FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2020
As of 12:00 AM, Pacific Standard Time this morning (March 30, 2020), the San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund has engaged over $90,000 in support for nightlife workers whose livelihood has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis–including over $6,000 raised at today’s Quaran-Tea Fundraiser.
This figure includes over $85,000 in grassroots contributions through the SF QNF website (www.sfqueernightlifefund.org) from 779 individual donations, and over $5,000 in pledged support from philanthropic or corporate donors. Each individual grassroots gift has been, on average, $98.74 per donation.
The SF QNF has raised 42.8% 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 2 days remain to raise $110,000 to accomplish the SF QNF’s goal.
During today’s online Quaran-Tea fundraiser, SF Queer Nightlife Fund raised an astonishing $6,066 from 85 donors, contributing over $71 each. Quaran-Tea featured the following DJs, and SF Bay Area local drag-queen Florida Man.
e’Lish (Get Busy)
Brown Amy (Hard French/ Chulita Vinyl Club)
Elaine Denham (Make Out Party | Odyssey)
Kudeki (Noctuary | Public Works)
John Major (Quarantine Broadcast Network | Pyramid Scheme)
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 30, 2020) 229 grant applications through our online grant application (https://sfqueernightlifefund.org/sf-qnf-application/). Grant applicants have requested minimally $255,653 in relief in total. This is an average of $1,116 in relief requested by each applicant.
Among the current applicants:
- 97.82% rent their home
- 8.30% are a recipient of food assistance
- 38.86% do not have health insurance
- 21.00% have 1 or more dependents
- 69.00% 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 $57,148. Queer nightlife workers need support from the SF community now.
Please contact the SF QNF organizers with any questions regarding this press release (firstname.lastname@example.org).
(Updated at March 30, 2020, 12:44 PM PST, to include Quaran-Tea DJ social media information)