Our Beginning

On May 8, 2008, this world lost Frank Harr, a lifelong advocate for cultural diversity. In honor of his legacy his partner of 32 years, Ken Cox, founded The Frank Harr Foundation - a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization continuing Frank Harr's pursuit of social justice. Diversity is achieved when we build relationships. And building relationships is a big part of our mission.

Today... And Tomorrow

Today we are proud of the outreach work we're doing and our growing services to youth, the aging and our solid alliances with individuals and organizations that understand the needs of the LGBTQ community. Our programs have grown to include intersex and asexual considerations. But there's so much more to be done.

We are lucky enough to have found a home within the Ormond Building at 1624 Princess Street, courtesy of St. Paul's Episcopal Church. It is a place for everyone - where youth, elders, family and friends have a safe haven as well as a place to explore history and everything Wilmington has to offer. It offers resources suitable for those just passing through or for people wishing to make Wilmington their home. It is also worth mentioning that St. Paul's Episcopal is an affirming congregation to the LGBTQ+ community. If it were not for them, then The Frank Harr Foundation would have a hard time finding a new home and we are very appreciative of the space allotted by the church.

If you're interested in helping us, please consider getting involved whether as a volunteer or by making a donation. Or if you have any ideas for The Frank Harr Foundation, we are always looking for new projects!

Our Board & Staff

Virginia Hager

President

Gary Brown

Treasurer

Alana Schilling

Board Member

Reverend Janyce Jackson Jones

Board Member & Chair of SAGE Steering Committee

Cindy Dunigan

Board Member

Ken Cox

President Emeritus

Shelly O’Rourke

Staff | Executive Director

Leah Webb

Staff | Communications and Programming

Jak Rogers

Intern | BSW Student at UNCW

Advisory Board Opportunity

The Frank Harr Foundation is creating a Community Advisory Board. If you like what we’re doing and feel you have ideas, skills and/or just want to get involved, our Community Advisory Board might be the ideal fit. This is a chance to provide feedback and insights to our Executive Board and those working on the Frank Harr Foundation’s behalf. Our plan is to meet quarterly to update all on our initiatives while tapping into the resources of our Wilmington community. LGBTQIA and allies are welcome. Want to learn more? Reach out to boardchair@frankharrfoundation.org for the fastest reply or follow the link below.

Tell Me More

Who Was Frank Harr?

Frank HarrFrank Harr (April 26, 1952 – May 8, 2008) was a lifetime resident of South Eastern North Carolina and dedicated his life to building community, educating others about human rights, and advocating for equality for ALL people. Frank touched so many lives through his compassion, humanitarian efforts and his commitment to change. He evoked passion about many issues, whether it was violence within a neighborhood, social justice, or educating communities about HIV/AIDS, Frank was the messenger.

At the early age of 19, Frank was honored with the NC Young Republican of the Year award, which helped spawn his undying and faithful love for politics. It was not until his late 20’s that Frank would become a founding member of Stone Wall Democrats, Wilmington Chapter. His passionate views and unending desire to seek equality for ALL people pushed him into the forefront of politics in Wilmington.

Frank’s political activism led community leaders, from District Attorneys to Senators, to seek his guidance, insight and participation not only within their campaigns, but with their leadership roles within the community. In the fall of 2008, Frank was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication and commitment to the Democratic Party.

Politics was not Frank’s only passion. He was an active board member for CARE – a non-profit organization supporting families infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. He also co-founded and co-chaired the annual AIDS benefit in Wilmington. Frank and Ken (his life partner of 32 years) were founding members of St. Jude Metropolitan Community Church, and very active in social justice, ecumenical and community life.

 He is missed.

Thank you to qnotes for the obituary posted here.

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