Pride United

Coming Out Party 2019

A Matter of Pride. A Sense of Belonging.

United Way of the Wine Country’s Pride United aims to identify, support, and advocate for the diverse needs of our LGBTQ+ community by advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion by funding local programs and services.

Pride United donors give to a collective fund that awards annual grants to nonprofit organizations supporting LGBTQ+ individuals and families in Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and/or Del Norte counties.

Pride United 2021 Grantees:

Community Matters for LGBTQ+ Student Sensitivity Training which provides virtual and/or in-person student-centered training model that harnesses student power to prevent and stop bullying that targets LGBTQ+ students.

Face to Face – Sonoma County AIDS Network for AIDS Emergency Fund which provides emergency cash payments of up to $500 to vulnerable LGBTQ+ clients living with HIV throughout Sonoma County. Demand for this program, which improves health and financial sustainability, is at an all-time high.

Food For Thought for HIV Nutrition Program which will serve 650 low-income Sonoma County residents affected by HIV, who are primarily gay and bisexual seniors, with comprehensive, lifesaving nutrition services.

On The Move/LGBTQ Connection for Proud Employment Initiative which will improve financial stability for LGBTQ people by providing a series of trainings to both employers and LGBTQ Connection participants in an effort to reduce discrimination against, and build welcoming environments for, LGBTQ job seekers in Sonoma County.

Positive Images LGBTQIA+ Center for LGBTQIA+ Youth and Family Gatherings which is collaborating with North Bay LGBTQI Families (NBLF) to bring together youth under 12 and parents. They will re-launch a current monthly program called Social Saturdays as an all-ages, family friendly event with facilitators from the community.

TLC Child & Family Services for Project Flare/Undoing Aloneness Campaign which will renew momentum to ensure LGBTQ+ Foster and LGBTQ+ BIPOC youth no longer feel alone. The virtual and in-person leadership opportunities and training events offered will propel youth past the sting of isolation towards confidence and financial stability.

Pride United 2020 Grantees

Community Matters for LGBTQ+ Student Sensitivity Training- to electronically deliver a student-centered training model that harnesses the power of students to prevent and stop bullying that targets LGBTQ+ students

Face to Face for AIDS Emergency Fund during the COVID-19 Era- to support their clients needing emergency financial assistance

Food For Thought for HIV Nutrition Program- serving Sonoma County residents affected by HIV, who are primarily gay seniors, with lifesaving nutrition services

On the Move/LGBTQ Connection for LGBTQ Reach Out Initiative- serving LGBTQ Latinx and rural youth to implement systems change, collaborative events, and a local bilingual resource kit

Positive Images for Online LGBTQIA+ Support Groups- to support the continuation and expansion of online peer support groups for LGBTQIA+ youth and adults throughout Sonoma County and expanding into the nearby rural counties of Mendocino, Lake, Del Norte and Humboldt

TLC Child & Family Services for Project Flare/Share Your Flare- to create a legacy of visibility for LGBTQI foster youth in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Lake counties



Pride United Advisory Board

Karen Fies, Chair
Christine Bitonti
Madelyne Cromwell
Kevin Jones
Beck Kageyama
Gary Saperstein
Joseph Summerill
Grace Villafuerte

Join Our Diverse and Dynamic Community

Pride United was originally known as the Sonoma County LGBTQI Giving Circle, founded in 2014. As the Giving Circle, we raised almost $200,000 to support local organizations.

Members and allies of the LGBTQ+ community are invited to give a gift of any amount ($1+). To give online, click here.

Please see the Pride United Infographic and Pledge Form for more information.

To make your gift by phone or to obtain a paper pledge form, or simply to learn more about Pride United, please contact Maddie Wright at 707-528-4485 x 146 or