Transforming Movements Fund

Background

The Transforming Movements Fund (TMF) supports the bridging role that LGBTQ leaders are playing across movements, helping movements be more connected, inclusive, and thus more powerful. To do this, the TMF supports individual LGBTQ leaders, as well as the organizations where they make their political homes.

The Fund was started in 2015 and grew out of the recognition that LGBTQ young people have a long history of pushing movements to embrace the intersections of identities and the necessity of alliances. Since its launch, we have invested $4.9 million in 44 organizations and 37 young leaders.

The TMF supports grantees who deeply understand that the issues we are confronting as a society, whether that’s community safety or reproductive justice or immigrant rights, do not exist in isolation from each other. The leaders and organizations we fund are on the frontlines of challenging interlocking and intersecting systems of oppression. Cross-issue organizing makes systemic change more impactful and long-lasting.

The TMF is a collaborative effort of the Arcus Foundation, Cricket Island Foundation, Ford Foundation, Foundation for a Just Society, The Overbrook Foundation, and Anonymous Donors.

Grantmaking Model

We provide general operating support grants in order to provide grantees with the most flexibility possible in conducting programmatic work. Additionally, we provide resources for leadership development, organizational development, and peer learning.

We also provide leadership development support through the Young Trans Women of Color (YTWOC) grantmaking program, which invests in trans leaders who are organizing across movements and issues.

Funding Priorities

The TMF supports grassroots organizing to achieve systemic and culture change. We support local, regional, and national organizations and networks working across intersections of LGBTQ liberation, racial justice, and gender justice.

See our grantees page for further examples of organizations supported by this fund.

The TMF does not currently accept unsolicited requests for support.

Supporting the Transforming Movements Fund

If you are a foundation or a donor interested in learning about how you can make a contribution to the TMF or become a partner in the fund, please fill out this contact form or email TMF@borealisphilanthropoy.org and our team will get back to you. If you are an individual seeking to support this important work, we encourage you to consider donating directly to one or more of our grantees.