Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues

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Funders for LGBTQ Issues publishes and distributes original research reports and issue-based publications on LGBTQ grantmaking.


2016


2013-2014 Global Resources Report: Government and Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities 2013-2014 Global Resources Report: Government and Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities
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 in partnership with Global Philanthropy Project, 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.

The 2013-2014 Global Resources Report builds upon Funders for LGBTQ Issues' previous Global Gaze series of reports, which focused on foundation funding for the Global South and East. This new iteration of the report is significantly expanded in both scope and depth; in particular, it is more comprehensive in capturing funding from government agencies, and includes funding for Western Europe as well as the Global South and East.

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2014 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Grantmaking By U.S. Foundations 2014 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Grantmaking By U.S. Foundations
The 2014 Tracking Report (2016) explores the scope and character of foundation funding for LGBTQ issues in the calendar year 2014. The report analyzes 4,552 grants from 313 foundations, making it the most comprehensiveness assessment of LGBTQ funding available.

In 2013, funding for LGBTQ issues reached a record high of $153.2 million. In particular, there were significant increases in HIV/AIDS funding, support for the U.S. South, and grantmaking benefiting trans communities.

However, there are an unfortunate number of sobering statistics behind the promising headlines. Despite our most sophisticated survey of philanthropic entities to date, the report finds that not since 2009 have so few funders supported LGBTQ issues.

For the first time, the 2014 Tracking Report features an in-depth analysis of funding by 100 of the largest foundations in the United States. The report finds that more than 6 in 10 made no LGBTQ-specific grants in 2014.

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2015


Funders for LGBTQ Issues 2014 Annual Report Funders for LGBTQ Issues 2014 Annual Report
The 2014 Annual Report highlights our growth as a network of foundations and corporations working to increase funding for LGBTQ communities.
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Out in the South, Part Three: Opportunities for Funding LGBT Communities in the U.S. South Out in the South, Part Three: Opportunities for Funding LGBT Communities in the U.S. South
This report is the third in a series of reports entitled Out in the South. This third report, Part Three: Opportunities for Funding LGBT Communities in the U.S. South, provides contextual information that highlights the intersections between critical funding priorities and the lived experience of LGBT Southerners. It also offers specific opportunities and recommendations for funding in the areas of economic opportunity, education, health, HIV/AIDS, media, arts and culture, policy reform, social justice, and youth, including examples of successful partnerships between funders and grantees working in the South.

Out in the South, Part Three, builds on our previous two reports Out in the South, Part One: Foundation Funding for LGBTQ Issues in the U.S. South and Out in the South, Part Two: LGBTQ Community Assets in the U.S. South which highlighted the underfunding of LGBT issues in the South and the impressive array of LGBT organizations and groups.

These reports are part of the Out in the South Initiative at Funders for LGBTQ Issues. This initiative seeks to create a more robust, inclusive conversation among Southerners – individuals, families and funders alike – around issues of community and philanthropy to ultimately empower LGBT Southerners to shape their own lives and futures.

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Vital Funding Part Two: Grantmaking Strategies for Improving LGBTQ Health Vital Funding Part Two: Grantmaking Strategies for Improving LGBTQ Health
Vital Funding Part Two builds upon the rich conversations from the first LGBT Health Funding Summit and Funders for LGBTQ Issues' special report, Vital Funding – Investing in LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing. This second report identifies several potential strategies for funders concerned about health disparities, HIV/AIDS, and LGBTQ communities to increase access to insurance coverage for LGBTQ people; build the capacity of the HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ health services sector; increase LGBTQ cultural and clinical competence of health service providers and systems; strengthen HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ health policy and advocacy infrastructure; and support efforts to address mental and behavioral health and other social determinants related to stigma.

