Operationalizing Your Equity Aspirations:

A Practitioner’s Guide

February 7, 2022

We’re living in a pivotal moment. The next wave of social innovators is ready to address the issues impacting our queer and trans communities of color.

As we all work together to find new solutions, decisions must be rooted in evidence and guided by the experiences of those most affected. Collecting and sharing data that demonstrates both the needs and potential of our communities is key to creating successful, sustainable change.

We are here to help you navigate this new way forwardmake that argument, win that grant, design that new initiative, assemble that dynamic teamby using the nuggets in this report.

81 Reasons…

We created this report, “81 Reasons You Are Missing Out on the Next Big Thing” to highlight the need for early, robust, and consistent investment in QTPOC-led organizations—not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it makes our organizations and leaders more innovative, effective, and responsive to the needs of our communities.

The time is now to re-think how decisions are made and who is making them. Current philanthropic systems can be repaired or replaced with new frameworks for investing in a more equitable future. Models for trust- and justice-based philanthropy exist and showcase what we can become together.

We know it can be difficult to find resources that understand the intersections of queerness, racial justice, and sexual orientation in philanthropy and social impact. This report is just one step in a longer and grander process of creating shared understanding around these issues. Without access to quality information, without data and stories that illustrate the interconnectedness of our many struggles, we cannot have meaningful conversations that actually change the way things are.

Read It, Share It, Use It

We invite you to use this report to build a shared language around sustainable, meaningful growth.

  • Use this report to expand your knowledge and inform your decisions.
  • Engage with your peers, your staff, your partner organizations on these vital issues.
  • Ask questions about the ways your organization is, or isn’t, acting with intentionality around these issues.
  • Bring these conversations into your meetings, initiatives, and events.
  • Share these reasons with funders who are looking to extend and elevate the impact of their investments.

This report is a starting point and an evolving resource for sharing what’s working—and what isn’t.

Nurturing the Next Big Thing

As you read this report, we hope that it inspires you, that it sparks your imagination, and moves you to act to build what is possible when we truly connect with one another.

With your support, Maven is committed to creating resources like this to propel us forward together – resources that translate the lessons we learn from our communities into actionable steps for achieving a brighter future for all of us.

Your donations help us continue to build bridges, offer tools, and create opportunities to deepen our collective impact.

Imagine what new and wonderful systems will emerge when we work together, give what we can, and share our resources with those who need them most.

Donate today so we can continue to create meaningful ways to make a real and lasting difference in our communities.

Whether you are just starting your equity journey or are an experienced practitioner, our hope is that this report provides you with the “receipts” you need to make the case for more robust, consistent, and early investing in QTPOC-led organizations.

Read the Report