On Tuesday, two foundations pledged $20 million over 5 years to organizations in the transgender movement, an unprecedented donation for a historically underfinanced cause. From 2011 through 2013, transgender groups raised only $13.6 million total, but over the next five years the Arcus Foundation, a social justice and human rights group, will contribute $15 million; the NoVO Foundation, a girls’ and women’s group will give $1 million, and a coalition of other foundations will contribute an additional $4 million. Representatives from Arcus said the donation would be awarded on top of the $1.7 million they granted to transgender-specific issues this year, and that the group would also be continuing their normal baseline funding of organizations. Much of the new money will go to small groups with budgets of $100,000 or less, and the rest will increase the capacity of larger groups to support their long-term sustainability. Trans people are far likelier to live in poverty, be unemployed or homeless, and discriminated against in the workplace or housing markets compared to normative peers, and homicides of transgender women in the U.S. have doubled in the past year.
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