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Workshop: A Role for Intermediaries in Trans and Intersex Funding

October 14 - October 14, 2021

5:00 am - 7:00 am (GMT-05:00)

Join the Trans and Intersex Funding Working Group of Global Philanthropy Project to learn about how funding through intermediaries can be used to support trans and intersex groups around the world.

The workshop will provide grantmakers with insights on how intermediaries function and how they can help shift donor-grantee power dynamics. Speakers will share examples of successful models of intermediary funding in collaboration with private foundations, high net wealth individuals, and donor governments to increase and improve trans and intersex grantmaking. Hear concrete recommendations for funder actions and best practices, and explore how funding through intermediaries can be a path to develop and expand your trans and intersex funding portfolio.


  • Adrian Coman

    Adrian Coman

    International Social Justice Program Director Arcus Foundation

    Adrian Coman has worked for over 20 years in human rights advocacy, philanthropy, education, and politics. Since 2013, he coordinates the International Human Rights Program at the Arcus Foundation in New York. Adrian was the first executive director of ACCEPT, which contributed to the repeal of the anti-gay criminal law and the adoption of antidiscrimination provisions in Romania, served as program director of OutRight International, and worked for a Member of the European Parliament on human rights protection and anti-corruption. Adrian was a litigant in Case C‑673/16, Coman, Hamilton, and ACCEPT v. Romania, in which the Court of Justice of the European Union decided that the term “spouse” in the EU free movement law includes same-sex spouses. In the same legal proceeding, the Constitutional Court of Romania subsequently recognized the right to private life and family of same-sex couples (2018). Adrian holds degrees in chemistry and human rights, and is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Romanian.

    International Social Justice Program Director Arcus Foundation

  • Kerry Ashforth

    Kerry Ashforth

    Program Officer for the Global Equality Fund (GEF) U.S. Department of State

    Kerry Ashforth currently serves as a Program Officer for the Global Equality Fund (GEF) at the U.S. Department of State. He has worked for over 25 years to promote and protect the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons, including by increasing resources dedicated to supporting transgender and intersex communities and issues. Most recently, he served as Interim Director of Programs and Interim Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice in New York. Previous roles include: grants and knowledge manager at the Arcus Foundation, international philanthropy and CSR associate at American Express, Program Officer at Humanities New York, and Student Pride coordinator at GLSEN. Kerry recently completed a sabbatical year, where he studied professional pastry arts at the International Culinary Center. He holds a B.M. in Music Theory and Composition from New York University, and a M.S. in Organizational Change Management from The New School University.

    Program Officer for the Global Equality Fund (GEF) U.S. Department of State

  • Mukami Marete

    Mukami Marete

    Executive Director - UHAI- EASHRI

    Mukami is an African queer feminist mother of two, with a long and broad activist career of 20 years, working at the intersection of organisational development, human rights and social justice. Her career has focused in particular on the resourcing organizing for and by LGBTIQ persons and sex workers. Mukami applies her personal values of feminism, social justice, service to others, integrity and excellence, as well as professional and social skills, towards making this world a just and loving place to live in. She holds an MBA with extensive skills in financial management and sustainability, human resource management and programme execution.She is currently the Executive Director of UHAI - the East Africa Sexual Health and Rights Initiative (UHAI EASHRI). UHAI is an activist LGBTIQ and sex workers fund. Prior to joining UHAI, she worked for the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and was actively involved in the sexual and reproductive health rights program, particularly the right to safe and legal abortion and the rights of LGBTIQ people. Mukami is also an Associate at Spring Strategies, a capacity accelerator for climate and social justice leaders.Mukami serves on the Boards of the Black Feminist Fund (BFF), the Global Philanthropy Project (GPP), the East African Philanthropy Network (EAPN), the African Philanthropy Network (APN) and the Human Rights Funders Network (HRFN). She previously served at the Board of Green Peace Africa as well as the Sex Worker Donors Collaborative (SWDC). She has an MBA in strategy and a bachelor's degree in building Economics and management - both from the University of Nairobi. She has a postgraduate degree in Human Resource Management and is a certified public accountant trained by Strathmore University.

    Executive Director - UHAI- EASHRI

  • Tania Turner

    Tania Turner

    Executive Director Fondo Semillas

    Tania has a degree in Sociology and a Master in Political and Social Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.She worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst at Freedom House, Mexico, and as a consultant in Research, Health and Demography (INSAD). She has worked as an external consultant and analyst with other civil society organizations and foundations.She has participated in research teams on labor rights, migration, new technologies and systems theory. Among her publications are “Workers who do not exist. Strategies of resistance and emancipation” in the book Uncertainty and strategies of meaning; Free and open software: communities and networks of digital production of common goods, and “Cross-border networks: the production and exchange of free and open software”, in Communication, transmigration and emerging systems, among others.In Fondo Semillas she has served as an external advisor, as Analysis and Strengthening Coordinator, Program Manager. She is currently Executive Director of Fondo Semillas.

    Executive Director Fondo Semillas

Webinar Resources:

Webinar PPT October 14 2021: 

Diving Deeper: Under the Surface of LGBTI Intermediary funding data: 

Additional Resources:

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