Webinar Launch: Funder Briefing the State of Trans Funding and Funder Briefing the State of Intersex Funding- Oct 9

Webinar Launch of
“Funder Briefing: The State of Trans Funding” and 
“Funder Briefing: The State of Intersex Funding”

Wednesday, October 9th 2019 at 10 am EDT, 4 pm CEST, 5pm EAT


** This is a grantmaker only webinar if you have any questions please email info@globalphilanthropyproject.org


Across every region of the world, trans and intersex people face unacceptably high levels of violence and discrimination. Intersex and trans movements are fighting back, but their progress is hampered and their leaders risk burnout because they have very little funding. Join us for the launch of our two new briefs; Funder Briefing: The State of Trans Funding and Funder Briefing: The State of Intersex Funding.

These two new briefs are based on a comparative analysis of data from two reports- The State of Trans Organizing (2nd Edition) and The State of Intersex Organizing (2nd Edition), produced by American Jewish World Service, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Global Action for Trans Equality and the 2015-2016 Global Resources Report: Government and Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities published by the Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues.

The reports, containing data from 455 trans groups and 54 intersex groups in 107 countries around the world, are a call to action for civil society and philanthropy to step up our collective support.


Webinar Speakers:
Wiktor Dynarski – Program Officer, OSF Public Health Program
Broden Giambrone – Director, International Trans Fund
Cleopatra Kambugu – Director of Programmes, UHAI EASHRI

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ILGA-Europe Donor Pre Conference Oct 23

Save the Date:
GPP and ILGA-Europe
Donor Pre-Conference

October 23 2019
Location: Orea Hotel Pyramida, Prague

Global Philanthropy Project Donor Pre-Conferences bring together key public and private grantmakers, donor governments, high net wealth individual donors, philanthropic thought leaders, and other partners within the LGBTI movement to develop strategies responding to current trends and opportunities. We aim to foster a shared understanding of the needs of the field, and identify and encourage opportunities for alignment, collaboration, and learning as donors.

This is a private gathering for grantmakers.
This is a non-solicitation event.

Please note: more information coming soon about additional grantmaker reception/events.

Emerging themes for the day at this year’s Donor Pre-Conference may include:

  • Immigration, migration, refugee status, and asylum seekers
  • Children’s Rights
  • Health and Wellness
  • Economic Participation
  • Shrinking Space/ Fight for Democracy/ Defense of Open Space

***Due to space, the Donor Pre-Conference is limited to 40 people


This year, the European LGBTI movement will meet in
Prague, Czech Republic from 23-27 October with the theme “Stronger Together.”

Are you planning to attend the full ILGA-Europe Conference?
Please note: separate registration is required with deadline of September 3rd

ILGA-Europe encourages you to register early. Registration will take place on a ‘first come first served basis’ and may close before Sept 3 date if maximum conference capacity is reached. 


Meeting Location 

Bělohorská 24, 169 00 Praha 6 Czech Republic
Phone +420 277 278 690
Room: Neptun Room


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the conference fees and costs?

ILGA-Europe offers three fees options for grantmakers based on your needs. The first two options cover the following: access to the entire conference programme including all meals from Thursday to Saturday (lunch, dinner, coffee breaks), four nights of accommodation with breakfasts at the conference hotel (Wednesday – Sunday), and the opening evening on Wednesday.

  • Accommodation in single room 765.00€
  • Accommodation in shared room 610.00€
  • No accommodation 420.00€ (This only includes access to the entire conference programme including all meals from Thursday to Saturday (lunch, dinner, coffee breaks) and the opening evening on Wednesday)

What if I have to cancel my registration?

If you have to cancel your participation, please let ILGA-Europe know as soon as possible. Please note that if the cancellation occurs after Monday 16 September, food and programme costs will not be reimbursed. Accommodation costs will only be reimbursed if ILGA-Europe manages to offer your room to another participant.

Travel Recommendations

ILGA-Europe encourages you to book your travel as soon as possible to ensure best rates.

  • Suggested arrival:  Tuesday evening for Wednesday morning meeting (there is no Tuesday evening programing)
  • Suggested departure:  Sunday morning

The Donor Pre-Conference will start Wednesday at 9:30am. The main conference programme will start on Wednesday at 17:00. The conference will conclude with a closing dinner and party in the evening of Saturday from approximately 19:00 to 02:00.

What if I need to arrive earlier or depart later?

Donors who want to arrive earlier than Wednesday or depart later than Sunday need to arrange the extra nights directly with the hotel. The same discount rate will be offered (€85/night in single room, breakfast and VAT included). Booking can be done via the following address: tereza.stankova@orea.cz

Will you provide visas?

Information about the visa application procedure and delays can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

If you need a visa invitation letter, you will have the opportunity to indicate it on your registration form. Please make sure to complete all the relevant fields (citizenship, passport number, delivery/expiration date) otherwise ILGA-Europe will not be able to provide timely support for your visa application procedure.

