We are leaders advocates allies bold determined

Investing in bold leaders & thriving LGBTQIA communities for over 30 years

PFund Foundation was started in 1987 in response to the AIDS crisis; as people in the LGBTQ community experienced isolation, stigma and ignorance, our community came together to provide for itself and ensure such obstacles could be confronted.

We recognize that eradicating homophobia and transphobia is work that requires significant courage, energy, tenacity and resources. As the regional LGBTQ grantmaker in the upper Midwest, PFund Foundation inspires donors and catalyzes communities to invest in lasting change.

PFund Foundation is proud to support LGBTQ and allied activists, organizers, practitioners, artists, educators and communities. We invest in LGBTQ people across the lifespan in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Partners in Philanthropy

Driven by mission, vision & values

Mission

PFund Foundation is a catalyst in building communities in Minnesota and the upper Midwest where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are celebrated and live free from discrimination, violence, invisibility and isolation.

Elevated Priorities

PFund Foundation is committed to investing across all LGBTQ communities, recognizing that our communities are not homogenous but intersectional and recognizing that the LGBTQ movement as a whole is under resourced.

Vision

PFund Foundation is a vital resource and community builder for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied communities by providing grants and scholarships, developing leaders and inspiring giving

A clear voice for the underrepresented

  • The LGBTQIA Population at large

    From every walk of life

    For over 30 years, we’ve been a resource to the LGBTQ community.  As we look to the future, we realize that it will take the efforts of our diverse communities and their allies to continually strive for meaningful inclusion.

  • Indigenous, Black, and People of Color; Undocumented, First Generation, Immigrants, and New Americans

    LGBTQ People of Color

    Anti-LGBTQ discrimination coupled with institutionalized racism has resulted in LGBTQ indigenous, black, people of color, undocumented, first generation immigrants, and new Americans experiencing oppression, systemic barriers and some of the highest disparities within and beyond the LGBTQ community.

  • Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming Communities

    Underrepresented Communities

    Violence, discrimination, suicide, and stigma in transgender communities remain at alarming rates. Research and studies show that transgender and gender non-conforming communities are four times more likely to live in extreme poverty.  More than one in four transgender adults have lost at least one job due to anti-trans bias, and 90% of transgender adults report experiencing workplace discrimination.

  • LGBTQ North Dakotans and South Dakotans

    Starting in the Midwest

    North Dakota and South Dakota have extremely discriminatory policies toward LGBTQ people and communities. Legislation does not provide protections against discrimination in employment, housing, healthcare, and adoption based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

Programming to fund & support strong LGBTQIA leaders

2020 / 2021 Programming

Better Outcomes Initiative

The Better OUTcomes Initiative is a multi-year philanthropic movement to increase funding to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, Two-Spirit and allied people and groups as well as strengthen better philanthropic practices for grantmakers.

Emergent Leaders Series

For decades, Pfund Foundation has awarded scholarship grants to recipients are building communities where LGBTQIA people are celebrated and live free from discrimination, violence, invisibility and isolation.  Our new Emerging Leaders series prepares awardees to meet the leadership & administrative challenges, that come with running a successful organization.

Custom Learning Solutions

PFund Foundation is proud to offer a full range of diversity, equity, and inclusion training courses to meet the needs of your organization or business.

These offerings support the education and development of your staff, board, and constituents to increase their LGBTQIA, racial and socio-economic awareness and competency.

Grant-making designed to empower leaders from all walks of life

As the upper Midwest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied regional community foundation, PFund Foundation recognizes that dedicated, connected and supported generations of LGBTQIA leaders are central to the resilience and health of our communities. Our grant recipients embody courage, resilience and commitment to catalyzing and building communities where LGBTQIA people are celebrated and live free from discrimination, violence, invisibility and isolation.

We award grants to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and allied individuals for their commitment to leadership within their communities. PFund Foundation’s individual grants range from $1,000 to $10,000.

  • Academic Programs

  • Non-scholastic leadership development opportunities

  • Life expenses

A community of advocates & allies

Pfund Foundation has a strong belief that the entire spectrum of LGBTQ voices be represented.  It is the reason we provide support and scholarships to both those whose voices are being heard as well as to those who have traditionally been absent from our narrative.

Pfund’s Dynamic & Diverse Team

Staff

Our team is committed to advancing the needs of the LGBTQIA Community.  Whether you are looking for research & resources, scholarships to take your LGBT organization to the next level, or want to know how you can responsibly fund initiatives – Get in touch with us.

Between our staff and board of directors, we have a wide range of expertise and experience developing and executing programming.

A. Charlene Leach

A. Charlene Leach

Executive Director
Aaron Zimmerman

Aaron Zimmerman

Development Director

Board of Directors

Lois Carlson

Lois Carlson

Board President
Tito Catuncan, MSW

Tito Catuncan, MSW

Co-Secretary
Dr. George Hoagland

Dr. George Hoagland

Co-Secretary
Ralph Wyman

Ralph Wyman

Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Kay Waggoner-Johnson

Kay Waggoner-Johnson

Board of Directors
 Scott Cabalka

Scott Cabalka

Board of Directors
Jacob Maxon

Jacob Maxon

Board of Directors

Learn more about our team

Help us Make a Difference

  • Gift by Phone

    Call us at 612-870-1806 or 1-800-435-1402 and make a donation by phone using your debit or credit card.

  • Gift by Mail

    Send your donation by mail to: PFund Foundation 2801 21st Avenue South, Suite 132B, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

  • Donate at your workplace

    Give through payroll deductions at your workplace through Community Shares of Minnesota, United Way or your employer giving program. Designate your gift by selecting or writing in PFund Foundation.

Research & Resources

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Source: Movement Advancement Project 2015 Snapshot: LGBT Equality by State

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