The LGBTQ community has made tremendous progress. We have much to be proud of - but our work for the equality, dignity, and well-being of all LGBTQ people remains far from finished. Together we have a historic opportunity to generate unprecedented financial resources through bequests and other legacy gifts. These resources will enable us to meet the needs, secure the rights, and celebrate the lives of LGBTQ people forever.
Legacy giving builds on our community’s momentum by strengthening the financial capacity our community requires to safeguard our gains and translate legal equality into lived equality — for all of us.
Together we can:
- Help ensure our young people can thrive in safe and supportive homes and schools
- Help to provide for our elders so they can age with dignity and in community
- Help those who need us most
We’ll do all this by helping guarantee that organizations serving LGBTQ people have the resources critical to addressing today’s needs and those the future will bring — and that none of us can foresee.
Our community’s opportunity in legacy giving is at its peak right now. Today. The Stonewall Generation — those who marched with Harvey Milk, endured the epidemic and built a community against the steepest of odds — are now considering what their legacies might be. When added to the fact that two-thirds of LGBTQ people do not have children – frequently the largest beneficiaries of their parents’ estates – we begin to see how significant this opportunity can be.
As the world’s first LGBTQ community foundation, Horizons has built a 34-year track record of innovation, accomplishment, growth, and stewardship. Our history, our experience, and our partners have made all the difference. Today, we are uniquely positioned to lead a bold effort — making the most of our community’s extraordinary opportunity in legacy gifts
We put resources to work. To date, Horizons has made more than $30 million in high-impact grants. We support both established organizations and emerging nonprofits, often bellwethers of emerging needs. We are careful investors, too: the foundation’s assets now exceed $20 million and our LGBTQ Community Endowment Fund already generates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in grants.