Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC), an initiative of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, aims to inspire a philanthropic culture that is inclusive and supportive of trans people through grantmaking and decision-making.
Together with our partnering funders, the initiative will accomplish the following goals to improve the lived experiences of trans people:
- Increase the scale and scope of philanthropic resources supporting the wellbeing of trans communities.
- Elevate the dialogue regarding trans funding, by providing information and research to the field of philanthropy, and connecting funders committed to trans issues.
- Support, increase, and diversify the trans people working in philanthropy.
History and Strategy
In 2015, Funders for LGBTQ Issues released TRANSformational Impact: U.S. Foundation Funding for Trans Communities, documenting the state of philanthropic support for trans and gender nonconforming communities in the U.S.
The report found that trans communities only received a penny out of every $100 awarded by US foundations — despite being one of the most marginalized groups in the country. In response to this stark disparity, Funders for LGBTQ Issues and several of our partner funders convened a Trans Funding Working Group in 2015 to design an initiative to increase the amount and improve the quality of funding supporting trans and gender nonconforming organizations and issues.
Funders formally launched this initiative, Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (or GUTC), in the winter of 2017.