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The Top 10 Funders of Trans Issues

Tomorrow is Trans Day of Remembrance, the annual observance of those whose lives were tragically lost to anti-transgender violence. This somber day reminds us of the critical need to provide support to trans communities. Since 2002, funding for transgender communities has increased more than seven-fold, twice the rate of growth for LGBTQ funding in general. However, there continue to be immense disparities within trans and gender non-conforming communities that could benefit greatly from increased funding. Between 2011 and 2012, foundations invested more than $10.3 million in transgender issues, representing 4 percent of LGBTQ funding overall.

The top ten U.S.-based funders of trans issues in 2011 and 2012 combined were:

  1. Open Society Foundations - $2,730,808
  2. Anonymous - $1,325,000
  3. Arcus Foundation - $1,107,500
  4. Tides Foundation - $707,500
  5. The Paul Rapoport Foundation - $678,500
  6. American Jewish World Service - $455,000
  7. Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice - $377,510
  8. New York Women's Foundation - $360,000
  9. Gill Foundation - $317,500
  10. amfAR, Foundation for AIDS Research - $305,531
In 2013, significant developments for trans funding included the launch of the Trans Justice Funding Project and a $1.35 million grant from the Tawani Foundation to the Palm Center to examine transgender military service.

Our 2013 Tracking Report: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Grantmaking by U.S. Foundations, will be released in the coming weeks featuring statistics on 2013 foundation funding for trans issues. In early 2015, we will be releasing a report specifically highlighting funding for trans communities over the past three years.

Category(s): Philanthropic Sector, General LGBTQ Community

Focus(es): Focus on Transgender People