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Sponsored by the FCAA Advocacy Network, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, and Global Philanthropy Project, the FCAA Spring Funder Forum will offer 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.
The Forum will also feature an overview of the Administration’s newly launched “Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America,” as well as updates on the President’s FY20 Budget.
The agenda will include speakers from the American Civil Liberties Union, Proteus Fund, The Center for HIV Law and Policy, DeCrim NY, HIPS and AIDS United, among others. See more about the agenda here.
As ethno-nationalist and fascist movements grow, feeding off social polarization and economic inequality, strange bedfellows are increasingly working together to roll back human rights and social justice gains and attack minorities and marginalized groups. More than ever, this calls for philanthropy to take an intersectional approach and focus on the links between these diverse but connected movements. This session will draw from concrete experiences of community-level activists and research conducted by the Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) and Urgent Action Fund (UAF) to provide a framework and actionable recommendations for funders. Rokhaya Diallo, Afro-feminist activist will discuss attacks against feminist and anti-racist efforts in France. Tatiana Vinnichenko from the Moscow Community Center will talk about the LGBTQ purge in Chechnya and growing homophobia throughout Russia. Speakers will share examples of how funders can enable activists to respond strategically to rapidly shifting situations as well as discuss specific funding gaps and other key forms of contributions donors can make to movements. The session will be co-moderated by Nathalie Margi from Urgent Action Fund and Matthew Hart from the Global Philanthropy Project.
This year’s meeting will be held at the Titanic Belfast, a monument to the city’s maritime heritage on the site of the former Harland & Wolff shipyard. The Briefing will include a selection of visits to local sites of interest to human rights and social change funders, several breakouts and plenary sessions as well as open spaces that participants can use to organise meetings or group discussions on the day.
The Policy Briefing will include three plenaries and six breakout sessions (we will give details of the sessions shortly). The event will also include an optional grants skills workshop and structured networking to enable you to meet as many new colleagues as possible.
Global Philanthropy Project seeks two consultancies for the coming year! We would appreciate it if you can send either one of these calls to any consultants you feel meet the requirements detailed in the SOW. We hope to close both applications by February 4th.
The first consultancy is a short-term contract (two months) to evaluate the needs for GPP’s organizational home. Originally housed at Arcus Foundation, in December 2011 GPP moved to become housed as a program of Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. In early 2015, GPP brought on full-time staff and has expanded since then. As we approach the ten year anniversary of our founding, GPP membership has agreed to evaluate and assess our needs for an organizational home in this stage of our organizational development.
The second consultancy is for a two-year full-time Regional Taskforce Coordinator. After broad consultation with member institutions and key stakeholders, GPP staff and leadership have developed clarity about the need for regionally-oriented groups as a key structure for our work moving forward. We are seeking a skilled organizer to help us manage these regional taskforces.
This new regional structure is an opportunity to build the grantmaking community and unique region-specific strategies at the local level, driven by local priorities, local expertise, and locally-based or focused grantmaking institutions. As many of our members and partners are oriented towards regional grantmaking, this model increases the likelihood of more authentic institutional partnerships and richer relationships with key local and regional staff throughout GPP member institutions. Moreover, this enables a clearer and more sustained alignment of effort and shared priorities around the urgent matters impacting our communities.
2018 Year in Review
LETTER FROM GPP DIRECTOR
2018 was a remarkable year for GPP. While LGBTI people and organizations grappled with unprecedented pressures – closing space, state violence, global health financing changes, and more – GPP members stepped up, working more collaboratively and bringing together an ever-expanding network of partners to collectively leverage increased and improved resources for global LGBTI communities and movements.
GPP members include public and private foundations, women’s funds, rapid response funds, indigenous funds focused in-region, global funds with local offices around the world, and more. Our partners this year included government donors, individual donors, networks of those funding sex workers, sexual health and reproductive rights, HIV/AIDS activism, human rights defenders, women’s rights, children and youth, and many more… The complexity of our prismatic perspectives yields remarkable strength and unparalleled resourcefulness. This new ecosystem of resource generation and leveraged power is just beginning to take shape and deliver for our communities.
