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Gill Foundation Awards $2.1 Million in Grants to GLBT Causes

[DENVER, CO] - The Gill Foundation, a $260 million-endowed organization committed to securing equal opportunities for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, made grants totaling $2,123,950 to 93 organizations or programs supporting a wide range of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) initiatives and HIV/AIDS programming during its most recent grants cycles.

"We are very pleased to be able to support such an outstanding spectrum of LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations throughout the United States," said Anthony C. Tapia, director of grantmaking for the Gill Foundation. "Particularly in these challenging times for all nonprofit organizations, the Gill Foundation continues to support organizations working to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation."

The Gill Foundation grants given during the most recent grant cycle include a $15,000 grant to the Mautner Project's "Healing Works!" National Conference on Lesbian Cancer; $120,000 to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute; $17,500 to the Boulder County (Colo.) Health Department's Open and Affirming Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Support (OASOS) youth program; and $18,000 to Identity Inc., the Anchorage, Alaska, LGBT community center that re-opened in February 2002 after a lengthy absence from the community.

"This grant gives us crucial operating support to help us provide the public with access to accurate information and services," said Jim Mohr, co-chair of the board of directors for Identity Inc. "With these funds, we will be able to build our fundraising capacity; expand our programs, including our gay and lesbian helpline; and enhance our technology, including investing in new software to track donors."

The total grants awarded recently also include $805,000 awarded by the Gill Foundation as the final 14 grants of its 21st Century Initiatives program. Begun in 1999, the 21st Century Initiatives have provided special support to three sectors of the LGBT community: community centers in the nonurban United States, statewide advocacy organizations and organizations serving urban people of color.

This final cycle of 21st Century Initiatives grants funded statewide advocacy organizations. Through this effort, the Gill Foundation awarded $65,000 in development grants to support recently established statewide LGBT advocacy organizations and $740,000 in resource grants to enhance the capacity, effectiveness and long-term sustainability of established organizations.

The Gill Foundation awards grants to organizations working in the areas of LGBT and HIV/AIDS issues. The deadline for the foundation's next grant cycle is Nov. 8. Guidelines can be found at www.gillfoundation.org.

Below is a list, organized by grant type and alphabetically, of the most recent grants awarded by the Gill Foundation. For details and information on the grantees, visit www.GillFoundation.org/lgbt_grants/.


- Colorado AIDS Project (Denver), $5,000

- Colorado West Regional Mental Health (Glenwood Springs, Colo.), $6,000

- Dental Aid (Louisville, Colo.), $7,500

- Empowerment Program (Denver), $15,000

- Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People (Denver), $15,000

- People with AIDS Coalition Colorado (Denver), $10,000

- Servicios de la Raza (Denver), $15,000

- Southern Colorado AIDS Project (Colorado Springs, Colo.), $40,000


- Junior Chamber Mission Inn Foundation (Tulsa, Okla.), $10,000

- Ms. Foundation for Women (New York), $30,000


- Acadiana C.A.R.E.S. (Lafayette, La.), $13,000

- AIDS Leadership Foothills-Area Alliance (Hickory, S.C.), $9,500

- AIDS Network of Southern Montana (Bozeman, Mont.), $6,400

- AIDS Resource (Williamsport, Penn.), $5,000

- Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association (Anchorage, Alaska), $15,000

- Alliance of AIDS Services of Carolina (Raleigh, N.C.), $25,000

- Blue Mountain Heart to Heart (Walla Walla, Wash.), $8,000

- Community Care HIV-AIDS Program (Ukiah, Calif.), $7,500

- Coral Life Foundation (Hagatna, Guam), $5,000

- Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), $7,500

- HIV/AIDS Resource Center (Ypsilanti, Mich.), $15,000

- Minnesota AIDS Project (Minneapolis), $5,000

- Rural AIDS Action Network (Minneapolis), $7,500

- Tri-County Health Coalition of Southern Indiana (New Albany, Ind.), $10,000

- Vermont CARES (Burlington, Vt.), $25,000

- Women's Project (Little Rock, Ark.), $10,000

- Wyoming AIDS Project (Casper, Wyo.), $15,000


- Boulder County Health Department (Boulder, Colo.), $17,500

- Colorado Nonprofit Development Center (Denver), $30,000

- Gender Identity Center of Colorado, Inc. (Lakewood, Col.), $10,000

- Lambda Community Center (Fort Collins, Colo.), $10,000

- Lundy Foundation (Denver), $65,000

- Pikes Peak Lavender Film Festival (Colorado Springs, Colo.), $3,000

- Rainbow Chorus (Fort Collins, Colo.), $5,000

- University of Colorado at Boulder/Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center (Boulder, Colo.), $10,000

