• Initiatives


We partner with foundations, nonprofit organization and social innovators to design and run initiatives that advance equity and justice.

Current initiatives:

1) Engaging and Understanding High Net Worth (HNW) Donors of Color. Partnering with the Advancement Project, Faces of Giving, the People of Color Donor Collaborative. The People of Color Donor Collaborative is led by: Tuhina De O’Connor, Co-founder, Faces of Giving; Hali Lee, Asian Women Giving Circle and co-founder, Faces of Giving; Mario Lugay, The Giving Side; Ashindi Maxton, Independent strategist and donor advisor; Nitika Raj, Independent consultant, coach, facilitator, organizer and writer; George Suttles, Program Officer, John A. Hartford Foundation; Brent Swinton, Managing Director of Development, Advancement Project; and Urvashi Vaid, CEO, The Vaid Group. This initiative is supported by the Marguerite Casey Foundation, Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Arcus Foundation, New York Women's Foundation.

2) LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice Policy Working Group. Since 2014, we have helped organize and staff a national network of almost 50 organizations working to reduce the harms caused by criminal legal systems to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) persons and people living with HIV (PLHIV). This initiative is supported by: Mandel-Rodis Fund, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Ford Foundation, Palette Fund, H. Van Ameringen Foundation.

3) Poverty Initiative. Since 2014, the Vaid Group has organized to increase engagement by LGBTQ, philanthropic and poverty organizations, with issues of poverty in LGBTQ communities; and to increase engagement to address and end poverty in the US. We are active members of the LGBTQ Poverty Collaborative and are working to produce a National Poverty Policy Agenda to address LGBTQ Poverty. The LGBTQ Poverty Agenda Project team includes: Center for American Progress, National LGBTQ Task Force, Transgender Law Center, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Whitman Walker Clinic, Trans Women of Color Collective, CUNY Graduate Center Social Justice Sexuality Project, Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School. The Poverty Agenda Project has consulted with nearly 250 LGBTQ and anti-poverty advocates at the local and national level. The Vaid's Group work on its poverty initiative has been supported by the Ford Foundation, New York Women's Foundation, the Williams Institute, and anonymous donors.

Initiatives and Key Reports

Understanding and Engaging High Net Worth Donors of Color


LGBT/HIV Federal Criminal Justice Policy Working Group

A Roadmap for Change: Federal Policy Recommendations Addressing the Criminalization of LGBT People and People Living with HIV.