Us Too: Funding the Needs and Priorities of LBQ+ Women and Non-Binary People

Us Too: Funding the Needs and Priorities of LBQ+ Women and Non-Binary People
Thursday, April 20
10 am EST/ 4 pm CEST/ 5 pm EAT

Join Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Gender Funders CoLab, and the Global Philanthropy Project to discuss practical ways for donors to support LBQ+ movement-building globally. This event will focus on the findings of Human Rights Watch’s first global report on the rights of lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ+) women and non-binary people with Erin Kilbride (HRW LGBT rights Program) in conversation with feminist and queer philanthropy practitioners, Anisha Chugh (Women’s Fund Asia) and Rebecca Fox (Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice). The session is specifically aimed at donors seeking to address the critical LBQ+ funding gap.


Joy Chia
Executive Director
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Anisha Chugh
Executive Director
Women’s Fund Asia

Rebecca Fox
Vice President of Programs
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice

Erin Kilbride
Researcher, LGBT Rights Program
Human Rights Watch

Conversations with Donors around the Data and Recommendations in the Doundou Report

Conversations with Donors around the Data and Recommendations in the Doundou Report
Wednesday, April 26th 

3 pm GMT/ 11 am EDT/  6 pm EAT

Join Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO) and Global Philanthropy Project for A Conversation with Grantmakers on the Data and Recommendations in the report “Doundou: Mapping LGBTQI organizing in West Africa”The West African LGBTQI movement and the philanthropy sector have evolved since the first mapping report ‘We Exist’ was published in 2016. This visible growth and diversity made it necessary to conduct another mapping research to update the available data. The Doundou report provides compelling evidence of change and growth in the LGBTQI movement in West Africa in increasingly complex social, political, economic, and security contexts, as well as the current state of funding in the region.

At this grantmaker-only webinar, ISDAO will facilitate a space for conversation and engagement around the report with other grantmakers and will also present the key data and donor recommendations in the report.

The webinar is available in English and French.

Traduction en français

Rejoignez l’Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO) et Global Philanthropy Project pour une conversation avec les bailleurs de fonds sur les données et les recommandations du rapport “Doundou : Cartographie de la mobilisation communautaire  LGBTQI en Afrique de l’Ouest”.  Le mouvement LGBTQI d’Afrique de l’Ouest et le secteur de la philanthropie ont évolué depuis la publication du premier rapport de cartographie  “Nous Existons” en 2016. Cette croissance et cette diversité visibles ont rendu nécessaire la réalisation d’une autre recherche cartographique pour mettre à jour les données disponibles. Le rapport de Doundou fournit des évidences   sur le changement et la croissance du mouvement LGBTQI en Afrique de l’Ouest dans des contextes sociaux, politiques, économiques et sécuritaires de plus en plus complexes et dynamiques, ainsi que de l’état actuel du financement dans la région.

Lors de ce webinaire réservé aux bailleurs de fonds, l’ISDAO animera un espace de conversation et d’engagement autour du rapport avec d’autres bailleurs de fonds et présentera également les données clés et les recommandations des bailleurs de fonds contenues dans le rapport.

Le webinaire est disponible en anglais et en français.

Speakers/ Les orateurs

Olumide Femi Makanjuola
Director of Programs/ Directeur des programmes

Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO)

Matthew Hart
Director/ Directeur
Global Philanthropy Project

Caroline Kouassiaman
Executive Director/Directrice Exécutive

Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO)

Stéphane Simporé
Director of Communications and Knowledge Management/ Directeur des Communications et de la Gestion des Connaissances
Initiative Sankofa d’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO)


2023 Pan Africa ILGA Donor Pre-Conference Save the Date

GPP’s Donor Pre-Conference at Pan Africa ILGA’s 6th Regional Conference:
Pride and Resilience – Fierté et Resilience
July 31st to August 1, 2023

Port Louis, Mauritius


Global Philanthropy Project’s Donor Pre-Conference (DPC) at Pan Africa ILGA’s Regional Conference convenes key public and private grantmakers, donor governments, corporate funders, high-net wealth individuals, and other partners. Together, we will develop strategies, share insight and invent new ways to work together and respond to crises and opportunities in Africa. This pre-conference will foster a shared understanding of the needs of the field and identify and encourage opportunities for alignment, collaboration, and learning within the LGBTI donor community.

