About the Better Together Fund
The Better Together Fund provides a way to help respond to the needs of our community, now and in the time to come, after the effects of the Pulse nightclub tragedy.
The fund supports four key areas:
-Gaps in the support nonprofits are providing to survivors and families
-LGBTQ, Latino, faith and other affected communities
-Underlying causes of this tragic event (not policy and advocacy)
-Other needs we cannot anticipate until we face them
- $25,150 to Valencia College Foundation for the Peace and Justice Institute Academy for teachers at the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia College
- Up to $100,000 to the One Orlando Alliance to hire an executive director at $50,000 a year for over two years, plus matching funds from the Contigo Fund. Year two funds are contingent upon performance outcomes.
- $35,000 to Equality Florida to expand the Central Florida Safe and Healthy Schools Program
- Up to $120,000 to Heart of Florida United Way to continue meeting the emergency needs for Pulse Tragedy survivors and family members through February 2018.
- Up to $50,000 to Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association to cover the cost of Lawyer’s Professional Liability Insurance for attorneys and staff and pro bono/volunteer services for ongoing free legal services related to the Pulse tragedy. LGBTQ legal clinics with volunteer and staff lawyers will provide powers of attorney, wills and designation of health care surrogates, and transgender name changes.
- Up to $91,854 to Two Spirit Health Services to provide gap funding for the infrastructure for mental health services that will be funded for three years by the Department of Justice
- $50,000 to Heart of Florida United Way to provide gap funds for emergency needs to primary and secondary survivors of the Pulse tragedy and their family members
- $30,000 to Equality Florida to hire a Central Florida Safe and Healthy Schools Coordinator. The coordinator will launch this program in the Orange, Seminole, and Osceola County Public Schools and will coordinate activities to ensure the safe and equal treatment of LGBTQ students.
- $5,000 to The 49 Fund at Central Florida Foundation to provide educational scholarships
- $5,000 to Orlando Youth Alliance to provide educational scholarships
- $5,000 to Valencia Foundation to provide educational scholarships through the Pulse Memorial Foundation
- $5,000 to Zebra Coalition to provide educational scholarships through the Jefferson R. Voss Education Fund
- $5,000 to UCF Foundation to provide educational scholarships through the Dively-Dupuis LGBTQ Leadership Award
- $10,000 to Pulse of Orlando to develop a plan and strategy to formalize the One Orlando Alliance.
- $10,000 to Pulse of Orlando to provide on-going technical assistance to implement the strategy for the One Orlando Alliance.
- Up to $7,000 to Barry University Center for Human Rights and Social Justice to provide cultural competency training for LGBTQ+ Affirmative Care to mental health and community providers in two full-day sessions.
- $50,000 to the Friends Talking Faith radio show with The Three Wise Guys to talk about how members of the community have been personally transformed by the events at Pulse and a series of community conversations to spread the stories.
- $6,000 to the Trauma Resource Institute to train lay leaders across our community on the biological response of trauma using the Community Resiliency Model.
- $35,000 will be awarded to Trauma Resource Institute to offer a four-day “train the trainer” session. These skills will help participants heal themselves and help community members. (Awarded upon successful completion of the grant listed above)
- $1,500 to the Mental Health Association of Central Florida to provide mental health care for primary, secondary, and community survivors of the Pulse tragedy through weekly support groups.
- Up to $7,000 to Barry University to provide cultural competency training for LGBTQ+ Affirmative Care to mental health and community providers in three full day sessions.
- Up to $50,000 to Heart of Florida United Way to provide gap mental healthcare to primary survivors of the Pulse tragedy and their family members in collaboration with Two Spirit and Hispanic Family Counseling.
- $50,000 to Heart of Florida United Way for rent, utilities, and/or mental health care for pulse survivors and their families administered through the Orlando United Assistance Center.
- $122,000 to Heart of Florida United Way to support those directly impacted by the Pulse tragedy with basic needs, like rent, mortgage, utilities or other monthly expenses. This first phase of grant-making focuses on immediate needs such as rent assistance for survivors and families until they receive compensation from the OneOrlando Fund and long-term mental health services.
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Current Investors & Contributors
Foundations & Corporations
Big Lots Foundation of The Columbus Foundation
Boesch & Boesch LLC
The Boston Foundation
Brooklyn Water Enterprises, LLC
The Coca-Cola Foundation
Central Carolina Community Foundation
Charles Schwab Foundation
Colonial Bowling Lanes
Community Foundation of Louisville
The Delta Air Lines Foundation
The Denver Foundation
FAIRWINDS Credit Union
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Florida Blue Foundation
Frank and Emilie Wood Robinson Fund at The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Goddard House Assisted Living
Gordon Family Charitable Fund at Schwab Charitable
Helios Education Foundation
Hoeksema Family Fund at Schwab Charitable
Jean F. & David G. Nathan Fund at The Boston Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The Legend Series
Licking County Foundation
LLW Ventures LLC
The Mall at Millenia Promotional Fund
Mann Family Fund at The Boston Foundation
Mike and Roxie Jerde Fund at The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Mirpuri Group USA
Moran Charitable Fund at Schwab Charitable
Nationwide Insurance Foundation
Network for Good
North Halsted Area Merchants Association
Orlando City Soccer Foundation
Orlando Regional Realtor Association
Oxford (Lilly Pulitzer - Orlando Area Stores)
Panepinto Family Fund at Central Florida Foundation
Ravago Holdings America, Inc.
Royal Palm Beach Community High School
Sandeep Soni Family Foundation Fund at The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Seymour Fund at Schwab Charitable
Space Coast Health Foundation
The Tuni Apparel Group, Inc.
Thomson/Yonfa Social and Family Enrichment Donor Advised Fund at Central Florida Foundation
United Way of The Valley & Greater Utica Area
Universal Orlando Foundation
Wells Fargo Foundation
Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
Winter Park Health Foundation
Winter Park Improvement Foundation
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Mr. Steven Auerbach
Mr. Anthony Barrera
Ms. Mary Basham
Ms. Rondra Bolden
Ms. Brittany Bower
Ms. Susie Bowie
Ms. Elizabeth Brothers
Ms. Kati Bucciero
Ms. Carroll Burney
Mr. Ian Chachami
Mr. Mark Ciesla
Mr. Frank Duracher
Mr. James T. Dutton
Ms. Ruth Ellingson
Ms. Patricia Haralson
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Heeter
Mr. Richard Hense
Dr. and Mrs. John C. Hitt
Mr. Jeffrey Horner
Ms. Ciara Hughes
Ms. Kelley Irby
Mr. Michael W. Keck
Mr. & Mrs. Alton L. Lightsey (Thomas Lightsey)
Ms. Carol LoCicero
Ms. Jennifer Logan
Ms. Kim Lope
Mrs. Katherine Martin
Ms. Diane Nelson
Ms. Kimberly Noyes
Ms. Kathy Paiva
Mr. Michael Poskanzer
Ms. Anne Rogers
Mrs. Diane L. Sandquist
Ms. Lori Shad
Mr. Archit Shah
Mr. Jeffrey Wheeler