Who We Are

About Astraea

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the only philanthropic organization working exclusively to advance LGBTQI human rights around the globe. We support brilliant and brave grantee partners in the U.S. and internationally who challenge oppression and seed change. We work for racial, economic, social, and gender justice, because we all deserve to live our lives freely, without fear, and with dignity.

 


In pursuing our mission, we raise and disburse funds to programs and initiatives that directly benefit or serve our diverse constituencies; expand the community of individuals and institutions that support lesbian and trans issues; promote community-building, capacity building, and movement-building; and educate individuals about money, philanthropic giving, and the role of grantmaking in achieving common goals.

Our mission is based is on an enduring commitment to feminism, progressive social change and an end to all forms of exploitation and discrimination. We support programs and policies that strive to eliminate oppression based on race, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic exploitation, physical and mental ability, anti-Semitism, and other such factors. Only through action will we build a world of peace and justice for lesbians, and for society as a whole.

HOW WE BEGAN

Astraea is a multi-gendered, multiracial, multi-identity organization that grew from a lesbian feminist vision. Honoring our legacy, we are uncompromising in our vision of rights for all, continuing to uphold strong values such as belief in self-determination, community empowerment, movement building, and building across issues and generations.

Astraea was founded in 1977 by a small group of multi-racial, multi-class women in order to address the lack of funding for women-specifically lesbians and women of color. They believed that even the smallest of gestures, when combined, could create, nurture and strengthen significant social change. And they were right.

The first grantmaker to hundreds of organizations, Astraea plays a catalytic role for LGBTQI organizations across the globe. By seeding nascent ideas, groups, and movements, these initial grants have grown into long-term partnerships and coalitions.

Philanthropy of Inclusion

Central to Astraea’s core values is a Philanthropy of Inclusion—our belief that everyone, regardless of income or giving amounts, is a vital part of philanthropy. We are committed to building a diverse, informed and strategic community of donors across the economic spectrum. Our goal is to link activists, donors and the LGBTI global community through education and action. Together, we are transforming the social justice landscape for LGBTQI people around the world.