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Support. Educate. Empower.

The Mama Bears Giving Circle is a community of monthly donors that come together to give, learn, and issue grants collectively to LGBTQ+ nonprofits working to make the world a safer and more inclusive place for our children.

Founder of Mama Bears, Liz Dyer, leads an online community of 40,000+ moms who come together to love, support, and empower parents of LGBTQ+ youth and the LGBTQ+ community. The community encourages every parent with a LGBTQ+ child to fully affirm and celebrate their child as they are. Read more about Mama Bears here!


Directly support the LGBTQ+ community

Join the Mama Bears Giving Circle

The Mama Bears Giving Circle is dedicated to funding nonprofits that support the LGBTQ+ community. When you give to the Mama Bears Giving Circle, 10% of your donations will go directly to The Real Mama Bears to continue their great work and the remainder of the grants will be issued equally to the nonprofits listed below.

Every Donor Has Flexibility in How They Give

Legacy Collective offers the convenience of giving online with a credit card through the links below thanks to our partners at Pure Charity. You can also establish monthly ACH payments through the links below on the 1st and 15th of each month. You have the option during enrollment of covering the 5% processing fee through Pure Charity.

You are also able to give directly to Legacy Collective and save the 5% processing fee so that those funds can be used towards grants given to our nonprofit partners. If you are interested in paying with a check, setting up monthly bill pay, a monthly ACH on a different time of the month, or wiring funds, please email so that we can share our banking information with you.

All Giving Levels

  • Nominate nonprofits for grants twice a year
  • Vote on approved nominated nonprofits in each grant round
  • Follow what projects have been funded and see the impact made
  • Receive Recording of Annual Town Hall Meeting with Legacy Collective Leadership Team
  • Invitation to Virtual Quarterly Dinner ‘n Learns






  • Invitation to Live Recording of Annual Town Hall Meeting with Legacy Collective Leadership Team


  • Invitation to the Legacy Gatherings with the ability to purchase (2) tickets


  • (1) Free ticket to the Legacy Gatherings and the option to purchase (1) ticket for a guest


  • (2) Free tickets to the Legacy Gatherings and the option to purchase (2) ticket for guests
  • Invitation to annual DREAM Meeting with the Legacy Board & Leadership Team


  • (4) Free tickets to the Legacy Gatherings
  • (2) Free tickets to VIP Hour with Legacy CEO, Chair, Co-Founder & Nonprofit Speakers Prior to Gathering
  • Invitation to annual DREAM Meeting with the Legacy Board & Leadership Team



Mama Bears Giving Circle 2024 Spring Grant Round

  • Nomination Window
  • Vetting Process
  • Voting Period
  • Recipients Sign Agreements
  • Announce Nominees
  • January 8 – 26
  • January 29 – February 16
  • February 16 – March 3
  • March 4 – 8
  • March 11 – 13

Corporate Sponsorships

If your company is interested in becoming a Corporate Sponsor, please contact

We are currently raising funding for the following organizations!

Free Mom Hugs

Free Mom Hugs empowers the world to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community through visibility, education, and conversation. The organization has chapters in all 50 states and other initiatives forming globally. The group’s growing force of more than 20,000 volunteers is a national groundswell dedicated to empowering the world to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community through a nationwide movement of love and acceptance.

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Kaleidoscope Youth Center serves and supports LGBTQ+ youth and young adults by providing supportive and collaborative services that encourage individuals to stand in their strengths, their power, and to stand for a world where everyone can be their most confident, authentic self. KYC seeks to recognize and challenge systems of power that perpetuate barriers and injustice in young people’s lives.

Stand with Trans

Stand with Trans is saving lives one person at a time by helping trans youth build resilience, gain confidence and find hope for a future filled with joy. Founded in 2015 by a passionate mom, the organization continues to grow, serving an international population of families. Stand with Trans provides trans-affirming support groups, therapy assistance, and other beneficial events and workshops.

The LIAM Foundation

The mission of the LIAM Foundation is to encourage, heal, and empower the LGBTQIA+ community through Love, Integrity, Advocacy, and Mentorship. The organization is the first of its kind in the region, connecting the Northern Illinois LGBTQIA+ community with valuable resources as well as providing educational services to a number of schools, businesses, and organizations.

Previously, the Mama Bears Giving Circle has raised over $370,000 for the following organizations thanks to the generosity of our donors!

Each of these LGBTQ+ focused nonprofits have received varying amounts to continue their amazing work. Plus, Real Mama Bears has received a percentage to help further their reach!

Covenant House Washington

Gender Spectrum



Kind Clinic

Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Peer Support Space

Resilience 1220

Resource Center

The Equality Crew

The Trevor Project

TransFamily Support Services

Tyler Clementi Foundation


1. What’s a giving circle?

It’s a community of like-minded people who come together to give, learn, and collectively issue grants to nonprofits.

2. What is Legacy Collective?

Legacy Collective is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that’s been gathering communities of passionate givers for more than seven years. Since 2015, they’ve raised more than $6 million.

3. How much should I give?

Suggested giving levels for the Mama Bears Giving Circle are $25/mo, $50/mo, $100/mo, $250/mo, $500/mo, and $1,000/mo. However, everyone is welcome to give at a level that works for them.

4. Can I just give one time?

The success of the Mama Bears Giving Circle is in recurring, monthly donations. However, one-time donations are certainly accepted and appreciated.

5. Can I nominate an organization to receive a grant?

Yes! Members of the Mama Bears Giving Circle will eventually be able to nominate and vote for other wonderful nonprofits impacting the LGBTQ+ community.

6. I’m not a Mama Bear. Can I still give?

Yes! While Mama Bears are leading the way, we invite everyone to join us. Whether you are an LGBTQ+ person or an ally of the community, this giving circle welcomes anyone who wants to see the world become a safer & kinder place for LGBTQ+ youth.

7. How are our funds are used for this giving circle?

Glad you asked!

  • 10% Administration
  • 5% Pure Charity Donation Processing Fee
  • 85% Grants