LGBT nonprofits doing innovative work were recently recognized by
the Horizons Foundation, which hosted organization representatives at
its annual grantee breakfast.
Horizons, a San Francisco-based philanthropic organization, granted
$1.37 million this year to key organizations serving the LGBT
community in the nine-county Bay Area region.
The December 16 breakfast, held at the Westin St. Francis, brought
together 30 nonprofit organizations.
Dan C. Quigley, Horizons board chair, welcomed the attendees.
“For the board members at the Horizons Foundation this is the highlight
of our annual calendar,” Quigley said. “The main reason why we are
here is to celebrate the primary reason why the Horizons Foundation
exists, which is to support and fuel the LGBT community and the
nonprofits, who do the work day-in and day-out, to succeed and grow.”
Miko Thomas, of the Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits,
performed a Native American ceremony. BAAITS received $6,630
from Horizons for general operating support to teach gender-neutral
powwow dance classes and regalia-making classes for Native American
Francisco O. Buchting, director of grantmaking and community
initiatives for Horizons, mentioned 2014 grantmaking panelists, and
also introduced many nonprofit organizations, such as the Transgender
Law Center, a 2014 Give Out Day prize award grantee ($5,000); the
San Francisco LGBT Community Center, which received $10,000 to
increase giving support for the implementation of a new fundraising
plan; and the Rainbow Women’s Chorus, which received $5,000 for
general operating support to develop choral musical programming by
the all-women’s chorus, to name a few.
Brian Villa, of the RYSE Center, presented a short video made by the
center’s youth members. The organization, in Richmond, received
“I’m really honored to be here and share with you some of the work we do at the RYSE Center,” Villa said. “Before we opened in
2008, we wanted to make sure that we would be a space for all young people no matter who they were and where they came
from. Because we understand the importance of providing opportunities to support their identities in a safe and healthy way.”
RYSE received support for the Alphabet Group, a space where LGBTQQ youth can talk about their experiences, explore their
identities, attain new skills, engage in political advocacy, and inform allies about issues.