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#OrlandoUnited: Responding to Tragedy

Mass Shooting in Orlando: Resources and Networks for Action

Southern California Grantmakers is committed to helping our members and the entire community connect to the networks and resources it needs to respond when tragedy strikes. We are reeling from the tragic news that a gunman in Orlando, Florida, opened fire at the Pulse nightclub leaving 49 people dead and over 50 injured according to preliminary reports. Southern California Grantmakers stands with those who are working to end all forms of violence, especially those directed at Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Genderqueer and all other people who stand with them. 

The complexity of this tragedy has raised important questions about safety, security and access to weapons in our country, it has highlighted the need for action to end gender- and race-based violence, it has demonstrated how pervasive xenophobia legitimizes hate and leads to scapegoating. This was clearly an attack on LGBTQ peoples’ freedom of expression and it brought with it a reminder that none of us leads a life of one identity. It reminded us of the complex ways that race, gender, sexual orientation and religion are at play for all of us. One actor perpetrated this particular instance of violence, but this type of violence is the result of systems that encourage us to see some people as more valuable than others.

We are left with questions about how to move forward, how to heal and how to support our membership in addressing these complexities. We invite our grantmaker community to reach out with questions, share your responses and let us know how SCG can play a role in supporting you as you move forward. We share our thoughts and prayers, but as many have said, those alone won’t be enough.  We remain committed to supporting grantmakers in creating a more prosperous and equitable society. In the coming weeks, we will continue to update this page as we learn more about ways to help.

Are you a funder taking action to help Orlando or to prevent the next tragedy? Let us know.



Learning Opportunity for Funders:

SCG is partnering with the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and Funders for LGBTQ Issues for the upcoming webinar, How TRANSformational is Your Work? on Tuesday, June 21.

Transgender people’s lives intersect with every issue – on education, health, poverty, civil rights, and beyond, transgender leaders have long fought for innovative solutions across the country. Yet few grant dollars support their efforts, to everyone’s detriment. In this interactive webinar, you’ll learn about more about transgender communities, their needs and how to better support diverse trans leaders on the frontlines of change. This conversation will feature Rye Young, Executive Director of Third Wave Fund; Kris Hayashi, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center; Nakisha Lewis, Senior Strategist for Safety at Ms. Foundation for Women; and Ryan Li Dahlstrom, consultant with Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ Trans Funding Working Group. Register now.

SCG, SDG, and NCG have coordinated this statewide emergency call for California Funders on Tuesday, June 21 at 3:00pm (PT). Register now.


  • Fatima Angeles, Vice President of Programs, The California Wellness Foundation
  • Michael Fleming, Executive Director, David Bohnett Foundation
  • William Ing, Program Manager, The California Endowment
  • Kevin Jennings, Executive Director, Arcus Foundation
  • Nina Vinik, Program Director for the Gun Violence Prevention Program, Joyce Foundation


Funder Networks Assembling Information and Resources to Respond:

Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Center for Disaster Philanthropy (Click here for the Disaster Philanthropy Playbook).

Florida Philanthropic Network



Possibilities for Donors Looking to Make Contributions:

Funds for the Victims of the Orlando Shooting:

Equality Florida (Florida Philanthropic Network has referred people to the website of Equality Florida, the main LGBTQ rights organization in the state, where you can find information and updates on this horrific situation.) Equality Florida has said that “We are working with a team of attorneys and experts, including the National Center for Victims of Crime, which deployed funds in both Chattanooga and Aurora, to ensure funds are distributed correctly.”

Central Florida Foundation announced this afternoon the creation of the Better Together Fund, Today, the Foundation and the City of Orlando agreed to pursue separate strategies to respond to the needs of the community. The Better Together Fund, provides a way to respond to the needs of Central Florida now and in the time ahead. This effort will take place through a transparent, accountable grant-making process addressing the following priorities: Nonprofits that are supporting the victims and families; the LGBTQ, Hispanic, faith and other affected communities;  underlying causes of this tragic event (not related to policy or advocacy); other needs we cannot anticipate until we face them.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and City of Orlando have announced the formation of the OneOrlando Fund. The distribution of the funds will be administered by the Central Florida Foundation. The purpose of the Fund is to provide a way to help respond to the needs of the community, now and in the time to come, after the effects of the Pulse nightclub tragedy. Press release here:

The Center, an LGBT advocacy group that is providing a crisis hotline (407-227-1446) and grief counselors for people in the Orlando area, also set up a GoFundMe page

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Central Florida is working to support the local queer community through counseling and support in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. To donate to the center’s efforts, visit here.

Muslims United for Victims of Pulse Shooting. American Muslim leaders called on members of their community who are fasting during the holy month of Ramadan to break their fast if needed in order to donate blood. And, Muslim community members in Florida have launched a fundrasing campaign to support the shooting victims and their families.

Our Fund Foundation, a community foundation whose mission is to support South Florida’s LGBTQ agencies, is collecting tax-deductible donations. 100% of the tax-deductible funds raised through Our Fund will be donated to the nonprofits in Orlando supporting survivors and victims' families and friends and their efforts to restore peace, joy and wellness to Orlando's LGBTQ community. To make a tax-deductible donation through Our Fund, visit

Governor Rick Scott announced the activation of the Florida Disaster Fund following yesterday’s terror attack in Orlando. The Florida Disaster Fund will help provide financial support to organizations that serve survivors, their families, and all those in need. To make a contribution, please visit

The Florida Philanthropic Network has asked that those interested in supporting victims and their families look into the Pulse Victims Fund



Ending Gun Violence:

Everytown for Gun Safety

Coalition to End Gun Violence

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

States United to Prevent Gun Violence

The California Wellness Foundation



LGBT / Latino Community:

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is helping to strengthen the local and global LGBT movement by mentoring and developing a new generation of LGBT leaders in strategic domestic and international communities.  And from Los Angeles to Sacramento to D.C. the Center is educating the public about LGBT issues, mobilizing constituents and working with political leaders to promote equality and justice for LGBT people.

Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization dedicated to creating a fair and just society.

Latino Equality Alliance -

Bienestar -

The Wall/Las Memorias -

Somos Familia Valle -

[email protected] Coalition -

Familia: TQLM -


Know of another resource we should add to this page?  Let us know.

Resources & News

Monday, June 27, 2016

Click below for an audio recording of the 6/22/2016 national teleconference for funders on the response to Orlando shooting.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Responding to the Tragic Shooting and Massacre in Orlando - What Can Funders Do?

This weekend, a gunman attacked an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando, leaving at least 100 victims, nearly all LGBTQ, Latino/a, and young.