Our Purpose

For more than ten years the Frank Harr Foundation has been an LGBTQIA education and outreach organization. Our goal is to provide safe spaces and help others do the same within their own community and organizations while providing leadership opportunities for our youth and support for our elder population.

  • Safe Zone Training – We’ve developed our own Safe Zone training that focuses on LGBTQIA 101 and a specific Trans 101. This program is appropriate for schools, businesses, non-profits, civic and social organizations. The goal is to teach inclusive and appropriate language, outline the do’s and don’ts, and help our broader community create safe spaces where all are comfortable.

  • Youth Steering Committee – Our Youth Steering Committee is thriving with a strong peer education focus. While offering leadership training and opportunities, a few of the programs our youth are participating in include Safe Zone training, sex education training, drug addiction prevention, and Stop the Bleed.

  • University Level Education – We provide education at the university level sharing specific tools and insight to Social Work and Nursing students on the unique issues that face the LGBTQIA population.
  • AIDS Awareness – The Frank Harr Foundation is honored to be bringing The AIDS Memorial Quilt to Wilmington. During this two-week event, the Quilt will be displayed at select venues in our community with speakers, educational workshops, and social gatherings hosted to continue the mission of making HIV/AIDS real and immediate. We also have an AIDS awareness and testing program executed in coordination with Seeds of Healing.

  • Aging in Place – We’re proud to be working with Aging in Place through our SageNet program assisting LGBTQIA elders in their desire to remain in their homes and continue to live full lives when entering their later years.

  • Near Future Programs – In Fall 2019 watch for more information and volunteer opportunities for our Friendly Visitors Program offering outreach to our LGBTQIA elder population. The program will put volunteers together with those that might want to have a friendly visit by phone or in person once a week, perhaps a meal, or be taken to local events or shopping. We’re excited to bring the LGBTQIA generations together.


Our youth need resources when navigating what it means to be a part of the greater LGBTQIA community. We are committed to providing programs, events and support for all young people whether they have familial and peer support or not. Additionally, initiatives exist for individuals, families, education and health providers wishing to gain a better understanding of how best to serve our youth.


We are aligned with SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders) whose primary objective is to improve aging for LGBT people nationwide. LGBT older people are twice as likely to be single and live alone and four times less likely to have children. SAGE’s 40-year track record of outreach allows us to serve those in need of services and look out for each other while helping our seniors experiencing significant challenges with limited support systems.


The Frank Harr Foundation is committed to aligning with individuals, businesses (small and large), and organizations that help us fulfill our mission of addressing the needs of our LGBTQ community. Whether through engagement with Port City Pride, or joining forces and working with or promoting the efforts of PFLAG, SAGE, Queer Current, the LGBTQIA Resource Center at UNCW, Stonewall Sports and so many more, you can be confident that supporting us means you’re supporting efforts designed to improve the lives of those we serve.

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