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 morning for a Tuesday evening reception
  • 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:

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

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 the 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 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


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 

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

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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
European Lesbian* Conference 2017 Fullscreen Mode
Kika Fumero and LesWorking October 2017 Fullscreen Mode
Kika Fumero and LesWorking 16 de julio de 2017 Fullscreen Mode

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

Webinar: Global Gag Rule Expansion – What Funders Should Know, April 17

Global Gag Rule Expansion: What Funders Should Know
Wednesday 17 April 2019
8:00 PDT / 11:00 EDT / 16:00 BST / 17:00 CEST / 18:00 EAT

Participation is limited to representatives of funding organizations and invited speakers only.



Please join us for an urgent funder briefing on Wednesday, April 17th from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM NY to discuss an important update to the Trump administration’s second expansion of the Global Gag Rule, which we believe has profoundly harmful implications for private funders, bilateral and multilateral funders, and the movements and communities we support.

On Tuesday, March 26th, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press conference announcing the US government’s plans to ensure that US tax dollars are not used to fund abortion-related services in other countries. It signals changes to enforcement of the Global Gag Rule that will further harm organizations and movements we support. Furthermore, the implications of this change are that organizations, donor governments, and foundations will now find themselves bound by a US government policy, even if they do not accept any US government funding. Any money that flows through a gagged organization, regardless of the funding source and where the funding is headed, will now be gagged.

Much clarification is still needed, but there are some immediate actions we believe funders could pursue. Attached here is an overview of the policy change and some actions for discussion on our call.

The webinar will include Global Gag Rule experts from PAI, the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), and amfAR, who will share the latest information in DC about:

  • Secretary Pompeo’s announcement;
  • The ways this will increase the number and types of organizations bound by the policy;
  • What kinds of changes they have also signaled about investigations and enforcement of the Global Gag Rule; and,
  • Why foundations should be concerned about the impact on their own funding, and what they can do about it.

Expert guests will also provide a brief overview of the Global Gag Rule and its early impacts, as well as evidence of the harm it is causing to various kinds of health services and programming, including HIV, and the significant disruptions it is causing to advocacy efforts ranging from LGBTI rights to gender-based violence prevention. Finally, the webinar will include proposals for joint and individual funder actions, and leave space for Q&A.

Sport Disrupted Donor Post-Conference, November 1

Logos from Discover Football, Dreilinden, and GPP

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

Donor Post-Conference
November 1, 2019

Location: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin

Logos from Discover Football, Dreilinden, and GPP
Please note: This is a private gathering, by invitation, and a non-solicitation event.
For any questions about the pre-conference, contact GPP.

Dreilinden gGmbH, Discover Football, and Global Philanthropy Project invite grantmakers to attend a conference on October 30-31 and a focused Donor Post-Conference meeting on November 1.

Sports organisations claim that sport is only about performance, and that sports policies promote ‘sports for all.’ Yet, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC) still affect participation. This conference addresses the role of SOGIESC in light of current restrictions on human rights.

Grassroots and nonprofit LGBTIQ initiatives and activist athletes will present their best practices to tackle discrimination regarding SOGIESC in the sports world. Together with social scientists and sports policy makers, they will discuss innovative approaches to promote inclusion and empowerment of LGBTIQ athletes and the meaning of fair competition beyond a gender binary.

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

The post-conference is an international donor consultation focused on sports and LGBTIQ issues, convening key public and private funders, donor governments, corporate funders, high net worth individual donors, thought leaders, and other partners. Together, we invite you to reflect on the Conference and strategize with other grantmakers committed to more equitable and fair sport for all. 

Please plan to join the conference organizers, international sports executives, and your grantmaking colleagues for a boat trip through Berlin after the donor post-conference for a boat ride through the canals and rivers of Berlin for refreshments and social time!

Ise Bosch

Ise Bosch, Dreilinden gGmbH founder and CEO:

“Sports as well as sex and gender have, of course, a cultural dimension. Sport has traditionally highlighted the gender binary, while we now understand sex and gender as much more diverse. How can sports funders include aspects of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (SOGIESC)? How can LGBTIQ funders support sports? How can donors foster LGBTIQ rights in and through sports?”

Meeting Location: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin)


Oct 30, 5pm
Pre-conference film screening: the World Premiere of the documentary “Diversities in Sports” by Maria Takacs @ Kino Wolf, Berlin

Oct 31, 9:30am – 6:30pm
Rainbow Philanthropy Conference
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin
(register here)

Program Overview: 

  • Session 1: Tackling (Auto-)LGBTI-phobia: Central and Eastern Europe context related to LGBTI-phobia and its effect on sports.
  • Session 2: A New Way to Play: Imagining a Nonbinary Future of Sport
  • Session 3: Lesbian Visibility in professional sports
  • Session 4: Sporting alternatives: a dialogue with feminism
  • Session 5: Growing LGBTIQ+ sports movements
  • Session 6: Where should trans* people play sport?

Nov 1, 9am – 2pm
Donor Meeting
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin
(register here)

After the Donor Post Conference 

Boat ride through the canals and rivers of Berlin for refreshments and social time with grantmaker colleagues!

Hotel Bookings

relexa hotel Berlin



Additional Resources

Resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council on 21 March 2019

40/5. Elimination of discrimination against women and girls in sport

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Seminario Web sobre el lanzamiento del Informe de Recursos Globales (en español), April 17

Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues have collaborated to release a Spanish translation of the full 2015-16 Global Resources Report: Government and Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities. Together with ILGA World, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, we will host a Spanish-language launch webinar on April 17, 2019.  This webinar is open to grantmakers and civil society representatives. 

Acompañe a Global Philanthropy Project, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, e ILGA para un informe del lanzamiento de la nueva traducción en español del reporte 2015-2016 Informe de Recursos Globales: Apoyo gubernamental y filantrópico para comunidades lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transgénero e intersex. 

Este seminario web está abierto a donantes y representantes de la sociedad civil.