January 2011 Dateline
The (recently-awarded $200,000 Arcus) grant is an outgrowth of DignityUSA’s participation in a nearly two year Advisory Council process, through which activists, academics, theologians, pastoral ministers, and others met regularly to examine the state of the LGBT movement within Catholicism, and to determine where progress in creating a fully-inclusive Church and society could be made. DignityUSA President Mark Matson called the grant announcement, “A threshold moment for us. We will look back at this someday as a game changer.”
I see these grants as an endorsement of the work DignityUSA, Dignity Chapters, and members have been doing for over four decades, and of the vision and plans our National Board has put in place for moving forward. The vision and forward-looking plans call for more collaborative efforts, a larger role in civic events, broadening our base, and strengthening our public voice, both within and outside of our Catholic Church. All of these goals are supported by this funding.
DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke
in "DignityUSA Awarded Two Significant Grants"