Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Fund
Aspen Gay Ski Week is our main fundraising event each year, and the proceeds from the event are donated to organizations that make a difference in the LGBTQ community here in Colorado and around the nation. This year, due to your overwhelming generosity, the Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Fund was able to give out over $35,000 in cash grants to local and national organizations. We also partner with many organizations with in-kind donations and cross-promotions that strive to fulfill our mission. Please email kevin[a]aspenout to request information on how to apply for a grant.
The Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Fund supports the following organizations:
One Colorado is a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to securing and protecting equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Coloradans and their families. We work toward that goal by effectively advocating for LGBT Coloradans and their families and by lobbying the General Assembly, executive branch, and local governments on issues like safe schools, relationship recognition, and LGBT health and human services. Our vision is a fair and just Colorado. www.one-colorado.org
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone. They will not turn any one away who asks for help and promise to create a safe space, through their helpline and online, for LGBTQ youth. They promise to deliver their message of suicide prevention in schools throughout the country and promise to be pioneers in reaching out to youth in crisis. www.thetrevorproject.org
Human Rights Campaign
As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality. Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues. www.hrc.org
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)
GLSEN Colorado is a local chapter of the national Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) whose mission is to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Currently, GLSEN has registered more than 4,000 GSAs, has approximately 40 full time staff, a governing board of 20 members and two advisory committees at the national level. GLSEN programs include: the National Day of Silence, No Name Calling Week; and ThinkB4YouSpeak, a web site launched in conjunction with the Ad Council campaign to fight anti-LGBT language. www.glsen.org
Point Foundation empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential—despite the obstacles often put before them—to make a significant impact on society. Point promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development and community service training, and provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend the nation’s foremost higher educational institutions. www.pointfoundation.org
TEACH – Teachers Empowering Agents of Change
TEACH is a diversity training group located in the Roaring Fork Valley that was founded by a group of 15 staff members from the Roaring Fork School District. Their mission is to empower youth to become leaders in their schools and agents of change in a global world to eradicate societies -isms in local communities. TEACH accomplishes this mission by educating adult Diversity Trainers who then train students in local schools through seminars that get them more involved in school and community activities that promote diversity. Bryan Gonzales, RFGLCF’s Program Director, recently became a Diversity Trainer and will continue to train area youth during the upcoming year. www.rfteach.com
RFGLCF will be supporting several other groups that have applied for funding, including:
Trevor Project – $2,000
Gforce – $3,500
Point Foundation – $5,000
WestCap – $1,000
Gender Identity Center – $2,000
TEACH – $7,000
GSA, Basalt High School – $2,000
GSA, Roaring Fork High School Carbondale- $2,000
GSA, Glenwood Springs High School – $2,000
GSA, Aspen High School – $2,000
Transgender Legal Fund – $1,500
You Can Play, Inc. – $3,500
One Colorado – $3,500
Apply to become a Beneficiary
Those interested in applying to become a beneficiary of the RFGLCF must complete a proposal outlining their organization, the amount of funding being sought, a brochure, fact sheet, or website on the organization or project, and a simple operating budget. RFGLCF does not fund agencies, projects, or organizations that do work outside of Colorado unless they have a national scope.
To send your application by mail:
Please submit the information outlined above to: Roaring Fork Gay & Lesbian Community Fund, Attn: Beneficiary Request, PO Box 3143, Aspen CO 81612.
2016 Aspen Gay Ski Week Caribou Club Benefit
The Tyler Clementi Foundation will be our beneficiary of the Caribou Club Event on Wednesday, January 20th at 9:00pm $40 donation at the door, only Patron Passes will be honored for this event.
The Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF), guided by the life and story of Tyler Clementi, a young man who took his life in 2010 shortly after being cyberbullied by his roommate due to his sexuality, works to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces and faith communities. We promote safe, inclusive and respectful social environments in homes, schools, campuses, churches and the digital world for vulnerable youth, LGBT youth and their allies.
Our theory of change is that progress can be made through education, advocacy and research. Our programs, like our free #Day1 campaign, are a mixture of prevention, remediation, and larger systemic change intended to help create a world that embraces all members of society with human dignity and unconditional love regardless of sexual orientation or differences, real or perceived.
The Tyler Clementi Foundation
104 West 29th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001