The Calamus Foundation

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

I will make insperable 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

The Calamus Foundation (registered in the state of Delaware) offers support to 
qualified charitable organizations working in two 
areas. First, we support LGBT organizations working to promote the formation, growth, and well-being of their communities, with particular emphasis on social justice and civil rights. Second, we fund 
non-LGBT organizations that advocate for social, 
racial and economic justice and that integrate 
LGBT protections into their work. 

As a small grantmaker (the majority of our grants are $10,000 
or less), we aspire to reach those groups who, because of the 
nature of their mission or because they are newly  formed, 
may not have access to traditional funding sources. Grants 
can be one or multi-year. Organizations we have supported 

SONG, or Southerners on New Ground, develops skills, leadership and connection among Southern LGBT communities, People of Color, Rural people, immigrants and working class 
people, creating alliances in the struggle for dignity and justice. To make the strength of these communities and work visible, SONG amplifies stories of LGBT Liberation and resistance.

The Los Angeles based theater initiative Fringe Benefits, whose work brings diverse communities together, 
giving them tools to work together to develop creative solutions to social justice issues through youth theater.

Treatment Action Campaign in South Africa, a leader in prevention activism in Africa whose work has led to the reduction of drug pricing for crucial anti-retroviral medications in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as the establishment of mother-to-child prevention campaigns and the provision of ARV therapy for all HIV+ South Africans.

The Peter Cicchino Youth Project of the Urban Justice Center, which provides legal services and education for homeless LGBTQQ youth in New York City, including undocumented immigrant young people.

The Correctional Association of New York, whose Juvenile Justice Project pioneered making the fair and equal treatment 
of LGBT youth in state custody a top priority.

Although the Calamus Foundation is incorporated in Delaware, there is no specific geographic focus to our grantees. Limited staffing does not allow for unsolicited requests for funding.


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