For questions relating to visa please contact Prague2019@ilga-europe.org

Photos from Previous DPC

Brussels, Belgium 2018

Warsaw, Poland 2017

Nicosia, Cyprus 2016

Athens, Greece 2015

NEDWA, September 26-29 2019

Save the Date: MENA Donor Events at NEDWA

September 26-29 2019
Location: Cyprus*

Global Philanthropy Project and Arab Foundation For Freedoms and Equality invite grantmakers invested or interested in the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) LGBTI movements to save the dates for NEDWA on September 26-29 for specific grantmaking programming. There will be a cocktail reception on September 26 and a short Post-Conference Donor Debrief and dinner on September 29th. GPP is coordinating donors to attend and participate in the NEDWA conference to learn, share grantmaking experiences, and meet activists in one of the least funded LGBTI regions in the world. 

NEDWA’s theme for 2019 is “Stronger Roots for Stronger Alliances.”

NEDWA believes that the basis of any strong movement lies in its roots. NEDWA will be drawing from the MENA region’s successes and best practices to feed into LGBTI movements’ resilience, protective mechanisms, collective care, and communal healing. Secure roots empower resilient and far-reaching branches through which the work can flourish and bear its fruits. Our branches are our alliances; they carry our voice and allow us to persist in the face of great adversity.


In 2013, The Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality organized the first Alumni Meeting, a yearly event originally organized in the context of the Social Change Program (SCP), and aimed to bring together the alumni of the SCP. After four years, the Alumni Meeting evolved to become a regional space/conference on gender and sexuality in the MENA region. The conference aims to tackle thematic areas under the banner of gender and sexuality to highlight new research and bring to the forefront new topic areas and the latest debates both in academia and from the field. This will help not just AFE but also other groups and individuals understand the knowledge gaps and needs of the region in terms of research, information, and advocacy. The conference will also serve as a networking space, creating the opportunity for individuals from around the region and working on the region to come together and build relationships and explore partnerships.


For both 2013-2014 and 2015-216 the MENA region is the lowest LGBTQ funded region based on the GRR 2015-2016.
The number of grants reported was 175 for a total of funding of $6.7 million.

Global Philanthropy Project and Arab Foundations for Freedoms and Equality are committed to bringing grantmakers to the region to discuss the limited LGBTI funding in the MENA region. GPP and Funders for LGBTQI issues’ report The Global Resources Report 2015-2016 found the following striking data: 

  • Turkey and Lebanon had the highest LGBTI funding in the region over 2 million USD in grants to organization in Turkey and less than 1 million USD in grant to organizations in Lebanon. 
  • 94% of the grantees funded for the work in MENA were based in the region. 
  • Human Rights funding constituted 79% of all LGBTI funding documented in the MENA region. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the official language of the conference?

The official conference language is Arabic, however there will be English and French translation. Feel free to submit your registration in any of the three languages. 

What are the conference fees and costs?

Fee for donors is $300USD which includes 3 daily meals for four days and transportation from and to Larnaca’s airport. NEDWA will reserve hotel room for attendees, once travel information on registration link is completed. Cost of hotel will be charged on arrival to the hotel. 

How is payment arranged?

Once you submit your registration form, NEDWA organizers will follow up with you to share payment details and other conference logistics. 

Where is NEDWA being held?

The location will be announced to attendees upon acceptance of registration. 

Will there be transfer offered from airport to conference venue?

Yes, NEDWA will be providing pick-up from and to the Larnaca’s airport. Details to be shared following registration. 

Will you provide visas?

If you need a visa, NEDWA can arrange it. Please email them directly at nedwa@afemena.org


Webinar: Post-Global LBQ Conference

Post-Global LBQ Conference Grantmakers Webinar

Wednesday, July 24th at 10am EDT/ 4 pm CEST / 5 pm EAT/ 

Join Global Philanthropy Project, Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights, and Prospera for a grantmaker webinar to discuss the Global LBQ Conference in South Africa. Discuss the conference’s main themes, key opportunities for investments and other observations and reflections from those who attended. This call will open up and contribute to a larger discussion about our role as grantmakers in mobilizing and supporting resources for LBQ movements and movement leaders. 

Speakers will be announced shortly.

Related Research

Webinar: Funder Briefing Call about Caster Semenya’s Legal Case, July 9

Funder Briefing Call about Caster Semenya’s Legal Case
Tuesday 9 July 2019
11 am EDT, 5 pm CEST, 5 pm SAST, 4 pm BST

In May, the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) issued a preliminary decision upholding the new regulations of the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF), which would require Caster Semenya to take testosterone-reducing medication in order to compete in middle distance races, for which she has won Olympic gold medals. Caster is challenging this ruling and so far the Swiss courts have upheld her right to continue to race without such medically unnecessary interventions. 