- University of Northern Colorado Foundation, Inc. (Greeley, Colo.), $7,500


- Advocates for Youth (Washington, D.C.), $10,000

- Americans United for Separation of Church and State (Washington, D.C.), $15,000

- Bisexual Resource Center (Boston), $5,000

- Center for Democratic Renewal (Atlanta), $15,000

- Dyke TV (Brooklyn, N.Y.), $10,000

- Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (Boston), $60,000

- Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (San Francisco), $30,000

- Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (New York), $100,000

- Gender PAC (Washington, D.C.), $30,000

- Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies (Amherst, Mass.), $20,000

- Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force (New York), $15,000

- Mautner Project for Lesbians With Cancer (Washington, D.C.), $15,000

- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute (Washington, D.C.), $120,000

- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (Washington, D.C.), $40,000

- Progressive Media Project (Madison, Wisc.), $10,000

- Soulforce (Laguna Beach, Calif.), $10,000

- United States Student Association Foundation (Washington, D.C.), $10,000

- University of Southern California - Annenberg School for Communication (Los Angeles), $5,000

- Woman Vision (San Francisco), $20,000


- About Face Theater Collective (Chicago), $7,500

- Allan G. Calkin Human Rights Education and Research Fund (Austin, Texas), $15,000

- Borderlands Theater (Tucson, Ariz.), $5,000

- CAMP Rehoboth (Rehoboth Beach, Del.), $10,000

- Cimarron Alliance Foundation (Oklahoma City), $5,000

- Colonial Theatre Group (Keene, N.H.), $5,500

- Gay and Lesbian Resource Center of Cedar Rapids (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), $3,000

- Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network/Miami (Coral Gables, Fla.), $5,000

- Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network/Wisconsin (Madison, Wisc.), $7,500

- GLBT Community Center of Western Massachusetts, Inc. (Florence, Mass.), $3,300

- HelpSource (Ann Arbor, Mich.), $8,000

- Identity Incorporated (Anchorage, Alaska), $18,000

- LGBT Community Center of the Chippewa Valley (Eau Claire, Wisc.), $2,500

- Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota (Duluth, Minn.), $10,000

- Minnesota Gay Homicide Study (Minneapolis), $6,500

- New Conservatory Theatre Center (San Francisco), $20,000

- Philanthrofund (Minneapolis), $40,000

- Pride Foundation (Seattle), $60,000

- Rural Organizing Project (Scappoose, Ore.), $10,000

- Seattle Lesbian Cancer Project (Seattle), $5,000

- Time Out Youth (Charlotte, N.C.), $15,000

- United Campus Ministry (Athens, Ohio), $1,250

- We Are Family (Charleston, S.C.), $5,000

- Youth Pride Inc (Providence, R.I.), $10,000


- Alliance For Full Acceptance for South Carolina Equality Coalition (Charleston, S.C.) - $30,000

- Kansas Unity & Pride Alliance (Topeka, KS) - $35,000


- Citizens for Equal Protection (Omaha, Neb.) - $60,000

- Coalition For Equality in New Mexico (Santa Fe, N.M.) - $60,000

- Equality North Carolina Project (Raleigh, N.C.) - $60,000

- Institute for Cultural Partnerships for Statewide Pennsylvania

- Rights Coalition (Harrisburg, Penn.) - $60,000

- Kentucky Fairness Alliance (Louisville, Ky.) - $60,000

- Maine Lesbian Gay Political Alliance (Portland, Maine) - $60,000

- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute (Washington, D.C.) - $100,000

- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute for

- Equality Lousiana (Washington, D.C.) - $60,000

- PRIDE! (Helena, Mont.) - $60,000

- West Virginia Foundation for Equality (Charleston, W.V.) - $50,000

- Wisconsin Community Fund for Action Wisconsin (Madison, Wisc.) - $50,000

- Women's Project for Arkansas Equality Network (Little Rock, Ark.) - $60,000

About the Gill Foundation

Established in 1994 by software entrepreneur Tim Gill, the Gill Foundation is a Colorado-based nonprofit philanthropic organization. The mission of the Gill Foundation is to secure equal opportunity for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, by providing grants to nonprofit organizations, strengthening the leadership and managerial skills of nonprofit leaders, increasing financial resources to nonprofit organizations, strengthening democratic institutions and building awareness of the contributions people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities make to American society. Since its inception, the foundation has invested nearly $40 million in nonprofit organizations throughout the country, with a focus on national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and HIV/ AIDS organizations, the nonurban United States and non-LGBT organizations located in Colorado. With an endowment of approximately $260 million, the Gill Foundation is the country's largest funder of LGBT organizations. For more information on the Gill Foundation and its programs, call or visit www.gillfoundation.org.

Media Contact:

Allison Johnson
The Gill Foundation
[email protected]

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