DataCenter Pioneers Community-Fortifying Research Project

DataCenter recently partnered up with Alice Y. Hom from Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and Anne Tamar-Mattis of Advocates for Informed Choice to facilitate “Closing the Resource Gap: Strategizing to Raise Funds in Diverse LGBTQI Communities,” a discussion at Money for Our Movements, the 2012 GIFT conference. More than 50 people filled the room from organizations like SONG, the Astrea Foundation, and CUAV to hear key data points from AAPIP’s Missed Opportunities and DataCenter’s Trans, Two-Spirit and Intersex Landscape Survey—a study commissioned by the ARCUS foundation.

Here are a couple findings from the studies:

Of the $93.5 million dollars in foundation grants to LGBTQI organizations, only 10% goes specifically to organizations serving people of color.

Roughly half of trans, two-spirit, and inter-sex organizations who participated in the survey are working on shoe-string budgets of $50,000 or less.

What’s your reaction? Participants were hardly surprised. The findings sparked conversation about opportunities such as strengthening individual donor programs and scaling back to ensure mission alignment, among other ideas.  This first-ever captured data provided a deeper understanding for a community so often made invisible… now that’s what we call research justice!

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