Delaware Valley Legacy Fund

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The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) is a community foundation whose mission is to support the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and straight-allied communities in Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. It is engaged in building a permanent endowment and philanthropic apparatus to serve the fundraising and grant making. DVLF was founded in 1993 and is based in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]


DVLF was created in 1993, when community activists and donors decided that there was a need, given the growth of the LGBT movement, for a permanent reservoir of funds to support organizations in Greater Philadelphia. Many of these leaders had lived through the McCarthy Era [McCarthyism], the Civil Rights Movement, and the beginning of the HIV/AIDS era, and desired the stability that could be provided by a permanent funding source. Legendary lesbian activist Barbara Gittings, whose activism began forty years earlier in the 1950s, served as a founding board member that also included Larry Biddle and the late Dennis Green.

In 2008, DVLF grants will total over $55,000, up from $18,800 in 2007.

The current president is D. Mark Mitchell and the current executive director is Samantha M. Giusti.[2]

It has a 12-member Board of Directors and an Advisory Council of about 25 members.


DVLF devotes significant resources to raising funds for programs and growing the endowment. It cultivates a broad donor base of individuals, couples, and businesses interested in supporting regional LGBT communities.[3][4]

Grant making[edit]

DVLF is also a grantmaking organization.[5][6] In 2008, DVLF grants exceeded $50,000. Organizations that have received funding that year included:

  • ActionAIDS
  • AIDS Delaware – “You’re Not Alone” Youth Program
  • AIDS Services in Asian Communities*
  • Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
  • Attic Youth Center*
  • Beta Phi Omega Sorority
  • Bethel Community Center*
  • Bucks Co. Council on Alcohol & Drug Dependence
  • CAMP Rehoboth
  • Delaware Valley Grantmakers
  • Diakon Family Services
  • Dignity Philadelphia
  • Equality Action Pennsylvania*
  • Equality Advocates Pennsylvania*
  • Equality Forum
  • Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, Barbara Gittings Collection*
  • Foyer of Philadelphia*
  • Funders for Lesbian & Gay Issues
  • House of Manolo Blahnik
  • Human Rights Campaign – Philadelphia
  • Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Independence Business Alliance
  • Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund
  • Martin Luther King High School Rainbow Room
  • Men of All Colors Together – Philadelphia
  • Mountain Meadow*
  • Mural Arts Program
  • National AIDS Fund
  • National Black Justice Coalition
  • New Hope Celebrates
  • NLGJA Scholarship — Indiana University
  • Philadelphia Falcons Soccer Club
  • Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucu
  • Philly Pride Presents, Inc.
  • Philadelphia Theatre Workshop
  • Philadelphia Voices of Pride
  • Philly Black Gay Pride COLOURS
  • Rainbow Room — Planned Parenthood of Bucks County
  • Queer Philadelphia Asians*
  • Sean Halpin Memorial Scholarship at The Philadelphia Foundation
  • SeniorLAW Center
  • Smoke, Lilies, and Jade Project
  • University of the Arts — Justin Eng Scholarship Award
  • The William Way Community Center

(Asterisks indicate organizations for which DVLF provided the founding grant or grants.)

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund." Williamsburg, Virginia and Washington, D.C.: Guidestar, retrieved online May 17, 2019.
  2. ^ The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Guidestar.
  3. ^ "Delaware Valley Legacy Fund: HEROES Brunch & Awards: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: April 25, 2018.
  4. ^ The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Guidestar.
  5. ^ Zeglen, Julie. "5 things we learned at Philly's first LGBT State of the Union." San Francisco, California: Generocity, June 1, 2018.
  6. ^ The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund, Guidestar.