(New York, NY – February 24, 2016) Funders for LGBTQ Issues released The 2014 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (2016) today. The thirteen annual edition of the Tracking Report finds that although foundation funding for LGBTQ issues reached a record high of $153.2 million more than 6 in 10 of the 100 largest foundations in the United States provided no funding that specifically focused on LGBTQ communities.
The noteworthy 19 percent increase in funding for LGBTQ issues was driven largely by a significant increase in HIV/AIDS funding an increase in support from non-LGBTQ-focused funders. Highlights of the 2014 increase include the following:
However, a more nuanced examination of the increase in funding reveals how precarious the funding for LGBTQ issues remains. The promising news in the 2014 Tracking Report is contradicted by alarming news regarding a decreasing number of grantmakers supporting LGBTQ issues and significant decreases in important funding areas. The report notes:
“While this increase in LGBTQ funding is heartening news, I’m much more concerned about our finding that LGBTQ funding is likely to decrease by as much as 10 percent in the next year or two,” said Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President of Funders for LGBTQ Issues. “Last year’s victory for marriage equality was an inspiring step forward for LGBTQ rights, but it was a benchmark, not a finish line. Now is not the time for funders to close up shop on LGBTQ issues and go elsewhere. Now is a moment of urgent opportunity for funders to step up on LGBTQ issues as we never have before, and to take on bold leadership for addressing the challenges faced by LGBTQ communities. With continued support from current funders and more resources from new partners, we can make sure that transgender people can live safe lives free of violence and discrimination, that LGBTQ immigrants and people of color are treated with dignity, and that every young LGBTQ person has a place to call home.”
The 2014 Tracking Report represents Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ most sophisticated survey of philanthropic entities to date. To faithfully document the scope and character of foundation funding for LGBTQ issues, Funders for LGBTQ Issues analyzed more than 4,500 grants from more than 300 U.S.-based grantmakers. As such, this new report represents the most comprehensive assessment of LGBTQ funding available.
The report also includes an infographic that visually summarizes the findings. Both the infographic and full report are now available for download here.