Global Resources Report

The Global Resources Report: Government & Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities is the authoritative source on global lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) grantmaking and resource flows.

The biennial report provides detailed data on the distribution of LGBTI funding by geography, issue, strategy, population focus, and type of donor, offering a tool for identifying trends, gaps, and opportunities in the rapidly changing landscape of LGBTI funding.

For decades, few foundations and almost no government or multilateral agencies openly provided funding for the advancement of LGBTI rights around the world. In the past 15 years, that situation has changed markedly, with a growing number of foundations and government agencies taking bold steps to support the advancement of LGBTI rights. Comparing the 2011 report A Global Gaze  (Funders for LGBTQ Issues) which documented global LGBTI funding in 2010 with the most recent Global Resources Report, demonstrates the scale of increase in both the development of global LGBTI funding flows and our capacity to document and analyze that funding:

  • From $36 million in total LGBTI grant funds focused outside of the U.S. in 2010, to $248 million in 2019-2020.
  • From 700+ LGBTI-focused grants outside of the U.S. in 2010, to 5,900+ in 2019-2020.
  • From 64 grantmakers documented funding LGBTI communities outside of the U.S. in 2010, to 215 in 2019-2020.

Despite these powerful increases, LGBTI global funding accounted for only 35 cents out of every US$100 dollars of foundation funding in 2019-2020, and only 4 cents of every US$100 in government international development assistance.

LGBTI communities worldwide face urgent conditions, and grantmakers must mobilize together to financially resource the movements that can meet those needs. This report provides the data to make the case for strategic and impactful funding.

The next biennial report (2021-2022) is now in development for publication in June 2024.

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