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GPP research shared via CIAO database

GPP is happy to announce that our research is now included in the Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) resource. CIAO is the world’s largest online resource of documents and articles devoted to research, analysis, and scholarship on international politics and related fields, including security studies, global finance, diplomatic practice, humanitarian law, global governance, development studies, and environmental studies.

We look forward to sharing GPP’s research and thought leadership about LGBTI global funding with this wide network of institutions. 

  • With more than 500,000 pages aggregated from 300 international publishing institutions, CIAO is a unique and valuable archive and cross-searchable library of full-text articles from government research organizations, independent think tanks, university analysis centers, and scholarly journals.
  • The material in CIAO encompasses working papers, policy briefs, and current analysis and commentary, as well as scholarly journal articles, e-books, and videos. The Economist Intelligence Unit supplies comprehensive country surveys, including in-depth political and economic data and detailed maps.
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GPP Year in Review 2020

Global Philanthropy Project
2020 Year in Review

Director's Letter

Dear Colleagues,

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.


GPP is committed to cultivating and deepening the knowledge, skills, and capacity of GPP members and other funders in support of global LGBTI issues. GPP and member funds often commission new research exploring and documenting opportunities, challenges, and trends in the field. Learn more.

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

Click here to register for the January 28th Report Launch.

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.

Meet the Donors Video

This video provides a broad overview of the types of philanthropic institutions and funding flows in the LGBTI community. The video reviews some background i…

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.

Working Groups

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

GPP Members

Thank you to GPP’s Executive Committee for their support and partnership. 

Co-Chairs: Mukami Marete, Co-Executive Director of UHAI-EASHRI; and David Sampson, Deputy Director of the Baring Foundation. 

Members: Francisco Buchting, Vice President of Grants, Programs, and Communications at Horizons Foundation; Kerry-Jo Ford Lyn, LGBT Global Development Partnership Director at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice; Rebecca Fox, Senior Program Officer at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund; and Michael Heflin, Director of Equality Human Rights Initiative at Open Society Foundations. 

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

Meet the Donors Video
Video filmed October 2020

Meet the Donors Video

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Speaker Bios

Shalini Eddens
Deputy Executive Director
Urgent Action Fund for Women

Shalini Eddens

Shalini’s passion for women’s health and rights is grounded in her deep belief for justice and equity.  Shalini’s African American/India heritage and her strong sense of community and family are the compass by which she approaches her work. She has an extensive background in women’s health and rights, with over 15 years of leadership experience in the grassroots public health sector providing direct services, training, education and advocacy for women living with and affected by HIV. Previously, Shalini served as a Program Officer for the UN Foundation in Washington, D.C. where she oversaw a portfolio focused on advocacy and reproductive health. Shalini has spent most of her career working with HIV/AIDS civil society organizations domestically including; Project Inform, where she developed a curriculum for faith-based leaders on HIV Science and Treatment and Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases, she developed a national peer education and training program for women living with HIV that was replicated in domestically and globally. Shalini has expertise in training and capacity building, program monitoring and evaluation, and curriculum design. She has worked with women’s organizations globally in India, South Africa, and Mozambique to provide technical assistance on women-centered HIV/AIDS programming. She holds a bachelor’s in sociology with a minor in African American studies from the University of California Davis and an M.P.H. from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Marna Eide
Director of International Programs
FRI – The Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Marna Eide

Heads the International Programme at FRI – the Norwegian Organization for Sexual and Gender Diversity.

Matthew Hart
Global Philanthropy Project

Matthew Hart

Matthew “Matty” Hart joined as Director of the Global Philanthropy Project in 2015, leading the efforts of an organization internationally recognized as the primary thought leader and go-to partner for donor coordination around global LGBTI work.

Founder and Principle of the Paris-based Lafayette Practice, Hart has previously served as Senior Strategist for Europe for Funders Concerned about AIDS, and National Director for Public Engagement at Solutions for Progress.

Hart also serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the Calamus Foundation (DE), and has previously served as a member of The Civil Marriage Collaborative, a board member of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Philadelphia’s Sustainable Business Network, and The Leeway Foundation; and the community funding board of Bread & Roses Fund. A Jonathan Lax Academic Fellow, Hart received degrees in Urban Studies and Cultural Anthropology from Temple University.


