100 Members in year One

The Channel opened its virtual doors in December 2016.

We have always had a goal of reaching 100 Members in Year One. Crunch time is nigh (we want to get there by 31 December 2017!), and we're at 92 Members :-O

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Will you help us reach our goal of 100 Members in Year One?

It's easy - just head over to the Membership page and follow the prompts.

The Channel is Australia's first LGBTQIA+ Giving Circle

People join as Members, we pool Member donations and together, through a democratic decision making process, decide where to distribute the collective funds in the form of grants to LGBTQIA+ community projects.

We've done a lot in 12 months. We've given grants to three LGBTQIA+ community projects:

Pride in Care received $5,000: An advocacy, education and leadership organisation lead by same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse young people with an out of home care experience (that’s young people who have lived in foster care, residential care or kinship care).

A Clever Label received $10,000: An interactive, immersive documentary experience exposing the influence of the Australian Christian Lobby on our democracy and its impacts on LGBTQIA+ people.

StartOut Australia received $5,000: An online mentoring platform for LGBTQIA+ young people. With almost 85 mentors on board, they put role models in the palms of the hands of young regional and rural LGBTQIA+ people to promote positive mental health.

We've also run events to bring our community together to learn about collective philanthropy and the opportunities and challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community in Australia and globally.

Be a part of the solution to the ongoing inequality experienced by the LGBTQIA+ community in Australia. Help us reach 100 Members in Year One:

Philanthropy is the one major reform left.

Yes, I said it- marriage equality isn’t the major outstanding reform left for Australia, LGBTI philanthropy is. As we debate LGBTI reforms in Australia, with marriage equality remaining front of mind, it is important to note that Australia has actually had a long history of progressive regulatory and legislative reforms, the majority of which were bipartisan.

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Who is Keith Haring?

Due to the extra challenges people from LGBTQIA+ communities have faced, and continue to face, there aren’t too many queer philanthropists kicking about in the history (aka cis, straight, white, male-story) books. If we were to count the philanthropists written about in said books who were in the proverbial closet the numbers may sky rocket, but I guess we will never know.

Because we have two types of grants and Memberships at The Channel (tax-deductible and non tax-deductible) we needed to distinguish between them. Since 'non tax-deductible' hardly rolls off the tongue, we thought this would be a good opportunity to pay homage to the rare and enigmatic beast that is the queer philanthropist.

Enter: Haring Grants and Memberships

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LGBTI Funding in Context

When we talk about LGBTI funding, what springs to mind?

In the context of Australia today we hear much about fundraising for marriage equality, and right now the “yes” campaign is the most immediate and visible.  Looking back further into our Australian history we see the rise of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, and a plethora of HIV/AIDS organisations for advocacy, support, treatment and beyond. However, how do we compare to international LGBTI funding? What is our specific context, and how does it differ from the overseas environment?

Let’s start with an understanding as to how little funding goes to LGBTI equality matters generally. And how the small amount that is raised is disproportionately distributed and benefits only a few developed countries.

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