Giving Out Globally: A Resource Guide of Funding Mechanisms to Support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights in the Global South and East

by Julie Dorf

Jan 23, 2009
Provides an overview of funding vehicles, such as Northern groups working in the global South and East, intermediaries, direct cross-border grantmaking, private foundations, and donor-advised funds. Includes lists of resources and grantee profiles.
  • One of the most important benefits of using an intermediary for funding LGBT issues in the Global South and East is accessing a depth of expertise about LGBT issues and organizations in the particular countries and regions where funding is intended. An intermediary will have staff or adviser expertise necessary to identify appropriate grantees; navigate cultural, linguistic, religious, economic, and other differences; understand potential local conflicts, laws, and risks; and access networks and important local events.
  • To support LGBT organizations in the Global South and East in particular, providing smaller grants to relatively small organizations is an effective funding strategy.
  • The obvious downside to working with an intermediary is that one gives up control of philanthropic resources. Even with a solid agreement in place, the control over the funds legally belongs to the intermediary organization. The intermediary also controls the relationship with the grantees.
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