JOIN LIGHTHOUSE FOUNDATION
For individual members, Lighthouse Foundation has two branches: the Black Queer Caucus (BQC), which represent a cross-section of identities within the Chicagoland Black LGBTQ+ community and the Coalition of Accomplices for Racial Equity (CARE), the direct-action organizing arm that’s open to non-Black accomplices as well as Black folks. BQC and CARE work together to build a community based in healing, justice, and equity where Black LGBTQ+ people in the Chicagoland area can thrive.
JOIN THE BLACK QUEER CAUCUS
Who can join the caucus?
The Black Queer Caucus represents a cross-section of communities and interest areas within the Black LGBTQ+ community.
What are the expectations of caucus members?
Caucus members are expected to:
Attend Lighthouse Foundation events
Identify and vote on one to three campaigns (issues or problems) throughout the year that impact Black LGBTQ+ folks across Chicagoland. Lighthouse Foundation leadership and CARE representatives will work together to initiate direct actions (e.g., demonstrations, protests, etc.) that will win the campaigns selected by the caucuses. However, taking part in direct actions is not mandatory for caucus members.
Spread the word by inviting new people to engage in our programming and attend caucus meetings
Share information about the events, programming, and work of Lighthouse Foundation on your social media and within your personal networks
What are the benefits of being a caucus member?
Caucus members will get training, political education, fellowship, and empowerment as part of a social justice organization dedicated to taking action. Members will also have the opportunity to build community with and network with a range of other Black LGBTQ+ folks. Together, we will be the catalyst for change for the next generation of Black LGBTQ+ folks!
How do I join?
Please complete the interest form below. Our Black Queer Caucus Corrdinator will reach out within 5 - 7 business days with more information and next steps. We're excited that you're looking to join us!
JOIN THE COALITION OF ACCOMPLICES FOR RACIAL EQUITY (CARE)
Who can join CARE?
Anyone committed to the pursuit of justice for Black LGBTQ+ people is invited to join the work of Lighthouse Foundation's direct-action organizing arm, CARE. CARE is open to both individuals and organizations (faith communities and non-profit organizations).
What are the expectations of CARE members?
Individuals are welcome to join CARE. Also, organizational members are expected to appoint one representative to be a CARE member. CARE members are expected to:
Attend at least half of CARE's monthly strategy sessions (in-person or virtually). During these sessions, participants will help plan and execute racial justice campaigns by researching, developing campaign strategy, receiving anti-racism training, and preparing for direct actions.
Support fundraising for Lighthouse Foundation within their sending organization, as well as outside of it.
Attend one community organizing training each year led by Lighthouse Foundation or an affiliated training entity.
Participate in direct actions initiated by CARE.
Amplify the work of CARE by sharing news of direct actions or fundraising efforts on social media networks, organization websites, newsletters, etc.
Support CARE financially by paying the recommended membership dues below to support the vital justice work. However, finances should NOT be a barrier to joining and Lighthouse Foundation can work with you in this process. These dues support staff salaries, as well as programming/education for CARE members and our Caucuses, as well as the Chicagoland community.
Individuals are encouraged to give 1% of their monthly net income.
Faith communities are encouraged to make an annual membership commitment that will amount to 0.5% to 1% of their general operating budget.
Nonprofits are encouraged to make an annual membership commitment at the following levels:
Guiding Light -$15,000-$19,999
What are the benefits of being a CARE member?
CARE members will have access to community-organizing training opportunities that will help them better serve CARE, pursue justice in their own lives, and offer their sending organization concrete ways to pursue LGBTQ+ justice with a racial equity lens. Members will also have the opportunity to be in relationship with business, faith and political leaders, nonprofit organizations and faith communities throughout Chicagoland.
CARE members will also help develop concrete solutions to tackle racial injustice. Finally, being part of CARE is an opportunity to embody and extend your commitment to LGBTQ+ justice with a racial equity lens when such activism is rare to find in a meaningful way.
How do I join?
Please complete the interest form below. Our CARE Coordinator will reach out within 5 - 7 business days with more information and next steps. We're excited that you're looking to join us!