In late 2015, the board of directors of the Stonewall Democratic Club of Greater Sacramento began deliberations on creating a nonprofit corporation committed to a shared goal – ”to advance equal rights for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.” The Stonewall Club had been successful in its mission to support and elect LGBTQ individuals to office, to assure a greater voice in governance. However, it was time to broaden objectives using advocacy and educational mechanisms best undertaken by a separate public benefit organization. The new nonprofit was envisioned to expand our common cause and work in alliance to advance civil rights of LGBTQ individuals and their families.
At the urging of founder Sam Catalano, the Stonewall Foundation of Greater Sacramento, a 501©(3) corporation, was established in late 2016. It moved quickly to fund its foremost objective, a university scholarship aimed at students working to increase LGBTQ equity and representation in civic affairs. Short and longer term undertakings aim to empower our LGBTQ community and its allies. Foundation resources will cultivate leadership through education and partnerships with LGBTQ individuals, educators, government officials, and social justice communities to achieve our goals.