Funders

The Ford Foundation believes that “all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them.” The Ford Foundation works to advance the rights of LGBT individuals in the economic, social, and political spheres of society. Some initiatives include expanding support bases and raising awareness; fighting for non-discrimination laws; building strong leadership in communities and regions; and striving for protection from violence and maltreatment. The Ford Foundation has been a major supporter of OutRight Action International for over a decade and a half, providing significant support towards increasing the capacity of the global LGBTI movement to document human rights violations and to advance antidiscrimination laws, among other efforts.

 

The Open Society Foundations work to “advance human rights and justice around the world by advocating [for] equality for minorities and women, supporting international war crimes tribunals, and helping institute national legal reforms to ensure freedom of information, promote sentencing alternatives, and protect the rights of criminal defendants” among other initiatives. The Open Society Foundations have been major supporters of OutRight Action International for over a decade and a half, providing significant general operating support during that time.

 

The Arcus Foundation respects “the worth and dignity of all life.” The Foundation “value[s] freedom—liberty, justice, and full citizenship for all people worldwide—and diversity of thought, people, and ideas.” Arcus works with “target communities, specifically [in] the Islamic world, U.S. communities of color, and the Global South.” The Foundation focuses on supporting “positive religious leaders and advocates” and on fighting the “abuse of religion to deny protection to LGBT people.” Arcus prioritizes “catalyzing support from other funders and sectors, investment in Global South leadership and voices, and transgender populations and concerns,” among others. The Arcus Foundation has been a major supporter of OutRight Action International for close to a decade, funding important initiatives to empower LGBTI activists in the Global South.

 

The Overbrook Foundation is “a progressive family foundation that supports organizations advancing human rights,” including by “building the reproductive justice movement and advancing marriage equality for same-sex couples.” The Overbrook Foundation has been a significant supporter of OutRight Action International for over a decade. They have funded OutRight’s work in Latin America, including most recently the second annual Caribbean Women’s Conference in Suriname, a Security and Mental Health workshop in Guyana, and other projects.

 

Levi Strauss & Co. “supports progressive leaders and organizations that take risks and innovate as they address the most pressing social issues of our time, including HIV/AIDS and human rights.” Levi Strauss & Co. has been a significant supporter of OutRight Action International with a particular interest in supporting our efforts to document human rights violations globally and to advocate within multilateral institutions such as the UN and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

 

The Calamus Foundation supports organizations that “promote and support [the LGBT community’s] formation, growth, identity, general wellbeing and social and legal rights.” The Calamus Foundation has recently joined as a generous supporter by providing us with general operating funds.

 

PARC Foundation strengthens communities in need by serving as a catalyst for the development and promotion of contemporary art and architecture. PARC Foundation generously supports OutRight with general operating funding.