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Colin Higgins Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-02-05

At A Glance

Colin Higgins Foundation

P.O. Box 29903

San Francisco, CA United States 94129-0903


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Entertainment

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $513,915

Total giving: $61,000






Established in 1986 in CA - Founded by the late Colin Higgins, a screenwriter, director and producer. Mr. Higgins is best known for his screenplay of "Harold and Maude," and for his writing and directing of the films "Foul Play" and "Nine to Five."

Purpose and Activities

Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards is an individual grants program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer and Questioning youth activists (through age 21) who have bravely stood up to hostility and intolerance based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and triumphed over bigotry through working for LGBTQ rights and social justice. The Foundation places emphasis on supporting individuals from the following communities: geographically underserved communities, such as rural and reservation communities; communities of color, transgender communities, immigrant communities, and low-income communities.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Colin Higgins Youth Courage Awards

The foundation salutes and celebrates courage in the face of adversity and discrimination by awarding $10,000 individual grants to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two Spirit, Queer and Questioning youth activists (through age 20) who have transformed their experiences with bigotry and discrimination into opportunities to inspire others by taking action, rallying support, building community, and working to change the systems and institutions that impact their lives.

Grants to Individuals Program

Grants by nomination only for awards to individuals of the LGBTQ communities, who have endured overwhelming hostility and hate yet have handled themselves with the utmost grace.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Diseases and conditions
  • Health
  • Human services
  • Immune system diseases
Population Groups
  • Ethnic and racial groups
  • People with diseases and illnesses
  • People with HIV/AIDS

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $513,915 (market value)

Gifts received: $163,493

Expenditures: $180,946

Total giving: $61,000

Qualifying distributions: $152,292

Giving activities include:

$41,000 for 5 grants (high: $15,000; low: $1,000)

$20,000 for 2 grants to individuals of $10,000 each