Seasoned Movement Leader Brad Clark to Join Gill Foundation as Vice President of Partnerships

Gill Foundation CEO Courtney Cuff announced today that Brad Clark will be joining the foundation team as vice president of partnerships, effective January 20, 2015.

“We have a lot of work to do to ensure equal treatment for LGBT people in America, and the Gill Foundation cannot do it alone,” said Cuff.  “We are excited to welcome Brad to our team to lead our efforts to engage other funders in the important work that remains. Brad has helped build a groundbreaking campaign with our partners at the Human Rights Campaign focused on the Deep South.  Brad’s experience driving statewide change, his understanding of regions like the South, and his strong track record of building trusted relationships will be critical to generating the kind of collaborative funding that we need to accelerate the pace of progress where it’s needed most.”

“Colorado is home to me, and I’ve had a wonderful relationship with the extended Gill family for many years. I am excited to head west and join the incredible Gill Foundation team,” said Clark.

Clark has more than a decade of experience working in the LGBT movement. Most recently, he served as director of Project One America with the Human Rights Campaign, where he led a cross-organizational effort to dramatically expand equality in the South and bridge the divide that exists for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans.
Previously, Clark was executive director of One Colorado Education Fund, the state’s leading LGBT advocacy organization. Under his leadership, One Colorado built a coalition of more than one million Coloradans to pass a civil unions law, launched a nationally recognized organizing project with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, passed a comprehensive anti-bullying law, and added protections for transgender Coloradans to access health insurance.

As vice president of partnerships, Clark will lead efforts to increase and diversify funding for the LGBT movement and to support individual and institutional funders in impactful giving. Clark will also be responsible for the biennial, invitation-only OutGiving conference, which brings together major donors to connect, learn, and share ideas on ways to advance equality through focused philanthropy.

“This past year, the stories I’ve heard on my travels throughout the South have touched me profoundly—from the courage of a black trans officer coming out on the police force to the resilience of a mother of four evicted from her home for being a lesbian. I am grateful for my opportunity at the Human Rights Campaign to help develop a new campaign in the Deep South,” said Clark. “At the Gill Foundation, I’ll have the opportunity to continue focusing on the South, a region that receives only 3-4 percent of domestic LGBT funding. Engaging donors and funders who care about advancing equality in the South is my top priority. I’m looking forward to generating more resources for the work ahead and to ensuring that donors continue investing, even as momentum for equality builds.”

For more information, contact Jace Woodrum at 720-274-3238.

About Gill Foundation

The Gill Foundation is one of the nation’s largest funders of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equal rights work. The foundation has invested more than $260 Million since inception in organizations and programs to achieve its mission of equal opportunity for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.