It’s spring, a time of growth, renewal, and looking forward to what the future holds. At the Effing Foundation, we’re looking forward to the return of our grant cycle and a renewed commitment to funding sex-positive arts and education projects.
This month, our newsletter is centered on sharing our plans for the coming grant cycle and all the ways the Effing community will help everyone to prepare throughout the summer. Read on to find out more about our largest grant cycle ever!
This March, at the Effing Foundation, we’re looking back over the last year, while planning for the exciting things the future holds.
In March 2020, the world as we knew it changed, as COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, and the world shut down in response. As a result, the Effing Board of Directors decided to pause the 2020-2021 grant cycle and instead to focus on supporting past grant recipients. This was the right decision, although it was difficult. By not having a grant cycle last year, we at Effing felt that was the best way to hold space for the communities we serve. During the downtime, Effing's Board, Advisory Council members, staff and founder have worked behind the scenes to make the organization stronger than ever during this challenging time.Read more
The year 2020 was a historic one for Black people. The threat of the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in February, tragically affecting the Black community in disproportionate numbers. In May, the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police ignited a social movement that hasn’t been seen in the U.S. since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. Passionately, definitely, proudly, millions of Black people (and their allies) declared that Black Lives Matter.
The movement of 2020 has carried into this Black History Month in 2021. Black Lives Still Matter. Black bodies, minds and hearts matter. Black sexuality and pleasure matter. The Effing Foundation has worked since its inception to center Black sexuality by supporting the amazing art and education projects that are created by BIPOC. In honor of Black History Month, the Effing Foundation centers and celebrates Black excellence by focusing on some of the artists and educators we’ve had the honor of working with.
Hello, everyone, and welcome to 2021!
This month we're excited to share with you the My Black (Gr)Ace series, published on The Body Is Not An Apology, written by Grace B. Freedom with support from the Effing Foundation!