Global Philanthropy Project Members

GPP’s 20 member organizations include many of the leading global funders and philanthropic advisors for LGBTI rights.

GPP membership is open to staff and trustees of foundations that meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Funders whose primary function is grantmaking;
  • Funders working to expand global philanthropy to support the human rights of LGBTI people in the Global South and East;
  • Public, private, individual, faith-based, and corporate funders.

Member support makes possible the breadth of GPP’s work, including:

  • Research and Publications;
  • Donor-focused convenings, pre-conferences, symposiums, institutes, and regionally focused consultations around the globe;
  • Regular briefings and webinars to educate members and other funders on emerging issues in global LGBTI funding;
  • Joint advocacy and collaborative initiatives to grow the number of LGBTI funders and the amount of support reaching LGBTI communities in the Global South and East.

Learn more about our members below:

American Jewish World Service

Inspired by the Jewish commitment to justice, American Jewish World Service (AJWS) works to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world. Rooted in our mission, AJWS was founded in 1985 by American Jews who wanted to join together as global citizens to help some of the poorest and most oppressed people around the globe. Today, AJWS is the only Jewish organization dedicated solely to ending poverty and promoting human rights in the developing world.

AJWS started as a small organization, but now raises more than $50 million a year. And since its founding, AJWS has provided more than $230 million to support thousands of social justice organizations in the developing world that have taken on some of the biggest global challenges of our time.

Today, AJWS is one of the top human rights funders in the world, and is the 4th largest U.S.-based funder of international LGBT rights work.

Contact American Jewish World Service:

American Jewish World Service
45 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018




Arcus Foundation

The Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation dedicated to the idea that people can live in harmony with one another and the natural world.

The ultimate goal of the Arcus Social Justice program is to ensure that individuals and families around the world of every sexual orientation and gender identity are able to live their lives with dignity and respect, and express their love and sense of self.

Working on national, regional, and international levels, Arcus contributes to the development of a global movement integrating sexual orientation and gender identity into shared conceptions of human rights. To do this work, Arcus invests in policy and cultural changes in targeted countries—primarily in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe—as well as change-makers and their leadership at the United Nations and within human rights organizations with regional scope.

Contact Arcus Foundation:

U.S. Office
44 West 28th Street, 17th Floor
New York, New York 10001
Phone: +1-212-488-3000
Fax: +1-212-488-3010

U.K. Office
Wellington House, East Road
Cambridge CB1 1BH
Phone: +44-1223-451050
Fax: +44-1223-451100



Astraea Lesbian Foundation

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. Astraea supports brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. Astraea works for racial, economic, social, and gender justice, because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.

Astraea is often among the first—if not the first—funder of emerging, cutting-edge LGBTQI organizations and activists who are fueling a powerful grassroots movement across the globe.

Astraea provides flexible, general support grants that enable grantee partners to pursue their own visions, and Astraea commits to long-term partnerships because they know social change doesn’t happen overnight. Astraea grants instigate change in a range of political climates using innovative, culturally appropriate strategies, tools, networks, and technology.

Astraea prioritizes support for those sectors of our movement that have the least access to financial resources, including lesbian-led groups, groups led by trans* and intersex activists, groups led by LGBTQI people of color, and groups based in rural or other geographic areas where isolation and safety issues present barriers to visibility and community organizing.

Contact Astraea Lesbian Foundation:

Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice
116 East 16th Street
7th Floor
New York, NY 10003




The Baring Foundation

The Baring Foundation is an independent foundation working to improve the quality of life of people experiencing disadvantage and discrimination. We aim to achieve this through making grants to voluntary and other civil society organisations and by adding value including through promoting knowledge and influencing others.

Since 1995 the Foundation’s grant-making has centered around support within the Arts, International Development and Strengthening the UK Voluntary Sector. Our current programmes focus on arts and older people, support for LGBTI activism in sub-Saharan Africa, and the use of the law and human rights in the UK voluntary sector.    

Contact The Baring Foundation

The Baring Foundation
8-10 Moorgate, London EC2R 6DA

*44 20 7767 1348
Email: via website

Dreilinden gGmbH

Dreilinden supports social acceptance of gender and sexual diversity by means of grants to existing organizations and project grants, as well as by social investments, and networking.

The world over, people whose sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI for short) do not conform with social norms experience severe discrimination and violence. Their human rights are not effectively protected. People who live between the two genders of “male” and “female” are threatened in their bodily integrity. Women and girls are subject to multiple forms of discrimination. The work of Dreilinden is driven by the wish that this may change.

Contact Dreilinden gGmbH

Dreilinden gGmbH
Alte Königstr. 18
D-22767 Hamburg

Telephone: +49 40 380 388 13
Fax: +49 40 380 877 99

Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation works to enhance public understanding of inequality based on gender, race, and ethnicity. Ford Foundation’s work supports new kinds of organizing, networks, collaboration, and strategies that include and go beyond the gains made through legal and policy advocacy. They engage groups that are testing new strategies and alliances and that are expanding tactics beyond shifting rules to advancing cultural change.