Michael Heflin
Director of Equality
Open Society Foundations Human Rights Initiative

Michael Heflin

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.


Mukami Marete
Co- Executive Director

Mukami Marete

Mukami is an African queer feminist woman with a commitment to human rights and social justice for all people. She is currently the Co-Executive Director at UHAI – The East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative (UHAI EASHRI). UHAI EASHRI is Africa’s first indigenous activist fund for sex workers and sexual and gender minorities. We support civil society organising for and by sex workers and sexual and gender minorities with flexible and accessible grants; capacity support; support for Pan-African organising and advocacy, including support for activist-determined convening and knowledge building and documentation.

Before joining UHAI, she had worked with Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) in the finance and administration department and was actively involved in the sexual and reproductive health rights program and in particular right to safe abortions and rights of LGBTI people.

Mukami is a mother of two and believes that love makes a family. She wants to be able to bring up her African children to be resilient in a patriarchal, racist, imperialist and sexist world that she finds herself in.


Shaun Mellors
Director Director of Programmes & Technical
ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action

Shaun Mellors

Shaun Mellors is the Director of Programmes & Technical at ViiV healthcare’s Positive Action Programme. He previously worked at Frontline AIDS as the Director of Knowledge & Influence and Associate Director for Africa.

Shaun has been involved in HIV work at for the last 30 years and has been living with HIV for 34 years. He was actively involved in developing the first post-apartheid South African national HIV strategy and has been integral to the development of the national, regional and international movement of People Living with HIV – co-founder of the National Association of People Living with HIV and the Global Network of People Living with HIV, Global Fund Board Member for the Communities Living with HIV delegation and co-chair of the International Task Team on HIV related restrictions related to entry, stay and residence.

Shaun is passionate about addressing self-stigma – a complex individual barrier that continues to impact people’s abilities to access and benefit from quality health related services. 


Program Officer
International Trans Fund


Mukasa is a Program Officer with the International Trans Fund (ITF) and has been working at the ITF for the last three years. He has helped manage the grantmaking process for the ITF, including conducting outreach to potential applicants and supporting grantee partners through ongoing communication and capacity building. He is a law school graduate from Makerere University (Uganda) with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Taxation and Revenue Administration (PODITRA). Mukasa loves nature and values relationships. He also loves dogs!

Releated Research

September 2020 GPP Updates

Dear Colleagues,

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. 


Matthew Hart
Director, Global Philanthropy Project

GRR 25% Increase Announcement

50 Funders increased their global LGBTI Funding by 25% or more in 2017–2018

The 2017-2018 Global Resources Report: Government and Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities, 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 2017-2018 report shows an overall increase of 11% for global LGBTI funding compared to the previous report, totaling $560 million (USD).

Within that increase, we are pleased to share that the following list of 50 funders each increased their funding to LGBTI communities by 25% or more comparing the two year period of 2017–2018 to 2015-2016. This analysis includes funds awarded for the purpose regranting, while excluding funding focused on the U.S. 

Thank you to these funders and all represented in the Global Resources Report for your commitment to LGBTI communities!  



Those with an asterisk are GPP Members 

Advocates for YouthFord Foundation*North Star Fund
All OutFoundation for a Just Society*Our Fund
Alphawood FoundationFRIDA the Young Feminist FundPlanetRomeo Foundation
American Institute of BisexualityFront Line DefendersRed Umbrella Fund
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Gilead SciencesSigrid Rausing Trust*
ARIA FoundationGovernment of CanadaSmall Change Foundation
Baring Foundation*Government of FinlandStiftung EVZ
Barrow Cadbury TrustGovernment of FranceStonewall Community Foundation
Bread for the WorldGovernment of NorwaySwedish Federation for LGBTQ Rights (RFSL)
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDSGreater Kansas City Community FoundationTides Foundation
Calamus Foundation (Delaware)Heinrich Böll StiftungTudor Trust
Calamus Foundation (New York)Henry van Ameringen FoundationUN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women
COC NetherlandsHirschfeld Eddy FoundationUnitarian Universalist Service Committee
Comic ReliefInternational Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) - EuropeUrgent Action Fund (Africa)
David Bohnett FoundationMama Cash*ViiV Healthcare
Elton John AIDS Foundation (combined UK + US offices)MetLife FoundationWorld Bank
Fondation de FranceMongolian Women's Fund

2017-2018 Global Resources Report: Government & Philanthropic Support for LGBTI Communities

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

Full Report

Report Infographic

Excerpt by Geographic Focus: 

Webinar Launch (May 28, 2020): 


Communications Toolkit


In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be adding additional resources to this page. Look out for full Spanish and French report translation, and more.

