Photo Credit: Evan Abramson for AJWS (2013)

2020 GPP Employment Consultancies

Prague 15th Anniversary Reception & Dinner of the European Governmental LGBTI Focal Points Network
23 October 2019 – Prague

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GPP Statement to  Leaving No One Behind: the Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) Global Conference on LGBTI Human Rights and Inclusive Development August 6-8, 2018 - Vancouver, Canada Fullscreen Mode

GPP, GATE, AJWS, Astraea, 2019.

Global Philanthropy Projects welcomes two new members, Oak Foundation and the International Trans Fund.  We look forward to our work ahead. See GPP's Members Page for an overview of our members. Nina Spataru, Program Officer International Human Rights at Oak Foundation "We are delighted to join the GPP community! So far GPP has been a generous and valued thought partner in helping us shape Oak’s LGBTI portfolio, and I look forward to engaging with you all going forward."
GPP is pleased to announce two staff updates. GPP's staff member Ezra Berkley Nepon has been promoted to Senior Program Officer for Knowledge and Learning. Nepon joined GPP in 2015, and has been a key partner in developing GPP's groundbreaking research and broader communications infrastructures. GPP welcomes Olga Rychkova who joins the GPP team to coordinate the regional taskforces. Rychkova has over a decade of experience as a social justice and women’s rights grantmaker and has previously managed a gender portfolio with the OSF Public Health Program. Rychkova brings her regional expertise and her extensive network and experience working with funders and civil society organizations. Rychkova will oversee the Regional Taskforce and is the primary GPP contact person for this work. Learn more about GPP staff and leadership here.
GPP is pleased to announce the launch of Regional Taskforces to bring regional focus to mobilizing funding for LGBTQI movements. The four Regional Taskforces will serve as a platform for grantmakers, donor governments, and others to increase their impact by sharing their regional and issue expertise, to deepen relationships and knowledge, and to engage in shared strategies to increase and improve resources for local movements. The Taskforces will be focused on East Africa, West Africa, Asia & Pacific, and Latin America & The Caribbean. The Taskforces will pursue three main goals: Create a space for current grantmakers to share information, develop shared strategies around new and emergent issues, and coordinate their efforts at the regional level; Unlock new funding by creating opportunities to engage funders who are already present in the regions, but currently do not prioritize LGBTQI rights; Help shape funding priorities of bilateral and multilateral funders to include LGBTQI rights, with explicit funding commitments. If you are interested in joining one or more regional taskforces fill out this form.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues y Global Philanthropy Project se complacen en publicar el 2015-2016 Informe de Recursos Globales: Apoyo gubernamental y filantropico para comunidades lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transgénero e intersex, el informe más completo hasta la fecha sobre el estado de finacimiento por parte de fundaciones y gobiernos para asuntos de personas lesbianas, gays, bisexuales, transgénero e intersexuales (LGBTI). Este informe contiene datos sobre 12,964 donaciones otorgadas por 511 fundaciones, intermediarios y corporaciones y por 15 agencias gubernamentales y multilaterales durante el período de dos años de 2015-2016. El informe completo proporciona una imagen detallada sobre los fondos LGBTI en cada una de las siguientes regiones: Asia y el Pacífico; Canadá y los Estados Unidos; Europa del Este, Rusia y Asia Central; América Latina y el Caribe; Medio Oriente y Norte de África; Africa Sub-sahariana; y Europa occidental. Puede ver la grabación del seminario web del lanzamiento del informe que se realizó junto con ILGA World el 17 de abril aquí.

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.

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.

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. 2019 GPP Needs Assessment Scope of Work  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. GPP Seeks Consultant for Regional Taskforce Coordination 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.

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GPP is proud to partner with our members Open Society Foundations and American Jewish World Services on the newly selected Opening Plenary at the upcoming 2018 FCAA AIDS Philanthropy Summit. 

Building on UHAI EASHRI’s history as the continent’s first indigenous activist-led fund for and by sex workers and sexual and gender minorities, UHAI is looking for a radical and visionary leader.

New: Global Acceptance Index (GAI) reports; Developed by the Williams Institute (UCLA) for the LGBTI Global Development Partnership

A will and a way: Towards an HIV and stigma free world 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? Opening Remarks                              Edwin Huizing, Executive Director, Hivos 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. Featuring: 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.  {{ vc_btn: title=Watch%3A+Video+of+Award+Ceremony+%28German+Language%2C+English+Subtitles%29&color=info&size=lg&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fwww.dreilinden.org%252Ffilm%252FDankesrede%252520Ise%252520Bosch%252520-%252520Stifterinnenpreis%252520-%252520english%252520subs.mp4%7C%7Ctarget%3A%2520_blank%7C }}
Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project are pleased to release The 2015-2016 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic & Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities, the most comprehensive report to date on the state of foundation and government funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) issues. This report 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.   The full report provides a detailed snapshot of LGBTI funding in each of the following regions: Asia & The Pacific; Canada & the United States; Eastern Europe, Russia, & Central Asia; Latin America & the Caribbean; the Middle East & North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; and Western Europe. WATCH: The May 14 Report Release Webinar co-hosted with ILGA World.  https://globalphilanthropyproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/GRR-Webinar.mp4

[ENGLISH] [FRANÇAIS AU-DESSOUS] Dear colleagues, ISDAO, the first West African Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Activist-Led Fund dedicated to strengthening and supporting a West African movement for gender diversity and sexual rights, is delighted to launch the recruitment of an Executive Director! We are seeking a confident, innovative, West African self-starter, who is spirited and has a passion for the LGBTQ community, and who is fluent in both French and English, to lead this new, dynamic, and impactful organization. The Executive Director will be responsible for spearheading the overall formation and set-up involved in establishing a new philanthropic fund and will provide strategic leadership for all of the fund’s core functions: grant-making, resource mobilization, communication, capacity building, networking and alliance building, as well as for developing the fund’s internal operations. Reporting to the Interim Governing Body, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for ISDAO’s staff, programs, alliances, and partnerships. More information on the search is attached in French and English, and the details and application are also available online here. The deadline for applications is 27 March 2018. Please help us disseminate this exciting opportunity! The ISDAO Team [FRANÇAIS] Chères collègues, ISDAO, le premier fonds de l’Afrique de l’Ouest dirigé par les militant-e-s lesbiennes, gay, bisexual-le-s, transgenres et queer (LGBTQ) dédié à renforcer et appuyer un mouvement de l’Afrique de l’Ouest pour la diversité de genre et les droits sexuels, est ravi de lancer le recrutement d’un-e directeur-trice exécutif-ive ! Nous sommes à la recherche d’une personne motivée, innovante, ayant confiance en soi, autonome, et originaire de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, d’esprit et passionnée pour la communauté LGBTQ, et francophone/anglophone, pour diriger cette organisation nouvelle, dynamique, et percutante. Le-la directeur-trice exécutif-ive sera responsable de mener le processus général de la création d’un nouveau fonds philanthropique et assurera le leadership stratégique pour l’ensemble des fonctions de base du fonds : octroi de subventions, mobilisation des ressources, communication, renforcement des capacités, réseautage et construction d’alliances, aussi bien que le développement d’opérations internes du fonds. Répondant au Groupe de gouvernance intérimaire, le•la directeur•trice exécutif•ive aura une responsabilité globale stratégique et opérationnelle pour le personnel, les programmes, les alliances et les partenariats. Vous trouverez plus d’informations ci-jointes en français et en anglais, est les détails, ainsi qu’un formulaire à remplir pour les candidat-es intéressé-e-s, se trouvent ici. La date limite de soumission des candidatures est le 27 Mars 2018 à 9h. 
 Merci de nous aider à disséminer cette grande opportunité !

