2017-2018 Global Resources Report:
Government & Philanthropic Support for LGBTI Communities
Global Philanthropy Project and Funders for LGBTQ Issues are pleased to present the 2017-2018 Global Resources Report: Government and Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities, a comprehensive report on the state of foundation and government funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) issues. This report documents over 19,764 grants awarded by 800 foundations, NGO intermediary funders, and corporations and by 15 donor government and multilateral agencies over the two-year period of 2017-2018.
The report provides detailed data on the distribution of LGBTI funding by geography, issue, strategy, and population focus, offering a tool for identifying trends, gaps, and opportunities in the rapidly changing landscape of LGBTI funding.
This report draws from six years of data on global LGBTI funding, documented in three editions of the Global Resources Report including grants awarded from 2013 to 2018.
This new edition documents a total of $560 million, showing that global LGBTI funding grew by 11%, or over $57 million (USD). This also represents a 54% increase in the number of grants. Additionally, 300 new LGBTI funders are included.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be adding additional resources to this page. Look out for:
- Full Spanish translation of the report
- and more
While we celebrate the increases in LGBTI funding over the past six years of the report, we also anticipate destabilization of those trends given the massive social, political, and financial impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The inequities and vulnerabilities facing LGBTI people around the world are likely to be amplified by this global health crisis. At the same time, LGBTI movements are mobilizing and organizing around the world, drawing from our legacies of resilience and adaptation to meet the needs of their communities. These conditions call for renewed and increased support from long-term donor partners and new funders to ensure that LGBTI people are at the table to design and influence the paths through crisis and into recovery and healing.
This report, and the six years of data held within, offer a benchmark to document the progress we’ve made together and a tool to help shape LGBTI funding in the months and years to come. The report offers a path for donors and movement leaders to identify funding gaps, advocate for more resources, adapt our goals, and increase our impact.
With gratitude to all of the grantmakers who shared their data and to the movements for LGBTI human rights whose work is represented in these pages, this report is intended to serve as a valuable tool for all those seeking to advance LGBTI rights and improve the well-being of LGBTI communities around the world.