GPP’s work is led and sustained by our 19 member organizations, their staff and board leadership. We work together through working groups, taskforces, and advisory tables. Collaborating across sectors of philanthropy, GPP convenes to gain consensus and build shared strategy, conducts research to gain new insight and make grantmaking more impactful, and hosts webinars, telebriefings, and other shared spaces to broadcast our learnings and elevate the expertise and opportunities generated by GPP members.
In 2019, we welcome you. Let’s meet the remarkable and complex challenges of LGBTI movements by working more closely and collaboratively. Let’s commit to listen more closely to LGBTI movements’ calls for better coordination and more and better funding. Let’s commit to find 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 2018 Year In Review and imagine what we can do together.
COMING UP IN 2019
In 2018-19, the GPP Executive Committee Co-Chairs are J. Bob Alotta (Astraea Foundation) and Shalini Eddens (Urgent Action Fund). The at-large members are Michael Heflin (OSF), Mukami Marete (UHAI EASHRI), and David Sampson (Baring Foundation).
Also this year, Marina Gonzalez Flores joined GPP as Program Associate and Dave Scamell joined GPP as Senior Liaison for Government Relations. Learn more about GPP Leadership.
Global Resources Report
The 2015-2016 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic and Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities (GRR) 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. Drawing on the data in this report, as well as the first edition covering calendar years 2013 and 2014, we now have four years of data on global LGBTI funding.
Over the four-year period, global LGBTI funding dollars grew by 23%, or $100 million. The 2015-16 report also documents a 35% increase in number of reported grants compared to 2013-14. This increase in reported grants is in part due to our increased outreach, having invited survey participation from over 1000 grantmakers, more than 60 government donors, and more than 30 multilateral institutions.
The report, developed in partnership by GPP and Funders for LGBTQ Issues, was released in April 2018 and downloaded over 2,300 times in the first six months. We held two well-attended report launch webinars on May 10 (for grantmakers only) and May 14 (for grantmakers and/or civil society representatives, co-hosted by ILGA). A Spanish translation of the full report will be released in early 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 coordinate a research consultancy which yielded a new report for our memberships, “Infinite Worlds of Possibilities: Understanding, Supporting, and Financing Programs for LGBTI Children and Youth.” The report is intended to function as a foundational contribution to an emerging set of analyses and approaches among grantmakers and the LGBTI and children/youth movements supported by these resources. The research will help inform future grantmaking strategies of both GPP and ECFG members, and is intended as a tool for those aiming to support LGBTI+ children and youth confront and overcome discrimination and neglect. An early draft of this research informed a convening of key grantmakers and thought leaders in London at the offices of OSF. There, 20 grantmakers met for two days of discussion and engagement, informing the final research.
Funding for LGBTI Activism in Europe and Central Asia
An exciting example of how the Global Resources Report has been used for further analysis in order to bring greater focus to the needs and priorities of LGBTI movements, was the launch of a report by Global Philanthropy Project and ILGA-Europe in October 2018 comparing the key findings from ILGA Europe’s 2018 “Funding for LGBTI Activism in Europe and Central Asia: Priorities and Access to Resources” report with a deeper-dive analysis of European and Central Asian grantmaking data from the 2015-2016 Global Resources Report. This new report, Funding for LGBTI Activism in Europe and Central Asia: Comparing the Priorities of LGBTI Organisations and Funders, provides a compelling challenge to assumptions about the funding landscape in Europe and Central Asia, with new data and recommendations for resourcing LGBTI movements at the forefront of progress and the frontlines of resistance. This research was presented and analyzed during the October 2018 ILGA-Europe Donor Pre-Conference in Brussels, Belgium. The research will also be presented in a wider webinar for grantmakers in February 2019, with joint advocacy between activists and funders to increase resources to the region taking place over 2019.
The opportunity for impact that this joint project has created highlights the potential of similar comparative analysis of the Global Resources Report with data about the needs and priorities of LGBTI movements. In 2019, GPP will be exploring opportunities for expanding this exciting type of research, including confirmed presentations at the Ariadne and European Foundation Center convenings.
Images above: ILGA-Europe Donor Pre-Conference Group Photo; Remarks by Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of the Dutch Ministy of Education, Culture and Science; Chart from the European Regional research; GPP Members accounts for 1/3 of all funding outside the US; 2018 statistics re: GPP activity. Click to view larger.
