Community Foundation’s HOPE Fund awards $25,000 grant to Affirmations

BTL Staff
By | 2018-01-16T07:26:08-04:00 July 21st, 2005|News|

DETROIT – The Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan has announced a grant of $25,000 from the Foundation’s HOPE Fund to Affirmations Lesbian/Gay Community Center in Ferndale. The grant will enable Affirmations to hire a special events coordinator to support the marketing and fund-raising activities of the organization. Special events programming has become an important source of revenue to fund the growing range of services Affirmations provides to the LGBT community.
“Our fundraising events have grown tremendously for the last several years, and now make up nearly 20% of our operating budget, said Leslie Thompson, Affirmations’ executive director, “and this grant gives us the capacity to keep that going.”
The HOPE Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan exists to strengthen and empower organizations that serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, by supporting important charitable activities in southeast Michigan and by encouraging individuals to consider what they can do with their personal philanthropy.
The Fund works to increase the capacity and strength of nonprofit organizations serving the lesbian and gay community, awareness of and positive responses to their needs, and available services. Since its inception in 1994, nearly $900,000 in grants have been made through the Foundation’s HOPE Fund. The HOPE Fund also helps people carry out their charitable wishes to benefit the LGBT community.

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