The LGBTQ Community Fund

The LGBTQ Community Fund aims to strengthen Utah's LGBTQ community and our state as a whole.



  • Unite LGBTQ giving by leveraging individual gifts to create a meaningful impact.
  • Strengthen Utah’s LGBTQ community and our state as a whole.

To accomplish these goals, we:

  • Facilitate professional gifts for donors and leverage them for maximum impact. We identify organizations doing the best work to support the LGBTQ community and conduct due diligence on behalf of donors.
  • Understand, evaluate, and are flexible to respond to and address current and changing community needs.
  • Ensure fairness in employment. The fund ensures all organizations that receive grants have in place a non-discrimination employment policy before they are eligible for funding.
  • Increase visibility for LGBTQ philanthropy.

Learn more in our printable one-pager.

Be Part of the Impact!

  • It's easy. You receive immediate tax deductions for your contributions. We accept gifts of stock, real estate, and other complex assets.
  • It's flexible. You can be certain that your gifts will support the Utah's LGBTQ community in perpetuity, even as the community's most pressing needs change.
  • It's efficient. Your contributions are pooled with others, creating greater collective giving power.
  • It's impactful. We provide assistance identifying high-impact not-for-profits and monitoring how grants are used, ensuring that your support has the greatest community impact possible.

Ways to Donate

  • Donate online 
  • Stock, real estate, or other non-cash donation - email  for more information
  • Gift on behalf of a loved one
    View our tribute gift one pager for more information and send a completed tribute gift donation form to the Community Foundation of Utah at 2257 South 1100 East, Suite 205, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
  • Planned Gifts
    Include "the LGBTQ Community Fund at the Community Foundation of Utah" fund as a beneficiary of your retirement assets or life insurance or make a bequest to the fund in your estate plan. We encourage you to work with your tax advisor or estate planning professional to determine the type of gift that is right for you and your family.

How to Apply for Funding

We love the nonprofits who are working tirelessly on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community! In an attempt to better support them in the future, we are taking some time to reassess our grant-making process and strategies. While that means that we won't be accepting grant applications this June, as we have in recent years, we look forward to supporting our local nonprofits moving forward.

The LGBTQ Community Fund awards grants to:

  • Utah organizations that serve the LGBTQ community
  • Other impactful not-for-profits so that they can better serve the LGBTQ community
  • Organizations that improve the quality of life in Utah

The Committee

  • Jane Marquardt
  • Carol Gnade
  • Michelle Turpin
  • Jeffrey Mathis
  • Lauryn Hansen

Our Grantees and History

The LGBTQ Community Fund got its start in 2012 with a $50,000 challenge grant to help establish a transitional home for young men living on the street, 40% or more of whom identify as gay or transgender. In 2013, the fund committee formalized a competitive grantmaking process, making $25,000 in grants to further the work of agencies across Utah working for equality. Read below for more details about our grants in 2014, 2015, and beyond.

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Contact us at 801-559-3005 or to learn more about the LGBTQ Community Fund.