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.

COVID-19 LGBTI Philanthropy Resources

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.


The Global Resources Report serves as a resource for additional research conducted by GPP members and partners.



What are the different kinds of LGBTI funders, and what are good ways to approach them for support? Watch GPP’s new “meet the donors” video to learn more.

Resources from Elevate Children’s Funders Group and Global Philanthropy Project, October 2019

GPP, GATE, AJWS, Astraea, 2019.

Grantmaker Resources re: funding Lesbian, Bisexual, Queer Women

Resources for understanding and resisting “anti-gender ideology.”

Inclusive International Funders List and Education Resources for LGBTI Philanthropy.

How governments in the Global North can effectively partner with intermediary organizations to support LGBTI communities in the Global South and East; Commissioned by Global Philanthropy Project, July 2016

GPP Employment Opportunities

About GPP

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.

No positions available at this time. 

People of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, trans and gender non-conforming people; women; and differently abled people are encouraged to apply. We also encourage applications from people of diverse religious, spiritual, and cultural backgrounds.

15th Anniversary Reception and Dinner of the European Governmental LGBTI Focal Points Network

15th Anniversary Reception & Dinner of the European Governmental LGBTI Focal Points Network

23 October 2019 – Prague

  • Welcome by the Director Andrea BARSOVÁ of the Human Rights and Minority Protection Department of the Czech Republic.
  • Welcome speech by the Czech host, Ms. Andrea Barsová, in the presence of Ambassador Mr. Kees Klompenhouwer of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
  • Brief statement by the Ambassador on behalf of Minister Van Engelshoven, Minister for Gender & LGBTI Equality.
  • Handing over of the ‘pledge for financial support’ by the following donor governments: Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, the Netherlands & Norway to representatives of governmental and civil society networks.
  • Words of thanks by Evelyne Paradis (ILGA-Europe) and by Eleni Tsetsekou (SOGI unit Council of Europe).

GPP Year in Review 2019

2019 Year in Review.

Letter from GPP Director

Dear Colleagues,

As we enter 2020, we ask ourselves and our institutions: what is our role now? How can we make just and right decisions? Who are our allies and collaborators that can help disrupt the violence and terror that so many of our communities experience every day? How can we all be free?

In 2019, the members of the Global Philanthropy Project leaned into these challenges and made bold new commitments, designing strategies that get close to a philanthropic response to these times. Our member-only and public programs of donor preconferences, research, and other offerings have matured with a larger and more diverse set of participants. Together we contribute to conditions that expedite the release of new investments from our donor government partners, GPP members, and other grantmakers. GPP chooses a big tent approach to working across philanthropic, development, aid and other grantmaking sectors; we co-convene shared learning spaces bringing together the often isolated grantmaking areas of Sexual Rights and Health; Children and Youth; Closing Space; Refugee and Asylum issues, and Climate Justice — building spaces for these grantmakers to work together in ways not seen before.

Philanthropy can not solve everything. Together we can build equitable partnerships with our grantees, responsive to urgent needs and opportunities defined by civil society movements. GPP commits to building a well informed, coordinated, and connected philanthropic community. 

Together we are building the third iteration of the Global Resources Report, a 2020 Global Rights Summit, and many more convenings, webinars, and other donor events and resources planned across the coming year. The GPP Executive Committee and staff are honored to be in such deep and ongoing partnerships within and beyond the field of LGBTI global human rights.

In 2020, we welcome you to partner with GPP. Let’s meet the extraordinary times and complex challenges of LGBTI movements by working more intentionally and more transformationally. Let’s commit to listening more closely to LGBTI movements’ calls for better coordination and more responsive funding. Let’s commit to finding the practical and pragmatic ways that we can deliver the critical financial resources our movements need.

