2015 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations

2015 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations

Foundation funding for LGBTQ issues totaled a record $160.7 million in 2015, with increases in support for trans communities and for efforts to address criminalization and criminal justice reform, a report from Funders for LGBTQ Issues finds. Based on an analysis of 5,267 grants awarded by 334 foundations to 1,990 grantees, the 2015 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations (56 pages, PDF) found that, for the second consecutive year, funding for local LGBTQ communities in the South increased by more than 50 percent. At the same time, the year-over-year growth rate slowed significantly, from 20 percent in 2014 to below 5 percent in 2015. Grants awarded by the top ten funders of LGBTQ issues — the Arcus, Ford, Gill, Pride, Tides, Elton John AIDS, and Open Society foundations; the MAC AIDS and Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. funds; and the American Jewish World Service — totaled $71.3 million in 2015, down some $2 million from 2014 levels. The study also found that, among a hundred of the largest U.S. foundations, more than half awarded no funding for LGBTQ issues, while only three foundations awarded at least 1 percent of their grantmaking dollars to LGBTQ issues, down from five in 2014.