Sports fans celebrate the exceptional – celebrating those who have a competitive advantage due to their naturally occurring physical characteristics. Many elite athletes have specific genetic factors that correspond with their athletic success such as swimmers with larger than “normal” feet, runners with larger than “normal” hearts or lung capacity. Caster Semenya is no different. It is deeply concerning that women are being asked to undergo medical interventions to continue competing in sport — especially when there is not conclusive scientific evidence that higher natural testosterone provides a competitive advantage. Genetics alone do not make for athletic success; many other factors contribute to an athlete’s success, including extremely hard work and determination. 

This call is for interested funders to learn more about Caster’s legal appeal, the importance of this case for issues of gender, race, intersex bodies and the world of sports. There is also an active campaign to raise the necessary funds for her legal appeal. 

“Sport Disrupted: Sex_uality Matters”
October 30-31, 2019

Donor Post-Conference
November 1, 2019

Join Dreilinden gGmbHDiscover Football, and Global Philanthropy Project for a Conference and Donor-Post Conference on Sports and LGBTI Rights. 

The conference focuses on:

  • effects of sports gender binary as well as homophobia on the daily lives of amateurs and professionals
  • use of sports as tool for empowering LBGTIQ people
  • lessons to learn from non-binary grassroots sports and LGBTIQ projects
  • visions for a non-binary sports world and a fair competition

GPP at Women Deliver 2019, June 3-6 2019

GPP at Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference
3-6 June 2019  |  Vancouver, Canada

Many of GPP’s member organizations will be represented at the 2019 Women Deliver conference, and we have compiled key resources for members and other grantmakers to support and promote making connections between Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, Trans, and Intersex (LBQTI) movements and their intersections with movements for gender equality. See below for information about our May 28th Webinar co-hosted with PAWHR and Women Deliver, our list of WD sessions/events relevant to LBQTI issues, and our research/resources for learning more about LBQTI funding.  Newly added: GPP member organizations have developed a position paper for distribution to funders and policy-makers attending Women Deliver 2019. 

Connecting the Dots: LBQTI and Gender Equality at Women Deliver.
A Webinar for Funders and Policy Makers.
May 28, 2019 10-11am EDT / 4-5pm CEST / 5-6pm EAT
In advance of the June 2019 Women Deliver global conference, Global Philanthropy Project (GPP), Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights (PAWHR), and Women Deliver co-hosted a webinar for funders and policymakers interested in exploring Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer, Trans, and Intersex (LBQTI) movements and their intersections with movements for gender equality. Funders and Policymakers were invited to learn about opportunities to build bridges, share tools and data, and develop a community of mutual learning and support achieve gender equality of all people regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics.

Speakers included:

  • J. Bob Alotta, Executive Director of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
  • Joy Chia, Program Officer for the Women’s Rights Program, Open Society Foundations
  • Wendy Drukier, Director General for Global Affairs Canada
  • Katja Iversen, President/CEO of Women Deliver
  • Nicky McIntyre, CEO of Foundation for a Just Society
GPP, PAWHR, Women Deliver logos

GPP Position Paper for Funders at Women Deliver

GPP spreadsheet tracking LBQTI-related events at Women Deliver

You can also view the GPP spreadsheet directly here.
Know of others we should add? Send them to info@globalphilanthropyproject.org 

Our partners at Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights (PAWHR) also have a collected events page here. 

Featured GPP & Member Research

Related Research

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GPP, GATE, AJWS, Astraea, 2019.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice 2018

Research Report on the Right to Education for Transgender People in China 2019

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission 2014

Time is now: Voices of our friends as a step towards understanding the lives of lesbian, bisexual and trans women in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2018 CURE Foundation Fullscreen Mode
European Lesbian* Conference 2017 Fullscreen Mode
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Grantmaker Resources re: funding Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer Women

New report: Mapping Digital Landscapes of Trans Activism in Central Asia and Eastern Europe (CAEE) by Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Transgender Europe (TGEU).

Urgent Action Fund International Human Rights Law Clinic University of California, Berkeley, School of Law December 2017

The first edition of ILGA’s Trans Legal Mapping Report was released in November 2016. Available in English/Spanish.

New resource from FRIDA The Young Feminist Fund, November 2017

American Jewish World Service (AJWS), Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) and Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), 2017

Global Action for Trans* Equality and Open Society Foundations, 2014.

By Mariam Armisen, for The Baring Foundation, 2016. See more research at the Baring site.  

New from Mama Cash and Urgent Action Fund, this report is a tool, resource, and testimony to inform the understanding of how closing space, in all its forms, has a gendered impact.

Grantmakers Resources on funding Intersex movements.

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
August 2016
Available in English, Spanish, Russian, and forthcoming in Chinese.

Funders Concerned about AIDS, December 2015.

Authors: Somjen Frazer and Erin Howe, Strength in Numbers Consulting Group for the GPP Trans* Working Group in collaboration with Arcus Foundation and Open Society Foundations, 2015.

Presented by Masen Davis, March 2016

Authors: Strength in Numbers Consulting Group
Commissioned by: GPP Trans* Working Group in collaboration Arcus Foundation and Open Society Foundations