Vision + Action

Our Mission


Founded in 2011, Horizons Young Professionals for Equality (HYPE) empowers and unites emerging leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area through charitable giving, grant making to LGBTQ+ organizations, and developing strong community relationships. We are a grassroots movement working to promote accessible philanthropy, build a culture of giving, and support the leadership development of community-minded LGBTQ+ individuals and our allies.


Our 2018 Vision

HYPE is a community that enables everyone to become a philanthropist. Our donor base is more than 500+ people strong. Over the past three years, we have granted more than $95,000 to local grassroots LGBTQ+ organizations in the Bay Area. 2018 will be HYPE’s strongest year yet. We will refine and sharpen our philanthropic approach, toward further strengthening our relationships with past and future grantees. We will expand our donor community through compelling communications and events that educate, inspire, and entertain. We will build community and cultivate the next generation of philanthropic leaders.

Our Values

Diversity and Inclusion

We draw strength from our shared experience while honoring the differences among us. In our grant making, we are committed to engaging and reflecting the full richness of all segments of the LGBTQ+ community.


Community and Connection

HYPE is all about building a cohesive community of emerging philanthropic leaders connected to the organizations we support. We want our grants to support authentic, mutually-beneficial relationships for HYPE and its grantees.

Innovation and Risk-taking  

As a small giving circle of emerging queer leaders, we have the flexibility to take risks in how and who we fund. We are excited about innovative projects that challenge the status quo.

Justice and Equity

HYPE emerged out of a shared commitment to justice not just for members of the LGBTQ+ community, but for all groups that are underrepresented and underserved by philanthropy. The participation of all members of our community, at all levels of authority and influence, is necessary to our mission and our success.