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The Out in the South Initiative: Inspiring People and Philanthropy to Strengthen Southern LGBT Communities
The Out in the South Initiative: Inspiring People and Philanthropy to Strengthen Southern LGBT Communities, is an initiative to create a more robust, inclusive conversation among Southerners – individuals, families and funders alike – around issues of community and philanthropy to ultimately empower LGBT Southerners to shape their own lives and futures.
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The Road Map to $200 Million: The Strategic Plan for Increasing Foundation Funding for LGBTQ Issues (2015-2017)
We’ve come a long way, but we still face great challenges and have big dreams. We have a ways to go if we are to advance the long-term wellbeing of LGBTQ people. Toward that end, Funders for LGBTQ Issues is reaffirming its commitment to strategically increasing the scale and impact of philanthropic resources for LGBTQ communities. As part of a new, three-year strategic plan, Funders for LGBTQ Issues has set a bold goal of increasing annual LGBTQ philanthropic funding to $200 million by 2017.
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TRANSformational Impact: U.S. Foundation Funding for Trans Communities TRANSformational Impact: U.S. Foundation Funding for Trans Communities
In the last decade, U.S. foundation funding for domestic and global trans issues increased more than eight fold - growing at three times the rate of LGBTQ funding overall. However, even at its record high of $8.3 million in 2013, the philanthropic resources provided hardly seem commensurate with the severe challenges global trans communities continue to face.

TRANSformational Impact analyzes the scope and character of foundation funding for trans issues.

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Vital Funding: Investing in LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing Vital Funding: Investing in LGBTQ Health and Wellbeing
LGBTQ communities face stark health disparities ranging from high rates of HIV/AIDS and cancer to disproportionate levels of substance use and mental health challenges. This report assesses the scale and character of foundation funding addressing the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities. Between 2011 and 2013, domestic foundation funding for LGBTQ health totaled $50.4 million. In a rapidly changing landscape for both health policy and LGBTQ issues, funders now have several unique opportunities to achieve lasting impact on the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities.

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2014


2013 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations 2013 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations
The 2013 Tracking Report (2014) explores the scope and character of foundation funding for LGBTQ issues in the calendar year 2013. The report analyzes 4,146 grants from 331 foundations, making it the most comprehensiveness assessment of LGBTQ funding available. In 2013, funding for LGBTQ issues reached a record high of $129.1 million.

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Out in the South, Part Two: LGBTQ Community Assets in the U.S. South Out in the South, Part Two: LGBTQ Community Assets in the U.S. South
This report is the second in a series of reports entitled Out in the South. This second report, Part Two: LGBTQ Community Assets in the U.S. South, identifies more than 750 LGBTQ community assets in the U.S. South and spotlights several funding strategies with potential for high impact. The report assesses the state of the LGBTQ movement in the U.S. South based on a comprehensive scan of the region's LGBTQ community assets, a survey of more than 200 organizers and service providers working in the South, and in-depth interviews with 30 LGBTQ leaders.

Out in the South, Part Two, builds on the previous report Out in the South, Part One: Foundation Funding for LGBTQ Issues in the U.S. South. Both reports are a part of the LGBT Southern Funding Project at Funders for LGBTQ Issues. The goal of the LGBT Southern Funding Project is to expand the scale and impact of funding for LGBTQ communities in the U.S. South.

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Pathways Forward: Foundation Funding for LGBTQ Immigration Issues Pathways Forward: Foundation Funding for LGBTQ Immigration Issues
This report provides detailed data on the current scope and character of foundation funding at the intersection of LGBTQ and immigrant rights. It also includes an overview of the ecology of advocacy and service organizations working to address the needs of LGBTQ immigrants, and offers recommendations for funders.

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Funders for LGBTQ Issues 2013 Annual Report Funders for LGBTQ Issues 2013 Annual Report
The 2013 Annual Report highlights our growth as a network of foundations and corporations working to increase funding for LGBTQ communities.
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Out in the South, Part One: Foundation Funding for LGBTQ Issues in the U.S. South Out in the South, Part One: Foundation Funding for LGBTQ Issues in the U.S. South
This report is the first in a series of reports entitled Out in the South. This first report, Part One: Foundation Funding for LGBTQ Issues in the U.S. South, explores the underfunding of LGBTQ communities in the U.S. South in comparison to the rest of the country. It identifies who is funding in the South, and examines the issues and strategies currently being funded.

