Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle

Banding together for impact

In May 2013, a group of successful next generation professionals decided to make good happen together. As dedicated philanthropists, they realized that they could make an even greater impact by uniting and formalizing their philanthropic efforts. Initially made up of 29 diverse, concerned and passionate individuals, the group was named the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle after their inspiration: social activist Audre Lorde and civil rights leader Bayard Rustin.

By pooling resources, the philanthropic founders of the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle support nonprofit organizations dedicated to empowering at-risk youth in metro Atlanta, including Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett and Henry counties. The giving circle focuses on increasing literacy among children of color and supporting LGBTQ youth of color. Grant funds are raised through individual donations, events and activities. Since its founding, the group has raised more than $300,000 in donor funds, including the receipt of $75,000 in matching grants from Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ Out in the South Fund.

For more information about the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle, please contact:

Jill Clark
Philanthropic Associate

Richard Moultrie
Giving Circle Lead Fund Advisor


To date, the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle has distributed more than $250,000 in grants to Atlanta nonprofits serving at-risk youth.

These grants drive healing and transformation. In 2019, for example, CHRIS 180 received a grant of $32,000 to support LGBTQ youth of color. One of the CHRIS 180 youth supported by a Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle grant was a young man who was homeless for 14 months. His parents kicked him out of the family home after he told them he was gay during his senior year of high school. After a year in CHRIS 180’s transitional living program, he became a Certified Peer Specialist (a paid position), and pursued his college degree at Georgia Perimeter College. Additionally in 2019, the giving circle awarded a grant of $32,000 to Create Your Dreams, an after-school, youth development organization that promotes education and helps low-income students break the cycle of generational poverty (www.createyourdreams.org).


The Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle is currently accepting inquiries for membership for its 2020 grant giving cycle.

Create Your Dreams says,
“Thank you!”

The Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle continues to support our youth by granting to a local nonprofit, Create Your Dreams. Enjoy a big “Thank you!” from the kids at Create Your Dreams!

Clifford Tyree on
I Know I Can

Clifford Tyree of the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle talks about continuing the legacy of philanthropy his father started with I Know I Can.

Clifford Tyree on
I Know I Can

Clifford Tyree of the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle talks about continuing the legacy of philanthropy his father started with I Know I Can.

Todd Greene on
Create Your Dreams

Todd Greene of the Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle talks about Create Your Dreams and how a group of Create Your Dreams alumni was inspired to start their own giving circle.

The Lorde-Rustin Giving Circle is:

  • Dr. Delanor Doyle
  • Todd Greene
  • Tiffany Hairston
  • Adante Harvey
  • Dr. Anita Haugabrook
  • Russell Jolivet
  • Samaad Keys
  • Kim Kuncl
  • Ursula McNeil
  • Richard Moultrie
  • Dr. John Spaulding
  • David Summers
  • Dr. Jeffrey Weddington