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San Diego Human Dignity Foundation grants $400,000 to LGBT groups in 2011

SAN DIEGO -- As the year winds down, the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) officials say they are proud of the thousands of dollars that organization has made as grants to benefit the local LGBT community.

Through its various programs and funding sources, SDHDF was able to grant more than $417,500 this year to support LGBT students and youth, seniors and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Grants distributed this year include:

- $2,500 from the John McCusker Memorial Education Fund to the Mira Costa Gay Straight Alliance to help endow an annual scholarship program.

- $15,000 to The San Diego LGBT Community Center to support the expansion of LGBT Senior Services from the Aging with Dignity initiative, a multi-year program designed to improve the quality of life for LGBT seniors in San Diego. The $15,000 is the first installment towards the Aging with Dignity goal of raising $75,000 to $100,000 to support the expansion of Senior Services at the Center.

- Over $400,000 from the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, a program of SDHDF, to 10 local HIV/AIDS service providers. The San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative funding partners include AIDS Walk San Diego, Alliance Healthcare Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, McCarthy Family Foundation, Parker Foundation, and AIDS United and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

SDHDF serves as the sole community foundation in the San Diego region dedicated to the benefit of LGBT people. The organization funds programs and projects that promote equal treatment, tolerance, wellness, well-being, and human dignity, while working to strengthen LGBT organizations and leadership.

Those who wish to give a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation may do so by clicking HERE.