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Astraea Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, International, International Human Rights, Leadership Development, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ

Mission: Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice works for social, racial, and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Our grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights.

Results: In the 2011 fiscal year, Astraea awarded $1.5 million in grants to groups and individuals in 36 countries.

Target demographics: LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex) activist human rights and social change agent organizations, artists and arts organizations across the US and around the globe.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In fiscal year 2011, Astraea’s International Program awarded $725,322 to 55 groups across 45 cities in 36 countries, and our U.S. Grants Program awarded $823,368 to 52 groups and 5 individuals across 21 cities in 15 states in the U.S.

Programs: Grantmaking: Among the top ten LGBTQ grantmakers in the US and in the Global South and East, Astraea is fueling social change and cultural transformation by reinforcing the political leadership of lesbians, women, transgender people and people of color. In the 2011 fiscal year, Astraea awarded $1.5 million in grants to groups and individuals in 36 countries. Arts, Culture, and Education: Arts and culture are powerful tools that change hearts and minds. Astraea provides critical support to progressive artists and arts organizations around the world. Whether first-time filmmakers or award-winning novelists, slam poets or theater troupes, these unique and truthful voices are challenging, inspiring and connecting individuals, issues and communities. Philanthropic Advocacy: ASTRAEA'S REACH EXTENDS BEYOND DIRECT GRANTMAKING. A core tenet of our work includes leveraging resources and opportunities where they are most needed to abolish the inequities LGBTQI people experience around the world. We believe philanthropy must reflect equity in practice. Astraea engages in education, advocacy and collaboration to build a strong, cohesive, well-informed community of grantees, donors and funders. Just as we work to support the growth of organizations and projects, we also work to build relationships among social justice agents to increase our shared resources and knowledge.

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Rating: 5

A great organization. They fund struggling, grassroots LGBT organizations around the world, and they earned four stars from Charity Navigator. I find the stories of the organizations they fund very moving. Here's one of those stories, from an Astraea postcard: "When Selly Thiam saw the front page of the Chicago paper, she realized it was the first time she'd seen a story about an African lesbian. FannyAnn Eddy, founder and director of the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association, had been murdered. The news shook Selly deeply. Then a conversation with a friend of FannyAnn's changed her life. "I believe our silence allowed her to be murdered," Notisha Massaquoi told Selly, "She was so out and so public, speaking at the United Nations for the rights of queer Africans, and she was out there by herself." Selly quit her teaching job and launched None on Record...[w]ith funding from Astraea." None on Record is "continuing FannyAnn's struggle for the safety and freedom of all QLGBT Africans."