Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues are pleased to present the 2015-2016 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic & Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities, a comprehensive report on the state of foundation and government funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) issues. This report captures data on 12,964 grants awarded by 511 foundations, intermediaries, and corporations and by 15 government and multilateral agencies over the two-year period of 2015-2016. It provides detailed data on the distribution of LGBTI funding by geography, issue, strategy, and population focus, offering a tool for identifying trends, gaps, and opportunities in the rapidly changing landscape of LGBTI funding.
Comparing the 2015-16 versus 2013-14 data, we track a 35% increase in number of reported grants and show that global LGBTI funding grew by 23%, or $100 million (USD), in total grant amount.
The 2015-2016 Global Resources Report builds upon the first edition, released in 2016, which focused on grantmaking in calendar years 2013-2014. With this second volume, we now have comprehensive data on four calendar years of grantmaking, allowing us to conduct a deeper analysis of the trendlines for LGBTI funding over time.
We hope that this report will be a valuable tool for both donors and movement leaders seeking to advance LGBTI rights and improve the wellbeing of LGBTI communities around the world. By better understanding the current scale and scope of LGBTI funding, we can better respond to gaps, advocate for more resources, adapt our goals, and increase our impact.