youtube.com/user/PFundMoxie Xay Yang‘s Story
Legacy The Lavender Legacy League is the grassroots commitment of over 130 individuals, couples and families that have included PFund Foundation in their estate planning, designating PFund Foundation as beneficiar y of a will, insurance policy, retirement plan, IRA or other asset. The legacy planning of these individuals, couples and families today ensures that PFund Foundation will make an impact for generations. All of us stand on the shoulders of our ancestors; chosen family in the LGBTQ community matters a great deal. Making a commitment that will have a lasting impact long af ter we’re gone is an investment in generations of LGBTQ leaders still to come.
We Are Grateful for the Legacy of Sue Guesnard Inspired by PFund Foundation to meet the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities of the upper Midwest, Sue Guesnard became involved in our earliest days. Sue served on the board of directors from 1991 to 1995 and during those early days launched our first-ever fundraising event called Rainbow Weekend. This initial idea grew into events which included gay proms, networking nights, award dinners, comedy shows and dances. Sue’s love for PFund Foundation ran deep, providing annual financial suppor t, giving in-kind gifts of technology and including the foundation as one of the beneficiaries of her life insurance to help ensure a better future for all LGBTQ people. Sue worked in IT security for such companies as Toro, Metris, HSBC and Moneygram International. Her other passions included the arts and animal welfare. Sue passed away in January 2015 and PFund Foundation was a beneficiary of her estate. Sue’s legacy lives on in the bold leaders and thriving LGBTQ communities across the upper Midwest.
How To Join the Lavender Legacy League When you commit to donating to PFund Foundation through your will, trust or bequest, you are automatically eligible to become a member of PFund Foundation’s Lavender Legacy League, an honorary club designed to recognize individuals who have decided to include PFund Foundation in their estate plans. To date, more than 130 generous donors have informed us that they intend to make a gift to PFund Foundation through their will, bequest or trust. We can speak with you about the benefits of setting up any number of planned giving options that allow you to potentially gain certain tax advantages as you contribute to our LGBTQ communities. We can also recommend a list of experienced attorneys and estate-planning professionals who understand the unique needs of our communities. Contact us today to find out more: 612-870-1806. Ask for Tom Vance, PFund Foundation Development Manager, or email Tom at [email protected]
State of the Foundation PFund Foundation was founded when four gay friends came together in 1987 to pool $2,000. This was their very personal way to respond to the AIDS crisis – wanting to leave a legacy. This tradition of grassroots giving from people who care deeply about the health and well-being of the LGBTQ community continues to this day. We have built our endowment from scratch; each year the collective pooling of hundreds of gifts from the community support and drive the foundation’s work. Thank YOU!
1,130 // Grassroots Individual Giving
Total Donations National Support
During fiscal year 2015, single donations from both individuals and institutionsal(small businesses, corporations, foundations) giving ranged from $5 to $35,000. While almost all of our financial suppor t comes from within Minnesota and our five-state region, LGBTQ and allied donors from around the country are invested in suppor ting LGBTQ leadership and communities in the upper Midwest.
Asset Allocation Equities (Includes U.S. Large and Small Cap, NonU.S. Equity & Private Equity)
Fixed Income Cash
Monthly Sustaining Donors
98 Monthly Sustaining Donors: When individuals and businesses give monthly, it helps us plan. You can set up a recurring gift on our new website www.PFundFoundation.org/donate. 125 New Donors: Each year we are pleased to meet and get to know brand new people. This year we are pleased to welcome one hundred and twenty-five brand new grassroots givers to PFund Foundation. 1,130 Total Donations – Truly a grassroots community foundation! Go to www.PFundFoundation.org/about/ to review our 990s.
Looking Forward Since the end of our fiscal year, there are a number of exciting activities already in the works! We are proud of all the progress we are making and hope you will find time to join us at events throughout the coming year. Below is a brief overview of things we have made happen recently and core projects we are in the middle of working on:
We Welcomed New Staff & Board Members
New Class of Individual leadership grant recipients will represent all 5 states and leaders across the lifespan
We are thrilled to have welcomed Zach Packineau of Fargo, ND and Ralph Wyman of Minneapolis, MN to the PFund Foundation board of directors and Alfred Walking Bull, Communications Manager, near the end of 2015!
Our scholarship program, when it was initially inherited from community leaders, was Minnesota only in scope. FY 2016 cycle scholarships will align with our five-state regional commitment: Iowa, Minnesota, Nor th Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Additionally, a number of scholarship donors have also expanded their criteria from ‘traditional students’ to also include leaders. We know how impor tant it is to invest in leaders across the lifespan. We cannot wait to introduce you to our next class of LGBTQIA leaders!
Grantmaking Now Online
Going green and making the scholarship and grants process easier and more accessible for both applicants and community reviewers, PFund Foundation is now using an online grants management system, ZoomGrants. Now we use less paper and have more features!
Launched New Website Check out www.PFundFoundation.org.
Launching “Queering Philanthropy” Series
In the spring of 2016 we began a new series of events covering a variety of ‘hot topics’ pertaining to philanthropy for LGBTQ people and issues. Local experts will weigh in on different themes throughout the year. This series will provide great opportunity for dialogue about things important to our community. R.S.V.P. to attend the next event at www.PFundFoundation.org.
Moved into the Center for Progressive Philanthropy
In the Fall of 2015 we moved into a suite inside of the Green Institute just off of Hiawatha and 28th in Minneapolis. The suite, dubbed the Center for Progressive Philanthropy, was the vision of Ron McKinley, who believed that community foundations sharing space and being in relationship would benefit the community as a whole. The suite includes Headwaters Foundation for Justice, Native Americans in Philanthropy and the Tiwahe Foundation. An additional benefit is that our building is adjacent to a free parking lot and just two blocks from the Lake Street stop on the blue line of the light rail and directly off the Greenway with spots to park your bike.
Funding Forward 2016 came to Minneapolis!
We are thrilled that the national annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues came to Minneapolis in March of 2016. Organized by Funders for LGBTQ Issues, the conference travels to a different city each year, hosting 150+ foundation professionals committed to tackling the most pressing issues and funding opportunities for our unique slice of the philanthropic sector. PFund Foundation was proud to co-host the conference locally with the Minnesota Council on Foundations. This was an incredible opportunity to shine light on the assets, challenges and opportunities for LGBTQ Midwesterners.
Trina Olson, PFund Foundation Executive Director, talks about the great strides we’ve made as an LGBTQ community and the commitment we’ve made to serving one another. To learn more, visit our YouTube channel! youtube.com/user/PFundMoxie We‘re called again
Thank You! Photo Credits:
Photos by Ho Nguyen, Rebecca J. Lawrence Photography, Melissa Koch, Kayva Yang, and Jessica Zimmerman.
PFund Foundation Phone Number: 612-870-1806 2801 21st Avenue South, Suite 132B Toll-free: 1-800-435-1402 pfundfoundation.org Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407