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Integrating LGBTQ+ Inclusion into Your CSR Grantmaking: Beyond Pride Month

June is a time to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and their ongoing fight for equality. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs that involve grantmaking have a unique opportunity to champion this cause throughout the year, not just in June.

Identifying and Supporting LGBTQ+ Focused Nonprofits

Research and Outreach: Seek out established LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations and national LGBTQ+ funders' networks. Utilize their resources to discover a diverse range of LGBTQ+ focused nonprofits addressing various social issues that align with your CSR program's priorities.

Grant Program Focus Areas: Consider establishing specific grant programs or funding streams dedicated to supporting the needs of the LGBTQ+ community. This not only demonstrates your commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion but also attracts relevant nonprofits to apply.

Adapting Grant Application Processes for LGBTQ+ Inclusion

Inclusive Language: Review all your materials to ensure they use inclusive, human-centered language for all communities. Avoid gendered language, go beyond the standard census questions, and offer options for non-binary applicants to identify themselves.

Data Collection Considerations: Be mindful of how you collect data on diversity and inclusion. Offer options for applicants to identify under the LGBTQ+ umbrella and avoid making assumptions about an organization's LGBTQ+ focus based solely on their name or mission statement.

Ensuring Equitable Service Delivery

Grant Proposal Review: During the grant review process, consider how funded programs will serve the LGBTQ+ community. Look for proposals that demonstrate an established connection in the community, have a clear understanding of the specific needs and challenges faced, and are making an impact.

Capacity Building: Offer additional support, such as training or technical assistance, to help grantees build up their staff’s professional development and programs. This can be a great way to get the whole company involved in CSR efforts.

By integrating these strategies into your CSR grantmaking practices, you can demonstrate a genuine commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion and contribute to a more equitable and just society. Remember, Pride

Month is a powerful springboard, but true allyship extends far beyond June. Let's work together to champion equality year-round.


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