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GPP Year in Review 2021

Global Philanthropy Project
2021 Year in Review

Director's Letter

Dear Colleagues,

In 2021 we shared another year defined by the global health, environmental, and political crises that reinforced our awareness that we are truly all connected, and that our actions impact each other across borders and oceans. As global LGBTI movements continued their mobilizations to meet humanitarian needs while simultaneously organizing for systemic change, globally-focused LGBTI philanthropy has never been more necessary. At the same time, we and our colleagues and partners around the world have experienced the reverberations of this ongoing crisis in our own lives and homes. 

In this context, GPP stayed focused on ways to mobilize and leverage increased and improved funding for LGBTI communities in the global south and east. We adapted and retooled to be more flexible and reached across silos and practices. Our programming, website, and other work were shared by thousands of grantmakers, policymakers, civil society leaders, and government representatives worldwide. We grew our impact, secured new resources for our communities, and found joy in the work with each of you.

We defined gaps in resourcing LGBTI communities and delivered new tools and research to move bigger and better money to LGBTI movements. This year we looked at the vast amount of information generated from our many years of publishing the Global Resources Report. Our Diving Deeper series set out new formulations of this data and provided much-needed trend-tracking and gap analyses. With Elevate Children Funders Groups, we produced the Manufacturing Moral Panic report. Our research enabled, informed, and unleashed extraordinary, responsive philanthropic resources.

We organized and mobilized. We organized a four-month summit bringing together grantmakers and civil society experts across world regions and issue areas to learn and build strategy together around progressive philanthropic responses to the “anti-gender” movement. After that summit, we launched a task force to continue the work. Throughout the year, we curated and recruited LGBTI grantmaker participation in our own webinars, online convenings hosted by our philanthropic and civil society partners, and more.  

We deepened and expanded our partnerships to secure new financial commitments to support LGBTI communities. GPP staff and members worked with donor government partners, private and public foundations, and high net wealth advisories to secure new financial commitments.  

Together we built a stronger, more diverse, and resilient philanthropic ecosystem. We are more prepared and connected to respond and fund the future of our movements. Through programs, co-funding, partnerships, and more, we reimagined how we partner and collaborate, how we define and manage risk. 

Please consider this a personal invitation to join GPP in our work together in 2022.

Shimmering Solidarity: Global Rights Summit

In March-June 2021, Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) and co-sponsoring partners held the Shimmering Solidarity: Global Rights Summit, a virtual series focused on grantmaker responses to the “anti-gender” movement and related global anti-rights agendas. The Global Rights Summit served as 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.

The summit included over 50 sessions, with over 380 attendees representing grantmaking organizations, funder networks, and civil society partner organizations. Across these sessions, attendees learned from 58 philanthropic speakers and nearly 150 speakers representing civil society organizations, researchers, and activist networks. A Presidents Panel brought together the top executive leadership of Oak Foundation, Open Society Foundation, and Global Fund for Women to share their responses to the summit discussions and strategies to meet emergent field priorities.

Research

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.

Diving Deeper Briefs

In 2021, for the first time, GPP created a series of “Diving Deeper” briefs to explore a number of new analyses using the 2017-2018 Global Resources Report: Government & Philanthropic Support for LGBTI Communities (GRR) dataset. These briefs focus on: global LBQTI funding, the role of intermediaries and government embassies in global LGBTI funding, and funding for LGBTI sex workers. As we move towards the next Global Resources Report publication in 2022, this series further illuminates the importance of the GRR data in ongoing strategy and advocacy towards impactful resourcing of LGBTI human rights advancement and inclusive development. The “Diving Deeper” briefs are developed to serve as tools for LGBTI movements, funders, and policy makers.

The “Diving Deeper” brief series is developed by the GPP staff, with additional review and feedback from members and other key partners.


The 2019-2020 Global Resources Report is now in development, with publication planned for June 2022. We are happy to share that over 160 foundations based outside of the U.S. will be included (a 24% increase from the previous report), with over 70 reporting for the first time! 

Manufacturing Moral Panic: Weaponizing Children to Undermine Gender Justice and Human Rights

At Shimmering Solidarity: Global Rights Summit, Global Philanthropy Project and Elevate Children Funders Group launched our report Manufacturing Moral Panic: Weaponizing Children to Undermine Gender Justice and Human Rights. The report was made in collaboration with the research team Sentiido.

