QNF Update | March 21, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2020

PRESS CONTACT:
qnf-press@lgbtq-economics.org

As of 12:00 AM, Pacific Standard Time this morning (March 21, 2020), the San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund has engaged over $48,000 in support for nightlife workers whose livelihood has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

This figure includes over $45,000 in grassroots contributions through the SF QNF website (www.sfqueernightlifefund.org) from 346 individual donors, and $3,000 in pledged support from philanthropic or corporate donors. Each grassroots donor who has contributed has given, on average, $105 per-person.

The SF QNF has raised 23% of our current $200K fundraising goal to fund 200 grant-worthy applicants from the nightlife industry who depend on nightlife venues and events for their income. However, only 11 days remain to raise $154,824 to accomplish the SF QNF’s goal. We need community support to help those workers who have been laid-off from San Francisco’s historic and culturally significant LGBTQ nightlife industry.

In addition to contributions of support, the SF QNF has received as of 12:00 AM PST today (March 21, 2020) 166 grant applications through our online grant application (https://sfqueernightlifefund.org/sf-qnf-application/). Grant applicants have requested minimally $176,704 in relief in total. This is an average of $1,064 in relief requested by each applicant.

Among the current applicants:

  • 97% rent their home
  • 8% are a recipient of food assistance
  • 39% do not have health insurance
  • 17% have 1 or more dependents
  • 69% rely upon their stated nightlife income as a sole source of income

Based on the anticipated need, the San Francisco Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund organizers have set a fundraising goal of at least $200,000 to adequately meet the needs of the 200 QNF grant recipients we currently expect in our application cohort (due: March 31, 2020).

Please contact the SF QNF organizers with any questions regarding this press release (qnf-press@lgbtq-economics.org).

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