ILGA Asia Donor Pre-Conference, 3-4 December

GPP and ILGA Asia
Donor Pre-Conference
3-4 December 2017

December 3rd Evening Reception
December 4th Full Day Pre-Conference

Pre-Conference events co-hosted by Open Society Foundations


Global Philanthropy Project Donor Pre-Conferences bring together key public and private grant makers, donor governments, high net worth 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.

ILGA Asia welcomes LGBTIQ activists, experts and scholars working on SOGIESC issues and all other allies to the 7th Asia Regional Conference from 4-8 December 2017. This time, the conference will take place in Phnom Penh, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia (venue announcement to come). This conference is hosted by Rainbow Community of Kampuchea (RoCK).

Are you planning to attend the full ILGA Asia Conference?
Please note: separate registration is required
Registration deadline 29 Sept 2017
Find out more about the conference at


LGBTI Programming

HRFN (formerly International Human Rights Funders Group) New York Conference
July 11-13, 2017
New York University School of Law

Tuesday July 11

3-4:30 pm
Building Resilient Women’s Movements: The Critical Dynamic Between Movements, Philanthropy, and Governments
Sponsored by Global Fund for Women, Mama Cash, and MATCH International Women’s Fund

Wednesday July 12

Plenary Lightning Talks
Preaching Beyond the Choir: Engaging Faith Leaders on LGBTIQ Rights in Southern and Eastern Africa

Sponsored by Open Society Foundations


11-12:30 pm
Organizing at the Margins
Discussion around the gendered impacts of Closing Space and how leading feminist and LGBTI donors are navigating some of these challenging spaces while also continuing to support frontline women’s rights and LGBTI rights activist in very restrictive environments.
Sponsored by Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Mama Cash, Urgent Action Fund, and Global Philanthropy Project
1:30-3 pm
Supporting Movements in Difficult Places: Lessons Learned From Public  Foundations
Sponsored by Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and Fund for Global Human Rights

June 8: Digital Security Webinar

Digital Security in an Age of Hacking & Cyberthreats:
What grantmakers should know

A webinar for funders

Thursday, 8 June, 2017
6pm CET • Noon EST • 9am PST • 
90 minutes

Non-profit organizations are increasingly grappling with the threat of cyberattacks– and turning to their funders for support. For most grantmakers, however, cybersecurity is not an area of expertise. Reflecting the universality of the cybersecurity threat, eight donor affinity groups offer this webinar focused on how funders can support grantees in addressing and responding to digital security concerns.

Michael Brennan, Technology Program Officer at the Ford Foundation, will offer an overview of the recent Grantscraft guide on this subject. Meerim Ilyas, Senior Program Officer at Urgent Action Fund for Women and Eric Sears, Senior Program Officer at the MacArthur Foundation, will each share experiences and lessons learned integrating cybersecurity concerns into their grantmaking.

Content will include:

  • A debrief: Digital Security & Grantscraft Guide: An introductory guide for funders.
  • Lessons learned and strategies pursued by a donor that has recently invested in digital security as an area of concern for his/her grantees.
  • Discussion of the strategies and infrastructure already built and in use, particularly as related to grantmaking focused on the Global South, for rapid response/ emergency cybersecurity-related grantmaking.

Following these presentations and a general Q&A period, donors will have the opportunity to join more narrowly-focused breakout conversations via separate, but parallel, conference calls.

Co-Sponsored by: Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Funders Concerned About AIDS, Funders for Reproductive Equity, Global Philanthropy Project, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, Health and Environmental Funders Network, and International Human Rights Funders Group, and The Consultative Group for Biological Diversity.

May 17 Webinar: Chechnya and Beyond – New Roles for Grantmakers in Times of Crisis

Global Philanthropy Project (GPP), International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG), and Russia Freedom Fund invite you to join us for a timely webinar for grantmakers on the state of Chechnya and security trends in the region.

