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This is how LGBTQ people in Mississippi can make a difference!

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This is how LGBTQ people in Mississippi can make a difference!

Help us make Mississippi a great place for our LGBTQ citizens

We have just been awarded another $50,000 grant from Out in the South -- recognition that we're doing something valuable. We will need to raise $30,000 in matching funds, and we're looking for your support toward this goal.

The LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi raises money and awards grants to organizations providing needed services to Mississippi’s LGBTQ citizens. The Fund’s investments are focused on ensuring that all LGBTQ Mississippians can thrive -- not just live -- happily, safely and openly, without alienation, isolation, prejudice and/or discrimination.

We've met and exceeded the challenge from our first $50,000 matching grant from Out in the South, thanks to individual contributors,and the first grant to be awarded from the Stonewall Gives Back Initiative. Now it's on to the next goal!


Funding Goal
We've exceeded our initial fundraising goal, including the Out in the South grant noted above, and are in the process of working toward our first round of grants; hosting a public launch of the Fund, involving media, special events, and celebrations; and, funding our endowment at The Community Foundation for Mississippi that will receive 10% of all future contributions, with 90% going directly into the grant-making funds. This action will ensure long-term sustainability and grant-making capability for the Fund.

Needs Assessment
A statewide LGBTQ needs assessment has been completed by a team of doctoral students at Mississippi State University. This assessment, sanctioned by the Institutional Review Board at Mississippi State, provides the most comprehensive information about Mississippi’s LGBTQ population that has ever been assembled. The Needs Assessment report is available at: https://lgbtqfundms.org/resources/

Direct participants’ quotes from the needs assessment are real and eye-opening:
“After a life time of pretending on one side and doing what I wanted to do on the other, I had gotten really good at showing people what they wanted to see and then doing what I wanted to do behind that.”

“If you go along you gotta get along. Unless we have our own power. I believe in building an LGBT[Q] community.”


Priority Recommendations

The identified priority issues found from the needs assessment described below will be guiding the funding during the Fund’s grantmaking:

Communities

  • Target outreach and recruitment strategies to the most underserved sub-groups of the LGBTQ population, including transgender populations and minorities, to strengthen networks and social integration.
  • Target LGBTQ resources and outreach into the most rural areas of the state.
  • Support efforts to provide stable, safe housing for transgender Mississippians.
  • Create material resource support mechanisms for LGBTQ people of color.

Health Care

  • Develop or support evidence-based transgender-specific healthcare education, advocacy, and training programs.
  • Support improved care coordination to connect physical and mental health services and providers in support of LGBTQ patients.
  • Build a resource guide for physical healthcare providers to increase the effectiveness of referral processes.
  • Strengthen coalitions between LGBTQ organizations and mental healthcare agencies and providers so that LGBTQ-identified clients will be aware of supportive providers and access to mental health services.
  • Build or support evidence-based programs to reduce alcohol
 and substance 
dependence thatare tailored specifically to LGBTQ populations.

Families and Children

  • Create networking and support opportunities to connect LGBTQ parents to one another and other members of their communities.
  • Reduce bullying and harassment of LGBTQ students in Mississippi public schools via evidence-based, data-driven approaches.
  • Revise institutional policies and curricula that ingrain LGBTQ discrimination into schools at the structural level.

Legal and Safety Issues

  • Increase LGBTQ voter registration and participation in local and state elections.
  • Support coalitional and intersectional efforts to decrease sexual violence against women by including specific support for LGBTQ women. Support efforts to decrease sexual violence against non-binary and gender non-conforming people.
  • Support coalitional and intersectional efforts to improve the relationship between law enforcement and people of color by including specific support for LGBTQ people of color.
  • Support efforts to improve the relationship between law enforcement and transgender and gender non-conforming populations.

Please join us in the effort to raise money to ensure services and supports are available to provide for the health and well-being of Mississippi’s LGBTQ citizens. If you wish to learn more ways to get involved with us, please contact info@LGBTQFUNDMS.org


LEVELS OF SUPPORT

$1,000,000 – Above ……………….. Grand Benefactor

$500,000 - $999,999 ……………… Benefactor

$100,000 - $499,999 …………...…...Grand Champion

$50,000 - $99,999 ……………...…...Champion

$10,000 - $24,999 ………..……….….Patron

$2,500 - $9,999 ………………………Advocate

$1,000 - $2,499 ……………………....Angel

$500 - $999 …………….….…………Promoter

$100 - $499…………….…………..…Supporter

$25 - $99 ………………………………Contributor