When Marissa Guerrero came out to her family as a young adult, she was met with "wholehearted acceptance from the very beginning."
Knowing that her coming-out story differs dramatically from the experiences of many young people, Marissa was inspired to help create a world where all LGBTQ youths have the same opportunity to thrive in safe and accepting homes and schools.
Marissa, a seasoned nonprofit development professional, wanted to learn more about philanthropy and to engage with giving more personally. So when a friend told her about Horizons Young Professionals for Equality (HYPE), she decided to learn more.
HYPE members contribute monthly and pool their gifts to make grants to nonprofits serving the LGBTQ community. Through HYPE, Marissa has enjoyed supporting organizations like Somos Familia and LYRIC, which put youth and family support at the core of their missions.
Although Marissa joined HYPE for its philanthropic mission, she stays "for the community" and now serves as its co-chair. She has been impressed by what this small group has been able to accomplish, and describes HYPE as "a close-knit group, having fun, doing good work, and fostering new leaders."
Marissa also recognizes how valuable HYPE's connection to Horizons is.
"It's so beneficial to be part of Horizons' long history of giving to our community and supporting the LGBTQ movement," she says. "Following in the footsteps of donors who are committed to our community and movement makes our work so much easier."
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