HYPE 2020 Updates and Changes

Dear HYPE community, supporters, and grantees,

Happy new year to all of you. We sincerely hope that your 2020 is getting off to a great start. We know that it has been a while since you have heard from us and we want to take this opportunity to check in and let you know what HYPE is up to.

HYPE has been around for over eight years and has granted over $125,000 to LGBTQIA+ organizations right here in the Bay Area. Our grantees have helped build stronger families, held space for healing, given our youth opportunities for leadership, and brought sanctuary and art to those who need it. We are continually amazed by the strength, creativity, and resilience of our grantees and friends across the Bay Area.

We’re incredibly proud to support the work of this year’s three amazing grantees: OLAS Sanctuary Project, Queer Crescent Healing, and Kween Culture Initiative.

With the beginning of a new year and a new decade, HYPE is excited to announce we will be making some changes to how we work. We have been very successful in raising money thus far and we are looking at new ways to collaborate with our community, and with fiscal sponsor Horizon’s Foundation to make sure we can continue our work. In fact, we are more determined than ever to do an even better job in this task.

We are so grateful that you have continued to support us through both one time and continuous donations. Thank you for your support and for trusting us to guide this amazing organization. Now we would like to ask for your help over the next few months.

***You can get involved in one or MORE of the following ways: 

  1. If you are a current unicorn or want to get more involved in HYPE, please fill out this survey by 2/7/20. We welcome comments, questions, and ideas anytime from our community at hype [dot] grants [at] gmail [dot] com. We would love to hear what you think about the past, present, and future of HYPE to inform our decisions moving forward.
  2. Commit to raising money with us on Give Out Day (4/23/20). This would involve setting up a personal fundraising page that is connected to the main HYPE fundraising page, and using that 24-hour period to ask for $10 donations from your friends, family, co-workers, etc. We will provide easy instructions on how to set up your page and prepare for the actual day.
  3. Commit to helping us promote our Give Day efforts on social media. We will provide you with the content to post prior to the day and the day of.
  4. Join us on 2/26 for our “Sparkle Meeting.” We will have snacks and drinks and the Leadership team will be there in person to talk about Give Out Day, and what we are working on for 2020! The meeting will be at Michelle’s house in the Castro on Wed 2/26 at 6:30pm. RSVP to hype [dot] grants [at] gmail [dot] com for the address.One of the goals of this email to create a list of who can commit to one more of the actions above. Please email hype [dot] grants [at] gmail [dot] com with your name, phone number, and a brief description of how you would like to get involved.

Here’s to 2020, may it bring peace, justice, and lots of glitter and rainbows to all!

Sincerely yours,
David Craig
Chair, HYPE L-Team