Creating a sustainable funding base for LGBTQI organizations in Asia and the Pacific: A Conversation

By March 13, 2024 March 15th, 2024 Learning, Showcase

According to the 2019–2020 Global Resources Report: Government & Philanthropic Support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Communities 

  • LGBTQI funding for Asia and the Pacific was about US$28,260,763,
  • Funds focused on Asia and the Pacific decreased by about US$3.2 million and accounted for 5 percent of the global total, decreasing from 6 percent in the previous report.
  • Increases in funding focused on the issue of Humanitarian Response and the sub-issues of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Suicide Prevention; and 
  • Community Building/Empowerment follow a broader trend and are due in part to increased humanitarian need and response across LGBTI philanthropy.

In partnership with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a well-known US-based organization that has been fighting for LGBTQI equality and inclusion since 1980, and have been able to diversify its funding base through different initiatives have agreed to share their knowledge with APCOM members.

Objectives:

  • Learn from HRC experience on their fundraising initiatives that have worked in the context of the US
  • Ignite conversation on initiatives and strategies that LGBTQI organizations in Asia and the Pacific have implemented and/or thinking of doing in the future

“We’re operating on the principle of taking the fear out of fundraising. We want it to be light-hearted, something that you enjoy doing and that it becomes part of what you do being an activist.” 

David Yu (he/him/his)
Senior Development Officer – Major Gifts
HRC

“This is the fun part right? I think if we’re going to fundraise we have to do it in the community and we have to do it in a sense of purpose right? I think working at HRC it gives us a sense of purpose and we’re excited to be sharing any lessons that we have gathered with you all” 

Jennifer Bobb (she/her/hers)
Senior Director, Membership Operations and Fundraising
HRC

“This gives me a reflection and ideas on how we can do that [in Cambodia], so it has moved my way of fundraising and I agree. I agree that we’re not born a fundraiser, but those experiences, our passion, the story that we work to change – those are good for fundraising.” 

Kunthea (she/her),
RoCK, Cambodia

This is my recommendation [to APCOM] – if you could continue this conversation beyond these two hours, you could have frequent conversations because we have a lot to learn [on fundraising].”

Rohit Sakar (he/him)
Sattava, India

“What we face in Japan is that people in general are not interested in politics, and also many companies do not support organisations like us that do lobbying and political activities. How do you change companies and people’s mind to support organisations like us? 

Akira (she/her),
J-ALL, Japan 

“My question is how to find effective and efficient ways to manage individual donors and how do we analyze what we need with that situation? Thank you.”

Ardi (he/him),
Suara Kita, Indonesia 

Agenda: 

TimeItem Lead
10 minsWelcome and Introduction to  the SessionMidnight (he/him)Executive Director APCOM
30 mins HRC experience presentationJennifer Bobb (she/her/hers)
Senior Director, Membership Operations and FundraisingHRC
David Yu (he/him/his)Senior Development Officer – Major GiftsHRC
30 minsQ & A and Participants reflectionsFacilitated discussions Midnight (he/him)Executive Director APCOM
10 minsLast words from HRCJennifer Bobb (she/her/hers)
Senior Director, Membership Operations and FundraisingHRC
David Yu (he/him/his)Senior Development Officer – Major GiftsHRC
10 mins Thank you, Group Photos, and Close Midnight (he/him)Executive Director APCOM

Thank you so much also to the following HRC staff for supporting this collaboration

Jean Freedberg (she/her)
Director of Global Partnerships

Alex Schyllander (they/them)
Global Partnerships Program Manager


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