Fraser Nelson, Community Foundation of Utah executive director, said the foundation responded to people who came to them with philanthropic ideas.
She said the point of the LGBT endowment fund is to "leverage the gifts from lots of different people to have a greater impact." For example, someone could donate $100 or $1,000 to the endowment, which could then go to groups the donor would not have thought about supporting.
"(These grants) cut across all segments of our community," Nelson said.
The organizations receiving grants include the following:
• Transgender Education Advocates of Utah, to provide a training video for employees of the Utah Department of Motor Vehicles/Drivers License Division on policies surrounding the treatment of gender non-conforming clients.
• A partnership between Moab Pride and the Moab Teen Center, to establish a Gay Straight Alliance and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) chapter in Moab.
• Plan-B Theatre Company, to support the elementary school tour of "DIFFERENT=AMAZING," a play that increases understanding of the impact of bullying.
• The University of Utah's Honors College, for the 2013 Think Tank on Queer Activism and Social Justice.
• The Utah Film Center in support of the Damn These Heels! Film Festival.
• Utah Health & Human Rights to support the integration and needs of LGBT political asylum seekers.
To donate to The LGBT Community Endowment Fund, call 810-559-3005.
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