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Our Mission


The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas promotes equality and raises awareness of the personal and financial contributions of the LGBTQ+ community in Dallas by offering meaningful philanthropic and giving opportunities. The GLFD distinguishes this community as a major source or philanthropy and boosts the power of our philanthropy by consolidating and distributing charitable contributions to non-profit agencies that serve the Dallas community. With every donation given, the GLFD ensures that agencies do not discriminate in their hiring and employment practices and highlights that recipient agencies value diversity.


To accomplish this mission we:


  • Make specific donations to service and community organizations that are not LGBTQ+ specific. 

  • Require recipient organizations to include sexual orientation in their official written employment policies.

  • Provide the LGBTQ+ community with a mechanism to bundle philanthropic funds and give strategically.


Our core values are to:


  • Contribute to the common good of the community

  • Demonstrate financial commitment and responsibility

  • Show determination and stewardship

  • Advance equality and inclusion

  • Nurture partnerships and friendships

  • Raise our voices as valued members of society


To be a beneficiary of GLFD, an organization must meet the following requirements:


  • Be a local Dallas area 501(c)(3) non-profit organization 

  • Have an employment nondiscrimination policy that includes sexual orientation

  • Openly recognize the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Dallas as the grant source



Our History


The Gay & Lesbian fund got started when a group of individuals joined forces to organize a fund-raising event for the Dallas Latino Cultural Center in the fall of 2000.  The idea of the Fund quickly took hold and the overwhelmingly positive response from the gay and non-gay communities alike fueled its growth and led to the formation of its first board of directors.  In 2001 the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Dallas was recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit charity.


Since then, the GLFD has raised over $1,730,040 for Dallas area non-profits


The Fund’s primary purpose is to shine a light on the contributions of local gays and lesbians and their allies and raise awareness that we all are part of the same community and share common concerns and dreams for Dallas.


The Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas is proud to be the first member of the Gay and Lesbian Fund Affiliates Program of the Gill Foundation. The Fund continues to be inspired by the work of Tim Gill, the Gill Foundation, and the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado. Although the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas remains loosely affiliated with the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Colorado, the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas is completely independent and is locally funded by members of the LGBTQ+ community in Dallas.





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