Equity Foundation funds equality. We believe our communities should be safe for LGBTQ individuals and that sexual orientation and gender identity should not be the basis for social alienation or legal discrimination. Equity lives this vision by granting to non-profits that provide services that protect LBGTQ Youth; provide those living HIV/AIDS stable housing and support services; advance Transgender justice; produce art as a tool for social change, and advocate for marriage equality.
We are a community foundation. Gifts from donors fund our general cycle grant program. We also manage scholarship funds and donor advised funds.
Equity Foundation is Oregon’s only grant-making institution established to fund programs and projects that advance equality for those in the LGBTQ community.
In the late 1980′s, our community, like the rest of the nation, had many institutional practices and legal statues in place that made it socially permissible or legal to discriminate against homosexuals. It was all too common for this legal discrimination to be paired with hatred, violence and divisiveness between individuals, with homosexual individuals becoming a target for violence perpetrated by heterosexuals.
A group of lesbian, gay bisexual, and transgendered (LBGT) activists founded Equity Foundation in 1989 as a response to the perilous circumstances created by community turmoil and began to advocate for equality. Their advocacy and efforts, along with their willingness to be publicly identified as homosexual, advanced the LGBTQ movement in our community. Their bravery and advocacy is part of a cultural shift that has humanized people’s struggle for equal rights in Oregon.
We distribute more than $500,000 in grants and scholarships annually. Many of those dollars are contributed by people within the LGBT 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.
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