Where are the global COVID-19 Resources for LGBTI Communities? An Interview with Dave Scammell | Funders Concerned About AIDS
Launched in January 2021, Global Philanthropy Project’s (GPP) new report – Where are the Global COVID-19 Resources for LGBTI Communities – documented how the pandemic has “exacerbated the existing vulnerabilities of LGBTI people, driving many further into poverty and marginalization”. Notably, the report found that, while many LGBTI organizations have responded to COVID-19 by shifting […]
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Global Philanthropy Project
2020 Year in Review
Welcome 2021! In 2020 we experienced an unprecedented global health crisis, emboldened ethno-nationalists, and increasing state-sponsored homophobia. Still, our communities rose to these challenges, defined new ways of working together, and rekindled our commitments to collective power and collective care. LGBTI Philanthropy rebuilt how we partner and collaborate, how we manage and define risk. We are even more aware of the ongoing precarity of our individual, organizational, and collective realities and our responsibilities to respond.
Like all of us, GPP made a pivot from our ambitious in-person meeting agendas.
We learned and shared. We published data and analysis on global LGBTI funding, on the funding of the “anti-gender” opposition movement and our progressive philanthropic responses, and on the LGBTI funder response to COVID-19. Our data has enabled, informed, and unleashed extraordinary, responsive philanthropic resources.
We showed up. We ensured LGBTI grantmaker participation in online civil society convenings, developing sessions and other content in collaboration with LGBTI movements around the world. GPP continues to curate innovative programs towards cultivating our shared efforts to unlock new and better resources for our communities.
We thought deeply about how change can happen in these times. In consultation with our advisory committee, partners, and executive committee, we paused our planning for an ambitious global summit originally planned to be held in person in December 2020. With that pause, we reflected and relaunched the effort as Shimmering Solidarity: Global Rights Summit. Now designed as a four-month virtual series, this summit will be a platform for practical and multisectoral collaboration, networking, and ideas exchange across issue areas and world regions.
We utilized and expanded our partnerships for resource activation. In this extraordinary year, the GPP staff and members redoubled our efforts to work with donor government partners and other funders to expand and increase financial commitments. Together we have built and helped to define new pipelines of resources from several governments and new philanthropic actors.
We grew the collective. 2020 also saw our membership grow with our newest member: Initiative Sankofa D’Afrique de l’Ouest (ISDAO). We also welcomed a number of new donor partners in support of GPP programs.
Please consider this a personal invitation to join a webinar, register for our Global Summit, read and share our newest research. Together we are stronger.
Shimmering Solidarity: Global Rights Summit
GPP and co-sponsoring partners invite you to join our Shimmering Solidarity: Global Rights Summit. This event is a four-month virtual series, in March-June 2021, focused on grantmaker responses to the “anti-gender” movement and related global anti-rights agendas. The Global Rights Summit is an opportunity for grantmakers, philanthropic networks, and aligned colleagues to build shared analysis around anti-rights attacks and strategize towards multi-sectoral progressive philanthropic responses.
2017-2018 Global Resources Report
In May 2020, Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues published the 2017-2018 Global Resources Report: Government & Philanthropic Support for LGBTI Communities (GRR), a comprehensive report on the state of foundation and government funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) issues. This report documents over 19,764 grants awarded by 800 foundations, NGO intermediary funders, and corporations and by 15 donor government and multilateral agencies over the two-year period of 2017-2018. This new edition documented a total of $560 million, showing that global LGBTI funding grew by 11%, or over $57 million (USD).
In the first quarter of 2021, we will release the full Global Resources Report in Spanish and French translation.
Meet the Moment: A Call for Progressive Philanthropic Response to the Anti-Gender Movement
In early 2020, Global Philanthropy Project worked with our member organizations and philanthropic partners to develop two related pieces of private research: 1) a report mapping the funding of the global “anti-gender” or “anti-gender ideology” movement, and 2) a report mapping the progressive philanthropic response. Webinar launches for these private reports reached over 300 grantmakers.
