A History of Responding to Emergency

Even before the well-planned launch of our annual Community Grants cycle in 2018, TPIF responded to assist local LGBTQ+ community relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey which ravaged the Greater Houston region. Our start-up donor network responded with an $11,000 contribution to the Montrose Center’s Emergency Holiday Fund for those struggling due to the impact of the storm.

With the onset of COVID-19 in 2020, community non-profits faced service delivery challenges, and many were undertaking innovative and sometimes costly methods to continue reaching and supporting their clients and consumers. In partnership with Equality Texas Foundation (ETF), we responded to the emergency with a joint fundraising campaign, the Queer Texas Crisis Fund (QTCF). This campaigned resulted in $47,500 of financial assistance for organizations whose work and communities were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

In 2022 the QTCF partnership responded to the politically motivated, cascading attacks on trans youth and their families and the broader transgender, gender-nonbinary communities of Texas. Over $68,000 was raised and awarded through two rounds of Rapid Response funding to trans led and supportive organizations responding in numerous ways to the impacts noted in the survey results above.

Notably, last year’s QTCF campaign attracted corporate and institutional funders seeking a proven funding partner with rapid response capacity which the QTCF – and TPIF as a grantmaking organization – delivers.


Building Capacity for Emergency / Rapid Response Funding

QTCF, harnessing the growing capacity of TPIF, our ETF partnership and our expanding access to resources, actively solicits donations today in preparation for the next emergency our community faces in Texas. We are prepared to launch the next emergent funding campaign, as warranted by unanticipated events impacting the LGBTQ+ communities of Texas and or putting them at particular risk.

Thank you for your generosity and compassion.