KEY FINDINGS ABOUT U.S. LGBTQ GRANTMAKING IN 2010
- In 2010, 318 U.S.-based grantmakers awarded 3,507 grants supporting LGBTQ organizations and projects totaling $97,189,139 million - a 3.9 percent increase in dollars from 2009. For the third year in a row during the time of our research, LGBTQ grantmaking represented more than 0.2 percent of all U.S. foundation dollars awarded in a single year.
- Similar to previous years, independent foundations provided the most LGBTQ dollars while public foundations provided the most LGBTQ grants.
- The combined funding from the top 10 LGBTQ grantmakers, by total dollars, represented over half (56%) of the total LGBTQ dollars - six percentage points higher than in 2009. The top 10 LGBTQ grantmakers, by total grants, accounted for 43 percent of all LGBTQ grants.
- Ten nonprofit organizations received one-fifth of all LGBTQ dollars granted in 2010.
- As with previous years, national organizations received the majority of LGBTQ dollars while local organizations received the majority of LGBTQ grants.
- Program support received the most LGBTQ dollars (67 percent) and the most grants (50 percent), a change from 2009 where General Operating support received the most grants.
- For the first time since LGBTQ grants data tracking began organizations that focus on people of color received the highest level of support from grantmakers (among the various LGBTQ sub-groups addressed by nonprofits).
- Fourteen percent of grant dollars awarded went to LGBTQ people of color organizations and projects, 4 percentage points higher than in 2009.
- Among the various strategies utilized by LGBTQ organizations and projects, advocacy received the most support from grantmakers.
- Grantmaking support for civil rights/human rights efforts far surpassed philanthropic support for the other issues being addressed by LGBTQ organizations and projects.
Source: Funders for LGBTQ Issues, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations: Calendar Year 2010 (New York: FLGI, 2011).
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