Take a look at the work we shared in our 2019 Year In Review and imagine everything that is possible in 2020 when we recommit to working together.


Coming Up in 2020

Events for Grantmakers

Leadership Updates

In 2019, the GPP Executive Committee Co-Chairs were J. Bob Alotta (Astraea Foundation) and Shalini Eddens (Urgent Action Fund). The at-large members are Michael Heflin (OSF), Mukami Marete (UHAI EASHRI), David Sampson (Baring Foundation) and interim member Kerry-Jo Ford Lyn (Astraea Foundation).

Also this year, GPP promoted Ezra Berkley Nepon as Senior Program Officer for Knowledge and Learning. Olga Rychkova joined GPP as Regional Taskforce Coordinator, and Jay Postic as Research Consultant for the Global Resources Report. Learn more about GPP Leadership. 


GPP is committed to cultivating and deepening the knowledge, skills, and capacity of GPP members and other funders in support of global LGBTI issues. GPP and member funds often commission new research exploring and documenting opportunities, challenges, and trends in the field. Learn more.

2017-18 Global Resources Report

The 2017-2018 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic & Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities is in development and will launch in May 2020. We look forward to sharing data trends over six years of this reporting (2013-2018), and anticipate a significant increase in number of foundations, governments, and multilaterals represented in the report. Thank you to all who have shared grants data with GPP and Funders for LGBTQ Issues, as we partner to develop this global report which 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.


State of Trans and Intersex Funder Briefings

In September 2019, GPP released two new documents: “Funder Briefing: The State of Trans Funding” and “Funder Briefing: The State of Intersex Funding” with AJWS, Astraea, and GATE. These briefs are based on comparative analysis of intersex and trans grantmaking data from the 2015-16 Global Resources Report and 2016 global surveys of the intersex and trans movements which informed the State of Intersex Organizing and State of Trans Organizing reports, also produced by GATE, AJWS and Astraea. By comparing data from both the needs and priorities of the intersex and trans movements and the grantmaking practices of those who are funding intersex and trans issues, a number of new and important challenges and learning emerged. These briefs can be an important tool in ongoing dialogue about how funders can increase the amount and quality of resources going to the global intersex and trans movements. A report release webinar was held in October 2019.

Research on Children and Youth LGBTI+ Rights

GPP partnered with Elevate Children Funders Group and an advisory committee including representatives of Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, OSF, Arcus, Dreilinden, Astraea, Novo Foundation, and Oak Foundation to conduct a mapping of grantmaking and programming in relation to the rights of children and young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) and those exploring their sexuality. The private report was released in November 2018.

In Fall 2019, GPP and ECFG have launched a set of public materials developed to share the ideas developed in the “Infinite Worlds” private report.  To learn more, join our upcoming Webinar Launch for LGBTI+ Youth Resources for grantmakers on Wednesday, January 22. Register here.

GPP By the Numbers

Images above: GPP 2019 in numbers; Trans and Intersex Funder Briefing Reports; Children and Youth LGBTI Report Infographics. Click to view larger.


In service of GPP’s goal to cultivate and deepen the knowledge, skills, and capacity of GPP members and other funders, GPP often organizes and hosts a range of donor consultation spaces focused on global LGBTI issues, produced in collaboration with member and partner organizations. GPP regularly organizes Donor Pre-Conferences in advance of regional or global meetings of LGBTI Civil Society. GPP events center funder peer education, and may include civil society representatives as content experts.

The Narrative Imperative: Imagining a Collective Response for Effective Communications

In March 2019, GPP co-organized “The Narrative Imperative: Imagining a Collective Response for Effective Communications” which brought together donors and communications experts in New York City to collaborate on a response to the increasing populist ideologies and accompanying political gains that are undoing decades of human rights and environmental progress around the world.

ILGA World Donor Pre-Conference

GPP’s ILGA World Donor Pre-Conference (DPC) was held in March 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand with over 40 grantmakers participating. An international donor consultation focused on global LGBTI issues, this DPC also included sessions focused on Asia and the Pacific Region.

ILGA World also provided an opportunity for GPP’s Director and Senior Liaison for Government Relations to meet with many foundation and government/multilateral partners. This meeting provided the opportunity for the first in-person meeting of the Asia-Pacific Regional Grantmaker Taskforce and review of an OSF-sponsored regional needs assessment.

