Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund

The vision of the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund is to cultivate one community with the belief that all people should be treated with dignity and respect with a mission to fund organizations that support the LGBTQ community through the pooled financial resources of individuals, corporations and foundations.

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.  

9th Annual Happening!

The 9thAnnual Happening! – the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund's signature luncheon that brings together hundreds to raise awareness and showcase our 2016 grant recipients - was a great success! Thank you to our sponsors, table hosts and over 650 attendees.  If you were unable to attend and would like to make a donation to the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund, please click here.

We would like to thank our 2016 Equality Presenting Sponsor, Wells Fargo.


2016 Grants

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. In 2016, the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund awarded $134,000 to support Charlotte-area organizations serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and its community partners. For a list of 2016 grants, please click on the grant program 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


Steve Bentley, Chair
Jeremy Carter, Vice Chair
Tim Bice, Treasurer
Lee Knight Caffery, Secretary
Peter Barr
Pete Bonneau
Lynn Davidson
Liz Fitzgerald
Lisa Gergely
Jeremy Hall
Tonya Jameson
Linda Lawyer
Josh Lemke
Jolie Long
Lisa Macdonald
Devlin McNeil
Michael Rodriguez
Shelly Schoenfeld
Judy Seldin-Cohen
Ron Vereen

For more information contact:

David Snider
Vice President
Community Programs & Civic Leadership