SVCF celebrates Pride Month: highlighting organizations serving LGBTQ+ communities

SVCF celebrates Pride Month: highlighting organizations serving LGBTQ+ communities

Pride Month is celebrated in June to commemorate the June 1969 Stonewall uprising in Manhattan, a major turning point in the United States for social and political movements to secure recognition, respect and equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer communities. This Pride Month, along with so many other organizations, individuals and families, SVCF honors the history, achievements and resilience of LGBTQ+ communities.

In the spirit of Pride Month and advancing equity in our region, SVCF encourages you to support these local organizations serving LGBTQ+ communities in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

If you are a fundholder at SVCF and wish to give through your advised fund to one of the organizations listed below, you may use our online donor portal to recommend a grant, or you may contact your philanthropy advisor or send an email to philanthropyteam@siliconvalleycf.org. Corporate partners of SVCF may also contact their philanthropy advisors directly.

Santa Clara County

PFLAG San Jose/Peninsula Chapter
PFLAG is the nation's oldest and largest organization that unites people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer with families, friends and allies. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality and full societal affirmation of LGBTQ people through its threefold mission of support, education and advocacy. The local chapter features support meetings, scholarships and a speaker’s bureau.

LGBTQ+ Youth Space (a program of Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley)
This organization has community drop-in centers in South Santa Clara County and mental health programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ally youth and young adults. LGBTQ+ Youth Space also offers services at schools and other organizations upon request.

LifeMoves | New Haven Inn
LifeMoves | New Haven Inn is an inclusive shelter in downtown San Jose with focused support for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. Only the second shelter of its kind nationally, New Haven Inn offers adults a safe and welcoming place to stay. Staff are LGBTQ+ sensitive and informed, providing gender-fluid clients immediate and longer-term services to return to stable housing and achieve self-sufficiency.

Rainbow Women’s Chorus
Rainbow Women's Chorus works together to develop musical excellence in an atmosphere of mutual support and respect. They perform publicly for the entertainment, education and cultural enrichment of their audiences and community. They sing to enhance the esteem of all women, to celebrate diversity, to promote peace and freedom, and to touch people's hearts and lives. In addition to performing two concerts each year, Rainbow Women's Chorus puts an emphasis on outreach, singing all over the Bay Area.

San Mateo County

CoastPride
CoastPride offers a safe space online and at community events to raise awareness about LGBTQ issues and address the needs of LGBTQ youth, families and adults in our communities. CoastPride works with local civic, governmental, for-profit and nonprofit organizations to enhance services so that they are inclusive of all who play, work and live on the San Mateo County coastside.

San Mateo County Pride Center
The Pride Center was the first LGBTQ+ community center in San Mateo County. The Center provides a broad range of services with three main components: 1) Clinical — individual, group, couples and family counseling, peer support groups, case management; 2) Social/Community — event and gathering space, education, trainings; and 3) Resource Center — library, referrals, online media center.

San Mateo and Santa Clara counties

Outlet Program at Adolescent Counseling Services
Outlet, a program of Adolescent Counseling Services, empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth, and builds safe and accepting communities in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties through support, education and advocacy. Outlet services foster the emotional, physical and social development of youth as whole individuals.

YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley
YWCA Golden Gate Silicon Valley is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. The YWCA hosts weekly support groups for LGBTQIA+ survivors of sexual assault. The groups are a confidential space in which LGBTQIA+ survivors can feel safe in their intersecting identities.

Nationwide

To support LGBTQ+ communities within San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, as well as nationwide, learn more about Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood Mar Monte improves and transforms the lives of over 220,000 women, men and children every year throughout mid-California and Northern Nevada. With over 30 health centers, they provide a range of reproductive and general health services including birth control, pregnancy testing and options counseling, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing, breast and cervical cancer screening, abortion, pediatrics and adult primary health care.