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 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.

Vacancies: Call for Applications

The Foundation is looking for a diverse selection of talented, self motivated, innovative, highly skilled, and well-networked southern African people with a commitment to excellence and a proven track record in the fields of social justice, human rights, and philanthropy to appoint to the following positions: Head of Programmes: The successful candidate will lead, manage, and take responsibility for the conceptualization and effective development, planning, and implementation of programmes that give expression to the mission and purpose of the Foundation across a wide range of content areas. Public Engagement Manager: The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating the Foundation’s public fundraising campaign and other special projects that may arise from time to time, such as donor tours. Finance Manager: The successful candidate will ensure the provision of a high quality of high level financial management services.   Interested candidates should email a letter of motivation and a curriculum vitae with the names and contact details of three referees to admin@theotherfoundation.org clearly indicating the position for which you are applying in the email subject line. The closing date for applications is Friday, 7 November 2014. The Foundation is based in Johannesburg. All posts are contract based. The ability to communicate in English is a requirement. The ability to communicate in French and/or Portuguese as well will give candidates an advantage. Find out more at www.theotherfoundation.org. The Foundation reserves the right not to make any appointments to fill the advertised vacancies. Click here to read the full call for applications

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 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.

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.