LGBTQIA+ Strengths and Needs Assessment

The Sherwood Foundation
The Sherwood Foundation promotes equity through social justice initiatives that enhance the quality of life in Nebraska. With a focus on women and those oppressed due to their race, sexual orientation, and/or religion or lack thereof, they believe social justice can produce equitable power, access, opportunities, treatment, impacts, and outcomes for all. They value equal rights, access to civic life, reproductive justice, the opportunity to thrive, and access to services. Through investments in organizations and initiatives The Sherwood Foundation is dedicated to making strategic impacts in the communities they serve.

Setting funding priorities by asking the community what they need

At Catalyze, we believe individuals and communities are the experts in their own lives. To help our clients improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) community members across the Omaha-metro area through future grant funding, we partnered with The Improve Group to gather direct input from community members. In this strengths and needs assessment (SNA), members of the LGBTQIA+ community shared their input on strengths to amplify, needs to address, and sub-populations (e.g. people of color, youth, etc.) to focus on for future funding.

Change Making

Engaging with the community as members of the community

Community members shaped funding recommendations by mapping out parts of town, completing surveys, and participating in community-led discussions in LGBTQIA+ champions’ homes. This approach allowed us to provide our client with clear, actionable funding priorities that came directly from the community itself. Community representation on research teams means the results are accurate, nuances are understood, and the community is invited to be part of the solution