FCAA Spring Funder Forum

GPP co-sponsored the FCAA Spring Funder Forum in April 2019, which included a two-part discussion to help contextualize current threats to HIV, health and human rights, health and human rights, with one session focusing on FOSTA-SESTA legislation and the other looking at the rise of religious conservatism.

GPP at Ariadne

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

GPP at the European Foundation Centre

In May, GPP in collaboration with Oak Foundation, ILGA-Europe, Sigrid Rausing Trust Fund, and Open Society Foundations hosted the first-ever LGBTI-focused workshop at the European Foundation Centre focusing on how funders can successfully contribute to the work of LGBTI movements in Europe while experiencing the threat from growing populism, right-wing ideology, the closing of civil society space, and the scapegoating of LGBTI communities in the region.

Changing Faces, Changing Spaces

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 a forum 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. The 2019 Donor Pre-Conference was developed in collaboration with GPP member UHAI and an advisory group of regional funders, and welcomed over 75 grantmakers to learn together. 


In September 2019, GPP and Arab Foundation For Freedoms and Equality collaborated to organize programming for grantmakers invested or interested in the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA) LGBTI movements during the NEDWA conference. GPP hosted two events a half day donor meeting prior to the conference and a funder’s debrief post conference.

ILGA-Europe 2019 Donor Pre-Conference

In October 2019, GPP and ILGA-Europe are collaborating on a fifth annual Donor Pre-Conference following ILGA-Europe’s annual meeting in Prague. Sessions included focus on LGBTI issues around Forced Migration, Refugees, and Asylum seekers; Children/Youth Rights; European Strategic Communications Initiative; and Defense of Open Space. Over 40 grantmakers participated, with close to half being new participants in GPP programming. At the ILGA-Europe DPC, GPP launched our public materials on Supporting LGBTI+ Youth developed in partnership with ECFG, as well as our funder briefing documents on Trans and Intersex funding.

GPP also continued our work with Donor Governments and Multilateral funding bodies at ILGA-Europe, using focused outreach to bring representatives to the conference, and setting up 1:1 meetings between Government/Multilateral reps and a GPP member delegation, with intention to influence and inform future funding formulas.

Sport Disrupted: Sex_uality Matters Donor Meeting

Dreilinden gGmbH, Discover Football, and GPP co-organized grantmakers to attend a Rainbow Philanthropy conference in Berlin on October 30-31 and a focused Donor Post-Conference meeting on November 1 to discuss the effects of sports gender binary as well as homophobia on the daily lives of amateurs and professionals, the use of sports as tool for empowering LBGTIQ people, lessons to learn from non-binary grassroots sports and LGBTIQ projects, and visions for a non-binary sports world and a fair competition. 

ILGALAC Donor’s Breakfast

GPP hosted a donor’s breakfast at ILGALAC in Bogota, Colombia on November 22, 2019 attended by 14 grantmakers. Arcus Foundation presented their LGBTQI movements assessment of the region, Mama Cash presented on LBQ movements in the region, and the International Trans Fund and Intersex Human Rights Funds presented on the trans and intersex movements in the region. 

Government and Multilateral Taskforce

GPP activities are organized through a number of structures including Working Groups, Advisory Committees, Governance Bodies, and Taskforces. Learn more.

Photos from Convenings

Images above: March 2019 ILGA World DPC, June 2019 CFCS DPC, Septeber 2019 CFCS Donor Events, October 2019 ILGA-Europe DPC, November 2019 Sports Disrupted: Sex_uality Matters DPC, November 2019 ILGALAC Donors Breakfast. Click to view larger.


Each year, GPP holds a number of webinars focused on grantmakers or open to wider civil society audiences, as well as member-only telebriefings.

Global Gag Rule Expansion: What Funders Should Know (April 2019) was co-presented by GPP members AJWS, Global Fund for Women, and OSF with GPP, Funders Concerned about AIDS (FCAA), and Funders for Reproductive Equity (FRE).

Connecting the Dots: LBQTI and Gender Equality at Women Deliver, (May 2019) a Webinar for Funders and Policy Makers, was co-hosted by GPP with Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights (PAWHR), and Women Deliver. 

