Foundation funding for LGBT issues tops $100 million

A review of grants for LGBT issues shows that domestic funding exceeded $100 million in 2012, according to Funders for LGBTQ Issues.

The organization also reported that funding in 2012 was largely stable.

The report, considered the most comprehensive of its kind, captured data on 4,068 grants awarded by 399 foundations “to identify gaps, trends, and opportunities in LGBTQ philanthropy.”

The review found that foundation funding of LGBT issues totaled $121.4 million in 2012, a slight decrease from the $123 million in 2011, which was a record.

Other findings in the survey:

• The top five funders in 2012 were: Anonymous, Ford Foundation, Gill Foundation, Arcus Foundation and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, which collectively provided 45 percent of all LGBTQ funding for the year.

• Corporate funders increased grantmaking by 26 percent; public funders increased grantmaking by 20 percent.

• Youth were the top funded sub-population in the United States, receiving $20.4 million in funding.

• 25 percent of recipient organizations in the U.S. were not exclusively LGBTQ-focused, the other 75 percent were.

• New York received $11.7 million, the most local and statewide funding of any state.

• International funding for LGBTQ issues totaled $20.2 million in 2012, down from its record high of $27 million in 2011.

• Refugees, asylees and migrants were the top funded sub-population for international funding, receiving $3.4 million.

• Of funding devoted to international LGBTQ issues, 43 percent (or $8.8 million) went to organizations based in the U.S. The second-most funded region was Sub-Saharan Africa, which secured $3.4 million.

“This report documents how funders are responding to a range of issues and needs in LGBT communities, from marriage equality and gender identity rights to safe schools and HIV/AIDS," Ben Francisco Maulbeck, president of Funders for LGBTQ Issues, said in a news release. "It also helps us identify gaps and serves as a barometer for our progress toward engaging more funders in LGBTQ issues."  

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