The Purpose of the organization is to encourage philanthropy, develop funding, and provide funding guidance for a donor advised trust within the Philadelphia Foundation to support projects or activities that will primarily benefit the LGBT communities of the Delaware Valley which are in but not limited to, the following fields of interest of the sexual minority community: health and social service, arts and culture, education and humanities, and legal and civil rights. The primary focus of the fund will be to encourage bequests to The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund. The organization will also facilitate the development of donor advised grants.
DVLF is a LGBT community fund. It strives to increase philanthropy and grantmaking to meet the needs of the LGBT communities throughout the Delaware Valley. We accomplish our mission through endowment building, fundraising, community outreach and education.
This year the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund celebrates 20 years of meeting the emerging needs of the LGBT community. The organization was created in 1993 to benefit the Philadelphia region’s LGBT community by raising money for a permanent endowment. DVLF fosters positive change every year through advocacy, grantmaking, scholarships, programming, and education.
Each year DVLF empowers and enhances the lives of the LGBT community by:
Building a permanent endowment to meet the long term needs of our evolving community. Our endowment now stands at over $1,000,000.
Funding innovative and emerging needs in the community. We fund LGBT and straight-allied organizations that promote civil rights, health and social services, and arts and culture for our community. We also fund a limited number of scholarships from specially designated funds. Since our founding we have invested over $800,000 into the community.
Securing the future for the LGBT community by encouraging community members to leave a legacy and include bequest gifts to DVLF through membership in the legacy society. Over 40 people have already pledged future bequest gifts to DVLF’s endowment, with a conservative estimated value of $6 million.
Promoting philanthropy by honoring the people in our community whose work and leadership advance the rights of the LGBT community through our annual HEROES event.
Creating alliances with other nonprofits and community groups within the region. Each year DVLF partners with many other organizations to promote a full range of programs, resources, and events.
Collecting toys for children affected by HIV/AIDS at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at DVLF’s annual holiday TOY event. This beloved community event raises money for DVLF’s mission while collecting toys for children in need.
Promoting awareness of our community’s needs to other philanthropic organizations and individuals, particularly through our relationship with Funders for LGBTQ issues and the Delaware Valley Grantmakers.
Since our founding in 1993, our work has been greatly enhanced by our partnership with The Philadelphia Foundation. Established in 1918, The Philadelphia Foundation is the third oldest and one of the largest community foundations in the country, with assets exceeding $350 million. It seeks to develop, manage and allocate community resources in partnership with donors and grantees, to build on community assets, and to promote empowerment, leadership and civic participation among underserved groups. The Philadelphia Foundation practices and encourages diversity, equality and inclusiveness as fundamental values of community life.