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LGBT grants


Funding is a serious challenge for many of the region's nonprofit organizations. But Rochester's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community got a boost recently from an organization that, in a unique twist, comes from the LGBT community. | For the first time, the LGBT Giving Circle of the Rochester Area Community Foundation provided grants to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of the LGBT community. Five organizations — Image Out, Rochester Gay Men's Chorus, Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Women's Studies, Temple Sinai, and Volunteer Legal Services of Monroe County — received grants totaling nearly $9,000. | The Community Foundation has been providing grants to the LGBT community for years, says Executive Director Jennifer Leonard. But the Giving Circle, which was created last year, gives the LGBT community the ability to pool resources with other members of the community, she says. The Giving Circle is a powerful tool, she says, that can grow annually. | The LGBT Giving Circle has about 50 members, and the organization's goal is to help nonprofits working to highlight diversity and strengthen the LGBT community. LGBT giving circles have been created in cities throughout the country.