Commitment to LGBTIQ
In our Agenda for the Future, we have formulated the goal of working for the equal rights of all humankind and against all forms of discrimination. Since 2015, the EVZ Foundation has been increasingly committed to the equal rights of LGBTIQ persons and the strengthening of LGBTIQ self-organizations in Central and Eastern Europe. While until then LGBTIQ organizations had been funded under other programs, in 2015, in cooperation with Dreilinden gGmbH, the funding program SOGIdarity. Against Discrimination on the Grounds of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity was developed and implemented by 2020. In this program, cooperation projects of LGBTIQ organizations in Central and Eastern Europe with local stakeholders were particularly funded. The last projects of this program have ended in 2022. Through various networking opportunities and capacity building offers, as well as through the extremely tight accompaniment of the projects by the Foundation, which followed the principle of funding as cooperation on an equal footing, the funding program was a complete success. This has also become clear time and again in exchanges with the funded organizations. SOGIdarity was mentioned as an example of good practice in Rainbow Philanthropy (pp. 43-46), among others, where an interview on the funding program with our former project coordinator Olga Daitche can also be found.