No one is truly free unless we are all free
The Other Foundation (tOF) 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 tOF being able to raise additional funds from other sources. More information about how we started can be found here.

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. The grant making process involved an innovative peer review exercise that gave meaningful expression to the identity of the Other Foundation as an LGBTI community foundation.

Click here to see a full list of grants that were allocated.

Click here to see who the peer reviewers were in the grant making process.

Send an email to admin@theotherfoundation to get a comprehensive report on the process that was used to decide about the grants to be allocated.

  Phumi MtetwaPhumi Mtetwa resigned from the Board of the Other Foundation in June 2014, after years of helping to establish the vision and support for the foundation, and serving as its founding chairperson. It was a hard but necessary decision. Phumi remains committed to contributing to efforts to maximise resources for queer movements in Africa and wishes the staff and board of the Foundation all the best in this regard.

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 tOF with close to ZAR4 million to give out as small grants to individuals and organisations across Southern Africa.

More information about the Southern African donor tour can be found here.

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.

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.