Funder Briefing Call about Caster Semenya’s Legal Case (July 2019) in collaboration with Equality without Borders.

Post-Global LBQ Conference Grantmakers Webinar (July 2019) following the Global LBQ Conference. You can find more  LBQTI-relevant resources here

Government and Multilateral Taskforce

In 2019, the GPP Government and Multilateral Taskforce in partnership with Dave Scamell as GPP Senior Liaison for Government Relations has accelerated our work to increase and guarantee government and multilateral funder commitments on LGBTI issues. Our engagement with government and multilateral donors focuses on:

  • working with the leading government and multilateral funders to increase and diversify their funding;
  • supporting emerging government and multilateral donors to the field;
  • influencing the field as a whole through mechanisms such as the Equal Rights Coalition and by producing leading global LGBTI grantmaking data trends and analysis.

In late 2018-early 2019, a number of governments have made significant calls for proposals or announcements about future funding that will lead to an increase in resources for the global LGBTI movement, including:

  • A 10m euro call for proposal from the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), which prioritises LGBTI human rights defenders and explicitly calls for trans and intersex proposals.
  • An announced increase in human rights funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs which names trans and intersex funding as an explicit priority.
  • A commitment from Canada to support LGBTQI rights with new funding of $30 million in dedicated funding over five years, followed by $10 million per year to advance human rights and improve socio-economic outcomes for LGBTQI people in developing countries.  

In February 2019, the GPP Government/Multilateral Working Group approved a new strategy document setting the path of work to come.

In May 2019, GPP sent a delegation to Ottawa to inform Canadian investment in LGBTI people. The delegation partnered with a large Canadian CSO, Dignity Network, to provide data and research to Canadian government and to participate in a two-day Dignity Network conference. GPP provided actionable recommendation for Global Affairs Canada (GAC)’s new LGBTI funding mechanisms.

Additionally, GPP Director Mathew Hart was invited by the Secretariate of the Netherlands Government’s LGBT Policy Working Group to the European Governmental LGBTI Focal Point Network to present on ILGA-Europe and GPP’s research Funding for LGBTI Activism in Europe and Central Asia: Comparing the Priorities of LGBTI Organisations and Funders. At the meeting, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway also invited GPP to present the GRR data and participate in two days of strategic planning on Norway’s future LGBTI funding in June 2019. 

Governments and Multilaterals

In collaboration with ILGA-Europe, GPP supported the 15th Anniversary Reception & Dinner of the European Governmental LGBTI Focal Points Network. There, the governments of Cyprus, Ireland, Malta, the Netherlands, and Norway pledged financial support for combating discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics. Click here for more information. 

Regional Taskforces

Regional Taskforces

In Spring 2019, Olga Rychkova joined GPP to lead 4 regionally-oriented taskforces for GPP. These taskforces aim to create a center of gravity and build power with existing grantmakers in the regions – from those making one LGBTI grant to those with major regional investments.

The four Regional Taskforces are designed to serve as a platform for grantmakers, donor governments, and others to increase their impact by sharing their regional and issue expertise, to deepen relationships and knowledge, and to engage in shared strategies to increase and improve resources for local movements. The four GPP Taskforces are focused on East Africa, West Africa, Asia & Pacific, and Latin America & The Caribbean, and share three main goals:

  • Creating space for current grantmakers to share information, develop shared strategies around new and emergent issues, and coordinate their efforts and research at the regional level;
  • Unlocking new funding by creating opportunities to engage funders who are already present in the regions, but currently, do not prioritize LGBTQI rights;
  • Helping to shape funding priorities of donor governments and multilateral grantmakers to include LGBTQI rights, with explicit funding commitments.

Working Groups

Trans and Intersex Working Group

Originally two separate working groups, the co-chairs have decided to combine these groups and work on a combined strategy. 

 Individual Donor Working Group

After a thorough redesign of this Working Group’s strategy and program, this newly expanded and far larger and representative group has set an ambitious new course, focused on the wealth advisory sector of financial services. The working group has identified the core LGBTI industry leadership, how they advise, and how we can impact the field.   This newly imagined partnership will allow for more constructive and better evidence-based recommendations to high net wealth individuals. 

GPP Members

Thank you to GPP’s 20 member organizations for your partnership in 2019 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, 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.