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 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.
Call for Nominations of Trustees
- Be in good standing in their professional fields and/or in networks focused on sexual orientation. gender identity, and philanthropy in southern Africa;
- Have a southern Africa regional perspective on human rights, social justice, and philanthropy development;
- Have strong networks related to the advancement of the rights, wellbeing, and social inclusion of LGBTI people and/or philanthropy;
- Have a demonstrated track record of leadership in their fields of engagement;
- Be able to dedicate a substantial amount of time to the governance of the Foundation on a voluntary basis;
- Be resident in the southern Africa region; and
- Offer the possibility, through their involvement as trustees, of expanding the Foundation’s human rights, social justice, and funding networks in sectors that have not traditionally been engaged.
- Has a good mix of financial, legal, strategic, and fundraising competencies;
- Broadly reflects the diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities in the region, including heterosexual people;
- Has members from several different countries in the region;
- Includes people from different sectors in the public, private, and social fields such as sports, social movements, the arts, business, religion, the media, government, and academies;
- Brings together an inter-generational mix of trustees; and
- Positions the Foundation as a dynamic, innovative, leading agency in the field.
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.
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.