Wednesday, May 17th
10-11am EDT/ 4-5pm CEST / 5-6pm EAT / EEST 5-6pm

This webinar is intended for grantmakers only and will include Human Rights Watch Russia Program Director Tanya Lokshina, representatives of The Russian LGBT Network and the Oak Foundation’s International Human Rights Program. These presenters will speak to the current situation and answer questions.


Read: Chechnya’s Anti-Gay Pogrom
New York Times Op Ed, May 3, 2017 by Ekaterina Sokirianskaiamay


Tanya Lokshina is the Russia program director and a senior researcher at Human Rights Watch and is based in Moscow. Having joined Human Rights Watch in January 2008, Lokshina authored several reports on egregious abuses in Russia’s turbulent North Caucasus region and co-authored a report on violations of international humanitarian law during the 2008 armed conflict in Georgia. Her recent publications include a range of materials on Russia’s vicious crackdown on critics of the government and on violations of international humanitarian law during the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. Lokshina is a recipient of the 2006 Andrei Sakharov Award, “Journalism as an Act of Conscience.” Her articles on human rights issues have been featured in prominent Russian and foreign media outlets, including CNN, the Guardian, Le Monde, the Moscow Times, Novaya Gazeta, and the Washington Post. Lokshina’s books include Chechnya Inside Out and Imposition of a Fake Political Settlement in the Northern Caucasus. In 2014, her article on the abusive virtue campaign against women in Chechnya was published in Chechnya at War and Beyond (Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series).

A representative from The Russian LGBT Network will join the call.

The Russian LGBT Network is an interregional, non-governmental human rights organization that promotes equal rights and respect for human dignity, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. We unite and develop regional initiatives, advocacy groups (at both national and international levels), and provide social and legal services.

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A representative from the Oak Foundation International Human Rights program will join the call.

Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged.

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ILGA-Europe Donor Pre-Conference, 1 November 2017

GPP and ILGA-Europe
Donor Pre-Conference
1 November 2017

Global Philanthropy Project Donor Pre-Conferences bring together key public and private grant makers, donor governments, high net worth 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.

This year, the European LGBTI movement
will meet in Warsaw, Poland from 1-4 November.

Are you planning to attend the full ILGA-Europe Conference?
Please note: separate registration is required
Registration deadline 11 Sept 2017

This year’s ILGA-Europe theme is “CHANGE! Communities Mobilising, Movements Rising”

ILGA Europe Donor Pre-Conference 2015, Athens Greece
ILGA Europe Donor Pre-Conference 2016, Nicosia Cyprus

Time to react – Creating an enabling environment for civil society, 1 June 2017

“Time to react” – Creating an enabling environment for civil society
International conference at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, 1 June 2017

Click here for formal conference website
(in German and English, scroll down for English) 


Date: Thursday, 1 June 2017 , 2 pm – 7 pm, doors open at 1:30pm

Location: Library reading room at the Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), Berlin
Address: Werderscher Markt 1, 10117 Berlin

Hosts: Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation, German Federal Foreign Office

Languages: German/English with simultaneous interpreting

Please register by May 22 at:
Members of the press please also register at:

Please note: To attend this conference you have to register personally by email. For security reasons you need to bring your identity card or passport. Please allow sufficient time for the security check. Library doors open will open at 1:30 pm. Access is via the atrium at Werderscher Markt 1, 10117 Berlin.

Despite positive developments and stronger movements toward democracy in many countries, the opposite tendency is also evident on a global scale. Civil societies are under threat from actions taken not only by authoritarian but also by democratic governments.

Before I knew what that ‘shrinking space’ was supposed to mean, our organization was affected“, says Henri Tiphagne, Director of People’s Watch in India. Many different types of action are restricting civil society. These include legally enacted legislation or administrative regulations that affect women’s rights groups, foundations, human rights organizations, and land rights and environmental protection work. They also include relatively new laws designed to protect national values or identities, which are used to criminalize vaguely defined unpopular political action. NGOs are finding it increasingly difficult to meet the registration requirements in many countries. New laws also make it harder to receive funding from abroad.

