The Pride Fund
The Pride Fund was established in March 2018 to advance the dignity and quality of life for the LGBTQ+ community in Genesee County. This endowed Fund is a permanent resource to nonprofit organizations providing programs and services to LGBTQ+ youth, adults, families, and seniors in areas such as health and wellness, arts and culture, housing, education, and training. Founding donors are Dale Weighill, Sandra Murphy and Sue Peters.
The Pride Fund surpassed its development goal of $50,000 in its first three years! Today, founding donors have set a new goal -- $100,000 -- to advance grantmaking in the community.
After community conversations led to establishing the Pride Fund, in 2018 a $21,250 grant from the Arthur L. Tuuri Health Fund was awarded to Wellness AIDS Services to increase the capacity for providers to incorporate best practices in creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ community members. In March 2020, the first Pride Fund grant of $756 was made to Wellness to support Census 2020, ensuring homeless or transient LGBTQ+ residents were counted.
The rainbow is a fitting metaphor for the LGBTQ+ movement. The colors reflect the diversity of people who embrace its symbolism. Please join us in reaching our new goal.
You can participate in the growth of the Pride Fund by:
- Making a gift – of any size – to make a difference.
- Become a Champion for the Pride Fund and make a 3-year pledge of $1,000.
- Honor a significant person in your life with a significant gift.
- Host a party or ask a CFGF staff person to meet with you and a potential donor.
- Designate a portion of your estate to the Pride Fund.
Beyond giving, be an ally at home, school, church, and work. Allies are some of the most powerful voices the LGBTQ+ community. Allies stand up, help people in coming out, and help others understand the importance of equality, fairness, acceptance, and mutual respect.