Meet the Top 10 Non-Discrimination Protections Funders

Meet the Top 10 Non-Discrimination Protections Funders

By: Funders for LGBTQ Issues Staff on December 9, 2019

In 2017, a mere 12 foundations invested $5.6 million dollars into securing non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ Americans, a slight dip from the record high of $7.4 million in 2016. They made these grants against the backdrop of no nationwide protections for LGBTQ people, an erosion of the Obama-era protections for federal contractors and those receiving federal services, and a set of pending Supreme Court cases that will determine whether or not LGBTQ people are protected under title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Funding specifically supporting efforts to secure non-discrimination protection accounted for only 4 percent of the $52.6 million awarded for the projection of civil rights for LGBTQ people in 2017.  

Two funders in particular – the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund  and Gill Foundation – awarded significant funds to address the issue. Together they account for nearly 80 percent of the funding for securing non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people between 2016-2017.

Top Funders of Non-Discrimination Protections for LGBTQ Issues (2016-2017)

 NOTE: Over this two-year period, anonymous donors awarded $600,000 in support of nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people.

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Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people make up an estimated 12% of the population of LGBT adults in the United States, yet receive far too little philanthropic support. More stats in our latest research here: https://lgbtfunders.org/research-item/philanthropy-outlook-lgbtq-black-communities/

Grant dollars for LGBTQ Black communities has increased in recent years however, the amount of support remains far too small. Check out the infographic by Funders for LGBTQ Issues and ABFE for an overview of the unique needs of LGBTQ Black communities. http://ow.ly/GKyh50C2WYI

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