Data from the 2015 National LGBT Movement Report released this month by the Movement Advancement Project reveals a changing funding and budgetary landscape for nonprofits in the lead up to and the aftermath of the Supreme Court marriage equality decision.
The report, which aims to provide “a comprehensive snapshot of the financial health of most of America’s largest LGBT social justice organizations,” reveals that nonprofit revenues declined from 2013 to 2014. This decline, the first seen since the 2007-08 recession, is attributable to falls in foundation and government funding, fundraising event income, and bequests. 11 percent growth in individual donor revenue was not enough to offset the declines.
Following the Obergefell decision, many LGBT nonprofits have shifted their focus towards issues like economic and social justice and workplace equality. Others, like Freedom to Marry, having achieved their goals, have begun the process of closing down.