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The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence® is a leading-edge Order of queer nuns. Since our first appearance in San Francisco on Easter Sunday, 1979, the Sisters have devoted ourselves to community service, ministry and outreach to those on the edges, and to promoting human rights, respect for diversity and spiritual enlightenment. We believe all people have a right to express their unique joy and beauty and we use humor and irreverent wit to expose the forces of bigotry, complacency and guilt that chain the human spirit.

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Use our secured method to leave us a tax-deductible donation so that we can further our vows to spread universal joy and expiate stigmatic guilt by providing grants to nonprofits that promote wellness, identity, tolerance and diversity in our communities.

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Sister Grants
The Sisters' Fundraising and Grants PDF Print E-mail

Since our founding in 1979, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have raised and distributed over one million dollars to non-profit organizations that serve needy communities.  Each year, we raise thousands more.  The next time you see a Sister with a collection bucket, drop a couple of bucks in, because the money goes right back to the community.

Historically, The Sisters have given grants to under-funded, smaller organizations and projects providing direct services to our communities. The majority of these organizations and projects receive little, if any, government or main-stream funding and may be in the early stages of development. Our grants are typically $250 to $1,000.

We are especially attracted to progressive projects that promote wellness, identity, tolerance and diversity within our communities. We have a vision that encompasses diverse communities and groups that have a common interest in human rights, people of every gender, gender identity, race, class, age and sexual orientation.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have three annual distribution cycles for our Grants: Easter (March/April), Pink Saturday (June) and Saturnalia (December). We accept grant proposals throughout the year.

2015 Grants Schedule:

Easter Cycle:
Grant Proposals Due March 31, 2015. Announcement Date May 15, 2015

Pink Saturday Cycle:
Grant Proposals Due July 11, 2015. Announcement Date August 31, 2015

Saturnalia Cycle:
Grant Proposals Due November 28, 2015, Announcement Date January 15, 2016

Grant proposal deadlines and grant dispersal dates subject to change.

Please include a one-page cover sheet with the following information:

1. The name of your organization.

2. What your organization does in 30 words or less.

3. How much money you are requesting from us.

4. What you plan to do with these funds in 30 words or less.

5. Why this is important, in 30 words or less.

6. Your organization’s total annual expenses and annual revenues.

7. Whether you have nonprofit status, or who your fiscal sponsor is, or whether you are applying without.

8. The name, email, and phone of a responsible person we can contact if we have questions..

9. Who a check should be made out to and the address to which it should be sent.

Please note: failure to include any of the information listed above or below may result in your proposal being denied.

On 3 additional pages please provide a more detailed description of….

1. Project budget

2. Organization budget

3. Documentation of nonprofit status, or fiscal sponsorship and your sponsor’s documentation.

Please do not include any of your organization’s fliers or brochures.
Submit your proposal to: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc.
Attn: Grants Committee
584 Castro Street
PMB # 392
San Francisco, CA 94114-2594


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