By: Andrew Wallace on February 27, 2017
The weekend of January 20th saw the inauguration of a President who had promised to curtail the rights of immigrants, LGBTQ people, people of color, and women. As the new administration began taking steps to fulfill that regressive agenda, millions of people around the world took to the streets to oppose hate, bigotry, greed, and misogyny. A number of philanthropic leaders and institutions have responded with bold statements and actions, standing up against the Trump administration and taking innovative steps to support rapid-response resistance and long-term movement building for social change. Below are highlights of how members of Funders for LGBTQ Issues have taken steps not only in defense of LGBTQ rights, but also of immigrant rights, racial justice, and reproductive justice.
- The Arcus Foundation announced limited funding to help grantees address specific, short-term needs and pressures they are experiencing in light of new political realities.
- Funders for LGBTQ Issues and more than 20 of its members signed GCIR’s statement on the administration’s executive actions on immigration, including Andrus, Contigo, Haas, Jr Fund, Ford, FSG, Groundswell, Horizons, Levi-Strauss Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation, Rosenberg Foundation, Surdna Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Cal Endowment, Cal Wellness, New York Women’s Foundation, The Philadelphia Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Tides.
- Vanessa Daniel, Executive Director of Groundswell Fund spoke to a crowd of 500 donors and activists at the “Take Back the Ball” fundraising event on January 20th. Watch a full video of her moving address.
- Third Wave Fund‘s Mobilizing Power Fund will provide rapid response funding for direct action, community mobilization, and healing justice to fuel the resistance to the administration’s policies.