The Open Gate Foundation


In 1987 members of the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Caucus (now the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus) established a private charitable foundation, The Open Gate, Inc.: a Fund for Gay and Lesbian Life at Harvard University.

The Open Gate has tax-exempt status and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Note, however, that recent changes in the tax law may unfortunately preclude a deduction for donations to the Open Gate by people who take the standard deduction.

The generosity of Caucus members has enabled The Open Gate to provide funding for a variety of activities and events, among them:

  •   The Resource Center for Queer Students and Allies (QSA, formerly BGLTSA)
  •   Symposia on such topics as marriage equality, the biological basis of sexual orientation, and religion and sexual orientation
  •   Film series illuminating sexual orientation and its cultural context
  •   Performances, exhibits, and publications
  •   Student and faculty research projects

The Open Gate is continuing to fund a variety of projects at Harvard initiated by GLBT students, faculty, or organizations.

Apply for a Grant

The Open Gate offers guidelines that explain How to Apply for Grants .

Donate By Mail

The continued work of The Open Gate depends on your generosity. Please send your contribution to:

The Open Gate

One Corliss Place

Cambridge , MA 02139

The Open Gate is no longer able to offer donors a free membership in the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus. We encourage you to join the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus at this link, with or without a discounted subscription to the Gay & Lesbian Review.

Donate Online

You may also donate online by using PayPal.

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To communicate with The Open Gate, please send an e-mail to

Donations to the Harvard Gender & Sexuality Caucus itself can be made at but it is important to understand that donations made to HGSC are not tax deductible, because HGSC is a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit social welfare organization.