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Funding Intersectionality in Action: Philanthropy and LGBTQ Communities

Thursday, October 29, 2020 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm PDT
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How has a global health pandemic and the Black Lives Matter racial justice uprisings affected LGBTQ communities in California? How are LGBTQ communities of color, especially transgender women of color, impacted, and how can philanthropy reach them as some of California’s most impacted by discrimination, violence, homeless, lack of health care access, and poverty? Learn from funders who are investing in LGBTQ communities and LGBTQ-serving nonprofits dealing with front-line challenges using holistic and intersectional approaches. This panel will address the question of what does “funding intersectionally” look like –and how can it be done effectively at this historic moment –when including the diverse LGBTQ population in our understanding of what is “intersectional”?

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Hear from LGBTQ activists of color working on the front lines and funders supporting them, to learn how philanthropy as a whole can better support their efforts. In their stories, you'll hear about partnerships between funders and transgender women of color-led groups that have been successful in supporting them as they confront multiple forms of discrimination and violence. These partnerships are now all the more urgent, and this panel will help you find opportunities that will help make your funding more impactful and inclusive.


Judy Belk, President, and CEO, The California Wellness Foundation
Judy Belk is president and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation, one of California’s largest public health philanthropic institutions. Belk uses her vision and her voice to help Cal Wellness fulfill the vision of functioning as a social justice public health funder. Under her leadership, the foundation invested $13 million in two new initiatives to address health issues that disproportionately impact women of color and launched a mission-related investing strategy to leverage more of the foundation’s financial resources. She strives to integrate Cal Wellness’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in every aspect of the foundation’s operations. A prolific writer and speaker on organizational ethics, race, and social change, Belk has been published in theNew York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio(NPR). Belk currently serves on the boards of the Surdna Foundation, a national New York-based family foundation, and Hedgebrook, a women’s writing retreat on Whidbey Island in Washington state that promotes women’s voices and social change.
Francisco O. Buchting, Ph.D., Vice President of Grants, Programs, and Communications, Horizons Foundation
As the Vice President of Grants, Programs, and Communications at Horizons Foundation, Francisco oversees all of the foundation’s grantmaking, programmatic strategies, and communication activities. Francisco also leads a 17 years initiative, the Global Faith and Equality Fund, focused on the intersection of LGBTI rights, Reproductive Justice, and Faith. His 25 plus years of experience in philanthropy, academia, nonprofit organizations, and community activism have blended scientific expertise, commonsense public health experience, research, and grantmaking. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Global Philanthropy Project and on the Board of Directors for Galería de la Raza. Francisco has played a national leadership role in understanding and reducing health disparities and inequities in the Latino and LGBT communities, and has been active in advancing knowledge brokerage initiatives. His career includes a bilingual clinical practice in behavioral medicine with a special focus on chronic diseases. He has written numerous research articles, produced research reports, and co-authored a bi-monthly newspaper column on health. He has also served on numerous community-based organization boards and museum advisories. Francisco holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in clinical psychology from Boston University, along with a B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Davis.
Alexander Lee, Program Director, Grantmakers United for Trans Communities program
Alexander Lee joined Funders for LGBTQ Issues in 2017 as its inaugural Program Director for the Grantmakers United for Trans Communities program. An attorney, community organizer and filmmaker, Alex is the founding Executive Director of the Transgender, Gender Variant, and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP), a community-based legal services and policy organization based in San Francisco that works to end the abuse of transgender people in prison. Prior to joining Funders, Alex was a public interest career counselor for law students at UC Berkeley School of Law. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Astraea Foundation and as a grantmaking panel member for the Saguaro Fund of the Funding Exchange. He is currently a Board member for Borealis Philanthropy.As a filmmaker, Alex co-founded the all-queer and trans filmmakers of color production collective Light Show Pictures in 2014. Alex seeks to use mass media to further his activism by sparking conversations with the larger public on complex issues such as alternatives to the prison industrial complex and a world without borders. Alex is a former Soros Justice Fellow and received his JD from UC Berkeley School of Law.
Tracie O’Brien, Transgender Care Coordinator, Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc
Since surviving the mean streets of San Francisco’s Tenderloin District in the 1970s as a young transgender street kid, Tracie Jada O’Brien has persevered and worked tirelessly to become an outstanding role model and a staunch advocate for San Diego’s transgender community. Professionally she has provided decades of life-saving work to the LGBT community as Coordinator of Project S.T.A.R. (Supporting Transgender Access to Resources), as an addictions treatment counselor at Stepping Stone of San Diego —and most recently —as the Transgender Care Coordinator for Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc. She founded San Diego’s Transgender Day of Empowerment that is now in its seventeenth year and the TracieJada O’Brien Student Scholarship Program that gave out twelve $500 scholarships to deserving trans* and gender-nonconforming youth this past year. Tracie is currently the Deputy Director of Miss Major Griffith-Gracy’s House of GGs, a retreat and historical center located in Little Rock, Arkansas, that provides support leadership development, and recreation to the Transgender communities in the South, with an emphasis on Black Trans and gender non-conforming individuals. Locally, partially retired, after creating San Diego’s California’s first Transgender Care and Support Program in 2003, she is still working part-time and mentoring and training tomorrow great Trans/GNC leaders!
Bamby Salcedo, President, and CEO, TransLatin@ Coalition

Bamby Salcedo is a national and internationally recognized transgender Latina Woman who received her Master’s Degree in Latin@ Studies from California State California Los Angeles. Bamby is the President and CEO of the TransLatin@ Coalition, a national organization that focuses on addressing the issues of transgender Latin@s in the US. Bamby developed the Center for Violence Prevention & Transgender Wellness, a multipurpose, multiservice space for Trans people in Los Angeles. Bamby’s remarkable and wide-ranging activist work has brought voice and visibility to not only the trans community, but also to the multiple overlapping communities and issues that her life has touched including migration, HIV, youth, LGBT, incarceration, and Latin@ communities. Through her instinctive leadership, she has birthed several organizations that created a community where there was none, and advocate for the rights, dignity, and humanity for those who have been without a voice. Bamby’s work as a collaborator and a connector through a variety of organizations reflect her skills in crossing various borders and boundaries and working in the intersection of multiple communities as well as the intersections of multiple issues. Bamby has served and participated in many local, national, and international organizations and planning groups. This work mediates intersections of race, gender, sexuality, age, social class, HIV+ status, immigration status, and more.

Target Audience 

This program is open to funders and nonprofits.