Join this cohort experience to help Minnesota grantmakers reach the Appropriate Standard for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) -inclusive grantmaking.


Philanthropy has always played a pivotal role in the advancement of civil rights and social justice. Family, corporate and community foundations all understand the interdependent nature of our communities - what affects one part of our community affects us all.

As a sector, grant-makers have invested in innovations to improve services that benefit communities and increased the flow of opportunity through social institutions designed to meet public needs, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people.

In recent years, the philanthropic sector played an important role in advancing policy wins for the LGBTQ community.

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LGBTQ people living in MN
and the upper Midwest

Evidence shows that LGBTQ people do not have a level playing field when it comes to educational outcomes, or access to culturally sensitive healthcare, employment and income, among other critical social indicators.

A quick review of current data – poverty and unemployment, mental and physical health, personal safety, educational attainment, family support, incarceration rates, access to affordable housing, and more – reveal that the civil rights concerns of LGBTQ people are systemic and complex.

Creating Access and Opportunity for All

There is more work to do. When it comes to predictable, adequate, sustainable funding for the organizations and initiatives that address the daily impacts and policy needs of LGBTQ people in Minnesota and beyond – it’s time to do better – ensuring that LGBTQ-serving organization and programs have the resources they need to support, protect, and advance LGBTQ people and communities.

Strategic, long-term investments by funders are needed to ensure LGBTQ people can thrive, just as other communities do.

An Innovative Solution –
The Better OUTcomes Initiative

Members of the Minnesota Council on Foundations are embarking together in a new effort to create a level playing field for LGBTQ grant seekers – called the Better OUTcomes Initiative. This Minnesota-based effort will bond our communities together and strengthen opportunity and access for all.


Currently, this multi-year effort is being generously supported by the Minnesota Council on Foundations, PFund Foundation, Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Blandin Foundation, Otto Bremer Trust, The St. Paul Foundation, and Women's Foundation of Minnesota.


Additionally, the goals and work of the Better OUTcomes Initiative are endorsed by: Minnesota’s LGBTQ Funders Working Group – coordinated by MCF, chaired by PFund Foundation, Native Americans in Philanthropy, ABFE, Trans Justice Funding Project, Third Wave Fund.


Are you curious about what your role and your foundation have to do with LGBTQ+ philanthropy?

The executive director of the lead organization driving the Better OUTcomes Initiative,
PFund Foundation, provides some context for this important project

Join the Effort to Level the Playing Field for Minnesota’s
LGBTQ Grant Seekers

Join Minnesota’s LGBTQ Funders Working Group - click here to RSVP for the next quarterly meeting!