Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Philanthropic Closet - How many LGBTQ people work in philanthropy?

This week, Funders for LGBTQ Issues released findings from a survey of nearly 1000 people who work at foundations.

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Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Among its findings, 16% of respondents identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and 2% identified as genderqueer, transgender, or gender non-conforming. However, a majority (53%) have not disclosed their LGBTQ identity at work. Those who serve on the board or as CEO are more likely to be "out" than those working as program staff or in other positions, where about 35% of staff have disclosed their identity to colleagues. (As the study notes, for comparison, about half of workers in the corporate sector have disclosed their identity at work.) Additional research may shed light on whether and why LGBTQ workers don't feel comfortable being out at their foundations, and what implications that may have for who serves in those roles and how grantee projects are evaluated. 

-@josephwmead

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/nonprofit/2018/10/the-philanthropic-closet-how-many-lgbtq-people-work-in-philanthropy.html

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Contrast these figures with the annual Gallup survey asking people to self-assess their sexual orientation: https://news.gallup.com/poll/234863/estimate-lgbt-population-rises.aspx

Posted by: Michael L. Wyland | Oct 18, 2018 5:04:45 AM

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