It Shows That People Care:
LGBTI organisations fundraising from individuals
in Europe and Central Asia
Many LGBTI groups across Europe raise funds from individuals: with online donations, galas and dinners, merchandise, fundraising at Prides…
This new guide, developed by ILGA-Europe and the Global Philanthropy Project, includes an overview of fundraising, frequently asked questions, 10 case studies, and guidance and resources to start or improve your fundraising.
Plus: Insiders Briefing available exclusively for LGBTI activists and grant-makers. This private briefing offers state-of-the-art thinking on fundraising from individuals. To request a copy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
From the introduction:
In recent years, many LGBTI activists have reached the same conclusion: strengthening the movement requires strong communities, and strong organisations with diverse income streams. We’ve collectively started asking ourselves: How can we build stronger local communities? How can we cultivate financial sustainability? Fundraising from individuals is part of the answer.
Raising money from individuals may be difficult, and cultures of individual philanthropy vary greatly between countries – not to mention the absence of any such culture, which can make fundraising especially demanding (but also innovative).This report shows that LGBTI activists in Europe and Central Asia already fundraise in wildly different contexts, partly learning from the feminist movement’s innovative women’s funds, started in the 1970s.
In 2013, several foundations and partners came together to develop individual donor fundraising in the European LGBTI movement. They initiated coaching, training, peer support and development opportunities.
We want to thank the Open Society Foundations, the Arcus Foundation, other funding partners who supported these early initiatives; as well as Charlie Rounds, Ise Bosch, and other individuals who provided valuable support and counsel. The Lafayette Practice and ILGA-Europe also helped kick off these early efforts.
The European LGBTI movement is at its best when we share experiences and resources across groups and across countries. That’s exactly what this guide does: it shows our communities already fundraise in dynamic and innovative ways. We hope it inspires!