Global Philanthropy Project invites you to save the dates of May 27-30th, 2018 for a grantmaker convening in Southern Africa focused on the impact of the global rise of the religious right, and resisting the instrumentalization of faith and religious institutions toward an anti-LGBTI agenda.

Please note: this is a private gathering for grantmakers only, and a non-solicitation event.  

To request a password for registration page and/or more information about the conference, please contact GPP Program Associate Oliver Anene at

Frequently Asked Question: I’m not a grantmaker, why did I receive this announcement? 

Grantmakers who attend the conference may wish to organize sessions, and may invite key activists to attend the convening as panelists. You can view the session proposal document here to explore the session themes. If you are interested to participate in this way, please discuss possibilities with your grantmaker/program officer partners.  

Convening Background:

Following a series of smaller grantmaker convenings and conversations, this event aims to:

  • Utilize previous meetings’ recommendations and guidance, to set a new point of departure for the sector;
  • Convene key philanthropic leadership and essential field thought-leaders and academics to problem-solve and strategize;
  • Create a shared sense of the opportunity for catalytic research to impact new models of grantmaking;
  • Establish clear goals and strategy for a more collaborative and aligned approach to supporting progressive faith communities, civil society advocates, and other allies in countering attacks.

Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) and an advisory committee of key concerned grantmakers has engaged a research consultancy to develop a report intended to inform this convening.  The research is intended as a tool for those grantmakers aiming to confront anti-LGBTI efforts from faith-based institutions who aim to influence or derail social, political, and legal gains of LGBTI communities around the globe. Although not a primary audience, we intend for this research to be of use to a broad Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights (SHRR) grantmaker audience.

All registrants will be invited to a pre-convening telebriefing on the research results.

Thank you to the GPP Members and Partners participating in the Advisory Committee for this convening and research consultancy.