CCT LGBT Fund Grant

CHICAGO BLACK GAY MEN’S CAUCUS RECEIVES GRANT FROM THE CHICAGO COMMUNITY TRUST

(CHICAGO – September 30, 2015) Today, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus (The Caucus) is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of the inaugural recipients of the LGBT Community Fund’s (The LGBT fund) IMPACT grant, by the Chicago Community Trust (The Trust).

“We are excited to be one of the first organizations to receive this prestigious grant,” said Erik Glenn, executive director of The Caucus. “This grant will support our strategic planning initiatives so that we are able to connect greater numbers of Black gay, bisexual, and same gender loving men to accessible health services.

The Caucus was established in 2005 by local Black gay community organizers in response to the National Association of States and Territories’ AIDS Directors’ “Call to Action” report on HIV and African-Americans. Together with the Chicago Department of Public Health’s HIV/STI Prevention and Care Unit, they established a community-wide task force to address the alarming rate of HIV/STI infections occurring among Black men who have sex with men (MSM).

Today, The Caucus mobilizes and empowers Black gay and bisexual men to prevent new HIV infections and ensure greater sexual health outcomes for the broader community. Through creative and collaborative programming, The Caucus promotes HIV testing/care, routine mental and physical health screenings, and risk reduction practices.

The LGBT Fund, a donor-advised fund at the Trust, is solely responsible for its own fundraising. Fifteen Steering Committee members have raised over $900,000 in the last three years in partial fulfillment of a $1 million challenge grant established by the Trust. Unlike traditional fundraising campaigns, the LGBT Fund is using a one of a kind venture capital fundraising model. While the Fund continues to fundraise, it is committed to providing financial support to Chicago-based organizations that provide important services to the LGBT community.

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