Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Grantmaking In The Global South and East - a Global Gaze

Author: R. Espinoza
Publisher: BRIDGE
Publication Date: Jan 2007
What is the state of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) grant-making and receiving organisations in the Global South and East? This report includes key findings about givers and receivers of LGBTI grant-making. It also includes a case-study of the first ever meeting of global LGBTI funders, in Amsterdam, during March 2007; and provides more detailed profiles of four LGBTI grant-makers (Semillas, Sida, Hivos and Astrea). Lastly, it includes a glossary of terms, details of the methodology used and a complete list of LGBTI grant-makers. Figures show that most of the US $10.5 million provided by grant-makers to LGBTI organisations in 2005 originated in the Global North and tended to support national advocacy, public education and direct service efforts with grants of US $50,000 and under. Recipients organisations tended to be less than 10 years old, have few to no staff members, operate on small (though steadily growing) annual incomes and anticipate that fundraising for LGBTI issues will become more complicated in the upcoming years. More than half were based in Latin America, have multiple geographic focuses, and generally use advocacy, solidarity-efforts and alliance-building to achieve their goals. Recommendations for grant-makers included:

:- Systems that track support to LGBTI populations and issues over time should be devised and implemented to assist grant-makers in evaluating their reach to LGBTI communities.
:- Latin America provides lessons on how LGBTI movements can develop when a broader social movement exists, and they are able to take part in it.
:- Grant-makers should ensure that LGBTI organizations of varying strategies and sizes have the support, financial and otherwise, to thrive in their regions.