We give priority to LGBTQ communities that have been pushed to the margins based on racial, gender or economic status in specific countries in the Americas and Africa, where evidence suggests potential for concrete change over a 10 year period.
Social Justice GoalsThe Social Justice Program envisions a world in which all LGBTQ people live with dignity, safety, and opportunity in inclusive communities and societies. We realize this vision by supporting initiatives under three goals (see below):
1. Increased safety for LGBTQ people;
2. Increased LGBTQ-affirming protections; and
3. Increased inclusion and acceptance of LGBTQ people. For each of the goals, our grantmaking addresses the following areas:
- Cross-movement collaboration and coordination;
- Establishment of durable networks, especially among the most marginalized communities;
- Efforts led by and for the communities most affected;
- Initiatives led by faith, trans, and other groups with less access to resources and who are marginalized within LGBTQ communities;
- Inclusion of those most marginalized in decision-making and organizational leadership; and
- Work that increases the political power of constituencies to influence change through civic engagement and democratic participation.
Geographic Focus Areas
To achieve the greatest impact with the foundation’s finite resources, Arcus has identified priority areas within the Americas and Africa.
- Southern United States; Arizona, California (Central Valley), Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, North Carolina.
- East and Southern Africa; Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda.
- The Caribbean, South and Central America; El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago.