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 2016-2017 Grantees

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

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline works to end transgender suicide and improve overall mental health of transgender people through education, advocacy, and direct service. Trans Lifeline empowers trans people to help one another, and to shape their collective efforts by drawing upon their wealth of individual experiences. They run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people.

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


EnGender empowers gender expansive youth to practice gender self determination in order to live authentically and joyfully within their communities. They provide a play-based day camp for gender expansive youth ages 4-12 in addition to a “teen-on-the-go” camp for questioning, non-binary, and transgender youth.

Read about EnGender in the news

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

Somos Familia

Somos Familia supports Latino families with children who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ*) and conducts education to create family and community acceptance. The group was started by two mothers to support other families with similar experiences.

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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.