The meeting will focus on themes including:

  • Our Youth Our Future: Embracing Pride and Resilience in Shaping our Pan African Vision
  • Queerly African: Towards A Uniquely Pan-African Movement
  • My Body, My Soul, My Space, My Community: Affirming Identity and Diversity
  • Sustainable Development: Taking Our Stand
  • South to South Collaborations: Shaping Global Alliances

Attendees will gather for a full-day convening on August 1st.
On the evening of July 31st, we will be hosting a donor dinner and reception to be confirmed.


Please note: This is a private gathering, by invitation, and a non-solicitation event.
For any questions about the pre-conference, contact GPP.
If you’ve registered and been accepted, please visit the attendee site for more information. Email for the password. 


Pan Africa ILGA (International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association) announces the PAI 6th Regional ConferencePride and Resilience – Fierté et Resilience taking place from 31st July to 04th August 2023, in Port Louis, Mauritius.

Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Pan Africa ILGA works to improve the human rights of individuals on all grounds, including sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics. PAI, the largest LGBTIQ+ network in Africa, has over 300 member organizations.

  • Registration Deadlines:
    • Registration (Including Scholarships): Thursday, 23rd February 2023
    • Registration (Self-Paying Delegates): Wednesday, 31 May 2023

Conference fees for donors are $1500.00 USD. PayPal payment link.

If you are only attending the DPC, you can purchase a day pass for August 1 for $500 USD. PayPal payment link.

The conference fee covers:

  • participation in the whole conference program
  • conference evening events and a spectacular evening social program
  • meals (lunch, coffee breaks)
  • access to our Pan Africa ILGA Conference mobile application

It does not include:

  • any visa/ESTA fees
  • travel from/to Mauritius 
  • Accommodation in Balaclava, Turtle Bay, Mauritius
  • breakfast
  • insurance of any kind

Effects Framework: Reimagining Property Purchasing

 Effects Framework: Reimagining Property Purchasing as a strategic tool
Tuesday, June 20th 

10 am EDT/ 4 pm CEST/ 5 pm EAT

Join Dreilinden, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, and Global Philanthropy Project as they share insights on how property purchase grants can be used as a strategic pillar to achieve positive long-term effects on civil society organizations and the movements at large. The webinar will introduce the effects framework, a monitoring and evaluation tool developed through a participatory process, discuss some of the key effects that emerged during the development of the tool, and provide concrete examples of how the funders can integrate property purchase into their practice.

This is a grantmaker-only event. Grantmakers include employees of public and private foundations, donor governments, corporate funders, high-net-wealth individuals, wealth advisories, and funder networks.


Ise Bosch
Founder and CEO


Kieron Crawley
Report Author

Matthew Hart
Global Philanthropy Project

Addison Smith
Senior Program Officer
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Dolar Vasani
Report Author

GPP at ERC 2022

Global Philanthropy Project at Equal Rights Coalition
Buenos Aires, Argentina
8-9 September 2022

The Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) is hosting a Global LGTBI Conference in Buenos Aires, between September 8 and 9, 2022. As members of the ERC’s Donor Coordination Thematic Group (DCTG), GPP will be represented at the Conference by our Director, Matthew Hart (virtually), and by Mauro Cabral Grinspan (in person), who coordinates GPP’s Task Forces Trans and Intersex Funding, and Responding to Anti-Gender Ideologies.

Over the past 5 years, GPP and its partners have produced in-depth research on the philanthropic response to anti-gender movement. Click here to view GPP’s page dedicated to philanthropy’s response to anti-gender issues.

