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

ILGA World Donor Pre-Conference: March 19, 2019
Plus: Opening Reception March 18, 2019
Wellington, New Zealand


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 an evening reception on March 18th, and a full day convening on March 19th. 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]
  • ILGA World Conference Registration Link: All registrations much be made through this online form. 
  • Registration Deadlines:
    • Early Bird Registration Deadline is December 20, 2018 
    • Participants who need a visa must register by February 1, 2019, 23:59 Central European Time.
    • Final registration deadline 1 March 2019, 23:59 Central European Time

ILGA World 2016 (Bangkok, Thailand) Donor Pre-Conference

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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.

Africa Donors Meeting @ CFCS VI (L) and CFCS V (R)

2018 Ariadne Grant Skills Day and Networking Dinner, September 24

2018 Ariadne Grant Skills Day and Networking Dinner

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

Mary Ward House Conference Centre
5-7 Tavistock Place, London

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. 

Briefing Webinar for Funders: The Complicated Road to Marriage Equality in Taiwan, June 28

The Complicated Road to Marriage Equality in Taiwan: A Webinar Briefing for Funders

June 28, 9am EDT, 3pm CEST, 9pm CST 

The Taiwanese LGBT movement has made enormous strides towards equality, most notably with the 2017 Supreme Court decision requiring the legislature to create a mechanism for equal marriage by May 2019. Unfortunately, the religious opposition (with support from U.S. anti-LGBT crusaders such as Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage) has been swiftly organizing, causing not only a delay by the leadership in the legislature required to enact such a law, but also proposing three national referenda on LGBT issues, including ensuring that the word “marriage” can only refer to a man and woman, prohibiting LGBT-focused curriculum in the schools; and the creation of a separate set of laws for LGBT couples altogether.Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan is in the process of devising their strategy for defeating the three referenda in the November election, while continuing to push on the legislature for a bill to implement the Court decision in the strongest possible way?

Please join this briefing to learn more about the campaign and public communications strategy to defeat these public referenda, and the resources needed.

Co-sponsored by Equality Without Borders, Open Society Foundations and Global Philanthropy Project

Welcome Remarks:

Joy Chia, Program Officer, East Asia Region Program, Open Society Foundations

[Bio will be added soon]

Michael Heflin, Director for Equality, Human Rights Initiative, Open Society Foundations

Michael Heflin is the Director of Equality at the Open Society Human Rights Initiative. In his role Michael oversees Open Society’s grant making to advance equality in several key areas including LGBTI rights and the rights of persons with disabilities. Michael came to Open Society in 2009 to launch a global initiative on LGBTI rights focused on supporting emerging LGBTI rights groups in the global East and South. Prior to joining Open Society, Michael was managing director of the Campaigns Unit for Amnesty International USA. He also served as the founding director of Amnesty’s LGBT rights program. In addition, Michael worked at Amnesty’s International Secretariat in London where he directed the International Mobilization Program. Michael also was deputy director of Amnesty’s Midwest Region Office.  Michael holds a law degree with a focus on human rights from the University of Cincinnati where he served as fellow at the Urban Morgan Human Rights Institute and as editor of the Human Rights Quarterly.



Jennifer Lu, Director of Tongzhi Hotline and Coordinator of Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan

Jennifer serves as coordinator of the Marriage Equality Coalition Taiwan. She also works with the Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association for LGBTQ rights. The hotline works on LGBTQ youth, gender education, lesbian sexual health, LGBTQ domestic violence and LGBTQ-inclusive policy making issues. In 2016, when Jennifer ran for parliament, she raised the visibility of LGBTQ issues and pushed to include equal rights issues on the national political agenda. She also helps organize the annual Taipei Pride Parade, the largest in Asia, and was a 2016 Global Innovator in HRC’s Global Innovative Advocacy Summit.

Thalia Zepatos, Communications Strategist with Freedom to Marry Global

Thalia Zepatos helped lead the U.S. marriage movement to victory through leadership  roles spanning more than a decade. As Freedom to Marry’s Director of Research and Messaging, she was known as the “message guru” who led the movement’s  messaging shift, resulting in exponential growth in public support that paved the way for  the movement’s first-ever victories at the ballot, and later a historic Supreme Court victory. With over 25 years of expertise in electoral politics, Thalia has elected women to statewide political office, defeated multiple anti-gay and anti-choice ballot measures, and was a strategic adviser to the victorious YES Equality national referendum  campaign in Ireland in 2015 and the Yes Equality postal ballot campaign in Australia in  2017. She is currently working with LGBT advocates on messaging and strategy in a half-dozen countries worldwide in collaboration with Equality Without Borders and Open Society Foundations. She is the author of Women for a Change: A Grassroots Guide to Activism and Politics.


Q&A Moderation:

Julie Dorf has been a leader in the global LGBT rights movement for over 25 years, bridging activism and philanthropy throughout that period. Julie founded and directed the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC, now OutRight) from 1990 to 2000. Julie co-founded and works for the Council for Global Equality, a coalition of 30 US-based organizations working together for an inclusive U.S. foreign policy. Julie is also the lead content advisor for the Equality Without Borders individual donor initiative. She was Director of Philanthropic Services for Horizons Foundation, and has consulted for Open Society Institute, Global Fund for Women, Arcus Foundation, and the Astraea Foundation for Justice.

2015-16 Global Resources Report Launch Webinars, May 10 & 14

Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project are pleased to release The 2015-2016 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic & Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities, the most comprehensive report to date on the state of foundation and government funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) issues. This report captures data on 12,964 grants awarded by 511 foundations, intermediaries, and corporations and by 15 government and multilateral agencies over the two-year period of 2015-2016.

The full report provides a detailed snapshot of LGBTI funding in each of the following regions: Asia & The Pacific; Canada & the United States; Eastern Europe, Russia, & Central Asia; Latin America & the Caribbean; the Middle East & North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; and Western Europe.

If you’re interested in a deeper dive on the report, we invite you to join us for one of the following webinars:
Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues, April 2018.