Image at left: Map of LGBTI Funding by Regional Focus, 2015-16
Growing Solidarity & Next Steps
In May 2018, GPP developed a groundbreaking convening called Growing Solidarity: Funding at the Intersection of Faith, Religious Fundamentalism, Human Rights, and Social Justice in Southern Africa, bringing together funders across LGBTI and Feminist issues to build solidarity, strategy, and momentum around resistance to the use of religion to harm or advance discrimination against LGBTI people around the world. Eighty attendees came together for this 2.5 day meeting. Our Advisory Committee for this research and convening include representatives of AJWS, Arcus, African Women’s Development Fund, Ford Foundation, FRI, Global Fund for Women, Hivos, Horizons Foundation Global Faith and Equality Fund, The Other Foundation, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, UHAI EASHRI, and the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund.
With the advisory committee, GPP developed new research for discussion during the Growing Solidarity convening: “LGBTI Rights, Religious Conservatives, and Faith-Based Resistances: Reflections for Grantmakers.” While this research was intended to be viewed by only a limited audience of key grantmakers and convening attendees, we have since released a public report in English and Spanish which will be presented in English and Spanish language webinars in January 2019. The report was formally launched at the 2018 Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA) conference during a plenary session focused on the impacts of the Global Gag Rule, co-sponsored by OSF, AJWS, and GPP. GPP Director Matthew Hart and member Alli Jernow (Wellspring Philanthropic Fund)’s opening letter for the public report serves as a call to action for the philanthropic community – read it here.
Following the Growing Solidarity convening, GPP has held a series of focused post-convening calls to identify next steps, as well as a section of the GPP Annual Member Meeting. These conversations have identified multiple opportunities for GPP leadership in conversations about resisting the harmful impacts of Religious Conservatisms, and one key theme has been grantmaker response to the global emergence of “anti-gender ideology” movements.
In October 2018, GPP co-hosted a donor side-meeting during the Human Rights Funders Network annual meeting in Mexico City. “Building a Shared Response to Anti-Gender Movements“ was co-hosted by OSF and Funders for Reproductive Equity (FRE). During this private gathering for grantmakers, the groups shared new research and a donor mapping, with presentations on current issues facing human rights organizations, specifically LGBTI and reproductive rights groups, at the hands of the “anti-gender” and far-right movements around the world. Participants worked together in small and thematic groups to strategize about collaborative and complementary responses. This meeting brought together about 50 individual grantmakers representing 30 international foundations and 6 funder networks.
Images at right 1-3, Growing Solidarity Convening. Image 4: FCAA Plenary presentation. Click to view larger.
2018 GPP Annual Meeting
Our 2018 Annual Member Meeting was held July 19-20 in Amsterdam, with an additional half-day meeting of the Executive Committee on July 18th. 24 individual members attended, representing 15 of 19 GPP member organizations. We also gathered with local grantmaking partners for a dinner reception.
Ariadne Grant Skills Day
GPP sponsored the 2018 Ariadne Grant Skills Day and Networking Dinner on September 24th in London. The day explored how donors can take a more intersectional approach to their work, recognising what the gaps in their current programmes may be and finding ways to be more inclusive. The day opened with a master class in the concept of intersectionality and what it means for donors, led by Dr. Emilia Roig, the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Intersectional Justice, a Berlin-based organisation combating intersecting forms of inequality and discrimination in Europe.
Images at right: GPP Annual Meeting & Reception with Dutch grantmaking partners. Click to view larger.
Trans and Intersex Funding Advocacy
In October 2017, American Jewish World Service, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and GATE released The State of Intersex Organizing (2nd edition) and The State of Trans Organizing (2nd Edition). The reports are based on 2016 surveys of more than 50 intersex groups and more than 450 trans groups, working in 107 countries and every region of the world. Their responses provide the most comprehensive data to date on how trans and intersex groups are organized, their current financial status, their funding needs and priorities, their capacity needs and priorities, and the barriers they face accessing and implementing grants. Importantly, both reports highlight the critical funding gaps facing both movements, and are a direct call to funders to take action to address these gaps.
