What is HYPE?

HYPE is a community of emerging philanthropists who pool together resources to give grants to LGBTQ+ organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

<span style="line-height: 1.4; font-weight: 800; font-size: 20px;">Making Philanthropy Accessible to Everyone</span><hr>

Making Philanthropy Accessible to Everyone

Members of HYPE donate or raise at least $25 dollars a month ($300 annually). HYPE donors join together to maximize the impact of our giving. You don’t have to be wealthy to have a significant charitable impact in your community.


<span style="line-height: 1.4; font-weight: 800; font-size: 20px;"><br/>Reimagining Community</span><hr>

Reimagining Community

We are a community of more than 400 donors who learn together, develop professionally, and connect socially with the common goal of investing in LGBTQ+ organizations in the Bay Area.


<span style="line-height: 1.4; font-weight: 800; font-size: 20px;"><br/>Changing LGBTQ+ Lives</span><hr>

Changing LGBTQ+ Lives

HYPE donors pool together the money they raise to award grants to organizations that are improving and saving the lives of LGBTQ+ people in the Bay Area.


Who does HYPE Support?

Our 2017 Grantees

<span style="line-height: 1.4; font-weight: 800; font-size: 20px;">Taja's Coalition</span>

Taja's Coalition

Transgender Advocates for Justice & Accountability (TAJA’s) Coalition’s mission is to end the genocide of transgender women of color. As an initiative led by transgender women of color, in partnership with community based organizations and local stakeholders, the efforts of TAJA’s Coalition have grown to a multi-prong anti-violence and violence intervention approach that includes media campaigns, education, direct services (including legal clinics and sponsorship of legal fees), leadership development, and participation in state and local legislation.

<span style="line-height: 1.4; font-weight: 800; font-size: 20px;">Somos Familia</span>

Somos Familia

Somos Familia develops intergenerational leadership to create environments where Latina/o/x LGBTQ youth and their families are supported, nurtured, and celebrated; and to create a safer and more loving world for LGBTQ youth in the Bay Area.

<span style="line-height: 1.4; font-weight: 800; font-size: 20px;">Peacock Rebellion</span>

Peacock Rebellion

Peacock Rebellion works to stop violence against queer and trans communities of color and to connect their audiences to social justice activists, community organizers, healers, and cultural workers. They do this through arts programs that use comedy and storytelling, as well as clinics that link individual healing and self-defense practices with organizing for collective power and community healing.

<span style="line-height: 1.4; font-weight: 800; font-size: 20px;">enGender</span>


enGender works to empower gender expansive youth to practice gender self-determination to live authentically and joyfully within their communities.

<span style="line-height: 1.4; font-weight: 800; font-size: 20px;">APIENC<br/>(API Equality - Northern California)</span>

(API Equality - Northern California)

APIENC (API Equality - Northern California) works to build LGBTQ+ Asian and Pacific Islander power to amplify their voices and increase the visibility of these communities. Through organizing, they do this by inspiring and training leaders, establishing intergenerational connections, promoting a culturally affirming curriculum, and documenting and disseminating queer and trans API histories.

<span style="line-height: 1.4; font-weight: 800; font-size: 20px;">Horizons Foundation</span>

Horizons Foundation

Horizons Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to mobilizing and increasing resources for the LGBTQ movement and organizations that secure the rights, meet the needs, and celebrate the lives of LGBTQ people. We are proud to recognize Horizons’ support of HYPE and important work in the LGBTQ community with this grant.

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Why did you join HYPE?

Nina Lawrence

Nina Lawrence

Director of Events

I decided to join HYPE because I'm passionate about the LGBTQ youth out there, and want to do my part to ensure they have a community of resources that they so desperately need. Knowing that I get to help make difference by collaborating with other inspiring, ambitious, brilliant and energetic LGBTQ young professionals is why I love HYPE!

Marissa Guerrero

Marissa Guerrero


As a HYPE leader, I am gaining hands-on experience in philanthropy, giving back to my community, and collaborating with a fun, committed, and inspiring group of my peers.

Haydee Adelita

Haydee Adelita

The grantees of HYPE are the #1 reason why I joined an incredible group of passionate people who care about the marginalized within our LGBTQQIA-2S communities.

Bret Gladfelty

Bret Gladfelty

I joined HYPE to collaborate with like minded LGBTQ leaders to help our community and support organizations that improve the lives of those who have been marginalized. Progress can’t be made unless we take action and HYPE is that first step.

Nathan Harris

Nathan Harris

Finance Director

I'm here because I care.