The number of foundation grants and the total amount given to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning issues set new records in 2013, according to a report released this month by Funders for LGBTQ Issues.
The report found that U.S. foundations in 2013 awarded 4,152 grants to organizations and programs focused on LGBTQ issues, totaling $129 million, a 6.3% increase over 2012.
In addition, foundations granted $15.7 million to public foundations and other intermediaries for re-granting to LGBTQ entities, up $3 million from 2012.
Total LGBTQ grant making in 2013 amounted to $144.8 million, with re-granted dollars included.
Some 12% of LGBTQ funding was re-granted through an intermediary or funding collaborative, “demonstrating an exceptional degree of collaboration and coordination among LGBTQ funders,” the report said.
The report’s research found that foundation funding for LGBTQ issues had grown by more than 250% over the past decade, while foundation funding generally had grown by 75% over the same period.
In 2013, it found, grant making for LGBTQ issues grew by 6.3%, while foundation funding in general grew by 5.6%.