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2013


2012 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations 2012 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations
The 2012 Tracking Report (2012) is the most comprehensive study of its kind, capturing data on 4,068 grants awarded by 399 foundations in order to identify gaps, trends, and opportunities in LGBTQ philanthropy. This year's report finds that domestic foundation funding for LGBTQ issues exceeded $100 million for the first time while overall LGBTQ funding was largely stable in 2012.

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The Physics of LGBTQ Funding: Momentum, Resistance, & Impact The Physics of LGBTQ Funding: Momentum, Resistance, & Impact
Every year for nearly a decade, Funders for LGBTQ Issues has released an annual report seeking to quantify and examine the amount and character of foundation grantmaking for LGBTQ communities. This brief paper seeks to build on those annual tracking reports by taking a longer and wider view. The title references physics as the study of things that are in motion, of how things interact and relate to each other. This paper looks at the movement of LGBTQ funding over time and how LGBTQ grantmaking has interacted with other trends in the philanthropic world and beyond. This paper also offers recommendations for increasing LGBTQ funding in the future.

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2012


LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2011) LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2011)
U.S. foundation giving to LGBTQ communities and issues grew significantly in 2011, from $97.2 million to $123 million, an increase of 27%. Particularly high levels of growth were found for international organizations and for transgender communities. For the first time, funding to LGBTQ communities surpassed a quarter of a percent of all foundation grantmaking, but still remains fairly modest at only 0.26%.
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Towards a More Responsive Philanthropy: Grantmaking for Racial Equity and LGBTQ Justice Towards a More Responsive Philanthropy: Grantmaking for Racial Equity and LGBTQ Justice
Towards a More Responsive Philanthropy: Grantmaking for Racial Equity and LGBTQ Justice continues our efforts to advance work at the intersection of racial equity and LGBTQ justice. In it you will find the stories of 5 foundations who are working on these critical issues.
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ADAM Queer Youth Report: Grantmaking By and For Youth ADAM Queer Youth Report: Grantmaking By and For Youth
In 2007, the ADAM funding collaborative and Funders for LGBTQ Issues launched a matching grants program designed to support and serve LGBTQ youth. Four years after the initiative’s first grants were made, foundation staff reflect on what their participation revealed about engaging youth, the value (monetary and otherwise) of matching programs, and the power of small grants to do mighty things.
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Forty Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy Forty Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy
At 40 years and counting, LGBTQ grantmaking has played a significant role in the fight for LGBTQ rights and equity. Forty Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy: 1970 - 2010 documents the amount and character of the first four decades of U.S. institutional support to LGBTQ communities through community, public, family and private foundations.
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2011


A Global Gaze (2010) A Global Gaze (2010)
A report detailing the amount and type of grantmaking for LGBTI populations in the Global South and East, as well as the strategies, issues, and populations funded. Includes data, interviews, commentary, suggested entry points for funders, and a directory of LGBTI grantmakers funding in the Global South and East. Also available in Spanish, or French.
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Un Regard Global (2010) Un Regard Global (2010)
The French version of a report detailing the amount and type of grantmaking for LGBTI populations in the Global South and East, as well as the strategies, issues, and populations funded. Includes data, interviews, commentary, suggested entry points for funders, and a directory of LGBTI grantmakers funding in the Global South and East.
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Una Mirada Global (2010) Una Mirada Global (2010)
The Spanish version of a report detailing the amount and type of grantmaking for LGBTI populations in the Global South and East, as well as the strategies, issues, and populations funded. Includes data, interviews, commentary, suggested entry points for funders, and a directory of LGBTI grantmakers funding in the Global South and East.
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LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2010) LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2010)
Our report on U.S. foundation funding to LGBTQ communities in calendar year 2010.