GPP at the ERC 2022

GPP moderates the following session at ERC 2022

  • Title: Funding Against Authoritarism: Successful Strategies for Resourcing Civil Society Responses to Anti-Gender
  • When: Friday, August 9th from 12pm to 1 pm, Argentinian time
  • Location: Palacio San Martín, Arenales 761, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
  • Panelists:
    • Erika Castellanos
    • María Luisa Peralta
    • Denitsa Lyubenova
    • Robert Akoto Amoafo

GPP Staff Member at ERC 2022 (in person)

Mauro Cabral Grinspan, Program Officer for the Trans and Intersex Funding Task Force and Responding to Anti-Gender Ideology Task Force 

GPP Staff Member at ERC 2022 (virtually)

Matthew (Matty) Hart, Director 

Relevant GPP Research

Click on the cover pages of the reports to open a separate window.

Global Philanthropy Project and the Equal Rights Coalition

ERC and Philanthropy

GPP’s members have been involved in the ERC since it was established in Montevideo in 2016 and the earlier global conferences which led to its creation. These include:

  • 2010 – A first-ever convening on global LGBTI human rights and development, co-hosted by the Swedish Government’s development agency, Sida, and HIVOS in Stockholm
  • 2013 – “Increasing Support and Resources for LGBT Rights” Conference, co-hosted by the German The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in cooperation with the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD) in Berlin.
  • 2014 – “Conference to Advance the Human Rights of and Promote Inclusive Development for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Persons”, organized by U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with the support of the Council for Global Equality in Washington, D.C.
  • 2016 – Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference, co-hosted by the Government of Uruguay and the Government of Netherlands in Montevideo.
  • 2018 – Equal Rights Coalition Conference, co-hosted by the Government of Canada and Government of Chile in Vancouver.

GPP released position statements prior to the 2016 Montevideo conference (read here) and 2018 Vancouver conference (read here), which outline the network’s priorities for the ERC in order to support the coalition to be an effective platform for increasing the amount and quality of resources flowing to LGBTI movements and communities in the global south and east.

What is the Equal Rights Coalition?
The Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) is a multilateral and multi-stakeholder coalition through which 42 member states cooperate closely with civil society, multilateral agencies, and other stakeholders to advance LGBTI human rights and inclusive development. The ERC works to promote innovative, effective diplomacy and inclusive development in support of the human rights of LGBTI persons.

The ERC Structure
Since it was established in 2016, the ERC has been primarily centered around a bi-annual ERC Global Conference, which is co-hosted by two co-chair governments (one global south and global north). The ERC Global Conference is the only global convening of its kind in which states, development cooperation agencies, civil society, international organizations, philanthropic foundations, and other relevant stakeholders come together to advance LGBTI human rights and inclusive development.

Between conferences, the work of the ERC takes place through an Executive Committee, Coordinating Committee and Thematic Groups.

These pages include links to ERC public statements, lists of members, and more. 


2023 Asia Pacific Donor Conference

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Resourcing LGBTIQ+ Movements for Change in Asia and the Pacific:
A funder convening in advance of the Sydney WorldPride Human Rights Conference
27-28 February

Deloitte Sydney Office
Sydney, Australia


Global Philanthropy Project, in partnership with Aurora and GiveOUT, is hosting the first-ever convening on LGBTIQ+ funding in Australia, Asia and the Pacific in advance of the Sydney WorldPride Human Rights Conference. 

Resourcing LGBTIQ+ Movements for Change in Asia and the Pacific will bring together leading LGBTIQ+ foundations and donor governments focused on Asia and Pacific, with the Australian philanthropic community. The unique two day program will feature LGBTIQ+ funding and civil society experts from Australia, Asia and the Pacific and will focus on developing strategies, sharing insights and inventing new ways to work together and respond to crises and opportunities across the Asia and Pacific regions.

The cost to attend the meeting is $300 AUD.

The meeting will include separate tracks on LGBTIQ+ funding in Asia and the Pacific, and in Australia, as well as plenary sessions highlighting common issues and practices.

