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GPP @ FCAA 2018 Convening

GPP is proud to partner with our members Open Society Foundations and American Jewish World Services on the newly selected Opening Plenary at the upcoming 2018 FCAA AIDS Philanthropy Summit. 

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Bilateral funding and policies have long been used as tools for donors to advance their ideological agendas in ways that undermine the autonomy of groups and locally-driven efforts to address human rights concerns. Using the Trump administration’s reinstatement and unprecedented expansion of the Global Gag Rule, as well as other donors’ counter policies to address it, this panel will illustrate the ways that donor conditionalities on funding are further disempowering local organizations and harming locally-driven advocacy, human rights, and the HIV response. 
This session, designed by Open Society Foundations and American Jewish World Service in partnership with the Global Philanthropy Project, will contextualize the current threats to HIV, health, and human rights posed by the Global Gag Rule and related conservative religious actors. It will also explore ways that funders can support a shift in power toward grassroots human rights movements and community-led approaches to health and human rights to drive change in their countries. The session will also provide an opportunity for funders to strategize together about ways to support advocacy to mitigate the harms of ideologically-driven conditionality.

UHAI EASHRI Executive Director position: deadline 12 September

Building on UHAI EASHRI’s history as the continent’s first indigenous activist-led fund for and by sex workers and sexual and gender minorities, UHAI is looking for a radical and visionary leader.

Established in 2009, we have grown to fund civil society organising in 7 states across the greater Eastern Africa region—Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda—and we also fund, partner with, and grow mission-aligned pan-African human rights organising across the continent. We provide our community partners funding through flexible and accessible, peer-reviewed grant-making; and we complement funding with capacity support, and support for activist-led convening.

We have just opened a call for an Executive Director. Please find it attached.

Reporting to the Board, the Executive Director will provide inspirational leadership for UHAI EASHRI to achieve its objectives. Working closely with the Board and staff, the ED develops broad support for a well-articulated vision and strategy. The ED will serve as a key spokesperson across a broad range of stakeholders to ensure equality, dignity and justice for sex workers and sexual and gender minorities. By leading a high-performing team and establishing key relationships, the ED will ensure this vision is translated into programmes and actions that clearly deliver year on year progress.

As our Executive Director, you will be an inspiring and dynamic leader, embodying feminist values of inclusivity, intersectionality and relationship building. Additionally, you will bring a deep commitment to activism, equality, dignity and justice for sex workers and sexual and gender minorities across Africa. We look forward to hearing from you.

Find further appointment information and application details at quoting reference 3725. Please note that the Board of UHAI EASHRI and the recruitment committee are retaining the services of Perrett Laver for this recruitment process, and therefore applications will only be received by Perrett Laver at that link.

The deadline for applications is 6pm EAT Wednesday 12th September 2018.

The role will be based in Nairobi and the salary is competitive.

New: Global Acceptance Index (GAI) reports

New: Global Acceptance Index (GAI) reports
Developed by the Williams Institute (UCLA) for the LGBTI Global Development Partnership

The reports provide three new global measures of LGBT acceptance and inclusion and examine the correlations between the economic, legal, and social impact of LGBT inclusion on countries worldwide.

The three new measures:
  • The LGBT Global Acceptance Index is the first to incorporate survey data about LGBT acceptance into a single score for acceptance across different time points and countries.
  • The Legal Count Index is a new tally of LGBT-supportive laws in countries around the world that uses seven policies related to homosexuality, from decriminalization to constitutional provision prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. 
  • The Legal Environment Index is the first index to measure the level of legal inclusiveness each year in each country on a scale from no inclusion to fullest inclusion. 

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GPP at Hivos’ “A will and a way: Towards an HIV and stigma free world” Event – July 5, 2018

A will and a way: Towards an HIV and stigma free world
A reflection on Hivos’ participation in STOP AIDS NOW! 

Date and Location 

5 July 201813:30 – 18:00
Humanity House, The Hague

Hivos is hosting the launch of the publication ‘A will and a way: Towards an HIV and stigma free world’ on 5 July, at an interactive session at the Humanity House where we will share main lessons from the past 17 years of the STOP AIDS NOW! Partnership.

The presentation of the publication is followed by comments on the lessons learned by Matthew Hart (Global Philanthropy Project). Together, we will debate the financial challenges of the HIV and AIDS response. What can we –as Dutch-based organizations– learn from the past to be better funders in the future? Is there a role for social innovation in an ever changing funding landscape? Can we think of new funding mechanisms that better respond to the needs on the ground and grassroots organizations?

Opening Remarks                             

Edwin Huizing, Executive DirectorHivos
Louise van Deth, Executive DirectorAidsfonds

Moderator: Matthew Hart, Director, Global Philanthropy Project


GPP at Queer Asia 2018 Conference – June 28, 2018

Queer Asia 2018 Conference Roundtable Session
Date: 28 June 2018 | Venue: SOAS Alumni Lecture Theatre | 1400-1530

Bringing together experts in the field of philanthropy, this panel focuses on philanthropy and grant making in Asia for LGBTQI+ rights activism and policy work. Activism has been affected by a rise in right wing politics and a backlash against LGBTQI+ rights, tightening resources that are typically provided by foundations and agencies based in the global north.


Urooj Arshad, Director, International LGBTQ Youth Health and Rights Programs at Advocates for Youth;

Matthew Hart, Director, The Global Philanthropy Project;

Zohra Moosa, Executive Director, Mama Cash;

Bridget de Gersigny, Director of Communications, Astraea Foundation;

Susie Jolly (chair), Associate, Institute of Development Studies.

Ise Bosch is awarded the German Donor Award 2018

Ise Bosch is awarded the German Donor Award 2018

This year, the Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen presents the Deutscher Stifterpreis (German Donors Award), to GPP Member Ise Bosch for her commitment to human rights. The award is the highest honour in the German Philanthropic Sector. Ise is founder of the Dreilinden Charitable Trust, which supports social movements around the world that champion the rights of LGBTQI people.

The award ceremony took place on May 16th, 2018 in Nuremberg during the Deutsche Stiftungstag. Amongst other things, Ise Bosch received the honor for the interdisciplinarity of her donor activities. Michael Göring, Chairman of the Bundesverband Deutscher Stiftungen: “Ise Bosch uses the different ways of philanthropic tools with virtuosity, from funds, to community foundations, the Not For Profit LLC, and the network for women with inherited wealth. She embodies a generation of donors whose work reaches beyond the traditional foundation.” A traditional foundation has to invest its capital in restrictive ways; only the earnings can be spent, while a Not for Profit LLC (gemeinnützige GmbH) can use its capital more creatively. All capital, via grants and financial investments, can be utilized for social impact, such as gender equality and gender diversity. This is done in the Dreilinden gGmbH.

GPP Director Matthew Hart was honored to speak at the award ceremony, and we join with LGBTI and human rights grantmakers in Germany and around the world in  celebrating Ise and Dreilinden’s great work. 

2015-16 Global Resources Report Webinar

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.

WATCH: The May 14 Report Release Webinar co-hosted with ILGA World. 

Recruiting an Executive Director for ISDAO / Recrutement d’un-e Directeur-trice Exécutif-ive de l’ISDAO


Dear colleagues,

ISDAO, the first West African Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Activist-Led Fund dedicated to strengthening and supporting a West African movement for gender diversity and sexual rights, is delighted to launch the recruitment of an Executive Director!

We are seeking a confident, innovative, West African self-starter, who is spirited and has a passion for the LGBTQ community, and who is fluent in both French and English, to lead this new, dynamic, and impactful organization.

The Executive Director will be responsible for spearheading the overall formation and set-up involved in establishing a new philanthropic fund and will provide strategic leadership for all of the fund’s core functions: grant-making, resource mobilization, communication, capacity building, networking and alliance building, as well as for developing the fund’s internal operations. Reporting to the Interim Governing Body, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for ISDAO’s staff, programs, alliances, and partnerships.

More information on the search is attached in French and English, and the details and application are also available online here. The deadline for applications is 27 March 2018.

Please help us disseminate this exciting opportunity!

The ISDAO Team


Chères collègues,

ISDAO, le premier fonds de l’Afrique de l’Ouest dirigé par les militant-e-s lesbiennes, gay, bisexual-le-s, transgenres et queer (LGBTQ) dédié à renforcer et appuyer un mouvement de l’Afrique de l’Ouest pour la diversité de genre et les droits sexuels, est ravi de lancer le recrutement d’un-e directeur-trice exécutif-ive !

Nous sommes à la recherche d’une personne motivée, innovante, ayant confiance en soi, autonome, et originaire de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, d’esprit et passionnée pour la communauté LGBTQ, et francophone/anglophone, pour diriger cette organisation nouvelle, dynamique, et percutante.

Le-la directeur-trice exécutif-ive sera responsable de mener le processus général de la création d’un nouveau fonds philanthropique et assurera le leadership stratégique pour l’ensemble des fonctions de base du fonds : octroi de subventions, mobilisation des ressources, communication, renforcement des capacités, réseautage et construction d’alliances, aussi bien que le développement d’opérations internes du fonds. Répondant au Groupe de gouvernance intérimaire, le•la directeur•trice exécutif•ive aura une responsabilité globale stratégique et opérationnelle pour le personnel, les programmes, les alliances et les partenariats.

Vous trouverez plus d’informations ci-jointes en français et en anglais, est les détails, ainsi qu’un formulaire à remplir pour les candidat-es intéressé-e-s, se trouvent iciLa date limite de soumission des candidatures est le 27 Mars 2018 à 9h. 

Merci de nous aider à disséminer cette grande opportunité !

Foundation for a Just Society seeks Director of Programs

FJS seeks a creative and dynamic person to serve as its first Director of Programs. Working in collaboration with the CEO, Board of Directors, and Program Team, the Director of Programs will play a critical role in developing, implementing, and articulating the vision and direction of FJS’ program and learning, monitoring, and evaluation strategies. The Director of Programs will provide strong leadership, strategic direction, and management for the Program Team in the areas of grantmaking and capacity building support. The Director of Programs also promotes innovation to respond to changing trends in the landscape of movements that advance the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people; develops strategic alliances with peers in philanthropy; and is a thought leader on human rights and feminist social change.

The Director of Programs will also contribute to shaping and participating in activities related to FJS’ strategic communications and philanthropic advocacy strategies. The Director of Programs reports to the CEO and works closely with the CEO and the CFO on overall leadership of FJS. This position requires international and domestic travel for approximately 20% of the work schedule.

This is a full-time position located in New York, NY.

More info here.

Astraea seeks Program Officer – Africa and Asia

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice seeks a dedicated, passionate and collaborative Program Officer to sustain their international grantmaking and join their Program Team, developing and managing diverse international LGBTQI rights grantmaking portfolios in Africa and Asia. With specific focus areas determined based on the successful candidate’s background, the Program Officer develops country and thematic strategies, manages relationships with grantee partners, engages in capacity building and advocacy in philanthropy, and participates in learning and evaluation of Astraea’s programs. The Program Officer reports to Astraea’s Associate Director of Programs and may be based in their respective location or in Astraea’s New York office. Find out more or apply online.

Applications due by Tuesday, January 30, 2018.