MAP provides answers to these and other questions so that supporters of LGBT equality can have a better understanding of the overall strength, capacity, and operations of the LGBT movement. As the political landscape changes for LGBT equality, tracking these trends moving forward will be crucial for understanding the financial health and stability of the movement.
Each year, MAP releases the National Movement Report, a comprehensive and standardized look at the finances for the LGBT movement across 40 major LGBT advocacy organizations. This year, the 2018 National Movement Report analyzes the first full year under the Trump administration, as well as budget projections for 2018.
The report finds that, at the end of Fiscal Year 2017, the participating organizations remain efficient, focused on providing vital programs and services, and are supported by a diverse range of revenue sources.
Not only has the total combined 2017 revenue for the participating organizations increased by 13% since 2016 (totaling $269.7 million), but also this is the largest year-to-year increase in the past five years. Additionally, cumulative in-kind contributions increased by 52%, with multiple organizations reporting that the bulk of these increases were due to donated legal services to advance equality and counter the harmful and discriminatory policies of the Trump administration.
We have seen continued attacks on the nation’s most vulnerable populations, including the LGBT community. It is encouraging to see the rise in support of LGBT movement organizations; however, these resources are sorely needed. As the administration rolls back important nondiscrimination protections for transgender Americans, as states advance efforts to expand religious exemption laws that allow discrimination, and with the shift in the Supreme Court, LGBT people are increasingly vulnerable, and the work of LGBT organizations is critical.