2001-Present

 

2012 – A fourth year of Queer Youth Theater Fund grants totaling $157,800 were made to 14 theater projects. The third conference of QYT artistic directors was hosted by The Theater Offensive in Boston. The “Incubator” program provided mentorship to three new queer youth theaters. The Pride Youth Theater Alliance was created and a half time coordinator was hired.

 

2011 – A third year of Queer Youth Theater Fund grants totaling almost $155,000 were made in the spring to ten queer youth theaters across the country including Toronto, Canada. A second conference of artistic directors from these theaters was hosted by the Pride Players of the Rose Theater in Omaha, NE. The Conference included workshops and a performance of the Pride Players. In the summer, the trustees determined to spend down the foundation by 2018 with a vision of supporting a vibrant national network of queer youth theaters empowering the queer youth within their programs to reach their full potential.

 

2010 – A second year of Queer Youth Theater Fund grants totaling over $120,000 were made in the spring to ten queer youth theaters across the country and a conference of artistic directors from these theaters was held in Orlando, Fl to allow the opportunity to network and exchange ideas.

 

2009 – To implement the new mission statement, the Queer Youth Theater Fund was established and grants for general operation and special projects totaling over $105,000 were made in the spring to nine queer youth theaters across the country from Boston and New York City to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Total grants since 1983 now totaled almost $1,400,000.

 

2008 – A fall board retreat resulted in establishing a new mission statement that focused the foundation on “starting or being engaged with innovative programs that empower queer youth to reach their full potential.” A grant to the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys was used to establish a donor advised fund there to help implement programs supporting the new mission statement.

 

2007 – Continuing the discernment process, the trustees again collaborated with the Queer Youth Fund of the Liberty Hill Foundation.

 

2006 – The trustees continued the discernment process begun in 2005 and collaborated with the Queer Youth Fund of the Liberty Hill Foundation to support grassroots organizations working to improve the quality of life for queer

2005 – Having phased out the international grant making program on St. Kitts and Nevis, the trustees began to explore domestic grant making possibilities that better reflected the evolving philanthropic interests of the founder. The fourth Trustee Recognition grant honoring Martin Dupuis was made to the University of Western Illinois to endow the Martin Dupuis Student Leadership Award. Total grants since 1983 now totaled over $1,000,000.

 

2004 – The deliberate strategy employed by Mukti to carefully and strategically end its program in St. Kitts and Nevis through a series of exit grants to key grantees were completed in 2004. Judith Towle, William Moody and Thomas Fox, who had been active as Trustees with the St. Kitts-Nevis programs, stepped down to become Trustee Emeriti. The third Trustee Recognition grant honoring Judith Towle was made to the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands to endow the Judith Towle Environmental Studies Fund.

 

2003 – As the 20th anniversary approached, grants implementing the exit strategy continued to the SCHS, NHCS and to support the new Mational Museum, total grants since 1983 reached over $800,000, and the Fun endowment had shrunk to $1,800,000 due to the decline in the stock market.

 

2002 – The second Trustee Recognition grant honoring William Moody was made to the Atlantic Center for the Environment. In consultation with local NGOs, the Trustees established an exit grant strategy with formal grant proposals solicited from them. The seventeenth and final grant was made to the Small Grant Program, where over $140000 was awarded for more than 100 small grants to local community groups.   The eleventh and final grant was made to the IRF to support institutional and program development for local NGOs. Over the years, Mukti Fund grants to the IRF totaled $150,000 of which two-thirds was awarded as small grants to environmental NGOs on St. Kitts and Nevis.

 

2001 – Weston Milliken, an organizational consultant, was elected trustee. The trustees agreed to phase out the grant-making program on St. Kitts and Nevis by the end of 2004 and begin full funding of the new domestic gay lesbian program in 2005.

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