Themes for the Asia and the Pacific programming will include: 

  • Negotiating philanthropic assistance in Closing and Closed Spaces
  • The role of LGBTIQ+ movements in political struggles for gender equality, human rights and democracy in Asia and the Pacific
  • Engaging with non-traditional donors and enhancing domestic LGBTIQ+ philanthropy in Asia and the Pacific
  • Resourcing campaigns to address the criminalization of sexuality and gender identities across both regions. 

Themes for the Australia programming will include:

  • The landscape of LGBTIQ+ rights in Australia 
  • The state of Australia’s LGBTIQ+ community sector 
  • Strategies for increasing the role of Australian philanthropy
Please note: This is a private gathering, by invitation, and a non-solicitation event.
For any questions about the pre-conference, contact GPP.
If you have registered and need the password for the attendee site please, contact GPP.


Jessica Stern
U.S. Special Envoy To Advance The Human Rights Of LGBTQI+ Persons

Louisa Wall
Ambassador for Gender Equality
New Zealand Foreign Affairs & Trade

Helena Dalli
EU Commissioner for Equality
European Union

Nicky McIntyre
Chief Executive Officer
Foundation for a Just Society

Jaime McCoy
General Manager Australia & New Zealand
Gilead Sciences

Henry Koh
Executive Director

Midnight Poonkasetwattana
Executive Director
APCOM Foundation

Anna Brown
Equality Australia

Reverand James Bhagwan
General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches

Michelle Reddy
Co-Lead Partnership and Resource Mobilisation
Pacific Feminist Fund



Australian Advisory Committee

  • Sam Turner, Aurora
  • Amanda Keeling, Aurora
  • Tracey Martinovich, GiveOUT
  • Georgia Matthews, GiveOUT
  • Catriona Fay, GiveOUT
  • Jacob White, Equality Australia
  • Meredith Jones, Sydney WorldPride

International Advisory Committee

  • Ishita Dutta, Voice 
  • Anne Roos Wasser, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Phoebe De Padua, Foundation for Just Society
  • Ymania Brown, Equality Australia
  • Midnight Poonkasetwattana, APCOM
  • Shirley Ku, Open Society Foundations


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Sunday 26, February 6 pm – 10 pm

Join us on Sunday February 26th for a sunset cruise across the Sydney Harbor. There will be finger food and drinks to welcome us to the conference.

Time and place locations will be shared closer to the day and on the attendee site to those who’ve registered. 

Monday 27, February 5:45 pm -7:30 pm

Paul Ramsay Foundation is hosting a reception at the Yirranma Place for Resourcing LGBTIQ+ Movements for Change in Asia and the Pacific.

Yirranma Place

Tuesday 28, February 5:30 pm -6:30 pm

Deloitte is hosting a closing reception Resourcing LGBTIQ+ Movements for Change in Asia and the Pacific.


About Sydney WorldPride Human Rights Conference:

Sydney WorldPride will be the first WorldPride hosted in the Southern Hemisphere, featuring the largest LGBTQIA+ Human Rights Conference ever held in the Asia-Pacific region.The conference will be an immersive three-day program that combines inspiring keynotes, panels, round tables, interactive workshops, innovative pitching, and dedicated networking events. LGBTQIA+ community members from across the globe will come together to tackle the big issues facing LGBTQIA+ communities and develop the skills and networks to effect positive change.

Conference attendees will gather to embark on a journey with over 60 local and international speakers, including First Nations leaders and elders, LGBTQIA+ activists and campaigners, policy and lawmakers, elected officials, researchers, and academics, to dream and amplify our collective vision for equality and justice.


For more information on Sydney WorldPride Human Rights Conference, click here.  

[Note: Registration for the Grantmaker Conference,  Resourcing LGBTI Movements for Change in Asia and the Pacific, is a separate process, see above]


Registration Deadlines: Tickets will sell out. We encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible.