The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the world’s only foundation solely dedicated to supporting LGBTQI organizations in the U.S. and internationally. Astraea works for racial, economic, social, and gender justice around the globe through grantmaking, capacity and leadership development, philanthropic advocacy, and media and communications. Astraea was founded in 1977 by a small group of multi-racial, multi-class women in order to address the lack of funding for women-specifically lesbians and women of color. They believed that even the smallest of gestures, when combined, could create, nurture and strengthen significant social change. The first grantmaker to hundreds of organizations, Astraea plays a catalytic role for LGBTQI organizations across the globe. By seeding nascent ideas, groups, and movements, these initial grants have grown into long-term partnerships and coalitions. Today, the foundation is provides the most amount of grants to LGBTQI organisations in the Global South and East and is the only public foundation on the top ten list of organisations funding LGBTQI programs. Internationally, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice has granted $8.1 million in 900 grants to 338 organizations in 81 countries.
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. In the course of its 25-year history, amfAR has invested more than $366 million in its programs, spawning numerous significant advances in HIV prevention, treatment and care. These accomplishments have helped extend, improve, and save the lives of countless people around the world living with HIV/AIDS or vulnerable to HIV infection. The GMT Initiative (formerly the MSM Initiative) provides financial and technical support to community organizations working to reduce the spread and impact of HIV among gay men, other men who have sex with men, and transgender individuals (collectively, GMT) in low- and middle-income countries.
Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world. Today, as more than two billion people live under oppressive rule, Freedom House speaks out against the main threats to democracy and empowers citizens to exercise their fundamental rights. They analyze the challenges to freedom; advocate for greater political and civil liberties; and support frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change. Founded in 1941, Freedom House was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally. The organisation’s Dignity for All: LGBTI Assistance Program provides emergency funds, advocacy support, and security assistance to human rights defenders and civil society organizations under threat or attack due to their work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) human rights. Dignity for All also supports targeted, time-bound advocacy campaigns to respond to threats or attacks on LGBTI human rights and human rights work, as well as assistance for individual victims or communities connected to funded advocacy campaigns. Security training is available to proactively assist organizations to continue their work more safely.
Front Line Defenders is the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. Front Line Defenders was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk, people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Front Line Defenders aims to address the protection needs identified by defenders themselves providing rapid and practical support to at-risk human rights defenders through: international advocacy on behalf of human rights defenders at immediate risk; grants to pay for the practical security needs of human rights defenders; training and resource materials on security and protection, including digital security; rest and respite, including the Front Line Fellowship; opportunities for networking and exchange between human rights defenders, including at the biennial Dublin Platform; the annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk; an emergency 24 hour phone line for human rights defenders operating in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Russian.
The MAC AIDS Fund (MAF) was established in 1994 to support men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS globally. MAF is a pioneer in HIV/AIDS funding, providing financial support to organizations working with underserved regions and populations. As the largest corporate non-pharmaceutical giver in the arena, MAF is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting diverse organizations around the world that provide a wide range of services to people living with HIV/AIDS. To date, MAF has raised more than $270 million (US) exclusively through the sale of MAC’s Viva Glam Lipstick and Lipglass donating 100 percent of the sale price to fight HIV/AIDS. The MAC AIDS Fund is supported exclusively by a consumer based model that directs 100 percent of the purchase price (minus taxes where applicable) of Viva Glam Lipstick and Lipgloss to the Fund. MAC Cosmetics underwrites all of the production costs of the Viva Glam line, donating the full sale price to the Fund, including would-be profits for retail partners.
The Open Society Foundations, which began 1979, remain today committed to the global struggle for open society and responding quickly to the challenges and opportunities of the future.The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people The organisation works to:strengthen the rule of law; respect for human rights, minorities, and a diversity of opinions; democratically elected governments; and a civil society that helps keep government power in check; shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights; implement initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media; and build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. Working in every part of the world, the Open Society Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.
Sigrid Rausing Trust
The Sigrid Rausing Trust is a UK grant making foundation, founded in 1995 by Sigrid Rausing to support human rights globally. Since then, the Trust has given away approximately £191.9 million to human rights organisations all over the world. The Trusts’ LGBTI rights programme supports organisations working to enhance the legal standing and social acceptance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people.
Urgent Action Fund
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights is a global women’s fund that protects, strengthens and sustains women’s human rights activists at critical moments. We intervene quickly when activists are poised to make great gains or face serious threats to their lives and work. Urgent Action Fund’s strategy paves the road for a new type of philanthropy. As part of women’s rights movements worldwide, supports women’s rights defenders striving to create cultures of justice, equality and peace, the organisation is led by activists, rooted in feminism, and strengthened through solidarity.
ViiV Healthcare is a global specialist HIV company dedicated to delivering advances in treatment and care for people living with HIV. It is an independent pharmaceutical company established in 2009 by combining the power and expertise in the management of HIV from both GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Pfizer. Following a long-term collaboration on the joint development of several novel integrase inhibitors ViV was joined by Shionogi in 2012. The company’s Positive Action programme was created in 1992 as the first pharmaceutical company programme to support communities affected by HIV and AIDS. ViiV Healthcare is proud to continue the Positive Action programme and its valuable work with these communities. Positive Action works with those communities most vulnerable to HIV disease, including youth, girls and women, sex workers, gay men, men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, injecting drug users (IDU), the homeless and the incarcerated.