Funding for international LGBTQ programs is gaining momentum as donors have become increasingly interested in issues concerning LGBTQ advocacy, human rights as well, and gay marriage. In 2012, US Foundations alone provided over $120 million in support of LGBTQ issues worldwide. Funding support for LGBTQ work is likely to much higher in the coming years. Using the fundsforNGOs Premium Database, this guide identifies twenty private foundations and trusts from the US, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, and the UK that fund LGBTQ organizations and programs around the world.
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1. American Jewish World Service (US)
AJWS’s grant-making supports grassroots communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas that are working to create a just and equitable world, where human rights are universally recognized where poverty, discrimination and violence no longer exist, and where individuals are free to flourish and live their lives with dignity.
2. Arcus Foundation (US)
The Arcus Foundation is a leading global foundation advancing pressing social justice (with specific focus on LGBT equality) and conservation issues. In 2010, the Foundation awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants towards LGBTQ issues.
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Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is a philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. The Foundation works for racial, economic, social, and gender justice.
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4. Barry and Martin’s Trust (UK)
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5. CBD Charitable Trust (UK)
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6. Dreilinden gGmbh (DE)
The mission of Dreilinden gGmbh is to work for and with people of variant sexual orientation and gender identity as well as women and girls. The Foundation supports projects in the area of decent work for lesbian, gay and inter-sexual (LGBTI) persons.
7. Ford Foundation (US)
Ford Foundation is committed to achieving lasting change that transforms people’s lives. The Foundation’s grant making focuses on reducing poverty and injustice, promoting democratic values and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. Ford Foundation supports economic access, leadership development, and awareness programs for LGBTQ communities.
8. Funds for Global Human Rights (US)
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Fund for Global Human Rights works to secure basic dignity and freedom for people worldwide through front-line organizations that challenge abuse wherever it occurs. The Fund finds and funds local human rights heroes who often work at great personal risk to strengthen and bring global attention to their struggles.
9. Global Fund for Women (US)
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The Global Fund for Women is a publicly-supported, nonprofit grant-making foundation that advances women’s human rights by funding women-led organizations worldwide. The Fund provides general operating support grants to organizations working at the local, regional and national levels to enable women and girls to reach their potential and live free of discrimination and violence.
10. Heinrich Böll Stiftung (DE)
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Heinrich Böll Stiftung is an agency for Green projects and ideas and an international network. The Foundation focuses on ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice.
11. Hivos (NL)
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Hivos is a Dutch Foundation working to support social change, freedom of expression, democracy, and green entrepreneurship worldwide. The Foundation’s Rights & Democracy Programme has a specific focus on HIV/AIDS and high risk groups, LGBT rights, and women’s empowerment.
KIOS-Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights provides funds to human rights projects that promote the realization of human rights in the developing countries
13. King Baudouin Foundation (US/BE)
The purpose of King Baudouin Foundation is to make a lasting contribution to greater justice, democracy and respect for diversity. The Foundation focuses on poverty, democracy, heritage, philanthropy, health, leadership, local engagement, migration and development.
14. Levi Strauss Foundation (US)
Levi Strauss Foundation advances the human rights and well-being of underserved people by taking courageous risks, supporting innovative community partnerships, and promoting the practice of good corporate citizenship.
15. Mama Cash (NL)
Mama Cash is the oldest international women’s fund – established in the Netherlands in 1983. The Foundation supports pioneering and innovating initiatives for women, girls and trans groups around the world.
16. Medico International Foundation (DE)
The Foundation’s mission is to support projects to promote public health, vocational training and develop assistance programs to improve income, nutrition and hygiene.
17. Open Society Foundation (US)
The Open Society Foundations seek to combat discrimination by empowering lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities to promote and defend their human rights.
18. Overbrook Foundation (US)
Overbrook Foundation is a progressive family foundation that supports organizations advancing human rights and conserving the natural environment. The Foundation has supported LGBT-related issues for over 20 years.
19. Sigrid Rausing Trust (UK)
Sigrid Rausing trust works in the field of international human rights. It takes interest particularly in women’s rights and LGBTI rights. The trust is interested in lasting social change and in forming long-term partnerships with grantees.
20. Tides Foundation (US)
The mission of Tides Foundation is to promote economic justice, robust democratic processes, and the opportunity to live in a healthy and sustainable environment where human rights are preserved and protected.