“Meet the Moment” is a public document developed to share key learning and to offer additional analysis gained in the comparison of the two reports. Additionally, we share insights based on comparing global and regional LGBTI funding data as documented in the 2017-2018 Global Resources Report. These findings offer a clear call to action: progressive movements and their philanthropic partners are being outspent by hundreds of millions of dollars each year, and the institutions providing that opposition funding have developed sophisticated and coordinated systems to learn, co-fund, and expand their influence.
In the first quarter of 2021, we will release Meet the Moment in Spanish and French translation.
Where are the Global COVID-19 Resources for LGBTI Communities?
In April 2020, GPP launched a short survey of all GPP member organizations as well as non-GPP members within the top 20 funders of global LGBTI issues, assessing the initial response of global LGBTI philanthropy to the pandemic. A key outcome from that report was the identified role for GPP to monitor shifts in resource flows to LGBTI movements and communities as well as the broader impact of COVID-19 on international development and humanitarian assistance funding. In September 2020, we conducted a second-phase survey of the leading government, multilateral, and philanthropic funders of global LGBTI issues.
GPP’s forthcoming report on the global COVID-19 resources for LGBTI communities reveals how LGBTI grantmaking organizations and their grantee partners have made important pivots in 2020 to respond to the pandemic and lack of humanitarian-funding inclusion. The report challenges the lack of LGBTI-inclusion in the global humanitarian response, and outlines the possible long-term implications of COVID-19 resourcing for the global LGBTI movement. The report will be made available by January 2021 on our COVID-19 Resources Page.
Meet the Donors
Due to the pandemic, GPP was unable to provide our Meet the Donors Panel at regional LGBTI conferences. Instead, GPP created a video panel to share a broad overview of the types of philanthropic institutions and funding flows in the LGBTI community.
The video includes background information about philanthropy, fundraising, and the current state of worldwide LGBTI funding based on the 2017-218 Global Resources Report. and a discussion with panelists sharing information about their organizations, the roles they see for their institution within the funding ecosystem, and how they go about their own work as grantmakers and partners.
Thank you to our panelists representing FRI – The Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity, International Trans Fund, Open Society Foundations Human Rights Initiative, UHAI-EASHRI, Urgent Action Fund for Women, ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action.
- 2020 OutSummit Panels
- APCOM and GPP: Resourcing a Dynamic and Resilient Movement; a conversation with Asia and the Pacific grantmakers on the opportunities and challenges
- 2017-2018 Global Resources Report: Government & Philanthropic Support for LGBTI Communities Launch
- Vibrant Yet Under-Resourced: The Global State of Lesbian, Bisexual, and Queer Movements Report Launch
- Supporting Intersex Communities During COVID-19
- Supporting Trans Communities During COVID-19
- Challenging Homosexuality Laws in Kenya
- + private and member-only webinars and other online events
Government and Multilateral Taskforce
Government and Multilateral Task Force
In this extraordinary year, the GPP staff and members of the Government and Multilateral Task Force (GMTF) redoubled our efforts to work with donor government partners to expand and increase financial commitments. The pandemic required the GMTF to shift focus from in-person engagement with government and multilateral donors at key events such as the Equal Rights Coalition conference to engaging virtually.
Working with our members and LGBTI civil society based in the governments that GPP seeks to influence, we provided detailed data and field analysis to inform the strategies of several donors. GPP also actively engaged each of the government and multilateral donors supporting global LGBTI issues, to understand and document how they responded to the pandemic. Such analysis formed an important part of our forthcoming COVID-19 report, which may open pathways for our network to engage with a new set of government and multilateral actors working in humanitarian response. Together we have built and helped define new pipelines of resources from several governments that will soon be announced.
