Since 1996, Greensboro’s LGBT community groups and the people they serve have profited financially, culturally and socially from the work of Guilford Green Foundation. This year, the organization will be honored by the Human Rights Campaign at its Carolinas Gala, receiving the Equality Award for an Organization. Other honorees include Individual Equality Award winner Mary Elizabeth Lennon and Legacy Award winners Dave and Joan Parker.

In the past 11 years, GGF has used its community grant funding to promote diversity and inclusiveness throughout greater Guilford County, distributing over $550,000 to organizations serving the LGBT community or those seeking to implement programs reaching out to the LGBT community. Since 2000, the group’s grant awards have more than doubled from $30,000 to $65,000 annually.

Like any group, GGF started out with a small but dedicated group of volunteers. In late 1995, communty members sought a way to support the work of Triad Health Project, Greensboro’s local AIDS service organization. The first Green Party was held to raise funds for THP’s work and in less than a year’s time, GGF was born.

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Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.