Over the four decades from 1970 to 2010, nearly eight hundred foundations invested more than $771 million in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, a new report from Funders for LGBTQ Issues finds.
Building on annual studies published by Funders for LGBTQ Issues since 2002, the report, Forty Years of LGBTQ Philanthropy: 1970 - 2010 (44 pages, PDF), found that foundations supporting the LGBTQ community awarded nearly 36,000 grants in support of about 6,000 organizations working in 117 countries. The report also found that much of the funding was awarded in the last ten years as LGBTQ issues gained more visibility.
Among other things, the report found that from 1970 to 2010, national organizations received 44 percent of LGBTQ funding, while civil rights organizations were awarded 20 percent and communities of color received 9 percent. The top ten LGBTQ grantmakers during the forty-year period included the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the California Endowment, and the Arcus, Gill, Ford, H. van Ameringen, Pride, Horizons, and Tides foundations. In 2010, 318 foundations gave $97.2 million in support of LGBTQ issues and organizations.
"This report documents the incredible progress made by LGBTQ philanthropy in its first forty years while foretelling the work still undone," said Funders for LGBTQ Issues president and CEO Karen Zelermyer. "[L]esbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people continue to face complex and multiple barriers in today's society. [And yet] only 0.2 percent of all philanthropic dollars goes to support our communities....So efforts to mobilize resources for LGBTQ rights and well-being remain critical."