Organizations for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) have long faced registration challenges, especially in countries that criminalize homosexual acts. Russia´s new `anti-propaganda laws´ make any positive mention of homosexuality – even for health education – a punishable offense. Less well known internationally are anti-NGO laws such as those in Uganda or laws that seek to uphold “national dignity”. These especially affect LGBTI organizations which are frequently their primary target.

It is time to come together to develop counter-strategies that reflect and incorporate the special role of LGBTI organizations. This conference focuses on foreign policy, development cooperation, NGOs, and donors. The aim is to formulate questions and discuss possible solutions. What alliances, good examples, and ideas already exist that can help both foreign policy and development cooperation react to the shrinking space for civil society?


GPP in partnership with EVZ and Dreilinden
invite grantmakers to attend a breakfast meeting

Thursday June 1,  2017
TIME: 9-11:30h
LOCATION: Amici Am Gendarmenmarkt

RSVP for the breakfast is required and is now closed.
Contact with any questions.

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Reading Resources:

STUDY: The Impact of International Counter-terrorism on Civil Society Organisations
Understanding the role of the Financial Action Taskforce
April 2017, Bread for the World – Protestant Development Service

On “shrinking space”: a framing paper
Transnational Institute (TNI), 07 April 2017

The Perfect Storm: The closing space for LGBT civil society in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary
Meg Davis for Global Philanthropy Project, April 2016.

German LGBTI Grantmaking Infosheet
Including data from the 2013-2014 Global Resources Report (GPP, 2016) and the 2008-2013 Rainbow Philanthropy Studies (Dreilinden, 2014).


2:00 – 2:15 pm Welcome

Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe, Federal Foreign Office

Axel Hochrein, Executive Board Member, Hirschfeld-Eddy Foundation

2:15 – 3:00 pm Analysis and characteristics of the closing space

Introductory presentation: “Characteristics of the closing space”
Iva Dobichina, Open Society Foundation, London

Research presentation: ‟The Perfect Storm – The closing spaces for LGBT civil society in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary
Matthew Hart, Global Philanthropy Project

3:00 – 4:45 pm Practical examples 

Botswana: LEGABIBO wins court case on right to register
Monica Tabengwa (video message), Director of Pan Africa ILGA (PAI), on freedom of association

Russia: Anti-NGO legislation and its dimensions
Gulya Sultanowa, Side by Side St. Petersburg, on the LGBT Community as vanguard and victim

Eastern Europe and Central Asia: focus on Trans Rights
Julia Ehrt, Transgender Europe (TGEU)

Uganda: Anti-NGO laws
Kasha Jaqueline Nabagesera, Co-Founder FARUG Uganda, with a call to build alliances

4:45 – 5:30 pm Coffee break

5:30 – 7:00 pm Panel discussion: Where to go from here? How to respond without doing harm? Promising counter-strategies and alliances

Dr. Bärbel Kofler, German Federal Commissioner for Human Rights
Dr. Heike Kuhn
, Head of Human Rights Division, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Barbara Unmüßig, Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, President
Björn van Roozendaal, ILGA-Europe, Programmes Director

Moderator: Dr. Annette Weber, German Institute for International and Security Affairs

Q&A, closing discussion

7:00 – 8:00 pm Reception with beverages and snacks

Webinar: Strategies for Sustaining LGBTI Movements in Closing/Closed Space Countries

GPP Webinar
Strategies for Sustaining LGBTI Movements in Closing/Closed Space Countries

March 15th, 2017  
10-11:00am EDT / 2-3pm GMT / 3-4pm CET / 5-6pm EAT
Note: Time change to EDT in US changes relationship to other time zones this week.

This webinar is intended for grantmakers only.

