The National Gay
and Lesbian Task Force Foundation announced Wednesday
that it has been awarded a combined gift of $3 million over
three years from the Arcus Foundation and its founder
and president, Jon Stryker.
"This combined award of $3 million by Mr.
Stryker and the Arcus Foundation will make a huge
difference to the LGBT movement at the state and local
level," said Matt Foreman, executive director of the Task
Force. "Not only is it the largest award ever made to the
Task Force in our 33-year history, it is the largest
known gift ever given directly to support
movement-building and advocacy in the 50-plus-year history
of the modern LGBT rights movement."
The contribution comes at a crucial time as LGBT
Amercians are facing a tough wave of ballot
initiatives, constitutional amendments, and other
measures seeking to deny equal rights to LGBT people and
their families at the state, local, and national level.
The award consists of a three-year grant for
2006-2008, of which $1 million reflects an
individual contribution from Jon Stryker and $2
million is from the Arcus Foundation. The award will be used
to train leaders, organize local communities,
strengthen coalitions between LGBT and nongay allies,
build the capacity of statewide LGBT organizations,
and strengthen the Task Force's own capacity. (Advocate.com)