Everyone should be free to live a safe and dignified life, have a family and make their contribution to society. The Other Foundation works to change the views, practices and institutions that prevent people – because of who they are or who they love – from being able to do that in southern Africa. We gather support for those who are working to protect and advance the rights, wellbeing and social inclusion of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities – and we give support in a smart way that helps groups to work better for lasting change.
Churches play a big part in shaping people’s beliefs, moral judgements, and actions. The KwaZulu-Natal Council of Churches (KZNCC) recognizes this responsibility. To prevent homophobic discrimination, exclusion, and violence, it has sent out fieldworkers to hold community dialogues about sexuality and spirituality.
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Young lesbians in southern Africa navigate intersecting racial, cultural, gendered, sexual, generational, religious and professional identities. Being in the midst of this nexus that reflects several layers of oppression can be very disempowering. Organisations such as Women’s Leadership Centre (WLC) in Namibia are supporting young lesbians to develop greater self-awareness, solidarity, and resilience.
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Our Mission

The Other Foundation is an African trust dedicated to advancing human rights in Southern Africa, with a particular focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. Our primary purpose is to expand resources available to defend and advance the rights and well-being of LGBTI people in the Southern African region. We do this by working both as a grant-maker and a fundraiser. Read our full mission statement here. The Atlantic Philanthropies has provided a generous start-up grant over a five-year period to cover all operational costs, subject to the Foundation being able to raise additional funds from other sources. More information about how we started can be found here.

 

Our Grant-Making

The Foundation is pleased to announce the outcomes of its inaugural round of grant making. The Foundation allocated 32 grants, totaling around ZAR3.1 million, for work that will advance the rights and improve the well-being of LGBTI people in Southern Africa. Organisations and individuals were given grants ranging from ZAR10,000 to ZAR500,000. Click here to see a full list of grants that were allocated. The Other Foundation wanted its first grant making initiative to be a truly transparent and participatory process. Rather than consider grant proposals entirely on its own, the foundation’s board asked the public to nominate a panel of peer reviewers to help review and assess grant applications. The 12 peer reviewers chosen formed a diverse group from six countries in southern Africa. They worked in four teams, each facilitated by a board member, to decide which projects to recommend for funding. This gave meaningful expression to the identity of The Other Foundation as an LGBTI community foundation. Click here to see who the peer reviewers were in the grant making process.Click here to see a report about the development, implementation, and outcomes of this unique grant making process. The report will be of interest to foundations and philanthropists interested in more accountable and transparent ways of making grants.

 

Our Fund Raising

The funds for the pilot grant-making initiative have come from personal gifts from 18 individual donors who visited South Africa early this year to find out more about the amazing work that activists are doing to defend and advance the rights of LGBTI people in Southern Africa. The Atlantic Philanthropies matched the funds raised from this donor tour, providing The Other Foundation with close to ZAR4 million to give out as small grants to individuals and organisations across Southern Africa.  We will be launching a range of fundraising initiatives in 2014. All funds that are raised will go to programming and grant-making as our operational costs are fully covered by the Atlantic Philanthropies for the next five years.

 

Your Questions

We would love to hear from you if you have any questions or comments. Answers to some frequently asked questions about The Other Foundation are answered here. Please contact us either by email, phone, or letter. Details of how to do that are on our Contact Us page.

Alice Mogwe

Human rights activist with a legal background. Active in church groups that promote greater understanding of diversity and human rights in a multi-cultural context.

Hugo Canham

Counseling psychologist and senior psychology lecturer. Former director of the transformation and employment equity office of Wits University.

Patricia Watson

Educationalist interested in the use of new technologies and a leadership coach. Technical support director in the South African government’s basic education department.

Xhanti Payi

Economist, policy researcher, and entrepreneur with a corporate and investment banking background. Print media columnist on social and economic development issues.

Bella Matambanadzo

Print, radio and television journalist with a strong commitment to amplifying the concerns of women. Media freedom activist.

Shaun Samuels

Organisational development, monitoring and evaluation, and project design specialist. Researcher and consultant on philanthropy development.

Neville Gabriel

African philanthropy development practitioner, experienced grant maker, economic justice activist, and civil society strategist with a track record in establishing successful organisations. Chief executive officer of The Other Foundation.

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The Other Foundation is grateful for the support it has received from

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Hugo CANHAM (South Africa) • Isabella MATAMBANADZO (Zimbabwe) • Alice MOGWE (Botswana) • Xhanti PAYI (South Africa) • Shaun SAMUELS (South Africa) • Patricia WATSON (South Africa) • Neville GABRIEL (CEO)
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