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 2016 Vision
HYPE is a community that gives and grows. Our donor community is more than 100 people strong, and over the past three years, we have granted out more than $45,000. Leading these community members are our Unicorns, HYPE donors who give at least $300 annually. Unicorns have the opportunity to be involved in HYPE governance, grant making, and outreach.
2016 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 cultivate and expand our donor community through compelling communications and events that educate, inspire, and entertain. We will deepen relationships with current and past grantees, offering opportunities for shared learning across grantees and donors, as well as more effectively promoting the work of our grantees. Through providing structured opportunities to engage and carry out HYPE’s work, Unicorns involved in HYPE’s governance will grow as leaders.
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.