Contact the Ford Foundation:

Ford Foundation
320 East 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017


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Foundation for a Just Society

Foundation for a Just Society envisions a world without discrimination — where people are equally valued regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, economic status, or sexual orientation.   We understand that gender-based discrimination intersects with other aspects of a person’s identities and circumstances, and we partner with organizations whose visions of realizing women’s and LGBTI rights cut across multiple issues.

Under the leadership of founder and president Audrey Simons, FJS has provided more than $27M in grants since 2011 to strengthen movements that advance the human rights of women, girls, and LGBTI people globally — with particular attention given to work in Central America, Francophone West Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and the US Southeast.

Through direct grantmaking, capacity building, strategic communications, and leadership in philanthropy, FJS encourages braver strategies and bolder leadership in global movements for women’s and LGBTI rights.

Contact Foundation for a Just Society:

Foundation for a Just Society
25 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010

Fund for Global Human Rights

Since 2003, the Fund for Global Human Rights has had one goal: to move human rights forward by providing resources and tools to the people and organizations on the ground who have real potential to generate transformational change.

Frontline human rights activists understand the everyday struggles of local people, and the complex political and social structures that allow discrimination and oppression to exist in their countries. With local context in mind, they build grassroots movements using the ideas and strategies that resonate most with those experiencing human rights violations first-hand.  Their work offers practical solutions to seemingly intractable problems, rooting international efforts into realities on the ground.  They speak out against corrupt, repressive governments and powerful corporations, even with the knowledge that by doing so, they are putting their own lives at risk.

The Fund for Global Human Rights amplifies the critical work of frontline activists by providing funds, training and mentoring, and opportunities for collaboration to help these courageous individuals and organizations make real progress.  The Fund focuses the most vulnerable—women and children, racial, ethnic and religious minorities, and LGBTI people—because they bear the brunt of violence and discrimination and have the most to gain from transformational change. We embrace the toughest problems. And we won’t stop until equality, justice and accountability are the norm, rather than the exception.

Contact the Fund for Global Human Rights:

Fund for Global Human Rights
1666 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 410
Washington, D.C. 20009 USA



Global Fund for Women

Global Fund for Women is one of the world’s leading foundations for gender equality, standing up for the human rights of women and girls. It campaigns for zero violence, economic and political empowerment, and sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Global Fund for Women believes women and girls have the fundamental right to control their own bodies. Among other programs, it supports groups who fearlessly demand sexual and health rights for LGTBQI communities in places where these rights are consistently denied.

Global Fund for Women uses its powerful network to rally advocates, raise money, and get support to where it’s most urgently needed. It funds and partners with women-led groups who are courageously fighting for justice in their own communities. This rights-based approach gets to the root of gender inequality and is the most effective way to create permanent social change.

Since 1987, Global Fund for Women has invested in nearly 5,000 grass-roots organizations in 175 countries, helping to win rights for millions of women and girls.

Contact Global Fund for Women:

SF Office
800 Market Street
Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102

NYC Office
1460 Broadway
New York, NY 10036





Hivos is an international development organisation guided by humanist values. Together with local civil society organisations in developing countries, Hivos wants to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world. A world in which all citizens – both women and men – have equal access to opportunities and resources for development and can participate actively and equally in decision-making processes that determine their lives, their society and their future.

Hivos trusts in the creativity and capacity of people. Quality, cooperation and innovation are core values in Hivos’ programme development and business philosophies. Hivos is committed to people in Africa, Asia and Latin America who are systematically blocked from rights, opportunities and resources. A lasting improvement in their situation is the ultimate measure for Hivos’ work. One of the guiding principles of Hivos’ philosophy is strengthening the social position of women.

Contact HIVOS:

[Postal address:]
P.O. Box 85565
2508 CG The Hague
The Netherlands

T +31 (0)70 376 55 00
F +31 (0)70 362 46 00



Horizons Foundation

Horizons Foundations, founded as a community foundation of, by, and for LGBTQ people, has been supporting LGBTQ nonprofit organizations, leaders, and donors for more than 35 years. The Global Faith and Equality Fund (GFEF) is a 17-year initiative – amplify the voices and heighten the impact of pro-LGBTI Christians and other communities of faith worldwide. The current primary funding priority is to fund projects that help to stem the exportation of religiously-based homophobia and transphobia from the U.S. to global south, especially Africa and Latin America.

Contact Horizons

Francisco O. Buchting, Vice President of Grants, Programs, and Strategic Initiatives
(415) 398.2333, ext. 116

International Trans Fund

The International Trans Fund (ITF) is a participatory grantmaking fund made up of trans activists and donors. The ITF aims to increase the capacity of the trans movement to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination, and wellbeing.

Contact ITF:

The International Trans Fund (ITF)
C/O Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
116 East 16th Street, 7th Floor,
New York, NY 10003

Mama Cash

Mama Cash was conceived around a kitchen table in Amsterdam in 1983, and was the first international women’s fund in the world.

Today, they have grown from a group of five feminist activists into an international fund that supports women’s, girls’ and trans people’s movements around the world. Activists and donors join with Mama Cash to advance social change that starts with gender equality and respect for the human rights of everyone.

