|Q&A: The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation|
Q: What is the SDHDF?The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation is the only local foundation solely dedicated to benefiting the LGBT community. We fund programs and projects that promote equality, tolerance, health/wellness, well-being, and human dignity. We work to strengthen other LGBT organizations and their leadership. We nurture philanthropic giving to support our LGBT community and to address our important community issues.
Q: What are the Foundation’s goals?
Primary goals of the Foundation include:
Q: What is the need for the Foundation?
Having a vibrant LGBT community foundation is one of the most important ways to meet our local needs, to build our community’s capacity to help itself, and to improve the quality of life for all members of our LGBT community.
The Foundation focuses on the needs of the local LGBT community and helps to educate donors about the most effective use of their charitable contributions. The Foundation gives guidance to donors about these community needs and about the organizations best aimed at meeting those needs.
Q: What is the Foundation’s history?The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation was established in 1996 for the benefit of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual community. A general endowment fund to benefit our community was created with a “seed” gift provided through the generosity of the family of the late Lincoln Aston. Since that time many other community members have stepped up to help the endowment fund to grow and to allow the Foundation to expand its vision for the community.
Q: What does the Foundation do?Since our 1996 founding, some of our accomplishments include:
Q: Why should I get involved with the Foundation?Every responsible member of our San Diego LGBT community looks for opportunities to help our community meet its needs and to face the challenges before us. There are many worthy organizations established to meet specific goals within our community and we encourage you to also contribute to them as you see fit. The Foundation’s own philosophy takes a “bigger picture” approach to the San Diego LGBT community and its ever-evolving priorities. We look at our community as a whole, evaluate where the current best use of community funds should be directed, and distribute funds, as available, to those organizations.
Q: What are some ways that I can help the Foundation?
The Foundation gratefully accepts donations that are:
Volunteers from the community can donate their time and expertise to the Foundation by joining the Board of Directors or pitching in to assist with special projects/initiatives.
Community members also donate by participating in various fund-raisers sponsored by the Foundation.
As with any effective community organization, the Foundation greatly benefits from growing its reputation within the community. The more familiar you are with the Foundation, its goals, and its accomplishments, the more likely you are to become an informal “ambassador” to spread the word about the Foundation among your friends and other contact.
Please learn more about us. You can find out more about us from our website/Facebook page or from LGBT community leaders then encourage your friends to do the same.
San Diego Human Dignity Foundation Announces New Grant Programs!
The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation’s board of directors is proud to announce the star of two new grant opportunites to benefit San Diego's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community starting this year. In one program SDHDF will designate up to $50,000 to match qualifying donations to participating LGBT non-profit organizations for the time period of July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. Certian qualifying restrictions will apply. In the second program, the SDHDF Board of Directors has designated up to $100,000 from its general endowment to be expended in a direct grant program for the upcoming year. Grants of up to $10,000 may be awarded to qualifying organizations that deliver strong programs and services to the LGBT community.
Click here to read more about our new grant programs!