Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund

The mission of the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund is to cultivate one community that supports lesbian and gay individuals and families, with the belief that all people should be treated with equal respect and dignity in all facets of the community.

The Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund (the Fund) was created to positively impact the underfunding of nonprofit organizations serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The Fund award grants to organizations that support the LGBT community, as well as bridge building initiatives that seek to cultivate alliances and support with the non-gay community in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

The Fund is a collective giving fund and endowment initiative of Foundation For The Carolinas, and contributions are tax deductible. Click here to donate to the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund.  

8th Annual Happening!

Please join us on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 for the 8thAnnual Happening! – a luncheon to raise awareness of the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund and showcase the work or our 2015 grant recipients. Thank you to our sponsors and table hosts.

Online registration for the 8th Annual Happening! is closed. To purchase tickets, please email 

We would like to thank our 2015 Equality Presenting Sponsors, PNC and Wells Fargo.  



2015 Grant Cycle

The 2015 Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund (CLGF) grant cycle is now closed.  Thank you to the CLGF Stakeholders who made this funding possible with their generous gifts and thank you to the organizations that applied for funding.  Please check back for a list of grant recipients.


2014 Grants

In 2014, the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund granted more than $100,000 to support Charlotte-area organizations serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and its community partners. For a complete list of 2014 grants, please click on the grant program name below.

Thank you to the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund Stakeholders whose gifts make these grants possible.


More Information

Please visit the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund at for more information about the Happening! and other upcoming programs and events in the LGBT Community. 



In the News

Equality Award Recipients Announced for the 2015 HRC North Carolina Gala
January 6, 2015

Local Philanthropy Supports LGBT Organizations
November 28, 2009

Lesbian and Gay Fund
Gets Gift

Philanthropy Journal
October 22, 2009

Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund receives $100,000 matching grant
October 7, 2009

Lesbian and Gay Initiative Looks to Increase Funding
Charlotte Business Journal
June 13, 2008

Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund Board of Advisors


Jeremiah Nelson, Chair
Jenni Gaisbauer, Immediate Past Chair
Steve Bentley, Vice Chair
Tim Bice, Treasurer
Lee Knight Caffery, Secretary
Kathy Barr
Barbara Bernier
Jeremy Carter
Mike Davis
Gina Esquivel
Lisa Gergely
Jeremy Hall
Tonya Jameson
Linda Lawyer
Josh Lemke
Darryl Logsdon
Todd Murphy
Tin Nguyen
Judy Seldin-Cohen

For more information contact:

David Snider
Vice President
Community Programs & Civic Leadership