The Diana Foundation: It's Your Turn to Make History

Born from a simple gathering of friends in David Moncrief's living room in 1953, The Diana Foundation has flourished into the nation's oldest continuously active LGBTQ+ organization. Our enduring legacy is a testament to the unwavering commitment of our members, who have consistently fostered a spirit of unity and companionship. Through the years, this commitment has translated into impactful social and philanthropic events that resonate deeply within our community.

Membership in The Diana Foundation is a unique privilege, limited to an exclusive cadre of 100 individuals. If you resonate with our mission and values and wish to be a part of our enduring legacy, we invite you to apply online today.

Membership is open to any and all individuals.

Benefits of Diana Membership

The Diana Foundation is a social and philanthropic nonprofit organization. Our membership is limited to just 100 members. Members enjoy an array of benefits, including some described below:

  • Exclusive member house party social events (member and their guest).
  • Special social outings and activities.
  • Monthly happy hour events.
  • Monthly membership meetings which add to the social calendar of activities.
  • Members enjoy discounts on travel, entertainment, and consumer products through our Diana+ Member Benefits Program.
  • Online portal providing all-in-one management of organizational activities.

Membership Categories, Dues, & Expectations

There are four categories of Diana membership. New members may only apply for either Associate or Full member status. (* = internal membership tier)

  • Associate Member
    • Introductory membership option for up to two (2) years with an option for extension.
    • This category is for individuals who live outside the City of Houston and/or are seeking an opportunity to explore a future with the organization.
    • This membership category provides a reduced annual membership dues fee, and does not require a purchase of a ticket to our two (2) annual major fundraising events.
    • Individuals in this category are non-voting members.
       
  • Full Member
    • Members in this category will pay an annual dues amount as established by the membership.
    • Individuals are required to purchased at least one (1) ticket to our Foundation's two (2) annual major fundraising events.
    • Individuals are required to purchase or make plans to acquire their official Diana membership pin.
    • Individuals in this category are voting members. 
       
  • Honored Member*
    • This is an internal promotional membership tier which recognizes the contributions of a Full member. Criteria is established by our Foundation's Bylaws, and members may apply for promotion from July 1-September 1 of each year. 
    • Members in this category will pay an annual dues amount as established by the membership.
    • Individuals are required to purchased at least one (1) ticket to our Foundation's two (2) annual major fundraising events.
    • Individuals in this category are voting members. 
       
  • Emeritus Member*
    • This is an internal promotional membership tier and serves as the highest recognition a member may receive based on criteria established by our Foundation's Bylaws. 
    • Members in this category will pay an annual dues amount as established by the membership.
    • Individuals are not required to purchase a ticket to the Foundation's annual major fundraising events.
    • Individuals in this category are voting members. 

Application Process

Candidates seeking membership may apply using our online application. The following describes membership requirements and our application process.

Membership Requirements:

  • Applicants must have attended at least one (1) of The Diana Foundation's major fundraising events within twelve (12) months prior to submitting their application. Major fundraising events include the Foundation's annual Country Dinner and Diana Awards show.
  • Applicants must secure a Diana member to be their sponsor. Sponsors assist with the internal application process and serve a mentor.
  • Applicants must submit their annual dues payment when applying. Dues will be pro-rated in the following membership year for those members who are accepted. Any individual not accepted will receive a full refund.
Application Process
 
  • An individual submits their online application.
  • Membership Committee chairperson reviews applications to ensure that an individual has met the qualifications of membership.
  • Sponsor makes motion to move the application to the Board for review and approval at a regular membership meeting.
  • Upon Board approval, the Board will make a final recommendation to the membership at its next regular meeting for final approval.
  • New members are welcomed into the organization.
  • The membership application process may take up to two (2) months.

Contact Us

For questions about becoming a member, please contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions and welcome you to America's oldest active LGBTQ+ organization.