$577 million in grants,
65 years of change­making

Explore our digital timeline to learn more about the Fund’s work and to find out about the heroic accomplishments of the leaders and organizations we have the privilege of supporting.

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2017

October

2017

Judge blocks ban on transgender military service

Transgender Military Rally Photo by Ted Eytan

A federal judge rules that transgender people can continue to serve in the U.S. military, despite a proposed White House ban on their service. The proposed White House ban, first announced by the President in July, is a reminder that workplace discrimination is still a very real threat to equality and opportunity for LGBT people across the nation. 

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April

2017

Philanthropy’s role in a challenging time

Stormy White House Photo by Amanjeev

The 100-day mark of the Trump administration is a time of reflection for philanthropy and its partners in the work of advancing rights and creating opportunities for immigrants, LGBT people, and other communities. Haas, Jr. Fund Vice President of Programs Cathy Cha joins the dialogue with three colleagues in an article for the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The article follows up on a presentation the group made at a Northern California Grantmakers debate.  

2015

November 2

2015

Lessons from the marriage win

The Haas, Jr. Fund and other funders that supported the state-by-state strategy to win marriage equality share the untold, behind-the-scenes story of what happened. A case study and video from the participants in the Civil Marriage Collaborative offer lessons for other social justice causes.  

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June 26

2015

Love wins, once and for all

Photo by Charlotte Fiorito

The Supreme Court legalizes marriage equality—the result of hard work by movement organizations and millions of people who changed hearts and minds. The Fund has invested $39 million in this historic work since 2001.

2013

June

2013

A huge step forward for marriage equality

Photo by ACLU ©

As a result of efforts by Fund grantees including (add links) Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, Lambda Legal, National Center for Lesbian Rights, The LGBT Project of the ACLU, the Supreme Court strikes down DOMA, opening the door for gay married couples to secure equal rights under federal law.

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2010

2010

Read all about it

Front page of Seattle Gay News Photo by Trine ©

The Fund organizes the first national convening of LGBT newspaper editors and bloggers in New York.

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2009

2007

2007

Promoting Full Equality, State by State

Family in front of home

The Haas, Jr. Fund helps create the State Equality Fund, which supports non-lobbying educational work to promote full equality for gays and lesbians, including safer schools, nondiscrimination protections and civil unions.

2004

November

2004

Losing forward

Photo by Chris Walton

Anti-marriage measures pass in 11 states by huge margins. Funders and movement leaders begin collaborating to plot a course for changing hearts and minds and for winning marriage equality in a critical number of states.

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February

2004

The marriage issue heats up

Photo by LIZ MANGELSDORF

Following Massachusetts’ decision to allow same-sex marriages in that state, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom opens up City Hall for same-sex couples to marry. The television images go global and stir a national conversation about marriage.

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2002

2002

Let California Ring

Women prepare for wedding

The Fund makes its first grant to support marriage equality in its home state of California. The grant supports Let California Ring, the largest-ever public education effort on the issue.

2001

1998

1996

September

1996

The government enacts DOMA

Photo by Ron Sachs/CNP

President Bill Clinton signs the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which restricts federal marriage benefits to opposite-sex couples, denying gay couples thousands of rights and protections that come with marriage.

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