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2010


Executive Summary: LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2009) Executive Summary: LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2009)
The executive summary of our report on funding to LGBTQ communities in calendar year 2009.
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LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2009) LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2009)
A report measuring the amount and character of funding by U.S. foundations to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities in calendar year 2009.
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Executive Summary: LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2008) Executive Summary: LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2008)
The executive summary of our report on grants to LGBTQ communities in 2008.
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LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2008) LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2008)
A report measuring the amount and character of funding by U.S. foundations to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities in 2008.
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Racial Equity Campaign Update Racial Equity Campaign Update
An update on the Racial Equity Campaign outlines U.S. foundation support for LGBTQ communities of color, in calendar year 2008.
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The Economic Downturn & LGBTQ Grantmaking (2010) The Economic Downturn & LGBTQ Grantmaking (2010)
An investigative report on the effects of the economic downturn on LGBTQ organizations and their funders.
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Timeline of Achievements, 2009 Timeline of Achievements, 2009
A 2009 timeline of achievements by Funders for LGBTQ Issues.
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2009


State of Funding: LGBTQ Grantmaking in Minnesota State of Funding: LGBTQ Grantmaking in Minnesota
A research report on foundation giving and organizations in Minnesota that explicitly address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) communities. Co-produced by the LGBT Funders Network of the Minnesota Council on Foundations.
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The Economic Downturn & LGBTQ Grantmaking (2008) The Economic Downturn & LGBTQ Grantmaking (2008)
An investigative report on the effects of the economic downturn on LGBTQ organizations and their funders.
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2009 Directory of LGBTQ People of Color Organizations & Projects in the U.S. 2009 Directory of LGBTQ People of Color Organizations & Projects in the U.S.
An updated, detailed directory of organizations and projects in the U.S. that are serving LGBTQ people of color.
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LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2007) LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2007)
A report measuring the amount and character of funding by U.S. foundations to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities in 2007.
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Timeline of Achievements: 2007-08 Timeline of Achievements: 2007-08
A detailed timeline of Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues achievements for 2007 and 2008.


A Global Gaze: LGBTI Grantmaking in the Global South and East (2007) A Global Gaze: LGBTI Grantmaking in the Global South and East (2007)
A report studying the amount of funding and the character of organizations working with LGBTI populations in the Global South and East.
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Executive Summary: A Global Gaze (2007) Executive Summary: A Global Gaze (2007)
An executive summary for a report studying the amount of funding and the character of organizations working with LGBTI populations in the Global South and East.
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Resumen Ejecutivo: Una Mirada Global (2007) Resumen Ejecutivo: Una Mirada Global (2007)
The Spanish version of an executive summary of a report studying the amount of funding and the character of organizations working with LGBTI populations in the Global South and East.
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Una Mirada Global: Concesión de Subvenciones a Lesbianas, Homosexuales, Bisexuales, Transexuales e Intersexuales en el Sur y el Este del Globo (2007) Una Mirada Global: Concesión de Subvenciones a Lesbianas, Homosexuales, Bisexuales, Transexuales e Intersexuales en el Sur y el Este del Globo (2007)
The Spanish version of a report studying the amount of funding and the character of organizations working with LGBTI populations in the Global South and East.
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2008