Snapshot: GPP’s Matthew Hart and Dave Scamell traveled to Germany and, in consultation with LSVD, met with government and development representatives to build and advance these relationships, resulting in a new GPP partnership with BMZ. The trip included a Berlin event on “German Philanthropy’s Role in the Global LGBTI Funding Landscape,” which included a preview of findings from the 2017-18 Global Resources Report. Following the trip, GPP was engaged by GIZ, the German Government’s principal development cooperation implementing mechanism, to serve as an expert informant for GIZ’s scoping research regarding future funding in southern Africa.
Individual Donor Working Group
This year, the Individual Donor Working Group (IDWG) deepened our work with wealth advisories in the financial sector. After identifying a new group of leaders in the sector, the IDWG has continued to invite wealth advisors to join calls and virtual convenings, and has provided tailored consultations and in-depth research to capacitate their work to better advise high net wealth clients. Together, the IDWG has begun a process of exploring queer lens investments for our members’ institutions.
Trans and Intersex Funding Working Group
In 2020, the Trans and Intersex Funding Working Group (TIFWG) rolled out an ambitious work plan. The WG provided strategic recommendations to the Hewlett Foundation’s International Reproductive Health Program Strategic Plan to incorporate trans and intersex communities in their policy refresh. Together, the TIFWG collaborated with the Government and Multilateral Taskforce to ensure trans and intersex funding was prioritized across donor government advocacy. TIFWG supported the development of the COVID-19 Survey and hosted two webinars for donors on the impacts of COVID-19 on intersex communities and on trans communities. Combined, these webinars hosted 160 registrants.
By the Numbers
Thank you to GPP’s 21 member organizations for your partnership in 2020 and beyond!
American Jewish World Service, Arcus Foundation, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Baring Foundation, Dreilinden gGmbH, Ford Foundation, Foundation for a Just Society, Fund for Global Human Rights, Global Fund for Women, Hivos, Horizons Foundation, International Trans Foundation, Initiative Sankofa D’Afrique de L’Ouest, Mama Cash, Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundations, The Other Foundation, Sigrid Rausing Trust, UHAI – the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund.
In February 2020, GPP became a fiscally sponsored program of Community Initiatives.
Meet the Donors Video
Video filmed October 2020
In this video you can find:
- a broad overview of the types of philanthropic institutions and funding flows in the LGBTI community
- background information about philanthropy, fundraising, and the current state of worldwide LGBTI funding based on the 2017-218 Global Resources Report: Government and Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities
- panelists discussion on their organizations, the role they see for their institution within the funding ecosystem, and how they go about their own work as grantmakers and partners.
Deputy Executive Director
Urgent Action Fund for Women
Director of International Programs
FRI – The Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity
Global Philanthropy Project
Director of Equality
Open Society Foundations Human Rights Initiative
Co- Executive Director
Director Director of Programmes & Technical
ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action
International Trans Fund
We are in new times, indeed. LGBTI grantmakers, broader human rights and humanitarian funders, and advocates across the landscape of philanthropy and development have activated in new and often non-traditional ways. Now six months into the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are witnessing the activation of a wide variety of rapid and longer-term responses. Global Philanthropy Project is here to enable your efforts to support, sustain, and strengthen LGBTI movements around the world. In these complex times, our collective efforts to sustain commitments and catalyze new financial resources matter even more.
Through our webinars, online and in-person convenings, research, and a first-time online global summit, GPP and our member organizations and partners invite you to join in our efforts to expand global philanthropic support for the human rights of LGBTI people.