In Fall 2017, AJWS, Astraea, and GATE collaborated with Global Philanthropy Project, the Intersex Human Rights Fund, and the International Trans Fund in advocacy focused on major government and philanthropic funders in Europe. The project partners reconvened in early 2018, presenting to the US State Department LGBTI Taskforce and the Office of Global Programs, USAID’s LGBTI Champions network, and congressional staff of key allies of global LGBTI rights in the US Senate.
The project partners also presented the findings of both reports to GPP member foundations Foundation for a Just Society (FJS), American Jewish World Services (AJWS), and Arcus Foundation, and presented a breakout session at the 2018 Ariadne Policy Briefing. Additionally, the key findings from the intersex report were presented as part of the launch of GPP’s Intersex Working Group, establishing the data as a foundational resource for addressing the lack of intersex-specific funding amongst the GPP membership.
A third phase of this project launched in Summer 2018 with a focused effort to meet with donor government and multilateral representatives attending the Equal Rights Coalition convening.
Government and Multilateral Engagements
GPP has engaged Dave Scamell as GPP Senior Liaison for Government Relations to accelerate our work to increase and guarantee government and multilateral funder commitments on LGBTI issues, which includes an emphasis on addressing funding inequities facing trans and intersex activists and movements. 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.
A key focus of this effort was the August 2018 “Leaving No One Behind: The Equal Rights Coalition Global Conference on LGBTI Human Rights and Inclusive Development” in Vancouver, Canada (ERC Conference). GPP and its members engaged in the ERC conference through four main activities: 1) the GPP donor breakfast reception; 2) side meetings with government representatives; 3) planning, facilitation and participation in the donor coordination side event; and, 4) participation on panels in the main conference.
In 2018, 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 the most recent 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, and a recently-announced increase in human rights funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs which names trans and intersex funding as an explicit priority.
GPP Regional Organizing Development
After broad consultation with member institutions and key stakeholders, GPP staff and leadership have developed clarity about the need for regionally-oriented working groups as a key structure for our work moving forward. In FY 2017-18, we launched a pilot model of this structure, a Regional Study Group focused on grantmakers funding in East Africa, and through our recent work plan development and Annual Member Meeting, the organization has committed to an initial expansion in FY 2018-19 of regional work focused on Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Asia/Pacific region, in addition to continuing work focused on East Africa. These regions have been identified as priorities for FY18-19 due to active GPP member leadership engagement. In the following years, we anticipate development of additional regional tables, pending member prioritization.
Regionally-focused working groups will aim to create a center of gravity and build power with existing grantmakers in the region – from those making one LGBTI grant to those with major investment in the region. While each region will have a different needs/opportunities assessment, we expect the groups’ work may include mapping of grantmaking resources, review of existing analyses about funding in the region, briefing each other on each institution’s strategies and portfolios, sourcing priorities from the regional grantmaking actors, and identifying a strategic plan for the region — which could include research, webinars, convenings, and other ways to make the case for LGBTI investment. Through all of these activities, working group members will identify additional funders to engage in this work.
This new structure is an opportunity to build grantmaking community and unique region specific strategies at the local level, driven by local priorities, local expertise, and locally based or focused grantmaking institutions. As many of our members and partners are oriented towards regional grantmaking, this model increases the likelihood of more authentic institutional partnerships and richer relationships with key local and regional staff throughout GPP member institutions. Moreover, this enables a clearer and more sustained alignment of effort and shared priorities around the urgent matters impacting our communities.
Image above: GPP Members at the 2018 Annual Member Meeting
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.
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Previous Version of Global Acceptance Index Report
- Polarized Progress: Social Acceptance of LGBT People in 141 Countries
- Examining the Relationship Between Social Acceptance of LGBT People and Legal Inclusion of Sexual Minorities
- Links Between Economic Development and New Measures of LGBT Inclusion
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 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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A reflection on Hivos’ participation in STOP AIDS NOW!
Date and Location
5 July 2018, 13:30 – 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?
Edwin Huizing, Executiv
Louise van Deth, Executive Director, Aidsfonds
Moderator: Matthew Hart, Director, Global Philanthropy Project
PHILANTHROPY AND ITS DISCONTENTS: FUNDING LGBTI ACTIVISM IN ASIA
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
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.