FJS seeks a creative and dynamic person to serve as its first Director of Programs. Working in collaboration with the CEO, Board of Directors, and Program Team, the Director of Programs will play a critical role in developing, implementing, and articulating the vision and direction of FJS’ program and learning, monitoring, and evaluation strategies. The Director of Programs will provide strong leadership, strategic direction, and management for the Program Team in the areas of grantmaking and capacity building support. The Director of Programs also promotes innovation to respond to changing trends in the landscape of movements that advance the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQI people; develops strategic alliances with peers in philanthropy; and is a thought leader on human rights and feminist social change. The Director of Programs will also contribute to shaping and participating in activities related to FJS’ strategic communications and philanthropic advocacy strategies. The Director of Programs reports to the CEO and works closely with the CEO and the CFO on overall leadership of FJS. This position requires international and domestic travel for approximately 20% of the work schedule. This is a full-time position located in New York, NY. More info here.

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice seeks a dedicated, passionate and collaborative Program Officer to sustain their international grantmaking and join their Program Team, developing and managing diverse international LGBTQI rights grantmaking portfolios in Africa and Asia. With specific focus areas determined based on the successful candidate’s background, the Program Officer develops country and thematic strategies, manages relationships with grantee partners, engages in capacity building and advocacy in philanthropy, and participates in learning and evaluation of Astraea’s programs. The Program Officer reports to Astraea’s Associate Director of Programs and may be based in their respective location or in Astraea’s New York office. Find out more or apply online. Applications due by Tuesday, January 30, 2018. 

The International Trans Fund (ITF) seeks a committed, collaborative and organized person to join our team as a Program Associate. The Program Associate is a full-time position that will support the day-to-day activities of the ITF team. This includes supporting ITF’s annual grantmaking cycle, providing logistical support for international meetings and other activities, and ensuring overall smooth operations of the team. The position is based in the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice office in New York City. Organization Description The ITF is an activist and funder-led initiative that aims to increase the capacity of trans movements globally to self-organize and advocate for trans people’s rights, self-determination, and wellbeing. The ITF works to mobilize sustainable resources to help build strong, trans-led movements and collective action, and to address and eliminate funding gaps impacting trans groups across the globe. The ITF is hosted at Astraea. Responsibilities Support outreach to potential applicants during grantmaking cycles, including through webinars and social media in multiple languages. Conduct intake of grant applications, including data entry, file management and communication with applicants. Coordinate translation of applications, which are received in English, French, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. Provide initial screening of applications to determine eligibility for ITF support. Prepare materials for the ITF’s Grant Making Panel, a body of trans activists who make the funding decisions. Communicate with applicants, including responding to inquiries and sending grant notifications. Prepare award packages for grantee partners via the grants management database. Confirm payment details with grantee partners and work with the Astraea Senior Grants Manager and Fiscal Department to prepare, process, and track grants payments. Coordinate Grant Making Panel and Steering Committee Meetings, including handling logistics (travel, venues, lodging, catering, AV) and producing/organizing meeting materials. Support programmatic learning and pilot evaluation. Aid with budget tracking. Respond to general organizational queries. Provide general administrative support to the Director and Program Officer. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned from time to time. Qualifications Minimum two years of programmatic experience in trans, LGBTQI, feminist, human rights and/or social justice movements. Commitment to and knowledge of issues facing global trans movements. Excellent organizational and project management skills, with the ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines while maintaining consistent attention to detail. Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with a proven track record in developing creative solutions. High level of proficiency with computers, databases and other technology. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work and communicate with diverse audiences and stakeholders. Strong interpersonal skills and a supportive team player. Proficiency in English required; proficiency in Spanish preferred. Intermediate to expert level experience is computer applications like MS Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access), emails, and must be internet/web savvy. Additional Considerations This position is based in Astraea’s NY office with an immediate start date, US work authorization is required. ITF is not able to offer visa sponsorship for this position. Trans people are encouraged to apply. Applicants born or who originate from a global south country are strongly encouraged to apply for this role. How to Apply Please send resume/CV, cover letter, and salary requirements to jobs@transfund.org in .pdf, doc, or .docx format by January 15, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted. La descripción del trabajo en español está disponible aquí. The ITF is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, collaborative and sustainable work environment. For more information visit www.transfund.org.

The International Trans Fund (ITF) recently announced their second grantmaking cycle. ITF warmly welcome applications from trans-led groups with budgets below $150,000 USD based in any region of the world. The deadline to apply is February 12, 5pm (EST/New York time). This year ITF requires all groups to complete an application form. ITF strongly urges applicants to review their guidelines before submitting an application. If you have any questions, please contact info@transfund.org. More online, including application materials in Spanish, Chinese, French, and Russian.   

About the Fund The Fund for Global Human Rights is a leading supporter of on-the-ground human rights groups around the world.  Dedicated to finding and funding the most effective human rights organizations in countries from Africa to South East Asia to Latin America, the Fund for Global Human Rights offers grants and facilitates technical support to ensure the long-term effectiveness and viability of frontline groups working in challenging conditions with scant resources. As an employer, we are deeply committed to the overall wellbeing of our staff.  We offer 100% employer paid health benefits, generous paid leave, and flexible working options designed to meet the diverse needs of our globally based team members. About this opportunity: The Fund is seeking dynamic leadership for our regional grant-making and programmatic work. We’re in search of a proven manager and facilitative leader who is deeply invested in the global human rights movement and takes pride and satisfaction in creating a work environment where each member of their team can achieve their own goals. The ideal candidate for this position will be a mid-career professional who has remote management experience and practical familiarity with the challenges facing frontline grassroots human rights organizations around the world. The primary function of this position is to manage and support the program officers who lead the Fund’s five regional grant-making programs (South Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, North Africa, and the Great Lakes of Africa), all of whom work remotely, many from the region where their program is focused. The Director of Regional Programs will report to the Vice President for Programs, providing thought partnership and support. This position will liaise frequently with our development, operations, communications, and grants management teams and play a critical role in facilitating cross-departmental relationships and communications. Occasionally this person will also represent the Fund to funder and field audiences publicly. The Director of Regional Programs will serve on the Fund’s management team and will report to the Vice President for Programs. This position is based in Washington, DC.   Primary Responsibilities: Where you’ll make the most impact Provide meaningful leadership and coaching to five regional program officers who lead grant-making strategies organized by geography in: South Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, North Africa, and the Great Lakes of Africa. In total these programs operate currently in thirteen countries and last year made grants of over $5 million. Support program officers in developing and evolving grant-making strategy and capacity-building interventions. The Director of Regional Programs will support program officers in developing capacity-building and technical assistance interventions regularly. Play an active role in providing coaching, guidance, and editing as program officers prepare annual grants dockets for approval by senior staff. Act as the program team’s principal team builder; plan team time during bi-annual staff retreats, devise means for remote team building throughout the year, and jointly with the Vice President for Programs explore the possibility of launching an annual team retreat in the field. Facilitate a culture of learning across the team and throughout the organization around our regional grant-making strategies and tactics, impact of our grant-making, the context in each region, and the work of our grantees Support development staff in their work with program officers to fundraise for regional grant-making programs Keep a keen and consistent eye to all grant-making processes and work with our grants management team to consider possible improvements that make the Fund more flexible, nimble, and responsive to the field Travel up to 25 percent time both to the field and in the US and Europe for meetings and conferences Occasionally represent the Fund at meetings and conferences Act as the primary staff liaison for the program committee of the Board of Directors   Qualifications: Candidates should demonstrate the following range of skills, experience, and qualities: A deep commitment to global human rights issues, and to a stronger, more effective human rights movement. An experienced manager who loves the day-to-day work of making teams hum. Bonus points for anyone who has managed a remote team, far-flung across the globe. A globalist, who sees the world as interconnected and can track meta-trends of global developments. Or, why do China, Russia, and Brazil matter to our work even though we don’t work in those countries specifically? Someone who will generate internal discussion and debate about world affairs because it makes us smarter and sharper in our work. Someone who has deep competency in working across and between many cultures. A grant-maker with enough experience to tell a story about how their work made a difference, and three major challenges their grantees faced that they helped them creatively overcome. An organizational development thinker who can see down the road and around the bend to what isn’t in place yet, and isn’t afraid to suggest a road map to get us there. Ten years’ relevant experience in philanthropy, human rights, or human rights/social justice philanthropy, especially if any of that experience is at an intermediary. A relevant training and education could substitute for some experience. Ability to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment, and to help others do so better all the time. Experience editing professional-style writing in standard American English (even better if the candidate has a history of editing for non-native English speakers). Effective communicator with internal and external audiences Fluency in English, professional proficiency in one or more of the following languages preferred: Hindi, Arabic, Thai, Burmese, Tagalog, Spanish, or French. Desired Qualities: Successful experience fundraising from institutional or individual donors Poised and professional, with a great sense of humor A team builder in the truest sense The ability to predict and prepare a team for needed next steps to achieve long range goals Deep understanding of human rights norms and practices, and extensive experience with grassroots organizations A grasp of the universe of human rights funders, and relationships to bring to bear in this role How to Apply:  Please send (1) cover note including salary expectations and (2) resume to: jobs@globalhumanrights.org.  Mention “Director of Regional Programs” in the subject line. No

Global Philanthropy Project seeks a committed, collaborative, and extremely organized person to join our team as a Program Associate. Download Job Description as PDF Job Summary – 40 hours a week (full time) with benefits The Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) Program Associate provides administrative and programmatic support for the GPP Director and carries out project management, coordination, and administrative duties as assigned. Formally reporting to Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s (Astraea’s) Director of Programs based in New York, the GPP Program Associate works most closely with the GPP Director who oversees the substance of their work. The location of this staff person is open; GPP staff currently live in Paris and Philadelphia, and generally work remotely. This position has a competitive salary and full benefits package. Essential Job Functions Support the GPP Director in executing the priorities and activities of the GPP work plan. Manage membership coordination including: tracking organizational representatives, membership renewal deadlines, working group and committee lists. Coordinate the scheduling and ongoing development of GPP internal meetings, recording and distributing meeting minutes, including tracking outcomes and next steps in project management software. Manage GPP’s internal member infrastructure including CRM database, member calendar, listserv, and intranet. Distribute communications for GPP webinars and convenings [RSVP lists, surveys, research primers, panelist details, etc]. Act as rapporteur at other meetings of interest to GPP members. Monitor opportunities for GPP event sponsorship by members/partners. Support the monitoring and evaluation of GPP activities. Manage regular GPP website updates. Utilize GPP Twitter account. Education and Certification Bachelor’s degree in relevant field or equivalent work experience. Work authorization in the United States is not required. Special Skills and Knowledge In addition to the above-listed job responsibilities and educational requirements, the ideal candidate for this position possesses most or all of the following: Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail. Excellent project management skills. Two to three years relevant work experience. High level of proficiency with computers and other technology. [We regularly use: Asana, Microsoft Office Suite, Zoom/Skype/WhatsApp/Signal, Wordpress, CiviCRM, Google Calendars, MailChimp, Acuity, Doodle.com, NextCloud] Knowledge of the global LGBTI social justice landscape. Knowledge of the philanthropic landscape a plus. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with multiple constituencies and audiences. Demonstrated commitment to the work and values of the Astraea Foundation and the Global Philanthropy Project. Who We Are Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) is a collaboration of funders and philanthropic advisors working to expand global philanthropic support to advance the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in the Global South and East. Established in 2009, GPP’s 18 member organizations include many of the leading global funders and philanthropic advisors for LGBTI rights.  As the first international cohort of LGBTI funders, GPP is internationally recognized as the primary thought leader and go-to partner for donor coordination around global LGBTI work. How to Apply: To apply, please send cover letter, résumé, and references to info@globalphilanthropyproject.org in .pdf or .doc/.docx format by close of business Friday, December 29th.  No phone calls, please. Only applicants being considered for interviews will be contacted. Astraea Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse (multi-gender, cross-class and multi-racial), collaborative and sustainable work environment.
It Shows That People Care: LGBTI organisations fundraising from individuals in Europe and Central Asia Many LGBTI groups across Europe raise funds from individuals: with online donations, galas and dinners, merchandise, fundraising at Prides… This new guide, developed by ILGA-Europe and the Global Philanthropy Project, includes an overview of fundraising, frequently asked questions, 10 case studies, and guidance and resources to start or improve your fundraising. Plus: Insiders Briefing available exclusively for LGBTI activists and grant-makers. This private briefing offers state-of-the-art thinking on fundraising from individuals. To request a copy, contact info@globalphilanthropyproject.org {{ vc_btn: title=Check+out+January+2018+webinar+series+on+this+report%21&color=primary&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fglobalphilanthropyproject.org%252FEvents%252Findividual-donor-fundraising-webinars-january-12-19-25th-2018%252F%7C%7Ctarget%3A%2520_blank%7C }} Download the Report (English) На русском (Russian) From the introduction: In recent years, many LGBTI activists have reached the same conclusion: strengthening the movement requires strong communities, and strong organisations with diverse income streams. We’ve collectively started asking ourselves: How can we build stronger local communities? How can we cultivate financial sustainability? Fundraising from individuals is part of the answer. Raising money from individuals may be difficult, and cultures of individual philanthropy vary greatly between countries – not to mention the absence of any such culture, which can make fundraising especially demanding (but also innovative).This report shows that LGBTI activists in Europe and Central Asia already fundraise in wildly different contexts, partly learning from the feminist movement’s innovative women’s funds, started in the 1970s. In 2013, several foundations and partners came together to develop individual donor fundraising in the European LGBTI movement. They initiated coaching, training, peer support and development opportunities. We want to thank the Open Society Foundations, the Arcus Foundation, other funding partners who supported these early initiatives; as well as Charlie Rounds, Ise Bosch, and other individuals who provided valuable support and counsel. The Lafayette Practice and ILGA-Europe also helped kick off these early efforts. The European LGBTI movement is at its best when we share experiences and resources across groups and across countries. That’s exactly what this guide does: it shows our communities already fundraise in dynamic and innovative ways. We hope it inspires!
Proposed Consultancy: GPP seeks to engage a research consultant (or team) who will work with the GPP Staff and a group of grantmaking stakeholders to develop and implement research and documentation on the global impact of the rise of the religious right, and the instrumentalization of faith and religious institutions toward an anti-LGBTI social and political agenda, affecting global LGBTI communities and individuals. The research will be used to inform a convening of key concerned grantmakers and thought leaders in early Spring 2018 in Southern Africa. The report is intended to function as a foundational contribution to an emerging set of analyses and approaches among grantmakers and the LGBTI movements supported by these resources. The research is intended as a tool for those aiming to confront anti-LGBTI efforts from faith-based institutions who aim to influence or derail social, political, and legal gains of LGBTI communities around the globe. Although not a primary audience, a broad Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights (SHRR) audience of grantmakers will utilize this research. Research Goals: Summarize the global impact of the rise of the religious right affecting global LGBTI communities and individuals, including the mechanics of instrumentalization of faith and religious institutions toward an anti-LGBTI social and political agenda. Summarize the scale of foundation funding to address anti-LGBTI religious efforts and the rise of the religious right, as well as support for LGBTI-affirming faith work, during calendar years 2013-2016. Draw upon funding data tracking current funding levels and regional breakdowns of grantmaking in this area of work. This will include data collected and analyzed with the GPP Global Resources Report for 2013-2014 and 2015-2016, as well as data tracking anti-LGBTI funding. Conduct interviews with key grantmakers whose funding areas intersect with the rise of the right (globally or regionally).  [List of/introductions to key grantmakers will be provided] Within these interviews, identify barriers that grantmakers may have for not participating in this area (i.e. lack of experience or expertise, mission alignment questions, etc.) Contract Deliverables: A research paper including the following elements: An Executive Summary of the global impact of the rise of the religious right  affecting global LGBTI communities and individuals, including: Documentation of the mechanics of instrumentalization of faith and religious institutions toward an anti-LGBTI social and political agenda. An evaluation of current funding of SOGI related faith strategies, based on Global Resource Report data. An assessment of findings based on grantmaker interviews, including: Best practices for grantmakers in the field. Key challenges and question emerging from current and potential funders in this issue area. Opportunities for further collaboration or coordination. Identify potential funding intermediaries with ability to regrant to faith advocates. Powerpoint presentation documenting the key findings of the research. WHO IS GPP Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) is a collaboration of funders and philanthropic advisors working to expand global philanthropic support to advance the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in the Global South and East. Established in 2009, GPP’s 18 member organizations include many of the leading global funders and philanthropic advisors for LGBTI rights.  As the first international cohort of LGBTI funders, GPP is internationally recognized as the primary thought leader and go-to partner for donor coordination around global LGBTI work. Global Philanthropy Project is organized through a core Executive Committee and three member working groups, which are focused on Government/Multilateral Funding, Individual Donor Funding, and Trans* Funding. GPP is a key source of strategic research and analysis for global LGBTI funders. GPP also plays a central role in convening philanthropists and human rights activists for opportunities to increase knowledge, skills and capacity towards expanding global LGBTI funding. These convening spaces includes donor pre-conferences during regional LGBTI convenings, funder webinars, and report release events. APPLICATION DETAILS Compensation: GPP will pay up to US $20,000 for the completion of the consultancy. GPP will not consider office materials or travel as a part of this consultancy. The Consultant(s) will be supervised by the GPP Director and will report to a stakeholder circle of GPP member representatives. To Apply: Interested consultants should submit their CV along with a cover letter including overview of relevant previous research experience and knowledge of the issue area. Please also provide a brief writing sample (no more than 3 pages) and proposed budget. Please submit proposals to GPP by no later than December 4, 2017. PROPOSED 2018 TIMELINE Project start date: January 4 Research Strategy Proposal/Feedback/Agreement: January 4-January 19 (2 weeks) Research Strategy Implementation: January 22-April 2, 2018 (10 weeks) Completion of First Draft Report: April 2 Completion of Second Draft Report: April 27 Completion of Final Report: May 9 Design Process: May 10-18 (GPP will coordinate design, consultant will review product) Report distributed in advance of Southern Africa convening: May 21 Convening dates: May 28-30th

Published on the AJWS Blog. Dave Scamell is the Director of International Advocacy at AJWS and co-chair of the GPP Trans* Funding Working Group. 

American Jewish World Service (AJWS), Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (Astraea) and Global Action for Trans Equality (GATE), 2017

Sharing a message from ISDAO: Greetings from the ISDAO Interim Governing Body! As we shared in our previous update, we are delighted to announce a public call for additional Interim Governing Body members to continue the work of establishing the first activist-led LGBTQ grantmaking organization in West Africa. To read an update about our progress in the last few months, please visit the News section of www.isdao.org in English or French. Our goal is to circulate ISDAO’s first call for grant proposals in August 2018, and the Interim Governing Body will play a critical role in helping ISDAO progress to the point where that first round of grantmaking can happen. You can find more information about the Interim Governing Body on ISDAO’s website in English here and in French here. The application for new members is attached below in French and English – please circulate to anyone who you think would be a good candidate for the Interim Governing Body!

From our members at Mama Cash: We are recruiting two new positions and we would love your support in helping us find the right candidates by sharing the announcement below with your networks. Mama Cash is hiring a Director of Research, Knowledge & Advocacy who will lead the development and implementation of the vision and strategic direction for Mama Cash’s thought leadership, knowledge building, and influencing work. The vacancy announcement is available at this link: https://www.mamacash.org/who-we-are/jobs-and-volunteering/vacancy-director-research-knowledge-advocacy/ We are also hiring a Programme Officer for Women’s Funds who carries out the grantmaking work within our Women’s Funds programme area at Mama Cash. The Programme Officer for Women’s Funds reviews, manages, and prioritises requests from women’s funds seeking funding from Mama Cash. The vacancy announcement is available at this link: https://www.mamacash.org/who-we-are/jobs-and-volunteering/vacancy-programme-officer-for-womens-funds/  

ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEWFoundation for a Just Society supports innovative, intersectional, grassroots strategies that meet immediate needs while igniting long-term, structural change in communities and regions that have been overlooked by philanthropy. We support the entire ecosystem of transformative movements — across issues and regions — by following the lead of marginalized women, girls, and LGBTQI people who catalyze change every day in their communities and countries. We share resources to strengthen the movements that create a world where all people are valued and lead self-determined lives. Through direct grantmaking, capacity building, strategic communications, and leadership in philanthropy, we advance the human rights of marginalized women, girls, and LGBTQI people globally. POSITION SUMMARY: US Southeast Consultant The Program Officer for the US Southeast, will serve as the key point of contact for organizations in the region, review grant requests, conduct due diligence, make grant recommendations, manage a diverse portfolio of grants, carry out and evaluate regional grantmaking strategies, and manage consultants. In addition, the Program Officer will contribute to the implementation of the other elements of FJS’ Theory of Change (capacity building, strategic communications, and leadership in philanthropy). The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker, analytical, highly adaptive, technologically savvy, an independent problem solver, meticulous, collegial, and thrives in a dynamic environment. The candidate has strong working knowledge of relevant movements in the US Southeast. This position requires international and domestic travel and is based out of New York City. More information: Program Consultant, US Southeast POSITION SUMMARY: Central America Consultant The Program Officer for Central America, will serve as the key point of contact for organizations in Central America (priority countries are currently El Salvador and Guatemala), review grant requests, conduct due diligence, make grant recommendations, manage a diverse portfolio of grants, carry out and evaluate regional grantmaking strategies, and manage consultants. In addition, the Program Officer will contribute to the implementation of the other elements of FJS’ Theory of Change (capacity building, strategic communications, and leadership in philanthropy). The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker, analytical, highly adaptive, technologically savvy, an independent problem solver, meticulous, collegial, and thrives in a dynamic environment. The candidate has strong working knowledge of relevant movements in Central America. This position requires international and domestic travel and is based out of New York City.  More information: Program Consultant, Central America

GPP holds our Annual Member Meeting on July 13-14th in NYC. Members can find all materials at our password-protected event site. Photos from our 2016-17 Fiscal Year (Click to view larger)
GPP Members are presenting a number of sessions focused on or including LGBTI issues at this year's International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) conference in July. Check out the schedule with a handy rainbow added for known LGBTI content. Fullscreen Mode

GPP and our member fund UHAI EASHRI collaborated to organize a donor pre-conference in advance of the biennial gathering of African LGBTI and Sex Worker activists. Over 75 donor representatives from 35 grantmaking organizations attended the 1.5 day Africa Donors Meeting in Kenya. The 3-day CFCS conference then followed, bringing together nearly 150 activists from more than 30 African nations.

On June 8th, we co-sponsored a webinar on Digital Security in an Age of Hacking & Cyberthreats: What grantmakers should know along with Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, Funders Concerned About AIDS, Funders for Reproductive Equity, Grantmakers Income Security Taskforce, Health and Environmental Funders Network, and International Human Rights Funders Group, and The Consultative Group for Biological Diversity. On May 17th, we held a webinar on Chechnya and Beyond – New Roles for Grantmakers in Times of Crisis, co-sponsored by IHRFG and the Russia Freedom Fund, Human Rights Watch Russia Program Director Tanya Lokshina, representatives of The Russian LGBT Network and the Oak Foundation’s International Human Rights Program. Speakers were from the Human Rights Watch Russia Program, the Russian LGBT Network, and the Oak Foundation’s International Human Rights Program. There were 35 attendees (restricted to grantmakers only). On March 15th, we held a webinar on Strategies for Sustaining LGBTI Movements in Closing/Closed Space Countries. We had 69 attendees, and shared the webinar recording with all attendees. The webinar was organized in collaboration with the Funders’ Initiative for Civil Society (FICS), UHAI EASHRI, Astraea, and the Fund for Global Human Rights.

The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany (LSVD), and GPP member Dreilinden hosted a ​1.5 day meeting on Closing Space​ May 31-June 1, in Berlin. This meeting was organized in response to our ​Perfect Storm​ report on the closing space impacts for LGBTI communities, and  GPP Director Matthew Hart presented on the Perfect Storm report in a conference session. That morning, GPP hosted a donor breakfast meeting in partnership with Foundation EVZ and member fund Dreilinden, attended by 25 representatives of 20 grantmaking organizations, of which only 5 are currently funding LGBTI movements. See more info at our event page here.  

In this Rainbow Talk delivered at the 2016 ILGA World Conference, Matthew Hart of the Global Philanthropy Project talks about the importance of resources for the LGBTI movement, and presents data from the Global LGBTI Resources Report, the most comprehensive report to date on the state of foundation and government funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex issues.

June 3-4th, the Pulitzer Center will host a Gender Lens Conference in Washington, DC at the National Press Club. GPP Member Global Fund for Women’s Musimbi Kanyoro will deliver a keynote address, and the panelists include Caroline Kouassiaman, of American Jewish World Service on a panel about Global Health. GPP also celebrates the work of member Foundation for a Just Society, whose work to build bridges between journalists and activists has been so influential to these conversations.  Click here to register.

Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights (PAWHR) Job announcement: Co-­Director, Knowledge Building

At Funding Forward 2017, GPP hosted a breakfast meeting for grantmakers for a second year, with a great group of attendees. Thank you to the meeting’s speakers: Francisco Buchting (Horizons Foundation), Wanja Muguongo (UHAI EASHRI), and Addison Smith (Wellspring Advisors).

At the Ariadne Annual Meeting in April 2017, GPP presented a session on “​The State of Lesbian Movements Across Europe - Are Foundations Meeting the Opportunity?” with moderator Ise Bosch (Dreilinden), and presenters Mariam Gagoshashvili (Astraea), Happy Mwende Kinyili (Mama Cash), and Alice Coffin & Silvia Casalino.  GPP member Urgent Action Fund also hosted a plenary session on “Working through the cracks: experiences of feminist activism.”

In this working paper for iNGOs, GPP Member Dreilinden presents essential demands of the 8th Rainbow Philanthropy Conference addressing LGBT* – and in some respects intersex – children in development cooperation.

Philanthropy Impact Magazine, Issue 15    

Introduction: The Arcus Foundation periodically issues requests for proposals (RFPs) to ensure its program portfolios remain responsive to new and emerging opportunities within the geographic and thematic scope of its strategy. Presentation of this RFP in an open competition aims to attract new partners and ideas, in addition to soliciting proposals from existing partners, and enabling the collection and comparison of proposals at one time. Purpose: To solicit proposals from intermediary organizations for country-level work in Asia-Pacific, Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and/or the Middle East. Arcus will support the following three country-level goal areas: legal and policy changes for LGBT inclusion; socio-cultural shifts; and capacity strengthening of communities and organizations to advocate for the aforementioned goals. Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2017. Learn More on the Arcus site.

The Board and staff of Foundation for a Just Society welcome Nicky McIntyre as chief executive officer. She will be based in the New York offices of FJS, effective June 26, 2017. Nicky McIntyre joins FJS after ten years as the executive director of Mama Cash in the Netherlands, where she oversaw one of the world’s largest public funds that supports the rights of women, girls, and transgender people around the world and was a leader in philanthropic advocacy to ensure more and better resources for this field. Previously, Nicky served as the vice president of development and communications at the Global Fund for Women, a public foundation for gender equality that is based in the United States. In her early career as an activist and fundraiser, Nicky’s work focused on affordable and supportive housing. She is well-known to many as an inspiring and creative leader, a catalyst of strategic partnerships, and a tireless champion for the rights of women, girls and LGBTQI people. GPP looks forward to working with Nicky in this new role!

Three full time positions now open at GPP Member Wellspring Advisors: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Program Associate (NY) Wellspring Advisors, a private philanthropic consulting firm, seeks a Program Associate to join its Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Program (SOGI). The mission of the SOGI Program is to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. It is rooted in the belief that laws, policies and social norms must be changed in order to improve LGBTI people’s lives. The Program Associate provides both programmatic and administrative support for the team of four working on a diverse set of issues both domestically and internationally. In addition, the Program Associate will be tasked with managing some grantee relationships, which includes soliciting and reviewing proposals and monitoring grants. The application deadline is March 31, 2017. Plus: International Human Rights Program Officer (NY) Assistant Controller (NY)

Creating a Just Resistance:
 Our Struggles, Our Strides… Save the Dates: June 12-16, 2017 June 12-13 Africa Donor Pre-Conference June 14-16 Changing Faces Changing Spaces Conference to be held in Kenya More Information and Registration Now Online Here GPP and our partners at member fund UHAI EASHRI invite grantmakers in our network to save the date for an Africa Donor Meeting on June 12-13th, 2017 (beginning at 1pm on June 12) as a Pre-Conference to the Changing Faces Changing Spaces Conference (CFCS VI). Changing Faces Changing Spaces Conference (CFCS VI) is Africa’s largest convening of the continent's LGBTI and sex worker movements. More than 200 activists and 50 donor representatives attended each of the last 2 editions. CFCS VI in 2017 marks 10 years since the first CFCS in 2007. CFCS provides for direct and active interaction among activists and funders allowing for mutual learning as part of wider advocacy to narrow the knowledge gap between those that resource African movements and those that do the work.
In July, GPP brought together 15 members in Montevideo, Uruguay for our annual meeting and the Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference. In October, GPP convened an ILGA Europe Donor Pre-Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus in collaboration with Ariadne and ILGA Europe. 25 members and partners attended, representing private and public foundations, individual, government, and corporate grantmakers. The pre-conference focused on discussions of Trans* Funding, Intersex Funding, and Resource Mobilization. In Cyprus, GPP also organized a post-ILGA Europe donor breakfast and debrief session. In November, GPP organized an ILGA World Donor Pre-Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. 70 members and partners attended this convening, organized in collaboration with UNDP, SIDA, and ILGA. Again, participants represented a wide range of private and public foundations, individual, government, and corporate grantmakers. The ILGA World Donor Pre-Conference focused on themes including: Promotion of Open Space for LGBTI Civil Society; Exploration of LGBTI Intermediary Infrastructure; Sustainable Development Goals and LGBTI Inclusion. During ILGA World, GPP also organized a session to share information about grantmaking models and resources. Representatives from Open Society Foundation, Astraea Foundation, Arcus Foundation, the International Trans* Fund, Ford Foundation, and UNDP participated as panelists. GPP Director Matthew Hart also gave a "Rainbow Talk" to the full conference body (700 attendees) introducing the Global Resources Report and discussing the ways the report's data can make a difference for LGBTI movements.

The Open Society Foundations are seeking a director for the Health Law and Equality (HLE) Division of the Public Health Program (PHP). This position reports to the Director of PHP and will be based in New York. The PHP is a grant-making program at the intersection of health and rights, and the HLE Division is one of its five Divisions. The PHP as a whole aims both to advance the social inclusion of groups that are discriminated against in access to health care or on the basis of health status, and to increase transparency, accountability, and participation in health-related decision-making.  Read more.

UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK PRESENTS The Perfect Storm: Closing Space for LGBT Civil Society in Kenya, Indonesia, Hungary and Kyrgyzstan Monday | 12 December 2016 | 6 PM Join us for a discussion with DR. MEG DAVIS, Visiting Scholar Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (NYU) More information & ticketing on the event page While the late 20th century saw a blossoming of civil society organizations, the beginning of the 21st century has been a period of upheaval. In response to both the threat of terrorism and to growing populist pressure for democracy, a rising wave of demagogues have used new laws and tactics to restrict freedom of association and freedom of expression. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations have always faced such barriers, ranging from criminalization of same-sex sexuality, to refusal of the right to register organizations or hold public events, to the shutdown of websites. In recent years, some countries have also ratified new laws that explicitly prohibit groups engaged in “LGBT propaganda.” In other countries, politicians have mobilized resurgent nationalism by publicly scapegoating LGBT groups as representing “foreign values.” These overlapping trends have created a “perfect storm” for LGBT civil society organizations caught in simultaneous waves of political pressure. This evening’s presentation draws on a recent report for Global Philanthropy Project which examines how these forces are affecting LGBT groups in four countries that represent diverse geographic regions: Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Hungary, and Kenya. The report also highlights these groups’ resilience, and how many have found ways to survive and thrive in restrictive and often threatening environments.

Attention, donors supporting trans* activism! GATE, AJWS and Astraea are fielding a new survey for trans* groups and programs. Trans Organization and Funding Survey This survey – available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Russian – is a follow up from the 2013 report and the landscape of trans funding globally. With your help, we can continue to impact funding globally by providing updated information about the sources of funding trans groups receive, the barriers to funding they face, their leadership structures and their organizational needs in 2016. We cannot do it without you. Please share the survey with your grantees and other trans* groups worldwide!

Haciendo un llamado a activistas trans! Al Fondo Trans Internacional (ITF por sus siglas en inglés) le emociona anunciar tres oportunidades para involucrarse con el Fondo. Estamos reclutando para dos posiciones a tiempo completo y buscando miembr*s para que se unan a nuestro Cómite Directivo y nuestro Panel de Concesión de Apoyos. Fecha límite de enviar postulaciones: 9 de Diciembre! Para el anuncio completo, con enlaces activos para encontrar los diferentes formularios de solicitud, visite: https://www.astraeafoundation.org/what-we-do/philanthropic-advocacy/international-trans-fund/international-trans-fund-espanol   o nuestra página de Facebook.  

Calling trans activists! The International Trans Fund (ITF) is excited to announce three opportunities to get involved in the ITF. We are recruiting two full-time staff positions, a director and a program officer. We are also seeking members to join our Steering Committee and Grantmaking Panel. Deadline 9 December! For the full announcement, with active links to find the different application forms, please visit: https://www.astraeafoundation.org/what-we-do/philanthropic-advocacy/international-trans-fund or our Facebook page:  

The latest issue of ICNL’s Global Trends in NGO Law surveys trends affecting civic space in 2015-16.  It examines key initiatives at the regional and international levels as well as some of the successes achieved by civil society at the national level. For the first time, this report details specific LGBT examples throughout the report including reference to the GPP “Perfect Storm” report. ICNL’s data shows that since the beginning of 2015 states have adopted 64 restrictive laws, regulations, and other initiatives; these initiatives spanned all major regions of the world. This issue considers the common ways that countries have used the law to narrow civic space. To read the issue visit: https://www.icnl.org/research/trends/trends7-4.pdf.

Comic Relief funding for HIV, Diversity and Dignity in Sub-Saharan Africa Today, Comic Relief is announcing a new HIV, Diversity and Dignity funding initiative, to address the needs of marginalised population groups who are disproportionately affected by HIV. According to the World Health Organisation, this includes: men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, people in prisons, sex workers and transgender people. It is reported that worldwide, 40-50% of all HIV infections among adults aged 15-49 occur among these groups. Despite these very high rates of HIV, marginalisation and exclusion means that many living with HIV are unable to access care and support services. Although HIV treatment is now widely available, fear of stigma and discrimination stops many from having a HIV test or from seeking treatment. Sexual violence also increases vulnerability to HIV and these groups are particularly at risk. Comic Relief’s resources will be focused on addressing the needs of these population groups, also referred to as ‘Key Populations’, in Sub-Saharan Africa. Comic Relief funding will not support direct service delivery, but will be used to strengthen referral pathways to a comprehensive range of services including but not limited to: prevention of HIV and sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing and counselling, antiretroviral treatment and treatment adherence. Read more…

On September 14th, GPP organized a successful LGBTI Grantmaker Reception in London, co-hosted by Arcus Foundation, Open Society Foundation, Sigrid Rausing Trust, and Barrow Cadbury Trust. This gathering of UK-based grantmakers celebrated the launch of the 2013-2014 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic and Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities, and included a short panel discussion moderated by Beth Fernandez (Sigrid Rausing Trust) with Sara Llewellin (Barrow Cadbury Trust) and Bharat Mehta (Trust for London). Click images to view larger versions. Photo credit: Thomas Lee.
The GPP Executive Committee is excited to announce that Ezra Nepon has been promoted to Program Officer and Matthew Hart has been promoted to Director. We welcome them in these expanded roles. Click here to see our leadership page for more information about GPP staff and committee members.
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is proud to launch the report We Are Real: The Growing Movement Advancing the Human Rights of Intersex People. Available in English, Spanish, Russian, and forthcoming in Chinese, We Are Real seeks to share and promote relevant knowledge and understanding of intersex issues and activism to people across the world––particularly funders and other actors committed to human rights. The report includes terminology, common questions, human rights and legal issues, and demands of the intersex movement. It also highlights strategies for change and presents recommendations to funders. Read More
Request for Proposals for an Administrative Host Organisation for the International Trans* Fund – Deadline Extended to September 14th, 2016 Download Word Document Here En Español: Solicitud de Propuestas para una Organización Administradora para el Fondo Interacional Trans*   According to 340 trans organisations surveyed by the American Jewish World Service and Global Action for Trans* Equality in 2013, more than 50% of trans group operated on an annual budget of less than USD10,000, almost two-thirds said they had no resources, and trans*-led organisations were even less likely to receive foundation funding. To address this disparity, in 2015, a group of international trans* activists and donors have come together to create the first International Trans* Fund. The International Trans* Fund is now seeking an organisation to serve as the administrative host of the Fund, including fiscal sponsorship and support with administration, fundraising, communications and financial reporting. The administrative host will be identified through a competitive RFP process, initiated through this RFP, and will be chosen by the International Trans* Fund’s Interim Steering Committee which consists of trans* activists and donors. View full PDF Online
Please join us for lunch and brief remarks from the Intersex Human Rights Fund’s advisors and grantee partners. Date/time: Friday, July 15th, 1pm-2pm Location: Radisson, Diplomat Room, 6th Floor Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference, Montevideo, Uruguay This event is for grantmaking/funding institutions only. RSVP to enepon@globalphilanthropyproject.org Astraea’s Intersex Human Rights Fund supports organizations, projects and campaigns led by intersex activists working to ensure the human rights, bodily autonomy, physical integrity and self-determination of intersex people worldwide. The Intersex Fund responds to the significant gap in funding for intersex issues by resourcing intersex-led activism, building the capacity of intersex groups, raising visibility about intersex human rights, and driving resources to the intersex movement. Visit astraeafoundation.org or globalphilanthropyproject.org for more information.

GPP Membership, July 2016

Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights is currently hiring for a Senior Leadership Giving Officer. This is a new, full-time, position within the organization that works to build a community of individual and family donors who support the human rights of women, girls, and trans* people. Situated on the Development and Communications team, this role is integral to overall fund development for Urgent Action Fund. Reporting to the Director of Partnerships and working collaboratively with the team and with volunteer leadership, this position personally manages donor relationships, asks for gifts, designs fundraising campaigns, and plans and implements events. Find out more.
A poster representing GPP's research and reporting, The Perfect Storm: The closing space for LGBT civil society in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary, was presented at the 21st Annual International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. Check out the poster here! The poster was created and presented by Perfect Storm report author Meg Davis in collaboration with GPP members Ruth Kimani (Hivos) and Caroline Kouassiaman (American Jewish World Service).
On June 28th, GPP held a lovely report launch and reception hosted by Foundation for a Just Society and co-hosted by Funders for LGBTQ Issues. The reception featured the US launch of The Perfect Storm: Closing Civil Society Space and LGBTI Organizations, a new report commissioned by the Global Philanthropy Project that offers a broad overview of how this issue is affecting LGBTI movements in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary. Additionally, GPP and research partner Funders for LGBTQ Issues presented our shared groundbreaking research on the state of government, multilateral, and foundation funding for LGBTQI communities worldwide. Much appreciation to Foundation for a Just Society for hosting the event in your beautiful space, and to all who attended!
The 2013-2014 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic & Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities is the most comprehensive report to date on the state of foundation and government funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) issues. Produced by GPP in partnership with Funders for LGBTQ Issues, this first-of-its-kind report captures data on 9,632 grants awarded by 415 foundations, intermediaries, and corporations and by 16 government and multilateral agencies over the two-year period of 2013-2014. It provides detailed data on the distribution of LGBTI funding by geography, issue, strategy, and population focus, offering a baseline for identifying trends, gaps, and opportunities in the rapidly changing landscape of LGBTI funding. Download the full report Download the report infographic Download and read an excerpt:  Introduction Global South and East Global North International  
Civicus 2016 State of Civil Society Report In every corner of the world, LGBTI activists and allies have worked to resist persecution and to advance the recognition of the rights and dignity of all people, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. These activists have organised themselves in civil society organisations (CSOs), networks and informal groups, often doing so in repressive contexts and with limited resources. In recent years, as acceptance of LGBTI people has begun to increase, a growing number of mainstream CSOs have also integrated LGBTI issues into their work. This contribution to the 2016 CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report provides a brief overview of the current state of funding for LGBTI issues globally, drawing on recent research conducted by Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Global Philanthropy Project (GPP), and offers four broad strategies for funders to resource LGBTI issues in civil society. Read more.
On May 24th, representatives from both Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project gave a preview presentation of the 2013-2014 Global Resources Report: Philanthropic and Government Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities. This first-of-its-kind report is a collaborative effort between Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project. The report is a comprehensive research survey on the state of government, multilateral, and foundation funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities worldwide.
Aren’t those numbers Queer? This session sees the African launch of comprehensive data outlining the state of funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities worldwide. This is the first data set that includes a robust section on government funding and international aid, in addition to updated reporting on foundation funding. This has been put together by the Global Philanthropy Project in partnership with Funders for LGBTQ Issues to carry out comprehensive research in this field. This session will be moderated by Matty Hart of the Global Philanthropy Project.   Session respondents: Mukami Marete, Director of Operations, UHAI EASHRI– The East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative  Ian Southey-Swartz, LGBTI Programme Coordinator, OSISA Chivuli Ukwimi, Regional Programme Manager Southern Africa - Sexual Diversity and Rights Programme, HIVOS   Photos from May 15th reception hosted by the Global Philanthropy Project and the Other Foundation during Pan Africa ILGA's 2016 Conference in Johannesburg:
Just a few days left to submit Mama Cash grant applications: May 31st deadline! Mama Cash supports ambitious feminist and women's rights organisations and initiatives led by and for women, girls and trans* people. More information available at: https://www.mamacash.org/apply-for-a-grant/
The Perfect Storm: The closing space for LGBT civil society in Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary." Author: Meg Davis Organizations led by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people face a “perfect storm” of state-sponsored restrictions and homophobic government rhetoric that worsens the dangerous environment for their work.  The basic space civil society needs to operate freely is closing in many countries, and politicians are targeting LGBT groups in particular.  Despite these attacks, LGBT groups are showing remarkable resilience in tough times. This report is a first look at how mechanisms for closing civil society space are impacting LGBT communities in four key regions, with focused case studies of Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Kenya, and Hungary.  "The Perfect Storm" includes recommendations for future research and for donor strategies to promote an effective, unified civil society response. Read author Meg Davis' blog post about writing this report “First they threw Molotov cocktails”: Closing space for LGBT groups.
On April 26, 2016, GPP, along with Funders for LGBTQ Issues, co-sponsored a symposium, Putting the “T” in LGBT HIV Funding: Matching Funder Response to Community Needs, organized by Funders Concerned About AIDS. The symposium brought together trans experts, activists and HIV funders to discuss the increasing focus on funding for trans issues within broader HIV funding and strategize about what needs to be done to address the continuing significant gaps in the resource needs of trans communities in the US and internationally. Erin Howe from Strength in Numbers presented data from a number of research studies, published and supported by GPP and GPP members, and David Scamell from AJWS spoke on the funders panel. The meeting highlighted that HIV human rights funders have particularly increased their contribution to funding trans-specific work in recent years, and at the same time, increased attention needs to be given to ensuring that such funding is reaching those at the frontlines of the community level response, where it is most needed.
GPP Session: Closing Civil Society Space for LGBTI NGOs- Kenya, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, and Hungary International Civil Society Week (ICSW2016) in Bogotá, Columbia Organised by Global Philanthropy Project (GPP) and Fund for Global Human Rights Panelists:  Adrian Jjuuko (Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum, Uganda); David Kuria Mbote (Kuria Foundation, Kenya); Björn van Roozendaal (ILGA Europe); and Ive Dobichina (Open Society Human Rights Initiative). Moderator: Matthew Hart (GPP Coordinator). Presenting a new GPP report focused on four countries where tightening restrictions on civil society (such as the new foreign agent laws) are being used to target LGBTI groups, as well as some strategies LGBTI groups are using to successfully resist these restrictions. The session will focus on Kenya, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, and Hungary, and will make recommendations for future research and donor action. We will have small group strategy sessions and report back on recommendations for future research and strategies for success.
GPP Session: Aren’t those numbers Queer? 7th Ariadne Annual Meeting & Policy Briefing in Tallinn, Estonia This session is the European launch of a Global Resource Tracking Report, produced collaboratively by Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues. The report presents comprehensive data outlining the state of funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities worldwide. For the first time, these numbers include a robust section on government funding and international aid, in addition to updated reporting on foundation funding.
On Tuesday, April 5, American Jewish World Service organized a closed briefing for U.S congressional staff on the human rights issues facing trans people and the need for the U.S. government to play a leading role in providing foreign assistance funding to support trans rights activism across the world. AJWS is working with supportive members of congress to advocate for the inclusion of strong language on LGBT rights, including ensuring that the U.S prioritizes trans issues across its foreign assistance programs, in the annual State, Foreign Operations budget report. This is the report that provides guidance to the Obama Administration on how it should prioritize foreign assistance funding approved through Congress. The briefing included remarks by AJWS’ Government Affairs Associate, Harry Samuels, on the importance of U.S leadership on the issue, followed by Nicole Santamaria, from Asociación Colectivo Alejandría who gave an overview of the human rights situation for trans people in El Salvador. Lastly, Dave Scamell presented on the global trans funding landscape, drawing on the various research reports from GPP members completed in recent years. As the Obama Administration comes to a close and the U.S elects its next President, AJWS will be working with its coalition partners to ensure that the commitment to LGBT rights made by the U.S government in the past 8 years is solidified and built upon.
A regional dialogue of more than 100 participants from 13 countries representing interested church groups and LGBTI organizations was convened by GPP member The Other Foundation to explore and assess current church-based approaches to affirm the dignity of women and men who are homosexual, as well as transgender and intersex people, and to counteract homophobic social attitudes. The convening enabled practitioners in the field to collectively reflect on their current strategies while in conversation with engaged individuals from within the churches. Participants included representatives of church-based LGBTI groups, interested ministers from local congregations and church leadership structures, leaders of ecumenical organizations, representatives of LGBTI community groups who want to engage in dialogue with church groups, scholars from academic and theological institutions, and a few interested donors. The outcomes of the convening will inform the future programming of the Other Foundation and some of the other donors who will be present. Read reports and learn more at the Other Foundation's site.
POSITION SUMMARY The Program Officer will serve as the key point of contact for organizations seeking funding, reviewing grant requests, managing a diverse portfolio of grants, and evaluate regional grantmaking strategies that focus in Central America, Francophone West Africa and/or US Southeast. The Program Officer will contribute to the implementation of our grantmaking, capacity building, strategic communications, evaluation and monitoring programs. This position requires international and domestic travel. The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker, analytical, highly adaptive, technologically savvy, an independent problem solver, meticulous, collegial, and thrives in a dynamic environment. Read more.
"Over lunch, representatives of the Open Society Foundation, the Global Philanthropy Project and American Jewish World Service discussed how LGBTQ organizations can strategically engage funders. In addition, they discussed trends in global philanthropy support for LGBTQ human rights. They urged activists to familiarize themselves with the mission of funders, not rely on a single donor and to approach donors by talking about their vision of change."  Read more...
This breakfast meeting is a space for domestic US foundations and program officers currently considering or looking for more information about international LGBTQI funding to join in an exploratory discussion about international funding opportunities, restrictions, and other emerging dynamics. This is a time to learn from and with those with international LGBTQI expertise who are present at Funding Forward. This meeting will also preview a new report: Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project, in consultation with the US State Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, have partnered to conduct comprehensive research on the state of funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities worldwide. For the first time, this report will include a robust section on government funding and international aid, in addition to updated reporting on foundation funding. We will share and explore the data on global LGBTI philanthropic efforts in 2013 and 2014, from more than 90 private foundations and 13 donor governments.
This breakfast meeting is a space for domestic US foundations and program officers currently considering or looking for more information about international LGBTQI funding to join in an exploratory discussion about international funding opportunities, restrictions, and other emerging dynamics. This is a time to learn from and with those with international LGBTQI expertise who are present at Funding Forward. This meeting will also preview a new report: Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project, in consultation with the US State Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, have partnered to conduct comprehensive research on the state of funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities worldwide. For the first time, this report will include a robust section on government funding and international aid, in addition to updated reporting on foundation funding. We will share and explore the data on global LGBTI philanthropic efforts in 2013 and 2014, from more than 90 private foundations and 13 donor governments.
Sexual and Gender Self-determination for Children and Youth in Alternative Care Settings A resource for development INGOs.
More updates to come soon, including new research, calls for proposals, and more.