How can philanthropy support trans movements to fight against anti-gender attacks?

november 29 - november 29, 2023

9:00 am - 10:30 am (GMT-05:00)

Governments and Foundations supporting Trans movements are working together to respond effectively to the impact of anti-gender actors. Their impact is deep and complex, as it goes from denying legal gender recognition to banning healthcare access, from restricting access to bathrooms to denying access to information, from promoting “conversion therapies” to criminalizing trans people, their families, and their doctors. Join GPP and our co-hosts to explore innovative solutions and real-time examples for innovative responses to meet the challenges, resource resistance, and support trans movements around the world. 

This is a grantmaker-only event. Grantmakers include employees of public and private foundations, donor governments, corporate funders, high-net-wealth individuals, wealth advisories, and funder networks.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Chivuli Ukwimi

    Chivuli Ukwimi

    Deputy Director

    Chivuli Ukwimi is an African trans activist and an international development and public health specialist with extensive experience in program development, grant making and philanthropy. She is the current deputy director of the International Trans Fund. Chivuli has also managed multiple grant making and philanthropy portfolios within various public and private foundations. Chivuli is a current board member of IRANTI and Astraea Lesbian Foundation, and has previously served as a founding board member of African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) and board chair for Dignitate Zambia.

    Deputy Director

  • Heather Benjamin

    Heather Benjamin


    Heather Benjamin is the founding director of Nebula Fund, a collaborative fund built to strengthen the narrative power of movements advancing gender justice and LGBTQI+ rights in order to advance an inclusive, just, and hopeful vision for the world, and to more effectively counter anti-gender opposition actors.


  • Lane Harwell

    Lane Harwell

    Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression

    Lane Harwell is a nonprofit and philanthropic leader working to advance mission-driven organizations on the frontlines of social change.Currently a Program Officer of Creativity and Free Expression at Ford Foundation, Lane manages a national grants portfolio focused on the intersection of arts and culture, civic engagement, and justice. They helped organize Ford’s participation in Grantmakers United for Trans Communities and serve as the point person for Trans and Repro Futures, a new three-year, $10 million effort to strengthen cross-movement organizing.Prior to Ford, Lane was the Executive Director at Dance/NYC. They founded Dance/NYC as an independent nonprofit in 2012 and grew it from the ground up to serve more than 1,200 dance makers and companies.Lane’s professional and educational background encompasses creative, business, and civic realms, including an MBA from Columbia Business School and an early career as a ballet dancer.Lane sits on the boards of Funders for LGBT Issues and Association of Performing Arts Professionals. They also currently co-chairs New York Grantmakers in the Arts, a peer network of grantmakers. TLane identifies as white, queer, disabled, and nonbinary, and is committed to anti-racism and elevating issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Program Officer, Creativity and Free Expression

  • Masen Davis

    Masen Davis

    Executive Director

    Masen Davis is the Executive Director of Funders Concerned About AIDS (FCAA), a philanthropy-serving organisation (PSO) founded in 1987 to take bold actions and push philanthropy to respond to HIV and AIDS. Masen has spent more than twenty years advancing human rights and healthcare for vulnerable populations. Before joining FCAA, Masen served as interim executive director of Transgender Europe; CEO of Freedom for All Americans; Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center; interim Executive Director of Global Action for Trans Equality; and Senior Director of Special Projects at the Gill Foundation.

    Executive Director

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