Fund development strategies and public relations tools convey the organization’s values and priorities to its stakeholders and the broader public. Organizations can take leadership to communicate a commitment to LGBTQ access to funders and contextualize the concerns of LGBTQ communities within the organization’s broader purpose and current priorities.
Organizations may avoid bringing attention to their investments in LGBTQ access due to perceived financial risks or community backlash. Yet human service organizations occupy a meaningful social position from which to frame and amplify the concerns of LGBTQ communities within the organization’s mission. An organizational self-assessment might evaluate and overcome perceived risks, analyze equity in funding strategies and priorities, and identify opportunities in communications and fund development to increase access for LGBTQ communities.