Author: Lyle Matthew Kan
Next week, Funding Forward - Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ annual gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues - will convene in Minneapolis, MN. So what does funding for LGBTQ issues in Minnesota look like?
In 2014, Minnesotan LGBTQ communities were awarded $854,500 – a marked decrease from the approximately $1.8 million it received in both 2012 and 2013 when the state was first fighting off a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and then working to legislatively pass marriage equality. (Minnesota was the recipient of marriage equality funding totaling more than $550,000 in 2012 and more than $700,000 in 2013.)
At its current funding level, Minnesota ranks in the top third of all states for local and statewide LGBTQ funding. More impressively, the state has the third largest 2014 GDQ (grant dollars per queer), at $14.97, behind New York and Maine. In fact, its 2014 GDQ is more than double the national average of $7.09.
So who is providing the funding? A disproportionate amount of the funding is coming from private foundations – nearly 75 percent. The top ten funders in 2014 included:
Category(s): Philanthropic Sector