Director, Global Philanthropy Project
50 Funders increased their global LGBTI Funding by 25% or more in 2017–2018
|Advocates for Youth||Ford Foundation*||North Star Fund|
|All Out||Foundation for a Just Society*||Our Fund|
|Alphawood Foundation||FRIDA the Young Feminist Fund||PlanetRomeo Foundation|
|American Institute of Bisexuality||Front Line Defenders||Red Umbrella Fund|
|Andrew W. Mellon Foundation||Gilead Sciences||Sigrid Rausing Trust*|
|ARIA Foundation||Government of Canada||Small Change Foundation|
|Baring Foundation*||Government of Finland||Stiftung EVZ|
|Barrow Cadbury Trust||Government of France||Stonewall Community Foundation|
|Bread for the World||Government of Norway||Swedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights (RFSL)|
|Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS||Greater Kansas City Community Foundation||Tides Foundation|
|Calamus Foundation (Delaware)||Heinrich Böll Stiftung||Tudor Trust|
|Calamus Foundation (New York)||Henry van Ameringen Foundation||UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women|
|COC Netherlands||Hirschfeld Eddy Foundation||Unitarian Universalist Service Committee|
|Comic Relief||International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) - Europe||Urgent Action Fund (Africa)|
|David Bohnett Foundation||Mama Cash*||ViiV Healthcare|
|Elton John AIDS Foundation (combined UK + US offices)||MetLife Foundation||World Bank|
|Fondation de France||Mongolian Women's Fund|
2017-2018 Global Resources Report:
Government & Philanthropic Support for LGBTI Communities
Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues are pleased to present the 2017-2018 Global Resources Report: Government and Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities, a comprehensive report on the state of foundation and government funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) issues. This report documents over 19,764 grants awarded by 800 foundations, NGO intermediary funders, and corporations and by 15 donor government and multilateral agencies over the two-year period of 2017-2018.
The report provides detailed data on the distribution of LGBTI funding by geography, issue, strategy, and population focus, offering a tool for identifying trends, gaps, and opportunities in the rapidly changing landscape of LGBTI funding.
This report draws from six years of data on global LGBTI funding, documented in three editions of the Global Resources Report including grants awarded from 2013 to 2018.
This new edition documents a total of $560 million, showing that global LGBTI funding grew by 11%, or over $57 million (USD). This also represents a 54% increase in the number of grants. Additionally, 300 new LGBTI funders are included.
NEW: FULL REPORT TRANSLATIONS
NEW: BRIEF REPORT SERIES
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
While we celebrate the increases in LGBTI funding over the past six years of the report, we also anticipate destabilization of those trends given the massive social, political, and financial impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The inequities and vulnerabilities facing LGBTI people around the world are likely to be amplified by this global health crisis. At the same time, LGBTI movements are mobilizing and organizing around the world, drawing from our legacies of resilience and adaptation to meet the needs of their communities. These conditions call for renewed and increased support from long-term donor partners and new funders to ensure that LGBTI people are at the table to design and influence the paths through crisis and into recovery and healing.
This report, and the six years of data held within, offer a benchmark to document the progress we’ve made together and a tool to help shape LGBTI funding in the months and years to come. The report offers a path for donors and movement leaders to identify funding gaps, advocate for more resources, adapt our goals, and increase our impact.
With gratitude to all of the grantmakers who shared their data and to the movements for LGBTI human rights whose work is represented in these pages, this report is intended to serve as a valuable tool for all those seeking to advance LGBTI rights and improve the well-being of LGBTI communities around the world.
GRR DATA IN USE
The Global Resources Report serves as a resource for additional research conducted by GPP members and partners.
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.
Established in 2009, GPP’s 20 member organizations include many of the leading global funders and philanthropic advisors for LGBTI rights. As the first international cohort of LGBTI funders, GPP is internationally recognized as the primary thought leader and go-to partner for donor coordination around global LGBTI work.
GPP is a key source of strategic research and analysis for global LGBTI funders. GPP also plays a central role in convening philanthropists and human rights activists for opportunities to increase knowledge, skills and capacity towards expanding global LGBTI funding. These convening spaces include donor pre-conferences during regional LGBTI convenings, funder webinars, and report release events. GPP is organized through a core Executive Committee and a number of thematic working groups, taskforces, and program-focused advisory groups.
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