BEST CHARITY - 2000
Break down the name to its Greek roots and you'll see why this charity has a place in our hearts. "Phil" derives from the word for love, and "anthro" is for humankind. Basically, this organization's mission is to help those who love other people for who they are. What better reason could there be to hand out money? Founded in 1987, Philanthrofund serves the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allied communities statewide; since then it has poured about $100,000 into worthy projects and developed an endowment to sustain future grants. The Women's Prison Book Project, Outward Spiral Theatre, Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of Rochester, and the Central Minnesota Lesbian Center are among recent recipients, the list's diversity testament to a program in tune with the people it serves. Philanthrofund gets its money from individual contributions rather than one gazillionaire's estate, which goes to show that impact--especially in a state where only about one percent of foundation giving goes to the GLBT community--is made one donation at a time.