Global Trans Initiative
Launched in 2015, the GTI aimed to support “transgender activists and organizations, as well as work intended to ensure that all transgender people live in a world where they are recognized, valued, and supported by their families and in society.”
The project sought to help with the following goals prioritized by trans leaders:
- Increase awareness and understanding of the diversity, complexity, and intrinsic worth of transgender people, leading to acceptance and support among public and social institutions;
- Grow the number of pathways to economic opportunity and security for transgender people, ensuring their full legal and social equity, well-being, and safety; and
- Deepen the understanding of transgender-specific disparities in philanthropy and increase the number of funders integrating gender identity issues in their funding priorities
Learn more about the Global Trans Initiative’s impetus and goals.
In addition to Arcus’ own increased level of grantmaking to trans organizations, the Global Trans Initiative committed at least $20 million in trans-related funding—a goal it surpassed. The NoVo Foundation gave $1.125 million to the Fund for Trans Generations at Borealis Philanthropy. The International Trans Fund also launched during this period with $4.5 million from other funding partners, including philanthropist Mackenzie Scott, who also gave the Fund for Trans Generations its largest one-time gift as part of a larger constellation of grants driving racial, gender, and social justice.
Arcus continues to support trans-led organizations and grantmaking funds. Learn about Arcus’ Social Justice Program, and explore Arcus grants awarded since 2007.