San Diego Pride donates over $170,000 to LGBTQ-serving nonprofits

2018 Pride Grant Recipient – Breakthrough Workshop Theatre

Due to the unprecedented attendance and resulting financial success at the 2018 Pride events, San Diego Pride is pleased to announce that their 2018 charitable giving will exceed $170,000. The donations will be distributed to 59 LGBTQ-serving organizations, both locally and internationally based.

Each year Pride works to return proceeds from the annual Pride weekend to the LGBTQ community. Since 1994, San Diego Pride’s community contributions have well exceeded 2.7 million dollars. Funds have been distributed to dozens of organizations through Pride Community Grants, sponsorships and event support.

“San Diego Pride, its events and year-round programming are made possible by our over 30 LGBTQ-serving nonprofit community partners, 87 sponsors, 5,600 volunteer shifts, 22,000 volunteers hours, 45,000 Festival attendees, and 250,000 Parade attendees,” said San Diego Pride Executive Director Fernando López. “It is this collective effort that builds on the legacy of those who came before us that makes this level of philanthropy possible.”

In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Pride committee members worked diligently to re-envision a model of Pride, from ad-hoc committees to a professional organization that was able to turn a profit from our events and use those funds to reinvest in our community. Folks like Christine Kehoe, Neil Good, Tim Williams, Barbra Blake, Joseph Mayer, and more wanted to ensure that the legacy of Pride was one that helps to build the capacity of the community beyond the weekend events. These pioneers of the movement knew that the resistance could look like philanthropy.

“Our giving will have a tangible impact on projects locally, nationally, and globally that support and sustain LGBTQ communities in a myriad of ways,” said San Diego Pride’s Director of Philanthropy Sarafina Scapicchio. “This year’s grants will help create new LGBTQ youth programs, feed and house people living with HIV, fund multiple LGBTQ-focused performing arts projects, provide legal support for LGBTQ victims of sex trafficking, scholarships for transgender students, emergency housing for homeless LGBTQ people, and so much more.”

The Pride grants annually help fund LGBTQ youth programs, sobriety services, LGBTQ arts and culture, queer communities of color, programs that support our transgender community, LGBTQ health and human services, and many more vital resources that our LGBTQ community relies on and enjoys.

The 2018 Grant recipients are:
Accra Pride, Associação de Educação do Homem de Amanhã de Brasília, Being Alive San Diego, Blindspot Collective, Breakthrough Workshop Theatre, Casa Ruby, Inc., Center for Community Counseling and Engagement, Courage Initiative, LTD., DETOUR, Diversionary Theatre Productions, Family Health Centers of San Diego, Francis Parker Gender-Sexuality Alliance, Fraternity House, Inc., Free to Thrive, Gay Men’s Spiritual Retreat, Gender Diversity, GLSEN San Diego, GSDBA Charitable Foundation, Imperial Court de San Diego, Imperial Valley College LGBTQ+ Club, Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center, Interfaith Shelter Network of San Diego, InterPride, Lambda Archives of San Diego, LGBT&Allies Employee Resource Group, Live & Let Live Alano Club, Mama’s Kitchen, Media Arts Center San Diego, MOXIE Theatre, North County LGBTQ Resource Center, Pacific Arts Movement, Pakistan Track-T Trans Pride, PFLAG San Diego County, POZabilities, Pride United, Quatrefoil Library, RISE San Diego, San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition, San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, San Diego Transgender Day of Empowerment, San Diego Unified Council of PTAs, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego Women’s Chorus, SEED Malaysia, Single Step Foundation, Sobriety on the Sand, South Bay Alliance Association, Inc., Special Delivery San Diego, Stepping Stone of San Diego, Stonewall Citizens’ Patrol, Strength for the Journey, The Pride Center – San Diego State University, The Recovery Ride, The T Project Singapore, The T Spot, Townspeople, TransFamily Support Services, and USD Pride.

2018 Pride Grant Recipient – Casa Ruby


About San Diego Pride

San Diego Pride raises funds primarily through festival ticket and beverage sales, and through sponsorships, and exhibitor fees. These funds support San Diego Pride’s community philanthropy which has distributed more than $2.5 million in advancement of its mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally.