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The 2015-2016 Global Resources Report: Government and Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Funders for LGBTQ Issues and Global Philanthropy Project are pleased to share with you 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. 

It builds upon the first edition of the Global Resources Report, which was released two years ago and focused on grantmaking in the calendar years 2013-2014. With this second volume, we now have comprehensive data on four calendar years of grantmaking, allowing us to conduct a deeper analysis of the trendlines for LGBTI funding over time. In several sections of this report, we offer not only a snapshot of funding for 2015-2016, but also an analysis of how funding has shifted over a four-year period. 

The report finds:

  • Over the two-year period of 2015-2016, government and philanthropic support for LGBTI issues totaled $524 million - an increase of $100 million, or 23 percent since the 2013-2014 reporting period. 
     
  • During the same period, foundations awarded a total of $243 billion while governments and multilateral agencies $274 billion. As such, for every $100 awarded by foundations, only 17 cents benefited LGBTI communities.  For every $100 awarded by government and multilateral agencies, only 4 cents benefited LGBTI communities. 
     
  • Sixty-two percent of the funding went to the Global North (Canada and the United States; and Western Europe), twenty-four percent went to the Global South and East (Asia and the Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean; the Middle East and North Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa), and fourteen percent was awarded for international work that cut across regions.
     
  • While funding for the Global North and international work increased, funding for the Global South and East experienced a $2.3 million decrease compared to the last reporting period. 
     
  • No region outside of the United States received more than $55 million over the two-year period of 2015-2016.

Explore the full report -- which 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 -- by clicking the link below:

The 2015-2016 Global Resources Report: Government and Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities

If you're interested in a deeper dive on the report, we invite you to join us for one of the following webinars:

Most importantly, we hope that this report will be a valuable tool for both donors and movement leaders seeking to advance LGBTI rights and improve the wellbeing of LGBTI communities around the world. By better understanding the current scale and scope of LGBTI funding, we can better respond to gaps, advocate for more resources, adapt our goals, and increase our impact. 

 

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