About the webinar

As part of the global phenomenon of closing space, we witness increased repression of civil societies and democratic spaces, manifesting in a wide range of trends from the rise of right-wing extremism to increased surveillance on NGOs, from restrictions on registration and banking to criminalization of fundraising. Social change and human rights movements are struggling to sustain their efforts and increase their impact, and in many cases funders are struggling to find ways to support them. These restrictions are provoking shifts in movement dynamics, sometimes compromising the autonomy of groups as they restructure in search of the means to receive funding. The same restrictions prevent foundations from maintaining their grantmaking programs and financial support to civil societies and donors are sometimes forced to withdraw their activities completely. In this context, intermediary/public foundations have largely managed to stay under the radar and employ various flexible and creative tools to sustain their funding to civil society organizations in countries with closed/closing spaces. This webinar will share examples of practical strategies used by some of these foundations to steadily move money in most restricted environments enabling the groundbreaking human rights and social change work to carry on.

In the most concrete of ways, how can funders move money into difficult places such as Russia, China, India, Mexico, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Egypt and other countries with similar legal restrictions? This webinar will explore the practical tools that public/intermediary foundations use to move money into closing/closed space countries and how the changing formations of civil society funding are affecting dynamics and leadership within civil society itself. The webinar will create space for different types of funders to learn from each other, exchange strategies and think of creative ways for reaching human rights and social change actors in countries with closing/closed civil society spaces.


Deborah Doane is Director of the Funder’s Initiative for Civil Society, at Global Dialogue. She has over 20 years of experience in the NGO and campaigning sector, most recently as a consultant and writer. Previously, Deborah was Director of the World Development Movement from 2009 – 2013, where she led a winning campaign to end financial speculation in food commodities. Other roles have included as Head of Sustainable Consumption for WWF-UK, and director of the CORE Coalition of over 130 NGOs, which achieved groundbreaking changes to UK Company Law to improve governance of social and environmental impacts. She also worked at the New Economics Foundation as head of corporate accountability and at the British Red Cross, helping to establish an international accountability mechanism for humanitarian aid.

Deborah is a Trustee of Finance Uncovered. Previously, she was a Trustee of the Fairtrade Foundation, an advisor to Amnesty Business Group on business and human rights and was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) corporate responsibility advisory board. Deborah holds a Masters degree in Economics (Development Studies) from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons) from Carleton University in Canada. She lectures and speaks regularly, and blogs for the Guardian on civil society and development issues.

Sarah Gunther is the Director of Programs at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, where she oversees grantmaking, capacity building and philanthropic advocacy to advance LGBTQI rights and racial, economic and gender justice globally. In 2016, Astraea granted $3.5 million to grassroots LGBTI groups in 62 countries. Prior to joining Astraea, Sarah led an Africa grantmaking program at AJWS, where she also played a key role in developing global sexual rights strategies for LGBTQI rights, trans justice, and sex worker rights. She holds a B.A. in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies and African American studies from Wesleyan University and a M.A. in human rights studies from Columbia University.

As Vice President for Programs for the Fund for Global Human Rights, David Mattingly is responsible for oversight, coordination, and integration of human rights grant-making in six regions around the world. Since joining the Fund in 2005, David has managed grants programs for frontline groups based in Latin America, North Africa, and West Africa; coordinated an initiative to strengthen the capacity of Mexican activists to promote public policies that expand human rights protections; and developed the Fund’s grant-making strategy to challenge rights abuses related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. After earning a BA in International Development from American University, David monitored the human rights situation in indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Prior to joining the Fund, David worked at the Moriah Fund, where he helped manage grant-making programs promoting indigenous rights in Guatemala, environmental justice, and women’s rights and reproductive health. David serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL).

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Wanja Muguongo is a queer African feminist, social justice activist and movement builder. She is the founding Executive Director of UHAI EASHRI, Africa’s first indigenous activist led fund supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) and sex worker activism in Eastern Africa with flexible and accessible funding, capacity support, research and platforms of learning. Wanja is passionate about work that promotes social justice, equality, non-discrimination and a respect for human rights. Wanja has worked within East African civil society, and in India and Pakistan, has edited and collaborated on various publications and papers, and is a Yale World Fellow 2012 and Synergos Senior Fellow 2014.

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