The research explores how gender-restrictive groups are using child protection rhetoric to manufacture moral panic and mobilize against human rights, and how this strengthens the illiberal politics currently undermining democracies. The report’s comparative analysis of three country case studies (Bulgaria, Ghana, and Perú) underscores recurring strategies, narratives, and actors and gives insight into how gender-restrictive groups collaborate and engage in coalitional work across the globe. This significant new research includes important findings and recommendations for funders. 

2021 Webinars and Events

GPP hosts webinars to cultivate and deepen the knowledge, skills, and capacity of GPP members and other funders in support of global LGBTI issues. See upcoming events here.

Task Forces

Government and Multilateral Task Force

In 2021 the Government and Multilateral Task Force (GMLTF) continued to strengthen and diversify our strategy for engaging government and mulileral donors and deepened our focus on individual donors by establishing GPP member tables dedicated to a number of leading donor governments. The tables provide an opportunity for GPP staff and members to have more in-depth strategy discussions for engaging specific governments. Each table is advancing a tailored strategy that reflects the political context and opportunity for increased global LGBTI funding from the respective donor. In addition to these tables, this year GPP was engaged by a number of government donors to provide private briefings and presentations on the global LGBTI funding landscape, drawing on our research analysis and member expertise.

GPP continues engaging and influencing the field of government and multilateral donors to provide funding that meets the needs and priorities of the global LGBTI movement. Following the launch of our report, Where are the Global COVID-19 Resources for LGBTI Communities? at the start of the year, GPP commenced an exciting research project mapping rapid response / emergency funders supporting LGBTI communities and the lead funders in the international humanitarian response system.

The project will elicit a more detailed understanding of the current funding landscape addressing global LGBTI humanitarian needs, including barriers to increasing the resources focused on LGBTI communities, and actions needed to overcome these barriers. This report will be launched in the first half of 2022 and is intended to provide our field with critical insights on the funding landscape for addressing the humanitarian needs of LGBTI communities, and importantly, evidence to help the GPP membership identify any specific role for GPP in engaging with and influencing funders in the international humanitarian response system to increase and improve response to LGBTI community needs in humanitarian settings.

Responding to Anti-Gender Ideology Task Force 

Following the Shimmering Solidarity: Global Rights Summit, GPP created this task force to strengthen and expand philanthropic support for a robust, coordinated, and well-informed response to “anti-gender ideology” (AGI) forces that transcends and connects across philanthropic sectors. The objectives are to identify and map the progressive philanthropic actors responding to the AGI movement, evaluate the health of that funding ecosystem, and deepen the knowledge, skills, and capacity of progressive philanthropic response through research, public programs, and information-sharing. Finally, the task force aims to activate philanthropic leadership to fund bold and inventive responses.

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 2021, the Trans and Intersex Funding Working Group (TIFWG) collaborated with the Government and Multilateral Taskforce to ensure trans and intersex funding was prioritized across donor government advocacy. This year, the TIFWG hosted a webinar for donors and donor governments on the role intermediaries can play in increasing trans and intersex funding, with 102 registrants. 

By the Numbers

GPP Members

Thank you to GPP’s 2021 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. 

Welcome to GPP’s 2022 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; Rebecca Fox, Vice President of Programs at Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice; and Alli Jernow, Director of SOGIE Program at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund.

Thank you to GPP’s 22 member organizations for your partnership in 2021 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, Luminate, 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.

GPP is a fiscally sponsored program of Community Initiatives.

GPP in 2021 Philanthropy 100 List

GPP is happy to be included in Unboxed Philanthropy’s 2021 Philanthropy 100 List of people, organizations, and companies making a positive difference in our world, along with many friends and allied organizations including GPP members Arcus Foundation and Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

60. Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) was founded in 2009. It is an international cohort of funders and philanthropic professionals working to increase the number of funding resources available to support global LGBTQI issues. GPP has been a thought leader on the most pressing issues impacting the LGBTQI communities and has worked to challenge the marginalization of LGBTQI communities in accessing humanitarian and relief funds. Recently GPP played a key role in illuminating the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQI communities.

Thank you, Unboxed Philanthropy Advisors!

GPP’s Dave Scamell in FCAA blog post: Where are the Global COVID-19 Resources for LGBTI Communities?

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 […]

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.
  • Nearly 500 institutions currently subscribe to CIAO. University libraries, high schools, government agencies, and global research institutions all benefit from this ever-growing resource with more than 40,000 new pages added each year.

 

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.

Onward, 

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.

Research

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.
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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.
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Matthew Hart
Director
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.

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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.

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Mukami Marete
Co- Executive Director
UHAI-EASHRI

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.

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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. 

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Mukasa
Program Officer
International Trans Fund

Mukasa

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!
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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. 

Onward,


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