The Ford Foundation doubles its investment for trans organizations and makes significant commitments to support LGBTQ+ communities

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The Ford Foundation has announced its support for widespread engagements led by leading local and community organizations to advance LGBTQ+ rights. Ford is also doubling its annual investment in trans communities, pledging at least $10 million over the next five years.


Ford’s commitment to the Grantmakers United for Trans Communities (GUTC) pledge, the Demand IX campaign and the Trans Futures fundraising campaign are teaming up to further encourage philanthropy grantmaking and support the Title IX protections, build on Ford’s longstanding support of LGBTQ+ communities, and ensure that Ford grantmaking and future operations continue to evolve to meet the growing challenges these communities face today.


“Across the world, LGBTQ+ people, especially members of the trans community, continue to face extreme inequality, brutality and exclusion. The only way to move from a culture of oppression to a culture of opportunity and inclusion is to continue to combine significant and sustainable investment with sustained action,” said Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation. “Now more than ever, we must ensure that we preserve the hard-won protections that all people are entitled to under the law, and continue to fight for justice and equality on all fronts. With the help of our partners, we are committed to making our foundation and our work more inclusive, inside and out.


“Title IX is one of the most important pieces of legislation of the 20th century.” said sports icon and social justice pioneer, Billie Jean King. “This is a law that demonstrates the importance of gender equity in this country and is a benchmark of global importance. Demand IX is working to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX, and we’re proud to join the Ford Foundation in supporting efforts to protect and enforce this groundbreaking law.


“This commitment from the Ford Foundation is more than a timely investment in transgender community organizations currently fighting for our rights and for our lives; it is also a commitment to partner with the trans movement in the future,” said Saida Agostini-Bostic, President of Funders for LGBTQ Issues.


The Foundation’s widespread commitments to further support LGBTQ+ advocacy include:


Requirement IX, is a national campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX and to support ongoing efforts for strong Title IX protection and enforcement. Led in partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation, the National Women’s Law Center and the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, Demand IX strives to pick up the pace and move towards fairness and fairness for all by educating people on the promise and purpose of Title IX, giving people information and opportunities to tell stories, and inspiring like-minded people to sign the pledge and take action.


United donors for trans communities (GUTC) Commitment, hosted by Funders for LGBTQ Issues, aims to inspire an inclusive, trans-friendly philanthropic culture through grantmaking and decision-making. Ford’s commitments under the Pledge include increasing grantmaking for trans communities, with a commitment to trans-led organizations, providing and expanding training opportunities and professional development programs focused on supporting trans communities, continuing to improve recruitment and retention efforts, and publicly expressing support and solidarity. with trans communities.


Trans Futures Campaign Funding Pledgeorganized by trans-led funders in coordination with funders for LGBTQ issues, is an urgent call to invest in trans organizations across the United States and to defend transgender people and children against bans on participate in gender-affirming sports and health care.


For more information on the Ford Foundation’s commitments to diversity and inclusion, please see our website.


“I hope these Ford Foundation commitments will inspire other donors, especially those who value the rights and humanity of all, but who have not meaningfully supported trans communities,” said Alexander L. Lee, Funders for LGBTQ Issues Acting Vice President of Programs. “Transgender people are marginalized in nearly every walk of life, and I hope Ford’s leadership inspires funders of all types to reach out to trans groups to explore new, deeper partnerships.”

The Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is an independent organization that fights inequality and builds a future based on justice. For more than 85 years, it has supported visionaries on the frontlines of social change around the world, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human rights. human achievements. Today, with an endowment of $16 billion, the foundation is headquartered in New York and has 10 regional offices in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

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