About Equity Foundation

The purpose and mission of the Equity Foundation is to “leverage resources to create social, economic, and political equity for the LGBTQ community”.  Equity prioritizes its funding to support organizations isolated from traditional funding sources as it represents the interests of the LGBTQ community and those that promote and celebrate diversity and inclusion. Equity’s vision is to be the first choice for investment in positive social change for the LGBTQ community. 

Equity Foundation is located in Portland, Oregon and is Oregon’s only grant-making institution whose purpose is to fund organizations whose mission and programs advance equality for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LBGTQ) community. It was founded in Portland in 1989 by a group of LGBTQ Oregonians who began to advocate for equality as a response to the many institutional practices and legal statutes in place that made it socially permissible or legal to discriminate against sexual minorities.

With a focus on advancing the dignity and worth of all people, they formed the Equity Foundation (“Equity”) as a grant-making, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose intention was, and is, to eradicate prejudice against sexual and gender minority communities through its commitment to funding equality. Through the creation of the Equity Foundation, the founders’ bravery and advocacy provided the basis for the cultural shift that has humanized people’s struggle for equal rights in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Equity distributes grants and scholarships annually. Many of those dollars are contributed by people within the LGBTQ community. We are proud of their generosity and that their investments in community health ensure that vital programs and services are stable and sustainable, which means that the most vulnerable in our community are not neglected, further isolated or ignored.