LGBTQ Grantmakers 2008 Report Card on Racial Equity LGBTQ Grantmakers 2008 Report Card on Racial Equity
A report card on 19 LGBTQ grantmakers that examines how they integrate racial equity into their LGBTQ grantmaking and their internal operations.
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Regional Review: New England Policies and Populations Regional Review: New England Policies and Populations
A comprehensive review of policies and populations across New England, spanning 80 variables and 11 interest areas.
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Key Facts: Policies and Populations in the Midwest Key Facts: Policies and Populations in the Midwest
A brief synopsis of policies and populations in the Midwest, across issues and identities. The full research report--covering 11 issue areas and more than 80 variables--will be available to participants of the Midwest's Common Vision.
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Regional Review: Policies and Populations in the Midwest Regional Review: Policies and Populations in the Midwest
A comprehensive review of policies and populations across the Midwest, spanning 80 variables and 11 interest areas.
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LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (Calendar Year 2006) LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (Calendar Year 2006)
A comprehensive portrait of LGBTQ grantmaking by U.S. foundations.
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Key Facts: New England Policies and Populations Key Facts: New England Policies and Populations
A brief synopsis of New England policies and populations, across issues and identities. The full research report--covering 11 issue areas and more than 80 variables--will be available to participants of New England's Common Vision.
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Racial Equity Campaign Overview Racial Equity Campaign Overview
An overview of Funders for Lesbian and Gay Issues' Racial Equity Campaign.
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Building Communities: Autonomous LGBTQ People of Color Organizations in the U.S. Building Communities: Autonomous LGBTQ People of Color Organizations in the U.S.
A first-ever report on autonomous lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people of color organizations in the U.S.
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2007


Una Mirada Global: La Creación de Becas en el Sur y el Este del Globo para Lesbianas, Homosexuales, Bisexuales, Travestís y Transexuales (2005) Una Mirada Global: La Creación de Becas en el Sur y el Este del Globo para Lesbianas, Homosexuales, Bisexuales, Travestís y Transexuales (2005)
A Spanish-language version of "A Global Gaze," a first-ever report on LGBTI grantmaking in the Global South and East.
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Common Vision Progress Report Common Vision Progress Report
A progress report describing the background, design and implementation of Common Vision.
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A Global Gaze: LGBTI Grantmaking in the Global South and East (2005) A Global Gaze: LGBTI Grantmaking in the Global South and East (2005)
The first-ever study analyzing LGBTI grantmaking and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in the Global South and East.
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LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (Calendar Year 2005) LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (Calendar Year 2005)
A comprehensive portrait of LGBTQ grantmaking by U.S. foundations.
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2006


LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (Calendar Year 2004) LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (Calendar Year 2004)
A comprehensive portrait of LGBTQ grantmaking by U.S. foundations.
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2005


Out for Change: Racial and Economic Justice Issues in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities Out for Change: Racial and Economic Justice Issues in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities
Highlights a number of issues facing LGBTQ communities, as well as existing organizing efforts among LGBTQ groups that effectively address racial and economic justice matters.
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LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (Calendar Year 2003) LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (Calendar Year 2003)
A comprehensive portrait of LGBTQ grantmaking by U.S. foundations.
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LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (Calendar Year 2002) LGBTQ Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (Calendar Year 2002)
A comprehensive portrait of LGBTQ grantmaking by U.S. foundations.
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2004


Aging in Equity: LGBT Elders in America Aging in Equity: LGBT Elders in America
Presents issues facing LGBT elders and sample grants supporting a broad range of organizations working with and advocating for this population.
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Starting an LGBT Community Foundation Starting an LGBT Community Foundation
A resource guide for individuals interested in starting a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community foundation in their community.
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Older Publications

The following titles are older publications published by Funders for LGBTQ issues prior to 2002. As they existed only in hard copy format, we offer them below as scanned PDFs; their quality may vary.


The Grantmakers's Guide to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues (2001)
A guide providing an overview of key concerns and grantmaking opportunities in LGBT communities, highlighting special areas of need and funder-grantee relationships that illustrate the range of activities taking place throughout the country.
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Building Community Across a Nation: The National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership (2000)
A publication which tells the story of what happened in five communities across the country that became partners with the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership. They worked together and independently on the establishment of community-based philanthropic funds for lesbian and gay programs and services.
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Expanding Opportunities: A Grantmaker's Guide to Workplace Policies for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Staff (1999)
A publication designed for employers and employees within the philanthropic sector who are seeking ways to implement workplace policies that reflect their commitment to equality, diversity and excellence.
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Creating Communities: Giving and Volunteering by Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People (1998)
The first systematic study of motives and barriers to giving and volunteering by GLBT people.
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