Arcus Foundation

The Arcus Foundation is a charitable foundation with offices in the United States and the United Kingdom, established in 2000 by Jon Stryker.

The Arcus Foundation aims to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people as well as great apes and gibbons thrive in a world where social and environmental justice, and respect and dignity for all are a reality. It partners with experts and advocates for change that supports global human rights and conservation movements. International programmes serving developing countries include Social Justice and Great Apes & Gibbons.

The Arcus Foundation provided USD 19.2 million for development in 2020 through its grantmaking activities. Compared to 2019, this amount represents an increase of 26% in real terms.

In 2020, the Arcus Foundation provided USD 100 000 to the multilateral system as earmarked contributions to the Organisation of American States.

See the section on Geographic and thematic focus for the geographical and thematic breakdown of bilateral allocations earmarked through the multilateral development system.

In 2020, the Arcus Foundation channelled its grants mostly through non-governmental organisations.

Most of these contributions were provided as project-type interventions and technical assistance such as capacity building, organisational effectiveness and research grants, while 16% was extended as core support.

In 2020, the Arcus Foundation’s development finance was primarily focused on Africa (USD 9.5 million) and Asia (USD 4.5 million), accounting respectively for 50% and 23% of gross bilateral contributions. Fourteen per cent of gross development finance was unspecified by region in 2020, mainly including multi-regional programmes and core support.

In 2020, the top recipients of the Arcus Foundation’s grants included Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Africa.

Least developed countries received USD 5.2 million (27%) of the Arcus Foundation’s gross disbursements in 2020. Still, the Arcus Foundation allocated the highest share of its development finance (37%) to middle-income countries in 2020, noting that 36% was unallocated by income group.

In 2020, 37% of the Arcus Foundation’s contributions were allocated to social infrastructure and services and 61% to multi-sector and cross-cutting issues. In terms of sector, the Arcus Foundation’s largest allocations went to general environmental protection (conservation of great apes) and government and civil society (rights of LGBTQ communities).

In terms of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Arcus Foundation committed most of its contributions to SDG 15 (life of land) as well as SDG 5 (gender equality), SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) and SDG 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions).

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The methodological notes provide further details on the definitions and statistical methodologies applied, including core and earmarked contributions to multilateral organisations, the SDG focus of private development finance, channels of delivery, unspecified/unallocated allocations, the gender equality policy marker, and the environment markers.

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