QNF Update | March 28, 2020

March 28, 2020


As of 12:00 AM, Pacific Standard Time this morning (March 28, 2020), the San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund has engaged over $82,000 in support for nightlife workers whose livelihood has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

This figure includes over $77,000 in grassroots contributions through the SF QNF website (www.sfqueernightlifefund.org) from 766 individual donations, and over $5,000 in pledged support from philanthropic or corporate donors. Each individual grassroots gift has been, on average, $100.46 per donation.

The SF QNF has raised 38.5% 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 4 days remain to raise $122,946 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.

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In addition to donations, the SF QNF has also initiated a silent auction, for queer nightlife merchandise donated by Juanita More, Fog City Pack, Polyglamorous, and Pound Puppy SF. All proceeds from this auction will go to the QNF’s emergency relief effort for queer nightlife workers.

In addition to contributions of support, the SF QNF has received as of 12:00 AM PST today (March 28, 2020) 222 grant applications through our online grant application (https://sfqueernightlifefund.org/sf-qnf-application/). Grant applicants have requested minimally $242,753 in relief in total. This is an average of $1,093 in relief requested by each applicant.

Among the current applicants:

  • 97.5% rent their home
  • 8.5% are a recipient of food assistance
  • 38.3% do not have health insurance
  • 18.06% have 1 or more dependents
  • 68.98% 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).

To meet their goal, the QNF have a daily fundraising goal of $30,736.50. Queer nightlife workers need support from the SF community now.

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

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