Serving the greater Philadelphia LGBTQ+ community through philanthropy
DVLF is the leading fundraiser serving the emerging needs of the Greater Philadelphia LGBTQ+ community. DVLF was created in 1993 to benefit the Philadelphia region’s community through philanthropy, raising money for a permanent endowment. Our critical mission provides for services which foster positive change every year through advocacy, grantmaking, scholarships, programming, and education. Since our founding, we have given over $1 million dollars to advance the constantly evolving needs of the LGBTQ+ community. Each year we receive more proposals than we can fund. By our 30th anniversary, our vision is to fully fund every qualified proposal received from Greater Philadelphia LGBTQ+ serving organizations.
DVLF actively secures our community’s future by promoting planned giving and building a permanent fund dedicated to meeting the needs, securing the rights, and celebrating the lives of LGBTQ+ people—forever.
DVLF fuels the LGBTQ+ movement by mobilizing people to increase giving, educate donors, and combine individual donations so that all gifts benefit multiple organizations and thousands of lives. We also advocate for important LGBTQ+ causes with mainstream foundations and corporate funders who rely on our 25 years of expertise bringing much needed support to LGBTQ+ nonprofits.
DVLF supports critical organizations that help thousands of people each day. We’re often the first to provide grants to emerging nonprofits and a core funder for anchor organizations that advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, serve LGBTQ+ youth and elders, ensure community health, and promote arts and culture.