Participatory grantmaking encompasses a range of models, methods, challenges, and insights. At its core, this approach to funding cedes decision-making power about grants to the very communities impacted by funding decisions. This special collection gathers the experience and insights of funders who have shifted power and builds on the wisdom explored in the GrantCraft guide "Deciding Together: Shifting Power and Resources through Participatory Grantmaking".

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Advancing Trans* Movements Worldwide: Lessons from a Dialogue Between Funders and Activists Working on Gender Diversity

September 17, 2014

This report serves a number of purposes. The first is to capture the discussions and outcomes towards better coordination and collaboration on trans* and intersex funding. Included are concrete recommendations at the organizational level that could improve an individual donor's approach to funding on trans* and intersex issues, as well as ideas about how to collaboratively and strategically support these movements. The second purpose is to document the methodologyof organizing a donor/activist convening in a collaborative manner. The means to the end of improving the amount and quality of funding is critical. A collaborative process between donors and activists resulted in a meeting that is more relevant, and that builds the capacity of donorsand activists. The first two sections of this report outline the suggested next steps and actions coming out of the dialogue, and document the meeting methodology. They are followed by a number of sections that provide reflections on the different presentations and discussions thattook place over the two days. The report finishes with recommendations to donor organizations, and trans* and intersex activists and groups. 

Funding for Sex Worker Rights : Opportunities for Foundations to Fund More and Better

January 1, 2014

The Red Umbrella Fund, Mama Cash and the Open Society Foundations partnered together to map global grantmaking in support of sex worker rights. The research identified 56 foundations and NGOs that altogether invested a total of €8 million (US$11 million) in support of sex worker rights in 2013. This may sound like a lot to an individual organisation but it is just a fraction of overall spending on development and human rights. The report presents the Top 5 foundations investing in sex worker rights and highlights new trends and opportunities. Sex worker organisations share the main gaps in funding and provide recommendations to funders to increase ánd improve their grantmaking.