The Calamus Foundation

I will plant companionship thick as trees along all the rivers of America, and along the shores of the great lakes, and all over the prairies,

I will make inseparable cities with their arms about each other's necks, By the love of comrades, By the manly love of comrades.

For You O Democracy, Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman

Mathew Hart is the Founder and Principle of The Lafayette Practice which specializes in advising on philanthropic strategy and management, for grassroots nonprofits to international foundations. Formerly the National Director of Public Engagement for Solutions for Progress, ‘Matty’ has 
deep roots in the LGBT community of Philadelphia, but now calls Paris, France his home. He has been instrumental in 
developing strategies for the Calamus Foundation, having 
served on the Board for almost 10 years.

Loring McAlpin divides his time between documentary film projects (Tegwan’s Nest, Herman’s House, How to Survive a Plague) and work with the Calamus Foundation. His involvement with AIDS activism through ACT UP and the collective Gran Fury provided the lens through which much of the Calamus Foundation’s giving has been focused.

Becky Rafter is the Executive Director of Georgia WAND, working to mobilize women and communities in the South to reduce militarism and nuclear capacity, and fight for environmental justice and unmet human needs. Although an Atlanta native and currently residing there, she joined the Calamus board while living in New York, serving as the Director of Stakeholder Engagement at The Funding Exchange.

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