…20th Anniversary of The HOPE Fund… Matching Gift Program

Community Foundation Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of The HOPE Fund With Matching Gift ProgramCFSEM-123-OaklandCounty115-digital-ad_v2

(CFSEM Press Release, Dec. 11, 2014)

In 1994, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan established The HOPE Fund in order to confront the lack of essential human and social services serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the region.  At that time, mainstream support for LGBT issues was in its infancy.  In fact, this initiative was the first partnership in the state between the LGBT community and a mainstream philanthropic foundation.

To mark The HOPE Fund’s anniversary, the Community Foundation has launched a matching gift program where, through the end of the year, the organization will match donations from those who have either never ctechaddonated to the fund or have not contributed in more than two years.

The HOPE Fund was initially launched with the help of a $43,000 challenge grant from the Funders for LGBTQ Issues.  Since its founding, more than $3 million has been donated to support the fund’s endowment and grantmaking program, which has awarded $1.8 million in grants to 131 projects at 45 nonprofit agencies serving southeast Michigan’s LGBT population.

“We are proud to mark this milestone of The HOPE Fund and encourage new donors to participate in the matching program,” said Allan D. Gilmour, co-chair of the Community Foundation’s HOPE Fund Committee.  “Each grant we make helps strengthen and support the LGBT community in southeast Michigan and will continue to do so far into the future.”

The mission of the HOPE Fund is to: build the capacity of key, local organizations serving the LGBT candlewickHOLIDAYcommunity; encourage mainstream organizations to better serve the needs of their LGBT constituents; educate the public about the needs of the population; and support efforts to build leaders.

Organizations that have received grants from The HOPE Fund have included: Affirmations Lesbian/Gay Community Center Inc., Al-Gamea, the American Civil Liberties Fund of Michigan, Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Oakland University, Ruth Ellis Center, and KICK – The Agency for LGBT African Americans.

“Great gains in the LGBT community have been made thanks to The HOPE Fund and the dedication of the grantees, but there is still more work to be done,” said Mariam Noland, president of the Community Foundation.  “We hope people will consider support for the LGBT community in our region through a gift to The HOPE Fund during this match period.”

royal_servicesFor more information about the fund or to donate, please visit https://cfsem.org/hope-fund.

The HOPE Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (Helping Others through Partnerships and Education) exists to strengthen and empower organizations that serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, by supporting important charitable activities in southeast Michigan and by encouraging individuals to consider what they can do with their personal philanthropy. The Fund works to increase 1) the capacity and strength of nonprofit organizations serving the lesbian and gay community; 2) awareness of and positive responses to their needs; and 3) available services. Since its inception in 1994, more than $1.8 million in grants have been made through the Community Foundation’s HOPE Fund. The HOPE Fund also helps people carry out their charitable wishes to benefit the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.steele lindbloom ad

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs.  Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $657 million through more than 49,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties.  For more information, please visit www.cfsem.org.

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