Which 97 Foundations Made the 2015 Honor Roll?

Published: May 31, 2017
Author(s): Lyle Matthew Kan

The big headlines from the 2015 Tracking Report noted that LGBTQ funding reached a record high of $160.7 million in 2015 – with notable increases in funding supporting trans communities, LGBTQ communities in the U.S. South, and efforts to address LGBTQ criminalization and criminal justice reform. While 2015 set a new record, our research also found that the rate of growth decreased – down from 20 percent growth in 2014 to less than 5 percent growth in 2015. This decrease is partially attributable to a decrease in depth of support for LGBTQ issues from several core funders – even as the field of LGBTQ philanthropy is slowly widening to include a larger number of funders.

Despite these decreases from several key funders, a significant number of funders did increase their LGBTQ grantmaking in 2015.  On close inspection, 97 foundations increased their grantmaking by 25 percent or more.

It is those 97 foundations make our annual honor roll:

NOTE: Forty of the foundations in our list doubled their LGBTQ funding from 2014 to 2015. (Those foundations are identified with an asterisk.)

Collectively, these 97 foundations increased their LGBTQ funding from $47.0 million in 2014 to $77.7 million in 2015 – a $30.7 million increase.

Included in this list are community foundations, LGBTQ private foundations, non-LGBTQ private foundations, LGBTQ public foundations, and non-LGBTQ public foundations.

Of course, every cent matters and makes a difference – so a big thank you to every foundation that supported LGBTQ issues in 2015 and is featured in the 2015 Tracking Report.

To make sure you are counted in the 2016 Tracking Report, please submit your grantmaking data to research@lgbtfunders.org.  Contact our Research & Communications Associate, Andrew Wallace, at andrew@lgbtfunders.org if you have any questions about what information you need to submit to be included.