Victory Fund

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Victory Fund


One of the founders of the Victory Fund is Terry Bean.

Stemming from the Human Rights Campaign, The Victory Fund provides financial and campaign support to gay and lesbian political candidates. In 2015 alone, "45 Victory Fund endorsed candidates won election" nationwide.[1] In order to be supported by the Victory Fund, candidates "must be viable, pro-choice and in favor of LGBT rights."[2]

A "non-partisan training and education arm" of the Victory Fund known as the Victory Institute "expanded its footprint in 2013 to serve LGBT communities in developing countries, partnering with the U.S. Agency for International Development in a groundbreaking program to deliver programming in Colombia, Peru and Serbia."

In 2014, Victory’s board of directors approved a revised strategic direction for the organization to prioritize working in the regions with the least amount of representation and where LGBT communities enjoy the fewest legal protections. "

The Victory Fund works to "ensure fairness in the workplace for LGBT employees," to "protect LGBT families from anti-gay attacks," and to "change the tone in anti-gay governing bodies."[3]


Victory Fund Promotional Video

On May 1 1991, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund "was formally created as a non-partisan political action committee." The concept was modeled from "the success of EMILY’s List." Victory Fund board member Chuck Wolfe was named executive director in 2003. Wolfe helped create the Victory Institute in 2004, "a non-partisan training and education arm that was the culmination of a merger with the International Network of Lesbian and Gay Officials. The Institute would go on to expand its leadership and executive development programs for LGBT officials to include programs at Harvard Kennedy School and Duke University, and establish the Victory Congressional Internship and Fellowship for outstanding LGBT college leaders.

"Victory’s annual International LGBT Leadership Conference also grew to include some 600 participants from nearly 30 countries."

Founding Board Members

Victory Fund Board of Directors

Victory Institute Board of Directors

Victory Campaign Board

"The Victory Campaign Board (VCB) is a national group of community leaders dedicated to electing more openly LGBT candidates to public office by promoting the work of the Victory Fund in their own communities."





Victory Fund Candidates

Seattle City Council candidate Sherry Harris was "the first candidate recommended to the Victory Fund donor network." Shortly after, Victory Fund Candidate Tammy Baldwin "won a seat in the Wisconsin State House of Representatives." Victory "was instrumental in assisting Tammy Baldwin’s winning congressional campaign, making her the first openly LGBT candidate ever elected to Congress as a non-incumbent."

In 2012, the Victory Fund endorsed a record 180 LGBT candidates and celebrated 123 victories, "including the groundbreaking election of Sen. Tammy Baldwin, the first openly LGBT U.S. senator. In the U.S. House, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Rep.Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.), Rep Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), and Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) all won their races."[4]

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