Richard D. Burns joined The Funding Exchange as Interim Executive in December, 2012. Prior to joining FEX he was the Interim Executive Director of Funders for LGBTQ Issues. Funders for LGBTQ Issues seeks to mobilize philanthropic resources that enhance the movement for lgbtq equality and advance racial, economic and gender justice.
He served as Interim Executive Director of Stonewall Community Foundation, the public foundation for New York City’s lgbtq community, from June, 2011, through March, 2012. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer at the Arcus Foundation, a global foundation advancing pressing social justice and conservation issues.
Richard was Executive Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City from 1986 to 2009. The Center provides mental health and social services, cultural programs, public policy programming and meeting space to more than 5,000 people each week.
He was the founding president of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) in 1978 and served as Managing Editor of Gay Community News in the late 1970’s, both in Boston.
He is a member of the Selection Committee of the New York Community Trust – New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards and serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the NonProfit Coordinating Committee. Richard is a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City AIDS Memorial Park campaign and serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for HIV Law & Policy.
He is a graduate of Hamilton College and Northeastern University School of Law.