San Diego Pride’s Community Grant Awardees

SAN DIEGO, CA (December 14, 2023) –  San Diego Pride continues its philanthropic legacy by awarding over $195,000 to forty different LGBTQ+-serving organizations across the globe. 

“San Diego Pride, our events, and year-round programming are made possible by our 70 LGBTQ-serving nonprofit community partners, 117 sponsors, 575 entertainers, 1,966 volunteers, 55,000 Festival attendees, and 350,000 Parade attendees,” says Jen LaBarbera, Interim Co-Executive Director. “Through our annual Pride Community Grant initiative, we provide a measure of financial support to organizations that are doing critical work across vastly different types of programming – arts and culture, sports, legal, health, advocacy, and leadership development – Pride Community Grants are not only a way of giving back to the LGBTQ+ community locally, nationally, and globally – but it’s also part of our legacy at San Diego Pride.”  

“We know that LGBTQ-serving organizations are chronically underfunded across the globe. Here in the US, LGBT-serving organizations receive less than 1% of all charitable giving. This is why San Diego Pride intentionally reinvests proceeds from our annual celebration to show the world that LGBTQ people can come together to support our own community’s health, well-being, and safety,” says Sarafina Scapicchio, Interim Co-Executive Director. “This year’s grants will fund vital LGBTQ-focused programming locally, nationally and globally for the most marginalized members of our community – from arts programming like concerts by the San Diego Women’s Chorus, to outreach services for HIV+ people in Mexico, to free lunches for for senior LGBTQ+ adults in Seattle, to housing for homeless transgender people in Malaysia. We are incredibly proud to be the most philanthropic pride celebration in the world.” 

San Diego Pride works to return proceeds from the annual Pride week to the LGBTQ community through philanthropic giving, sponsorships, and event support. Since 1994, community contributions have totaled over $3 million dollars. 

Learn more about our 2024 Pride Community Grantees here

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Joslyn Hatfield
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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.