March 7-8 Meeting Attendee Site

Attendee Meeting Site

“Responding to Anti-Gender Ideology”
March 7-8, 2019
New York City

About This Meeting:


We look forward to convening on March 7-8th in New York City for a two-day convening intended to stimulate some “big ideas” for responding to the increasing populist ideologies and accompanying political gains that are undoing decades of human rights and environmental progress around the world.  The meeting will bring together a community of donors committed to investing in strategic communications with experts from that field who can help design a blueprint for building and reinforcing progressive communications infrastructure at a global level. The convening is being hosted by Open Society Foundations, Foundation for a Just Society, Oak Foundation and Global Philanthropy Project.  


The aim of this meeting is to move beyond problem-definition and to start thinking about what solutions would look like. What can we learn from what has been tried in the past? What can we build on? What solutions are we hearing from our grantee partners for philanthropy to invest in? What are the gaps? Who needs to be involved? Where should we start? And how can we work together to achieve economies of scale? This meeting is a continuation of ongoing conversations among the donors being invited but with the benefit of having strategic communications and narrative change expertise in the room to help generate actionable ideas for combatting anti-rights messaging, especially around gender and sexuality.  We see this meeting as a first step towards building a big, bold and ambitious plan for moving forward.
  1. Generate collective solutions that would build and reinforce progressive communications infrastructure at a global level
Create a catalytic space to:
  1. Build a shared understanding of past and current approaches to strengthen progressive communications infrastructure within human rights and social justice philanthropy.
  2. Consider what has been learned from those approaches.
  3. Explore big and visionary ideas.
  4. Identify opportunities for collective action.


Masum Momaya, EdD, has worked at the intersection of social justice, human rights, communications and arts/culture for more than 20 years.  Facilitating conversations since being trained as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs (1999-2000), Masum has facilitated funder convenings and collaborations around e-philanthropy, narrative change, gender justice and systemic change, always from the standpoint that identities are intersectional and supposedly siloed issues are interlinked.  Most recently, she has facilitated progressive funder collaborations through her role as Director, North America at EDGE Funders Alliance and through managing the Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative for Ford Foundation and Walton Family Foundation. She is currently a Fellow with Open Society Foundations and with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.  Having worked as a Curator at the Smithsonian and International Museum of Women, Masum enjoys bringing history, ideas, perspectives and voices together to tell stories that inspire both reflection and action. Masum holds an honors AB in Public Policy and Feminist Studies from Stanford University and an EdM in Education and an EdD in Human Development, both from Harvard University. 

Meeting Location:

810 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY, 10019
Between 52nd & 53rd Streets (Directions)

Hotel Recommendation:

The Ameritania is just around the corner from Convene.
230 W 54th Street New York, NY 10019

Convene Meeting Space Photos

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In May, GPP will co-present a session at the Annual General Assembly and Conference of the European Foundation Centre (EFC), to be held 22-24 May in Paris. 

Session details: LGBTI activism in Europe: Shifting Funding Paradigms

European LGBTI activism has yielded great progress in law, public opinion, and LGBTI lived experience. At the same time, this progress faces real threat from growing populism, right-wing ideology, the closing of civil society space, and the scapegoating of LGBTI communities in the region. Together, we will explore and utilize new data to demonstrate how movement trends and related funding gaps and opportunities can offer strategic direction towards the work ahead.

This first-ever LGBTI-focused workshop at EFC will provide a unique opportunity to discuss how funders can successfully contribute to the work of LGBTI movements in Europe. During the session, data will be presented from the report ‘Funding for LGBTI Activism in Europe and Central Asia: Comparing the Priorities of LGBTI Organisations and Funders’ (November 2018, ILGA-Europe and Global Philanthropy Project). This report analyzes connections and gaps between two recently released data sources: the ILGA-Europe funding needs survey documenting responses of 287 LGBTI organisations, ‘Funding for LGBTI Activism in Europe and Central Asia: Priorities and Access to Resources’ and the Global Philanthropy Project report tracking philanthropic resources, 2015-2016 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic and Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities.

LGBTI grantmaker respondents Beth Fernandez (Sigrid Rausing Trust) and Nina Spataru (Oak Foundation) will present their experiences in supporting LGBTI activism in the region, and civil society activists will share about their work to promote freedom and equality, and how funding can help leverage their strategies.

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GPP and ILGA-Europe will co-present a session, “Philanthropy’s role in increasingly authoritarian and volatile times in Europe and Central Asia” at the 2019 Ariadne Policy Briefing, 3-5 April 2019 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This session will explore findings from our recent report, Funding for LGBTI Activism in Europe and Central Asia: Comparing the Priorities of LGBTI Organisations and Funders

Ariadne – European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights is a European peer to peer network of funders that provides a useful and supportive community for donors of all sorts, from individual philanthropists to professionally staffed trusts and foundations.

