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San Diego Human Dignity Foundation bids farewell to executive director Tony Freeman

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) announced today that its executive director Tony Freeman is leaving his post to return to the ministry of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC).

Freeman has served as executive director for five years, and will continue to support the organization as a resource through the transition. His last day will be Oct. 5.

The organization's board of directors has initiated an executive search process, and during the transition period, long-time supporter and past board member David Miles has been retained as interim executive director. Together with Board Vice-President Drew Jack and existing staff, Miles will manage day-to-day activities at the Foundation to ensure the organization's programs move forward effectively.

“While the Board is sad to lose Tony, we would not be in the position we are today without his leadership and we wish him all the best in this new endeavor,” stated Kay Chandler, SDHDF board president. “Tony’s departure will in no way hamper current Foundation efforts. Our board is fully engaged as well and ready to step in whenever needed.”

SDHDF was founded to improve the quality of life within San Diego’s LGBT community by promoting responsible philanthropy to enact positive social change. The organization is the sole community foundation in the region dedicated to the benefit of the LGBT community.

During Freeman’s time as executive director, SDHDF leaders say the organization has experienced unprecedented growth, achieving several significant milestones. Assets have more than tripled to over $3 million, notably with the establishment of the Sunshine Brooks Fund by AIDS Foundation San Diego.

SDHDF was selected, through a competitive process, to be the convener of the San Diego HIV Funding Collaborative, that in 2012, has distributed over $400,000, raised through AIDS Walk San Diego as well as other local and national donors, to HIV/AIDS service providers in the San Diego region. Also, a major funding initiative - Aging with Dignity - was launched to create new resources to address the unique needs of San Diego’s LGBT seniors.

“None of these successes would have been possible without Tony Freeman’s leadership,” said Chandler.

“I am very proud of The San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and the work it has done to address the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in San Diego,” said Freeman. “The Foundation is strong on all fronts – operationally, financially, and organizationally. It is poised to continue to grow as a community-wide leader and supporter of efforts that benefit LGBT people.”

Freeman came to the Foundation in 2007 after managing a corporate giving program and launching a new corporate foundation serving at-risk children and youth.

More information about SDHDF is available here.