Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Two SF LGBT institutions announce challenge grants

Amid the push to attract end-of-year donations, which can then be used by donors as a tax deduction, two LGBT institutions announced challenge grants this week.

The GLBT Historical Society, which operates the GLBT History Museum (pictured at right) in the Castro, disclosed in an email to supporters Wednesday, November 30 that it had been given a $17,000 matching grant from the city to support operations at the 18th Street museum space.

The city has been one of the museum’s major funders since it opened nearly a year ago. It has agreed to match new donations dollar for dollar up to the total of $17,000.

To qualify for the funds, the society must raise an equal amount of money from new individual donors or increased donations from past donors.

“Now is the time to become a new member or to supplement any recent donation,” stated Paul Boneberg, the society’s executive director, in the emailed newsletter under the headline “SF Asks: Can the GLBT History Museum Rise to the Challenge?”

Boneberg noted that every dollar raised will be doubled and no amount is too small or too large. Donations can be made online here.

“If you give $10, the city will turn it into $20 – and if you give $500, the city will make it $1,000,” he wrote.

With its executive director having turned 50 recently, the LGBT Community Center is also trying to reach its own $10,000 fundraising challenge. This time the donor is George Rolfe, the father of Rebecca Rolfe, who will be feted at a party Thursday night, December 1.

“Rebecca’s dad, George, has started us out with a $10,000 challenge gift in honor of the center’s upcoming 10 year anniversary. Help us honor Rebecca – and help the center – by raising $10,000 to match George’s generous gift,” stated an invite to the party sent to boosters of the Market Street facility.

A $50 donation is requested to attend and can be made online here.

The party will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Medjool Restaurant and Lounge, 2522 Mission Street.

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 30, 2011 @ 5:05 pm PST
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