The Top 10 Funders of Trans Issues

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The Top 10 Funders of Trans Issues

By: Andrew Wallace on November 6, 2016

Tomorrow is Trans Day of Remembrance, the annual observance of those whose lives were tragically lost to anti-transgender violence. This somber day reminds us of the critical need to provide support to trans communities. Since 2002, funding for transgender communities has increased more than seven-fold, twice the rate of growth for LGBTQ funding in general. However, there continue to be immense disparities within trans and gender non-conforming communities that could benefit greatly from increased funding. Between 2011 and 2012, foundations invested more than $10.3 million in transgender issues, representing 4 percent of LGBTQ funding overall.

The top ten U.S.-based funders of trans issues in 2011 and 2012 combined were:

  1. Open Society Foundations – $2,730,808
  2. Anonymous – $1,325,000
  3. Arcus Foundation – $1,107,500
  4. Tides Foundation – $707,500
  5. The Paul Rapoport Foundation – $678,500
  6. American Jewish World Service – $455,000
  7. Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice – $377,510
  8. New York Women’s Foundation – $360,000
  9. Gill Foundation – $317,500
  10. amfAR, Foundation for AIDS Research – $305,531

In 2013, significant developments for trans funding included the launch of the Trans Justice Funding Project and a $1.35 million grant from the Tawani Foundation to the Palm Center to examine transgender military service.

Our 2013 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations, will be released in the coming weeks featuring statistics on 2013 foundation funding for trans issues. In early 2015, we will be releasing a report specifically highlighting funding for trans communities over the past three years.

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We're proud to congratulate Aldita Gallardo (@ladycaucau) of @BorealisPhil and fellow Funders board member on her latest op-ed in the @SSIReview! #philanthropy #grantmaking #LGBTQ #transrights
https://ssir.org/articles/entry/4_ways_funders_can_build_authentic_partnerships_with_trans_and_nonbinary_communities

As this week ends, we stand in solidarity with our AAPI community. Thank you, @aapip for sharing "11 Ways Forward This Lunar New Year," an article that includes response resources to support those affected by the tragedy in Monterey Park and ways to heal. https://aapip.org/news/11-ways-forward-this-lunar-new-year/

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