QNF Update | March 23, 2020

March 23, 2020


As of 12:00 AM, Pacific Standard Time this morning (March 23, 2020), the San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund has engaged over $70,000 in support for nightlife workers whose livelihood has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

This figure includes over $67,000 in grassroots contributions through the SF QNF website (www.sfqueernightlifefund.org) from 655 individual donors, and $3,000 in pledged support from philanthropic or corporate donors. Each grassroots donor who has contributed has given, on average, $103 per donation.

The SF QNF has raised 33% 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 9 days remain to raise $132,388 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.

During today’s online Quaran-Tea fundraiser, SF Queer Nightlife Fund raised an astonishing $9,936 from 157 donors, contributing over $63 each.

During the event 6 DJs played for a digital audience of attendees, to benefit the SF QNF. Video from the event will be vailable for the next several days on https://www.twitch.tv/sfqueernightlifefund.

Quaran-Tea DJs included:

Jumpr (Fog City Pack / DAD)


Mark O’Brien (Polyglamorous)


Kelly Naughton (DAD)


BEYA (Polyglamorous)


Nate Manic (Quaint | Extra)


Fawks (Fog City Pack)


In addition to contributions of support, the SF QNF has received as of 12:00 AM PST today (March 23, 2020) 189 grant applications through our online grant application (https://sfqueernightlifefund.org/sf-qnf-application/). Grant applicants have requested minimally $206,853 in relief in total. This is an average of $1,094 in relief requested by each applicant.

Among the current applicants:

  • 97% rent their home
  • 9% are a recipient of food assistance
  • 38% 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).

(EDIT: March 23, 2020, 9:08 AM. Updated to clarify Quaran-Tea event details and include DJ information)

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