Meet The Top 10 Foundations Giving to LGBT Causes
Some organizations have been throwing tens of millions of dollars at the LGBT community - least we can do is learn a little about them.
In 2010, $72.6 in global philanthropy reached the doorsteps of LGBT people, figuratively speaking. That’s out of a total $1.2 billion of worldwide philanthropy, as reported by a new study from the Foundation Center. The Center was established in 1956 and claims to "maintain the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grant makers and their grants." It partnered with The International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) - a global network of donors and grant makers - for the June study, "the first research report of its kind."
So over $70 million went to the LGBT community, but how does that break down? Well, looking at the LGBT-focused segment of the report yields some interesting data, like the fact that the top contributor in 2010 is the Arcus Foundation, which, on top of dedicating itself to LGBT issues, its second and equal priority is "to conserve and protect the great apes." Arcus gave $14.6 million. Second place goes to the Gill Foundation, which came out at an even $10 million. Sixth place goes to the Ford Foundation, which in late July hired openly gay Darren Walker as its new president - it gave $4 million.
"The landscape of human rights funding is exceedingly complex, but initiatives like this bring into sharp relief just how vibrant and diverse the field is," said Michael Hirschhorn, executive director of IHRFG, in a statement. "The lasting value of this research - the thing that will take us beyond ’painting landscapes’ to propelling greater engagement - comes when grant makers are moved to contribute data, provide feedback, share findings with peers, and use this information in support of their work."
So without further adieu, meet your top ten 2010 funders...
Arcus Foundation, $14.6 million
Been Around Since: 2000
Founded By: Jon Stryker
Arcus focuses on LGBT issues and conserving and protecting the great apes. It’s got offices from Kalamazoo, Mich. to Cambridge in the UK. You can see Annette Lanjouw, Arcus’s vice president of strategic initiatives and great ape programs, talk about the group’s focus, at http://bit.ly/1c17RQW.
In 2012 alone, Arcus gave out over $18 million in grants toward its initiatives, more than $8 million of which went toward programs involving social justice.
Learn more at http://bit.ly/19tqM82
Gill Foundation, $10 million
Been Around Since: 1994
Founded By: Tim Gill
Tim Gill is the guy who changed the way magazines and newspaper design their pages when he designed Quark, the software that would evolve into the newsrooms and publishing houses of almost all publications around the country (and world).
Since its inception, the foundation has given more the $220 million to LGBT groups and toward LGBT issues (an estimated 80 percent goes straight to the hands of nonprofits).
Learn more at http://bit.ly/1bMIe8e
Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program, $6.1 million
Been Around Since: 1997
Founded By: The Vanguard Group, Inc.
This one’s a doozy. More than $4 billion in grants since its inception (and it’s still got just under $3 billion in its coffers). It’s a charitable arm of an investment firm and ranks in the top 25 foundations in the country - it also claims to give money in every state and "almost" every country.
They made claim to this list without even focusing on LGBT issues, their grants going to programs focused on anything from religion to environmental issues.
Learn more at http://bit.ly/19E9ZCN
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, $5.9 million
Been Around Since: 1953
Founded By: Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr.
Probably the oldest group on the list. The California foundation’s given more than $440 million since it was founded. While LGBT issues are a mainstay for the foundation, it shares priority with immigrant rights and education equity issues.
The foundation recognizes that marriage isn’t the only measure where equality is needed for LGBT people, and lists its other points of focus on the page linked below.
Learn more at http://bit.ly/JaIPQ9
Open Society Foundations, $4.2 million
Been Around Since: 1979
Founded By: George Soros