Durham, North Carolina – The Laughing Gull Foundation (LGF) has announced the approval of $3,895,000 in grants to be awarded from 2018 through 2020 to 24 organizations supporting the LGBTQ community in the US South. This commitment represents a 240% increase in annual grant-making for LGF’s LGBTQ Equality Program, and the addition of 12 new grantees. The portfolio reaffirms LGF’s focus on North Carolina and Virginia, and on strategic opportunities to support the LGBTQ community across the South, the group said. The expansion also allows LGF to make new commitments to emerging organizations focused on the transgender community, and to multi-issue organizations doing significant work on racial justice.

“This is a critical moment to do everything we can to support the LGBTQ community,” said the LGF’s Meg Baesmith, noting that “2017 was the deadliest year on record in terms of anti-LGBTQ violence. Thankfully, there are inspiring, strategic leaders and organizations across the South moving us toward lived and legal equality for LGBTQ people.” She said her group “is honored to be able to expand our investment in their work, and to provide multi-year, general operating support to the majority of our grantees.”

Laughing Gull Foundation is a progressive family foundation rooted in the South. On its website it states its mission is to “leverages our resources to transform systems, institutions, and relationships for the benefit of people and the planet. Our mission is to honor our family’s evolving identity while proactively addressing broken systems that have created inequality and harmed our planet. We achieve our mission through grantmaking, donor organizing, and impact investing in support of three priorities: LGBTQ equality, higher education in prison, and environmental justice. We typically fund grassroots organizations engaged in direct service, organizing, advocacy, and/or culture change work.” t (Q Notes Online and the Laughing Gull Foundation – Lainey Millen at Goqnotes.com/61152/southern-foundation-grants-top-3-million and Laughinggull.org/vision-mission-strategy)