Guilford Green Foundation & LGBTQ Center is a Piedmont Triad leader in bringing people, ideas, and resources together to ignite change that advances equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community.
As a donor-supported organization, we support transformative philanthropy through programs and initiatives that help unite the community.
In 1995, a group of dedicated and concerned Greensboro community members decided they needed to do something to help provide much needed funds for our local HIV/AIDS service organization, Triad Health Project (THP). The group’s inaugural Green Party was held on March 16, 1996, and raised over $10,000 for THP.
In 1998, the Green Party committee broadened their focus so funds could be distributed to organizations other than THP. That year, the Green Party raised $22,884 for THP and $1,185 for Guilford Religious Area Interfaith Network (GRAIN) and retained about $26,000 for operational purposes. But visionary founders and organizers knew that HIV/AIDS would not be the only issue to impact the LGBTQ community, so they created an organization dedicated to raising substantial funds to address the growing challenges facing our community and making grants to nonprofits serving the LGBTQ community in Guilford County. And so, Guilford Green Foundation (GGF) was born.
Over the years, donors and volunteers have helped Guilford Green Foundation provide nearly $850,000 to support critical organizations, innovative projects, students, and leaders—addressing existing and emerging community needs in urban and rural communities throughout the Piedmont Triad—creating the only LGBTQ community foundation in the Southeastern U.S.
In 2016, the Guilford Green Foundation Board of Directors voted to open an LGBTQ Center in Greensboro to help meet the growing needs of the community. The LGBTQ Center opened in 2017 at our previous location on W. Bessemer Ave. GGF rapidly outgrew that space and knew we needed to find a location that was accessible and more visible, and in the spring of 2019, we kicked off a capital campaign to pay for a new location for the Center. We quickly met our fundraising goal thanks to our generous donors, and our current space on N. Greene Street in the heart of Downtown Greensboro was secured. After totally remodeling the building to meet our needs, we moved into the new location in December 2019-January 2020.
The new LGBTQ Center boasts several meeting areas and work spaces, a lounge, snack bar, kitchen, and more. We are also lucky to be the home of three original murals by local artist Gina Franco. We are proud to offer a variety of different programs at the Center, including Gay & Gray, Youth Drop-In Hours, Rainbow Yoga, Trans-Vocal Speech Training from Prismatic Speech, Power Beyond Pride, and more. We also offer a queer library with many LGBTQ-related books and movies and a trans clothing closet where transgender folks can come and find a gender-affirming outfit at no cost to them. In 2020, we hosted the first in a series of rotating art shows at the LGBTQ Center.