Click here to register or learn more about Ariadne 2019.

ILGA World Donor Pre-Conference, March 18-19, 2019

ILGA World Donor Pre-Conference: March 19, 2019
Wellington, New Zealand
Michael Fowler Centre


The ILGA World donor pre-conference is a multi-regional donor consultation focused on LGBTI issues, convening key public and private funders, donor governments, corporate funders, high net worth individual donors, thought leaders, and other partners.
Attendees will gather for a full day convening on March 19th.
On the evening of March 18th, conference participants are invited to a Parliament dinner reception,
celebrating Aotearoa New Zealand and Oceania.
Further details will be shared shortly. 
Please note: This is a private gathering, by invitation, and a non-solicitation event.
For any questions about the pre-conference, contact GPP.

Click Here to Propose a Session for the ILGA World Donor Pre-Conference
We would be grateful if you could submit this form by close of business on Friday, January 11th.


The next ILGA World Conference will take place in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, from 18-22 March 2019.
[Note: Registration for the Donor Pre-Conference is a separate process, see above]

Donor Pre-Conference Advisory Group


Saartje Baes, Mama Cash
Namita Chad, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
Gregory Czarnecki, Open Society Foundations
Michael Heflin, Open Society Foundations
Tunggal Pawestri, Hivos

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Save the Date: CFCS VII, June 17-21 2019

Save the Date: CFCS VII, June 17-21 2019
Africa Donors Meeting: Monday, June 17 – Tuesday 18 
Changing Faces Changing Spaces Conference: Wednesday, June 19 – Friday 21
To be held in Kenya

Global Philanthropy Project and our member fund UHAI EASHRI invite grantmakers invested in Africa’s LGBTI and sex worker human rights movements to save the dates for an Africa Donors Meeting, June 17-18, 2019, as a Pre-Conference to the 7th Changing Faces, Changing Spaces Conference (CFCS VII), June 19-21, 2019.

The CFCS VI Africa Donors Meeting in 2017 brought together 75 grantmakers from 35 organizations, representing a diversity of public and private foundations, individual and corporate funders, and government agencies, embassies, bilateral and multilateral agencies. 

Changing Faces, Changing Spaces Conference (CFCS VII) is Africa’s largest convening of the continent’s LGBTI and sex worker movements and donors. CFCS provides for direct and active interaction among activists and funders allowing for mutual learning as part of wider advocacy to narrow the knowledge gap between those that resource African movements and those that do the work. More than 200 activists from across 30 African countries, and 75 donor representatives attended each of the last 2 editions. 

For more information, you can read the 2017 CFCS VI Conference Report here and the donor pre-conference report is available by request (contact

2019 marks UHAI’s and GPP’s 10th anniversaries, since their establishment in 2009. Hence CFCS VII will provide a special moment for reflection and commitment.

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2018 Ariadne Grant Skills Day and Networking Dinner, September 24

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Mon 24 September 2018, 09:00 – 20:00 BST

Mary Ward House Conference Centre
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We are all different, with different identities and experiences but our systems often force us to be defined by labels e.g. by our nationality, our sexuality or our race or country of origin. Donors are no different, we regularly organise our work by thematic programme e.g. women’s rights, LGBTI rights, racial justice, disability rights. These categorisations encourage siloes that can negatively affect people facing with multiple forms of discrimination and experience the multiplier effects in their everyday life.

This Grant Skills Day, organised in partnership with the Global Philanthropy Project, will explore how donors can take a more ‘intersectional’ approach to their work, recognising what the gaps in their current programmes may be and finding ways to be more inclusive.

For example, how does this approach lend itself to addressing the issues of women of colour? Or an immigrant who is also a trans person with a disability? People are complex and have many, varied and overlapping identity markers which cannot easily be compartmentalised.

The day will begin with a master class in the concept of intersectionality and what it means for donors, led by Dr. Emilia Roig, the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Intersectional Justice, a Berlin-based organisation combatting intersecting forms of inequality and discrimination in Europe. Participants will then have the opportunity to learn from donors and practitioners who are employing this approach in their work. As part of this, participants will be encouraged to identify changes, however small, they could make in their own work or institution in addition to thinking about the social, policy or legislative levers that they could engage. An agenda with furher details will follow on the Ariadne portal soon.

Please note that, as this is designed as an interactive workshop, we are capping the number of participants at 55, and thus spaces are limited. We recommend that you register as early as possible to be sure of a place.

Ariadne – European Funders for Social Change and Human Rights (Ariadne) is a European peer to peer network of funders that provides a useful and supportive community for donors of all sorts, from individual philanthropists to professionally staffed trusts and foundations.

Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) is a collaboration of funders and philanthropic advisors working to expand global philanthropic support to advance the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in the Global South and East.