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10. Conference Rainbow Philanthropy 2019

“Sport Disrupted: Sex_uality Matters”

October 30 – 31, 2019, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin, Germany

In cooperation with Discover Football

Sport is about performance only, so sports organisations claim, and sports policies promote ‘sports for all‘. Yet, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics still affect participation. Grassroots and nonprofit LGBTIQ initiatives, activist athletes, sports policy makers and social scientists will discuss

  • effects of sports gender binary and heteronormativity on amateur and professional athletes
  • consequences of homophobia / transphobia / interphobia on the daily lives of amateurs and professionals
  • sports as tool for empowering LBGTIQ people
  • visions and possibilities for an inclusive and non-binary sports world
  • challenges for and the meaning of ‘fair’ competition
  • lessons to learn from non-binary grass roots sports and LGBTIQ projects

This conference addresses the role of SOGIESC in sports in the light of current restrictions on human rights and in hope of a more inclusive future.

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Donor Post-Conference

November 1, 2019, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin, Germany

In Kooperation mit The Global Philanthropy Project

The post-conference is an international donor consultation focused on sports and LGBTIQ issues, convening key public and private funders, donor governments, corporate funders, high net worth individual donors, thought leaders, and other partners. Together, we invite you to reflect on the conference and strategize with other grantmakers committed to more equitable and fair sport for all.

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How to be a philanthropic game changer:

Donor activist Ise Bosch to release new book Transformative Philanthropy in July 2018

Transformative Philanthropy – Giving with Trust is a book about privilege, power, and access. Together with co-authors Justus Eisfeld and Claudia Bollwinkel, Ise Bosch reflects on ten years of holistic grant making and impact investments by Dreilinden gGmbH, while also providing an in-depth look at her own method of transformative philanthropy. The book is illustrated with photographs by Muholi, a South African artist who has received worldwide attention for their artwork and activism.

The book features the voices of cooperation partners and participants of the projects backed by Dreilinden ‒ precisely the people who have personal experience of Bosch’s approach to supporting social movements around the world.

Her book offers a new view on philanthropy and its possibilities for impact. This is how Bosch describes her vision: “I would like to see more people working together, including those with more and with less power. I would like there to be more bridges, and hopefully once again more egalitarian societies. This is why I say ‘yes’ to the power that is available to me – while I am not saying ‘yes’ to the exclusion of others from power.”

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9. Conference Rainbow Philanthropy 2017

LGBTI* human rights work in Russia


Civil society in Russia is increasingly under pressure. Civil engagement by and on behalf of lesbian, gays, bisexuals, trans*, inter*, and gender non-conforming (LGBTI*) persons, in particular, is increasingly curtailed – amongst others by state measures.

German and international donors and organisations met on the premises of Heinrich Boell Foundation to discuss this shrinking space. At first, preliminary data of the new study ‘Rainbow Philanthropy 4’ was presented. The study will be launched in spring 2018. After an introduction to the conference’s topic with a situation report, participants discussed common strategies and possible solutions in several workshops. Inputs of several stakeholders rounded off this work intense meeting.

In the end, the results were summed up on a cautiously positive note: despite difficulties, the situation is not hopeless; on the level of personal relations, especially, small but steady progress can be made.

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Working Paper “Let me be me!“

Better Care for LGBTI* Children


In this working paper for iNGOs, Dreilinden presents the essential demands of the 8th Rainbow Philanthropy Conference addressing LGBTI* children in development cooperation: to carry out research and provide more data, listen to children‘s voices, identify promising practices, and share resources. The paper is a collaboration with SOS Children‘s Villages International and Keeping Children Safe (KCS) and provides three sections:

Research and Tools, including the legal human rights context, an analysis from KCS’s survey on institutional readiness, and workshop results from the 8th Rainbow Philanthropy Conference.

Interviews: Five young LGBT* care leavers speak about their experiences; two managers of alternative care and children‘s rights organisations present their views on LGBTI* children and approaches to improve care for gender non-conforming children and youth.

Promising Practices: Save the Children International in Vietnam’s work with LGBT street youth, and the response of SOS Children‘s Villages Argentina and Tunisia to LGBTI* children and staff.