Arcus Foundation

	<strong>Arcus Foundation grantees are working in 27 countries around the world, affecting the lives of millions of people. </strong></p>

What We Support

Arcus Foundation grantees are working in 27 countries around the world, affecting the lives of millions of people. 

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The Arcus Foundation's social justice program focuses on maximizing impact in its three program areas: International Human Rights; United States; Global Religion.

The Foundation invites inquiries from organizations with projects falling under these areas. For more information on the submitting an inquiry, click the links below:

  1. Grant Forms
  2. Grantee Resources

Awarded Grants

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
New York, NY $680,000

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Social Justice Program

The Arcus Foundation’s social justice strategy aims to enable individuals and families of every sexual orientation and gender identity, race, and ethnicity to live their lives with dignity and respect, and express their love and sense of self wherever they are in the world.

Building on the successes of the United States LGBT rights movement, and mindful of the uneven progress made so far, the social justice strategy has three interdependent areas of focus:

Learn More: How to apply for Arcus funding

International Human Rights

Working on national, regional, and international levels, Arcus contributes to the development of a global movement integrating sexual orientation and gender identity into shared conceptions of human rights.

United States

Arcus’ U.S. social justice strategy works at the intersection of sexual/gender justice, racial justice, and economic justice, investing primarily in youth, communities of color, and targeted faith communities, with special priority for youth of color, transgender populations, and work by and for affected communities.

Global Religions

Arcus' Global Religions program connects leaders within targeted communities--particularly in countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and among Muslim communities, U.S. communities of color, transgender populations, and evangelical communities--with religious bodies, international human rights agencies, and grassroots organizations to increase inclusion of LGBT people within local, regional, national, and international forums.

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Stories of Impact

Uniting for Social Change

Leaders from several Kalamazoo nonprofits have been given a unique opportunity to look beyond immediate needs and work for long-term change through the Arcus Foundation’s Michigan Racial and Economic Justice Initiative. Read more >>

Liberation through Religion: A Conversation with Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum’s life traces the arc of the LGBT rights movement. Today, as the rabbi of the largest LGBT synagogue in the world, she is one of the country’s preeminent religious voices for progressive values. Read more >>