A more equitable Rhode Island

When in 2002, the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership offered a 2:1 challenge grant to efforts to support LGBTQ communities, the Rhode Island Foundation was the first of 32 grantees to meet its match, raising more than $200,000. These contributions seeded the

Equity Action Fund, a permanent endowment at the Foundation that has to date distributed more than $750,000 to organizations and efforts that serve LGBTQ communities and advance public policy reform. 

In 2004, Equity Action published the landmark study, Meet the Neighbors, which provided the first-ever portrait of Rhode Island’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents. This report highlighted not only the many ways in which the LGBTQ community resembles the state as a whole – in terms of demographics, racial and ethnic backgrounds, age, relationship status, and areas of work – but also the ways in which their identities make them vulnerable to discrimination and harassment. Meet the Neighbors provided a clear and compelling call to advance the equitable treatment of our state’s LGBTQ residents and served as the basis for Equity Action’s subsequent grantmaking.  

In addition to its grant investments, Equity Action works to raise the visibility of the emotional, social, and educational needs of our LGBTQ communities. By convening donors and community members, we work to support a philanthropic community around these vital issues. As a permanent endowment fund, Equity Action continues to grow in perpetuity, supporting the welfare of the LGBTQ communities for generations to come.  

We are indebted to the efforts of the diverse, dedicated civic leaders and community volunteers who have served as advisory council members to Equity Action over the years, and we have been proud to lead this effort to promote a more just and equitable Rhode Island. 


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