Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund - The Long Island Community Foundation

Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund

It has been more than 25 years since the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock established The Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund (LIUUF), a donor-advised fund, at the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF). Guided by an advisory committee who represent Unitarian Universalist congregations throughout Long Island, the LIUUF has awarded millions of dollars to nonprofits in Nassau and Suffolk counties to advance grassroots progressive social change. Often taking bold leadership, LIUUF has supported projects that build power among marginalized groups, advocate for policies and practices that level the playing field and make Long Island a more equitable and peaceful place for all of its residents.

“The LIUUF is committed to strengthening social justice on Long Island by using the power and resources of philanthropy,” explains Sol Marie Alfonso Jones, LICF senior program officer managing the Fund. “It opens pathways to civic participation among the region’s most vulnerable.”

Focus Areas

Immigrant Rights
Community Organizing
GLBT Advocacy
Educational Equity
Racial Equity/Justice
Legal/Leg Advocacy
Leadership Development
Environmental Justice
Women's Rights

Some of the goals of LIUUF grants include protecting the civil and human rights of people of color, immigrants, women, GLBT individuals, and disadvantaged people; amplifying the voices of and providing benefits to vulnerable populations; promoting an inclusive vision of social, economic, and environmental justice; and ensuring that the people most affected by injustice are involved in decision-making and action for all of the above.

Grants Awarded Since 1993
Number of Grants
Average Grant
Unitarian Universalist Principles
Advisors use these seven Unitarian Universalist principles to guide LIUUF grantmaking decisions.
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Seven Principles
A belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every person
Justice, equity and compassion in human relations
Acceptance of one another and encouragement of spiritual growth
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A free and responsible search for truth and meaning
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The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process
The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all
Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part
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LIUU Chalice - symbolizes freedom and liberty for all

LIUU Advisors and Their Congregations

Marian Russo, Chair – Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Great South Bay – Sayville

Linda Anderson, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Freeport/South Nassau

Ilene Corina, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Freeport/South Nassau

David Holstein, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork

Jeanne Keegan-Hoenig, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Fork

James Monnier, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington

Terry Bain, Veatch Partner – Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock


“The LIUUF has had an important impact on Long Island nonprofits,” said Marian Russo, Chair of the LIUUF Advisory Committee. “Monies have been granted to grassroots groups, which are battling injustices every day that keeps people from having equal access to resources. This social justice grantmaking brings UU principles to life.”

LIUU Grantmaking
LIUU Fund grantmaking reflects Unitarian Universalist principles The Fund’s overarching mission is to build and energize a community of progressive social change activists, and to support prophetic voices in vulnerable communities who speak out against injustices —often in unsafe environments and at personal risk and sacrifice.
What LIUU Funds

The Fund looks for opportunities to support work that:

  • Leads to social change
  • Protects the civil rights of people of color, immigrants, women, GLBT individuals, disabled, and other protected classes
  • Promotes an inclusive vision of social and economic justice
  • Amplifies emerging regional issues
  • Provides concrete benefits to vulnerable communities and/or populations
  • Brings new, creative thinking to problem-solving
  • Offers possibilities for broad civic engagement around issues
  • Ensures that the people most affected by injustice are involved in decision-making and action for all of the above
Last Year's Grants
Other Considerations

Requests from Long Island Unitarian Universalist congregations cannot be considered for funding.

Organizations cannot receive grants simultaneously from any two of the following:
Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
Unitarian Universalist Association Funding Program
Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund

How to Apply