LGBTQ funding has slowed, according to new report

LGBTQ | Funders for LGBTQ Issues has released its 2015 Tracking Report, which examines foundation giving for LGBTQ issues in 2015. The report found an increase in funding for transgender communities, grantmaking to address criminalization and criminal justice reform, and support for LGBTQ communities in the South. (Funders for LGBTQ Issues, 5/15)

The 2015 total of $160.7 million constitutes a 4.8 percent increase over the $153.2 million in LGBTQ funding awarded by foundations in 2014. While we are pleased to see the continued rise in LGBTQ funding, the rate of growth has slowed considerably compared to the prior year, when LGBTQ funding increased by 19 percent. The year 2015 saw an expansion of the number of funders supporting LGBTQ issues, but this expansion was partially offset by a handful of leading funders cutting back on their investments in LGBTQ communities, resulting in much more modest growth.

For the second time, we reviewed the grantmaking of 100 of the largest foundations, and found that only 41 of them had awarded even a single grant focused on LGBTQ issues.

SOCIAL JUSTICE | Congratulations to Mary E. McClymont, president and CEO of Public Welfare Foundation (and secretary of WRAG’s board of directors), for being recognized as a “Champion of Justice” by the Alliance for Justice! (PWF, 5/18)

– Truth Initiative’s CEO Robin Koval discusses the mission of her organization and its efforts to eradicate youth smoking. (Chronicle, 5/19)

– Maryland has awarded its first license to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes. (WaPo, 5/17)

EDUCATION | Some District schools are facing funding cuts in the upcoming fiscal year. (WaPo, 5/18)

– The DC Council is considering two bills to increase affordable housing in the city. (Washington Times, 5/17)

Related: One of the programs mentioned in the article is WRAG’s partnership with Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Our Region, Your Investment, which to date has raised over $11 in impact investments for affordable housing in the region.

– Arlington County banned townhouses in 1938 and residents are still dealing with its impact today. (GGWash, 5/17)

BUDGETTax increase for vital projects in Manassas, but will even more taxes be needed? (InsideNOVA, 5/19)

Social Sector Job Openings 

Democracy Program Manager | Funder’s Committee for Civic Participation – New!
Program Assistant | Public Welfare Foundation
Communications Manager | Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
Director of Communications | de Beaumont Foundation
Program Coordinator, Grants and Selection | Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
Director of Programmatic Initiatives | Fight For Children
Major Gift Officer–DC | Urban Teachers
Program Analyst | Clark Charitable Foundation, Inc.
Market Coordinator, Community Affairs Mid-Atlantic | Capital One
Director of Community Engagement | Association of American Medical Colleges
Director of Data Services | GuideStar USA, Inc.

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