Each year, Mama Cash gives around 100 grants to women’s, girls’ and trans rights groups that are working to change the world.

Contact Mama Cash:

P.O. Box 15686
The Netherlands




Oak Foundation

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.

Contact Oak Foundation:

Oak Philanthropy (UK) Limited
2nd Floor, 43 Palace Street

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

The Open Society Foundations seek to combat discrimination by empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities to promote and defend their human rights.

Contact Open Society Foundations:

Open Society Foundations
224 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019




The Other Foundation

The Other Foundation is an LGBTI community foundation for southern Africa. It gathers financial and other support for those who are working to protect and advance the human rights, wellbeing and social inclusion of lesbian, gay, and bisexual women and men, as well as transgender and intersex people in southern Africa – and gives that support on in a way that helps groups to work better for lasting change. It does this through grant making, production of new knowledge, convenings, and philanthropy development.

Contact The Other Foundation:

Postnet Suite 209
Private Bag X31
Saxonwold, 2132
South Africa

Sigrid Rausing Trust

The Sigrid Rausing Trust (SRT) is a UK grant making foundation, founded in 1995 by Sigrid Rausing to support human rights globally. Since then, the Trust has given away approximately £250 million to human rights organisations all over the world. SRT believes in the importance of providing long term, core, flexible funding to groups.

In its LGBTI Rights programme, SRT supports organisations working to enhance the legal standing and social acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people. SRT has a particular interest in the relationship between discriminatory laws, homophobia and violence.

Contact Sigrid Rausing Trust:


We are UHAI EASHRI—the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative, or simply UHAI. We believe in African activist voice in resourcing the struggle for equality, justice and dignity for Africa’s sex workers and sexual and gender minorities. We are changing the narrative of how Eastern African movements are resourced, to one of ownership and self-determination by the very activists who live that struggle.

UHAI is Africa’s first indigenous activist fund for sex workers and sexual and gender minorities. We support civil society organizing for and by sex workers and sexual and gender minorities with: flexible and accessible grants; capacity support; support for Pan-African organizing and advocacy, including support for activist-determined convening; and knowledge building and documentation.

Since our founding in 2009, UHAI has supported civil society in the five East African countries of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Following on movement requests and research in the previous strategic period, UHAI will provide new support to Ethiopia effective mid-2016, and we are undertaking research to inform our plans to include support to the Democratic Republic of Congo by the end of 2016.

UHAI is the largest funder of Eastern Africa’s civil society organizing for sex workers and sexual and gender minorities. In the 7 years since our founding, we have awarded about 400 grants amounting about USD 5 million. The majority of these grants are peer grants that are determined by Eastern African activists.

UHAI is the first funder and most consistent funder for a majority of activist organizing in Eastern Africa. We are committed to identifying and supporting young, nascent ideas, sustaining funding over the years to allow for institutional development, and accompanying our funding with tailored capacity support in order to grow activist organisations to the kind of structural integrity that attracts further funding. We have identified and supported the capacity of emerging groups to become powerful organisations, and provided a critical lifeline to organisations often unknown to other funders.

UHAI is also an incubator for African thought and a critical leader in Pan-African movement building, by way of our grant making to Pan-African organizations, our strategic networking and partnership engagements, and by convening support. UHAI is modelling a different kind of philanthropy where movements self determine their funding agenda and priorities. We are pushing funders to think and do differently. We are rewriting the rules of philanthropy by challenging assumptions and navigating unchartered waters.


PO Box 7144—00300
Nairobi, Kenya

254 (0) 20 2330050 / (0) 20 8127535
254 (0) 737 920920 / (0) 702 931911



Urgent Action Fund

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights is a global women’s fund that protects, strengthens and sustains women and transgender human rights defenders at critical moments. We intervene quickly when activists are poised to make great gains or face serious threats to their lives and work. We use online, text and mobile funding applications to respond to requests from women’s human rights defenders within 24 hours and have funds on the ground within 1-7 days.
Urgent Action Fund builds the resilience of women’s rights and LGBT rights movements in three ways: Rapid Response Grantmaking; Advocacy & Alliance-Building; and Research & Publications. Urgent Action Fund is part of a global consortium of Urgent Action Funds that also includes Urgent Action Fund-Latin America and Urgent Action Fund-Africa. Collectively, the global consortium of Urgent Action Funds supports women’s rights and LGBT rights movements in more than 110 countries worldwide.

Contact Urgent Action Fund:

Urgent Action Fund
660 13th Street, Suite 200
Oakland, CA 94612 USA

Tel: 415-523-0360
Fax: 415-520-0626



Wellspring Advisors

Wellspring Advisors coordinates grantmaking programs that advance the realization of human rights and social and economic justice for all people.

Wellspring Advisors is a private philanthropic advisory firm, with offices in New York, NY and Washington, DC. Wellspring works with donors to develop, implement, and administer giving programs that meet their philanthropic goals.

Contact Wellspring Advisors:

NY Office:
1441 Broadway, Suite 1600New York, NY 10018

T (212) 609-2622
F (212) 609-2633