The Gill Foundation is one of the largest private funders of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equal rights work in the United States. The foundation's mission is "to secure equal opportunity for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation and gender expression.[1][2]

Based in Denver, Colorado, the foundation has three board members: Tim Gill, Urvashi Vaid, and John Barabino.[3]


The Gill Foundation was founded by Tim Gill in 1994, two years after the passage of Amendment 2, a Colorado ballot initiative denying lesbians and gay men equal protection under the law. Through 2011, the foundation had granted more than $220 million to nonprofits sharing its commitment to full equality.[4]

In 2004, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the largest association of charitable fundraisers in the world, honored the Gill Foundation with its 2004 Outstanding Foundation award.[5]


The Gill Foundation is most known for its support of nonprofit organizations across the country working to bring about equality for LGBT people. Beyond its grant making, the foundation also has been recognized for its OutGiving program, through which the foundation seeks to build a larger base of philanthropists giving strategically in support of LGBT equality. In recognition of the OutGiving program, Liberty Hill Foundation honored Tim Gill with its Upton Sinclair Award in 2011 "for his vision, passion and leadership in helping to create and continuing to inspire the modern day LGBTQ donor movement." [6]

The Gill Foundation invests a significant portion of its funding in its home state of Colorado, supporting nonprofits working to improve the quality of life for all Colorado residents. In 2010, $3.7 million out of $11.8 million in grants were to Colorado organizations. The foundation is particularly well known in Colorado for its Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado program. The Gay & Lesbian Fund's $1 million challenge grant in 2005 to the Mile High chapter of American Red Cross was one of the largest single donations in the country for Hurricane Katrina disaster relief.

The foundation announced in late 2011 that it would re-evaluate the future direction of the Gay & Lesbian Fund, although it remains committed to its Colorado programs.[7]


  • Tim Sweeney, President & CEO (In September 2012, he announced that he will be stepping down before the end of 2013.[8])
  • Lauren Arnold, Chief of Staff
  • Katherine Peck, Senior Vice President of Programs
  • Bobby Clark, Vice President, Marketing and Communications
  • Lance King, Vice President, Donor Resources

See also


  1. Caroline Preston. Grant Making to Gay Causes Exceeds $750-Million. Retrieved on 22 Feb 2012.
  2. Shannon Donnelly. Report: Arcus Foundation tops list of donors to gay causes. Retrieved on 6 Mar 2012.
  3. Board Members. Gill Foundation. Retrieved on February 9, 2013.
  4. Center for Effective Philanthropy. The Gill Foundation: Taking A Strategic Approach To Philanthropy. Retrieved on 2007.
  5. Allison McGee Johnson. Foundation Management: Getting the Most Out of Giving. Retrieved on june 2004.
  6. Anastasia Ustinova. Philanthropists ensure gay community's future. Retrieved on 31 Mar 2008.
  7. Karen Auge. Gill Foundation to re-evaluate Gay & Lesbian Fund's grant-giving. Retrieved on 14 Oct. 2011.
  8. Sweeney stepping down as CEO of Gill Foundation. Biz Journals. Retrieved on 15 April 2013.

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