FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2020
As of 12:00 AM, Pacific Standard Time this morning (March 31, 2020), the San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund has engaged over $93,000 in support for nightlife workers whose livelihood has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
This figure includes over $88,000 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, $97.14 per donation.
The SF QNF has raised 44.25% 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 1 day remains to raise $107,000 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 31, 2020) 242 grant applications through our online grant application (https://sfqueernightlifefund.org/sf-qnf-application/). Grant applicants have requested minimally $291,103 in relief in total. This is an average of $1,202.90 in relief requested by each applicant.
Among the current applicants:
- 97.11% rent their home
- 8.67% are a recipient of food assistance
- 38.42% do not have health insurance
- 18.18% have 1 or more dependents
- 67.35% 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: 11:59:59 PM PST, March 31, 2020).
The QNF has only one (1) more day to raise $107,000. 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).