Funding Courage

In 2015, Urgent Action Fund awarded a record 143 rapid response grants to protect & sustain women's and LGBTI rights activists in more than 40 countries worldwide. The activists we partner with are resilient, innovative leaders who are rising up to the challenges of our times. Our 2015 Annual Report shares their courageous stories.

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  • June 27, 2016

    We are currently hiring for a Senior Leadership Giving Officer and a Development Communications Coordinator. These are both full-time positions within the organization and are located in Urgent Action Fund's Manhattan and Oakland offices, respectively. Read More

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  • June 24, 2016

    In response to increasing violence and instability in the region, UAF supported Turkish organization Hebun LGBT to publish a security manual to support the safety and protection of LGBT activists to continue to carry out their vital work. Read More

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  • June 23, 2016

    Activists have paved the way for LGBTI rights in Vietnam in recent years. This includes organizing the country’s first-ever pride parade in 2012 and decriminalizing same-sex marriage in 2013. Despite these achievements, discrimination towards LGBTI people remains widespread. Read More

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  • June 15, 2016

    We stand with the dancers, the music makers, the friends, and the lovers, who find solace in nightclubs in Orlando. We stand with the peace makers, the open hearted, those who do not succumb to fears, but instead look for constructive pathways forward. We stand with the activists, with those who make the safety of the whole community their concern. Read More

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Rapid Response Grantmaking

Our Rapid Response Grantmaking program supports activists to seize unanticipated opportunities to make change and to protect themselves when in immediate danger. Activists may apply in any language, on any day of the year, and are guaranteed a response within 72 hours. Funds can be wired within a week.