Our Mission

The Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to reduce sexual shame and normalize conversations around human sexuality by fostering sex-positive art and education. 

"Sex-positivity refers to a radical stance: accepting everyone’s sexual desires and choices, providing they’re consensually engaged in." - Dr. Carol Queen

By increasing public knowledge about human sexuality and sex-positivity, we promote sexual literacy, health, and wellness worldwide.

The Effing Foundation promotes sexuality education and artistic expression of sexuality through programs that are inclusive of women (cisgender and transgender), people who are members of gender/(a)sexuality/relationship minorities, people of color, people of size, neurodiverse people, and/or people with disabilities (mental illness, chronic illness, and/or other physical disabilities).

Grant applications for the 2022-2023 cycle will be open September 1, 2022, through 11:59pm US Eastern Time on October 2, 2022. Winners will be announced on or before March 30, 2023. For more information, check out our Grant Application Resource Guide, which includes Frequently Asked Questions, budget examples and templates, and more. If you're interested in applying, you can sign up for receive email updates about our grant program.

We will be hosting a virtual information session about applying to our grant program on Monday, August 15, 8-9 pm US Eastern time. Live captioning will be available; see the Facebook event for more info.

Meet our past grant winners! We're working with over thirty individuals and organizations across the US who are making amazing sex-positive art and education.

Ready to make a tax-deductible contribution to support sex-positive art and education? Great! You can:

  • Donate online
  • Mail a check (or have your bank mail a check) to:
    The Effing Foundation, PO Box 441497, Somerville, MA 02144.

The Effing Foundation is supported in part by

ViiV Healthcare

ViiV Healthcare
Positive Action Community Grant Program

Thank you to all of our supporters and Founding Donors! Your contributions not only make a difference to sex-positive artists and educators across the US, but they're also critical to ensure the long-term success of the Effing Foundation.