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Grants to Gay Issues Focus on Civil Rights and Youths

Efforts to promote gay marriage and civil-rights issues received the largest share of the nearly $30-million given to gay causes in 2002 by foundations included in a new survey.

Sixty-five percent of the 214 grant makers surveyed, or 139 foundations, awarded a total of 1,570 grants to help gay people, with an average grant amount of $19,122. Of the 50 foundations in the United States with the most assets, 14 made such grants.

The report, by Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues, a New York organization that advocates support for gay causes, found that 10 of the foundations that gave money

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