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Gill, Tim (b. 1953)  
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Gill established the Gill Foundation with a million dollars in 1994. He continued to increase its financial worth, especially after he sold his interest in Quark to Ebrahimi in 2000. By the end of 2004 the Gill Foundation's endowment stood at 220 million dollars.

The Gill Foundation, named by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the Foundation of the Year in 2004, has numerous educational, cultural, political, and other projects. More than 67 million dollars' worth of grants were awarded in the Foundation's first decade. It is now the leading funder of glbtq organizations and causes.

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Among its multifarious bequests, the Gill Foundation has established scholarships for gay and lesbian students at several colleges, donated to AIDS hospices and other programs, and given grants to institutions such as the Human Rights Campaign and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

A grant from the Gill Foundation was integral to the development of the extremely successful Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Its executive director, Kevin Jennings, praised Gill's work, saying, "The gay community in its current form could not exist without Tim. He created the infrastructure of national organizations like mine, and also in out-of-the-way places where gay community centers never existed before."

In order to qualify for Gill Foundation grants, organizations must have or adopt nondiscrimination policies that include language regarding sexual orientation and must also publicly acknowledge the receipt of money from the Foundation's Gay and Lesbian Fund of Colorado.

While the bulk of the Foundation's grants go to glbtq causes, some are awarded to other entities such as libraries, children's charities, and arts organizations. Gill feels that it is important to make "straight folks aware that the organizations they know and love also get gay support."

The Gill Foundation's political programs include the Democracy Project ("a non-partisan effort to help organizations serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their allies raise more money, lobby more effectively, strengthen relationships with supporters, and build alliances with other organizations") and TurnOut ("a project . . . that seeks to educate friends and family of lesbians, gay, bisexual, and transgender people as to the basic inequalities faced by their loved ones on a daily basis and empower them to take action to voice their concern").

Gill and his partner, Scott Miller, reside in Aspen, Colorado but have also traveled extensively, often with outdoor sports on the agenda. Despite his unpromising start in high school, Gill has become quite an athlete and enjoys snowboarding, paragliding, canoeing, and mountain climbing.

Linda Rapp

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Hopkins, Jim. "QuarkXPress Grew out of Shy Guy's Love for Solitude; Now He's a Huge Philanthropist." USA Today (August 15, 2001): B7.

McCaffrey, Raymond. "Stepping Out--Bit by Bit; Quark's Tim Gill Builds a New Life While Helping Others." The Gazette (Colorado Springs) (May 31, 1998): A1.

O'Connor, Colleen. "Who Is the Real Tim Gill? He Made a Fortune at Quark. Now He Has Turned His Focus to Politics, Philanthropy and Mad-dog Adventures." Denver Post (December 12, 2004): L1.


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Gill, Tim  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
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Transgender, and Queer Culture
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