How HYPE works

HYPE  is part of a growing movement of giving circles. These grassroots groups pool resources to maximize the impact of their giving, demonstrating that individual donors don’t have to be wealthy to have significant charitable impact in their communities. Giving circles also forge meaningful connections among like-minded individuals.

HYPE’s Unicorns commit to donating or raising $300 annually (or $25 per month) to Horizons Foundation’s HYPE fund. Unicorns have the opportunity to be involved in HYPE governance, grantee voting, grant making, and outreach.

Unicorns’ gifts are the foundation of HYPE’s annual grantmaking, but we could not have the impact that we do without support from our larger donor community. We welcome donations in any amount, and contributions to HYPE are tax deductible.

In addition to awarding grants, HYPE also hosts social gatherings, parties, and educational events open to all members of its donor community, as well as those who want to get involved.

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

Co-Chair

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.

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