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Guide to the People's Fund Records
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This sparse collection is comprised of approved and denied applications for assistance, thank-you notes, bank records, minutes, and scattered correspondence. There is little that documents the relationship between the Pride Foundation and its community center at 330 Grove, Bob Ross and Benro Enterprises, and the People's Fund. Nor is there an record of how the decision was made to limit aid to victims of theft or fire, or the death of family members. The criteria used in determining eligibility for funds is also not indicated.
The People's Fund (1976-1983) was a charitable organization that provided financial aid to members of the gay community of San Francisco. Its stated goal was to lend and grant funds to members of the "homosexual community" who suffered unexpected loss due to fire, theft, or a death in the immediate family. The Fund operated under a charter with the Pride Foundation, and was a product of the combined efforts of the Council of Emperors, and Bob Ross of Benro Enterprises.
Copyright to unpublished manuscript materials has been transferred to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.
Collection is open for research.