Title of Poster / Presentation

Challenges for LGBTQ Nonprofits to Secure Funding

Location

Portland State University

Start Date

2-5-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

2-5-2018 11:00 AM

Subjects

Nonprofit organizations -- Finance, Sexual minorities -- United States -- Social conditions

Abstract

From 2003 to 2011, foundation funding for LGBTQ issues grew from $32 million to $123 million in the U.S. But in 2013, LGBTQ issues only receive 0.26% of foundation dollars, which means only 26 cents of every 100 dollars. Further, approximately 43% of all foundation funding for LGBTQ issues were made by private foundations established by LGBTQ members themselves and public foundations that raise their funds primarily from LGBTQ donors, over the past 40 years until 2013.

The main causes of this inequality in funding for LGBTQ NPOs from the mainstream foundations are risk in funding LGBTQ NPOs, funder’s fear of resistance from supporters, lack of resources to prepare grant proposals within the LGBTQ community, and stereotype from funders about the LGBTQ community. On the other hand, there are also opportunities of funding for LGBTQ NPOs mainly from corporations when corporations try to correct the negative corporate image of being discriminative from the public. However, it can bring new challenges to LGBTQ NPOs, especially those focusing on public health issues in the LGBTQ community.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/25142

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Challenges for LGBTQ Nonprofits to Secure Funding

Portland State University

From 2003 to 2011, foundation funding for LGBTQ issues grew from $32 million to $123 million in the U.S. But in 2013, LGBTQ issues only receive 0.26% of foundation dollars, which means only 26 cents of every 100 dollars. Further, approximately 43% of all foundation funding for LGBTQ issues were made by private foundations established by LGBTQ members themselves and public foundations that raise their funds primarily from LGBTQ donors, over the past 40 years until 2013.

The main causes of this inequality in funding for LGBTQ NPOs from the mainstream foundations are risk in funding LGBTQ NPOs, funder’s fear of resistance from supporters, lack of resources to prepare grant proposals within the LGBTQ community, and stereotype from funders about the LGBTQ community. On the other hand, there are also opportunities of funding for LGBTQ NPOs mainly from corporations when corporations try to correct the negative corporate image of being discriminative from the public. However, it can bring new challenges to LGBTQ NPOs, especially those focusing on public health issues in the LGBTQ community.