JQ International

Amount: 
$250,000
Year: 
2019
Field of Interest: 
Vulnerable Populations
Grant Type: 
Next Stage
Organization Description: 

Founded in 2004, JQ International (JQ) envisions a world where all LGBTQ+ Jews feel a strong sense of self, pride, and community. It works to ensure inclusion through education, support, and identity enrichment. JQ’s core programs include a JQ Helpline, which offers free and confidential resources for LGBTQ+ Jews and their allies; Teen JQSA (Jewish Queer Straight Alliance), which encourages social action and leadership; Persian Pride programming, which cultivates identity and comradery among LGBTQ+ Persian Jews; and customized inclusion training for Jewish communal organizations.

Grant Purpose: 

To invest in the long-term financial sustainability and programmatic health of JQ by implementing a strategic fund development plan, which includes increasing staff capacity, investing in new technology, and expanding its board. This will allow the organization to continue to operate and expand its life-saving programs.

After years of successful partnership with the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, JQ has grown into a cutting edge organization that strengthens individuals and the community through transformative programming and lifesaving support services. Today our partnership goes to the next level, ensuring JQ evolves strategically to meet the growing needs of LA’s LGBTQ+ and ally Jewish community.

Asher Gellis
Executive Director