Paula Fraser, President
Karen Dickinson, Treasurer
The Metropolitan Community Foundation (MCF) works to meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable in our community, including children from low-income families; homeless men, women, and children; all those affected by HIV/AIDS; and all people facing discrimination, harassment, or physical violence.
The Foundation, established in 1997, grew out of the vision of MCC San Francisco and its congregation's tradition of compassionate care. During the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, San Francisco's gay community suffered devastating losses at an astounding rate. Promising lives were cut short every day, and over 500 funerals were held at the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco alonesometimes four in a single Saturday.
In the mid-1990s, when new medications began to keep the local AIDS crisis at bay, the people of MCC San Francisco, who had learned through grief and pain to take care of each other, reached out in joy and gratitude to take care of others in need with advocacy programs and direct social services. In 1997, the Metropolitan Community Foundation was established as a secular, community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit tax-exempt organization, to embrace and sustain these programs and services.
Christmas gift giving for the Homeless Children's Network (HCN) of San Francisco
MCF staff and volunteers work on the frontlines to provide food, community, advocacy, dignity and compassion to those who are poor, homeless, hungry, discriminated against, or otherwise marginalized, regardless of sexual orientation. Through witnessing their struggles, MCF develops innovative programs to meet their needs, and speaks up for necessary changesfrom finer points of policy reform to system-wide transformation. MCF brings the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) communities together around major social, political, and spiritual issues affecting all of us, and through MCF, the LGBT communities reach out to help others.
Established in 1997, the Metropolitan Community Foundation (MCF) grew out of the vision of MCC San Francisco and its congregation's tradition of compassionate care. MCF works to meet the basic needs of the most vulnerable in our community, including:
We provide services and advocacy for individuals—the hungry and homeless, those living with HIV and AIDS, and those facing discrimination—and work to change the systems that dehumanize them.
We help LGBT people rediscover their deeply held valuesthe creativity, kindness, and integrity that have kept them strong through the hardest of timesso that through living out those values, they may bring gifts of healing to the world.
We build coalitions with other local, state, and national organizations to eliminate barriers to opportunity and equality, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, gender identity, or economic status.
With radically inclusive compassion, we honor the full humanity and dignity of each person, and strive to create a world where all people can fulfill their potential.
We train and empower LGBT and gay-positive leaders to help shape policy on a wide range of important issues, including health care, marriage and civil unions, families, hate violence, employment, and housing.