Arcus Foundation

Introduction

The Arcus Foundation is a charitable foundation with offices in the United States and the United Kingdom, established in 2000 by Jon Stryker. Guided by the vision of the founder and the shared commitment to the global human rights and conservation movements, the Arcus Foundation partners with experts and advocates for change to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) people and apes thrive in a world where social and environmental justice, and respect and dignity for all are a reality.

International programmes serving developing countries include Social Justice and Great Apes & Gibbons.

The Arcus Foundation has been sharing its data on commitments and disbursements with the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate since 2018, covering its grant making back to 2015.

Private development finance

In 2017, the Arcus Foundation provided USD 15.4 million in private development finance through standard grants.

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All of the foundation’s funding was provided bilaterally. However, 0.2% of the total was implemented by multilateral organisations (multi-bi/non-core contributions).

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In 2017, USD 12.4 million (80.4%) of the foundation’s activities was channelled to/through civil society organisations (CSOs) and USD 1.3 million (8.6%) to/through universities, colleges or other teaching institutions, research institutes or think tanks. Moreover, USD 0.8 million (5.1%) was channelled to/through networks and public-private partnerships, and USD 0.6 million (4.0%) through other private sector institutions. See the methodological notes for further details on channels of delivery.

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In 2017, the foundation’s financing was primarily focused on Africa and Asia. USD 7.2 million (46.7%) was allocated to south of Sahara Africa and USD 3.9 million (25.6%) to Far East Asia.

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In 2017, 39.9% of the Arcus Foundation’s activities was concentrated on its top 10 recipients. Support to fragile contexts reached USD 4.8 million in 2017 (31.3%).

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In 2017, 24.0% of the Arcus Foundation’s financing (USD 3.7 million) was allocated to the least developed countries (LDCs), followed by lower middle-income countries (22.2%), noting that 41.7% was unallocated by income group.

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In 2017, 49.7% of the foundation’s activities was allocated to multi-sector/cross-cutting objectives, for a total of USD 7.3 million, with a strong focus on biodiversity, and 48.5% (USD 7.1 million) was allocated to government and civil society, particularly in support of human rights (LGBTQ).

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USD 7.1 million of the foundation’s activities supported gender equality. In 2017, 49.3% of the Arcus Foundation’s sector-allocable aid had gender equality and women’s empowerment as a principal or significant objective. The Arcus Foundation’s aid to government and civil society (LGBTQ rights) focused on gender equality.

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USD 7.3 million of the Arcus Foundation’s activities supported the environment. In 2017, 50.6% of its sector-allocable aid supported the environment, and biodiversity in particular.

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Additional resources

The Arcus Foundation: https://www.arcusfoundation.org

Role of philanthropy in financing for development: www.oecd.org/development/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/beyond-oda-foundations.htm

OECD CRS database, Private philanthropy for development: https://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=DV_DCD_PPFD

Reporting to the OECD since 2018.

Arcus Foundation