Generosity is core to the ethos of all that PFund Foundation is. As the only LGBTQIA community foundation representing the vast region of the upper Midwest, we are committed to further instilling generosity through our work in support of our communities.
In 1987, four friends saw a serious gap in generosity for those most in need—those early LGBTQIA folks contracting HIV/AIDS—and they gave generously to create a fund by and for LGBTQIA people in the community.
This strategic plan reflects that legacy of generosity, and will be guiding the organization through the next three years. At the center of this plan is a set of goals that outline how PFund Foundation can be more generous to those in the community that need resources and connection.
We have taken feedback from the community and have built a framework of three goals that will inform our programming and direction: Increase Capacity, Underscore Impact, and Communicate Results.
In the following plan, we will outline how we collected information, filtered it through our values, mission, and elevated priorities, and determined these goals. Lastly, we are implementing performance indicators that hold us to our word and demonstrate our impact in the next three years.
When PFund Foundation’s Board of Directors and Staff initially began drafting our strategic priorities, with the support of the Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundation, we were facing very different circumstances than we are in 2020. We have had to show up for communities in different ways with different priorities. However, we have seen the resilience of our communities in this time of uncertainty. This plan has become the guidepost through the fray and holds us accountable to our partners, our constituents, and our communities.
The degree of safety, prosperity, and empowerment experienced by LGBTQIA communities in the upper Midwest varies greatly across the region and across identity. Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin each face a set of challenges as unique as the communities that inhabit them. The needs of those in Minot often vary greatly from those in Madison versus those in Minneapolis.
We recognize that the work of eradicating homophobia and transphobia requires significant courage, energy, tenacity and resources. As the regional LGBTQIA grant-maker in the upper Midwest, PFund Foundation inspires donors and catalyzes communities to invest in lasting change.
PFund Foundation is proud to support LGBTQIA activists, organizers, practitioners, artists, educators and communities. We invest in LGBTQIA people across the lifespan in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Going forward, the organization is at a critical point as it seeks to grow and expand scope, increase impact and establish stronger positioning as a regional community leader via new areas of partnerships, new initiatives and networks of influence. And we are thrilled to be partnering with you!