QNF Update | April 02, 2020

April 02, 2020


As of 8:00 AM, Pacific Standard Time this morning (April 02, 2020), the San Francisco Queer Nightlife Fund has engaged over $96,000 in support for nightlife workers whose livelihood has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

This figure includes over $91,000 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, $96.34 per donation.

The SF QNF has raised 48.36% 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.

As of today QNF has recieved 258 grant applications through our online grant application. Grant applicants have requested minimally $306,753 in relief in total. This is an average of $1188.97 in relief requested by each applicant.

Among the current applicants:

  • 96.89% rent their home
  • 8.53% are a recipient of food assistance
  • 38.76% do not have health insurance
  • 17.82% have 1 or more dependents
  • 67.05% 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.

Because of insufficient donation support as of grant submission (April 01, 2020), the QNF organizers have decided to continue fundraising to meet the financial need for the current application cohort.

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

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