Guilford Green Foundation is a Piedmont Triad leader in bringing people, ideas, and resources together to ignite change that advances equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.
As a donor-supported organization, we support transformative philanthropy, through programs and initiatives that help unite community.
Through grants, advocacy, and community leadership in the region, GGF staff, board, donors and volunteers are helping us transform our community and culture. Our work ripples through communities, inspiring equality at every point along the way.
Back in 1995, a group of dedicated and concerned Greensboro community members decided they needed to do something to help provide much needed funds for our local AIDS service organization, Triad Health Project (THP). This group consisted of THP board members and volunteers, including Andy Baker, Lee Carter, Lee Huggins, Ron Johnson, Keith Phillips and Jim Ternedge, and THP staff members Lynn Bresko, Ben McFadyen and Paul Russ. On March 16, 1996, under the leadership of committee chair Keith Phillips, the inaugural Green Party was held at Club Babylon, featuring the famous Atlanta DJ “Buc”, Kitty Meow – the hostess of South Beach, and recording artist Jeanie Tracy, and raised over $10,000 for THP.
In 1998 the Green Party committee broadened the horizon of the fundraising so that funds could be distributed to organizations other than THP. Green Party 1998 distributed $22,884 to THP and $1,185 to GRAIN (Guilford Religious Area Interfaith Network) and retained about $26,000 for operational purposes. After the Green Party 1998, visionary founders and organizers knew that HIV/AIDS would not be the only issue to impact the LGBTQ community, so they decided to incorporate and obtain tax exempt status from the IRS and create an organization dedicated to raising substantial funds to address the growing challenges facing the entire LGBTQ community and broadened the horizon of the fundraising so that funds could be distributed to non-profits serving the gay and lesbian community in Guilford County.
So because of these visionary leaders, Greensboro is fortunate to have GGF – a public foundation for our community with an endowment that is prudently managed and professionally administered—a place where supporters of LGBTQ equality could confidently make a philanthropic investment to make a difference today and to create a legacy of change that will endure for generations to come.
Today, donors and volunteers have helped Guilford Green Foundation provide nearly $670,000 to support critical organizations, innovative projects, students, and leaders—addressing existing and emerging community needs in urban and rural communities throughout the Piedmont Triad—creating the only LGBTQIA community foundation in the Southeastern U.S.
Together, we can create change for the LGBTQIA community as well as unite community.